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Joe Fay is group editor of The Register, and The Channel.
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GitLab offers Digital Ocean to soak up customers' CI burden

GitLab has struck a deal with Digital Ocean to offer autoscaling to ease the build and test bottleneck associated with Continuous Integration. GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij said the advent of CI has necessitated more and more testing, and provisioning the machines needed for this has become more and more expensive and time- …
Joe Fay, 20 Apr 2016
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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

UK IT bosses are among the most conservative in Western Europe, focusing on keeping the lights on and shying away from innovation or adopting new approaches such as DevOps. Research from MSP Claranet covering 900 IT decision makers across Europe flagged up France, Spain, and the Benelux countries as the most progressive …
Joe Fay, 13 Apr 2016

DevOps firms must play with all – despite web of alliances

Major DevOps players are meshing together with acquisitions, alliances and technical partnerships, but are not in danger of splitting into a series of competing armed camps, the CEO of Puppet has claimed. Puppet announced a major overhaul last week, announcing its intention to bring some of the edgier technologies into …
Joe Fay, 12 Apr 2016
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Puppet snags COO, ties up partners, and renames itself

Puppet Labs has snagged its first president and COO, cut its name in half, and announced a raft of integrations and partnerships as it pledges to bring automation to the mainstream. The firm has recruited Sanjay Mirchandani, who has done stints as senior vp of VMware’s Asia Pac organisation, and as CIO at EMC. Puppet Labs …
Joe Fay, 07 Apr 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: Just ten conference tickets left

We’ve got ten tickets left for Continuous Lifecycle London, and once they’re gone, they really are gone. Even though there’s almost four weeks to go until we open the doors at Continuous Lifecycle London, the phenomenal response means we have just a handful of conference places left. So if you want to spend a couple of days …
Joe Fay, 07 Apr 2016
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Wanna be a DevOps expert? You’ll have to be a Red Hat expert first…

Red Hat has thrown out a slew of new qualifications it promises will show your DevOps chops – at least when it comes to its technologies and those of a few chosen partners. The open source vendor has launched no less than five courses and exams covering: Developing Containerized Applications, OpenShift Enterprise …
Joe Fay, 06 Apr 2016
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Not Bitcoin, but close: Red Hat and Microsoft bite into blockchain tech

Red Hat is offering upstart financial types the opportunity to play with blockchain tech on its OpenShift platform. The news comes a day after Microsoft struck a deal to investigate blockchain tech in partnership with major financial institutions. In a blog post, Redmond exec veep of business development, Peggy Johnson, wrote …
Joe Fay, 05 Apr 2016
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Automic lets big firms play with DevOps in private sandbox

Automation vendor Automic has sought to counter the DevOps “whatevs” folk by offering a try-as-you-buy taste of its technology, as part of a slew of initiatives to entice companies to tuck into its full fat product line. The vendor is offering a try before you buy sandbox service for customers, operated on its own cloud, so …
Joe Fay, 04 Apr 2016
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Jenkins 'fesses up after inadvertently slurping users' usage stats

The Jenkins project has issued an advisory to users that a couple of recent versions had been sending usage stats to the mothership, whether admins had hit the opt-out button for the continuous delivery platform or not. The advisory said: “A bug was introduced in Jenkins versions 1.645 and 1.642.2 which caused Jenkins to send …
Joe Fay, 01 Apr 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: The final countdown

There’s barely a month to go until Continuous Lifecycle London, and if you’re thinking of joining us, act now, as tickets are running out fast. Which is hardly surprising given the breadth and depth of our speaker lineup. Jez Humble will kick off proceedings on May 3 with a keynote speech that will show “how to use continuous …
Joe Fay, 01 Apr 2016
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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

A Brighton woman made it to the peak of Ben Nevis wearing shorts and trainers and wielding a selfie stick, but had to be helped off the Britain’s highest mountain by rescuers after it turned out it’s still winter at 4,411 feet. Sarah Albone, a 28 year old from Brighton, made a spontaneous decision last Saturday to interrupt …
Joe Fay, 31 Mar 2016
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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

Outraged villagers in Bucks have forced the local council to ditch plans to shift a millennia-old boulder they believe was originally part of the Devil’s foot. The Soulbury Boot is believed to have been cut off from Satan’s lower quarters in an ancient fight between Lucifer and the locals in Chapel Hill, Soulbury. It is also …
Joe Fay, 31 Mar 2016
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Twistlock drafts in industry veterans for strategy and sales posts

