If you’re leveraging a development appliance or platform (e.g. ServiceNow Developer Instances, OpenShift Online, etc.) you may not have access (or the time required) to distribute internal/self-signed CA certs and ensure outside systems trust your internet-facing services. This is especially true in lab situations. A concrete example:
A coworker asked about showcasing Ansible Tower, specifically integration between Ansible Tower and ServiceNow. With minimal exposure to ServiceNow, minus operatione as a requestor, this took a bit of time but far less than expected. Before starting make sure you have all prerequisites.
Hosting costs have come down a lot, but cheap and expensive providers alike require administration using pretty lame cPanel hosting controls. Sure, you could run your own instance on AWS, GCE, or Azure, but then you’re introducing the overhead of patching, monitoring, and cost analysis – that last one is paticularly important if your site starts receiving increased traffic. If you can replace your commercial hosting provider with a combination of free solutions, why wouldn’t…