DevOps

XebiaLabs Accelerates Enterprise Application Shift to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

XebiaLabs announced support for new Amazon Web Services (AWS) services designed to simplify and accelerate application migration to the cloud at scale. New integrations of the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform with AWS Service Catalog and support for AWS Fargate, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), and other AWS services, allow developers to easily switch workloads from traditional data centers to AWS. Companies can rely on a highly efficient, compliant, and secure enterprise DevOps process as they are moving applications to the cloud.

"The combination of AWS Service Catalog and the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform provides a highly scalable and structured path to moving enterprise applications to AWS," said Clive D'Souza, Global Head of AWS Service Catalog BD, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "It was designed to allow companies to offer self-service deployments to their development teams, while supporting compliance, security, and governance requirements across the DevOps pipeline. Teams can now easily access AWS services as an integrated part of their enterprise DevOps processes, and CIOs can rest easy knowing software applications are being built securely and with control, while taking advantage of the flexibility and velocity of the cloud."

Rackspace Delivers Next Generation Cloud Services with Flexible Service Blocks, DevOps Enhancements and Expanded Multi-Cloud

Rackspace today announced it is driving significant innovation as a managed service provider for the world's leading hyperscale public clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba. Rackspace's next generation cloud services now provide flexible and highly customizable offers through Rackspace Service Blocks, Managed Infrastructure as Code (IaC) deployments, and expanded multi-cloud capabilities to help customers choose between cloud platforms and provide the ability to manage multiple public clouds with a single control panel. 

Rackspace's next generation cloud services are the latest example of how the company is fulfilling its strategy to deliver modern IT as a service for its customers by offering unbiased expertise, an unrivaled portfolio of cloud services, a Fanatical Experience and agile delivery of IT the way customers want. Collectively, these new solutions represent a major shift in the IT as-a-service market, changing the way organizations purchase and manage their public clouds.

As enterprises seek to accelerate cloud adoption to realize the flexibility, agility and cost savings of the cloud, their needs evolve. Traditional managed service providers are unable to keep pace with the rapidly growing cloud ecosystem and shifting customer needs, leading to the evolution of next generation cloud service providers. Next gen cloud service providers go well beyond offering traditional managed services, like migrations and day-to-day support, by delivering expert cloud guidance, customizable services and multi-cloud technologies.

SolarWinds Introduces Inside Out View into Cloud Environments

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced that it is introducing an inside out view into cloud environments to help DevOps professionals gain unmatched visibility across the internal aspects of cloud environments-metrics, traces, and logs, plus an external view of the user experience. The enhanced functionality within SolarWinds' products PingdomAppOpticsPapertrail, and Loggly can be used individually to provide visibility into cloud-based infrastructure and application performance or used together as a DevOps toolkit to maintain 360-degree visibility into cloud monitoring.

"Today's recognized ‘pillars of observability' combine metrics, traces, and logs to enable DevOps teams to monitor system and application performance. But, these capabilities provide only limited insights into application performance because they ignore the user's experience-a critical measure of application performance," said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. "Understanding if a system is slow or unavailable from an end user's perspective is crucial in today's digital world even if the metrics are good and there are no alerts. Bringing user experience, metrics, traces, and logs together with an easy-to-use, complementary toolkit provides DevOps teams with unmatched visibility into their environment, so they can seamlessly follow an alert or issue from one product into another to resolve issues quickly and get back to focusing on the more proactive elements of their job."

For example, if support gets a call that a web application is not letting users log in, a DevOps team can open the Pingdom (user experience) dashboard to see the login page has turned red and when the outage began. Jumping over to the metrics views in AppOptics (metrics), the DevOps team sees it's not a problem with the website response time, therefore not a performance issue, but in the detail view they notice the HTTP status codes are red. Next, the DevOps team uses AppOptics (traces) to trace one of the failed requests and discovers the web application was trying to make a connection to a backend service, but there was an issue with the DNS entry. The DevOps team then jumps over to Papertrail (logs) or Loggly (logs) to see the log data. Here they can filter down to the application host and view when the outage started, discovering the service was stopped. With this insight, the DevOps team can quickly restart the service and get the web application up and running.

Pulumi's Cloud Native SDK Lets Teams Easily Define and Deliver Cloud Native Infrastructure as Code for Kubernetes in Any Cloud

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Pulumi Corporation today announced the availability of its Cloud Native SDK for Kubernetes enabling a code-based approach to creating, deploying and managing applications across clouds including Microsoft AKS, Amazon EKS, and Google GKE, in addition to on-premises and hybrid environments. Pulumi also announced it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to accelerate development and delivery of its cloud native programming tools and framework.

The Pulumi SDK provides full access to Kubernetes APIs and enables execution of all Kubernetes operations through ‘configuration as code,' the use of real programming languages for configuration of cloud native resources. This provides clear productivity benefits by enabling code reuse and abstraction, in addition to easing previously difficult operations such as complex multi-stage cloud application deployments, or combining Kubernetes deployments with other cloud resources such as datastores. Pulumi also supports existing Helm and YAML-based configuration of Kubernetes.

