How to minimise the risk of outages – with better software testing

The software as a service model has been widely embraced as digital transformation becomes the norm. But with it comes the risk of network outages. IDC has estimated that for the Fortune 1000, the average total cost of unplanned application downtime per year can range from $1.25 to $2.25 billion. This risk arises primarily from the rapid iteration of the DevOps...

By Robert Ross, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

It’s great to move to a DevOps approach – but have you told anyone else?

One of the key inhibitors to progress in DevOps is internal communication – or the lack of it – according to a new survey.

The report, from Trend Micro, polled 1,310 IT decision makers across enterprise and SMB levels and found almost nine in 10 (89%) are lobbying for greater communication between software development and IT security teams.

More than three quarters (77%)...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Platform.

How DevOps enables organisations to deliver true value to customers: A guide

Gone are the days when teams could work on a project for months (or even years) before releasing it to production. Now even two-week cycles are too long due to ever more demanding customer expectations and an always-growing field of competitors.

Organisations today expect to deliver new features to production on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis. This accelerated timeline lets organisations...

By Viktor Farcic, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Delusions of infrastructure grandeur: How cloud-native brings its own complexity

It is a truth universally acknowledged that managing fewer things is easier than managing lots of things. Yet, why do so many of us in tech exalt "scale" as a paramount virtue? The cloud-native arena is a particularly interesting focal point for this exact debate.

The cloud-native community is disrupting many long-held technological conventions, making us rethink how we should build the...

By Deepak Giridharagopal, 07 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Platform.

Time is running out for SQL Server 2008/R2 support – here’s what to do about it

Extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end in July 2019, giving database and system administrators precious little time to make some necessary changes. Upgrading the software to the latest version is always an option, of course, but for a variety of reasons, that may not be viable for some applications. So Microsoft is providing an alternative: Get three more years of free Extended Security Updates by migrating to the Azure cloud.

By Dave Bermingham, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Microsoft, Migration, Platform.

Calculating the Kube roots: Why 2019’s KubeCon represented a milestone for the industry

The latest iteration of KubeCon and CloudNativeCon, which took place in Barcelona last week, felt like something of a milestone – and not one shoehorned in for marketing purposes, either.

It is true however that Kubernetes came into being five years ago this June, so for those at Google Cloud, it was a time of reflection. From the acorn which was Eric Brewer’s presentation at Dockercon 2014, a veritable forest has grown....

HSBC focuses cloud and DevOps vision with $10 million investment

HSBC has been moving towards a cloud-first world - and the bank's latest endeavour has shed light on how it is pushing ahead in the DevOps sphere.

The company is investing $10 million (£7.8m) in capital investment to CloudBees, the continuous delivery software provider and arbiter of open source automation server Jenkins. 

This is by no means an entirely altruistic act, with HSBC using CloudBees significantly since 2015 in order to bolster its software delivery system. The companies had previously...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, DevOps, Google, Platform.

Riding the cloud-native wave: How to get your strategy in order

“Cloud-native” is an approach for building applications which often incorporates microservices, containers, and cloud services on dynamically orchestrated platforms. There can be a steep learning curve, but these techniques and technologies fully exploit the advantages of the cloud computing model.

Managing application operations through agile DevOps processes and continuous delivery pipelines empowers...

By Patrick Hubbard, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, Developers, DevOps, Microservices, Platform.

Why legacy IT vendors are seeking cloud niche viability

Leading hyperscale cloud service providers continue to disrupt the traditional IT infrastructure vendor landscape, as more enterprise CIOs and CTOs expand their adoption of multi-cloud strategies that marginalise the remaining applications for on-premises data centres.

Legacy IT vendors that were reluctant to evolve their business model will now seek niche cloud market segments where they can differentiate their offerings. There's no viable growth path that's based upon...

By David H Deans, 15 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Vendors.

Red Hat gets Microsoft and IBM CEOs on stage to double down on open, hybrid future

Ever had that feeling of regret when you find you’re double booked? Well, spare a thought for the enterprise and developer tech world this week. On the US West Coast, Microsoft Build has just completed in Washington while Google I/O charges on in California. On the Atlantic side, meanwhile, ProgressNEXT continues in Florida – where sister publication

By James Bourne, 09 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Microsoft, OpenSource, Platform.

