IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
August 19, 2019


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As DevOps teams make progress in collaboration, automation and more, new services and functionality continue to emerge to help further streamline roles and processes. At DevOps World | Jenkins World last week, we saw several examples of this with attendees getting a preview of CloudBees’ Software Delivery Management (SDM) Platform along with its Product Hub and Value Stream Management modules; enhancements to the CloudBees Accelerator and much more.

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Breaking down the DevOps news from the week for you, announcements from the DevOps World show include:

  • Enhancements to the CloudBees Accelerator platform; according to a news release, teams can now use the platform to burst workloads to all three major cloud providers and shorten build and test times for devices running the new Android Q operating system from hours to minutes. Enhancements also include support for SSL and TLS cryptographic protocols, improvements to CloudBees Electrify and the Linux Foundation Yocto Project, and improvements to out-of-the-box support for Windows with native support for distributing and caching Visual Studio projects.
  • The introduction of CloudBees Flow 9.1, which the company touts as the industry’s first unified Application Release Orchestration (ARO) platform built for DevOps at enterprise scale. Based in part on the ElectricFlow orchestration platform, (the continuous delivery platform that CloudBees acquired in the recent purchase of Electric Cloud,) the platform adds a series of enhancements, including fully customizable dashboards, data archiving, visibility into how a release is progressing, enhanced insights into the overall release and all sub-pipelines, and added flexibility and control of release pipeline execution.
  • A partnership between CloudBees and Google Cloud in which the two companies announced a plan collaboration to deliver a DevOps platform based on Google Cloud Anthos’ open source technologies.
  • OverOps announced new CI/CD integrations. In a press release, the firm notes that the integration is a response to the growing need to detect code-level issues earlier in the software release cycle. Its support expands to include CI/CD tools including Jenkins, TeamCity and Bamboo.
  • SmartBear announced the release of TestEngine for automating test execution in CI/CD environments and version 2.8 of its ReadyAPI, for accelerating the functional, security, and load testing of RESTful, SOAP, GraphQL, and other web services.
  • And in related non-show news, XebiaLabs announced an expansion to its Software Chain of Custody reporting capabilities. Version 9.0 of the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform features a new Release Audit Report that covers all release activities (what happened, when it happened, where it happened, and who made it happen) at the push of a button.
  • Last, Stackery Professional, the firm’s serverless tooling to manage applications from development to production, is now available in the AWS Marketplace.

AWS News

  • Amazon has announced a new capacity-optimized allocation strategy for provisioning Amazon EC2 Spot Instances via EC2 Auto Scaling, EC2 Fleet, and Spot Fleet. Amazon reports that the new strategy automatically makes the most efficient use of available spare capacity while still taking advantage of the steep discounts offered by Spot Instances.
  • AWS Step Functions has added support for Nested Workflows allowing operators to, according to Amazon, orchestrate more complex processes by composing modular, reusable workflows.
  • Amazon has introduced support for Amazon Linux 2 in AWS CodeBuild. Whereas operators had to previously use a Docker image to test for the Amazon Linux environment, they can now select the build environment "aws/codebuild/amazonlinux2-x86_64-standard:1.0" to create or update an AWS CodeBuild Project.

Flux7 News

  • Read Flux7’s take on the newly available AWS Lake Formation. At a high level, AWS Lake Formation provides best-practice templates and workflows for creating data lakes that are secure, compliant and operate effectively. AWS Lake Formation offers three key areas of benefit, one area that we think is a neat, supporting feature and leaves room for areas of future improvement.
  • Few industries face the level of global competition of manufacturing. To compete and realize the promise of Industry 4.0, manufacturers are increasingly embracing digital transformation. Check out our blog on the digital transformation journey of several manufacturers and how it has benefited their productivity, efficiency and ultimately their strategic market position.
  • 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 an agile enterprise architecture 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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