IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review
VMWorld took center stage last week, with the company highlighting how it is moving beyond server virtualization to “accelerate your journey to a software-defined business—from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud.” Indeed, Amazon’s announcement of Amazon RDS on VMware made a big splash this past week with our AWS consulting group.
This news will bring the benefits of RDS to on-premises virtualized environments and hybrid environments where operators will be able to provision new on-premises database instances in minutes with a couple of clicks. While database admins spend a lot of time on provisioning, installing, patching and managing backups, the new offering will allow operators to much more easily make backups to on-premises or cloud-based storage, and to establish read replicas running on-premises or in the AWS cloud. Amazon RDS on vSphere will take care of OS and database patching, and will let operators migrate their on-premises databases to AWS with a single click.
In Other AWS News
- Amazon this past week released an updated version of its Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS). The update adds support for Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA) and Kubernetes Metrics Server, making it easier for operators to scale Kubernetes workloads managed by Amazon EKS in response to custom metrics. This allows users to scale their Amazon Kubernetes services based on metrics that they define, making it easier to run production workloads with Amazon EKS.
- AWS announced that AWS Systems Manager now supports calling a broad range of AWS APIs in Systems Manager Automation workflows. Now operators can author workflows using three new AWS API Actions – Execute, Assert, and Wait, while reaping the benefits of Automation service such as safe at-scale operation with approvals. Whereas before operators would have to write custom scripts to perform resource changes within the Automation service, operators can now make API calls to individual AWS solutions using the three new actions.
DevOps Tools News
- A key tenet of the Flux7 Enterprise DevOps Framework is the need for injectors and HashiCorp Vault is an important solution for injecting environment specific information (in this case secrets) into service templates as elements move through the CI/CD pipeline. As such, we were excited to see the launch of Vault 0.11 and Vault Agent, a new feature in all versions of Vault that manages the process of secure introduction and the management of tokens for accessing dynamic secrets. Vault Agent aims to solve the ‘Secret Zero’ problem of secure introduction by allowing operators to configure a Vault binary to automatically authenticate to Vault and manage the token renewal process.
- Our DevOps services team enjoyed this story in Comstock’s about The World’s Fastest Man. It’s a fascinating read about hard work, CEO leadership and finishing projects early.
- Join us September 20th in Austin, TX as we host Sean Carolan, HashiCorp Solutions Engineer, who will present, “Consul Connect: An Easy to Use Service Mesh for Everyone.” For additional details, and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Austin-HashiCorp-User-Group/events/251720578/
- We are thrilled and humbled to announce that Flux7 has been named the winner of the 2018 Stratus Award for Cloud Integrator, Small Company from The Business Intelligence Group. The Stratus Awards honor companies, products and people that offer unique solutions that take advantage of cloud technologies. We’re proud to be recognized for our AWS consulting work that helps enterprises rapidly integrate new technologies such as cloud containers, CI/CD and configuration management.