IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

By Flux7 Labs
May 6, 2019


IT Modernization DevOps News 7DockerCon took place this past week in San Francisco. The key announcement from Docker at the show was the unveiling of its New Docker Enterprise 3.0 platform which includes, according to the company, a new integrated Docker Desktop Enterprise to increase developer productivity and automate application delivery; Docker Kubernetes Services to simplify application scaling and deployment; and Docker Applications for high-velocity innovation. Docker also announced at the event it has created a foundation to help educate under served communities about modern technologies.

Supporting the ongoing move to containerization was a survey this week by O’Reilly in which it found that among respondents whose organizations have adopted cloud-native infrastructure, 88% use containers and 69% use orchestration tools like Kubernetes. Of those who haven’t adopted cloud-native infrastructure, 50% cite a lack of skills as a hurdle. More interesting, lack of skills, company culture, microservices migration, and security and compliance were shared challenges among adopters and non-adopters alike.

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DevOps News

  • Puppet announced new capabilities and enhancements to its infrastructure automation portfolio, combining agentless and agent-based governance to scale infrastructure delivery. New enhancements include integration with Bolt, Puppet’s open source, agentless task runner. Bolt now features YAML support, making it easier to start with automation without installing an agent on a remote target.
  • Splunk announced GA of two solutions: Splunk Connected Experiences and Splunk Business Flow. Splunk Connected Experiences seeks to give operators access to data on-the-go via their mobile devices. Splunk Business Flow is designed to give business operations teams the ability to make better data decisions with a closer look at business processes and customer experiences.
  • Git released versions 11.10.2, 11.9.10, and 11.8.9 for GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE) that contain important security fixes.

AWS News

  • Our AWS consulting group was glad to see that Amazon introduced Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway this week. The new feature allows operators to connect thousands of Amazon VPCs in multiple AWS Regions to their on-premises networks using 1/2/5/10 Gbps AWS Direct Connect connections. Until today, AWS Transit Gateway only supported AWS Site-to-Site VPN and Amazon VPC attachments.
  • This week Amazon announced the Amazon EKS Deep Learning Benchmarking Utility, an automated tool for machine learning benchmarking on Kubernetes clusters. According to AWS, prior to the new service, benchmarking machine learning performance on Kubernetes required you to perform multiple manual steps for each performance optimization, adding significant time and work onto setting up cost-effective and performant machine learning jobs.
  • Elastic Fabric Adapter, Amazon’s new network interface for EC2 instances, is now generally available. Designed to support High-Performance Computing (HPC) AWS workloads that need lots of inter-node communication, EFA will add support for additional EC2 instance types over time.
  • AWS announced that it has updated AWS WAF Security Automations, its service that automatically deploys a single web access control list with a set of AWS WAF rules for common web-based attacks. The update includes support for Amazon Athena and/or AWS WAF full log analysis.
  • Our DevOps consulting team enjoyed this blog article on how to Use AWS Transit Gateway & Direct Connect to Centralize and Streamline Your Network Connectivity.

Flux7 News

  • Read Flux7 CEO, Dr. Aater Suleman’s latest Forbes article, Upskill Your Team To Address The Cloud, Kubernetes Skills Gap in which he shares two key levers to address today’s skills gap.
  • On the Flux7 DevOps blog last week we featured our thoughts on how DevOps automation can bring Industrial Revolution style efficiencies of scale. DevOps automation has become a lynchpin to IT modernization and a competitive position in today’s marketplace. Just as the assembly line gave automakers an incredible advantage in the market, DevOps automation creates efficiencies of scale that bring serious competitive advantage to today’s early adopters. Read more here.

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