IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 9.21.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 9.21.2020

By Flux7 Labs
September 21, 2020

Rumors that the pandemic has sped modernization efforts ring true in a new report from the Synergy Research Group in which it finds growth across cloud services and infrastructure markets. With the largest leaps coming from cloud infrastructure (34%) followed by enterprise SaaS (21%), enterprises are clearly investing in Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, and Google. Summing up the findings, John Dinsdale, Chief Analyst, reports “In case anyone was still in doubt, cloud is increasingly dominating the IT landscape. Cloud technologies and services continue to disrupt the market and to open up new opportunities for operators, technology vendors and corporate end users.”

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DevOps News

  • Mirantis announces the Docker Enterprise Container Cloud. According to a press release, the solution, “simplifies Kubernetes with one consistent cloud experience for developers and operators across public and private clouds, with complete app and DevOps portability.” Launched at the Launchpad 20202 conference, Mirantis notes that the solution speeds the code-to-public cloud process, simplifying Kubernetes with a consistent cloud experience.
  • Cloudera introduces new and upcoming services for its Cloudera Data Specifically, the CDP Data Engineering; CDP Operational Database; and CDP Data Visualization services target ‘analytic experiences’ for these audiences.
  • erwin launches erwin Cloud Catalyst which the company describes as a “suite of cloud migration and data governance software and services” designed to help enterprises migrate databases from on-premises to the cloud – including platforms like Snowflake.
  • Grafana releases Grafana Metrics Enterprise. The company describes the offering in a press release as a “modern Prometheus-as-a-Service solution” for enterprise security needs as Prometheus monitors Kubernetes cloud systems.
  • VMware makes vSphere with Tanzu generally available.
  • GitHub unveils GitHub CLI 1.0. Now out of beta, the solution allows users to run an entire GitHub workflow — from issues through releases — from the terminal. It also includes the ability to call the GitHub API to script nearly any action and set a custom alias for any command. And users can connect to GitHub Enterprise Server in addition to GitHub.com.
  • PagerDuty announces its plan to acquire Rundeck. The purchase will add auto-remediation and self-healing to PagerDuty’s incident response offering.
  • In other M&A news, Pure Storage purchases Portworx in a $370M deal in which Pure Storage seeks to grow its storage platform for containers and microservices.
  • Relatedly, Snowflake, the data warehouse as-a-service provider, made history this past week, as the biggest software company IPO on record. It sold 28M shares, raising almost $3.4B.

AWS News 

  • AWS adds new capabilities to AWS Organizations, enabling operators to tag AWS accounts in their organization. With the added functionality, operators can attach tags, or user-defined attributes, to Organizational Units. According to a blog announcement, this will allow operators to more easily identify, classify, or categorize resources in the organization. Operators can now also use tags for attribute-based access control.
  • AWS and Docker grow their collaboration with new features that enable developers to use Docker Compose and Docker Desktop to deploy apps on ECS on AWS Fargate from ECR or Docker Hub.
  • AWS integrates AWS Step Functions serverless orchestration workflows with AWS X-Ray for tracing. Together the services give operators an additional workflow monitoring solution to unearth performance issues.
  • Relatedly, AWS announces that AWS Step Functions workflows can now also be viewed in AWS Lambda consoles.
  • AWS updates AWS ParallelCluster, its open source cluster management tool for managing HPC Feature updates include support for multiple instance types in Slurm, support DCV on Graviton2 instances, and integrate with the Slum power management plugin.
  • Amazon empowers AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) identity-based policies to enforce encryption of data at rest for Amazon EFS file system resources.
  • In other IAM news, Amazon Detective can now assess IAM role sessions helping operators visualize actions taken by users and apps using assumed roles.

Flux7 News

  • DevOps World has gone Virtual and we’re proud to have our very own Elysia Lock presenting DevOps Metrics that Matter on Thursday, September 24th at 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  Check out the sessions and register here: https://sessions.devopsworld.com/sessions
  • It has never been more important to make customers central to business transformation. While it is not an easy goal to attain, it is possible. Read how Dr. Suleman, Vice President of Cloud Transformation at NTT DATA, and Jon Collins, GigaOm VP of research, suggest achieving this goal with digital agility and a technology foundation in our blog, Conviction is the Enemy of Time to Innovation.
  • In uncertain times, it’s a natural reaction to focus on funds. Yet, there is a clear difference between tripping over dollars to pick up pennies and being a good steward of one’s budget, ensuring systems are optimized for cost efficiency. Fortunately, cloud cost optimization is a pillar in both AWS’s Well Architected Framework and Microsoft Azure’s Architecture Framework. Indeed, with the help of several tools offered by the cloud providers themselves and some analysis, cloud cost optimization can be achieved. Read How: Seven Cloud Cost Optimization Resources

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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.