Pulumi stacks can be coded using a variety of common languages including JavaScript, TypeScript, Python and Go and work consistently across all Kubernetes, serverless, data and infrastructure services from cloud platforms, eliminating the need for developers and DevOps teams to support multiple DSLs and configuration dialects.

Enterprise DevOps for the Cloud

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XebiaLabs announced a DevOps framework that provides a smooth pathway to the cloud for companies who are moving applications to cloud-based resources on a large scale. The framework connects enterprise DevOps practices with common cloud management functionality and provides an essential foundation as enterprises accelerate their transformations to cloud-based applications.

Cloud Does Not Equal DevOps

Easy access to public cloud technologies creates a common misconception: moving to the cloud will not only provide more flexible and scalable infrastructure at a lower cost, but it will also accelerate the delivery of applications to the customer. In reality, moving to the cloud is just one step in that journey. Enterprises that are looking to improve and accelerate software delivery are implementing DevOps practices that span the entire software delivery value stream. These practices are generally unrelated to the cloud itself: they focus on management of the end-to-end software release and application deployment process-from idea to code to production. To succeed with DevOps, organizations must create standardized processes that are technology agnostic, enforce governance requirements, and enable collaboration across both technical and non-technical teams.

2nd Watch Launches Automation Frameworks for DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure

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2nd Watch announces two new services for cloud automation: the 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline and the 2nd Watch Machine Image Factory. Both services automate core functions of DevOps style software development and cloud infrastructure management, saving companies money and time. Companies can deploy the services on AWS, Azure or multi-cloud infrastructure, leveraging technologies specific to those environments.

The 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline helps companies automate and accelerate application code development and save up to 75 percent on traditional implementation costs. Continuous integration/delivery (CI/CD) is a key piece in the DevOps lifecycle, consisting of tools which automate the release of software throughout the entire development and QA cycle. Typically, companies create these pipelines in-house by weaving together multiple tools. Now, development teams can automate that step and leverage 2nd Watch's standard pipeline framework, which can be easily replicated for each project. By using a previously deployed and trusted pattern, this cloud native solution brings confidence to an otherwise highly complex undertaking, which can be inconsistent. The Modern CI/CD Pipeline leverages Packer, Ansible and Terraform with options for Chef or Puppet, or 2nd Watch can customize the pipeline as needed for unique requirements.

StorageOS Announces General Availability of Persistent Container Storage Solution

StorageOS, Inc. has announced the general availability of its software-defined persistent storage platform for running containerized applications in production.

Container adoption has been explosive as enterprises embrace DevOps and refactor applications to run in containers instead of directly on virtual machines. The company also announced an $8 million Series A funding round, led by existing investor Bain Capital Ventures with participation from new investors: MMC Ventures in the UK, where StorageOS R&D is located, and 645 Ventures in New York, StorageOS' new U.S. headquarters. StorageOS will use the investment to expand product development and drive global sales.

Independent Global Study of Developers and Testing Professionals Reveals Increasing Adoption of Agile, DevOps

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Sauce Labs, Inc., provider of the world’s largest cloud-based platform for continuous testing of web and mobile applications, today announced the results of an independent survey, titled, “Testing Trends in 2018: A Survey of Development and Testing Professionals.” The survey, conducted by Dimensional Research, reveals that agile and DevOps adoption is on the rise, with 91 percent of respondents reporting that they have adopted agile practices and 17 percent reporting that they have fully embraced DevOps. Findings also show that management views automation as critical, with 87 percent reporting that management is on board with automated testing.

The fourth annual “State of Testing” report is designed to better understand current trends related to delivering high-quality web and mobile applications. Findings highlight the vast complexity of software and its testing requirements, as testers now need to consider multiple platforms, devices, browsers, version of operating systems and more. To help developers and testers meet increasing end-user demands, Sauce Labs also announced today its Continuous Testing Cloud to enable users to more effectively deliver high-quality applications faster.

Quali CloudShell Now Available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

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Quali, a leading provider of on-demand, self-service environments for Cloud and DevOps and a Silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that its CloudShell automation and orchestration software is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace offering added value to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers. CloudShell sandbox automation platform provides the ability to certify with confidence any enterprise application deployed on the Oracle Cloud while minimizing the cost of infrastructure consumption for the customer.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud is the industry's broadest and most complete public cloud, delivering enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

 

ZeroStack Debuts New Operational Features for Its Self-Driving Cloud

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ZeroStack, Inc., creators of a self-driving on-premises cloud, today announced a host of new features that further streamline operations for IT administrators and DevOps Workbench end users. Already renowned for its point-and-click self-provisioning and operational simplicity, ZeroStack's self-driving cloud now sports new, advanced capabilities that further reduce IT overhead while giving end users greater flexibility.

The features include: