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Is it Possible to Test Programmable Infrastructure? Matt Long at QCon London Made the Case for "Yes"

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 12, 2017

At QCon London, Matt Long, QA Consultant at OpenCredo presented “Testing Programmable Infrastructure with Ruby”. Key takeaways included: it is possible to test programmable infrastructure at the unit, integration, and acceptance level; Ruby provides the power of a full programming language for integration and acceptance tests, and is often understood by both testers and sysadmins;

Improving IT Performance with Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2017

The main benefit of continuous delivery is lower-risk releases; comprehensive test automation and continuous integration are practices that have the biggest impact on IT performance. Research of continuous delivery and IT performance tells us that implementing continuous delivery practices leads to higher IT performance and high performers achieve both higher tempo and higher levels of stability.

Organizing Improvements with Lean Leadership at ING Bank

by Ben Linders on  Mar 09, 2017

It’s the manager’s job to organize improvements and to make sure that real learnings take place. For real learnings you must accept the unknown and move outside of your knowledge boundary. Agile, lean and continuous delivery help to boost your learning capabilities.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is Formed - Microsoft, Intel, JP Morgan, Startups Join

by Kent Weare on  Mar 06, 2017

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced their participation in the newly formed Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. The mission for this alliance is to learn from and build upon the only smart contract supporting blockchain currently running in real-world production and to define enterprise-grade software capable of handling the most complex, highly demanding applications at the speed of business.

Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains Paper Released at World Government Summit

by Kent Weare on  Mar 04, 2017

At the recent World Government Summit, Hexayurt Capital and ConsenSys released a paper called “Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains.” The purpose of the paper was to provide an Internet of Agreements (IoA) strategy and roadmap for the next wave of innovation in order to drive Globalization 2.0.

A Human Error Took Down AWS S3 US-EAST-1

by Abel Avram on  Mar 03, 2017 2

A mistake took down more S3 servers than it should, including two subsystems essential to S3 operation. This resulted in S3 failure, affecting the S3 service and other services depending on it. Normal functioning was restored in about four hours.

DigitalOcean Release Managed Load Balancers for High Availability

by Elton Stoneman on  Mar 02, 2017

DigitalOcean have expanded their IaaS cloud products with a managed load-balancer. InfoQ aproached the company's co-founder to talk about the new features and the longer-term product roadmap.

Bitbucket Introduces Required Two-Factor Authentication and IP Whitelisting

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 28, 2017

Atlassian has announced two new features aimed to make Bitbucket more secure: IP whitelisting and required two-factor verification.

microXchg Microservices Conference Day One Summary: DDD, Platforms, and Organisational Impact

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 27, 2017

At the microXchg conference in Berlin, a group of software development practitioners shared their latest learnings about the microservice architectural style. Topics discussed included functional service design, integrating DDD and REST, creating microservice-powered websites using transclusion, choosing a microservice platform, and the organisational and people impact of microservices.

Common Reasons for Failed Kubernetes Deployments

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Feb 27, 2017 1

A recent series of articles highlighted the 10 common reasons for failed Kubernetes deployments. These range from missing and incorrect inputs, to exceeding resource limits. In most cases, the kubectl describe command can help to pinpoint the underlying reason.

Cloudbleed - Cloudflare Proxies Memory Leak

by Chris Swan on  Feb 26, 2017

A buffer overflow bug has caused a small number of requests to Cloudflare proxies to leak data from unrelated requests, including potentially sensitive data such as passwords and other secrets. The issue, which has been named ‘Cloudbleed’, was discovered by Google Project Zero vulnerability researcher Tavis Ormandy.

Microsoft Releases Managed Disks, Scale Sets

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 24, 2017

In an effort to simplify virtual machine (VM) storage and scaling in Azure, Microsoft released two new capabilities. Managed Disks eliminate the need to configure "storage accounts" for holding VM disks. Scale sets make it possible to deploy hundreds of identical VMs at once.

Lightbend Speaks to InfoQ on Their Acquisition of OpsClarity

by Michael Redlich on  Feb 24, 2017

Nine months after acquiring BoldRadius, Lightbend announced their acquisition of OpsClarity, a company specializing in monitoring reactive applications. InfoQ interviewed Mark Brewer, president and CEO at Lightbend and Alan Ngai, co-founder of OpsClarity and now VP of cloud services at Lightbend to learn more about this new partnership.

RightScale Cloud Survey 2017

by Abel Avram on  Feb 21, 2017

RightScale has recently published their annual cloud survey (RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report) which comprises the status and the trends in cloud computing adoption and usage, comparing some of the values with last year’s results.

GitLab.com Postmortem Digs into Root Causes of 18 Hour Outage

by David Iffland on  Feb 21, 2017

GitLab's postmortem into the root cause of their 18 hour site outage is a detailed look at how the incident began, how it got worse before it got better, and how they plan to learn from the mistakes and improve the service.

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