IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
May 14, 2018


It is spring and that means it’s conference season. Two events this week that caught our attention were the ServiceNow Knowledge Conference and Red Hat Summit, both of which, like clockwork, had several DevOps news announcements worth sharing.

Red Hat Open Shift

While Red Hat made several announcements at its Summit this week, the one that caught our eye was news that the group is bringing container-native virtualization to the Red Hat Cloud Suite. At the show, Red Hat demonstrated how the technology allows developers to work with VMs just as they would work with Linux containerized apps. According to the Red Hat announcement, “This means that developers can create and add virtualized applications to their projects from the Red Hat OpenShift Service Catalog as they would with containerized apps – the resulting application can then run side-by-side with cloud-native workloads on Red Hat OpenShift.”

Automation, efficiency and standardization are tenets that drive many IT Modernization projects and this news helps further those ends as with this announcement Red Hat helps eradicate unnecessary partitions between VMs, containers, operational processes and more. As Red Hat notes, container-native virtualization helps modernize AppDev, making it easier for them to virtualize traditional workloads and decrease the associated cost and effort.

Red Hat also announced that it has plans to begin integrating CoreOS Tectonic, Quay, and Container Linux with its container and Kubernetes-based solutions portfolio. In a press release sharing the product roadmap, Red Hat notes that the planned integrations will give enterprises the benefits of containers while also making hybrid cloud environments a more attractive option.

ServiceNow DevOps News

At the ServiceNow Knowledge conference attended by 18,000 people in Vegas this week, the company announced Enterprise DevOps, which will allow software to be created more easily with the integration of the Now Platform with popular developer and operations tools such as Jira, Git and Jenkins. According to a release by the company, “Our strategy is to enable ServiceNow to be the go-to workflow platform for Enterprise DevOps execution. Our workflows will help drive not only development of apps on our platform, but also the orchestration of application development of any enterprise app using ServiceNow.

We expect to see more from ServiceNow in the DevOps market as they continue to position themselves as a workflow engine to quickly create cloud-based applications.

AWS Service Catalog Integrates ServiceNow

AWS followed up with the news of a new AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow. The connector helps operators integrate the provisioning of secure, compliant, and pre-approved AWS products into their ServiceNow service catalog. Moreover, it will synchronize AWS Service Catalog portfolios and products with the ServiceNow Service Catalog to enable ServiceNow users to request approved AWS products via ServiceNow.

AWS News

The AWS consulting team here at Flux7 were excited to see this week that Amazon added SSM Parameter for Launching ECS-Optimized EC2 Instances using AWS CloudFormation. This means that operators can now use Amazon EC2 Systems Manager parameter in AWS CloudFormation to launch EC2 instances with the latest ECS-optimized AMI which is a best practice as the newest release contains important updates and fixes. Before this news, operators would need to manually check to ensure they had the latest AMI and update it in CloudFormation by hand. Now the process is completed dynamically.

Another new Amazon feature that caught our attention was that Amazon EBS Snapshots have been updated to complete faster, using less storage. Specifically, copies of Amazon EBS Snapshots encrypted under a custom CMK are now incremental. Now when operators make a new EBS Snapshot copy, only the modified chunks are saved in the new copy, thus decreasing the time required to copy the Snapshot and saving storage costs as duplicate data is not copied.

AWS also announced this week that operators can now create AWS Auto Scaling scaling plans using AWS CloudFormation. Operators can now use CloudFormation support for AWS Auto Scaling, specifying the scaling instructions for multiple resources in a CloudFormation stack under a single AWS::AutoScalingPlans::ScalingPlan resource. Nicely, AWS Auto Scaling will show operators each resource against target thresholds so they can visualize the utilization and monitor the scaling actions.