IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
September 3, 2019
2019 Week in Review 2The 2019 State of DevOps report by DORA has been released and it underscores a key finding from prior reports, that it is possible to optimize for
stability without sacrificing speed. The study also found that the use of cloud is predictive of high performing organizations, with the highest performing teams 24x more likely to execute on DORA’s five critical capabilities of cloud computing. And, high performers favor strategies that create community structures across the organization. Examples include Communities of Practice and supported Proofs of Concept, that are likely to make DevOps initiatives more sustainable and resilient.

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DevOps News

  • Lightbend announced the launch of CloudState, an Open Source Serverless framework that the company says is designed to enable stateful workloads on the Knative / Kubernetes stack. In a TechCrunch interview, CTO Jonas Bonér states, “I think people sometimes [don’t distinguish] between serverless and Function as a Service. I think that’s actually cutting the technology short. What serverless really brings to the table is this completely new developer experience and operations experience by trying to automate as much as possible. A lot of people say that I have this excellent use case for the current incarnation of serverless and Function as a Service, but the rest of my application doesn’t really work running there. That’s exactly what CloudState is trying to address.”
  • GA of HashiCorp Consul 1.6.0 was announced. According to the company, the release is focused on several major new features for Consul Connect, Consul's service mesh solution and a number of improvements and bug fixes.
  • HashiCorp unveiled feature plans to more deeply integrate HashiCorp Vault with Kubernetes. According to a blog announcement, the initial roadmap will focus on features that allow users with limited or no knowledge to make use of secret management capabilities including storing and accessing secrets without additional customization. The goal is to give operators a variety of options to use Vault and Kubernetes securely. The new features are expected in the coming months.
  • Atomist released to beta a new drift management feature for cloud native software that exposes, manages and fixes code drift in a single platform.

AWS News 

  • Amazon announced that container monitoring for Amazon ECS, EKS, and Kubernetes is now available in Amazon CloudWatch. With Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights operators can monitor, isolate, and diagnose containerized applications and microservices environments through automated dashboards that summarize the performance and health of ECS, Fargate, EKS, and Kubernetes clusters.
  • Speaking of EKS, our DevOps consultants enjoyed this blog, Deploying GitOps with Weave Flux and Amazon EKS that shares how to use Weave Flux to make running GitOps in an EKS cluster faster and easier, through configuration monitoring.
  • Amazon updated SageMaker to support Amazon EFS and Amazon FSx for Lustre file systems as data sources for training machine learning models on SageMaker. Support for these file systems makes it easier for operators to train models with data sets as it reduces the start-up time by eliminating the data download step of the training process and executes training jobs faster.
  • AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store introduced intelligent-tiering. Automatic parameter tier selection allows Parameter Store to choose the best-fit tier in environments with unknown or changing patterns of parameter count, value size or parameter policies.

Flux7 News

  • Read Flux7’s newest article on How to Grow API Security, PCI Compliance with Swagger Specification which shares how to increase security and PCI compliance by reducing the attack surface of APIs with the Swagger Specification.
  • We also shared last week the stories of several hoteliers and how they Grow Customer and  Franchisee Value with Technology Transformation. Legacy systems challenge established hoteliers to effectively innovate and compete with market pressures like OTAs and new market entrants. Read how a few hoteliers transformed their systems in order to innovate and compete.
  • 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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