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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DevOps Dirty Little Secrets

By all outward appearances DevOps is gaining real velocity within IT shops worldwide, Duh tell you something you don’t know. I have read much on this topic as I am sure you have, but I never seem to read much with hard data results, other than we are doing great with some very broad  metrics. What are the hard numbers as compared to the legacy IT shop?  So my search begins; where in the world are devops metrics in Fortune 500/Enterprise organizations? What got me thinking about this were a couple of recent AppDynamics blogs “Measuring your devops success” and   “Quantifying the value of devops”.  Both blogs do an excellent job at breaking down DevOps to the implementation level. Hard data creates metrics that set a baseline with the legacy system that is the critical measurement component, without a baseline there is nothing to compare or measure against. This approach ...

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Partnership Between Tufin, Puppet Labs Indicates Need for Security Baked Into DevOps

A recent partnership between the IT automation developers at Puppet Labs and the security policy orchestration gurus at Tufin Technologies could start setting the pace for how orchestration of security policies can more easily be baked into DevOps practices. Announced at last month’s RSA Conference, the partnership yielded an integration between Puppet Enterprise and Tufin Orchestration Suite. This will make it possible for joint customers to streamline the configuration and provisioning of security policy changes to iptables, a host-based firewall commonly found on physical and virtual Linux servers. “We expect Security Policy Orchestration to become a core requirement for our customers,” says Nigel Kersten, CIO at Puppet Labs. “Integrating with Tufin enables our customers to quickly and effectively address connectivity requirements across the enterprise without compromising security.” The integration is an indication of the market’s need for better tools to help DevOps shops speed up the pace of application and ...

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How We Can Help DevOps Cross The Chasm

The problem that DevOps solves is universal, urgent and important.  Every IT organization is responsible for two things: deliver fast flow of projects and features, while preserving reliable, stable and secure services.  Until very recently these were thought to be mutually exclusive, we thought it was only possible to achieve one of those objectives, at the expense of the other. This caused years (or even decades) of inter-tribal conflict between Development and IT Operations; led to chronic underperformance, with features taking slower than ever to reach market, deployments taking longer, an ever-increasing number of Sev 1 outages, and IT Operations becoming buried in technical debt and unplanned work; and a variety of other symptoms. We now know that there is a better way. The proof is that high-performing organizations such as Amazon, Google, Twitter, Etsy and Netflix, are adopting a set of techniques that we now call DevOps, and are ...

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Puppet Labs Announces Puppet Enterprise 3.2

Helps Deliver Value Faster, Simplifies Deploying and Upgrading Agents, and Extends Automation into More Parts of the IT Infrastructure Lifecycle March 4, 2014 – Portland, OR - Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software, announced today the availability of Puppet Enterprise 3.2, which simplifies and accelerates IT organizations’ ability to meet the demands of their business and their customers. Puppet Enterprise 3.2 includes new capabilities to help IT organizations provision new hardware and scale infrastructure faster than ever before — and realize the full value of Puppet Enterprise more quickly. “As organizations struggle with rapidly increasing node counts and the time pressures of meeting customer demands, reducing cycle time is becoming more critical,” said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. “Puppet Enterprise 3.2 addresses these challenges by significantly reducing the time it takes our customers to deliver new value, quickly and with confidence.” Key New Capabilities in Puppet ...

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Tufin Partners with Puppet Labs to Automate and Orchestrate Security Policies for Host-Based Firewalls

Joint Customers Can Now Increase IT Agility and Improve Security Through Central, Automated Management of iptables Firewalls By Tufin Technologies Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 – 5:08 am MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 25, 2014 – /PRNewswire/ – Tufin Technologies, the market leading provider of Security Policy Orchestration solutions, today announced an integration that enables Tufin customers to leverage the IT automation capabilities of Puppet Enterprise, Puppet Labs’flagship commercial product, to configure and provision security policy changes to iptables, a host-based firewall commonly found on physical and virtual Linux servers. The ability to automate and orchestrate iptables policy changes improves collaboration and information sharing across server, application and security operations teams and ensures that network connectivity changes for iptables-protected servers are implemented securely, accurately, and at the pace of business. Concurrently, Tufin is also announcing new security, automation and orchestration capabilities as well as the results of a recent survey that underscores the need for automation to effectively manage change in today’s highly complex, dynamic ...

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