IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
December 17, 2018

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in ReviewKubeCon + CloudNativeCon was held in Seattle this past week, with a reported 8,000 in attendance. With a waiting list of 2,000 and a lengthy list of vendor announcements, the show illustrates the rapidly growing momentum behind Kubernetes. For IT modernization projects that embrace open source, microservices, serverless, and more, let’s explore just a few of the announcements from the event.

  • For monitoring and security, New Relic introduced the Kubernetes cluster explorer, a new way for a DevOps team to understand the health and performance of its complex Kubernetes environments through monitoring and visualization. And NeuVector added containerd and CRI-O run-time support to its Kubernetes security platform.
  • On the management front, Kublr launched version 1.11 of its platform that provides enhanced automation and fine grained controls for deploying Kubernetes in multiple environments. Also, software delivery automation company, Atomist, announced a new capability that enables delivery to Kubernetes using the open source Software Delivery Machine (SDM) in local mode. It also added support for GitLab. Bitnami unveiled Bitnami Kubernetes Production Runtime (BKPR) 1.0, a production-ready open source project with built-in monitoring, alerting and metrics that enables developers to avoid duplicating common requirements when they publish a Kubernetes application.
  • Our DevOps consulting team liked this Kubernetes blog, “Kubernetes Federation Evolution”. As you may know, federation is the biggest kubernetes open source sub project, seeing great interest and contribution from the community. This article discusses the evolution of a federation specific API architecture and the community effort which now continues as Federation V2.
  • Last, Flux7’s very own Dr. Suleman weighed in this week on “Common Assumptions To Avoid When Starting With Kubernetes” check it out in the Forbes Technology Council.

AWS News

  • AWS Service Catalog now provides a pattern for using AWS Service Catalog with Terraform to provision AWS resources. The AWS Service Catalog Terraform Reference Architecture whitepaper is available for download. The guide walks operators through the process of creating, deploying, and managing AWS Service Catalog products that use Terraform configurations.
  • Amazon EKS can now perform managed, in-place cluster upgrades for both Kubernetes and EKS platform versions. According to the announcement, this update simplifies cluster operations while making latest Kubernetes features and EKS configuration and security patch updates available to operators. EKS also now supports Kubernetes version 1.11.5 for all new EKS clusters.
  • Amazon announced that Amazon RDS now supports publishing PostgreSQL log files to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. By publishing these logs to CloudWatch Logs, you can maintain continuous visibility into PostgreSQL system logs, and upgrade logs for your PostgreSQL databases. Amazon notes that this allows operators to now set up Amazon CloudWatch Alarms to notify you of frequent restarts which are recorded in the PostgreSQL system log.
  • Our AWS consulting team enjoyed this AWS blog post on how to automate analyzing your permissions using IAM access advisor APIs. In it author Ujjwal Pugalia describes how an administrator can grant access to AWS for developers using automation via IAM access advisor APIs. Specifically, the post discusses access advisor APIs and an example to demonstrate how you can use the AWS CLI to create a report of the last-accessed timestamps for the services used by the roles in your account.

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