IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 6.1.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 6.1.2020

By Flux7 Labs
June 1, 2020

In this week’s DevOps news, 81% of technologists state in a new report by AppDynamics that COVID-19 has created the biggest technology pressure for their organization that they have ever experienced. Moreover, 95% report that technology priorities have changed during the pandemic, with 88% noting that digital customer experience is now the priority. A majority of technologists (64%) say they now perform tasks and activities they have never done before.

As organizations rush through digital transformation projects to ensure business continuity and stability, a new study by a Cambridge Judge Business School MBA project and Undo illustrates the negative financial and business affects of software failure. Most notably, the research found that failing tests cost the enterprise software market $61 billion annually, or 620 million developer hours a year. Contributing to this is the inability to reproduce software failures with 41% of survey respondents saying bug reproducibility is the biggest issue in finding and fixing bugs. Respondents reported an average of 13 hours to fix a single software failure in their backlog. 

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DevOps News

  • Ansible Red Hat announces updates to the Ansible Automation Platform. The new version includes an automation services catalog, which Red Hat defines as a venue for developers and business users to manage, provision, and retire resources. The firm also introduces updates to Ansible Tower. The news release removes blocking when projects and inventories are being updated, giving higher job throughput.
  • Red Hat expands its application services portfolio with the addition of Quarkus as a fully supported framework in Red Hat Runtimes. According to a press release, Red Hat’s goal with Quarkus is to advance Java on Kubernetes and bridge the gap between traditional Java applications and cloud-native environments.
  • Microsoft introduces Project Tye. Calling it an experimental developer tool, Microsoft reports that the new tool has two main goals. First, to make microservices development easier by running many services with one command, using dependencies in containers and discovering addresses of other services using simple conventions. And, second, to automate the deployment of .NET applications to Kubernetes by automatically containerizing .NET applications, generating Kubernetes manifests with minimal knowledge or configuration and by using a single configuration file.
  • Docker extends its collaboration with Microsoft, helping developers to use native Docker commands to run their applications in Azure Container Instances. According to a press release announcement, the collaboration also includes tighter integration with Visual Studio Code, which will allow developers to quickly start new language-specific projects, streamline the switch from local development to serverless cloud container services, and more.
  • Splunk announces updates to its Splunk Cloud, Splunk Data Stream Processor, and Splunk Connected Experiences. Specifically, the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit now features a customizable interface, visualization capabilities, a new family of Smart Assistants, and additional SPL commands for ML algorithms. It has grown its partnership with Google Cloud, now offering a single-pane view of GCP infrastructure data. And, the company has updated its Connected Experiences adding mobile device management.
  • Zscaler acquires Edgewise Networks. The startup secures application-to-application communications for public clouds and data centers, verifying the identity of application software, services, and processes to achieve a zero-trust environment

AWS News 

  • Amazon ECS launches load balancer views and container health check support in Spinnaker v1.20. Operators can now use container health checks through a Spinnaker deployment pipeline, integrated with ECS services. 
  • Amazon QuickSight integrates with Amazon SageMaker. In addition, AWS introduces an enhanced SQL editor to simplify the process of building custom SQL-powered data sets.
  • AWS SAM supports AWS Step Functions allowing operators to integrate workflow orchestration with their serverless applications. 
  • Our AWS consultants enjoyed this AWS blog post, Build an end to end, automated inventory forecasting capability with AWS Lake Formation and Amazon Forecast. In it, Syed Jaffry shows readers how to automate the data extraction, transformation, and use of Forecast using AWS Lake Formation, AWS Glue, and Amazon QuickSight.
  • They also highlighted the AWS blog, Best practices for configuring your Amazon Elasticsearch Service Domain as one to read this week. Jon Handler shares best practices for deploying Amazon ES domains.and how to plan for a baseline Amazon ES deployment.  

Flux7 News

  • Don’t miss our very own Matt Buchner as he presents Wednesday, June 4th at 12:15 pm ET at the TechStrong Conference. Matt will share the very different journey to AWS containerization of two enterprises.
  • Busting the Cloud Bursting Myth: A look by Derek Magill at how cloud bursting is not like the magic waistband on your Thanksgiving pants. Intrigued? Read on for his advice on the best path to achieving cloud benefits for HPC workloads.
  • It’s a natural function of the economy to move through periods of booms and busts. When the economy falters, people commonly turn to education as a means to improve their skillsets. And, in the process, set themselves up for greater success when the economy recovers. As we enter into a period of economic uncertainty, continuous education again gains in importance, presenting two important opportunities. Read how they collide in our newest blog, Economics, Continuous Education & Digital Transformation in Education.

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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.