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This week Puppet unveiled its annual State of DevOps report with several significant findings. Focused this year on patterns and practices that help organizations integrate security into the software development lifecycle, Puppet unearthed several ways better security integration leads to better business outcomes.
We are proud to announce that Dr. Suleman, CEO and co-founder of DevOps consulting firm Flux7, has been chosen to keynote the upcoming IDC Keynotes & Cocktails event in Austin, TX on October 15th, 2019. Dr. Suleman will address how to adopt DevOps in an AWS cloud migration, while IDC presents its latest DevOps research.
Join us on October 9th at Noon from the comfort of your desk as we bring you a free 1-hour webinar on how to scale DevOps efforts beyond the pilot a…
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.
Join Flux7 and AWS Solutions Architects as they present an in-depth, one day workshop on AWS Container Services. 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. Attendees will learn about AWS services with a focus on using Kubernetes. Container technologies like Docker and Kubernetes help organizations meet the needs of both IT operations and development teams as they enable service delivery processes to be consolidated, reducing coordination and hand-offs. This, in turn, drives greater IT and developer productivity. Understanding the options for cloud containers and how they can be used throughout application and software development lifecycles can increase agility and shorten time to results. Join our workshop to help learn more about the container environment and how you can help your organization use containers to improve agility. When: October 17, 2019 Where: Norris Centers – San Antonio 618 NW Loop 410, Suite 207 San Antonio, TX 78216 Find additional information and register here. Attendees will: Gain an understanding of containers in the AWS environment, the EKS architecture, networking and storage on EKS, and logging and monitoring for containers in AWS. Learn how to leverage AWS container services within their organization. Get hands-on experience with AWS services like EKS and ECR. Whether you have no prior experience with containers or some time under your belt, join us and AWS as we explore containers in the AWS environment, learning more about the architecture in-depth.
Last week Werner Vogels, AWS CTO, spelled out in an interview with WSJ CIO Today the Company’s Path to the Cloud Business. A fascinating read, Vogels shares how Amazon’s early IT challenges led to Amazon Web Services, which has become a revenue engine for Amazon. According to the company, AWS has generated $8.4 billion in sales last quarter. A good read if you’re on your own cloud evolution. To stay up-to-date on DevOps best practices, CI/CD and IT Modernization, subscribe to our blog here: DevOps News A couple weeks ago we brought you news of Splunk’s SignalFX acquisition. Splunk this week continued its buying spree with an announcement that it will acquire Omnition. Described as a stealth-mode operation, Omnition will give Splunk distributed tracing capabilities for microservice application monitoring. According to a blog announcement, Atlassian is making several updates to its cloud platform including: New premium plans for many of our cloud products with advanced features and support New free plans of Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Desk, and Jira Core Discounted prices for academic and non-profit customers New tools that strengthen control, security, and trust Pulumi announced GA of version 1.0 of its Infrastructure as Code platform. Pulumi 1.0 includes new capabilities to help development and operations teams overcome organizational silos and grow productivity, reliability and security with familiar programming languages and open-source tools and frameworks. AWS News AWS launched a large improvement to how AWS Lambda functions work with Amazon VPC networks, updating the service to change the way that functions connect to VPCs. AWS is now leveraging Hyperplane to provide NAT capabilities from the Lambda VPC to customer VPCs. The change in mapping will result in improvements to function startup performance and more efficient usage of elastic network interfaces.
This article originally appeared on Forbes. Lead, follow or get out of the way. A phrase famously coined by George Patton and later by Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca, it is also an apt prescription for the challenges CIOs face as organizations look to become agile enterprises. With the path to agility often running directly through IT (as it enables those digital projects the CEO sees as driving competitiveness), the CIO stands front and center in an organization’s transition to enterprise-wide agility. As the first area to adopt change with the aim of helping the business become an agile enterprise, CIOs have three options: 1. Follow the organization’s lead. These CIOs generally follow hesitantly, resisting change where possible as change is seen as a threat. 2. Get out of the way by moving to a different organization altogether where change does not threaten business as usual. 3. Lead by adopting an agile, servant-leader mindset. These CIOs recognize the incredible opportunity in front of them to guide their company’s digital transformation. A Seat At The Table To effectively lead the agile enterprise, CIOs need a seat at the table. Digital transformation can help carve this path in two important ways. First, it can create greater unity between IT and business units — as well as between the CIO and executives who lead these departments. By partnering with other executives to successfully achieve alignment, IT can more directly deliver results to business goals and objectives. As a result, this helps the company gain critical market advantages and exponentially grows the value of the CIO in the process.
The 2019 State of DevOps report by DORA has been released and it underscores a key finding from prior reports, that it is possible to optimize for stability without sacrificing speed. The study also found that the use of cloud is predictive of high performing organizations, with the highest performing teams 24x more likely to execute on DORA’s five critical capabilities of cloud computing. And, high performers favor strategies that create community structures across the organization. Examples include Communities of Practice and supported Proofs of Concept, that are likely to make DevOps initiatives more sustainable and resilient. To stay up-to-date on DevOps best practices, CI/CD and IT Modernization, subscribe to our blog here: DevOps News Lightbend announced the launch of CloudState, an Open Source Serverless framework that the company says is designed to enable stateful workloads on the Knative / Kubernetes stack. In a TechCrunch interview, CTO Jonas Bonér states, “I think people sometimes [don’t distinguish] between serverless and Function as a Service. I think that’s actually cutting the technology short. What serverless really brings to the table is this completely new developer experience and operations experience by trying to automate as much as possible. A lot of people say that I have this excellent use case for the current incarnation of serverless and Function as a Service, but the rest of my application doesn’t really work running there. That’s exactly what CloudState is trying to address.” GA of HashiCorp Consul 1.6.0 was announced. According to the company, the release is focused on several major new features for Consul Connect, Consul’s service mesh solution and a number of improvements and bug fixes. HashiCorp unveiled feature plans to more deeply integrate HashiCorp Vault with Kubernetes.
Legacy systems challenge established hoteliers to effectively innovate and compete with a myriad of market pressures. From OTAs to timeshares and new market entrants like Oyo, hotel executives must manage many moving parts in order to compete for customers, gain and sustain their loyalty. To compete effectively, a strong IT strategy that supports the ability to counteract competitive pressures via innovation is needed. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at how a few hoteliers transformed their systems in order to innovate and compete, in the process helping address specific business goals. Increase Customer Acquisition Since their introduction, OTAs have only grown market share, and are expected to reach 41% of the US market by 2020. To effectively compete for guests, hotels must become — and remain — OTA friendly, both in the US and globally. At a technical level, this means that hotels must evolve their IT processes, creating and modifying APIs that can easily expose inventory data to meet the needs of any travel search site. And, IT processes must be agile and automated in order to continuously feed fresh data to OTAs. At one leading hotelier, the technology team needed a process for creating and modifying APIs that could easily expose inventory data to meet the needs of any OTA. DevOps was identified as being able to play a clear role in facilitating agile methodology best practices. Working with our DevOps consulting team, the hotelier applied the Flux7 Enterprise DevOps Framework to provide a foundation for DevOps that now allows the company to rapidly design, build, test and deploy solutions, like APIs for OTAs. In the process, they have been able to accelerate their IT modernization, using freed developer and operational resources to fuel new stages of modernization and innovation.
The Amazon API Gateway can be used to publicly publish an organization’s APIs. In just a few clicks or a few lines of code, one can set up an API Gateway proxying all requests from the Internet to a private application (usually custom code running in a private subnet). However, as the API Gateway becomes a public entry point into an AWS environment, it is necessary to secure it so that it blocks potentially malicious requests before reaching code.