HashiCorp Release Nomad Scheduler and Otto Application Delivery Tool

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 28, 2015

At the inaugural HashiConf conference, held in Portland, USA, HashiCorp announced the release of a new distributed scheduler platform named ‘Nomad’ that is capable of scheduling containers, VMs and standalone applications; and a new application delivery tool named ‘Otto’ that builds upon the existing Vagrant tool by enabling the management of remote application deployments. Create a ‘Microscaling’ Framework for Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 27, 2015 have released a prototype ‘microscaling’ container demonstration running on the Apache Mesos cluster manager, which they claim starts and stops ‘priority 1’ and ‘priority 2’ containers more rapidly than traditional autoscaling approaches when given a simulated demand for the differing workloads. InfoQ discussed the goals and methodology of this approach with’s Ross Fairbanks.

Netflix’ Principles of Chaos Engineering

by Abel Avram on  Sep 26, 2015

Based on their experience with arbitrarily shutting down servers or simulating the shutdown of an entire data center in production, Netflix has proposed a number of principles of chaos engineering.

Splunk ITSI: Adaptive Thresholds and Anomaly Detection

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 24, 2015

In theory the operations team determines what the thresholds for warnings and alerts should be. But in practice, the operations team often have no idea what these values should be. Using machine learning techniques such as adaptive thresholds, Splunk ITSI solves this problem.

Splunk for DBAs

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 24, 2015

The DBA’s primary job is to ensure that the business’s information is always available, with performance coming in at close second. We’ve already talked about optimizing distributed queries in Splunk and map-reduce queries in Hunk. In this report we expand upon that with more information that a DBA needs to know about Splunk databases.

Puppet Enterprise 2015.2: An Interview With Michael Olson

by Matthias Marschall on  Sep 24, 2015

Puppet Labs’ latest version of Puppet Enterprise - version 2015.2 - includes new features like node graph visualization, inventory filtering, and a VMware vSphere module. It provides users with major enhancements of the Puppet Language and an updated web UI. InfoQ spoke with Michael Olson, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Puppet Labs .

Introducing Splunk IT Service Intelligence

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 22, 2015

Splunk is jumping into the service-monitoring sector with a new visualization called IT Service Intelligence.

Theories for Modern Engineering Teams

by João Miranda on  Sep 22, 2015

After a 5-year stint, Kellan Elliott-McCrea, left Etsy. Elliott-McCrea was Etsy's CTO for the past 4 years and VP of Engineering before that. During those five years both the software product and the engineering team underwent radical changes. In the article announcing his departure, Elliott-McCrea expounds five theories that guided him through those changes.

Google Preemptible Virtual Machines are now out of Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 20, 2015

A few months after its beta launch, Google has announced the general availability of preemptible virtual machines as part of the Google Compute Engine cloud. Preemptible VMs have a lower price than other types of VMs that Google offers, but they can be shut down at any moment by Google with a 30 sec warning.

Facebook Parse Adds New Platforms to its IoT SDK

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 18, 2015

Parse for IoT, the line of SDKs that Parse announced at F8 2015, has been extended to include support for four additional microcontrollers.

Heroku Adds Private Spaces for Isolating Cloud Apps

by Richard Seroter on  Sep 16, 2015

Since being acquired by Salesforce five years ago, Heroku has continued to evolve as a developer-focused, standalone PaaS. The recent beta announcement of Heroku Private Spaces – included in the Heroku Enterprise bundle and part of the new Salesforce App Cloud – addresses a key Ops security concern while also bringing clarity to the question of how to use Salesforce and Heroku together.

Defining and Managing Requirements with Interactive Prototypes

by Ben Linders on  Sep 16, 2015

An interview about recent developments in requirement definition and management, how agile teams handle requirements and which problems they face in their daily work, using interactive diagrams and prototypes for conveying requirements, how interactive prototyping can be used with a lean startup approach, and what the future will bring us in requirements definition and management.

New Linux-Only Mainframes Support Chef

by Guillermo Beltri on  Sep 16, 2015

IBM has announced LinuxONE, a Linux-only hardware portfolio which runs SUSE, Red Hat or Ubuntu distributions and adds support for different open-source tools such as Docker and Chef. This offering is targeted to both large enterprises and mid-size businesses.

Disposable Microservices

by Mark Little on  Sep 13, 2015 1

James Governor from RedMonk has written about how immutable infrastructure approaches are applicable to microservices. In his view, all microservices must be immutable and developers will observe the same benefits which others are already seeing in lower layers of the software stack.

Microsoft and Docker Preview Windows Server Containers

by João Miranda on  Sep 10, 2015 1

It is now possible to run Windows-specific software inside containers. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 is the first Windows release to support this technology. Windows Server Containers offer very similar capabilities to Linux containers, but in the context of the Windows ecosystem. Docker also released its own technical preview that showcases how it's able to manage Windows containers.

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