Configuration Management and DevOps
- June 25, 2020
Puppet's IT automation system Relay, now in beta, offers an event-driven take on IT workflows, but the vendor must clearly establish the product's value over competing DevOps systems.
- June 24, 2020
Terraform 0.13, recently released to public beta, includes support for complex infrastructure deployments that users have eagerly awaited.
- June 05, 2020
ServiceNow continues to direct its workflows toward vertical markets with new offerings for telecommunications, financial services and healthcare markets.
- June 02, 2020
Chef seeks a new niche as IT automation shifts toward Kubernetes and cloud-native tools, but IT pros have many options, with some more appealing than Chef in high-scale scenarios.
- May 08, 2020
An entirely new executive leadership team is the latest of several upheavals at Puppet Labs over the last four years, but CTO Abby Kearns says there's a clearer path ahead in 2020.
- February 14, 2020
Chef Software's Habitat tool carved out a niche as it matured, among enterprise IT pros tasked with modernizing legacy data center apps.
- January 16, 2020
SaltStack, like other infrastructure-as-code tools, must reinvent itself as cloud-native IT automation approaches such as containers, serverless and Kubernetes Operators grow.
- December 13, 2019
IT automation, DevOps at scale and hybrid infrastructure management are three critical -- and interconnected -- IT operations initiatives for 2020.
- November 22, 2019
Kubernetes is considered stable enough to be boring. The latest beta release was barely mentioned at KubeCon, where IT pros focused on advanced uses such as GitOps and other cloud-native projects.
- November 15, 2019
D2iQ's CTO says it will use its enterprise experience with Apache Mesos container orchestration and big data apps such as Kafka to compete in a crowded market for Kubernetes management.
- October 28, 2019
DevSecOps has gone mainstream as companies bake security automation into app development, but experts say the toughest cybersecurity challenges remain unsolved.
- October 21, 2019
As IT ops pros evolve into SREs, they play a key role in security automation and create secure paths to production deployment for application developers.
- October 02, 2019
Software companies have been embroiled in high-profile ethical controversies in the past two years, driving industry debate about just how extensively politics should influence tech.
- September 25, 2019
Ansible Tower and Ansible Engine are now one product, Ansible Automation Platform, which also includes automation analytics, security automation integrations and certified content.
- August 28, 2019
Knative's emerging claim to fame is that it can turn Kubernetes into a next-gen platform as a service with both a Heroku-like developer experience and deep infrastructure control.
- July 30, 2019
Which comes first -- automated app deployment pipelines, or automated infrastructures on which to deploy? At GitOps shop Procore, the answer is emphatically the former.
- May 21, 2019
Infrastructure as code, configuration as code, security as code -- enterprise SREs set their sights on everything as code in pursuit of GitOps efficiency.
- May 17, 2019
Chef Software's founder, Adam Jacob, built widely used IT automation software for the enterprise. Now that he's no longer CTO, he's taking a break and pondering what comes next.
- May 10, 2019
IT teams tackled containerization, developer self-service platforms and infrastructure provisioning automation in 2018. So, what's next?
- May 09, 2019
Ansible users can expect some key updates around the tool's certified content program, along with more options to assess the performance of their automated infrastructure.
- April 02, 2019
IT pros who use Chef automation software have mixed reactions to the company's plan to revamp its software licensing strategy.
- October 16, 2018
Chef InSpec 3.0 can scan Terraform infrastructure-as-code files for security and compliance gaps, which knocked HashiCorp Sentinel off the evaluation list at Chef customer Pacific Life.
- October 10, 2018
Puppet Enterprise 2019, Puppet Bolt 1.0 and Puppet Insights broaden enterprise IT ops pros' options for DevOps support and infrastructure automation tools.
- October 05, 2018
Ansible users know their way around a CLI, but some envision an all-inclusive IT automation platform based on the Ansible Tower management console UI and features.
- June 08, 2018
Puppet plans to add data visualization and analysis to spruce up its DevOps tools now that it has acquired Reflect, but it's still playing catch-up in a crowded, noisy market.
- May 25, 2018
Learning the ins and outs of the Chef InSpec product is only half the battle for compliance as code. The thornier task for some enterprises is to bridge the gap between compliance expertise and DevOps execution.
- February 21, 2018
Chef InSpec 2.0 adds infrastructure tests for compliance policy enforcement, and the tool's expansion into more areas of the DevOps workflow won't stop there.
- February 16, 2018
Products branded with DevOps are everywhere, and the list of options grows every day, but the best DevOps tools are already well-known among enterprise IT pros.
- February 01, 2018
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation will host the Rook distributed container storage project -- the first move in a pivotal year for Kubernetes stateful app support.
- November 21, 2017
Nationwide prepares for the final stage of a 10-year Agile, Lean and DevOps transformation with value stream mapping process that unites IT and business workflows.
- November 13, 2017
Enterprise IT shops have made sporadic forays into automation but now seek more mature DevOps pipeline practices with software that can make sense of it all.
- November 10, 2017
IT ops pros look to AIOps tools to help find the smoking gun in failing IT stacks, but some call automated root cause analysis more dream than reality.
- October 30, 2017
DevOps monitoring tools that use machine learning to perform basic troubleshooting tasks form the vanguard of an AIOps trend in the enterprise.
- October 13, 2017
Puppet Enterprise users plan to apply the tool's capabilities into new environments, and the vendor encourages that trend with additional tie-ins.
- October 13, 2017
Customers reacted to new Puppet Pipelines tools with confusion about how the new software compares with Jenkins for CI/CD and concerns that Puppet will spread itself too thin.
- October 11, 2017
Puppet's enterprise customers can potentially winnow down their IT automation toolchains with Tasks and Discovery features for application automation.
- October 10, 2017
Expanded integrations between CA Automic tools should appeal to enterprise IT executives, amid anticipation that big companies will increase DevOps investments next year.
- October 09, 2017
Build automation presents a steep learning curve for enterprise DevOps shops, but Chef Habitat Builder is based on accessible scripting tools and offered as SaaS.
- October 04, 2017
IT ops pros often hear that DevOps calls for them to script, code and serve up automated infrastructure for developers. But where should aspiring SREs begin?
- September 22, 2017
As DevSecOps grows, policy as code will take over where infrastructure as code left off through new tools such as HashiCorp Sentinel.
- September 20, 2017
As CI/CD pipelines go mainstream in the DevOps boat, Puppet shops will have a new option from a familiar vendor.
- June 21, 2017
The parent company of Terminix and Merry Maids blended security with its app development pipeline as part of its DevOps transformation.
- June 16, 2017
Prepare to welcome new AI masters with the integration of CA's machine learning into DevOps automation tools, Automic's CTO says.
- May 24, 2017
IT pros in DevOps shops want compliance and security to be the next things they automate, but people with the right skills are tough to find.
- May 19, 2017
A leader in the IT systems management market, ServiceNow looks to expand into new applications markets. Farrell Hough, in charge of ServiceNow's product operations, lays out the roadmap.
- May 15, 2017
Enterprises trust Puppet configuration management, but the company must win over a new audience of DevOps teams with capabilities that matter to them.
- May 12, 2017
IT pros can easily list off CMDB benefits. But when it comes to convincing the business to pay for a CMDB implementation, you'll need to discuss ROI.
- May 10, 2017
IT pros continue to debate the synergies and overlaps of OpenStack and Kubernetes in their architectures -- and whether the writing's on the wall for one of them.
- April 11, 2017
Microsoft nabbed a small Kubernetes development company that could play a big part to make Kubernetes for Windows ready for prime time.
- February 20, 2017
Seeking to improve the workflow efficiencies of corporate IT shops, ServiceNow incorporates IBM's cognitive technology with its services automation platform.
- January 27, 2017
IT never sleeps, and 2017 will keep them on their toes. Experts and IT professionals weigh in on their expectations for the cloud, containers and DevOps.
- December 22, 2016
Rancher container management rode into town for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2016, and the government department hasn't looked back since.
- December 14, 2016
Puppet Enterprise is expected to add multisite disaster recovery that could offer a cheaper alternative to long-distance vMotion for Puppet masters.
- December 12, 2016
Hyatt Hotels plans to improve its DevOps pipeline with Docker Swarm, to make it easier to adopt new applications and languages, and to improve employee and customer experiences.
- December 06, 2016
IBM delivered its Bluemix Continuous Delivery service this week - it is now generally available on Bluemix Dedicated, IBM's virtual private cloud offering, as well as its public cloud as of last ...
- December 01, 2016
Most IT pros know what a CMDB is, but mastering the database and asset management is difficult -- though not impossible.
- November 02, 2016
The future of configuration management is debatable to some due to container orchestration, but industry watchers say Puppet's is bright thanks to a new API integration module.
- October 28, 2016
SecOps is among the most daunting frontiers of DevOps transformation, but banks and the U.S. federal government are forging ahead using Puppet IT automation.
- October 27, 2016
Multinational enterprises with experience in the digital transformation trenches shared with the masses the DevOps training tips they've learned.
- October 25, 2016
Puppet's CEO, brought on in April 2016 following substantial software automation growth, vows to build a bridge from legacy infrastructure to the bleeding edge for enterprise IT.
- October 21, 2016
Puppet Enterprise got a brush-up at PuppetConf, with features users are excited to try, but a complex upgrade process may stand in their way.
- September 22, 2016
Uber execs reveal the tradeoffs they've made in building their business upon hundreds of microservices, balancing the advantages of speed with challenges of system reliability.
