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Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster

"I'm about to make a change that will probably wipe out all of our systems." That was the message a developer employee once delivered to Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks, just prior to an attempted system update at his company. Richardson, who also serves as the Technical Oversight Committee Chair for the Cloud Native …
Thomas Claburn, 17 May 2018
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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

At DevOps-focused London conference Continuous Lifecycle* today, Linda Rising challenged the superstition of tech professionals, a group that ought to have some affinity for science. Rising, a consultant, author and COO of The Hillside Group, asked for a show of hands from anyone doing some flavour of agile development. Up …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2018
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Serverless continuous deployment for the AWS crowd: Feeding time in Lambda-land

Continuous Lifecycle "You'll never go hungry if you know AWS," one of the workshop participants at the Continuous Lifecycle* devops-focused conference in London remarked. Mike Roberts, co-founder of consultancy Symphonia Cloud, was behind the lectern yesterday afternoon, preparing to conduct a tour of serverless continuous deployment on AWS. Mike …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2018
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Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

For hackers unpatched servers are the best thing since sliced bread. From Heartbleed to WannaCry, slow-to-update servers invite attackers in with a red carpet. Many of the most significant breaches were caused by unpatched servers, and analysts expect things to only get worse. Will we ever rid ourselves of the need to update …
Guy Podjarny, 15 May 2018
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You're in charge of change, and now you need to talk about DevOps hater Robin

Here you are, doing the DevOps so hard you've broken the spine of your DevOps Handbook, but Robin won't get with the whole "culture thing". Robin sits in the stand-up meeting, arms crossed, each morning mumbling "Well, I wrote some code" and then takes that long, loud sip of tea. And who's going to have to do something about …
Michael Cote, 14 May 2018
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Orchestral manoeuvres in the Docker: A noob's guide to microservices

Given the hype around microservices, it's tempting to question whether the task of managing microservices has also been oversold. Isn't it just just like managing a traditional piece of software? Well, no. Here's why. In the case of our trusted monolithic applications, you'll more often than not find yourself dealing with a …
Michael Crilly, 14 May 2018
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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

Red Hat Summit Senior Red Hat techies this week urged Red Hat Enterprise Linux sysadmins to give Systemd a chance if they haven't already taken the software to heart. At the 2018 Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, Linux container product manager Ben Breard, and senior principal engineer and Systemd co-creator Lennart Poettering, …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2018
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Microsoft sees Red ...Hat for OpenShift-on-Azure public cloud offering

Red Hat Summit Red Hat and Microsoft today tore the wraps off a jointly managed public OpenShift service running on Azure. The deal will let customers run Kubernetes-container-based applications on either on-premises servers or the Azure cloud, and manage them through OpenShift. Both vendors are planning to offer support for the service, …
Shaun Nichols, 08 May 2018
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Microsoft wants serious, non-gaming developers to make more money

Build Microsoft says it will take less money from Windows developers selling apps in its store, making its marketplace significantly more appealing than competing app stores in certain cases – assuming revenue share rather than market size is the primary consideration. In a blog post published on Monday, to be explained on Tuesday …
Thomas Claburn, 07 May 2018
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Now that Kubernetes has won, DigitalOcean takes a late dip in K8s

Now that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for overseeing software containers, it's all but obligatory for cloud platform vendors to offer the software as a managed service. Google, which created Kubernetes before turning it into a model open-source project, sells its paid service under the name Google Kubernetes …
Thomas Claburn, 02 May 2018
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DevOps: Social, cooperative... It's gotta be really diverse, right?

I've been working in tech for nearly 25 years and I'm currently involved in DevOps – a mashup of operations and development that works well with cloud infrastructure. "Is DevOps more diverse than other areas of tech?" The Register asked me one day. There's certainly a perception that it is – with a seemingly higher-than-usual …
Anne Currie, 01 May 2018
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Is automation going to put you out of a job? Probably not, but…

Research Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, the fourth industrial revolution – we’re hearing a lot about how technology is going to automate everything and render whole cohorts of fleshy, fallible and inefficient humans surplus to needs. Some commentators highlight IT professionals as a vulnerable group here, especially those …
Dale Vile, 25 Apr 2018
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The Agile and the Continuous: Database Drift ... Neat film title but something to avoid

