IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 1.25.2021

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 1.25.2021

By Flux7 Labs
January 27, 2021

Two reports caught our attention for this week’s DevOps news. First, in its quarterly cybersecurity forecast report, Canalys finds that spending will increase 10.0% worldwide in 2021 as current investment trends persist given a continued range of threats and vulnerabilities. Last year, the report notes, the number of data breaches, compromised records, and ransomware attacks hit an all-time high with over 12 billion records compromised and a 60% growth in the number of known ransomware attacks. While attacks remain high across industries, Canalys reports that “sadly at this time, with the healthcare and education sectors under extraordinary pressure, more attacks and online fraud were directed at them.”

Synergy Research Group data illustrates continued cloud growth across Europe. Since the beginning of 2017, the group finds that the European cloud market grew more than 3x, reaching EUR 5.9 billion in Q3 2020. However, during this time period, European service providers’ market share shrank from 26% to under 16%, having lost ground to Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Together the three cloud providers now account for 66% of the market. Further, Synergy estimates that 2020 European cloud infrastructure service revenues will top EUR 23 billion, representing 31% growth over the year prior, with IaaS and PaaS services accounting for almost 80% of the market.

DevOps News

  • GitLab announces GitLab 13.8, featuring its new dedicated Pipeline Editor, a deployment frequency dashboard, and several additional improvements. The new Pipeline Editor is designed for CI/CD and includes built-in linting and configuration validation. There is also a pipeline visualizer in the editor to show you what pipelines look like before committing the changes. Also in version 13.8 are access to DORA 4 metrics, such as deployment frequency charts in CI/CD analytics. GitLab expects to three more metrics in the year ahead.  Last, the release also includes the ability to send an email to an issue, click and drag to make multi-line comments, download artifacts from an MR widget, identify flaky tests with a repeat failed test counter and users can now rebase an MR branch with a quick action.
  • GitHub introduces GitHub Enterprise Server 3.0 available as a release candidate. The release includes actions for developer-first workflow automation and CI/CD, the ability to publish and consume packages together with code, iOS and Android apps, the ability to scan every pull request for known vulnerabilities with CodeQL and secret scanning (in beta) that detects credentials in code before they hit production.
  • Elastic updates its licensing for Elasticsearch and Kibana, moving its Apache 2.0-licensed source code in Elasticsearch and Kibana to be dual-licensed under Server Side Public License (SSPL) and the Elastic License. Users may choose which license to apply. Elastic notes explicitly that, “This change in source code licensing has no impact on the overwhelming majority of our user community who use our default distribution for free. It also has no impact on our cloud customers or self-managed software customers.” Users continue to have free and open access to use, modify, redistribute, and collaborate on the code.
  • Microsoft releases Azure Key Vault CSI driver support in Azure Kubernetes Service to public preview. The new driver allows operators to store secret contents in an Azure Key Vault instance. Azure Key Vault simplifies the task of securing and using cryptographic keys and other secrets with AKS.
  • Also now in public preview is the ability to automate cluster upgrades in AKS. Azure customers can now configure an AKS cluster to automatically upgrade to a user-defined version on a regular basis. Users can specify between multiple upgrade channels, an older stable minor version, or the latest patch version.
  • Last, Azure makes Secure Export available in public preview. The new version of IT Service Management Connector (ITSM) from Azure Monitor, Secure Export allows operators to automatically create work items in an ITSM tool when any of the Azure Monitor alerts are triggered. The Azure team also introduces a new upgraded integration with ServiceNow IT Operations Management (ITOM) using Secure Export.
  • Platform9 announces new features that provide operational efficiencies for its managed Kubernetes products, including multi-version Kubernetes support, enhanced cluster deployment options, and upgraded manageability. Platform9 offers open-source SaaS managed solutions for private and edge clouds.
  • Twenty-five companies and 17 associations signed on to a self-regulatory initiative called the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact. The goal: to make data centers in Europe climate neutral by 2030. Companies joining the Pact include AWS, Google, NTT and more.

AWS News 

  • AWS launches AWS IoT Device Client, a free, open-source, and modular device-side reference implementation. Written in C++, the new client can compile and install on Embedded Linux based IoT devices and enables operators to access AWS IoT Core, AWS IoT Device Management, and AWS IoT Device Defender features by default.
  • AWS unveils Federated Amazon EKS Clusters on AWS, a new AWS Solutions Implementation. The solution automates the deployment and federation of two Amazon EKS clusters across multiple AWS Regions. It also deploys the pre-configured bastion host and all necessary dependencies and tools. Thus, giving operators the ability to synchronize Kubernetes configurations, deployments, and other artifacts; automate the compensation logic of failover events; deploy highly available applications on multiple Amazon EKS clusters; and build architecture that is compliant with local laws about storing and processing private data.
  • Speaking of compliant data, AWS reveals that operators can use AWS Wavelength to build, deploy, and run applications that store and use sensitive payment card data in compliance with PCI DSS.
  • AWS updates the Amazon Lex management console and APIs to speed the process of building virtual agents, conversational IVR systems, self-service chatbots, or informational bots. The update includes the ability to can add multiple languages to a single bot and manage them as single resource; simplified versioning; and new productivity features for greater flexibility and control of the bot design process.
  • Last, our AWS consulting team enjoyed this AWS blog, “Streamline server fleet management with AWS Systems Manager Fleet Manager” that illustrates the features in the new Fleet Manager. ICYMI, Fleet Manager was announced in December and helps operators manage the remote server management process, performing administrative tasks on AWS and on-premises fleets without needing to remotely connect to the servers. 

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Written by Flux7 Labs

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