Managing Open source software components

Building any software need lots of efforts including resources, time, money, etc. It is really a great pleasure when it goes live or gets released. In parallel, there is always a chance that bugs may put the release in a difficult condition even after multiple rounds of testing. Teams can fix bugs related to software features or functionality, but the ones which can hit badly are Security vulnerability. Licensing risk of open source component. Outdated open source component. The world is moving towards open source in a very fast pace and its growing use in software as components inside the application. Open source components are available free for us, however there could be more risk while using them. A product which is paid and commercial is bound to fix issues and provide adequate support for any vulnerability or security issue and Licensing, But open source software may have a little more of ...

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Open source and Samsung take center stage at Red Hat Summit

While much of the DevOps world was focused on DockerCon in San Francisco this week, there was also big news happening on the east coast. While DockerCon was shaking things up with the announcement of the Open Container Project the Red Hat Summit in Boston held its own share of big news and much of it spotlighted the important role of open source. “Red Hat is really the independent voice of Linux focused entirely on business,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group. “It is also a showcase of how to make money on the platform without taking advantage of anyone in the process and largely remaining true to the core tenets that created Linux in the first place.” Focus on Open Source One of the primary core tenets—if not the defining core tenet—of Linux is open source. The shared development and collaborative nature of the operating system ...

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BlazeMeter harnesses open source to deliver continuous testing for DevOps

DevOps is all about efficiency and automation—streamlining development and deployment. In order to deliver quality code quickly a culture of continuity is required—including continuous testing. BlazeMeter provides organizations with a platform for continuous performance testing in a DevOps environment. BlazeMeter claims to be a more affordable—and in some ways more powerful—performance testing platform than HP LoadRunner. The platform isn’t completely unique. It is harnesses and repackages the features and capabilities of JMeter similar to the way that the very popular code repository GitHub is built on the open source Git project. Open source projects are a very effective engine for creating tools and applications organizations need. The collaborative, crowd-sourced nature of open source projects leads to a solution that is more likely to appeal to a broad consensus. Where open source tools often fall short is in polish and support. Contributors are primarily focused on features and capabilities that impact ...

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RedHat Culture Keeping the DevOps Faith

Red Hat is readily recognized for its accomplishments with Linux and software design. The Red Hat DevOps culture itself started by design as a program built on training developers in operations skills and increasing operations’ faith in these developers. Red Hat’s IT Platform Operations Manager, Anderson Silva tells DevOps.com how internal teams initiated the cultural change inside this Linux development icon. Get Back In Line! The Platform Operations team in IT manages and executes a lot of the deployments of IT-managed applications into these environments, says Silva. On the road to establishing Red Hat’s internal DevOps dynasty and prior to running the Platform Operations team, Silva captained a small band of operations folk in a department known as Production Control. There Silva and crew established controls to ensure that any new deployments would not and could not break the production environment. “Sometimes this meant we had to halt the whole ...

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Commercial vendors gift to DevOps

Open source solutions are usually brought to life because of someone’s yearning to solve a problem and share the solution with the rest of the world. Or perhaps when inventors are merely trying to get more eyes on the code for help with hidden bugs and fixes. ...

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Microsoft determined not to get left behind by DevOps

Microsoft is a massive company—a behemoth with a lot of inertia, and a lot of bureaucracy in place that make it difficult to adapt quickly. Under Satya Nadella, however, Microsoft is striving to re-invent itself, and—to the extent that it is possible—become more agile. For evidence of Microsoft’s new philosophy, look at how Microsoft is aggressively embracing concepts like open source and DevOps that used to be viewed as pariahs. I wrote recently about the partnership between Microsoft and Docker. Microsoft added support for Docker containers in the Azure cloud platform within Linux virtual machines earlier this year, but then it upped the ante by announcing that it will support Docker natively in the next version of Windows Server, and that it is working closely with Docker on an open source project to drive development of the Windows engine for Docker. “An important aspect of this announcement is the noticeable ...

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Four open source tools to help keep you cooking with Chef

If you’re even a little familiar with DevOps concepts, you’ve probably heard of Chef. If you’ve started experimenting with or implementing DevOps, there’s a pretty good chance you’re using Chef. Chef is an awesome platform for managing a DevOps environment, but it isn’t perfect. Thankfully, missing features or gaps in the capabilities of a platform like Chef are just opportunities for other developers to step in and save the day. For some organizations, that may be a double-edged sword. It can be overwhelming to investigate the myriad options out there, and to choose tools that add value, without also adding more complexity and headaches than they’re worth. Let’s take a closer look at four of the most popular open source tools you can use in conjunction with Chef to make your life easier. 1. Foodcritic One of the coolest things about Chef—at least from a geek humor perspective—is how the ...

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Microsoft strives to embrace open source culture

In many ways Microsoft is going through the corporate equivalent of a mid-life crisis—it has reached a stage where it longs to drop a few pounds, and turn back the clock a few years. After years of tremendous success, it’s now starting to show its age, and it is struggling to adapt to the new tech landscape and compete with younger, leaner, more innovative competitors. The shift began under ex-CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer’s approach, though, was misguided. Ballmer’s Microsoft suffered from hubris, and ignored the seismic shift in technology until it was too late. When Ballmer finally recognized the existential threat, and tried to turn the ship around, it was done from within the established bloated corporate culture. There was an effort to rearrange the chairs on the deck with a management reorganization, but it simply wasn’t enough. Then Satya Nadella took over. Nadella has a more aggressive vision. It’s ...

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An open-source pipeline for trusted images

There are a lot of good reasons to use a trusted image (aka “foundation image”), including reliability, reduced time to launch, secure configuration. [We’ve discussed them previously] In this article we are going to describe a development and quality assurance process for making trusted (aka “foundation” or “golden”) images. First, this is the tool set to be used. Source Control Keeps track of all your scripts. Images will be built 100% by scripts, not by manual keying. Therefore source control is essential. Virtual Machines You’ll need to periodically start from blank slate, when you make changes to your approach which are incompatible with the current state of your machine. Using virtual machines enables us to rapidly reset to a known state and re-apply scripts. Vagrant Vagrant is a virtualization tool that makes it easy to quickly launch and re-launch virtual machines, bootstrap virtual machines with base packages and ssh configuration, and ...

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User pragmatism is stronger than ever

This is the third of a series of posts about why we thought the world needed another DevOps oriented company and so invested in and started StackStorm.   I hope we are touching on general themes that can help others understand the rapid disruptive shift towards DevOps approaches to building and operating technology. When starting StackStorm we were inspired by OpenStack.  This week is the OpenStack summit and we are contributing heavily to some pieces of OpenStack, so we remain enthusiastic community members.  However, our third reason for StackStorm has to do with how we lost our naive perspective on OpenStack and understood it more as a symptom of a new, more enlightened approach to technology selection, development and operation. OpenStack is important – however, users are more pragmatic and agnostic than ever. OpenStack is the full stack plus, plus, plus; it is very different than almost every other open ...

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