Mainstream support and implementation alternatives are not too far away, and that’s super exciting.
Terraform – infrastructure automation and management tool. It complements configuration management tools like Puppet and Chef, as well as infrastructure building tools like CloudFormation. The beauty of it is that it is tool and cloud agnostic. You can use it to build and maintain infrastructure across multiple clouds.
Since I’ve recommended CloudFlare on this blog quite a few times, I thought it would be fair to let you guys know that I’ve removed my site from CloudFlare yesterday. The domain management is back to GoDaddy.
Why? Well, now that CloudFlare is getting bigger by the day, it seems to be getting more and more attacks and partial downtimes globally. There are also a few temporary quirks happening every now and then, where connections would get reset and such. Not that these are too annoying to have, but not knowing whether an issue with the site is a CloudFlare one or not – that’s annoying to me. I can live with my site not working right, as long as I know what exactly the problem is. Because if I know where the problem is, I usually know how to fix it and how much time it will take. When its a CloudFlare issue, I am out of the loop and I am out of control. And that I can’t have. Even if that happens rarely.
Regarding my recommendation to use CloudFlare, I still stand behind it. I think that if you haven’t tried the service, you definitely should. And, you especially should if your site has global audience and you don’t have technical team in place.
Yesterday I received some very good news from the service that makes this website faster for people all around the world – CloudFlare. In summary: it is CloudFlare’s first birthday since they went public, and to celebrate this they implemented an extremely easy to setup IPv6 gateway service. Anyone using CloudFlare can enable the IPv6 gateway either for the whole domain or for specific hosts, and it only takes a couple of clicks. Of course, I’ve done so and used a few testing tools around the web to confirm that my website is now accessible via IPv6 also.
Thank you, CloudFlare! Happy birthday! And please, by all means, keep doing what you are doing.