DevOps and SecOps began as separate efforts

Source – csoonline.com Until today, anti-fraud, security and authentication activities in organizations have operated as largely-separate domains, with IT Ops even more separated, in most cases. This is due, in part, to the “silo mentality” in enterprises, where it’s more convenient to have a bunch of teams running their own disciplines. After all, collaboration and synchronization increase the degree of difficulty. Politics, momentum, status quo, and decentralized operations that use third-party providers are also contributing to the current operational division. Given

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Google, Scale Computing partner for easier hybrid cloud deployment

Source – networkworld.com Google has partnered with Scale Computing, developer of infrastructure software for hyper-converged systems, to make it easier to deploy Google Cloud Platform as a backup for your own data center. The two companies have created a platform called Cloud Unity, which integrates Scale’s HC3 software environment with Google Compute Engine. HC3 is a cluster software product that merges server, storage and virtualization into a single appliance for easier converged infrastructure. With HC3, you can build a cluster using

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Treating Shared Databases Like APIs in a DevOps World

Source – infoq.com Simon Sabin, Principle Consultant at Sabin.io, spoke at WinOps 2017 conference on how to include database changes in a continuous deployment model. A key aspect when sharing databases across multiple services or applications is to treat them as APIs, from the perspective of the database owners. Sabin suggested that mechanisms such as views, triggers and stored procedures can be used to change the database internal structure while keeping backwards compatibility with the applications data operations. He gave the example of migrating

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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 impact of DevOps on your bottom line

Source – csoonline.com DevOps is the most important innovation to the IT sector since the invention of the personal computer. Nearly everyone I have talked to in my travels, these past few years, says they are building their own DevOps shop. But when you probe them about what they are actually doing, most say they are deploying applications to the cloud. That is not exactly what DevOps is. To put it in a nutshell, DevOps combines the cultural and technical philosophies

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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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DevOps evolves into DevSecOps

Source – devopsonline.co.uk According to Computer Weekly, DevOps is evolving into DevSecOps, and new tools are needed to automate IT policy management. In Sentinel, one tool emerged, including an option with enterprise versions of HashiCorp DevOps tools, such as: Consul for service discovery Vault for secrets management Nomad for container scheduling Terraform for infrastructure as code Sentinel offers policy as code features for both security and compliance and HashiCorp seeks to attract DevOps pros, to provide data analytics and financial services to

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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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AWS automation skills in demand for DevOps, multicloud

Source – techtarget.com Automation is a big focus as more businesses migrate to the cloud and implement DevOps strategies. And while IT shops can gradually learn AWS automation skills — if they don’t have them already — the demand for that knowledge continues to rise rapidly. “Perhaps a direct reason for this is the more widely adopted principles and practices of DevOps,” said Scott Thomson, director of public cloud at Softchoice, an IT consulting and managed services provider based in Toronto. DevOps

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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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CloudBees, partners add Jenkins services, security

Source – theserverside.com The Jenkins DevOps world has recently gained a series of new services, including advisory and managed services, new security capabilities and database support. For instance, among the new Jenkins services, CloudBees recently delivered a new, free service, CloudBees Jenkins Advisor, which will analyze any Jenkins continuous delivery environment and provide users with information on issues and performance. Announced at the company’s Jenkins World conference at the end of August, CloudBees Jenkins Advisor identifies potential issues and advises organizations on corrective

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Recent trends in cloud computing fuel the need for DevOps methods

Source – techtarget.com Cloud services have transformed IT infrastructure, but the most recent trends in cloud computing signal a more fundamental shift that’s reshaping jobs. Newer cloud services and application design principals — such as microservices, serverless computing and function as a service — have important implications for both IT operations staff and developers. However, understanding the difference between these services and how they affect application deployment can be confusing, especially since most cloud providers will simply tell you their service

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DevOps: The Key To Organisational Success?

Source – businesscomputingworld.co.uk There has been an explosion of interest in DevOps over the last few years, but for people who are new to these ideas, it’s not always obvious what DevOps actually entails and what the benefits are. Additionally, given that DevOps started off as a grassroots movement and continues to be heavily influenced by practitioners, it may be even less clear to senior and middle managers why it is so important. Especially as there is no clear-cut definition of

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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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How can DevOps coexist with legacy monolithic applications?

Source – computing.co.uk How can DevOps coexist with monolithic legacy applications? This was a question asked of panellists during Computing’s DevOps Summit yesterday. Bi-modal IT is a reality in many organisations, and despite the management difficulties in managing a two speed enterprise, the consensus was that it can work but it depends very much on the context. So a legacy application that is not customer facing or which is not directly responsible for the organisation’s competitive edge is probably best left

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Jenkins’ CI/CD moves transform DevOps tool landscape

Source – techtarget.com Updates to the Jenkins open source tool have accelerated in the past year, as supporters seek to spread its adoption throughout the IT industry. Within the past year, CloudBees, a major provider of enterprise-supported Jenkins, has expanded Jenkins’ reach beyond code aficionados — and beyond application development lifecycles. Recent improvements include a customizable dashboard interface and, announced at Jenkins World 2017 at the end of August, a metrics and insights extension. Activity in the past 12 months around Jenkins

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Puppet acquires Distelli to bolster cloud computing automation platform

Source – geekwire.com Rahul Singh started with a single focus when he launched Distelli more than two years ago: give developers a way to ship better software faster. Now he’s doubling down on that mission with a little help from a leading cloud computing company. Portland-based Puppet today announced that it has acquired Distelli, a Seattle startup founded in 2015 by Singh that helps software engineers deploy code more efficiently. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Distelli employees — five are listed on LinkedIn — will

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Top 5 challenges when scaling DevOps in the enterprise

Source – sdtimes.com The goals and principles of DevOps should be the same in any organization; however, scaling DevOps practices in large enterprises with hundreds of applications, geographically dispersed teams, and both loosely and tightly coupled architectures presents some unique challenges. Each enterprise has its own DNA that has organically evolved through generations of applications and technologies with its own set of artifacts and processes. So, if every enterprise looks entirely different than the next, where do you start? First and

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Dealing with division through DevOps

Source – information-age.com The phrase “Too many cooks spoil the broth” can be applied to any number of scenarios, while another favourite—“A camel is a horse designed by committee” — explains the possible results of combative collaboration. Typically, the problem lies with people wanting different things from a project—an issue that should have IT professionals nodding knowingly. A long-term issue within businesses has been the disconnect between two teams who use IT to achieve different business goals. In the red corner,

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Automated testing is crucial to support DevOps

Source – computing.co.uk “Everyone in this room has tested something,” said Ben Riley, DevOps specialist at CA Technologies, at the opening of a talk on continuous testing at Computing‘s annual DevOps Summit today. He was joined on-stage by Richard Jordan, practice manager at Nationwide Building Society. Testing as a concept and practice hasn’t changed in 30 years, said Riley. It begins with defining an idea and writing requirements; then there are many, many steps for testers to rationalise it into something that

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