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Just when you thought it was safe to go ahead with microservices... along comes serverless

We all know, and have probably even coded, monolithic applications – software made of big old chunks of code. Supposedly these are giving way to microservices, smaller elements of functionality. But don't get too comfortable because it's time to shake things up again: now we have serverless. The theory is to create single …
Michael Crilly, 23 Mar 2018
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Cluster-f*ck! Etcd DBs spaff passwords, cloud keys to world by default

Software called etcd, used for storing data across clusters of containers, has a problem – it does not implement authentication by default and so poses a security risk if deployed without further fiddling. It's also rather widely used because it comes with Kubernetes, the popular container orchestration software. Giovanni …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Mar 2018
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OpenMSA: A devops framework for the network admin

Interview In February, network automation company Ubiqube released another network management framework into the open source world. The Register spoke to CTO Hervé Guesdon to understand the company's hopes for its OpenMSA tools. OpenMSA is the Open Modelling and Simulation architecture, and Guesdon described it as a way of presenting …
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Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on

It's hard to believe there once was a more innocent time when if somebody used the phrase "digital transformation" you might think they were being pretentious about making the switch from renting films on DVD delivered in the post to Amazon Prime downloads. But there's still a lot of confusion around the term – even more so when …
Billy MacInnes, 16 Mar 2018

Cloudflare pushes Workers out the door – without layoffs

Cloudflare has launched a service that lets its customers run JavaScript at the edge of its cloud. Built on Google's V8 JavaScript engine, "Cloudflare Workers" is pitched as a kind of halfway house between central cloud processing and local execution: in beta since September 2017, it integrated the company's Service Worker API …
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Container orchestration top trumps: Let's just pretend you don't use Kubernetes already

Container orchestration comes in different flavours, but actual effort must be put into identifying the system most palatable. Yes, features matter, but so too does the long-term viability of the platform. There's been plenty of great technologies in the history of the industry, but what's mattered has been their viability, as …
Trevor Pott, 13 Mar 2018
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Netflix could pwn 2020s IT security – they need only reach out and take

The container is doomed, killed by serverless. Containers are killing Virtual Machines (VM). Nobody uses bare metal servers. Oh, and tape is dead. These, and other clichés, are available for a limited time, printed on a coffee mug of your choice alongside a complimentary moon-on-a-stick for $24.99. Snark aside, what does the …
Trevor Pott, 08 Mar 2018
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Great, we're going to get DevOps-ed. So, 15 years of planning processes – for the bin?

In large organisations, the question is rarely “what are these newfangled practices and technologies,” but more “how could we actually do them here?” DevOps* has been here nigh on 10 years, and in the past three or so of those, large, normal organisations, like Allstate and Duke, have been learning its mysteries. “I think …
Michael Cote, 06 Mar 2018
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Ethics? Yeah, that's great, but do they scale?

This March I'll be co-running the first ethics track for the tech conference QCon London. We've had so much enthusiasm that QCon New York has added ethics too (Americans are notoriously behind the curve). Why the interest? I suspect because widely available tech is now creating hyperscale software products but, as …
Anne Currie, 01 Mar 2018
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Slack bots have the keys to your processes. What could go wrong? Well...

It’s almost impossible to talk about Agile software development without mentioning bots. If you think that's a bit of a stretch, maybe try and talk about DevOps without some sort of collaboration tool. Then realise that the two are beautifully linked. The collaborative nature of Agile means solutions like Slack are a natural …
Sonia Cuff, 28 Feb 2018
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GitHub Marketplace dev toolmakers get a clue

Community code site GitHub on Monday plans to illuminate its Marketplace, not with lights but with data. The social software development biz opened its online Marketplace last year to provide a central storefront for developer tools that can be integrated with its code repositories. GitHub's bit bazaar provides assorted …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Feb 2018
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Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price

Technical debt: we probably create it every day. It happens when you do things that might get you closer to goal now, but which create problems that you’ll have to pay for later. The concept “technical debt” in software design and development comes from Agile development guru Ward Cunningham. He described what happens when you …
Danny Bradbury, 23 Feb 2018
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Contain yourself – literally. You can't avoid Docker, K8s for long

