IT Modernization and DevOps News in Review
The Red Hat Summit held last week brought several pieces of noteworthy news, including the announcement of RHEL 8, OpenShift 4 and a new Red Hat offering for developers, technology partners, and users called the Red Hat Universal Base Image (UBI). With it, operators can now build a containerized application on UBI, push it to a container registry server of your choosing, and share it with Red Hat customers and non-customers alike.
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- Red Hat announced the GA of RHEL 8 which includes Red Hat Smart Management, an add-on that makes it easier to manage patches, configurations, and provisioning of RHEL across the hybrid cloud. The new release also includes Application Streams which it defines as fast-moving languages, frameworks and developer tools that are updated frequently in-stream without impacting core resources. RHEL System Roles automate complex tasks around managing and configuring Linux in production with pre-configured Ansible modules. And, Red hat Insights provide users with a new set of predictive analytics tools.
- Keeping with its full-numbered release introductions, Red Hat launched OpenShift 4, its enterprise Kubernetes platform. Re-engineered to address the complex realities of container orchestration in production systems, highlights of the release include: Kubernetes Operators that seek to simplify application deployments and lifecycle management; streamlined full stack installation with an automated process to make it easier to get started with enterprise Kubernetes quickly; operator-enabled application environments on OpenShift with Red Hat Middleware; CodeReady Workspaces that enable developers to bridge between containers, Kubernetes, and their IDE tools; Knative for building serverless applications in Developer Preview and more.
- In addition, Red Hat, in conjunction with VMware, introduced a new reference architecture to bring Red Hat OpenShift to VMware’s SDDC stack in a supported fashion. According to the companies, the new reference architecture leverages their work together to simplify how enterprises can gain the benefits of both technology stacks, and accelerate that shift towards more innovation and business differentiation.
- Anchore announced Anchore Enterprise 2.0, a container security, compliance, and best-practices solution. The release features a new GUI dashboard, an entirely new reporting service, LDAP integration, and a new support portal. Anchore separately announced that the new solution has been re-platformed for the new Red Hat UBI.
- Instana announced at Red Hat Summit its first release of agent technology as an Instana Agent Operator. The new application monitoring deployment option allows operators to run the agent as its own container, host process, or microservice.
- CloudBees revealed at the AWS Summit in London availability of its AWS Quick Start solution comprised of CloudBees Core and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Spot Instances.
- And, finally, the Department of Justice approved last week the $34B IBM acquisition of Red Hat.
- Our AWS consulting team enjoyed the fact that AWS Secrets Manager has introduced a client-side caching library for Python that is designed to improve availability and latency of accessing and distributing application credentials. AWS Secrets Manager now enables client-side caching libraries in Python, .NET, and Go.
- AWS brought to market a new AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow that supports AWS CloudFormation StackSets (that support provisioning of Service Catalog products across AWS accounts and regions from the ServiceNow platform) and ChangeSets (which enable ServiceNow users to see the planned changes to their resources prior to provisioning or updating a Service Catalog provisioned product).
- AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate has been updated to support Chef Automate 2.
- Read Flux7 CEO, Dr. Aater Suleman’s latest Forbes article, Upskill Your Team To Address The Cloud, Kubernetes Skills Gap in which he shares two key levers to address today’s skills gap.
- On the Flux7 DevOps blog last week we featured our thoughts on how DevOps automation can bring Industrial Revolution style efficiencies of scale. DevOps automation has become a lynchpin to IT modernization and a competitive position in today’s marketplace. Just as the assembly line gave automakers an incredible advantage in the market, DevOps automation creates efficiencies of scale that bring serious competitive advantage to today’s early adopters. Read more here.