At the microXchg 2016 conference, held in Berlin, Rick Buskens presented “Microservice Deployment Pipelines with Spinnaker”, which discussed the collaboration between Netflix and Google on the Netflix-conceived Spinnaker continuous delivery platform. Spinnaker can be used to create build pipelines for safe and predictable deployment of microservice applications across multiple cloud providers.
Netflix has released Spinnaker, their continuous delivery platform, as an open source project. Spinnaker allows you to build pipelines that represent a delivery process and execute them to produce a deployment. It's a compatible replacement for Asgard, so an all-or-nothing migration to Spinnaker isn't required.
Proper implementation of feature toggles based on a categorisation of their longevity and dynamism helps dealing with their operational complexity according to Pete Hodgson, consultant at ThoughtWorks. In his post he expands Martin Fowler's FeatureToggle pattern and proposes Release, Ops, Experiment and Permission Toggle implementation strategies.
Secret management is a difficult problem in a distributed and scalable environment. Chef-vault is a Chef tool built on top of encrypted data bags that eliminates the need to share the decryption key with all users and nodes of an infrastructure.
Ansible Inc. has recently released Ansible v2.0. With this version the company makes a great refactoring effort while trying to maintain backwards compatibility with existing playbooks. The announcement includes improvements like handling exceptions in blocks, bringing new strategies when executing different tasks or improving connection with other services through modules.
InfoQ interviewed Dan North about the activities that are performed by database administrators and how they are related to those done by developers and by operations, how database administration is usually organized, how the database fits into DevOps or Continuous Delivery, and what he expects that the future will bring for database administration when organizations adopt DevOps.
Clair is an open-source container vulnerability scanner recently released by CoreOs. The tool cross-checks if a Docker image's operating system and any of its installed packages match any known insecure package versions. The vulnerabilities are fetched from OS-specific common vulnerabilities and exposures databases. Currently supported are Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian.
InfoQ recently sat down with Steve Smith and discussed the ideas behind his recent blog post “End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful”. Smith talked about release testing being a form of ‘risk management theatre’, discussed the benefit of unit and acceptance testing, and stressed the value of monitoring at runtime versus the typically fragile and slow-running implementation of end-to-end testing.
An interview with Nicole Forsgren about why organizations are starting to embrace DevOps methods, how being able to deploy fast can also increase IT stability, what to focus upon when changing the organizational culture to improve performance, how lean management can help to increase the performance, and asked her for advice when organizations want to apply DevOps to increase their performance.
At DockerCon EU 2015, Laura Frank presented “Stop Being Lazy, and Test Your Software”. Frank proposed that testing software is necessary, no matter the size or status of your company, and introducing Docker to the development workflow can assist with writing and running testing frameworks more efficiently, and ultimately facilitate the delivery of high quality software products to customers.
Docker Inc. has unveiled Docker Universal Control Plane at DockerCon EU celebrated this month in Barcelona. DUCP is a commercial solution for deploying and managing Dockerized distributed applications in production delivering Containers as a Service (CaaS).
Patrick Debois, leading light of the DevOps movement, has been working on the "mobile continuous delivery" space for the past year and recently shared what he has been learning at the Velocity conference. His talk mentioned dozens of tools, scripts, and applications that cover the full mobile software development lifecycle. InfoQ took the opportunity to talk to Debois on the subject.
InfoQ had the opportunity to interview Daniel Jacobson about ephemeral APIs, their link to experience-based APIs and when to consider them. He also explains why generic resource-based API architectures can run into problems at scale and why he doesn’t use an API descriptor language. Finally, he describes the various tools they built to deliver those APIs including Falcor, Scryer or Nicobar.
Gojko Adzic presented a keynote on "how to turn continuous delivery into competitive business advantage" at the Agile Tour London 2015. InfoQ interviewed Adzic about getting benefits from continuous delivery, Gojko's three rules of continuous delivery, possible problems and risks, and using multi versioning with continuous delivery.
At Flight 2015, its developer conference, Twitter announced that fastlane, has been included into Fabric, Twitter’s mobile development platform. As part of this announcement, Twitter is also making Fastlane, originally developed by Felix Krause for iOS, available for Android.