Monitoring Your IT Services Beyond Nagios

Source – opsview.com Over the last couple of months I have been talking to more and more customers about how to monitor their IT services properly and one thing pops up quite often: Do they need anything beyond Nagios® Core (aka Nagios)? If yes, what should they do beyond it? The Basics Nagios is free and so gets away with quite a lot but using it to manage complex systems can be a real challenge. It can also be unforgiving on

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8 Crucial DevOps Success Tips

Source – news.sys-con.com Effective collaboration and communication are highly valued by the DevOps culture, and it’s been like that for a reason. It is an industry where even departments within the same company tend to distrust one another, and where distributed offices full of crucial roles are the norm. Thus, any possible positive improvement in the interaction between people is welcomed, especially for an organization where several moving parts need to collaborate in order to create a product on time and

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DevOps teams have poor security practices

Source – itproportal.com Many organisations don’t enforce proper security measures in their DevOps environments, putting both the company and the product at risk. This is according to a new report by Venafi, looking into security practices among DevOps. Using the same passwords for multiple machines, or not even bothering to secure communications between machines are some of the most common issues, usually among organisations in the middle of adopting DevOps practices. However, even organisations that say their DevOps practices are ‘mature’,

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The intersection of DevOps and application security

Source – csoonline.com I’m sure you’ve seen the DevOps concept in development today. It focuses on bringing stability and reliability to corporate infrastructures and clouds. For example, many corporations have firewalls that protect the corporate infrastructure. DevOps would have any change to the firewall policy be versioned within a source code control system. This versioning is great because it enables a rollback to a stable version of the policy when a change goes awry. That improves reliability. Imagine DevOps being deployed

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Top 10 Agile Database Techniques

Source – ibm.com While agile database development and management continues to gain popularity, some DBAs are still hesitant to adopt the agile method in favor of the waterfall approach. Most often this is either because some IT professionals and development teams are afraid of losing maintenance control in the constant thrust of iteration, or they’re wary of change, especially one that would require them to change the way they work together. So, here are some great techniques for having a healthy

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DevOps: Where it’s going and how to make the most of it

Source – zdnet.com DevOps is much more than a set of practices for smarter software development. The benefits of Agile-type thinking — such as iterative development and continuous delivery — are being pushed beyond the IT department and out into the wider business. Here’s how adopting small, quick changes will deliver new benefits to businesses and their customers in the future. 1. Tailored agility will help push cross-organisation integration CIO consultant Andrew Abboud is an IT leader who believes in the

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Continuous Testing for Agile and DevOps: 5 Key Takeaways from Gartner

Source – tricentis.com As software becomes the key to creating a competitive advantage across all markets, enterprises no longer enjoy the luxury of selecting either ‘speed’ or ‘quality’ when delivering software. Both are critical. Now that agile practices have matured and DevOps initiatives have entered the corporate agenda, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Testing (CT) and Continuous Delivery (CD) have emerged as key catalysts for enabling quality at speed. Of the three, Continuous Testing is by far the most challenging. While Continuous

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Is Codeless Automated Testing the Future of DevOps?

Source – tech.co For years, testing has proved a steep challenge for efficient and effective software development. Even today, testing is clunky, inconsistent, and time consuming. It’s widely recognized that testing automation is at best partial, and is the number one bottleneck in the software development and information technology operations (DevOps) toolchain. Once relegated to the startup and entrepreneurial sphere, DevOps has grown into a business imperative for any organization that wants to stay ahead of the game. The DevOps movement was

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Can DevOps help us save lives?

Source – techtarget.com A former U.S. Marine wants software developers and architects to get more in touch with their feelings. In fact, their lives may very well depend on it. Ken Mugrage, the former Marine who is also a technology evangelist at ThoughtWorks, led a session at the 2017 O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference in New York City, presented a session in which he talked about burnout that software developers and managers can experience in enterprise environments – and how DevOps can

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Why you shouldn’t choose between an agile approach and a DevOps approach?

Source – ibm.com You may hear your IT department talking about implementing an agile approach or DevOps development. Both promise better and faster software development through collaboration. How are they different, and which is better for your business? Agile software development principles enable developers to deliver new functionality quickly while responding to changing business requirements. Development teams deliver incremental features frequently, perhaps every couple of weeks. Traditional approaches often take months or even years to deliver new systems. In the meantime,

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