Container security outfit Twistlock has drafted in a DevOps luminary as a strategic advisor and an experienced industry insider as chief revenue officer. San Francisco-based Twistlock shipped its Container Security Suite in November, and claims it is the only “dev-to-production” security product on the market today. It said …
Joe Fay, 29 Mar 2016
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Atlassian finally gives users Bitbucket code search

Atlassian has finally delivered code search for its Bitbucket code management product, putting an end to a multi-year, increasingly grumpy wait for its users. The feature will appear in Bitbucket Server, the enterprise version of the product, but should appear in the vendor's cloud product before too long. Jens Schumacher, …
Joe Fay, 24 Mar 2016
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GitLab upgrade takes aim at Kubernetes

GitLab claims to have smoothed deployment to Kubernetes and introduced “confidential issues” in the latest release of its code management platform, 8.6. Top of the list of features in the latest rev is deployment from GitLab CI direct to Kubernetes, with the integration of Redspread’s CLI tool Spread. GitLab said this will …
Joe Fay, 23 Mar 2016
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Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

Ground-breaking British Artist Emin Tracy has announced she has married a large stone in the South of France. The ceremony is detailed in The Art Newspaper, which reports that “Last summer, under an olive tree in her garden in France and wearing her father’s white funeral shroud, Tracey Emin married a large ancient stone.” As …
Joe Fay, 23 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: Making a big noise about microservices

They may be small, but microservices are having a real impact on the way real world organisations are developing, deploying and maintaining their software. That’s why we’ve got thought leaders and real world users discussing the impact of microservices architectures at Continuous Lifecycle London from May 3 to 5. Electric …
Joe Fay, 23 Mar 2016

Micro Focus spends $540m to add Serena its software brand museum

Micro Focus International is splashing out $540m to scoop up Serena Software – or more specifically, its recurring maintenance revenues, to add to its stable of once great, now slightly dusty software brands. LSE-listed mainframe specialist Micro Focus is simultaneously raising $216m in a placing to help pay for the deal, …
Joe Fay, 22 Mar 2016
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Pope kicks off Easter week by triumphal entry into ... Instagram

The pope has celebrated the most solemn week in the Catholic calendar by expanding his social media presence and signing up to Instagram. In the process, he has also perhaps flagged up where Apple and Google are going wrong in their own social media efforts. Pope Francis has already continued his predecessor’s social media …
Joe Fay, 21 Mar 2016
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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

Amateur drinkers will be cramming into Irish pubs the world over tonight to slurp Guinness and neck whiskey (with an e) in honour of St Patrick. But the citizens of the Emerald Isle will be as likely to toast their patron saint with a full-bodied Shiraz or a well-oaked Chardonnay, shocking research revealed this week. An …
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: We can hardly containerise ourselves

You can’t deny the explosion of interest in container tech this year, whether or not you believe it is the definitive solution to software, the universe and everything. So, if you want to get an in-depth introduction to Docker and other flavours, or want to learn how to take your container strategy to the next level, you …
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2016
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New Relic offers security researchers cred – not cash – for bug reports

Analytics firm New Relic has coupled up with vuln disclosure firm HackerOne as part of a “responsible disclosure program” for bugs. But while it pledges not to take legal action against anyone spotting a hole, it won’t be ponying up cash for them either. Instead, New Relic is banking on researchers, or just the curious, being …
Joe Fay, 16 Mar 2016
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Think you’re a Jenkins expert, wise guy? You can prove it in May

Cloudbees will go live with its certification program in May, giving wannabees eight weeks to swot up if they want to be the first to take the exam. The continuous delivery vendor has developed two schemes, reflecting the split between its own platform, and the Jenkins project it is built on. You can choose to be a Certified …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016
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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

Modern Britons would rather sit at home in a pair of lady’s leggings quaffing Baileys, downloading computer games and sucking lemons than grab a ham roll down the pub before going to a nightclub. At least that’s the image suggested by the latest rejig of the shopping basket of goods and services that the Office for National …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016
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Continuous Lifecycle: Want to get your hands dirty? Try our workshops

We’ve got almost 40 conference sessions running at Continuous Lifecycle, but if you really want to get deep into the key issues you should really consider our Day 3 workshop program. Each of our workshops will deliver an all day, hands-on, deep dive into the topic at hand. Your only problem will be choosing which one to sign …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016