IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 3.16.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 3.16.2020

By Flux7 Labs
March 16, 2020

“Lack of skill is constraining them more than lack of technology” notes a new report from the DevOps Institute. The survey finds that the leading challenge for organizations remains to find and attract skilled DevOps people. Indeed, 58% reported that finding skilled team members is a huge challenge, with 48% saying that retention of skilled DevOps people is a challenge. Industries like financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and tech are top seekers of DevOps talent. 


Within DevOps, top sought skills include tech skills like cloud infrastructure, functional skills like IT operations, and process and frameworks skills like Agile. “Some exposure and skills around specific automation tools which one might have gained throughout their career or training, combined with business acumen, make a perfect hybrid DevOps Engineer.”

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DevOps News

    • Atlassian announced that is has added no-code automation natively to Jira Cloud. The new feature will help teams organize and automate repetitive tasks. The automation works across all Jira Cloud products and integrates with tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams.
    • Google introduced this week its new Cloud AI Platform Pipelines. According to a blog, the new solution provides a way to deploy repeatable machine learning pipelines. In addition, ML workflows feature monitoring, auditing, version tracking, and replicability. The AI Platform Pipelines include features for running ML workloads, Cloud Logging, visualization tools, and more. They are integrated with GCP services and feature pre-built pipeline components for ML workflows.
    • In a blog, Docker announced it is expanding the Docker Desktop experience to accelerate new developer onboarding and improve team collaboration and communication. The company is also growing the breadth of Docker Hub. It will help users manage app components created from development and deployment. And, for the first time, Docker is sharing a public roadmap.
    • HashiTalks 2020 recorded sessions are now live and available.
    • VMware announced last week at its Accelerating Digital Business event: 
      • An expanded VMware Tanzu Portfolio including VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, a Kubernetes runtime; VMware Tanzu Mission Control, a management platform for operating and securing Kubernetes infrastructure, and; VMware Tanzu Application Catalog, a customizable selection of open source software from the Bitnami catalog. 
      • VMware Cloud Foundation 4 
      • VMware vSphere 7 to power VMware Cloud Foundation Services
    • GitHub is replacing its web notifications interface with a new one, beginning April 8, 2020. The new interface is designed to help users find and take action on notifications with custom filter workflows, and the ability to quickly clear notifications.

    Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform has been updated to include several hosted service offerings including Automation Analytics. This visual dashboard provides users with health notifications and statistics about Ansible Automation.

AWS News 

  • Amazon announced that users of its VPC NAT gateway can now add tags and tag-based controls at the time of resource creation.  This allows users to define fine-grained access controls using tags and AWS IAM policies.
  • A new feature from AWS allows users to privately share apps stored in AWS Serverless Application Repository with other AWS accounts — within an AWS Organization using a single Organization ID. Users can define separate resource-based policy statements from the console. From here, users can select actions permitted for each statement. This allows users to share serverless apps across their organizations.
  • Amazon unveils that ECS has added support for reading AWS Secrets Manager secrets. It can read secrets with a specific version or from a key within a JSON object, for those tasks using the EC2 launch type. The new benefit to users is more detailed control over sensitive information.
  • Amazon API Gateway announced the GA of HTTP APIs this week. According to an AWS blog post, the feature allows users to build high-performance RESTful APIs that increase cost savings and reduce latency. The new release includes private integrations with AWS ELB and AWS CloudMap. With it, users can route requests to private AWS ELB and IP-based services registered in AWS CloudMap.  

Flux7 News

  • A Forbes report called remote work “standard operating procedure” for 50% of the U.S. population. Yet, if you aren’t among those who typically work from home — or are managing a remote team for the first time — you may be surprised to hear that there are definite skills and strategies to ensure your success. Read our latest blog in which our team of remote employees share their insights for effective remote work. Remote Employees Share Their Tips for a Healthy Remote Work Environment.
  • We are honored to be included in Inc. magazine’s newest fastest growing companies list in which it named the fastest growing companies in its Inc. 5000 Series Texas award.  Ranked the 133rd fastest growing company in the Texas region, this honor comes atop of Flux7’s inclusion in the Inc. 5000 fastest growing list two years running.

  • As development releases faster to production, having a software repository that can keep pace while growing the reliability of the release process is important. Read our recommendations for DevOps organizations looking to move their artifactories in our latest blog, JFrog Artifactory on AWS: Migration Best Practices.

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Written by Flux7 Labs

Flux7, an NTT DATA Company, is the only Sherpa on the DevOps journey that assesses, designs, and teaches while implementing a holistic solution for its enterprise customers, thus giving its clients the skills needed to manage and expand on the technology moving forward. Not a reseller or an MSP, Flux7 recommendations are 100% focused on customer requirements and creating the most efficient infrastructure possible that automates operations, streamlines and enhances development, and supports specific business goals.