RancherOS claims to be a production-ready minimalist Linux distribution running on and dedicated to Docker containers. Fast booting, small binary fingerprint and alignment with latest Docker releases are some of the arguments supporting the claim.
You can increase the quality of products by constantly increasing the level of automation of the delivery process and working with DevOps teams who constantly deliver small features to get quick customer feedback. A case story from ING Lease explaining the problems they had, experiences from the first steps of their agile and DevOps journey and exploring what they want to achieve in the future.
HP announced an integrated private cloud solution called HP Helion Rack based on HP ProLiant DL servers, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.
At JavaLand 2015, Arun Gupta presented several ‘recipes’ for deploying Java EE applications using Docker and Kubernetes. Gupta stated that containers are beneficial for deploying and managing applications, as they provide faster deployment, isolation and portability. The use of a container cluster manager, such as Kubernetes, also ensures availability and scalability.
There is an evolution going on in testing. It used to be that testing was about confirming to the specification. Testers were often brought in too late and had too little influence, but that is changing now as Cirilio Wortel explained in his talk on the evolution of software testing.
Google has partnered with Bitnami to launch a repository of open source software images on its cloud. Dubbed as Google Cloud Launcher, the service brings one-click deployment capability to developers.
Popular configuration mechanisms like conf.d pose multiple problems when trying to converge system configuration using configuration management tools. Ish-Shalom proposes five design principles for configuration that prevent those problems. The core ideas being the use of a configuration API and the separation of configurations based on the type of system updates they require.
Microsoft attempts to bring web, mobile, API and workflow development under one umbrella called App Services. Along with this, Microsoft also added integration for many 3rd party APIs.
In a workshop at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands attendants experienced the Dev & Ops and DevOps approaches. An interview with Jaap Schuttevaer about what DevOps can bring to organizations, tearing down the walls between Dev and Ops and advice for organizations that want to apply DevOps.
Amazon announced increased size and IOPS for Elastic Block Store (EBS) at AWS re:Invent 2014. This feature has now become generally available in all AWS regions.
Google has added a service that makes it easy to ingest, view, search and analyze logs generated by Compute Engine and App Engine.
The Yelp engineering team have stated that moving to a service-oriented architecture has allowed them to scale their development process and maintain a rapid pace of software delivery as the team and codebase has grown. This has been achieved by focusing on distributed systems education, creating a set of basic service design principles and implementing a supporting infrastructure.
Google has quietly introduced an app reviewing process that monitors new apps or updates for policy violations. This process uses automatic tools and sometimes human reviewers that add a few hours of delay in the publishing process.
At QCon London 2015 Phil Calcado shared lessons learnt from SoundCloud’s move from a monolithic to microservices architecture, and stated that the core requirements for building a microservice platform include developing capabilities for rapid provisioning, basic monitoring and rapid application deployment.
Luke Marsden stated at QCon London 2015, that although Docker containers provide a very useful deployment mechanism for development and test, the absence of host mobility for containers with state may provide problems in production deployments. The open source Flocker tool provides a mechanism to overcome this by allowing stateful containers to be moved between hosts.
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