IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 9.23.19

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 9.23.19

By Flux7 Labs
September 23, 2019

GitLab Commit, held in New York last week, brought us news that GitLab completed a $268 million Series E round of fundraising. The company reports that it is now valued at $2.75 billion and that it plans to invest the cash infusion in its DevOps platform offerings — including monitoring, security, and planning.

In addition, the firm announced GitLab 12.3 which seeks to underscore that point which includes a WAF built into the GitLab SDLC platform for monitoring and reporting of security concerns related to Kubernetes clusters. It also includes new analytics features and enhanced compliance capabilities.

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DevOps News

  • GitHub announced that they have integrated the Checks API with GitHub Page, allowing operators to easily understand why a GitHub Page build failed. And, as Pages is now a GitHub App, users are able to see build status via the Checks interface.
  • And in other Git news, Semmle revealed that it is joining GitHub. According to the companies, security researchers use Semmle to find vulnerabilities in code with simple declarative queries which they then share the Semmle community to improve the safety of code in other codebases.
  • At FutureStack in New York last week, New Relic announced the “industry’s first observability platform that is open, connected and programmable, enabling companies to create more perfect software.” The new capabilities include New Relic Logs, New Relic Traces, New Relic Metrics, and New Relic AI. In addition, the company unveiled the ability for customers and partners to build new applications via programming on the New Relic One Platform.
  • Kubernetes has delivered Kubernetes 1.16, which it reports consists of 31 enhancements including custom resources, a metrics registry, and significant changes to the Kubernetes API.

AWS News

  • Amazon has unveiled a new Step Functions feature in all regions where Step Functions is offered, support for dynamic parallelism. According to AWS, this was probably the most requested feature for Step Functions as it unblocks the implementation of new use cases and can help optimize existing ones. Specifically, now Step Functions support a new Map state type for dynamic parallelism.
  • Heavy CloudFormation users will be happy to see that Amazon has expanded its capabilities; now operators can use CloudFormation templates to configure and provision additional features for Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon ES, and more. You can see the full list of new capabilities here.
  • AWS has brought to market a new Amazon WorkSpaces feature that will now restore a WorkSpace to a last known healthy state, allowing you to easily recover from the impact of inaccessible WorkSpaces caused by incompatible 3rd party updates on Workspaces.
  • AWS continues to evolve its IoT solution set with AWS IoT Greengrass 1.9.3 . Now available, AWS has added support for ARMv6 and new machine learning inference capabilities.
  • AWS introduced in preview the NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB. The application to help operators design and visualize data models, run queries on data, and generate code for applications is free, client-side, and available for Windows and macOS.

Flux7 News

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  • Our October 9, 2019 Webinar, DevOps as a Foundation for Digital Transformation. This free 1-hour webinar from GigaOm Research brings together experts in DevOps, featuring GigaOm analyst Jon Collins and a special guest from Flux7, CEO and co-founder Aater Suleman. The discussion will focus on how to scale DevOps efforts beyond the pilot and deliver a real foundation for innovation and digital transformation.
  • The High-Performance Computing Immersion Day on October 11, 2019, in Houston, TX where attendees will gain in-depth, hands-on training with services such as Batch, Parallel Cluster, Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA), FSX for Lustre, and more in an introductory session. Register Here Today.
  • The AWS Container Services workshop October 17, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Designed for infrastructure administrators, developers, and architects, this workshop is designed as an introductory session that provides a mix of classroom training and hands-on labs. Register Here.

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Written by Flux7 Labs

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