Microsoft bridges the gap between Azure and DevOps

DevOps can be easy for a startup. Many of the concepts and principles of DevOps come quite naturally to a fresh company just getting started. It’s a different story, however, for large, established enterprises trying to wrap their arms around this DevOps thing. For IT admins working in Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, though, things just got a lot easier thanks to the integration of Chef and Puppet Labs. Many organizations are heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem. IT teams and administrators are familiar with Windows domains, Active Directory, Hyper-V, and Azure. They know how to write scripts and leverage PowerShell to get things done, but they’re much less familiar with the core principles of DevOps, or common DevOps automation tools like Chef and Puppet Labs. One of the driving forces of DevOps is the ability—or perhaps necessity—to automate those tasks that can be automated so IT resources are freed up ...

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Nagios is not a monitoring strategy

When I visit clients to talk about DevOps, I usually ask them what their monitoring strategy is. Too often, the answer I hear is “We use Nagios”. I think Nagios is a great tool, but it sure is not a strategy. Nagios does a good job of monitoring infrastructure. It will alert you when you are running out of disk, CPU, or memory. I call this reactive monitoring. In other words, Nagios is telling you that your resources are getting maxed out and you are about to have issues. Proactive monitoring focuses more on the behavior of the applications and attempts to detect when metrics are starting to stray away from their normal baseline numbers. Proactive monitoring alerts you that the system is starting to experience symptoms that can lead to a degradation of performance or capacity issues which is more preferable than Nagios telling you are about to be ...

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Don’t Let the (April Fools Day) Joke Be on You

As much as seasonal increases in demand for on-line resources are discussed, the one day that’s often overlooked is April Fools Day. It’s the day the Internet loses its mind and your best bet is take everything not just with a grain of salt, but with the entire shaker. The use of April Fools’ Day to promote brand awareness and bring some laughter into the world as everyone tries to outdo everyone else in a bid to be named the King of Fools is well known. This is no more a surprise today than is Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Super Bowl Sunday. So it behooves those participating in the tom foolery to be prepared. That means being ready to handle an increased demand for whatever it is you’re offering up for consumption. This is where devops shines; where automation and orchestration and a demand-driven scalability strategy is your best ...

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The Automation Continuum

The speed of innovation these days is often influenced by the speed of adoption of new and exciting tools, and specifically open source tools.  Open source projects have been growing at an exponential speed over the course of the past few years; however the process for exploring, testing, configuring, and ultimately integrating these in production often times is still quite complex and time consuming.  In many cases, this process is still done manually.  Like with all DevOps processes by automating this, we are then able to adopt new tooling much more quickly, and with less human error in the process. The Open Source Revolution   The friction in this process is due, in large part, to the fact that each of these stages from exploration through POC and testing, integration and then management, many times requires the use of very different tools for each stage, on top of a completely ...

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It’s the Outbound Stupid!

As nice as the word “Egress” may sound, I like “Outbound” better. Outbound is hardcore firewalling for the traffic that was initiated on the “trusted” side of the firewall, and is destined OUT to the unknown. However, over the last 20 years network administrators have put much more emphasis on what can come IN to their networks, rather than to worry about what comes OUT of them. There are many reasons for that, but the key one is that if nothing can come in, then we need not worry about what comes out. Right? Yea, right… Fast Forward 2014 we have firewalls everywhere. On our smartphones, laptops and home broadband wifi routers. In the cloud, any typical IaaS setup has a firewall for every group of instances, usually called Security Group and every instance has its own, internal firewall that is controlled by the instance OS. We are starting to see more and more ...

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Red Hat Announces Certification for Containerized Applications, Extends Customer Confidence and Trust to the Cloud

Red Hat Container Certification delivers secure, consistent and simplified platform for ISVs to take advantage of containers in Docker format RALEIGH, N.C., Mar 11, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Red Hat, Inc. RHT -0.84% , the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the extension of its application certification program to include containerized applications. The Red Hat Container Certification ensures that application containers built using Red Hat Enterprise Linux will operate seamlessly across certified container hosts. Designed with the needs of independent software vendors (ISVs), service providers and their enterprise customers in mind, the certification extends the confidence customers have with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which currently supports thousands of certified applications, to certified containers running on certified container hosts. The pending release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering will both be certified container hosts, with Docker as a primary supported container format. Linux Containers ...

