IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 2.22.2021
In this week’s DevOps news, we see the Biden administration weighing in on the SolarWinds breach, estimating that its probe of the situation is likely to take months. At least nine federal agencies and 100 private sector businesses were compromised, according to CNN. And in the shadow of this news, Palo Alto Networks announced its acquisition of Bridgecrew, makers of an infrastructure as code (IaC) security platform that provides teams with a way to enforce infrastructure security standards throughout the development lifecycle.
Additionally, Check Point rolled out extended capabilities for its CloudGuard Cloud Native Security platform with the launch of CloudGuard Application Security (AppSec). The new capabilities include a fully automated web application and API protection solution that the company says will helps enterprises secure their cloud-native applications against both known and zero-day attacks.
- Microsoft makes machine learning available on Azure SQL Managed Instance. According to a blog announcement, the machine learning capabilities are enabled to operate R or Python runtime with increased performance on a preconfigured SQL Managed Instance.
- Ansible announces Community Ansible 3.0.0 package. The new package contains more than 85 Collections containing thousands of modules and other plugins. Ansible 3.0.0 includes the functionality available in Ansible 2.9, and the newer modules and plugins.
- The CircleCI CI/CD platform has been updated with CircleCI private orbs. According to a press release, “CircleCI orbs help developers automate repeated processes with reusable packages of YAML configuration.” The open-source config packages feature integrations for a variety of use-cases (e.g. vulnerability scanning and test coverage of applications). Teams can create private orbs for sharing within their organization.
- Google Cloud and Databricks announce a new partnership in which Databricks will be delivered via Google Cloud. Operators will be able to use Databricks to create a lakehouse capable of data engineering, data science, machine learning, and analytics on Google cloud.
- CTO.ai introduces a new Serverless Kubernetes Platform that empowers developers to consolidate their workflows on Kubernetes and deploy cloud-native applications.
- DataRobot introduces its latest integration with Snowflake that adds a new Feature Discovery pushdown integration.
- Solo.io reveals the general availability of Gloo Mesh Enterprise its Kubernetes-native solution for service mesh management.
- Rollbar indicates in new research that 88% of developers feel that traditional error monitoring falls short of their expectations. Indeed, 38% said that they spend up to a quarter of their time fixing software bugs with 26% reporting that they spend up to half their time in bug fix activities. And, it’s no wonder as traditional error monitoring reportedly requires 39% to respond manually; 36% report that it takes them too long to find all of the details they need to fix bugs and errors and 29% say it makes it difficult to detect errors.
- Amazon announces that CloudWatch Synthetics supports canary events with Amazon EventBridge. The added support enables operators to “send notifications to teams, capture canary event information, and take corrective action in response to a canary state change or the completion of a canary run.” You can use CloudWatch Synthetics to create canaries, configurable scripts that run on a schedule, to monitor your endpoints and APIs 24×7. With this launch, CloudWatch Synthetics now emits an event when a canary changes state or completes a run.
- AWS makes Amplify Flutter generally available. The new offering is a combination of tools and services to build secure, scalable mobile and web applications. Amplify Flutter brings together AWS Amplify and Flutter — Google’s UI toolkit for building natively compiled mobile, web, and desktop apps.
- Amazon adds a smaller storage tier; AWS Outposts begins offering a 26 TB storage tier for Amazon S3 on Outposts.
- In other S3 news, AWS Config adds support for the AWS KMS keys and alias Amazon Resource Name (ARN) that you provide, encrypting data delivered to your Amazon S3 bucket.
- Last, our AWS consultants enjoyed this blog, Getting started with Trace Analytics in Amazon Elasticsearch Service. Our team likened it to ready-made log analytics for app performance issues.
- Read our latest customer story on how we helped an enterprise software developer right-size its legacy logs and how it helped them stop playing Whack-a-Mole and instead focus on strategic work. Wrangling Log Levels: How to Right-Size Legacy Logs & Why It Matters
- Streamlit Dashboards Give Data Scientists More Time for Analysis In this new article our consultants share their learnings from implementing a self–service model to provision internal dashboards for our customer’s specific needs — all without having to worry about the time-intensive process of provisioning instances and supporting assets.
Written by Flux7 Labs
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