All over the world, IX points connect the dots of the Internet.
IX points, short for Internet Exchange points, are where companies, schools, internet service providers (ISPs) and other organizations connect their traffic directly to each other over a single Local Area Network (LAN).
When we completed our first Hacktoberfest in 2014, we had 768 participants, and happily sent out T-shirts across the globe. We were eager to see what 2015 would bring, but we could never have expected the huge response we received this year!
Last month, we proudly launched our 11th datacenter in Toronto, Canada. Building new datacenters is becoming a pretty common occurrence for us; we launched three last year, two this year, and there are plenty more coming in the near future.
This means that building a DC has become a repeatable task, and repeatable tasks are tasks that are begging for automation. This blog is the story of how we have built our last few datacenters without needing to manually log in to the majority of our devices.