Comment Do you remember those guys that invented virtualization, founded a company, got rich and lived happily ever after, remembered fondly by all? Well, that’s almost the story of VMware. But we might see a different story with some of the people behind Docker. For several years, Docker has been a very important technology for my …
Eberhard Wolff, 22 Feb 2018
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IBM Java CTO: Devs shouldn't have to learn Docker, K8s, 30 other things to deploy an app

Index At IBM's Index developer conference in San Francisco, on Tuesday, The Register sat down with Big Blue's Java CTO John Duimovich to talk about the Java programming language, IBM, the cloud and other developer-oriented concerns. Duimovich made the case for IBM as a cloud platform partner, based on the company's Java expertise. …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Feb 2018
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We sent a vulture to IBM's new developer conference to find an answer to the burning question: Why Big Blue?

Index At the first IBM Index developer conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, I spent the morning at a Kubernetes workshop learning that when apps on the IBM Cloud Container Service fail to deploy, the reason may not be obvious. The presenter, IBM cloud program manager Chris Rosen, framed the event as an opportunity to …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Feb 2018
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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

With all our attention on the Morlocks – down there with the whirring gears of Kubernetes and steaming clouds – it's easy to lose track of the Eloi: those concierges of productivity that smooth out the rough, upper crust of The Stack to make sure your software is actually usable. The trend now is to call this layer "design", …
Michael Cote, 20 Feb 2018
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Should AI get to choose a topping in a two pizza team?

DevOps is finally getting somewhere. This year the term is ten years old and like most ten-year olds, DevOps is starting to show signs of puberty and cognitive maturity. According to analyst Forrester, this is being reflected in industry. In 2017, a Forrester survey found that over 50 per cent of organisations were to implement …
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You can resurrect any deleted GitHub account name. And this is why we have trust issues

Analysis The sudden departure of a developer from GitHub, along with the Go code packages he maintained, has underscored a potential security issue with the way some developers rely on code distributed through the community site. The individual identifying himself as Jim Teeuwen, who maintained GitHub repository for a tool called go- …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Feb 2018
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Rook's hooked to cook bit nooks by the book

The organization overseeing container juggling system Kubernetes has decided to befriend a storage project. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) on Thursday said its Technical Oversight Committee voted to to bring Rook into its stable of open source projects, a group that includes Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, …
Thomas Claburn, 09 Feb 2018
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Look at stupid, sexy Kubernetes with all the cloud firms hanging off its musclebound arms

Red Hat, better known for its Linux distro despite years of work in middleware and Java, last week pushed further into cloud through the purchase of CoreOS for $250m. CoreOS is a 130-strong container startup known for its enterprise-oriented Kubernetes platform Tectonic, the Quay container registry, Container Linux and a …
Danny Bradbury, 07 Feb 2018
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The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now 'site reliability engineering'

Someone's been kicking up the "NoOps" ant pile again. There it was, sitting there finally rebuilt after the annual upturning, and The Lord of Cartography, Simon Wardley says: "I think you'll find that the new legacy is going to be DevOps." That said, it is winter, so the ants are moving a bit slower than usual. But we've only …
Michael Cote, 06 Feb 2018
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DevOps: Bloody hell, we've got to think about security too! Sigh. Who wants coffee?

Imagine you're an organisation that is looking to implement a DevOps approach to applications and services, or perhaps you’ve already started, but you’re worried about security. DevOps is all about rapid iteration and continuous delivery, but your security folks still want to be able to do checks to ensure systems are as …
Dan Robinson, 02 Feb 2018
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Red Hat tries CoreOS on for size – and buys

Enterprise Linux biz Red Hat on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement to acquire CoreOS, a maker of open source container software, for $250 million. CoreOS, a 130-person San Francisco company founded in 2013 by CEO Alex Polvi and CTO Brandon Philips, makes Tectonic (an enterprise-oriented Kubernetes platform), Quay (an …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jan 2018
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Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

