9 Open Source DevOps Tools We Love

While we have been building our SaaS company, we have been investing much time in researching and deciding which tools to include in our DevOps toolkit. We’ve based these decisions on our years of experience in the IT industry, dealing with infrastructure for the most part. From building a petabyte-scale, data analytics infrastructure, our architecture, tools, and processes have become key components of our technology and operations. We’ve taken great care in selecting, benchmarking and constantly improving our tool selection. As a company that is building a solution on top of an open-source stack (ELK), our team is heavily involved in the open source community, contributing to multiple projects such as Camel and Kafka while customizing tools to fit our needs. The vast majority of tools we use internally are open-source ones. By sharing the toolset that we’ve collected and honed over time, we hope to foster a discussion within ...

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The Software BOM Squad

In my previous post, “When Good Code Goes Bad“, I shared new research showing the average large development organization consumes over 15,000 known vulnerable and defective components annually.  While we can’t stop software from going bad, there are practices from traditional manufacturers that we can use to improve our ability to recall and fix the “bad” software components. The Software BOM A Bill of Materials (BOM) is used in traditional manufacturing supply chains to list the suppliers and parts used in a product, a “software bill of materials“ (BOM) is an inventory of the third party and open source components used to build an application. As noted in Wikipedia, “The concept of a BOM is well-established in traditional manufacturing as part of supply chain management.  A manufacturer uses a BOM to track the parts it uses to create a product. If defects are later found in a specific part, the BOM makes ...

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Bonitasoft makes business process management more agile with open source

Organizations embrace DevOps for a variety of reasons, but one of the core value propositions is speed. DevOps enables business to build, test, deploy and update applications more quickly than without DevOps. With so many quickly-moving parts, though, organizations also need tools to help keep track of it all like a business process management platform. Bonitasoft developed its business process management platform—Bonita BPM 7—to facilitate the creation of engaging, process-based applications. It was also important, however, that the applications be able to adapt in real-time to changing business requirements. The latest release is an open source version that represents a strategic shift for Bonitasoft—a somewhat inevitable evolution to leverage the same practices and principles in designing and maintaining the platform as the platform is intended to manage. “We’ve embarked on a new mission to create solutions that empower developers to build applications that support continuous change,” Bonitasoft CEO and co-founder ...

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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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