Immutable infrastructure can ease agencies into agile, DevOps

Source – wtop.com Automation is a key technology helping IT organizations deploy, take apart, and reload technologies into production without human intervention.  But once technology is deployed, federal managers want to make sure that systems can’t be misconfigured and infrastructure components aren’t altered once they have been approved. Moreover, project management methodologies such as agile and DevOps support the idea of developing software and systems iteratively and quickly. That is fine and good.  But this also raises the question: How

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How devops changes monitoring

Source – computerworld.com.au Devops is in many ways a modern evolution born out of the old way of doing things. Waterfall development methodologies were too slow, deployments to production were too infrequent, and the traditional separation of developers and operators was an obstacle to change. By combining a little philosophy and a lot of tools, devops unlocks dramatic increases in speed and efficiency. Devops brings more automation to every stage of the application lifecycle, and the time to market for new applications is reduced

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How cloud computing platforms fuel digital transformation

Source – searchcloudapplications.techtarget.com Many enterprises are turning to cloud computing platforms to accelerate digital transformation strategies. The cloud promises to provide a consistent set of APIs for developers to innovate around. It also makes it easier to reuse enterprise data more efficiently as part of a more modern software development ecosystem. “The rise of PaaS [platform as a service], in all its flavors, indicates that the focus of innovation is shifting even further toward software development,” said Dave Bartoletti, principal analyst at Forrester

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The need for data-driven DevOps and how to start

Source – itwire.com DevOps is, at heart, the application of programming techniques to infrastructure issues. Using tools like Puppet, virtual servers and other environments can be scripted, built, removed, and generally maintained with full version control and automation. DevOps brings together IT departments, renewing focus on measurement, sharing and continuous feedback loops. However, as systems become more complex, DevOps workflow becomes complex and opaque. The business wants solutions and features implemented. Programmers want to plan, code, test and release their applications,

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Barriers to enterprise adoption of DevOps

Source – computerweekly.com Until recently, the DevOps movement was considered off-limits to enterprises, with the naysayers struggling to see how these large, complex and unwieldy organisations could ever hope to emulate the agile software development practices loved by smaller, nimbler startups. Big organisations are just too weighed down by bureaucracy, legacy technologies and waterfall-style software development techniques for DevOps to thrive, and any attempt to challenge the status quo will come to nothing – or so the rhetoric went. But what

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HashiCorp DevOps tools add Sentinel for IT policy management

Source – techtarget.com In some enterprise IT shops, DevOps is evolving into DevSecOps, and new tools are needed to automate IT policy management as part of that trend. One such tool emerged this week in Sentinel, an option now included with the enterprise versions of HashiCorp DevOps tools such as Consul for service discovery, Vault for secrets management, Nomad for container scheduling, and Terraform for infrastructure as code. Sentinel automates IT policy management with a policy language that can be tested, version-controlled

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The Myth of Mutual Exclusivity: Making the DevOps Process More Agile Without Compromising Security

Source – securityintelligence.com The marketplace is demanding agility, but many enterprises perceive the need for agility as an ongoing security risk. If applications are constantly evolving, they assume, the process will constantly open up new avenues for attackers to exploit. This worry has given rise to a widespread misconception that security or agility is a binary choice. But a growing number of organizations are challenging this stereotype and actively working to integrate security into the DevOps process. These proactive players in

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Can DevOps deliver on digital potential?

Source – computerweekly.com A benchmarking study by consultancy Hackett Group, titled Beyond world-class service: IT’s digital capability imperative, recently highlighted DevOps as a technique that can help enable digital transformation. “Agile, DevOps and continuous development models are well-suited to digital business transformation, which demands accelerated development, rapid prototyping and incremental value,” according to the report. Similarly, a Forrester survey of 4,976 IT professionals found that firms with high-performing business technology “solution delivery organisations” were 1.5 times more likely than their peers to

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What is Agile Methodology? How It Works, Best Practices, Tools

Source – stackify.com Agile Methodology is a people-focused, results-focused approach to software development that respects our rapidly changing world. It’s centered around adaptive planning, self-organization, and short delivery times. It’s flexible, fast, and aims for continuous improvements in quality, using tools like Scrum and eXtreme Programming. How It Works It works by first admitting that the old “waterfall” method of software development leaves a lot to be desired. The process of “plan, design, build, test, deliver,” works okay for making cars or buildings but

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Open-source tech unites networking and DevOps

Source – siliconangle.com In the tech world, innovation and new systems are great, but nothing moves unless the network can handle it. This truth makes networking very important for businesses, because a company can only be as agile as its network. Part of that agility comes from making the network easy to use. Open-source tech is coming to the rescue. “The truth is, there’s a lot of work that goes into making the network invisible and ubiquitous for people,” said Ed Warnicke (pictured),

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