- September 21, 2016
Cratejoy will test code in environments automatically created by Runnable to avoid bottlenecks around EC2 instances used for staging. But will this plan work for enterprise IT shops?
- August 30, 2016
Containers aren't a priority yet for many IT pros, but the tide is starting to turn.
- August 24, 2016
Having firmly established itself in the IT service management business, ServiceNow hopes its workflow platform will bring the same level of success in IT operations management.
- August 22, 2016
Want security built into the DevOps process? It might not completely bulletproof an application, but experts say that any security added at the code level will pay dividends down the road.
- August 19, 2016
Software abstractions and automation may seem to muddy IT security waters, but with proper management, they can offer better visibility into an IT environment.
- July 29, 2016
DevOps benefits can be plentiful, even when the technology stack is not fully automated, says a software maker that's adopting Agile practices with its on-premises app.
- July 14, 2016
How does an organization with a large legacy infrastructure Chef up DevOps? Liberty Mutual, Target and Capital One offer guidance and lessons learned.
- July 13, 2016
Chef Automate bakes several tools into a single offering that hits the spot for many enterprises, though there is also overlap with existing tools.
- July 12, 2016
Chef CTO Adam Jacob dishes about Habitat, the company's reinvented configuration management tool, and how IT shops can automate their application builds and deployment.
- July 11, 2016
Chef CTO Adam Jacob explains how the company's new Chef Automate product gives IT pros insights across infrastructure automation, application automation, security and compliance.
- July 01, 2016
The language learning company uses multiple tools to make its DevOps environment run smoothly, but Docker has been the key to streamlining application releases.
- June 30, 2016
Ansible configuration management's roadmap points to more automation in more areas of the enterprise IT infrastructure.
- June 14, 2016
Relying on a third party for software as a service has its advantages, but also comes with the risk of dealing with outages like the one suffered by ChatOps tool Slack late last week.
- June 08, 2016
Full-stack DevOps automation can be done more easily today than ever before, but not every organization should do it.
- June 03, 2016
One of the founding fathers of DevOps says his focus lately is on how enterprise IT 'horses' adopt agile practices, rather than on early adopter tech 'unicorns.'
- May 23, 2016
Outdated compliance rules can mean automated deployment runs right up to the edge of the production environment -- and then comes to a screeching halt.
- May 20, 2016
Some IT pros argue container management supplants the need for configuration management tools like Puppet and Chef, while others say there's room for both.
- May 19, 2016
Developers and IT operations specialists alike have some requests for their fellow DevOps practitioners.
- May 13, 2016
For many companies, DevOps remains a long-term goal, and they are putting their own spin on how to best adopt it.
- May 10, 2016
As companies increasingly seek full-stack developers, IT operations specialists must find new ways to add value and remain relevant.
- April 29, 2016
Users praise Jenkins 2.0 making continuous delivery pipelines more accessible, but the upgrade process may take a bit of tinkering to complete.
- April 28, 2016
DevOps is making inroads into many enterprises old and new, but Google is sharing its site reliability engineering prowess in a book that champions NoOps.
- April 06, 2016
There's a role for IT operations in a DevOps environment, but it will look and feel different from the traditional IT job description.
- March 16, 2016
Exploring #DevOps on Twitter provides a window into what ops pros and developers hold above all else: building a DevOps culture and choosing from the abundance of available tools.
- March 07, 2016
Seeking faster application delivery led to Starwood Hotels adopting a "DevOps plus" approach, adding in security and middleware teams.
- February 09, 2016
Ansible's roadmap is open to new paths and possibilities, with a re-architected back end, new features and one of the largest open source suppliers to the enterprise at its helm.
- November 10, 2015
As an insurance provider, Hiscox took a leap of faith embracing (supported) open source Puppet config management and DevOps. It's paid off, but still brings challenges.
- August 24, 2015
The light may be at the end of the tunnel in the quest to combine IT ops monitoring onto a single pane of glass.
- June 05, 2015
HP has delivered an open source project that unifies the user experience for disparate applications.
- May 15, 2015
The mistakes, best practices and tools that Facebook shares from its migration to Chef configuration management apply to your DevOps shop too.
- April 26, 2013
DevOps requires a hefty toolbox for managing code builds; IT pros identified 10 DevOps tools -- beyond Chef and Puppet -- that are hot right now.
- June 11, 2012
Conventional wisdom says that it’s hard to hire for DevOps. People who have done it say most organizations simply go about it wrong.
- February 01, 2012
A new, lower-cost alternative to Microsoft systems management tools from SolarWinds offers patch management and remote management.
- August 30, 2006
HP plans to reign in apps and hardware configurations for its in-house data center consolidation project. Execs offer more specifics and strategies on the company's move from 85 facilities down to six.