Cloud Native vs. VMware: Puppet State of DevOps 2018 Report

Cloud Native vs. VMware: Puppet State of DevOps 2018 Report

Enterprise DevOps Adoption Reports Show Open Source Software vs. VMware Divide

As the end of 2018 approaches many groups are releasing their annual IT reports with Puppet, Google, Java Magazine (JVM), & MediaCurrent producing some interesting documentation on patterns of software usage in large business organizations. Puppet released the "State of DevOps 2018" which surveyed over 30,000 individuals in enterprise IT internationally in Fortune 500 companies to show how software development teams are adopting DevOps techniques. The Puppet report suggests five stages of DevOps adoption cycle, which range from normalizing the technology stack, to standardizing and reducing variability. Companies seek to expand DevOps practices further, then automate infrastructure delivery, i.e. through web hosting configuration-as-code scripts like YAML or command line utilities like Ansible, Jenkins, Grunt, SaltStack, etc. These build the ability in the IT department to provide self-service capabilities in operations, i.e. Saas/PaaS solutions. Although DevOps practices are mostly centralized in developed nations & male employees, Puppet found that DevOps adoption is advancing across business organizations of all sizes & financial capability. Comparing the data from the State of DevOps Report prepared by Puppet with other IT surveys from Google, JVM, & MediaCurrent shows the major software trends advancing in Agile programming teams for web/mobile apps at the highest levels of computer science in the industry, as well as the financial investment involved on both sides.

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FutureStack 2018: New Relic Cloud-Native Monitoring Tools for Kubernetes, Docker, & Microservices

FutureStack 2018: New Relic Cloud-Native Monitoring Tools for Kubernetes, Docker, & Microservices

Monitoring, Visibility, & Metrics for DevOps - Improved Production Efficiency for Web/Mobile Apps

New Relic is a cloud software analytics company founded in 2008 by Lew Cirne. New Relic raised $214 million in venture capital funding before going public with an IPO in 2014. Now listed on the New York Stock Exchange ($NEWR), the company has a valuation of $5.4 billion USD. The New Relic network monitoring tools for data centers and web/mobile software applications in production have been widely adopted as enterprise solutions. Each year the company holds a FutureStack conference for programmers, developers, & ecosystem companies to present seminars on various technical issues or announce new product releases. At the FutureStack 2018 convention in SF, Cirne noted that 50% of global GDP will be digitized by 2021, representing a total of $52 trillion USD which "drives world's brightest minds to focus on the problem." The question for enterprise corporations is how to move faster and accelerate the future. The solution New Relic is promoting is based in the use of Microservices, Kubernetes, & Docker containers. New Relic has 50 Agile teams with over 400+ programmers working on building new software for monitoring, visibility, & metrics, as well as enabling devops teams to automate repetitive tasks. The key to this is New Relic's "Four Pillars of an Observability Platform," where cloud metrics, network routing, & data analytics software must all be "Application Centric, Cloud Native, Intelligent, & Programmable." Cirne announced new tools for programmers and systems administrators at FutureStack 2018, including distributed tracing, the Elixir agent for APM, Kubernetes monitoring, & GraphQL API support. The FutureStack 2018 keynote address also included featured showcase presentations from major New Relic partners IBM & USA Today using the software at scale with thousands of active elastic cluster node servers.

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DockerCon 2018 SF: “Choice, Agility, & Security” is the Docker Promise

DockerCon 2018 SF: “Choice, Agility, & Security” is the Docker Promise

Docker Containers Can Be Used with No Vendor Lock-in, On Any Stack, with Any OS

Steve Singh, CEO of Docker, presented the keynote address at DockerCon 2018, held this June in San Francisco. According to Singh, Docker changes both the way software is built and how it is shared. In the current era of cloud computing, containers are everywhere, running Linux & Windows agnostically, operating in private data centers & the public cloud, even coming soon to edge devices embedded with new chips.

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DevOps Toolbox: Jenkins, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Vagrant, & SaltStack

DevOps Toolbox: Jenkins, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Vagrant, & SaltStack

Jira, Confluence, Trello, CloudApp, Zoom, & Slack - Top 12 DevOps Apps for 2018

DevOps represents the best practices in project management for the development & operation of web/mobile applications in a public, private, or hybrid cloud hosting environment. The main requirement of DevOps is the synchronization of code changes from remote team members through version control standards in programming or maintaining web/mobile SaaS applications in production. A complimentary aspect is the provisioning of full-stack web server software packages for virtualization frameworks in cloud hosting. DevOps software can automate web server provisioning using Git and remote disk image repositories on cloud data center hardware. Containers, VPS, & VM standards have proliferated, where programming teams now support a wider range of languages, databases, APIs, & platform integration requirements. Open source and proprietary cloud software solutions compete for users between large companies, independent web publishers, programmers, and developers. DevOps is based on the best practices from academic computing and CS research departments in creating new code on open source standards, as well as Fortune 500 IT companies which establish working solutions for project management tool integration, web server configurations, & internet programming standards. DevOps tools largely rely on the use of Git for version control in software development between distributed teams of programmers with coding & sandbox environments synchronized on local machines to remote production hardware in the cloud. Containers, VPS, VMs, & elastic servers are all used in production operations for a large number of web/mobile apps which require support for auto-configuration of node clusters in cloud networks. Docker Swarm, Rancher, OpenStack, CoreOS, & Kubernetes are the leading open source standards for elastic cloud web server orchestration that compete with AWS EC2 functionality in the hosting marketplace. DevOps tools form a wide ecosystem with many independent third-party software development firms competing in the sector for market share in cloud hosting. This review presents the Top 12 & Top 100 DevOps Tools for 2018.

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Cloud Expo 2017: State of the Cloud with Interoute, Outlyer, & Loom Systems

Cloud Expo 2017: State of the Cloud with Interoute, Outlyer, & Loom Systems

Microservices, DevOps, Open Analytics, Bluemix, & Nutanix Highlight Keynotes at Cloud Expo 2017

Two of the best resources for keeping up to date on the latest developments and platform innovation in cloud web hosting are the annual RightScale "State of the Cloud" report and the Cloud Expo convention seminars sponsored at different locations by IBM. The opening keynote of the 2017 Cloud Expo in New York was delivered by Michael Maximilien on Bluemix, detailing IBM's efforts to build the "Perfect Cloud Operating System for the Enterprise" through an abundance of XaaS products combined with Watson & Cloud Foundry. Jason McGee of IBM also delivered a lecture on "Microservices: Choosing the Right Cloud Services and Tools." The day 2 keynote was delivered by Jeff Scheaffer, the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Application Delivery Business Unit at CA Technologies, on the topic of "DevOps and the Age of Cloud Craftsmanship." The final day 3 keynote address at the 2017 Cloud Expo was delivered by Chris Brown & Mark Lavi of Nutanix on the new "Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps." Another major theme trending at the 2017 Cloud Expo was the development of "serverless" solutions based around the Function as a Service (FaaS) model, built on AWS Lambda and Apache OpenWhisk.

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