IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 9.8.2020

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review 9.8.2020

By Flux7 Labs
September 8, 2020

In this week’s DevOps news, Progress announces its plan to acquire Chef for $220 million in cash. The combined entity will provide, according to a news release, “industry-leading compliance and application automation products for multi-cloud and on-prem infrastructure.” The transaction is expected to close in October 2020. We can expect additional acquisitions from Progress as it pursues its plan to double the company in the next five years. Chef, a mile marker in that journey, is seen by Progress as growing its offerings, providing continuous application delivery, dependable compliance, and remediation automation.

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DevOps News

  • Puppet announces a partnership with Replicated in which the Replicated KOTS (Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf) platform will give Puppet a way to deliver, scale and operationalize Continuous Delivery for Puppet Enterprise.
  • GitHub releases GitHub Container Registry as a public beta. The new service enables users to better enforce access policies, encourage the use of a standard base image, and promote what GitHub calls innersourcing through easier sharing across the organization.
  • Google Cloud unveils a set of MLOps services for data scientists and ML engineers. Featuring a fully managed service for ML pipelines; continuous monitoring that monitors model performance in production; and a new ML metadata management service that helps
    AI teams track important artifacts and experiments.
  • SDTimes reports that, “a recent survey on the uptake of value stream management (VSM) in development shops found that only 29% of 238 respondents are either implementing or planning to implement value stream management. Meanwhile, 33% indicated they had never even heard of the term.” For those implementing VSM, 30% report that the most valuable capability is better visibility into pipeline work in progress. And, 31% said they are still working on DevOps fundamentals such as CI/CD.
  • GitLab reduces the CI/CD minutes to 400 minutes per top-level group (or personal namespace) per month of its free tier beginning October 1st.
  • Microsoft updates Azure Cost Management + Billing with advanced scheduling options for exports, more details for reservation recommendations from within the purchase experience, and quick fix remediation. In addition, the Azure Cost Management + Billing connector for AWS is now generally available, allowing users to manage and analyze Azure and AWS spend in a single location.
  • The Microsoft Azure Spring Cloud is now Generally Available. The fully managed service for Spring Boot apps built in conjunction with VMware allows operators to deploy their JARs or code and Azure Spring Cloud automatically wires the app with the Spring service runtime. Deployed apps can be monitored for performance.
  • Tricentis releases automated ServiceNow testing with Tricentis Test Automation for ServiceNow. The new solution is natively built on the ServiceNow platform and fully automates the testing of ServiceNow applications, workflows, and customizations.
  • Transposit unveils Mission Control, a central hub for DevOps, site reliability engineers and other engineering teams. Mission Control gives insight into incidents with real-time visibility, streamlined communication, stakeholder dashboards, and automatically created searchable documentation.

AWS News 

  • AWS announces General Availability of Bottlerocket, an open source Linux-based Operating System built specifically for containers. According to a blog announcement, Bottlerocket includes only the software needed to run containers and comes with a transactional update mechanism, which allows operators to use container orchestrators to manage OS updates with minimal disruptions, improving security and lowering operational costs. Bottlerocket images are generally available for Amazon EKS and a preview version is available for Amazon ECS.
  • AWS launches X-Ray Insights, a new feature of AWS X-Ray to Public Preview. The new service uses anomaly detection to create actionable insights for any anomalies found within an application. Developers can use the new service to proactively identify issues in applications caused by increases in the fault rate, determine the root cause, and understand its impact. X-Ray Insights also allows developers to view an incident timeline, which will help them see when an issue began.
  • The content delivery network, Amazon CloudFront, adds support for real-time log delivery of CloudFront access logs. Real-time logs with detailed information about viewer requests are now delivered to Kinesis Data Streams in real time.
  • Speaking of Kinesis, Amazon releases the AWS Data Streaming Data Solution for Amazon Kinesis. The solution provides automated configuration of the AWS services needed to capture, store, process, and deliver streaming data. According to the firm, the solution will help operators address real-time streaming use cases like capturing high volume application logs, analyzing clickstream data, and continuously delivering to a data lake.
  • Amazon expands Open Distro for Elasticsearch SQL Engine, including a Kibana-based SQL Workbench and a new SQL CLI.
  • Amazon broadens the scope of its Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange (TISAX) certification. TISAX gives automotive industry organizations the assurance needed to build secure applications and services on the cloud.

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, Sept ember 24th at 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  Check out the sessions and register here:
  • Read about SNowForm, a new solution that integrates ServiceNow Service Catalog and Terraform Enterprise to quickly and easily build infrastructure on public cloud platforms, including AWS and Azure. Read more here

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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.