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Tech - Sprinkle some Salt - Part 1

Overview With the advent of DevOps, many tools have come up on the topic of automation. These include tools such as Jenkins, TeamCity, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Vagrant, Terraform etc. And, they are used to deploy infrastructure and applications. However, once an infrastructure or application is deployed into an environment (Development, Testing, Production), there are changes made to it. The operations and/or site reliability teams may tweak operating system, application configuration to ensure that the environment is stable and functioning well. And, when these changes are made, the environment tends to 'drift' when compared to the source code or documentation. This is where tools such as Salt Stack are useful. It is a tool from . At a high level, Salt is a configuration management system.  Like most other automation tools, it can deploy infrastructure / application.  In addition, it can also monitor and react to various events. This gre