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  • Amazon Introduces CloudFormation Drift Detection

    In a recent blog post, Amazon announced CloudFormation Drift Detection which organizations can leverage to automate configuration consistency across AWS cloud resources. The CloudFormation Drift Detection feature allows organizations who have templated their configurations and deployments, known as stacks, to detect when configuration drift occurs from out-of-band changes.

  • Ankyra Presents “Escape”, a Release Automation Tool That Manages Platforms as Logical Components

    Over the last ten years there has been increased focus on infrastructure as code (IaC) tooling, primarily driven by the rise of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and API-driven infrastructure. InfoQ discussed the challenges of homogenising this tooling with Bart Spaans, founder of Ankyra, who is an expert in the domain of infrastructure and release engineering.

  • SaaS Platform for Managing Configurations Enters Private Beta

    Config is a new SaaS offering for managing configuration files. Created by Bien David in 2017, the company looks to simplify how teams store and access configurations used by systems, apps, modules, environments, and server instances. InfoQ spoke to the team behind Config to learn more about how these problems are solved.

  • DevOps Workbench Launched by ZeroStack

    Private cloud provider, ZeroStack, has announced a self-service capability from which developers can create their own workbenches. Forty developer tools from a mix of open source and commercial providers are available to users of the DevOps Workbench through Zerostack’s Intelligent Cloud Platform.

  • Puppet Releases Its 2017 State of DevOps Report

    The Puppet State of DevOps Report 2017 shows that high-performing IT teams are deploying more frequently and recovering faster. There is more focus on automation, with loosely coupled architectures and teams facilitating continuous delivery. Transformational leadership and lean product management practices are also key drivers behind high performing teams.

  • HashiCorp Release Terraform 0.8, Including an Interactive Console, and Vault and Nomad Providers

    HashiCorp has released v0.8 of Terraform, an open source tool that enables the building, combining and launching of programmable infrastructure providers such as Amazon Web Services, VMware vSphere, and UltraDNS. Major new functionality includes an interactive console, conditional values, and HashiCorp Vault and Nomad providers.

  • The Growing Industry of DevOps Consulting

    DevOps transformation projects are increasingly appealing to established enterprises. InfoQ spoke to three businesses focused on DevOps consulting to understand how they are helping businesses make the change.

  • RightScale DevOps Trends Report: Docker Adoption Rising in the Enterprise, Chef and Puppet Dominate

    RightScale published the results of its survey report highlighting the devops trends in the industry. Docker, Puppet and Chef dominate the tools market, with Docker adoption rising in the enterprise.

  • RightScale Survey Highlights Cloud Trends: Multi-Cloud, Consolidated Governance, Skills Gap

    RightScale just released the results of their annual “State of the Cloud” survey which identifies trends in cloud adoption and usage. The key findings? Organizations are investing in both public and private clouds, security is no longer the number one challenge to adoption, Docker and Ansible are growing in popularity, and central IT departments are taking on a greater role in decision making.

  • The Role of Configuration Management in a Containerized World

    The widespread adoption of Docker in infrastructure automation has led to a growing debate as to whether it supersedes configuration management. The consensus seems to be that both will co-exist in a complementary way.

  • Google Proposes to Enhance JSON with Jsonnet

    Google has open sourced Jsonnet, a configuration language that supersedes JSON and adds new features without breaking backwards compatibility: comments, references, arithmetic and conditional operators, array and object comprehension, imports, functions, local variables, inheritance and others. Jsonnet programs are translated to compliant JSON data formats.

  • 5 Design Principles for System Configuration

    Popular configuration mechanisms like conf.d pose multiple problems when trying to converge system configuration using configuration management tools. Ish-Shalom proposes five design principles for configuration that prevent those problems. The core ideas being the use of a configuration API and the separation of configurations based on the type of system updates they require.

  • Monitoring as a Service

    James Turnbull, VP of engineering at Kickstarter and author of The Docker Book, presented at both FOSDEM and Config Management Camp about monitoring, sharing his views on modern, scalable, business oriented monitoring, provided as a service with self service APIs, and integrated in the project development.

  • Config Management Camp: Containers and Configuration Management Future

    Julian C. Dunn, product manager at Chef, presented at Config Management Camp about how configuration management needs to adapt to a containerized world, while Gareth Rushgrove, software engineer at Puppet Labs, talked about the future of configuration management, and how the emerging and future technologies will still need to have configuration management into account.

  • Config Management Camp: Lean Configuration Management

    Jez Humble, co-author of "Continuous Delivery" and "Lean Enterprise" and VP at Chef, presented the second Config Management Camp keynote, sharing the principles that enable high throughput and stability and the configuration management practices behind them, using models drawn from the Lean movement.

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