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From DevOps to No-Ops: El Reg chats serverless computing with NYT's CTO

DevOps, a combination of development and operations, may have to be rethought because ops is on the outs. In recent years, those who develop applications and those who manage the machines hosting the apps have tended to tended to be distinct. Even recently, as physical machines have given way to virtual machines and containers …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2017
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We survived today's Amazon news avalanche to bring you this: Yes, a managed Kubernetes service will be a thing

AWS re:Invent On Wednesday in Las Vegas, USA, at Amazon Web Services' sixth annual re:Invent dog-and-pony show, CEO Andy Jassy fulfilled industry expectations and introduced a managed Kubernetes service – Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). If you blinked, you might have missed it. Presiding over an epic product dump, Jassy couldn't linger on …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017
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Microsoft reprieves CodePlex users – you're doomed next week

Even a turkey can get a reprieve: Microsoft's CodePlex shut-down date has run late, but is still imminent. In March, Redmond announced it would put its collaborative software repository out of its misery. Its intent was to put the site into read-only mode during October, ahead of a December 15 shut-down. That timetable seems …
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More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a study has found. An international team of eight researchers didn't set out to measure GitHub duplication. Their original aim was to try and define the “granularity” of …
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'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one

What drives organisations to change their ways? What's the match that lights the powder keg of actually doing something new and different in IT? That's the question I usually get from organisations that want their approach to software to be more "agile", who want to go through "digital transformation", and, yes, "do DevOps". …
Michael Cote, 17 Nov 2017
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Splunk prototyping DevOps efficiency measurement tool

Exclusive Splunk has developed a prototype product to measure productivity in DevOps teams. The “Splunk App for Build Analytics” has been deployed in a closed beta and is now running, live, as a bespoke service at several Splunk customer sites. The tool's existence was revealed to The Register today by Andi Mann, Splunk’s chief …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2017
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Silverlight extinguished while Angular wins fans among developers

Developers are done with Microsoft's Silverlight and Apache Flex, but they've been entranced by Android Studio, the Swift programming language, and Angular, a JavaScript framework. Coding community site Stack Overflow on Monday plans to publish details about which technologies have seen the greatest surge and the most …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Nov 2017
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Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

Video Samsung's shown a little more of its plans to run fully-fledged Linux desktops on its 8-series Galaxy smartmobes. Samsung teased the idea of Linux on its flagship phones in October 2017, promising that Linux would run in your hand or, if you use its DeX dock, in full desktop mode on a monitor. Now it's released the video below …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool

Citing the social network's need for speed, Facebook senior software engineer Jonathan Keljo says the company's developer tools group has revisited how its Buck open-source build tool compiles Java code and made it faster still. As such a new version of the software was released today for programmers to fetch and play with: it …
Thomas Claburn, 09 Nov 2017

New tech for Ops crew: Scanning containers for open-source vulns

Black Duck has launched a product that provides automatic detection of known open source vulnerabilities for containers. The release of the tech comes days after Synopsys agreed to acquire Black Duck for $565m in a deal expected to close in December. OpsSight, Black Duck’s first product specifically targeting the production …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2017

Take Kubernetes, and bish bash bosh, you've got Container Runtime

Announcing its updated and renamed Kubernetes and BOSH (Kubo) project as Container Runtime (CFCR) last month, Cloud Foundry said the project would give users greater "choice". CFCR became Cloud Foundry's preferred method for deploying containers using Kubo, donated to the Cloud Foundry Foundation by Pivotal Software and Google …
Maxwell Cooter, 09 Nov 2017
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Mirantis eyes continuous integration of all the things

OPENSTACK SYDNEY Mirantis is contemplating a future as a provider of continuous integration (CI) tools and continuous-delivery-as-a-service. Speaking to El Reg at the OpenStack summit in Sydney, Mirantis co-founder and CMO Boris Renski said the company's DriveTrain CI tool is “our main product now”. The company developed DriveTrain to deliver …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2017
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Who's that cuddling up in the container... *squints* Wow you're getting along well

