IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 8.24.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 8.24.2020

By Flux7 Labs
August 24, 2020

In this week’s DevOps news, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and SlashData release findings from their bi-annual State of Cloud Native Development Report. Perhaps not surprising, researchers found that the population of cloud native developers is growing, with 1.8 million more than in Q2 2019. Among the 6.5 million developers, 2.7 million use Kubernetes, and 4 million use serverless architectures and cloud functions.

CNCF also reports that 60% of backend developers use containers in their work, a 10% year-over-year increase. As you’d expect in light of this, the use of container orchestration tools has also grown — by 7%.

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DevOps News

  • Red Hat announces updates to Open Shift 4.5. Additions include support for edge deployments and push-button deployments to VMware environments. Announced at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2020, the generally available solution allows operators to manage VMs beside containers with the same Kubernetes management layer. In addition, Red Hat announced its collaboration with to create a Knative component that deploys and manages containerized serverless applications on OpenShift.
  • GitLab releases GitLab 13.3. While the update features 69 new features, highlights include: 
    • Coverage-guided fuzz testing 
    • On-demand DAST (Dynamic Application Security Testing) 
    • New build matrix for CI/CD
    • A Pod health dashboard to reduce context switching 
  • Microsoft releases Azure Policy Compliance Scan Action for GitHub Workflows to public preview. The company says the new GitHub action will “make it easier to trigger on demand Azure policy compliance scan on subscriptions, resource groups, or resources and automate next steps in GitHub workflow based on the compliance state of the resources.” 
  • Microsoft makes available a new Azure CDN capability. Operators can now use multiple origins with the same CDN endpoint to create a fault tolerant method of load balancing between origins.
  • GitHub announces it will open source its Rally + GitHub integration that integrates GitHub Enterprise Server and Broadcom Rally project management. With it, when a pull request is created or updated, Rally + GitHub will check for the existence of a Rally User Story or Defect in the title, body, or commit messages, and validate that they both exist and are in the correct state within Rally.
  • Hazelcast releases Hazelcast Jet. The update adds performance and extensibility to existing applications through real-time caching and stateful microservices.
  • Instana makes available a new automatic process crash detection and root cause analysis solution, detecting and determining the root cause of process crashes across technologies the solution monitors.   
  • Snyk unveils Infrastructure as Code security capabilities. Working in tandem with tools like Terraform, Snyk’s solution empowers developers to find and fix misconfigurations early on, reducing potential security issues.
  • GitHub also launches this week The ReadME Project, a space for continuous community learning and story sharing. 
  • VMware updates vRealize On-Premises and SaaS Portfolio to improve hybrid and multi-cloud provisioning, optimization and governance. Both VMware vRealize Operations 8.2 and VMware vRealize Operations Cloud now feature new and enhanced support for Kubernetes; integration with APM tools for app-to-infrastructure troubleshooting; updated monitoring, and; improvements to the pricing and costing engine.
  • Applitools opens registration for its Future of Testing | 2020 Event. Held September 17th.

AWS News 

  • AWS announces AWS Controllers for Kubernetes (ACK). With the new tool, operators define and use AWS service resources directly from Kubernetes. Moreover, ACK allows operators to take advantage of AWS managed services for Kubernetes applications without defining resources outside of the cluster.
  • AWS adds Amazon EFS support to AWS Fargate for Amazon EKS.
  • Amazon shares a new workflow that expands the usability of ACM Private CA so that organizations can build a centralized CA hierarchy. Using the Cross-Account feature of AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority to create a CA in one account and ACM in a second account, the workflow also allows issuance across many accounts, to help operators build on AWS. 
  • Last, our AWS consultants enjoyed reading how Toyota enhanced its  customer safety by leveraging the scalable, secure, and cost-optimized Toyota Connected Data Lake.

Flux7 News

  • Manufacturers Get Closer to the Customer. Read our latest blog on how manufacturers use disruption as an opportunity to grow closer to the customer with technologies like low code, IoT, and ML/AI.
  • NTT DATA announces Deploy Containers for AWS. When beginning the containerization process, teams must answer dozens of questions — many of which have ramifications down the road — making those decisions all that more important. Unfamiliar with the terrain, teams often find themselves in analysis paralysis as they look to educate themselves and avoid making poor design choices. Enter our new reference architecture that helps shortcut the process, shrinking weeks from the containerization process.

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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.