IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
April 15, 2019


IT Modernization DevOps News

An important tool provider to DevOps companies, Atlassian made several announcements at the annual Atlassian Summit, held last week in Las Vegas. Opsgenie, the incident management software Atlassian acquired last September, was updated to integrate more deeply with the Atlassian platform. Other new features include anew incident timeline, actions that automatically trigger repeatable tasks, Slack integration, and edge encryption. Confluence, Atlassian’s content collaboration tool, also saw feature updates this week, with new content organization tools, added visual editing and most notably new analytics with the acquisition of Good Software, which makes analytics tools for Confluence users and admins.

AgileCraft, an Atlassian acquisition from earlier this year, has been re-branded to Jira Align. Atlassian Cloud has been expanded to provide a user limit of up to 10,000 users for early access program customers and has increased security with encryption. Last, but certainly not least, Atlassian announced updates to the Atlassian Data Center. New functionality includes Smart Mirror Farms for Bitbucket Data Center; CDN support for Jira Software, Confluence, Bitbucket and Jira Service Desk Data Center; rate limiting for Bitbucket, Jira Software, and Jira Service Desk Data Center; issue archiving for Jira Software and Jira Service Desk Data Center; new and improved AWS templates and Azure templates to deploy Data Center; and a new mobile app for Jira Server and Data Center.

DevOps News

  • HashiCorp announced the public availability of HashiCorp Nomad 0.9 this week. A workload orchestrator for deploying containerized and legacy applications across multiple regions or cloud providers, Nomad integrates with HashiCorp’s other services, Consul and Vault. New to Nomad are scheduling features that enable more control over how Nomad places applications across the available infrastructure; new Task Driver Plugins enable community members to easily contribute and maintain new task drivers to support specific runtimes; Device Plugins that enable Nomad to support provisioning workloads that require specialized hardware like GPUs and more.
  • NGINX announced GA of NGINX Plus R18. An all-in-one load balancer, content cache, web server, proxy, API gateway and Kubernetes Ingress Controller, the newly available product offers several new features, including lazy loading of TLS certificates, support for port ranges rather than specific ports, simplified cluster management, and security enhancements.
  • Sysdig announced version 2.0 of its Sysdig Cloud-Native Visibility + Security platform. According to the company, the update provides a more powerful and significantly simpler way for enterprises to see the health, risk, and performance of cloud-native environments in a single unified view.
  • Google announced its support for on-premises data centers and hybrid cloud, including AWS with Anthos. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, said in his opening keynote at Google Cloud Next, “If you are using multiple cloud environments, Anthos is the choice for you.” Based on Kubernetes, Anthos was initially unveiled as Cloud Services Platform but is now GA under the brand Anthos.
  • Our DevOps consulting team liked this blog by Mike Cohn on why Organizations that Work on Fewer Projects at a Time Get More Done. It’s a good read with a good bottom line: “Focusing your organization on its most important projects, and delaying work on the less important, is a surefire strategy for delivering the most value as quickly as possible.”

Flux7 News

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