The cloud is a highly competitive arena, where cloud providers jostle for market share. We know of Microsoft's long haul against Amazon’s AWS, but of late Oracle has cranked up the noise against Jeff Bezos' market leader while trying to break past Google and IBM. And yet, what we imagine to be bitter rivals team up – as when …
Maxwell Cooter, 07 Nov 2017
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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

Interview Toward the end of this month, CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi expects Amazon will introduce a managed Kubernetes service at its AWS re:Invent event. If so – CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips cites some Kubernetes bug reports from Amazon as evidence – it will be an admission of what most people focused on software containers already know: that …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Nov 2017
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Dashboard pushers: Dark here in containerised server land, innit sysadmins?

Analysis Where the heck am I going? Being a sysadmin in a containerised environment can be like driving a car in fog with no lights and no instruments. Coralogix is positioning itself as the sysadmin's fog light and dashboard instruments. Its machine learning software analyses logged events in a containerised run-time environment, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2017
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Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

My iPhone 6 recently upgraded itself to iOS 11. And guess what – it's become noticeably slower. This is no surprise, of course, as it's the same on every platform known to man. The new version is slower than the old. It's tempting to scream "code bloat" but that's not necessarily fair because new stuff usually has extra …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Nov 2017
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Sir, you're doing 60 in a 30mph container zone. What are you, some kind of devops cop?

Profile An Israeli startup has devised a containerised traffic cop which it claims stops rogue containers from misbehaving at run-time. Aqua Security uses a combination of intelligent defaults, machine learning, and threat research to provide life cycle security for container-based applications. it supports both Linux and Windows …
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Hipsterverse horror as Slack takes Halloween hiatus

Slack has suffered an outage that plunged parts of the world into conversation or less-pretty messaging platforms for a couple of hours. The horror manifested just as the United States West Coast darkened in preparation for Halloween, sending tens of thousands, including Reg operatives in San Francisco and Sydney, scrambling …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2017
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Kubernetes bug ate my banking app! How code flaw crashed Brit upstart

Monzo, a UK online banking startup, suffered an outage on Friday for over an hour due to a four-month-old Kubernetes bug. The Fatal Flaw, as the event might be titled by author Lemony Snicket, took down a complete production cluster, according to Oliver Beattie, head of engineering for Monzo, "through a very unfortunate series …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017
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Don't put your Node out of joint: Version 8 of JS toolkit now in LTS mode

Node.js 8 on Tuesday goes into long-term support, which sounds like an assisted living plan for elders but in fact marks the maturation of the surprisingly popular JavaScript runtime. The LTS designation, codified a mere two years ago, means businesses can adopt Node 8 with the expectation the code will be supported for 18 …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017
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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Poll Developers really dislike Perl, and projects associated with Microsoft, at least among those who volunteer their views through Stack Overflow. The community coding site offers programmers a way to document their technical affinities on their developer story profile pages. Included therein is an input box for tech they'd prefer …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017

Containers? Ha! Ain't no party like a Tupperware party, boasts Facebook

OS Summit Facebook has its own container system it uses in place of Docker or Kubernetes. The Social Network started working on "Tupperware" before other systems were "readily available" and it's glued to Facebook's internal services, production engineer Zoltan Puskas said during a presentation at the Open Source Summit in Prague. The …
Andrew Silver, 23 Oct 2017
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You may not know it, but you've already arrived at DevOps Land

After roughly a decade of DevOps hype, surely we’ve arrived at that blessed time when developer lions lie down with operations lambs in peace…? Err, not so much. Despite larger enterprises striving mightily to become more Agile (with a capital “A”), most organisations still don’t deliver on the DevOps dream, and won’t for some …
Matt Asay, 23 Oct 2017
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Continuous Lifecycle 2018: Agile pioneer Dr Linda Rising to keynote

