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As cloud use grows, so does the use of Database-as-a-Service. In this week’s DevOps news, we learn from Percona that DBaaS use has increased to 5% from last year, with more 56% of large enterprises now using such a service. According to the company’s Open Source Data Management Software Survey for 2020, data growth remains a central issue for enterprises as 82% of respondents report 5% or more database footprint growth over the past year; 62% say they’ve seen even greater growth with 12% growing over 50%. When it comes to managing a growing pool of data, respondents said that downtime and performance are their chief concerns, with performance keeping 74% of respondents up at night.
Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) has been around for some time now, yet it’s remained amorphous to many – even those of us in the business. Made famous by Google, the company defines SRE as, “what you get when you treat operations as if it’s a software problem.” Yet, this doesn’t fully address the depth of the term or what it represents. As SRE continues to gain momentum, let’s take a deeper look at what it is, how it relates to DevOps, and where to start.
In this week’s DevOps news, AnsibleFest 2020 took center stage. At the event, Ansible announced several updates to the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, including new Red Hat Certified Ansible Content Collections, automation services catalog and a private Automation Hub. Users can expect to find new content collections for Red Hat OpenShift, Kubernetes Core and VMware vSphere REST API. And, the Ansible private Automation Hub enables content creators to collaborate and publish trusted, verified resources from a single source. In addition to its platform updates, Ansible announced integrations between the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat OpenShift as well as an integration between Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. The company says that when taken together, it allows them to bridge “traditional platforms, containers and edge.”
New research by Microsoft reveals that COVID-19 has an undeniable impact on IoT investments. According to its IoT Signals edition 2 report, 90% of decision-makers believe IoT is critical to their company’s success with 91% of respondents having adopted IoT and about one-third planning to grow their IoT investments. The leading business objectives for IoT are safety and security, productivity, (specifically operations and employee productivity), and operations optimization.
According to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, cloud native development is growing rapidly with more than 6.5 million cloud native developers around the world. Commensurate with this growth is growing popularity for cloud native technologies like containers, microservices, and Infrastructure as Code (IaC). Those developing cloud native applications have increasingly used IaC to automate platform provisioning and streamline DevOps practices within the application development process, resulting in a greater repeatability of builds that reduces risk and speeds time to market. While this all sounds great, let’s back up a little and walk through what IaC is and how two of the leading tools used to achieve IaC can help you.
In this week’s DevOps news, VMware takes center stage with a host of announcements from its VMworld 2020. Beginning with security, VMware announces a new SASE Platform with VMware SD-WAN; Cloud Access Service Broker, Secure Web Gateway, and remote browser isolation from its collaboration with Menlo Security; a VMware NSX Stateful Layer 7 Firewall SaaS offering and; Zero Trust Network Access.
We are excited to announce the availability of the Ansible AWS Session Manager Plugin, compatible with the 2.10 release of Ansible. Ansible is a popular configuration management tool due to its push-based model and easy syntax that make it an excellent choice for configuration management. Its ease of use simplifies server configuration management for operations team members and helps development team members take an active part in maintaining playbooks.
DevOps World anchors this week’s DevOps news as CloudBees makes several announcements at its virtual event. Specifically, the company unveiled two software delivery management modules – for management and engineering productivity use cases — fulfilling its vision to “solve challenging software delivery problems for organizations and enable them to continuously deliver software efficiently…” The CloudBees Software Delivery Management will be GA with these two modules in Q4 2020, according to the company.
In pursuit of the promises and benefits of DevOps, many organizations started down the path to DevOps, approaching it as a technology problem. The thinking was that if the right tools and technologies were in place, the organization could use technology as a means to DevOps success. And frankly, as technologists, we’re comfortable reaching for technology as an answer.
Rumors that the pandemic have sped modernization efforts ring true in a new report from the Synergy Research Group in which it finds growth across cloud services and infrastructure markets. With the largest leaps coming from cloud infrastructure (34%) followed by enterprise SaaS (21%), enterprises are clearly investing in Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, and Google. Summing up the findings, John Dinsdale, Chief Analyst, reports “In case anyone was still in doubt, cloud is increasingly dominating the IT landscape. Cloud technologies and services continue to disrupt the market and to open up new opportunities for operators, technology vendors and corporate end users.”
It has never been more important to make customers central to business transformation. While it is not an easy goal to attain, it is possible. In a recent webinar, Dr. Suleman, Vice President of Cloud Transformation at NTT DATA, and Jon Collins, GigaOm VP of research, discussed time to innovation and how to drive customer centricity through digital agility, highlighting how technology foundations can help businesses meet evolving market demands and changing customer expectations.
Gartner releases its annual Magic Quadrant look at the Cloud market. While the review has been updated to cover both cloud infrastructure and platform services, the result should be familiar to many as Gartner places AWS as a Leader within the report, giving it the highest score for both its ability to execute and completeness of vision. Remaining true to past reports, Gartner places Microsoft and Google as the only other market leaders while IBM, Oracle, Alibaba and Tencent Cloud are all relegated as Niche Players. Looking to further its vision, Google Cloud announces a new category that it is calling a Business Application Platform. Google describes it as, “encompassing API management, no-code application development, automation and data insights capabilities.” The goal is to provide a “consistent way of consuming services, data, and functionality, via APIs, despite complex backends and empower non-technical employees to quickly build data-driven applications without coding.” The Business Application Platform leverages Google Cloud’s Apigee API management and AppSheet investments.