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Cloud Cost Guide Part 7: Step 6 - Installing the Katello Systems Management Platform

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Gaining Full Control Over Your Infrastructure

Welcome back to our blog series on reducing cloud costs through a DevOps-Enabled, Automated IT Infrastructure. Until now, we've discussed steps ranging from choosing a Dedicated Managed Server provider, installing a Virtualization Hypervisor, setting up a cluster of Hypervisors, securing your data center with the OPNsense Firewall, and managing user access with FreeIPA. Today, we're tackling the sixth step – installing the Katello systems management platform.

As an IT professional, you know that managing servers and instances in a data center can be a challenging task, especially as your infrastructure grows. You need a tool that gives you a comprehensive view of your data center and allows you to control and manage all your servers and instances from a single console. That's where Katello comes in.

Katello is a systems management platform that offers excellent analytics and reporting capabilities. It provides you with a comprehensive view of what's running inside your data center. One of its most valuable features is its ability to scrutinize all software packages in installed operating systems and compare them to an online database for vulnerabilities or out-of-date components. If any vulnerabilities are detected, Katello can update and patch them directly.

Katello also extends to mirroring external package repositories for your desired operating systems and implements version control upon the repository. This feature significantly lowers the risk of breakages due to updates from software vendors. If you use Docker containers for any of your software, Katello can serve as a Docker Image repository as well.

In addition, Katello integrates with the Configuration Management utility known as Puppet. This open-source, enterprise-grade tool ensures uniform configurations across your entire infrastructure, an invaluable feature for administration and scaling.

By installing Katello, you'll be gaining a powerful tool that will help you manage your entire IT infrastructure from a single console, ensuring that your systems are up-to-date, secure, and running optimally.

In our next blog post, we'll discuss Step 7 – the installation of the Zabbix Monitoring System. This tool will provide you with real-time monitoring and alerting capabilities to help you maintain the health and performance of your IT infrastructure.

Stay tuned as we continue our step-by-step journey towards efficient cloud cost management. Remember, each step you take brings you closer to a more streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient IT infrastructure. Let's keep moving forward!

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