Honeycomb is a tool for observing and correlating events in distributed systems. It provides a different approach from existing tools like Zipkin in that it moves away from the single-request-tracing model to a more free-form model of collecting and querying data across layers and dimensions.
The emergent theme from day one of the Serverlessconf London 2016 was that far from being ‘NoOps’ Serverless platforms bring with them substantial operational challenges. The physical servers and virtual machines may have been abstracted away, but that doesn’t mean an end to infrastructure configuration; and developers ignore the implications of underlying persistence mechanisms at their peril.
InfoQ recently interviewed Jason Hansen, chief architect at Deis, about a recent major release of Deis Helm. Deis builds open source tools that make using Kubernetes easier. The banner feature for the release is first-class support to upgrade Kubernetes releases in place. Helm now also provides the ability to define pre and post hooks that are called during install, upgrade, and deletion.
Wolfram, the software company behind computation-centric products like Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, shipped a new private cloud appliance targeting companies that want to centralize their computational efforts.
Oracle OpenWorld focused attention on the new Oracle Cloud Platform offerings - particularly in the IaaS space. Gartner selected AWS and Azure as leaders in IaaS, while Oracle didn't place in the latest Magic Quadrant. InfoQ spoke with AWS and Azure experts about the future of Oracle Cloud.
Netflix made waves when it initially announced Chaos Monkey, a tool that would terminate normally healthy VM instances in production. The goal was to embrace failure and thereby increase resiliency. Rags Srinivas caught up with Lorin Hochstein at Netflix regarding the recent upgrade to Chaos Monkey.
Netflix has recently made available the source code of the Chaos Monkey 2.0. The latest iteration of the resilience tool is fully integrated with Spinnaker and event tracking systems, but the SSH support has been removed.
QCon San Francisco has provided diversity scholarships to underrepresented groups in the technology community. The Conference is committed to encouraging diversity.
During JAX London 2016, Ola Westin of Oracle provided an insight into Java Mission Control.
Joe Darcy, JDK Engineer at Oracle, proposed a consolidation of the Mercurial (Hg) repositories for JDK 10 OpenJDK to a single repository that sparked a debate over scalability, performance, and other difficulties.
InfoQ recently sat down with Joan Wrabetz, CTO at Quali, and discussed the role ‘cloud sandboxes’ can take within the modern software development lifecycle (SDLC). Cloud sandboxes allow a user to create and publish replicas of infrastructure and application configurations for on-demand usage. The primary use cases for cloud sandboxes include development and quality assurance testing.
A presentation at the Linux security summit last month covered various issues and edge cases with container security in LXD, a container hypervisor from Canonical that uses Linux Containers (LXC) under the hood.
To drive operational maturity you need a microservices architecture, continuous delivery process, DevOps culture and platform automation. Together these four help you to transform your whole organization for achieving cloud-native operability to continuously deliver additional value to your customers.
Pivotal recently released multi-version updates of their Spring Boot project with version 1.3.8 and 1.4.1 featuring bug fixes and dependency upgrades. Version 1.4.1 is the first maintenance release since version 1.4.
Sean Kelly, a Principal Engineer at Komad, has written about his experiences around microservices and five "truths" which developers believe microservices will bring to their architectures, applications and teams, but which, in his view, are not always the case.