IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

With the HPC User Forum this past week, we saw several High-Performance Computing (HPC) related news announcements. Starting off, Hyperion, who established the Forum in 1999, shared that HPC in the cloud is gaining traction, with new major growth areas coming from AI/ML/DL, big data analytics, and non-traditional HPC users from the enterprise space.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

GitLab Commit, held in New York last week, brought us news that GitLab completed a $268 million Series E round of fundraising. The company reports that it is now valued at $2.75 billion and that it plans to invest the cash infusion in its DevOps platform offerings -- including monitoring, security, and planning.

Join Flux7 and AWS for an In-Depth Container Workshop

Join Flux7 and AWS Solutions Architects as they present an in-depth, one day workshop on AWS Container Services. Designed for infrastructure administrators, developers, and architects, this workshop is designed as an introductory session that provides a mix of classroom training and hands-on labs. Attendees will learn about AWS services with a focus on using Kubernetes.  

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

Last week Werner Vogels, AWS CTO, spelled out in an interview with WSJ CIO Today the Company’s Path to the Cloud Business. A fascinating read, Vogels shares how Amazon’s early IT challenges led to Amazon Web Services, which has become a revenue engine for Amazon. According to the company, AWS has generated $8.4 billion in sales last quarter. A good read if you’re on your own cloud evolution. 

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

The 2019 State of DevOps report by DORA has been released and it underscores a key finding from prior reports, that it is possible to optimize for stability without sacrificing speed. The study also found that the use of cloud is predictive of high performing organizations, with the highest performing teams 24x more likely to execute on DORA’s five critical capabilities of cloud computing. And, high performers favor strategies that create community structures across the organization. Examples include Communities of Practice and supported Proofs of Concept, that are likely to make DevOps initiatives more sustainable and resilient.

IT Modernization and DevOps News in Review

The Red Hat Summit held last week brought several pieces of noteworthy news, including the announcement of RHEL 8, OpenShift 4 and a new Red Hat offering for developers, technology partners, and users called the Red Hat Universal Base Image (UBI). With it, operators can now build a containerized application on UBI, push it to a container registry server of your choosing, and share it with Red Hat customers and non-customers alike.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review


DockerCon took place this past week in San Francisco. The key announcement from Docker at the show was the unveiling of its New Docker Enterprise 3.0 platform which includes, according to the company, a new integrated Docker Desktop Enterprise to increase developer productivity and automate application delivery; Docker Kubernetes Services to simplify application scaling and deployment; and Docker Applications for high-velocity innovation. Docker also announced at the event it has created a foundation to help educate under served communities about modern technologies.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

According to a report released by Cloud Foundry at its Cloud Foundry Summit last week, for the first time, a majority of companies are putting mission critical apps in the cloud. Moreover, the study found that 74% of companies think of digital transformation as “perpetual shifts and constant adaption of new technology” rather than a one-time fix. And, 62% report they expect containers to be mainstreamed at their organization within a year with 48% using a combination of PaaS, containers and serverless technologies together.

IT Modernization and DevOps News in Review

Amazon was busy at its #AWSSummit in Santa Clara last week, announcing several new service offerings (or the general availability of solutions previously announced), including Deep Learning Containers, Concurrency Scaling for Amazon Redshift, Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, AWS App Mesh, and AMD-powered Amazon EC2 M5ad and R5ad instances.

Living In A Microservice World: Why Kubernetes Security Matters

This article originally appeared on Forbes 

It’s frequently said that Kubernetes is one of the fastest-growing projects in open-source history (paywall). Along with containers and microservices, Kubernetes is gaining traction within more and more enterprises as it helps expedite time to market, more quickly meeting evolving customer demands while providing greater return on investment with less total cost of ownership. Yet, amid all the enthusiasm for increased productivity, it’s important not to forget about security controls in the process.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

A new report from Synergy Research Group reveals that Q4 2018 spending on cloud infrastructure services grew 45% over the year prior, resulting in a full-year growth rate of 48% for 2018. Synergy notes that Amazon continues to move its market share upwards and remains equivalent in size to its next four competitors combined.

IT Modernization & DevOps News Week in Review

Happy Data Privacy Day! An international effort to promote privacy, data protection best practices, and to empower individuals and business to safeguard data, the day is celebrated across the United States, 47 European countries, Canada, and India. It marks the signing in 1981 of the first legally binding, international treaty to deal with data protection and privacy. Technology has only served to underscore the importance of this decades-old treaty.

Enabling a Blue/Green Rolling Deployment with Amazon EKS

We recently had the opportunity to work with a publicly traded media organization to enable blue/green and rolling restart deployment pipelines for its customer-facing website. Part of a larger effort to replatform its entire data center with hundreds of applications, the website is moving from on-premise to the public cloud. (See our blog, DevOps Adoption Case Study: Developing an AWS Cloud Migration Path for additional background.) Running Amazon EKS in AWS, the overarching goal of the project is to increase this organization’s agility, assuring uptime and high availability of the website as it is the company’s revenue engine. 

Common Assumptions to Avoid When Starting with Kubernetes

This article originally appeared on Forbes.

As businesses increasingly realize that they are technology companies that happen to make a product or service, the line of business (LOB) often becomes more involved in technology processes. A natural evolution of this is that the LOB will look to find ways to help a development team deploy and scale faster, bringing solutions to market as quickly and competitively as possible. Many organizations are turning to containerization to easily and efficiently achieve these goals.

Game Maker Pairs AWS, Docker & Kubernetes for Scalability, Efficiency

Developing games is much like the movies, novels, or any other business that relies on the ever-changing taste of popular culture. While not every game, (or book or film for that matter) will be a hit, which one will ultimately skyrocket in popularity remains more art than science. However, that doesn’t mean that the infrastructure supporting them needs to be an artistic production. Drawing another kind of aesthetic, the development team at our customer, who creates and markets video games, has applied the latest developments in DevOps automation to streamline its infrastructure, optimizing the technology and HR resources needed to support each of its games.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon was held in Seattle this past week, with a reported 8,000 in attendance. With a waiting list of 2,000 and a lengthy list of vendor announcements, the show illustrates the rapidly growing momentum behind Kubernetes . For IT modernization projects that embrace open source, microservices, serverless, and more, let’s explore just a few of the announcements from the event.

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