What exactly is "serverless"? Like many popular technology terms, the exact definition of serverless is increasingly fluid. Also like many popular technology terms, the fact that the term means different things to different people doesn't sit well in some quarters. I've taken my own stab at defining serverless here on El Reg. …
Trevor Pott, 23 Jan 2018
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You may not be a software company, but that isn't an excuse to lame-out at computering

I don't begrudge organisations who want us to start calling them "software companies". People are free to do whatever they like with such trivial labels, I guess. But the tick of such labelling has always been an annoyance to me. No, you're a company that uses software effectively Most companies saying "actually we're a …
Michael Cote, 19 Jan 2018
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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

In what non-technical people might take as an attempt to outdo the absurdity of the tabs vs. spaces debate that continues to divide programmers, the TC39 technical group that advises the development of ECMAScript – the specification from which JavaScript is implemented – has proposed telling web developers to terminate …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Jan 2018
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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

Microsoft has given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux. PowerShell Core 6.0’s both an upgrade and a replacement for its predecessors. It’s a replacement because Microsoft is no longer actively developing its predecessor, “Windows PowerShell”. That tool …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018
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Two-day Bitbucket borkage has devs tearing their hair out

Atlassian's code version control system Bitbucket has been suffering an ongoing failure in its storage layer, affecting developers across the globe. Problems arose yesterday (January 9) at 13:47 UTC, when the service website performance and SSH/HTTPS transactions slowed. After four hours of degraded performance, Bitbucket said …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2018
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Mine all the data, they said. It will be worth your while, they said

Good developers instrument their applications. Good ops teams monitor everything. This near-fetishisation of telemetry has been extended to DevOps, where it now risks becoming something of a problem. It's good to collect data on your applications and your infrastructure. An important part of Doing IT Unstupidly is baselining: …
Trevor Pott, 10 Jan 2018
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Feel like a little kid in the container world? Welcome to the club

Hang around Twitter long enough and you'll need a double helping of antidepressants to cope with the obvious truth that you are WAY BEHIND ON THE CONTAINER REVOLUTION. Microservices? Everyone else is doing them. Kubernetes? Most CTOs are naming their kids after the popular project. And you? Well, you're still fiddling with VMs, …
Matt Asay, 08 Jan 2018
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Microservices 101

Supported Public cloud providers increasingly differentiate themselves through the features and services they provide. These run from basic storage or content delivery network up to sophisticated flavours of data analysis and increasingly Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). For the most part, these services are not …
Trevor Pott, 20 Dec 2017
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2017 – the year of containers! It wasn't? Oops. Maybe next year

2017 was a big year for containers. One of the biggest container events came from the Linux Foundation, and it was – by its own admission – one of the most boring. The Foundation’s Open Containers Initiative (OCI) finally dropped two specifications that standardise how containers operate at a low level. Chris Aniszczyk, vice …
Danny Bradbury, 19 Dec 2017
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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

What if I were to tell you that we knew all the best practices for software development? That they've been proven by actual industry use over the past 25 years? But that, oddly, these practices are not widely done? Well, if you read these pages, you'd probably say: "Sound about right." Agile is much spoken of, but not as …
Michael Cote, 11 Dec 2017
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It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

To everyone with DevOps in their job title (and a quick LinkedIn search turned up 45,597 of you just in my network): folks, you're doing it wrong. To every employer looking to fill positions like "DevOps engineer" (and there are plenty): you, too, are miserably misguided. As it turns out, DevOps isn't "a job title, a software …
Matt Asay, 08 Dec 2017
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'Drunk' developers delay software vendor's release

Russian software vendor Arusoft claims it delayed a product release because its developers were drunk. Arusoft's mission, according to its web page, is “... to crack a variety of disc protection especially for 4K UHD, so that people's audio-visual life will be more convenient.” In the service of that goal it makes a Blu-Ray …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2017
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Software vendors line up Kubernetes tasting menu for devops

With the advent of KubCon and CloudNativeCon in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, assorted enterprise vendors have chosen this week to flog their latest devops-oriented wares, before the impending holiday torpor leaves IT folks too distracted, weary or inebriated to care. In the interest of jargon pruning and hype deflation, we …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Dec 2017

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