Turn your DevOps volume up to 11 and seize the business opportunity

(c)iStock.com/gbrundin

“These go to 11.” One of the great lines from the classic mockumentary – This is Spinal Tap. Spoken by fictional rock guitarist Nigel Tufnel in the wonderful scene where he proudly shows off how his amplifier has a volume range of 0 to 11. Still hilarious after 30-odd years.

With DevOps and continuous delivery, organisations can also shoot for 11 - striving to take automation to its ultimate...

By Peter Waterhouse, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

How APIs are enabling the future of IT infrastructure

(c)iStock.com/nadla

Companies are always looking for new ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining excellence in the quality of their products and services. A big part of cloud computing that IT departments and service providers increasingly look to is APIs (application programming interfaces) to enable automation, in turn driving efficiency, consistency and cost savings. How are businesses doing this, and where are the opportunities for future development?

Enabling operational...

By David Grimes, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Larger organisations more likely to push ahead with DevOps initiatives, research argues

(c)iStock.com/Yuri_Arcurs

Almost half of respondents in a new study from Redgate Software say they have adopted a DevOps approach to their projects – with a further third planning to join them within the next two years.

The study, the firm’s latest State of Database DevOps survey, polled 1,000 companies globally with more than half employing at least 500 people. While 47% polled overall said they are already on the road with DevOps initiatives, this number rises to 59% among companies with more...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Software.

‘Security by design’ and adding compliance to automation

(c)iStock.com/maxkabakov

By Jason McKay, CTO and SVP of Engineering, Logicworks

Security is “job zero” for every company. If you are putting your customers or users at risk,  you will not be in business for long. And that begins with taking a more proactive approach to infrastructure security — one that does not rely on the typical protective or reactive third party security tools, but builds security into your infrastructure from the ground...

By Logicworks, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

IBM launches new Bluemix continuous delivery and DevOps services

(c)iStock.com/joel-t

IBM has announced the launch of new services on its Bluemix platform which are focused on continuous delivery, DevOps, and simplifying app development in the cloud.

IBM Bluemix Continuous Delivery gives DevOps teams a central hub to create, manage, and scale toolchains, which are integral to the app development process, as well as providing toolchain templates designed to be provisioned enterprise-wide with minimum fuss. The templates can also be used to help build microservices,...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

Advanced cloud security: Standards and automation in a multi-vendor world

(c)iStock.com/maxkabakov

Enterprise IT has long struggled to develop common standards for the security of cloud deployments. With multiple cloud vendors, fast-moving product teams, and a changing security landscape, it is perhaps no wonder that enterprises are left asking:

  • What is the right cloud security standard?
  • What level of security is “good enough”?
  • And most importantly — how do we apply these standards in a consistent way to existing and new cloud environments?

In July 2016, the Ponemon Institute published 

By Logicworks, 27 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

How to achieve agile-DevOps-cloud superiority in your business

(c)iStock.com/Caluian

Anyone who knows anything about the application economy is embracing agile, DevOps and cloud - and with good reason. Agile empowers you to more rapidly deliver code that more precisely meets the immediate needs of the business. DevOps helps you get that code into production without delay, and improve software quality through enhanced feedback loops between development and operations. And cloud safeguards your user experience by adaptively responding to fluctuations in session volume,...

By Aruna Ravichandran, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps.

DevOps and IT jobs continue to go up the pay scale – with the US best off

(c)iStock.com/malerapaso

Good news if you’re an IT practitioner or manager, particularly in the US, but not so good if you’re a sysadmin; the latest examination of IT salaries from automation and cloud software provider Puppet has found that more than half of IT bods in the US earn more than $100,000 per year, while manager salaries have gone ‘off the chart’.

The latest DevOps salary report, which garnered responses from more than 4,600 IT professionals, argues that the percentage of...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, Research.

On a wing and a prayer: How to really make your DevOps practices soar

(c)iStock.com/bjdlzx

All too often, the restrictions of engineering seem to us like the laws of physics. Think back to when horse-drawn carriages were the best available mode of transportation. Drivers could only get to their destinations so quickly, given the needs of the horses, the wheels of the carriages themselves, and the quality of the roads. A trip from one city to another could take several days. At the time, that didn’t seem like an opportunity for revolutionary...

By Adam Bowen, 19 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps.

What you need to know about infrastructure as code – and why now

(c)iStock.com/da-kuk

The new generation of infrastructure management technologies promises to transform the way we manage IT infrastructure. But many organisations today aren’t seeing any dramatic differences, and some are finding that these tools only make life messier. As we’ll see, infrastructure as code is an approach that provides principles, practices, and patterns for using these technologies effectively.

