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The Complete DevOps Glossary - Covering DevOps from A to Z.

" Alphabetically arranged reference work that gives brief definitions of words related to a specific topic. Also called controlled vocabulary." - Source


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A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |


  • AWS - A cloud computing platform offering ready to use web services which are loosely coupled.
  • Ansible - An agent-less orchestration engine that can automate application and systems.
  • Aptly - A Debian repository management tool
  • Artifactory - JFrog’s open source binary repository management product with support for Apache Maven artifacts.
  • Asgard - A netflix web interface tool for AWS Cloud Management and application deployment.
  • Atom - Atom is a text editor that's modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core—a tool you can customize to do anything but also use productively without ever touching a config file.
  • Awsbox - A featherweight DYI PaaS on top of awscloud EC2 for deploying node apps.


  • Beats - An open source collectors for log files, infrastructure metrics, and other important types of data agitation.
  • Berkshelf - Cookbook source manager for chef, similar to a bundler for ruby.
  • Buildbot - An open-source framework for automating software build, test and release process.
  • Bento - A project that encapsulates Packer templates for building Vagrant base boxes.
  • BuildMaster - An automated deployment tool. It combines features to manage and automate processes primarily related to continuous integration, database change scripts, and production deployments.
  • Brooklyn - Focused on deployment & post deployment life-cycle management, aware of network typologies integrates with clouds.
  • Barkeep - Code review tool for git projects, focused on code reviewing, can support both pre & post commit workflows.


  • Consul - Makes it simple for services to register themselves and to discover other services via a DNS or HTTP interface.
  • Chef - Configuration management tool which uses a pure-Ruby, DSL for writing system configuration recipes.
  • CoreOS - Lightweight OS that support containers out of the box. Can be used as base OS to run your own PaaS
  • CfEngine - First of its kind. Configuration Management tool, automates large scale, complex infrastructure.
  • Collectd - Demon to collect system performance statistics periodically & provides tons of plugins to analyze values.
  • Chocolatey - It is apt-get for windows. Can install packages & dependencies over CLI.
  • CruiseControl - A CI server written in #Ruby with a focus on simplicity & being easy to hack.
  • Capistrano - A remote server automation and deployment tool written in Ruby.
  • Credmgr - Securely manage privileged account credentials via Shamir secret sharing. Its like one passwd for DevOps.
  • ConDep - An opensource infrastructure configuration & deployment DSL specifically targeted (not limited) to Windows platform.
  • CMB(Cloud Message Bus) - A highly available, horizontally scalable queuing & notification service compatible to AWS SQS, SNS.


  • Docker - Package an application with all of its dependencies into a standardized unit for software development. Build, Ship, Run.
  • Deis - Open Source Application Platform For Public and Private Clouds. Its built on Docker & CoreOs.
  • Drone - A Continuous Integration platform built on Docker, written in Go.
  • Dokku - Docker powered mini-Heroku, a smallest PaaS implementation you've ever seen around 100 lines of Bash.
  • Deploykit - Collection of Ruby daemons flying in close formation. AKA our startling message-based deploy environment.
  • Djangy - An open source cloud hosting service for Python/Django web apps. Its like Heroku for Python/Django.
  • Diamond - Diamond is a python daemon that collects system metrics and publishes them to Graphite (and others).


  • Etcd - A highly-available key value store for shared configuration and service discovery.
  • Eucalyptus - An open source software for building AWS - compatible private and hybrid clouds.


  • Fig - A package management tool, similar to APT, language agnostic, faster and works well with both executable and libraries.
  • Foreman - A complete lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers.
  • Fpm - Effing package management! Build packages for multiple platforms (deb, rpm, etc) with great ease and sanity.
  • Flynn - An open source PaaS platform built on Docker awesomely manages deploying, scaling your applications.
  • Fabric - A command-line tool for streamlining use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks.
  • FAI Fully Automatic Installer - Tool for mass unattained deployments of Linux.
  • Flannel - etcd backed network fabric for containers


  • Git - An awesome tool to version your source code and collaborate.
  • Graphite - A visualization tool for statistics. One can create customizable reports and dashboards.
  • Ganglia - A salable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters & grids.
  • Gradle - A project automation tool that builds upon the concepts of #Apache Ant and Apache Maven.
  • Grafana - An open source feature rich metrics dashboard and graph editor for Graphite, InfluxDB & OpenTSDB.
  • GoCD - release management tool,build from ground up with pipelines in mind & makes easy to model complex deployment work-flow.


  • Heroku - Platform as a service (PaaS) that enables developers to build and run applications entirely in the cloud.


  • Icinga - A monitoring system checking hosts & services you specify & notifying when things go wrong & they recover.


  • Jenkins - It is an open-source, lightweight CI tool written in Java, with high extensibility and a fast release cycle.
  • Jcloud - Apache jclouds, an open source multi-cloud toolkit for the Java platform, apps are portable across clouds.
  • Juju - An orchestration tool allows software to be quickly deployed, integrated & scaled public/private/hybrid cloud.


  • Kubernetes - An opensource system for managing containerized applications providing deployment & scaling of apps.
  • Kickstart - Uses bash scripts to provision machines over ssh, with no client installation on the target.
  • Kibana - an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytic and search dashboard for Elasticsearch.
  • Kafka - distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service.


