CFEngine Handbook for Software Configuration Management Best Practices Software configuration management is comprised of tools, techniques, processes and methodology that can be used to manage software assets or software development projects and to maintain consistency i
BigNews.Biz - Apr 07,2012 - Palo Alto, California, April 06, 2012 – CFEngine serves many prominent global companies and helps them in managing and maintaining their IT infrastructure. Their customers are mainly in the technological arena, government sector, and financial institutions. As a leading provider of software configuration management (SCM) tools, CFEngine recommends several software configuration management best practices that will help businesses around the world deal with fast-changing software systems.
Software configuration management is comprised of tools, techniques, processes and methodology that can be used to manage software assets or software development projects and to maintain consistency in IT systems. Since there is no hard and fast rule on these practices, CFEngine which is an expert in this field recommends a list of best practices that can be applied by businesses through its handbook.
“Our release of CFEngine 3 comes with a free downloadable handbook called CFEngine 3 Best Practices. It discusses some of the best practices in SCM that you can incorporate in your company,” according to Nili Gafni, marketing specialist for CFEngine Incorporated.
The handbook is divided into four chapters that deal on vital topics in software configuration management, namely: Policy Style Guide, Policy Do’s and Don’ts, Common Workflows, and Quality Assurance around CFEngine. All of the information contained in this handbook is very useful in managing even the largest IT systems around the world.
For chapter 1, there are important things to learn regarding policy style guide. This includes how to arrange files, where to define variables and classes, how to choose and name bundles, how to decide when to make a bundle, and other important information about bundles. The parameterized bundle or method is also discussed in this chapter. In the second chapter, a lot of guidelines about system policies are discussed including things you should never do and always do regarding policies. The third chapter of the handbook discusses some of the common workflows like policy distribution, software management, policy distribution, and name service to name a few. In the last chapter, policy changes, policy decision flow, version control, and rollback and delegating responsibility are thoroughly discussed.
There are so many things that you can learn from the handbook to gain full control of your IT system. “Using CFEngine 3 equipped with the right knowledge as discussed in the handbook, you will have a better chance of being in full control of your IT system,” Gafni stated.
To help companies carry out these best practices aside from CFEngine Editions, the company also offers CFEngine training, consulting and technical support.
About the Company
CFEngine Incorporated is an Oslo-based software and services company founded by Mark Burgess. They provide solutions to their wide range of customers from leading technology to financial and government institutions. In 2011, the company opened a new headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company is known for their CFEngine configuration management products that are highly scalable and working through independent agents. These decentralized agents can do continuous monitoring, self-repair and even update global multi-site enterprise every five