IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 6.29.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 6.29.2020

By Flux7 Labs
June 29, 2020

In this week’s DevOps news, JFrog makes two announcements at its JFrog swampUP Conference. First, it introduces CDN-based and Peer-to-Peer software package distribution mechanisms. Designed to help users tackle the challenge associated with frequently delivering large volumes of artifacts internally and externally, the two new mechanisms accelerate download speeds and grow resilience by expanding beyond a single point of failure. The company also launched at the conference ChartCenter. The free, central repository of Helm charts contains immutable versions making it a single source of truth.

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DevOps News

  • Puppet announces public beta availability of Relay, its new event-driven automation platform. According to a press release, Relay connects cloud platforms, tools, and APIs like PagerDuty, GitHub, Datadog, Jira, Terraform, and Slack to enable a wide variety of cloud automation use cases.
  • GitHub Enterprise 2.21 arrives. The latest version now allows operators to convert an existing pull request into a draft at any time, working on the draft indefinitely. Users get a frequently requested feature in the ability to suggest changes to multiple lines of adjacent code at once. GitHub introduces two new repository permission roles, Triage and Maintain, giving admins more control over roles. Several other new features are included in the new release.
  • In addition, GitHub updates Dependabot to keep actions used in workflow files updated automatically. It does so by periodically checking workflow files and the Actions they use to see if new versions are available. When updates are available, Dependabot sends a pull request that updates the workflow file with the most recent version of the Action.
  • GitLab 13.1 is now available. The new version adds expanded alert management, new tools to track and improve code quality, and more ways to keep code secure and compliant.
  • Red Hat releases 17 Ansible Content Collections, publishing them to Automation Hub to automate select platforms from Arista, AWS, Cisco, IBM, Juniper, Splunk, and more. And, the announcement includes Ansible Collections that automate Red Hat Insights and Red Hat Satellite. Notable with this announcement is that “Red Hat customers will no longer need to wait 6-8 months for Ansible releases in order to consume new or updated Platform content.”
  • Docker Desktop integration with Microsoft Azure arrives. The integration empowers operators to use native Docker commands to run applications as serverless containers with Azure Container Instances.
  • Microsoft releases Azure Load Balancer health monitoring and configuration analysis. The analysis provides topological maps for Load Balancer configurations and health dashboards for Standard Load Balancers preconfigured with relevant metrics.
  • The Rules Engine for Azure Front Door and Azure CDN hits GA.  The new release increases the number of rules per configuration, CDN limits have been updated, and it empowers more scenarios.
  • Azure Durable Functions now support Python. The extension to Azure Functions that defines stateful serverless workflows, Durable Functions with Python helps “developers and data scientists orchestrate complex data processing and data science workloads in Azure Functions using familiar Python language constructs.”
  • Keysight completes its acquisition of Eggplant, software test automation with AI, and analytics that automates test creation and execution. 

AWS News 

  • Amazon launches Amazon Honeycode to beta. The new service allows operators to build applications without writing code. Instead, it uses a spreadsheet model — with values and formulas — to create web or mobile apps. Honeycode includes templates to get new users started and built-in functions.
  • AWS CodePipeline integrates with AWS AppConfig. The new integration helps operators deploy config changes without deploying code.
  • AWS’s big data service, Amazon EMR, offers a new allocation strategy for provisioning Spot Instances. The new strategy seeks to make the most efficient use of available spare capacity and Spot Instance steep discounts. 
  • Amazon introduces Amazon Database Migration Accelerator (DMA). The new solution helps enterprises move from traditional commercial databases like Oracle or SQL Server to Amazon Aurora, or Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL or PostgreSQL without delays or cost overruns.
  • Instana announces new monitoring and tracing capabilities for applications running on AWS Fargate.

Flux7 News

  • Traditionally, organizations find it more difficult to facilitate work-at-home environments for call center employees as they have been tied to legacy on-premises telecommunications infrastructure and applications. Amazon Connect seeks to upend this paradigm. Read how Grow Flexibility, Agility with Amazon Connect
  • A Case Study On How Investing In Agility Can Lead To Shareholder Value by Dr. Suleman explores how having a framework for quick, intelligent decision making is more important than ever. The OODA loop when combined with business agility and preparation can result in business outcomes that grow shareholder value, as illustrated through the story of one company, Zoom.

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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.