IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 3.2.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 3.2.2020

By Flux7 Labs
March 2, 2020

Last week kicked off with the annual RSA conference where all things security were discussed. Top RSA news includes: NTT and Palo Alto Networks expanded their partnership with a new offering. It brings together NTT’s Secure by Design services with Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Access and Cortex XSOAR technologies. In other IT modernization news, Cisco introduced SecureX, a new cloud-native security platform with cloud, network and endpoint protection.


And, VMware unveiled its Cybersecurity 2020 Outlook. The report notes that  IT and security teams appear to be aligned on goals, with more than 55% saying that both security and IT will share responsibility for key security areas over the next three to five years.

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DevOps News

  • JFrog announced the JFrog DevOps Platform. JFrog Artifactory, its artifact repository manager, is the engine behind the new platform. It unites all JFrog products for an end-to-end DevOps experience. The platform includes JFrog Pipelines, the company’s new solution for pipeline automation and orchestration. According to a blog announcement, the new solution now enables binary/package management, DevSecOps, CI/CD, and software distribution solutions. All through a unified experience that enables Continuous Software Release Management flow.
  • New to the market this week is NGINX Controller 3.0. The offering is a converged platform that brings together NGINX Controller 1.0 and 2.0 and adds F5’s app‑centric user experience. The company calls it the industry’s first app‑centric approach to managing and delivering apps and APIs. The new Controller includes a self‑service portal that supports multiple roles. A configuration API, an app‑centric user interface, and services like a built-in certificate manager round out the offering.
  • HashiCorp and Microsoft announced the release of Terraform AzureRM Provider 2.0.0. The newest version includes three major improvements. First, an overhaul of the VM and VM Scale Set resources. Second, it introduces custom timeouts. And, third, it removes deprecated resources.
  • Instana brings Instana SmartAlerts to the market. The company claims it is the first system that automates the management of IT Alerts based on the environment and situation. The new tool uses BluePrints to automate the configuration of alert thresholds and actions. Thus, helping teams better manage alerts associated with containerized and microservice applications.
  • Stackery unveiled support for Provisioned Concurrency in its Lambda management tools. With it, Stackery says it can address service startup latency, or cold starts, in serverless. Specifically, users can set Lambda functions to have Provisioned Concurrency in the Stackery Editor. And, they can set the number of execution environments to keep “hot” for incoming requests.

AWS News 

  • Amazon introduced enhancements to Amazon FSx for Lustre, its service for launching and running high-performance file systems. With this announcement, Amazon gives users several enhancements. Notably, the ability to launch durable, highly available persistent file systems. It has also increased throughput for non-durable scratch file systems and offers enhanced encryption abilities. Previously, Lustre only enabled short-term processing of data via scratch file systems with unreplicated storage. Now users can also launch persistent Lustre file systems, for longer-term use.  Also new is a second-generation scratch file system that gives users greater ‘burst-ability’. (For more on Lustre in action, watch: This is My Architecture)
  • AWS just made it easier to monitor your event-driven serverless workflows with the addition of CloudWatch Logs for standard workflows support in AWS Step Functions.
  • Amazon Transcribe now supports the automatic redaction of personally identifiable information (PII).

  • The DevOps consulting team enjoyed this AWS blog: Continuous compliance monitoring with Chef InSpec and AWS Security Hub. And, this one on Creating Packer images using AWS System Manager Automation.

Flux7 News

  • Each week AWS features innovative cloud architectures from its partners and customers in a video feature it calls, This is My Architecture. We’re excited to share that a new episode features our very own DevOps Engineer, Arthur Mandel, and David Fluck from Toyota Research Institute. In the episode, they highlight how two technologies — AWS P3 GPU instances and AWS Service Catalog — enable TRI data scientists to more quickly progress their research.
  • No matter how you think of digital business transformation, it can be tempting to embrace it by building digital things. Yet, this approach misses a big piece of the puzzle. Read our latest blog on how to address customer and business needs with a digital business platform.

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