Author name: Sam Gabrail

Sam’s passion is to educate organizations and teams on the latest technology trends. In his practice, he helps clients understand how various technologies can add value to their businesses and help them compete. He has over 15 years of experience in various Information Technology fields from Telecommunications, Computer Networks, DevOps, Cybersecurity, and IoT. Sam started his career working for Rogers Communications which is one of Canada’s leading telecommunications service providers. In his role, he rotated within four pillars of the organization: Technology, Network Operations, Network Implementation, and Network and Capacity Planning. His time at Rogers helped him develop technical expertise, business acumen, and organizational awareness. It was a great opportunity that would later prove to be essential in understanding how people, tools, and processes work in a successful large enterprise. He later joined multiple US start-up vendors as a Pre-Sales Engineer to help them introduce their technology solutions to large enterprises in Canada. These vendors include ExtraHop Networks, Docker, Sysdig, and HashiCorp. He successfully expanded these vendors’ business presence into the Canadian marketplace. As a part of his role, he delivered demos, presentations, and talks to technical and C-suite audiences showing them the value of these solutions to their business. Sam is currently the President of TeKanAid Solutions Inc. building content in the DevOps space. The goal is to help practitioners upskill in DevOps principles and cloud-native technologies. This would in turn allow these practitioners to help their organizations that going through digital transformation and the modernization of their IT applications. Sam holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering focusing on Communication Networks from the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada. Prior to that, he had received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering focusing on Electronics and Telecommunications from Ain Shams University in Cairo Egypt. Sam also has multiple certifications in the IT industry.

Network Engineer to DevOps

From Network Engineer to DevOps: A Tale of Transformation & Triumph

The transition from network engineering to a DevOps role embodies a strategic evolution in IT, where one’s deep networking knowledge becomes a cornerstone in the fast-paced realm of software delivery. DevOps demands a mastery of tools and practices that enable swift, automated workflows, bridging the gap between development and operations. For the network engineer, this shift is not just a career move but an expansion into a dynamic field where their technical background is leveraged to drive innovation, collaboration, and operational excellence within the vibrant DevOps culture.

What is Backstage

What Is Backstage: Your Ultimate Guide To Streamlining Developer Tools

Explore the world of, the open-source platform that’s transforming software development. From its origins at Spotify to its integration into the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, discover how Backstage streamlines DevOps workflows, fosters collaboration, and offers a centralized hub for all your developer resources. Stay tuned for deep dives into its key features! Intro

Unlocking Developer Bliss: A First Look At

In an increasingly complex development landscape, a seamless experience for developers is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. This article explores how provides a unified platform for building developer portals, enhancing developer experience, and the emerging role of Platform Engineering in this ecosystem. I’ve personally started to dig into the platform engineering space after spending a considerable amount of time working in DevOps. I believe that we have put too much on developer’s plates, and it’s time to ease their pain. In this article, I’ll focus on as a key player in the open-source infrastructure landscape. Join me on this learning path.


Solved Secret Zero with AWS SSM Agent and Vault in Multi-Cloud

Introduction In today’s ever-changing and complicated IT world, keeping secrets like API keys, passwords, and tokens safe and secure is crucial. HashiCorp Vault is a widely used solution that offers a secure central location for storing and accessing secrets. However, the challenge lies in securely introducing the Vault token, also known as Secret Zero, to …

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Vault Backend Migration

Vault Storage Backend Migration from Consul to Integrated Storage (RAFT)

Discover the Secrets to Vault Storage Backend Migration: From Consul to Integrated Storage (RAFT) Are you curious about how to perform a Vault backend migration? You’re not alone! Many organizations still rely on older Vault and Consul versions for their backend storage, but it’s time for an upgrade. In this exclusive blog post tutorial, I’ll …

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Vault Raft Cluster High Availability Test in AWS

Vault Raft Cluster High Availability refers to implementing a highly available configuration for a Vault cluster using the Raft consensus protocol. HashiCorp Vault is a popular open-source tool developed by HashiCorp that provides secrets management and encryption capabilities. The Raft consensus protocol is used in Vault to ensure data consistency and fault tolerance in a …

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HashiCorp Vault Monitoring with Prometheus, Grafana, and Loki

This blog post is a HashiCorp Vault Monitoring Tutorial using Prometheus, Grafana, and Loki. Monitoring Vault is essential to ensure its availability, performance, security, and compliance. By collecting and analyzing metrics (Telemetry), system logs, and audit logs from Vault, you can troubleshoot issues, identify trends, detect anomalies, and enforce policies. Monitoring Vault also helps to …

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