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batou - a multi-(component|environment|platform|.*) deployment tool

Description

batou is a service deployment utility inspired by tools like Puppet, Fabric, and other modern tools. It made a short appearance in a lightning talk and at the sprints during EP 2012.

The talk gives an overview and demonstrates with practical examples how we deploy web applications with many complex components:

  • modelling service components with Python
  • multiple environments
  • multiple platforms
  • development environments
  • convergent behaviour
  • remote deployments
  • secrets management (database passwords, SSL certificates, …)
  • no additional run-time dependencies

I will show how the real-life requirements in our projects led us to develop a general model that integrates existing practices without building a huge stack of technologies.

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