In DevOps the talk is of development and operations, of continuous pipelines and agile updates, of rolling out builds. But it often overlooks something rather critical – the database. Be it in development or production environment, the database is a critical piece of infrastructure. And everybody in an organisation wants a …
Danny Bradbury, 24 Apr 2018
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Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology. At the time, developers who used the database voiced resentment that Apple had taken a useful tool off the market and left companies using the software without support. For …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2018
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Build a serverless framework at home: Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won't hurt

Seduced by serverless functions? Lured by Amazon's Lambda? If so, why not build a serverless framework at home? Project riff, an open source serverless platform from EMC/VMware spinoff Pivotal Software, aims to let you do just that. First unveiled at SpringOne Platform in December, riff is still an early project. It emerged …
Danny Bradbury, 18 Apr 2018
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Docker enterprise kit gets cozy with Kubernetes

Container popularizer Docker plans to roll out an update to its enterprise product on Tuesday that has more to do with box juggling than canned code. Where the Docker software – known as Moby in open source form – provides a way to stuff applications and the surrounding user space into containers that can be moved across …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Apr 2018
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Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

If I had a dollar for every time someone said Slack was the answer to a business's problems, I'd have retired to a beach in Australia long ago. I'm currently in seven different Slack teams, and I've still got problems. At the other end of the argument, a small business remarked that they are happy to stick with email because …
Sonia Cuff, 17 Apr 2018
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A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

Picture the scene: you're a developer looking at someone else's code for the first time, and you can see that a lot needs changing. Performance bugs mean it won't scale for much longer. The code design makes it difficult to port to another language, which is going to cripple that Latin American business expansion. Its …
Danny Bradbury, 12 Apr 2018
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A code injection to stop code injection could solve serverless security

Serverless computing is not quite carefree computing. Those using it don't have to worry about servers, apart from the cloud service provider's bill. But they would be well advised to give some thought to application security. Under the serverless model – which isn't actually serverless... think platform-as-a-service but …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Apr 2018
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VMs: Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they're all we have

Comment I got into an argument with a friend of mine a little while back. This person abhors containers and virtualization, claims not to understand why anybody should need to use them, and refuses to deploy them in production. What I took away from this encounter were some valid gripes about the design of modern operating systems and …
Trevor Pott, 10 Apr 2018
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The best outsourcers fire themselves

Outsourcing. Let's talk about it. The agile and DevOps people can’t stomach the idea and will tell you that, intuitively, outsourcing something as core as software development ruins any chance of enterprise success. But whither comes this bone-deep skepticism among the cloud cognoscenti? Surely there’s value to be had. Surely. …
Michael Cote, 29 Mar 2018
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Boffins laugh in the face of Twitter's API limits. Now they can slurp info to their hearts' content

While politicians and the public demand Facebook dam its indiscriminate dispensation of data, academics want to open the social network info-spigot wider still. In a paper popped onto ArXiv this week, boffins from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional's ESIME Culhuacan in Mexico, and the University of Warwick in the UK, describe …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Mar 2018
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What a Docker shocker: Founder, CTO Solomon Hykes takes a hike

Docker cofounder and CTO Solomon Hykes on Wednesday announced his departure for the company, citing the need for a CTO with experience selling to enterprise organizations. Hykes insists that his departure shouldn't be seen as a dramatic event, noting that he will remain an active board member, major shareholder, and Docker …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2018
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Take the dashboard too literally and your brains might end up all over it

UIs with buttons and sliders existed for years as a means of putting a slick gloss on the data jungle that is Excel. But Salesforce provided the breakthrough in presenting complex business data with the metaphor of the dashboard. This put complex data wrangling in the hands of those otherwise lacking the intermediary skills of …
Mark Whitehorn, 28 Mar 2018
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How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

Nudge theory – brainchild of Richard Thaler, a professor of behavioural science and economics at the University of Chicago – uses positive reinforcement and indirect suggestion to influence behaviour. For example, in a supermarket or canteen placing healthy food on display at eye level rather than banning sales of junk food. …
Rachel Willcox, 26 Mar 2018
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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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