Why infrastructure as code?

Virtualisation, cloud, containers, server automation, and...

By Kief Morris, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Kief Morris: On DevOps, containers, and empowering end to end services

(c)iStock.com/franckreporter

The concept of infrastructure as code (IaC), where computing infrastructure is managed and configured by automation rather than through manual processing, has been around for a while. Mark Burgess’ work on CFEngine, an open source configuration management system dating back to 1993, laid the groundwork, while DevOps.com introduced its readers to the concept back in May 2014. But what does the landscape look like in 2016?

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Chef launches ‘flagship’ product Automate, aims for greater enterprise DevOps rollouts

(c)iStock.com/sinarp2

IT automation software provider Chef has announced the launch of Chef Automate, claimed to be a flagship software product which ties together all of the company’s product portfolio.

Chef Automate aims to give users comprehensive visibility across all applications and their supporting environments, providing a single dashboard with access to analytics, trending data and health status of Chef-managed resources.

Other key features include a unified workflow, essentially a shared...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.

Why cloud and mobile bring growth – and new challenges – to the mainframe

(c)iStock.com/Vladimir_Timofeev

There is abundant evidence that prove the mainframe remains the world’s most reliable, scalable and secure computing platform today. Does the adaptability, scalability and low entry costs offered by the cloud compete for its workload?

Short answer: no. Rather, cloud has increased the mainframe workload. Cloud, mobility, and the explosion of the application economy are directly responsible for driving growth in mainframe utilization. In fact, our mainframe customers have...

By Cameron Van Orman, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Why DevOps engineer is the number one hardest tech job to fill

(c)iStock.com/spxChrome

DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find. If you needed further proof of this fact, a new study by Indeed.com has revealed that DevOps engineer is the #1 hardest IT job to fill in North America, leading a list that includes software and mobile engineers.

An organisation’s inability to hire – and retain – systems engineers, build automation engineers, and other titles...

By Logicworks, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure.

Why the move to DevOps means more than greater business agility

(c)iStock.com/pablographix

Moving to a DevOps approach in your organisation has long been advocated as being a good idea – but what benefits does it provide? A new piece of research from managed cloud services provider Claranet argues better quality of applications is the key reason to move over.

The study, which surveyed 900 IT decision makers across Europe, argues the classic reason for moving to DevOps, greater business agility, is not a catch-all. Indeed agility (55%) was only the third most popular...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps.

The key cloud skills you need in 2016: AWS, Azure, Docker and more

(c)iStock.com/peshkov

Jobs relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) have gone up 53% over the past year while job postings requiring Microsoft Azure experience have increased by 75%, according to new data from managed cloud provider Rackspace.

The research figures are not quite as marked as last year’s analysis, when job postings including Docker went up 991% year on year, but it’s still more of the same; Docker postings went up 341% over the past 12 months. DevOps skill sets went up a modest 53% in...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.

Why the PaaS market is not quite what it seems

(c)iStock.com/peshkov

According to research from Gartner, the platform as a service (PaaS) market crossed the $4 billion mark in 2015. Clearly, the growing maturity of PaaS offerings is reflected in its continuing double-digit annual growth with more than 130 vendors across 15 different categories of specialised PaaS services now vying for a piece of the action.

Of course, PaaS was always going to be the next big thing. In 2013, Gartner boldly predicted that by 2017, “75% of new SaaS offerings will be...

By Jeff Drazan, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Conducting containers in the cloud: Evaluating orchestration options

(c)iStock.com/cyano66

The standard has been set for containerisation. It’s Docker. Need an identical copy of your application stack in multiple environments? Package it once for Docker and away you go. It’s simple, and it’s why we love containers. That was all you needed back in 2015 – but things are changing fast.

Now that containers have proved their viability, it’s on to the next big area for innovation: orchestration. This is where there’s even more competition and the...

By Mat Keep, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, Platform.

Why the resiliency of the mainframe is not a surprise in the cloud computing age

(c)iStock.com/tonymelony

Cynics have been foretelling the imminent demise of the mainframe since the early 1990s, but all the evidence continues to point to the contrary. Today, 96% of the world’s banks and 71% of Fortune 500 companies continue to run mainframes, generating 30 billion transactions every single day. If these figures weren’t convincing enough, the latest earnings from IBM clearly show the mainframe is still booming, with sales from its...

By Chris O'Malley, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.