IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review
Top of the news this past week was the announcement that IBM has finalized its acquisition of Red Hat. Key messages IBM would have us take-away from the press release include the fact that Red Hat will maintain its independence and neutrality and together the two will grow their market position with a next-gen hybrid multicloud platform. As for the market, support appears to remain strong, with June-quarter revenue at $934 million, a 15% year-over-year increase, according to Barrons. Red Hat also saw subscription and service revenue grow, 15% and 17%, respectively.
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HashiCorp was busy at its HashiCorp EU event this past week, making several announcements that extend its IT automation capabilities, including:
- New Version Control Systems (VCS) enabled versioned policy sets in Terraform Enterprise. The new feature allows Terraform Enterprise policy sets to be configured to source policies from VCS. This gives operators the immutability benefits of Terraform configuration to Sentinel policies.
- ServiceNow Service Catalog integration with Terraform Enterprise, giving end users the ability to request infrastructure from the ServiceNow Service Catalog, with Terraform Enterprise automatically servicing the request.
- The beta release of HashiCorp Consul 1.6. According to an announcement by the company, the new release will support a set of new features to enable Layer 7 routing and traffic management and a mesh gateway that transparently and securely routes service traffic across regions, platforms and the cloud.
- In separate news, our DevOps consulting team highlighted this blog from GitLab, in which it discusses why GitLab doesn’t require NFS for storing Git data anymore. Introducing Gitaly as the redesigned new service that handles all Git requests, Git recommends GitLab environments should consider using it on a separate node. Git expects more features, like administrative tasks, will be available in the next version of Gitaly.
At the AWS New York Summit last week, the company made several news announcements furthering its AWS DevOps automation including:
- Amazon EventBridge, which is a new service that allows enterprises to integrate their own AWS applications with SaaS applications like SugarCRM or Zendesk. According to Amazon, EventBridge is based on the event processing model used by CloudWatch Events and removes the friction of writing point-to-point integrations. EventBridge is now available.
- The general availability of AWS Cloud Development Kit for TypeScript and Python. The AWS CDK uses constructs to help builders design, compose and share custom components that reflect their specific requirements, all while using a language of choice to model and provision cloud infrastructure.
- FluentBit Plugins for AWS, an open source log processor that forwards logs to Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose destinations (which also includes Amazon S3, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, and Amazon Redshift).
- The open preview of CloudWatch Container Insights that allows operators to create CloudWatch dashboards to monitor Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate clusters, tasks, containers and services health. Amazon also announced a preview of CloudWatch Anomaly Detection which uses ML to analyze apps and systems for baselines and anomalies.
- Just prior to the NY AWS Summit, Amazon introduced AWS Budget Reports. With the new console, operators can send budget reports to specific people. Reports can be sent at a specified cadence and can be customized to alert when certain rules are triggered, e.g. you are about to exceed forecast.
- AWS Config users can now centrally create, update and delete AWS Config rules across all AWS Accounts in an organization. Through a set of APIs in the master account, the new features allow operators to further enforce governance through AWS Config rules.
- Last, our DevOps consulting team enjoyed this how to blog post from Thiyagarajan Arumugam on the AWS Blog. Called Orchestrating an ETL process using AWS Step Functions for Amazon Redshift, it walks readers through the process of implementing an ETL orchestration process to target an Amazon Redshift cluster, using AWS Step Functions, AWS Lambda and AWS Batch.
- CIOs: Why are you Justifying your Work? asks Flux7 CEO, Dr. Suleman, in this article that originally appeared in Forbes. He proposes that CIOs shouldn’t be in a position where they end up needing to justify their efforts. Read why.
- Read our newest blog, Addressing IT Governance in the Age of Cloud where our very own Gaurav Rastogi shares how Flux7 applies the Enterprise DevOps Framework to meet the goals of IT governance in the cloud.