IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review
With competitive pressures demanding organizations innovate and bring new products and services to market faster, we’re seeing more and more enterprises moving to the cloud for IT modernization that maximizes the benefits of DevOps automation. Interestingly, Chef this week shared results of a recent survey it conducted finding a dramatic shift to the cloud among its survey respondents.
Indeed, Chef reports that, “the need to deliver new experiences quickly is forcing companies to accelerate their move to cloud-native platforms.” While only 9% of companies use the public cloud for more than half of their application deployments today, that number is expected to increase 256% over the next two years. The use of container technologies to support the majority of application deployments is reported to increase 144% in that same time. And, microservices in support of this level of app deployment is expected to increase 100%.
With regard to cloud migration, Chef reports that 53% of applications are rewritten, 70% are replaced and 73% are a simple lift and shift to the cloud. At the end of the day, there is no one size fits all answer to cloud application migration. To help organizations create a meaningful cloud computing migration strategy, Flux7 has developed a five-part series on Strategies for Large-Scale Cloud Migration.
- Chef announced this week Chef Automate Incident Creation, an application that allows operators to easily generate incidents in the ServiceNow Incident Management environment whenever there is a failure in the Chef-managed platform, due to either infrastructure automation updates failing or automated compliance check failures. The ServiceNow integration helps ensure infrastructure automation problems are quickly resolved and compliance failures are tracked and corrected based on internal best practices.
- Microsoft released Azure DevOps, a suite of services and tools to support software development teams. In support of the announcement, Chef brought to market this week the Chef extension for Azure DevOps which enables operators to integrate Chef into the build and release phases of their DevOps toolset; specifically, the Azure Pipelines component of the Azure DevOps Suite.
- The latest version of Ansible Tower was made publicly available this week. Featuring several enhancements, Anisble Tower has added functionality with push-button Ansible Tower deployment for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, more granular permissions, scheduler improvements, improved scaling, support for multiple Ansible environments, and enhanced integrations to improve automation.
- HashiCorp released HashiCorp Consul + Kubernetes’ official Consul Helm Chart for running and configuring Consul on Kubernetes. Using the Helm chart, you can start a complete Kubernetes Consul cluster in minutes. The Helm chart can setup and configure a Consul server cluster, client agents, or both.
- GitHub released GitHub Desktop 1.4 which includes the ability to now know before you click “Merge” whether you’re going to encounter merge conflicts between the branches you’re merging. And, it also allows users to see what’s new in each release inside the app without having to go to the GitHub Desktop website.
- The much anticipated AWS Systems Manager Session Manager with shell access to EC2 Instances has arrived and our DevOps team couldn’t be happier. Now you can use a new browser-based interactive shell and a command-line interface (CLI) to manage your Windows and Linux instances. Operators will get Secure Access, Access Control, Auditability, Interactivity, and Programming and Scripting.
- According to the AWS blog, you can now use AWS Config to record configuration changes to AWS CodePipeline, AWS’s continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) service.
- Check out our latest AWS Case Study: With AWS Cloud Migration, Investment Firm’s Trades Flow at the Speed of the Market with Flux7
- And, congrats to Amazon for becoming the second company to have its valuation reach $1 trillion.