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ContainerPilot 3.0 Released With Multiprocess Container Support

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jul 27, 2017

Joyent released version 3.0 of ContainerPilot which functions as an init system for running multiple processes inside containers. It automates the processes of service registration, service discovery, health checks, and lifecycle management for the processes. It has a new HTTP-based API, a simpler configuration language and Consul-only support.

“Cluster Schedulers”: Cindy Sridharan on the Purpose of Schedulers, and Why imgix Chose Nomad

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 26, 2017

Cindy Sridharan, an engineer at imgix, has written a comprehensive article on the purpose of application/job schedulers like Kubernetes and Nomad, and discussed the application packaging, deployment and lifecycle challenges the imgix team had which led them to consider implementing a scheduler within their technology stack.

The Difference between SOA and Microservices?

by Mark Little on  Jul 23, 2017 3

RedMonk's Stephen O'Grady has entered the debate on SOA versus microservices and agrees with many others that the size of a service is neither a necessary nor sufficient differentiation.

JetBrains Elected to the JCP Executive Committee

by Michael Redlich on  Jul 18, 2017 1

In a recent special election, JetBrains was elected to the JCP Executive Committee to fill one of the seats vacated by Ericsson and TOTVS. Trisha Gee, developer and technical advocate at JetBrains, spoke to InfoQ about this latest milestone for JetBrains, what they plan to accomplish, the recent JSR 376 vote, and plans for future development.

Twistlock 2.1 Container Security Suite Released

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jul 16, 2017

Twistlock announced the general availability of version 2.1 of their container security product. Highlights of the release include an integrated firewall that understands application traffic, vulnerability detection, secrets management via integration with third party tools, and compliance alerting and enforcement.

Kubernetes 1.7 Released with Security Hardening, StatefulSet Updates and Extensibility Features

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 14, 2017

Kubernetes 1.7 has been released with a focus on delivering features for security, storage and extensibility, and includes a Network Policy API, automated upgrade strategies for StatefulSets, and an extensible API aggregation layer.

Q&A With Robert Scherrer: DevOps on the Backbone of the Swiss Financial Center

by João Miranda on  Jul 11, 2017

Starting with a small core team, and a DevOps approach around 5 + 1 dimensions - skills, organization, process, infrastructure, architecture + mindset & attitude - SIX has been transforming how IT and the business work together to break the silos and align themselves along value streams. InfoQ took the opportunity to talk with Robert Scherrer, head of software dev at SIX, about this journey.

Oracle Releases Open Source Container Utilities, Including A New Container Runtime Written in Rust

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 10, 2017

Oracle has released three open source container utilities including Smith, an OCI image-compliant container builder that creates “microcontainers” with a single executable and its dependencies; Crashcart, a microcontainer debugging tool; and Railcar, a Rust-based alternative container runtime that implements the OCI-runtime specification.

Eric Han, VP at Portworx, Speaks to InfoQ on the State of the Hyperconverged Container Market

by Michael Redlich on  Jul 07, 2017

InfoQ speaks to Portworx VP of product management, Eric Han, about the direction of the container market and differentiators between the growing number of hyperconverged container platforms in the market.

A Series of Unfortunate Container Events at Netflix: Andrew Spyker and Amit Joshi at QCon NYC

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 02, 2017

At QCon New York 2017,  Andrew Spyker and Amit Joshi presented “A Series of Unfortunate Container Events at Netflix”. Key takeaways from running production workloads within containers running on the AWS Cloud include: expect problematic containers and workloads; there is continued need for cloud to evolve for containers; and it has been worth the effort due to value containers unlock.

The "Paved Road" PaaS for Microservices at Netflix: Yunong Xiao at QCon NY

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 30, 2017

At QCon New York 2017, Yunong Xiao presented “The Paved PaaS to Microservices at Netflix” which discussed how the Netflix Platform as a Service (PaaS) assists with maintaining the balance between the culture of freedom and responsibility and the overall organisational goals of velocity and reliability.

Sonatype Acquires Vor Security to Expand Nexus Open-Source Component Support

by Helen Beal on  Jun 30, 2017

Sonatype announced the acquisition of Vor Security to extend their open-source component intelligence solutions’ coverage to include Ruby, PHP, CocoaPods, Swift, Golang, C, and C++.

Running a Presidential Campaign with Immutable Infrastructure: Michael Fisher at QCon NY

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 30, 2017

At QCon New York 2017 Michael Fisher presented “Presidential Campaigns & Immutable Infrastructure” and discussed the implementation and challenges of provisioning infrastructure for the Hillary for America (HFA) campaign that ran during the 2015-2016 US regional and national elections.

A Comparison of Mapping Approaches for Distributed Cloud Applications

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jun 29, 2017

An application map is a topology view of the components of a distributed application and the network or interprocess interactions between them. A recent article gives an overview of application mapping approaches adopted by various tools like AppDynamics, OpenTracing and Netsil.

IBM and Lightbend Announce Initiative to Build New Platform for Cognitive Development

by Michael Redlich on  Jun 28, 2017

IBM has announced a strategic investment in reactive pioneer and Scala language custodian, Lightbend. The two companies will collaborate to build a new platform for cognitive development. Mark Brewer, CEO at Lightbend spoke exclusively to InfoQ about this collaboration.

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