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End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful: A Q&A with Steve Smith

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 17, 2015

InfoQ recently sat down with Steve Smith and discussed the ideas behind his recent blog post “End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful”. Smith talked about release testing being a form of ‘risk management theatre’, discussed the benefit of unit and acceptance testing, and stressed the value of monitoring at runtime versus the typically fragile and slow-running implementation of end-to-end testing.

Amazon Adopts SAWS's Features into aws-shell

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 16, 2015

At re:Invent 2015, Amazon Web Services Command Line Interface (CLI) engineer James Saryerwinnie announced that Supercharged AWS CLI (SAWS) features were going to be combined into aws-shell to provide a new level of ease of use and productivity when automating AWS workflows. Today, aws-shell has been made available on GitHub as a developer preview.

Container Manifests, Docker Labels, and the Implications on Security: A Q&A with Gareth Rushgrove

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 15, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, InfoQ sat down with Gareth Rushgrove, a senior software engineer at Puppet Labs, and explored the concepts behind his conference presentation “Shipping Manifests, Bill of Lading and Docker”. The range of topics discussed included the benefits of system package management (manifest) metadata, the use of Docker labels, and the implications on security and compliance audits.

Microsoft Makes Azure Container Service Preview Available

by Kent Weare on  Dec 15, 2015

Microsoft has recently announced the Azure Container Service has reached preview status. The service was first discussed at the AzureCon event earlier this fall and is now available to customers through a self-nomination process.

Amazon Introduces AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

by Kent Weare on  Dec 13, 2015

On December 3rd, 2015 Amazon announced a new service that allows customers to provision a Microsoft Active Directory managed service in Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service, also referred to as Microsoft AD, uses directory capabilities found in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.

Docker Monitoring: Best Practices, and a Comparison of the cAdvisor and Prometheus Monitoring Tools

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 06, 2015 1

At DockerCon EU 2015 Brian Christner presented an overview of ‘Docker Monitoring’ and shared best practices, a guide to the Docker stats API, and a comparison between three popular monitoring options: cAdvisor, ‘cAdvisor + InfluxDB + Grafana’, and Prometheus.

Implementing an Open Source Private Docker-based PaaS: A Q&A with Rancher Labs CEO Sheng Liang

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 06, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, InfoQ sat down with the Rancher Labs team and asked about the company’s thoughts on the current state of Platform as a Service (PaaS), container-based application platforms, and surrounding issues such as networking and storage. The Rancher Labs' open source 'Rancher' PaaS was also discussed, and details provided about the benefits of using Docker in this space.

Google Cloud Security Scanner reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 05, 2015

On October 7, 2015 Google announced its App Engine security service, Google Cloud Security Scanner, has reached general availability. This past February, Google launched a beta version of this service.

Having the Right Mix of IT, Culture and Practice for DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Dec 03, 2015 1

An interview with Nicole Forsgren about why organizations are starting to embrace DevOps methods, how being able to deploy fast can also increase IT stability, what to focus upon when changing the organizational culture to improve performance, how lean management can help to increase the performance, and asked her for advice when organizations want to apply DevOps to increase their performance.

The Role of Configuration Management in a Containerized World

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Dec 02, 2015

The widespread adoption of Docker in infrastructure automation has led to a growing debate as to whether it supersedes configuration management. The consensus seems to be that both will co-exist in a complementary way.

Introducing Amazon Inspector

by Kent Weare on  Nov 29, 2015

At the recent Re:Invent conference, Amazon announced a new security assessment and compliance service. The service is called Amazon Inspector and is currently in preview.

How to be Successful Running Docker in Production

by Guillermo Beltri on  Nov 29, 2015

John Fiedler, Sr Director of Engineering at Salesforce IQ spoke at DockerCon EU on how to be successful running Docker in production backing it up with his own experience during the last two years. Fiedler recommends not to jump directly to use all the tools available around Docker, but executing a step by step strategy when moving services to containers.

VMware Open Source 'Photon Controller' Infrastructure Control Plane at DockerCon EU

by Daniel Bryant on  Nov 27, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, VMware made available their Photon Controller as an open source product via the organisation’s GitHub account. The Photon Controller is a component within VMware’s Photon platform that is designed as an infrastructure stack optimised for ‘container and cloud’ workloads. The platform offers an API-first user experience, a scalable control plane, and native container support.

Verizon's ThingSpace Platform Facilitates Development of New Internet of Things Applications

by Kevin Farnham on  Nov 26, 2015

Verizon has launched a new platform named ThingSpace, the objective of which is to simplify the development and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. ThingSpace developers can utilize APIs and hardware bundled with developer kits that perform the actual IoT measurements and gather the data for transfer to the analysis platform.

Docker 1.9 Brings Improvements on Networking, Storage and Clustering

by Guillermo Beltri on  Nov 25, 2015

Docker Inc. has presented Docker Engine 1.9 at DockerCon EU, which has taken place this month in Barcelona. This new release, which Docker announced at the beginning of the month, includes major changes on networking and volume management. Docker Swarm is ready for production and several improvements were made in Docker Compose, Docker Toolbox and Docker Registry.

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