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JumpCloud Joins Rackspace Marketplace

Automating Server Management is Now Just a Click Away For Rackspace Customers  BOULDER, Colo., Feb 25, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) –JumpCloud™ , the leading automated server management tool for DevOps and IT pros, today announced that its best-in-class service is now available through the Marketplace for Rackspace® Hosting,RAX +5.66% , the open cloud company. An ideal addition to the Marketplace, JumpCloud automates the tedious tasks of managing servers so DevOps and IT pros can focus on what makes their businesses tick: innovation. Rackspace customers can now receive automated server management capabilities with JumpCloud. This bolsters the shared goal of supporting highly agile and flexible infrastructures and workflows. With JumpCloud, end users are able to easily and effectively automate the management of their Rackspace servers, which saves time while also securing their infrastructure. The JumpCloud platform effectively automates tasks such as SSH/privileged user management, admin activity monitoring, patch detection and selected compliance requirements. “As one ...

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IBM Invests $1B to Deliver Unique Platform-as-a-Service Capabilities to Connect Enterprise Data and Applications to the Cloud

Delivers Enterprise Software Capabilities – Integration, Security, Analytics, Commerce to Accelerate New Era of Hybrid Clouds ARMONK, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a unique new development environment and capabilities-as-a-service to help clients and developers speed the adoption of “hybrid” clouds, which have the potential to usher in a new era of innovation across the enterprise. As part of its initiative, IBM has invested more than $1 billion for software cloud development and is launching new capabilities running on SoftLayer. IBM Invests $1B to Deliver Unique Platform-as-a-service Capabilities With today’s news, IBM is addressing three fundamental issues to help speed the adoption of hybrid clouds. 1)   Enabling enterprise developers for the cloud: According to Evans Data, there are more than 18 million software developers worldwide yet less than 25 percent are developing for the cloud today [1]. As the industry moves to the cloud era, ...

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CA Technologies Launches Industry’s First Management Cloud for Mobility

Solutions to Secure the Mobile Enterprise and Accelerate Innovation to Capture Growth in the Global Mobile Economy February 24, 2014 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time Mobile World Congress 2014 BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS– Today at Mobile World Congress, CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) launched the industry’s first, comprehensive Management Cloud for Mobility. Delivered as a cloud service, this portfolio enables enterprises to manage, secure and grow their business, increase productivity and deliver an enhanced mobile experience. “The growth of mobile devices and apps in the enterprise is blurring the lines between personal and corporate data and leading to new challenges for enterprises” “The explosion of new devices, applications, content and transactions in the mobile environment has opened new challenges for enterprises of all sizes, worldwide. The CA Management Cloud for Mobility will help enterprises transform the challenges of the new mobile economy into significant opportunity,” said Ram Varadarajan, general manager, New Business ...

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JumpCloud Soars into Commercial Availability

Extensive Development and Customer Feedback Results in Best in Class Automated Server Management Solution February 19, 2014 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JumpCloud™, the leading automated server management tool for DevOps and IT pros, today announced the general commercial availability of its automated server management solution. JumpCloud launched its automated server management solution last September at the prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco event as a Startup Battlefield finalist. Since that time, hundreds of organizations have deployed JumpCloud, and requests for additional features have helped to iterate, refine, and optimize the solution for DevOps and IT professionals. “JumpCloud has had a major impact on our daily routine. After automating with JumpCloud, we don’t have to spend cycles on many of our daily manual server management tasks such as managing users and tracking privileged commands” “The cloud’s elasticity and agility has enabled several new operational models such as DevOps, an IT ...

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