Events We're chuffed, delighted and excited to announce that our first keynote for Continuous Lifecycle will be Agile development pioneer Dr Linda Rising. And if having Linda set the tone for the conference wasn't enough, she will also be running an exclusive workshop at the event. Linda's career has spanned the worlds of academia, …
Team Register, 20 Oct 2017
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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

In a recent IDG survey, the number of execs worried about a skills gap in IT grew from 49 per cent in 2016 to 60 per cent this year. Other surveys shore up this finding as well: a Cloud Foundry Foundation survey from late 2016 had 64 per cent of respondents worried about getting the skilled staff needed. “Is there a skills …
Michael Cote, 19 Oct 2017
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Kubernetes has won. Docker Enterprise Edition will support rival container-wrangling tech

Container darling Docker plans to make peace with its orchestration rival, Kubernetes, at its European conference this week. For the past two years or so, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos have been vying to provide the most compelling orchestration layer for containers. Mesos has been around longer, but the arrival of …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2017
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With microservices Java can at last join us in our cloudy, DevOpsy world

Microservices aren't a new concept to Java – their forerunner was Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), which could be constructed, among other means, with the assistance of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs). The fundamental concept behind microservices is applications should be broken down into small services that can be …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2017
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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command. Developer Kate Murphy said this "Git bombing" can be pulled off by creating and organizing a repository of just 12 4KB objects so that cloning it fills up all available RAM and swap space until the machine …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017
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Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

"The talks get a little repetitive, don't they?" she said as we were walking out of the elevator and through the lobby, escaping the latest two-day DevOpsDays nerd fest. Unable to resist the urge to mansplain, I meekly volunteered that most of the attendees are first-timers, so, you know, maybe it's new to them. Upstairs …
Michael Cote, 13 Oct 2017
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Google Grafeas can handle the truth: Web giant and pals emit tool to wrangle containers

Managing software applications in large organizations can be quite complicated, particularly for codebases with lots of dependencies. Add in virtualized machines, containers, clusters, multiple service providers, multiple development teams, deployment pipelines, external partners, policy requirements, and other contextual …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2017
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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

At Pier 70 in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, where ships once were built, code-hosting biz GitHub held forth on building and shipping code, and on the people who do so. Following a manic Looney Tunes-inspired cartoon intro, Chris Wanstrath, cofounder and departing chief exec, opened the keynote presentation by …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017
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Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

The revolution will not be televised because IT automation is boring. But it will be scripted and play out unseen, because boring is the desired state for computing infrastructure. Businesses just want their systems to work, without drama or excitement. Puppet, a maker of devops software, is trying to broaden the boredom. …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017
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10 years on, Amazon CTO reflects on DynamoDB launch

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels this week marked the 10th anniversary of his Project Dynamo whitepaper, the blueprint for what would become the DynamoDB platform. The paper [PDF], presented in October 2007 at the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, describes an Amazon-designed backend system to overcome the weaknesses of …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Oct 2017

npm adds two-factor auth, security tokens in wake of JS typo attack

Code registry npm, home to some 550,000 Node.js packages and millions of users, on Wednesday added support for two-factor authentication (2FA) and read-only authentication tokens in an effort to shore up its defenses. Software registries, which store modules required by modern apps, have attracted the attention of malware …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Oct 2017
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Splunk hits Oracle's Larry where it hurts: His failure to win America's Cup boat race

Analytics flinger Splunk has slammed Oracle for what it describes as a “fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding” of the cybersecurity market. On Tuesday, as is the norm for his keynotes, Big Red founder and CTO Larry Ellison singled out a competitor’s products, and focused on its downfalls. But this time, rather than …
Rebecca Hill, 05 Oct 2017
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Keybase Git gets keys, basically: Secure chat app encrypts your repos

Keybase.io, which began as a cloud key database and has since evolved into a secure messaging and collaboration service, on Wednesday added support for encrypted Git repositories. Git, a version control system widely used for managing source code, doesn't encrypt files stored in Git repositories. It can, however, be used in …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Oct 2017

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