IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 11.16.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 11.16.2020

By Kim Blomgren
November 16, 2020

In this week’s DevOps news, Atlassian doubles-down on IT service management with the introduction of Jira Service Management. Atlassian’s latest foray into IT service management (ITSM) seeks to bring IT operations and development teams together with incident management, powered by Opsgenie; change management with rich contextual information; and a redesigned agent experience to better categorize service requests, incidents, problems, and changes.

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DevOps News

  • Instana reveals a new ability to monitor and trace applications using Google Cloud Run, Pub/Sub and Storage technologies. Its automated monitoring and tracing occur with zero configuration and no sampling. According to the company, this is the first time that platform-specific details for Google Cloud technologies are available through its system.
  • Mattermost launches the Mattermost Cloud SaaS platform. The solution gives DevOps teams a command center to “orchestrate cross-team workflows using pre-built playbooks and integrations with top-tier developer tools.”
  • Google Cloud previews a serverless Database Migration Service. According to a press release announcement, the new service migrates MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server databases to Cloud SQL from on-premises environments or other clouds. The solution removes the need to provision and pay for migration-specific computing resources.  
  • Cockroach Labs announces the release of CockroachDB 20.2 an update to its cloud-native, distributed SQL database. It adds capabilities for spatial data, a new CockroachDB for Kubernetes option, and adds enterprise Backup and Restore to the free community option.
  • Databricks launches SQL Analytics that expands the scope of data lakes from data science and machine learning to include all data workloads, including business intelligence and SQL.
  • Redis Labs previews new fully integrated tiers of Redis Enterprise on Microsoft Azure Cache for Redis. The new tiers grow Azure Cache functionality with RediSearch for seamless index, query, and search in their existing Redis datasets; RedisTimeSeries for real-time monitoring, filtering and IoT use cases with native integration with Grafana; and RedisBloom, a set of probabilistic data-structures.
  • CircleCI releases its annual metrics report finding that teams became more productive this year despite the challenging environment. Specifically:
    • Throughput values for workflows included in the 75th percentile and above increased.
    • Mean time to recovery improved
    • The median success rate remained flat year-over-year 60% vs 61%

AWS News 

  • Amazon brings us AWS Glue DataBrew, a new visual data preparation tool.  Designed for teams who need to clean and normalize data in preparation for analytics, reports or ML applications, DataBrew has a visual interface that connects to data stored in Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, and more. Here teams can explore data, find patterns, and apply transformations. When the data is ready, it can be used with AWS and third-party services e.g. Amazon SageMaker, or Amazon Athena.
  • AWS launches two new optimizations for S3 Intelligent-Tiering: Archive Access tier and Deep Archive Access tier. Designed to automatically archive objects that are rarely accessed, the new tiers are optimized for rare access at a very low cost. Operators can opt-in to one or both archive access tiers. They are configurable at the bucket, prefix, or object tag level.
  • In other S3 news, Amazon S3 Replication adds detailed metrics and notifications to monitor the status of object replication between buckets. Amazon S3 Replication is now able to replicate delete markers from one S3 bucket to another.
  • And, the Amazon S3 console updates with a new look and feel, simplifying tasks by presenting contextual information about storage resources and other S3 features.
  • AWS makes Amazon S3 Object Ownership – a new feature that enables bucket owners to automatically assume ownership of objects uploaded to their buckets by other AWS Accounts — generally available with added AWS CloudFormation
  • Relatedly, operators can now export Amazon DynamoDBtable data to an Amazon S3 data lake, use other AWS services to analyze the data, and extract actionable insights without writing code.
  • Amazon adds support for custom endpoints to access workloads in Amazon Neptune, allowing operators to distribute workloads across a designated set of instances within a Neptune cluster.
  • Last, our AWS Consulting team enjoyed this blog by J.D. Bean on, Combining encryption and signing with AWS KMS asymmetric keys. In the article, Bean shares how to use AWS KMS to combine asymmetric digital signature and asymmetric encryption of the same data.

Flux7 News

  • In our latest blog, Kritika Agarwal and Artem Kobrin walk readers through the differences between AWS Landing Zones and AWS Control Tower. They share when you may consider migrating from Landing Zones to Control Tower and how you would go about the process. Read how to securely migrate to AWS with the help of its services in their piece, When to Migrate from AWS Landing Zone to AWS Control Tower.
  • As Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) grows increasingly mainstream, Levi Blaney digs in to explain in more detail what it is, how it relates to DevOps, and where to start. Read more in his post, A DevOps Journey to SRE and Back Again.

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