IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
June 17, 2019


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The annual Jetbrains State of the Developer Ecosystem survey found that 45% of developers are now using a DevOps continuous integration / continuous delivery tool of some sort. And, interestingly, 63% of respondents felt that AI would replace developers — at least partially — in the future. The survey also found that 43% of responding developers are not using a configuration management tool, while the majority of those who do (27%) use a custom solution.

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Other DevOps findings include the fact that 90% of developers who use a server templating tool use Docker while the infrastructure provisioning solution of choice is Terraform (16%) with CloudFormation a close second (14%). Last, as we would expect, Kubernetes use has grown rapidly over last year’s survey, with almost one-third (29%) using it as their production container orchestration service.

DevOps News

  • VMware buys Avi Networks, a multi-cloud application delivery company, for an undisclosed amount. "Combining Avi Networks with VMware NSX will further enable organizations to respond to new opportunities and threats, create new business models, and deliver services to all applications and data, wherever they are located," VMware's Tom Gillis said in a statement
  • In other acquisition news, CloudBees acquired Rollout, a secure feature management company providing software specifically targeted for developers and product teams. According to a press release, the companies say that the deal, “further strengthens CloudBees’ leadership in the continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline market, giving customers the ability to deliver new features safely, securely and quickly into production.”
  • Our DevOps Consulting team suggested this read containing (pun intended) three strategies for implementing a microservices architecture.
  • Last, we enjoyed this article by Astasia Myers summarizing 3 Themes from the Velocity Conference 2019 -- most notably that talk of Kubernetes is alive and well and that skill development remains a limiting factor for cloud-native infrastructure adoption.

AWS News

  • A provider of managed database and cloud services, RDX announced at AWS Summit last week the availability of its new clckwrk Refactoring Service for Oracle. The new service enables enterprises to migrate apps using Oracle databases to Amazon Aurora, Amazon’s PostgreSQL open-source relational database.
  • AWS announced GA of Amazon Personalize, its fully-managed service that allows operators to create private, customized personalization recommendations for applications. This same technology that is used on is now available to developers to incorporate into their own applications. As AWS notes, it’s “like having your own machine learning personalization team at your beck and call, 24 hours a day.”
  • As of this week, AWS CodeCommit now supports two additional merge strategies for pull requests: squash merges and three-way merges. AWS also introduced a conflict resolution editor that allows developers to manually resolve conflicts from the console at the time of a merge.
  • Our AWS Consulting team enjoyed this guest AWS Blog by Alice Xiao, Data Analyst at State Street who shared how the Financial Services company uses CloudWatch Logs Insights to support their innovation process of rapidly converting business ideas into client-centered applications.

Flux7 News

  • Read CEO Dr. Suleman’s InformationWeek article, Five-Step Action Plan for DevOps at Scale in which he discusses how DevOps is achievable at enterprise scale if you start small, create a dedicated team and effectively use technology patterns and platforms.
  • Also published this week is Dr. Suleman’s take on Servant Leadership, as published in Forbes. In Why CIOs Should Have A Servant-Leadership Approach he shares why CIOs shouldn’t be in a position where they end up needing to justify their efforts. Read the article for the reason why. (No, it isn’t the brash conclusion you might think it is.)

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