Sumo Logic secures $110 million in series G round to focus on DevSecOps use cases

Sumo Logic, a California-based big data and analytics platform provider, has announced an $110 million (£84.5m) funding round – and secured a more than $1 billion valuation in the process.

The funding round, which was led by Battery Ventures and also featured contributions from Tiger Global Management and Franklin Templeton, will aim to in the company’s own words continue to keep its position ‘as the SaaS...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Economy, Platform.

CloudBees acquires Electric Cloud to further CI/CD mission

CloudBees has announced the acquisition of San Jose-based software veteran Electric Cloud, with the aim to become the ‘first provider of end-to-end continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment and ARA (application-release automation).

The acquisition will marry two leaders in their respective fields. Electric Cloud was named as a leader in reports from both Gartner and Forrester around application release...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Infrastructure, M&A, OpenSource, Platform.

Chef aims to cook on gas with newly unveiled ‘100% open always’ mentality

Software and DevOps provider Chef has announced a commitment to move to open source for all of its software going forward, saying it “welcomes any use of its open source projects for any purpose.”

The move will see Chef use the Apache 2.0 license and allows open source collaboration under the four essential freedoms of FOSS (free and open source software); to run the program as wished for any purpose, to study how...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Portworx secures $27 million series C funding, unveils update to container management platform

Portworx, a provider of storage and data management software for containers, has announced a $27 million (£20.5m) series C funding round – and touted record revenue and customer growth in the process.

The company’s series C, putting its total funding at $55.5m, was co-led by Sapphire Ventures and the venture arm of Mubadala Investment Company, with new investors Cisco Investments, HPE and NetApp joining Mayfield...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Management, Economy, Kubernetes, Platform.

AWS’ contribution to Elasticsearch may only further entrench the open source vendor and cloud war

Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it was launching an open source value-added distribution for search and analytics engine Elasticsearch. As AWS evangelist Jeff Barr put it, the launch would “help continue to accelerate open source Elasticsearch innovation” with the company “strong believers in and supporters of open source...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform.

Why standardisation is good for NetOps: Innovation instead of impediment

Standardisation is sometimes viewed as an assault on innovation. Being forced to abandon a polyglot buffet and adopt a more limited menu will always sound stifling. That may be because standardisation is often associated with regulatory compliance standards that have official sounding names like ISO 8076.905E and are associated with checklists, auditors and oversight committees.

By Lori MacVittie, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Platform, Regulation, Security.

CloudBees, Google and Linux Foundation launch Continuous Delivery Foundation

Meet the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), a new offshoot of the Linux Foundation which will aim to develop, nurture and promote open source projects and best practices around continuous delivery.

The CDF is being led by CloudBees, the arbiters of open source automation server Jenkins, and includes the Jenkins Community, Google, and the Linux Foundation itself as collaborators.

Alongside Jenkins, CloudBees wanted to find a home for a newer flavour, Jenkins X, which aims to automate continuous integration...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Kubernetes, Platform.

How ideal DevOps recruitment requires a mix of soft and technical skills

If you want to get ahead in DevOps, then automation and process skills are vital - but don't forget the soft skills either.

That's the key finding from a new report by the DevOps Institute. The study, titled Upskilling and which polled more than 1,600 people, found a distinct correlation between 'must-have' and 'nice to have' skill sets. Automation, cited by 57% of respondents as must-have, beat out process (55%) and soft skills (53%). Of those in the process department, software...

By James Bourne, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Gartner says tipping point in cloud PaaS is almost complete – with $20bn market revenue in 2019

An interesting if brief note from the analysts at Gartner this week: according to their forecasts, almost half of today’s platform as a service (PaaS) service offerings are cloud-only, with a $20 billion (£15.02bn) market revenue by the end of this year.

The analyst firm’s landscape details more than 550 PaaS offerings from 360 vendors across 21 market segments. 48% of these offerings are cloud-only, with 90%...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform, Research.