  • Logstash - A data pipeline that helps you process logs and other event data from a variety of systems.
  • - A Real-time log monitoring in your browser. Broadcasting logs to the web clients.
  • Loom - Does stuff Puppet doesn't do well or at all bootstrapping machines deploying code & installing reusable modules.
  • Logster - Utility for reading logs & generating metrics to configurable outputs. Graphite, CloudWatch, Nagios & stdout.


  • Memcached - An open-source high performance, distributed memory object caching system.
  • Mcollective - A framework for building server orchestration or parallel job execution systems.
  • Mina - Deployment tool, lets you build and run scripts to manage your app deployments on servers via SSH.


  • Nomad - A Hashicorp product; is a cluster manager & scheduler designed for microservices and batch workloads.


  • Openstack - An open source, massively salable cloud operating system used for building private & public cloud.
  • Opsbot - A pluggable, configurable bot for improving communication in operations.
  • OpsGenie - Tools you need to design meaningful, actionable alerts and ensure the right people are notified.
  • OSV - An operating System for lightweight virtual machines, designed for ground up to run single application, similar to CoreOS.
  • Otto - successor to Vagrant is single solution to develop, deploy application with firstclass support to microservices.
  • Orc - A model driven orchestration tool for the deployment of application clusters written in Ruby.
  • Opskelaton - Bootstrap DevOps infra with some opinionated defaults(vagrant chef puppet) standard development guidelines.
  • Overcast - CLI for ease to spinup configure & manage clusters without learning curve or complexity of existing management tools.
  • Openshift - Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that allows developers to quickly develop, host, and scale applications in a cloud environment.


  • Packer - A tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration
  • Pagerduty - A tool which would help us to increase the uptime of our apps, services, and infrastructure.
  • Poni - Systems management tool for defining, deploying and verifying complex multi-node computer systems.
  • Pulp - A platform for managing repositories of content, such as software packages.
  • Prometheus - open-source service monitoring system and time series database.



  • RabbitMQ - RabbitMQ is a queuing tool for DevOps engineers. Supports a large no. of development platforms.
  • Rundeck - A cross-platform opensource software, helps automate ad-hoc & routine procedures in data-center or cloud environment.
  • rkt - CLI for running app containers on Linux. rkt is designed to be composable, secure, and fas.
  • Rudder - An easy to use, web-driven, role-based solution for IT Infrastructure Automation.
  • Rex - An agent less orchestration tool written in simple perl.
  • Riemann - Riemann monitors distributed systems.


  • Sensu - A simple & scalable monitoring framework which is designed for cloud.
  • Simian Army - A tool for testing & promoting infrastructure tolerance & high availability.
  • Snort - An open-source IPS. It provides real-time traffic analysis and packet logging for DevOps engineers.
  • SumoLogic - Centralized Log Analysis tool, which scale to any data volume and query performance.
  • Serf - A lightweight & decentralized solution for cluster membership, failure detection & orchestration.
  • SaltStack - Configuration Management software, delivers fast, scalable event-driven infrastructure automation & predictive cloud orchestration.
  • Slaughter - A perl tool for automating configuration maintenance & management of large number of systems.
  • StackStorm - Event-driven automation used for auto-healing, security responses, troubleshooting, complex deployments.
  • Sequencer - Open-Source Software that can ping, power off and power on your whole cluster.
  • Sunzi - Shell-based provisioning tool which does not try to do anything else. Has no dependency other than shell.
  • Sysdig - An open source, system level exploration: capture system state & activity in linux instance save, filter & analyze.
  • Semaphore - A hosted continuous integration and deployment service for open source and private projects.
  • Sublime-Text - Sublime Text is a cross-platform source code editor with a Python application programming interface (API). It natively supports many programming languages and markup languages, and its functionality can be extended by users with plugins, typically community-built.
  • SignalFx - Monitoring and Operational Intelligence for the Cloud.


  • Terraform - A tool used in building, changing, and versioning the infrastructure across platforms.
  • Test Kitchen - A test harness tool to execute your configured code on one or more platforms in isolation.
  • Tsuru - An extensible and open source Platform as a Service; that uses Docker to make deploys simple & fast.
  • TeamCity - A feature packed CI tool with out-of-the-box support for java, ruby .Net, & many other languages.
  • Travis CI - A Continuos Integration tool easy to integrate with Github Projects



  • Vagrant - It is a cross platform tool to create, boot, configure and destroy development environments.
  • Veewee - A tool for easily & repeatedly building custom Vagrant base boxes, KVMs, & virtual machine images.
  • Vagrant-lxc - Vagrant plugin that allows it to control and provision Linux Containers as an alternative to the built in VirtualBox provider for Linux host.
  • Vaurien - A Chaos Monkey for TCP conn. Randomly disconnects/stalls TCP connections in app to test tolerance and HA.
  • VMFest - a PalletOps project turns VirtualBox into light-weight cloud provider. Useful in developing cloud automation.


  • Weave - Virtual network that connects Docker containers deployed across multiple hosts & enables automatic discovery.




  • Zabbix - An opensource, enterprise-class network monitoring framework.
  • Zookeeper - A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing group services etc.


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