Kubernetes skills demand continues to soar – but are organisations dropping the ball on security?

If you have Kubernetes skills then you will almost certainly be in demand from employers, as a new survey from CyberArk has found that IT jobs with the container orchestration tool in the title have soared year on year. But beware the security risks when getting involved.

According to the company, which has crunched data from IT Jobs Watch, roles involving Kubernetes have broken into the top 250 most popular IT vacancies, having been around the 1000 mark this time last year. The most likely job title for...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Kubernetes Services

Those who attended or watched Cisco Live’s opening keynotes earlier this week – or indeed read our story on it – will have recognised the importance of Kubernetes to attendees with Google Cloud’s cameo being a particular highlight.

Now Microsoft is making waves of its own – with the general availability of its Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS).

The move will see...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microservices, Microsoft, Platform.

DevOps and microservices will be huge for business – but many orgs are nowhere near it yet

Mind the gap please: according to new research from the Ponemon Institute, the gap between organisations’ ideal DevOps and microservices capabilities and what they are actually able to deliver is costing enterprises on average $34 million per year.

The study, which was sponsored by hybrid cloud management provider Embotics and which polled more than 600 cloud management professionals, found three quarters (74%) said DevOps enablement capabilities were either ‘essential’, ‘very...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Microservices, Platform, Research.

Six key data strategy considerations for your cloud-native transformation

Many organizations are making the move to cloud-native platforms as their strategy for digital transformation. Cloud native allows companies to deliver fast-responding, user-friendly applications with greater agility. However, the architecture of the data in support of cloud-native transformation is often ignored in the hope that it will take care of itself.

With data becoming the information currency of every organization, how do you avoid the data mistakes commonly made during this cloud transformation...

Orchestration in the cloud: What is it all about?

Can orchestration be considered a better alternative to provisioning and configuration management, especially in the case of cloud-native applications? We can look at this from a variety of angles; comparing against data centre-oriented solutions; differentiating orchestration of infrastructure (in the cloud and out of the cloud) versus containers (focusing mostly on cloud), as well as looking at best practices under different scenarios.

It’s worth noting here that this topic can span not only a...

By Nazareno Feito, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform.

Evaluating container-based VNF deployment for cloud-native NFV

The requirements of cloud native VNFs (virtual network functions) for telecom are different than IT applications – and VNF deployment using microservices and containers can help realising cloud-native NFV implementation success.

The best application for NFV is how it will be integrated, architected and further matured to strengthen 5G implementation for telecom service providers. Based on the current pitfalls related to VNF deployment and orchestration, making cloud-native VNF is the only solution in...

By Sagar Nangare, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Scalability, Virtualisation.

Why Kubernetes networking is hard – and what you can do about it

History tells us that networking is always the last piece of the puzzle. From mainframes, to virtual machines, and now with containers, providing compute and storage are the first two steps before the realisation sets in that all these little entities have to all communicate with each other.

For most of the last 30 years, that communication has been facilitated over Ethernet where different ends of a communication at the application layer bind to each other using IP addresses and port numbers. But when...

By Pete Johnson, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices.

Nutanix acquires app mapping provider Netsil in another nod to multi-cloud rise

The rise of multi-cloud has helped secure another M&A deal in the cloud division: enterprise cloud services provider Nutanix has announced the acquisition of Netsil, an app mapping, discovery and management software provider.

Netsil, based in San Francisco, aims to give enterprises complete visibility into all of their applications and services. In the words of the company, its ‘algorithm-based and non-invasive technology helps to achieve visibility and control at scale while keeping application...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, M&A, Microservices, Software.

Why cloud-native virtual network functions are important for NFV

Virtual network functions (VNFs) are software implementations of network function equipment packaged in virtual machines, on top of commercial off the shelf hardware NFV infrastructure. VNFs are a core part of NFV – as we know the base of NFV was to virtualise the network functions and software based to reduce cost and gain full control over network operations with added agility and flexibility benefits. We can say that the majority of NFV operations are focused towards how VNFs can be served in NFV...

By Sagar Nangare, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microservices, Virtualisation.

CircleCI secures $31 million series C funding to further continuous integration mission

CircleCI, a San Francisco-based continuous integration and delivery platform provider whose customers include Facebook, Spotify and Sony, has announced the close of a $31 million (£22.5m) series C funding round.

The funding round was led by Top Tier Capital Partners, alongside Industry Ventures and Heavybit, joining existing investors Scale Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Harrison Metal, and DFJ Ventures.

The company helps organisations’ development teams automate the build, test and...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Economy, Microservices.

How communications and media companies are making the most of cloud-native technologies

A new study from Amdocs has found that a select number of communications and media providers are rapidly adopting cloud-native technologies, giving them first mover advantage and greater opportunities for innovation.

The study, which was conducted by Analysys Mason, argues that the majority of service providers are moving slowly, hindered by legacy technology and culture. For those who are taking the plunge, the primary reason for moving to cloud-native and DevOps technologies is through greater business...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform, Research.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley among 30 new members

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a San Francisco-based organisation aimed at sustaining containers and microservices architectures, has secured 30 new members, including Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, and Qualcomm.

The new members are all at the silver level, while six other companies have joined at the end user member and end user supporter level, including GitHub, Reddit, and The Wikimedia Foundation.

Membership had been swelled in the past few months with the arrival of major cloud providers such as Microsoft

By James Bourne, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, DevOps, Microservices, Platform, Regulation.

Kubernetes launches version 1.8 with focus on security and sustainability

The latest iteration of Kubernetes has launched, with the open source company promising 1.8 will be laser focused on security and sustainability.

The launch – the third of its type this year – offers a variety of new initiatives, from greater support for role based access control (RBAC), to transport layer security (TLS), to promotion for a series of workload APIs.

“Kubernetes 1.8 represents a snapshot of many exciting enhancements and refinements underway,” a company post explained....

By James Bourne, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Microservices, Platform.

Getting the balance right in microservices development

Choices, choices, choices. User requirements and non-functional requirements are just the beginning of the balancing act of services development. New development paradigms usually take a few years before their practitioners get a handle of the factors that they need to balance.

In the case of microservices, this balancing act comes down to three things: granularity, data consistency, and performance. The most usable and best-performing services built on the microservices architecture will find a balance of...

By David Auslander, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, Microservices, Platform.

A comparison of Azure and AWS microservices solutions

Updated Amazon Web Services introduced their Lambda microservices engine in 2014; and since that time AWS Lambda has been the standard microservices engine for the public cloud. As Microsoft’s Azure cloud has gained in popularity the question on my mind was: will Microsoft also create a Microservices solution?

I recently attended a Town Hall hosted by Microsoft presenting their solution for microservices in the Azure cloud. The session provided a view into Microsoft’s...

By David Auslander, 15 June 2017, 3 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, DevOps, Microservices.

Microservices job postings soar over the past 12 months, argues Rackspace

If you want to get ahead, get tooled up on microservices as vacancies for job roles have gone up by 133% over the last year, according to the latest report from Rackspace.

Microservices, which enable applications to become more agile and prevent servers from being jammed, are becoming increasingly prevalent in a world of data overload. Think of the stat, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put it at BUILD