IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 6.8.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 6.8.2020

By Flux7 Labs
June 8, 2020

This week in DevOps news, Chef hosted its annual ChefConf virtually, sharing keynotes from Barry Crist, CEO, and CTO, Corey Scobie. Sharing how partners and customers rely on Chef tools for digital transformation and IT modernization, the company took the opportunity to unveil several new technologies, including Chef Compliance Audit, a new tool that helps security teams gain visibility of their compliance status with content based on CIS and STIG standards. 

It also introduced Chef Compliance Remediation. The new tool helps close the loop between audit and remediation with a goal to help teams achieve continuous compliance. Also now available is Chef Desktop with automated software/application deployment and management, automated policy setting on endpoints, and more. Last, Chef revealed that Chef Workstation now includes Upgrade Lab; they have added free on-demand training in the form of the Learn Chef learning platform, and; they finalized integration with the ServiceNow CMDB.

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DevOps News

  • Atlassian introduces 12 new DevOps features, automations, and integrations. For example, they have expanded the “Your Work” dashboard in Bitbucket Cloud to include assigned Jira issues. And, in Jira, they’ve grown automation with new DevOps Automation Triggers. Automated change management with Jira Service Desk Cloud and Bitbucket Pipelines (still in early access) is said to pause CI/CD processes, create a change request in Jira Service Desk, and trigger a deployment when approved.
  • In its ongoing push to expand its Intrinsic Security, VMware announces its intent to acquire Lastline, an anti-malware security research firm. In other VMware news, the company unleashes a new feature, VMware vSphere Bitfusion, in VMware vSphere 7 that it says “will enable enterprises to deliver elastic infrastructure on-demand for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications.” 
  • In addition, Dell Technologies and VMware partner to announce two products that they call, Dell EMC Ready Solutions. The first, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI allows operators to take advantage of GPUs for AI projects. The second, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Virtualized HPC (vHPC) allows teams to virtualize HPC and AI operations with VMware Cloud Foundation including VMware vSphere Bitfusion or VMware vSphere Scale-Out Edition. 
  • Last, our Agilists enjoyed this SDTimes guest article by Gartner analyst, Bill Holz, on the 8 traits of an Agile superhero.

AWS News 

  • AWS introduces AWS CloudEndure Migration Factory Solution. According to a blog announcement, the solution will help migrate a large number of servers with CloudEndure in a simplified and expedited way at scale.
  • AWS announces public preview of Amazon SageMaker Components for Kubeflow Pipelines. The new service allows machine learning (ML) developers using Kubeflow Pipelines to convert existing pipeline steps to run on SageMaker with the SageMaker Components. 
  • Amazon offers anomaly detection in Elasticsearch. Using machine learning to discover anomalies in real-time streaming data allows operators to identify and mitigate issues quickly.

  • Our AWS consultants enjoyed this article, How Goldman Sachs builds cross-account connectivity to their Amazon MSK clusters with AWS PrivateLink. They particularly enjoyed the discussion of why the Transaction Banking team chose certain patterns for their cross-account access and its approach to security.

Flux7 News

  • Writing secure AWS IAM policies for applications is hard. Auditing them and ensuring the Principle of Least Privilege is applied is equally difficult. As a result, this blog post walks through the process of writing and maintaining secure IAM policies that make both developer and security teams’ work easier. Read: Least Privilege: Are AWS IAM Policies Flying Under Your Radar?
  • 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. 

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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.