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We recently shared the story of a client who we helped automate the process of testing images for publication to the Azure Marketplace, speeding time to market of its offerings. As we promised in that article, today we are sharing the next step in the process. While there is quite a bit of guidance available on how to publish a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk or unmanaged image) to the Azure Marketplace, the documentation on how to publish a managed image is lacking. So, to help we’ve outlined here the steps we took to help our client publish its managed images to the Azure Marketplace Shared Image Gallery.
Capping a year of changes, Andy Jassy, AWS CEO, kicked off what will be three weeks of virtual programming at this year’s AWS re:Invent. With an expected 500,000 attendees, the conference has certainly grown. Yet, one thing hasn’t changed. re:Invent still generates a plethora of new product and service announcements. Specifically, in the first of four planned keynotes, Andy Jassy’s presentation focused on advances in container, serverless and data storage technology. In a year where innovation and reinvention became business imperatives, AWS revealed several new services to help enterprises continue to reinvent themselves in the year ahead.
The Microsoft Azure Marketplace is a catalog with thousands of solutions that work on or integrate with the Azure cloud. To ensure users have a quality experience with products in its Marketplace, Microsoft works with software vendors to certify each product before it is offered publicly. This process ensures that any product offered through the Azure Marketplace is compatible with the Azure cloud. However, ensuring quality can be a lengthy process. Wanting to streamline its publishing time, our client reached out for help to build a better approach.
This week’s DevOps news round-up features a double-header of news due to the Thanksgiving Holiday in the US. Directly preceding the holiday, 25,000 people gathered virtually to participate in KubeCon 2020. The event illustrated the breadth and depth of enthusiasm for Kubernetes – from mature projects to new product and service announcements.
Prometheus integrated with Thanos provides a standard monitoring solution to capture metrics and discover any bottlenecks in Amazon EKS Clusters and applications running in and outside the cluster with an exporter. Prometheus provides a unified way of collecting and exposing metrics and Thanos allows us to create multiple instances of Prometheus, deduplicate data and long-term data archival solutions providing a highly available and scalable solution altogether and visualized on Grafana dashboard.
In this week’s DevOps news, Atlassian doubles-down on IT service management with the introduction of Jira Service Management. Atlassian’s latest foray into IT service management (ITSM) seeks to bring IT operations and development teams together with incident management, powered by Opsgenie; change management with rich contextual information; and a redesigned agent experience to better categorize service requests, incidents, problems, and changes.
In its Cloud Adoption in 2020 report, O’Reilly found that 45% of enterprises expected to move 75% or more of their applications to the cloud this year with 25% reporting plans to move all their applications to the cloud. This trend has only escalated as a mid-year report by Flexera shows that 59% of enterprises expect cloud use to exceed their pre-COVID-19 plans. The one thing holding enterprises back? The fear of getting security wrong.
A lot of focus has been on digital transformation driven by the myriad of economic and social changes 2020 has ushered in. Bringing a new perspective to transformation in this week’s DevOps news is Infosys Knowledge Institute who has released results of a new survey finding that “nearly 44% of top-tier companies expect a collaborative CMO-CIO relationship to boost profitability by 5% or more.” As data and customer-centricity converge, Infosys finds that marketers were quick to identify agility and the evolution from customer experience to human experience as critical to future success – with 69% and 58% saying so. For its part, 62% of IT responders identified collaboration between CIOs and CMOs as significant to driving digital transformation across the enterprise.
In this week’s DevOps news, Grafana makes several announcements during it ObservabilityCON, including Loki 2.0. The company describes it as a major releasee to the logging solution that now allows operators to “transform the logs and extract additional labels, enabling more filtering and grouping.” The company also announces Grafana Tempo, a new open source distributed tracing backend designed to correlate metrics, logs and traces. It is integrated with Grafana, Prometheus and Loki. And, Grafana 7.3 was introduced with exemplars that help operators “find a trace that exemplifies a pattern and accelerate the debugging process.”
As cloud use grows, so does the use of Database-as-a-Service. In this week’s DevOps news, we learn from Percona that DBaaS use has increased to 5% from last year, with more 56% of large enterprises now using such a service. According to the company’s Open Source Data Management Software Survey for 2020, data growth remains a central issue for enterprises as 82% of respondents report 5% or more database footprint growth over the past year; 62% say they’ve seen even greater growth with 12% growing over 50%. When it comes to managing a growing pool of data, respondents said that downtime and performance are their chief concerns, with performance keeping 74% of respondents up at night.
Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) has been around for some time now, yet it’s remained amorphous to many – even those of us in the business. Made famous by Google, the company defines SRE as, “what you get when you treat operations as if it’s a software problem.” Yet, this doesn’t fully address the depth of the term or what it represents. As SRE continues to gain momentum, let’s take a deeper look at what it is, how it relates to DevOps, and where to start.
In this week’s DevOps news, AnsibleFest 2020 took center stage. At the event, Ansible announced several updates to the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, including new Red Hat Certified Ansible Content Collections, automation services catalog and a private Automation Hub. Users can expect to find new content collections for Red Hat OpenShift, Kubernetes Core and VMware vSphere REST API. And, the Ansible private Automation Hub enables content creators to collaborate and publish trusted, verified resources from a single source. In addition to its platform updates, Ansible announced integrations between the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat OpenShift as well as an integration between Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. The company says that when taken together, it allows them to bridge “traditional platforms, containers and edge.”