IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review
Underscoring a rapid shift in DevOps automation and IT Modernization, Cisco Systems released findings this week of a new survey in which IT Leaders reported that within two years more than two-thirds expect their approach to become either predictive (33%) or preemptive (33%). Indeed, 42% of respondents said they
expect artificial intelligence (AI) to have the biggest impact on their ability to automate. It’s little wonder as we look forward to re:Invent later this month that AWS continues to invest in infrastructure — from AI DevOps tool chains to AI at the edge — to support advanced AI.
- As 2019 predictions start pouring in, Forrester blogs that, “nearly 60% of North American enterprises now rely on public cloud platforms, five times the percentage that did just five years ago.” Given this growth trajectory, Forrester projects that 2019 will bring rapid enterprise cloud spending as core business app modernization takes off; a hastening of private cloud adoption and spending, along three distinct paths; and the emergence of true SaaS-based connected cloud ecosystems that will turbocharge innovation.
- Seeing some of these predictions themselves, Cisco announced that it plans to offer a hybrid system to run Kubernetes on Amazon Web Services, streamlining the deployment of apps across multiple clouds. The joint effort configures on-premises Kubernetes environments to be consistent with Amazon EKS.
- Our DevOps team enjoyed this blog by Jan Jörke on how to validate your Jenkinsfile from within VS Code. Creating or modifying Jenkinsfiles can be a tedious workflow when you make frequent changes to your Jenkinsfile, create a commit, push the commit and wait for your Jenkins Server to tell you, that you have missed a bracket. The Command-line Pipeline Linter does a great job of reducing the turnaround times when writing a Jenkinsfile and Jan walks readers through the process.
- Our DevOps team was interested in the announcement this past week that now operators can deploy a Dynatrace Managed cluster on AWS with the help of a new Quick Start. Dynatrace Managed is an all-in-one performance-monitoring solution. You can use a single platform to analyze application performance throughout your application’s full stack, down to each individual transaction across all layers and technologies. (For further reading on monitoring AWS, check out our AWS case studies.)
- Also new this week from AWS is the ability to create an approval workflow for AWS Service Catalog in ServiceNow. As we see more and more enterprises adopt ServiceNow, this additional functionality will grow the importance of AWS Service Catalog for many organizations. The AWS Service Catalog connector for ServiceNow allows AWS enterprise customers to securely provision compliant workloads using ServiceNow on AWS. Operators can create a custom catalog of products from AWS Marketplace, and use ServiceNow to provision these products, ensuring AWS architecture best practices.
- Lastly, the Amazon API Gateway added support for AWS WAF. Now operators can enable AWS WAF for APIs in Amazon API Gateway, making it easier to protect APIs against common web exploits. Our DevOps consulting team are frequent users of AWS WAF to protect web applications and APIs from attacks by configuring rules that allow, block, or monitor (count) web requests based on customizable rules and conditions.
- AWS Consulting Partner Flux7 announced this week Flux7 AWS Landing Zones for Enterprise DevOps. The new Flux7 Landing Zones on AWS can be used to launch an initial DevOps pilot project, to facilitate a mass AWS cloud migration, and to achieve Enterprise DevOps at Scale. Flux7 Landing Zone solutions build on AWS native services to deliver configuration-as-code, automated provisioning, infrastructure design and deployment guidance, and includes essential services and production accounts to enable organizations to quickly and securely adopt, implement and operate their AWS environments.