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New Low End T2 Instances for Amazon EC2

by Chris Swan on  Jul 02, 2014

Amazon have introduced T2, a new class of low cost general purpose instances for EC2 intended for workloads that don’t drive consistently high CPU usage. At the low end t2.micro offers higher performance, more memory (1GiB) and a lower cost (1.3¢/hr) than the previous t1.micro. The T2 class also offers small and medium sizing with 2GiB and 4GiB RAM respectively.

QCon San Francisco Update (Nov 3-7, 2014): Tracks Announced, Registrations Up 875%

by Nitin Bharti on  Jul 01, 2014

Track topics have been finalized for the 8th annual QCon San Francisco (Nov 3-5, 2014). Registrations for the event - which has been completely sold out for the past three years - are up 875% compared to the same time last year. Register before Jul 26th and save $700.

Interview with Mitchell Hashimoto on Vagrant Cloud End of Beta

by Matthias Marschall on  Jun 30, 2014

HashiCorp has released Vagrant Cloud to the public. Vagrant Cloud enables developers to share their locally running Vagrant instances remotely. Additionally Vagrant Cloud is a central place for storing and discovering Vagrant Boxes. With the new Organizations feature, Vagrant Cloud users can limit access to their boxes or shared Vagrant instances with Access Control Lists (ACL).

Red Hat Releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 with Increased Linux Containers Support

by Carlos Sanchez on  Jun 26, 2014

Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, the latest release of the company Linux distribution. This release provides the Docker application as a main management tool for Linux containers

AWS CloudTrail Expands Auditing of API Calls

by Steffen Opel on  Jun 25, 2014

AWS has considerably increased the number of services supported by AWS CloudTrail to cover the majority of the extensive AWS service portfolio. This now includes most compute and networking and all deployment and management services, thereby providing comprehensive end to end auditing of almost any changes to customer’s infrastructure.

ING Netherlands' Measured Improvements on Transition to DevOps

by João Miranda on  Jun 25, 2014

Jan-Joost Bouwman and Mark Heistek, from ING Retail Banking Netherlands, presented at Devopsdays Amsterdam how a CMMI-ITIL organization transitioned to a more agile mindset. Somewhat unusually in this kind of sessions, ING presented quantitative evidence of the improvements, such as a marked increase in the number of changes deployed to production and a decrease of the risk value per change.

Hortonworks Acquires XA Secure to Strengthen Security in Enterprise Hadoop

by Abhishek Sharma on  Jun 23, 2014

Hortonworks recently acquired the data security company XA Secure to help the organization in providing comprehensive security to Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Security features would be available across all Hadoop workloads from batch, interactive SQL and real–time.

On Power and Influence

by João Miranda on  Jun 23, 2014

At DevOpsDays Amsterdam, Mark Coleman asserted that all organizational's cultural changes start with one person influencing another. He finds that Charles Handy's writings on power and influence help on understanding how an organizations works and how one can go on to change it. Mark discussed Charles Handy's six sources of power and six methods of influence.

Waratek Release Early Version of their Application Security

by Ben Evans on  Jun 22, 2014

Waratek released an early adopter version of Waratek Application Security for Java, to protect older Java applications from vulnerabilities in legacy Java versions.

John Willis on the "State Of The Union" for DevOps

by João Miranda on  Jun 22, 2014

John Willis, one of the leading lights of the DevOps community, addressed the "State Of The 'DevOps' Union" at DevOpsDays Amsterdam. He started by mentioning the findings of the 2014 State of DevOps Report, went on to discuss Software Defined Everything and asserted that the future will be built around "consumable composable infrastructure".

Docker + Apache Brooklyn = Clocker

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 20, 2014

Clocker, an open source project, enables users to manage and auto-scale Docker containers, in a cloud-agnostic manner. The project is built on top of Apache Brooklyn, a multi-cloud application, management software.

Bol.com's DevOps Journey

by João Miranda on  Jun 20, 2014

On the first day of DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2014, bol.com, an online store, reported its experiences in its DevOps journey. Full automation, careful team building and an agile mindset that cross-cuts the organisation were the keys to success. RunDeck, Puppet, Hiera and Nagios enable bol.com to build and monitor a full working environment in under two hours, in a fully automated fashion.

New Relic Open Sources their Docker Deployment Tool Centurion

by Carlos Sanchez on  Jun 17, 2014

New Relic open sourced Centurion, a deployment tool for Docker used internally to run their production infrastructure. Centurion takes containers from a Docker registry and runs them on a fleet of hosts with the correct environment variables, host volume mappings, and port mappings, supporting rolling deployments out of the box.

DockerCon 2014 Highlights

by Chris Swan on  Jun 12, 2014

After the launch of Docker 1.0 there was more to come. The conference t-shirts said ‘Containers everywhere!’, with plenty of evidence of that from the large Bay area service providers. There were also some additional launches - libswarm ‘a minimalist toolkit to compose network services’, libchan ‘an ultra-lightweight networking library’, and more partners getting involved with libcontainer.

Potential for Data Loss in SQL Server 2012 SP 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 12, 2014 1

The second service pack for SQL Server 2012 was recently released with over 30 bug fixes since the last cumulative update. But according to Aaron Bertrand of SQL Sentry, one important hotfix for Enterprise customers didn’t make the cut.

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