IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review
Last week Werner Vogels, AWS CTO, spelled out in an interview with WSJ CIO Today the Company’s Path to the Cloud Business. A fascinating read, Vogels shares how Amazon’s early IT challenges led to Amazon Web Services, which has become a revenue engine for Amazon. According to the company, AWS has generated $8.4 billion in sales last quarter. A good read if you’re on your own cloud evolution.
- A couple weeks ago we brought you news of Splunk’s SignalFX acquisition. Splunk this week continued its buying spree with an announcement that it will acquire Omnition. Described as a stealth-mode operation, Omnition will give Splunk distributed tracing capabilities for microservice application monitoring.
- According to a blog announcement, Atlassian is making several updates to its cloud platform including:
- New premium plans for many of our cloud products with advanced features and support
- New free plans of Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Desk, and Jira Core
- Discounted prices for academic and non-profit customers
- New tools that strengthen control, security, and trust
- Pulumi announced GA of version 1.0 of its Infrastructure as Code platform. Pulumi 1.0 includes new capabilities to help development and operations teams overcome organizational silos and grow productivity, reliability and security with familiar programming languages and open-source tools and frameworks.
- AWS launched a large improvement to how AWS Lambda functions work with Amazon VPC networks, updating the service to change the way that functions connect to VPCs. AWS is now leveraging Hyperplane to provide NAT capabilities from the Lambda VPC to customer VPCs. The change in mapping will result in improvements to function startup performance and more efficient usage of elastic network interfaces. The update is rolling out to all existing and new VPC functions, at no additional cost.
- Amazon EKS made two announcements. The service now allows operators to assign IAM permissions to Kubernetes service accounts, giving pod level access control when running clusters with multiple co-located services. And, Amazon EKS now supports Kubernetes version 1.14.6 for all clusters.
- Amazon announced that its AWS Config solution now provides automatic remediation. Giving operators the ability to associate remediation actions with AWS Config rules, remediation activities can be automatically taken without manual intervention.
- Amazon introduced a price reduction for EFS infrequent access storage class. Last week AWS dropped its storage prices for EFS IA by 44%. According to a blog announcement, EFS IA storage prices now start at $0.025/GB-month.
- Amazon QuickSight has new features for improved asset organization; enhanced anomaly detection capabilities; a new Word Cloud chart type to represent categorical fields; and has added support for Favorites that allow you to bookmark your dashboards and analyses.
- Read Flux7’s newest article on, The CIO's Role in the Making of an Agile Enterprise. Lead, follow or get out of the way. A phrase famously coined by George Patton and later by Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca, it is also an apt prescription for the challenges CIOs face as organizations look to become agile enterprises. With the path to agility often running directly through IT, the CIO stands front and center in an organization’s transition to enterprise-wide agility. Read how CIOs can make the most of this situation.
- For CIOs and technology leaders looking to dive deeper into leading the transition to an Agile Enterprise, Flux7 has also 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.