IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 11.2.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 11.2.2020

By Flux7 Labs
November 2, 2020

In this week’s DevOps news, Grafana makes several announcements during it ObservabilityCON, including Loki 2.0. The company describes it as a major release to the logging solution that now allows operators to “transform the logs and extract additional labels, enabling more filtering and grouping.” The company also announces Grafana Tempo, a new open-source distributed tracing backend designed to correlate metrics, logs, and traces. It is integrated with Grafana, Prometheus, and Loki. And, Grafana 7.3 was introduced with exemplars that help operators “find a trace that exemplifies a pattern and accelerate the debugging process.”

Separately, Q3 cloud revenues rolled in this week with AWS maintaining its leadership status with sales growth of 29% or, $11.6B for the quarter. Operating income grew 56% for the firm while revenue growth remained even with Q2. For its part, Microsoft reports that its commercial cloud business grew 48% year over year. Google’s cloud business, which includes GCP and the former G-Suite, now Google Workspace, grew 45% year over year.

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DevOps News

  • NetApp introduces updates, including Spot Storage by NetApp, a “groundbreaking serverless and storageless solution for containers”. When combined with Spot Ocean by NetApp, the company says it “makes it easy for organizations to cost-effectively build, deploy and run microservice-based applications on Kubernetes without having to administer storage and data services”
  • Applitools announces integrations with GitHub, GitHub Actions and Microsoft Visual Studio App Center for its test automation platform, thus providing testing for build and pull requests via Applitools Visual AI testing engine.
  • PyTorch7 is now available. The updated offering expands to include new APIs, support for CUDA11, beta support for NumPy compatible Fast Fourier transforms via torch.fft, and prototype support for Nvidia A 100 generation GPUs, and distributed training on Windows.
  • Pulumi raises $37.5 million in Series B funding. It plans to use the injection to further its unique approach to cloud engineering and infrastructure as code.
  • CloudBolt Software makes its OneFuse 1.1 codeless integration platform generally available.
  • Microsoft reveals its plan to build a Taiwan-region datacenter, including Availability Zones, by 2024.
  • Cisco polled nearly 3,200 IT decision-makers to learn that cybersecurity has grown in importance for 85% of respondents and for good reason as 61% of them experienced a jump in threats and/or alerts of more than 25%.

AWS News 

  • Helping operators get a better understanding of problems such as slow ingest uploads on the encoder side or cache hit ratio drops on the CDN side, AWS Elemental MediaPackage extends to now publish both live ingress and egress logs as CloudWatch
  • AWS announces the AWS Activate Console for startups. The new console gives startups a set of free tools to quickly get started on AWS.
  • Amazon Redshift adds support for Lambda user-defined functions (UDFs). The new functionality helps operators use an AWS Lambda function as a UDF in Amazon Redshift, giving them the ability to write custom extensions for SQL queries and create tighter integrations with other services.
  • AWS introduces notifications regarding Site-to-Site VPN Connections, alerting operators via the Personal Health Dashboard if their VPN is operating without the recommended dual tunnel configuration for redundancy, or if the VPN has experienced a momentary loss of redundancy due to a tunnel endpoint replacement.
  • Our AWS consultants enjoyed this how-to blog by Mahmoud Matouk, How to configure Duo multi-factor authentication with Amazon Cognito. And, they also appreciated this AWS blog, Agile website delivery with Hugo and AWS Amplify by Nigel Harris on how to configure and deploy a website using Hugo with AWS CodeCommit and AWS Amplify.

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Flux7, an NTT DATA Company, is the only Sherpa on the DevOps journey that assesses, designs, and teaches while implementing a holistic solution for its enterprise customers, thus giving its clients the skills needed to manage and expand on the technology moving forward. Not a reseller or an MSP, Flux7 recommendations are 100% focused on customer requirements and creating the most efficient infrastructure possible that automates operations, streamlines and enhances development, and supports specific business goals.