IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
August 5, 2019


IT Modernization DevOps News At IBM’s Investor Briefing 2019, CEO Ginni Rometty, addressed questions about the future of Red Hat now that the acquisition has closed. Framing what she calls Chapter Two of the cloud, she noted that Red Hat brings the vehicle. “Eighty percent is still to be moved into a hybrid cloud environment,” she said. Noting further that, ”
Hybrid cloud is the destination because you can modularize apps.” The strategy moving forward is to scale Red Hat, selling more IBM services tied to Red Hat while optimizing the IBM portfolio for
Red Hat OpenShift in a move that Rometty called, “middleware everywhere.”

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DevOps News

  • HashiCorp announced the public availability of HashiCorp Vault 1.2. According to the company, new features are focused on supporting new architectures for automated credential and cryptographic key management at a global, highly-distributed scale. Specifically, it includes KMIP Server Secret Engine (Vault Enterprise only) which allows Vault to serve as a KMIP Server for automating secrets management and encryption as a service workflows with enterprise systems; integrated storage; identity tokens; and database static credential rotation.
  • CodeStream is now available for deployment through the Slack app store. With CodeStream, developers can more easily use Slack to discuss code; instead of cutting and pasting, developers can now share code blocks in context right from their IDE. Replies can be made in Slack or CodeStream, and in either case, they become part of the thread that is permanently linked to the code.
  • Armory announced it has raised $28M in its pursuit of additional development of Spinnaker, the firm’s open-source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform used by developers to release quality software with greater speed and efficiency.
  • Our DevOps consulting team enjoyed this article by Mike Cohn on, Overcoming Four Common Objections to the Daily Scrum. In it, he discusses best practices for well-run daily Scrums.

AWS News

  • Operators can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to specify AWS IoT Events resources. According to the firm, this improvement enables you to use CloudFormation to deploy AWS IoT Events resources—along with the rest of your AWS infrastructure—in a secure, efficient, and repeatable way. The new capability is available now where IoT Events are available.
  • Amazon has added a new Predictions category to its Amplify Framework, allowing operators to now easily add and configure AI/ML use cases to their web and/or mobile applications.
  • In response to greater transparency, Amazon has launched the AWS CloudFormation Coverage Roadmap. In it AWS shares its priorities for CloudFormation in four areas: features that have shipped and are production-ready; features that are on the near-horizon and you should expect to see within the next few months; longer-term features that are actively being worked on; and features being researched.
  • AWS introduced the availability of the Middle East Region, the first AWS Region in the Middle East; it is comprised of three Availability Zones.
  • Our AWS Consulting team enjoyed this AWS blog, Analyzing AWS WAF logs with Amazon ES, Amazon Athena, and Amazon QuickSight, by Aaron Franco in which he discusses how to aggregate AWS WAF logs into a central data lake repository. Check out our resource page for additional reading on AWS WAF.

Flux7 News

  • We continued our blog series about becoming an Agile Enterprise, with the Flux7 case study of our OKR (Objectives and Key Results) journey, sharing lessons we learned along the way and greater role of OKRs in an Agile Enterprise. In case you missed the first article in the series on choosing a flatarchy organizational structure, you can read it here.
  • For CIOs and technology leaders looking to lead the transition to an Agile Enterprise, Flux7 has published a new paper on How CIOs Can Prepare an IT Platform for the Agile Enterprise. Download it today to learn how a technology platform that supports agility with IT automation and DevOps best practices can be a key lever to helping IT engage with and improve the business.

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