IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 5.18.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 5.18.2020

By Flux7 Labs
May 18, 2020

AI and ML lead IT Modernization news this week as NVIDIA introduces Jarvis. Unveiled at its GPU Technology Conference, the new solution is an application framework for building multimodal conversational AI services. Databricks unveils a program for university students to receive free access to the company’s in-person learning, virtual classrooms, and online AI/ML tools. 

In slightly different AI news, Kite launches AI-powered completions for JavaScript. The new tool is said to automate away the repetitive boilerplate of writing JavaScript code. And, Sauce Labs releases Failure Analysis, its new analytics solution that applies ML to continuous testing. With ML, the solution gives insights into common reasons a test may fail, how often the same type of failure repeats itself across a given test suite, and more. 

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DevOps News

  • Atlassian acquires Halp. As remote collaboration continues to grow, Halp technology will integrate with Slack to turn it into a help desk channel. According to the company, Slack users need only add an emoji reaction to a message into a ticket that can be tracked to ensure the question or issue is addressed — whether by the legal, IT, HR, or another team.
  • Jenkins releases the GA of Windows agent images for Docker. With the new images, users can provision Jenkins agents with Windows OS on Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Microsoft shares how its new Azure blueprint for Zero Trust helps automate cybersecurity. Currently in preview, blueprint helps operators implement Zero Trust controls to create hardened environments for app workloads.
  • GitLab introduces us to Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG). According to a company blog, the service allows operators to run pipeline steps out of order, breaking the stage sequencing and allowing jobs to relate to each other directly no matter which stage they belong to. The new feature speeds up the CI/CD process by allowing jobs to run immediately after their dependent jobs completed — even if some jobs in the previous stage are still running.
  • Google announces a new free training program that includes topics varying from Google Cloud basics to building robust cloud architectures.
  • Cockroach releases CockroachDB 20.1, the newest version of its cloud-native, distributed SQL database. New features include an online primary key changes feature; new monitoring updates; additional support for ORMs like Django; added SQL functionality; and more.
  • Launchnotes launches its eponymously named platform for tracking communications surrounding product releases. Founded by three former Atlassian employees, the SaaS service seeks to help dev teams stay informed with the rest of the business.

AWS News 

  • AWS releases Kendra to general availability. An enterprise search service powered by ML, Kendra helps enterprises index, search, and gain insights from various data repositories.
  • Amazon announces that developers using the Amazon Chime SDK for JavaScript can now run their web apps in Google Chrome browsers running on the Ubuntu LTS (version 16.04 and newer) OS.
  • AWS features a helpful how-to blog that walks readers through the process of Using State Manager over cfn-init in CloudFormation. Readers learn a simpler way of setting instance configuration with AWS Systems Manager State Manager for Amazon EC2 instances deployed through AWS CloudFormation
  • Last, our AWS consulting team enjoyed this week’s This is My Architecture that features the Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development (TRI-AD) team’s large-scale  and high-performance Distributed Training Platform.

Flux7 News

  • Don’t miss Dr. Aater Suleman as he presents, Accelerating Technology Deployments Using DevOps Practices on May 27th at 6:30 CT. Hosted by the Houston Project Management Institute, learn more and register for free. While you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of their great virtual speaker series.
  • Bringing HPC workloads to the cloud can be daunting at first. Easing what can be an overwhelming process and helping you determine where and how to begin is our latest article, HPC on AWS: A Workload-Based Approach to Computing at Scale.
  • When it comes to application modernization, monolith apps can present unique challenges. Many are often fragile and should be handled carefully. Yet, the benefits of modernization can be many. Helping readers bridge the gap we’ve created a resource list of what’s needed to begin down the path to monolith application modernization. 

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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.