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Release Orchestration | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #ContinuousDelivery

Who Needs Release Orchestration and Why? By Jason J. Lenny IT organizations are relying more and more on using release orchestration tools instead of tracking their software releases using programs like Excel, Google Docs, and PowerPoint. Much of the popularity of release orchestrators can be attributed to their versatility-they're extremely useful to different people doing a variety of work across the delivery pipeline. Today we're going to explore a few of the different technology roles that can benefit the most from release orchestration. Release Managers As the primary users of release orchestrators, Release Managers get a number of benefits. Taking releases out of Excel and putting them in a unified place lessens some of the burdens of providing visibility and status updates, freeing release managers to focus on tracking risks, dependencies, and the overall pl... (more)

Trend Shift Analysis | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

Trend Shift Analysis By Pradeep Thalanki and Ankur Vishwakarma ‘Trend’ is a pretty common business term, but its definition tends to vary by industry. In performance monitoring, trend, or trend shift, is a key metric that is used to indicate change. Why is trend shift important? Change is inevitable. Today’s websites must frequently update and change to keep up with competition and attract new users, but such changes can have a negative impact on the user experience if not managed properly. The dynamic nature of the Internet makes it necessary to constantly monitor different metrics. One of the biggest challenges in performance monitoring the lack of clarity when configuring alerts. Alerts that are set up using the wrong configuration can lead to an overabundance of false positive alerts or no alerts at all, which results in an increased MTTR. Webpage response is an ... (more)

Bubblegum, Foil and Continuous Delivery | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

Bubblegum, Foil and Continuous Delivery: Using the Right Tool for the Job By Larry Salomon My wife and I have a fun dynamic: she approaches situations with surgical precision, while I tend to be more of an imprecise paintbrush. One day, she chastised me for cutting something with a butter knife and insisted that I should be using a paring knife instead. I argued that it wasn't needed. Who was right? As you can imagine, I was intentionally vague with the description of the situation above in order to illustrate that an understanding of the context is required to answer it properly. In this particular situation, I already had the knife out from making my daughter a sandwich for her lunchbox and had switched to cutting strawberries. So, technically, she was correct, but I was also able to properly execute my task with the tool at hand, literally. This loosey-goosey approa... (more)

[slides] Isolation in #Kubernetes | @DevOpsSummit #CloudNative #Serverless #DevOps

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Advanced Network Scheduling and Isolation in Kubernetes Using a Containerized Telco Solution Given the popularity of the containers, further investment in the telco/cable industry is needed to transition existing VM-based solutions to containerized cloud native deployments. The networking architecture of the solution isolates the network traffic into different network planes (e.g., management, control, and media). This naturally makes support for multiple interfaces in container orchestration engines an indispensable requirement. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Kuralamudhan Ramakrishnan, a Senior Network Software Engineer at Intel, discussed a solution that aims to provide advanced scheduling and discovery of network features in Kubernetes. Through a CNI plugi... (more)

[video] #DevOps and #DigitalTransformation | @DevOpsSummit @AndiMann #Serverless #DX

View Power Panel: ▸ Here The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation' demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques - including DevOps. View Power Panel: ▸ Here In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, Thomas Hooker, Vice President of Marketing at CollabNet, Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate at NetApp, Don Demcsak, DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal at Dell EMC, and Lev Lesokhin, EVP ... (more)

Is There Value in Estimating Software Delivery Times? | @DevOpsSummit #CD #APM #Monitoring

I often hear software development referred to as "magic." Those of us who are software engineers may scoff at this, but it reveals the outside world's perception of what we do. Software development may not be magic, but it is completely veiled in the abstract, and therefore difficult for the uninitiated to understand. This misconception underscores the difficulties of those outside the software engineering team who rely heavily on the output from this ‘magic' (or in other words, ‘the product'). Project managers, product owners, sales, et al., need to provide delivery times to customers, but have no means of calculating these times beyond asking the software engineers for an estimated completion time. And herein lies the crux of the issue. Different values Task estimation is a controversial subject in software. Although some engineers debate the values of estimation ... (more)

Cutting Alert Fatigue | @DevOpsSummit @PagerDuty #AI #DevOps #Monitoring

This is a guest post by Ilan Rabinovitch, Direct of Product Management at Datadog. The convergence of rapid feature development, automation, continuous delivery, and the shifting makeup of modern tech stacks has pushed monitoring requirements to a potentially overwhelming scale. But while the systems you need to monitor are complex, your monitoring strategy doesn't have to be. At Datadog, we see the demand for monitoring at scale as a product of four changes: Increasing number of infrastructure components (microservices, instances, containers) Frequency of code and configuration changes Number of people and roles interacting with infrastructure Proliferation of platforms, tools, and services (from a few vendor packages to lots of hosted services and open source software) The scale and pace of change involved in ops today dictate a carefully crafted monitoring and i... (more)

Effective Monitoring | @DevOpsSummit @Catchpoint #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

Ten Tips for an Effective Monitoring Strategy By Dawn Parzych This is the second blog in a series of three in which I expand on some of the points raised in O’Reilly Media’s DevOps for Media & Entertainment report. The first post covered the two essential aspects of DevOps that are often overlooked: communication and empathy. Today, we dive into a more technical topic – monitoring. Monitoring is essential. It tells you if your service is up, down, fast, slow, and functioning as designed. When something inevitably breaks, a monitoring tool can notify you via alerts and help diagnose the problem. An effective monitoring strategy can allow organizations to reap significant benefits including: Protecting revenue, brand, and security Identification of issues before customers are impacted Creating feedback loops and stability Gathering information on usage and usability ... (more)

Monitoring APIs | @DevOpsSummit @Catchpoint #API #DevOps #AI #WebPerf

Web Performance 101: Monitoring APIs By Kameerath Kareem We have already established the importance of APIs in today’s digital world (read about it here). With APIs playing such an important role in keeping us connected, it’s necessary to maintain the API’s performance as well as availability. There are multiple aspects to consider when monitoring APIs, from integration to performance issues, therefore a general monitoring strategy that only accounts for up-time is not ideal. What can go wrong? APIs power complex integrations and allow disparate applications to work together to build a more interactive and connected digital environment. It allows data exchange between services but such connections and integrations can create multiple points of vulnerability in the network. There are several things that can go wrong when using APIs: The API endpoint may be experiencin... (more)

[video] Digital #Monitoring with @Catchpoint | @DevOpsSummit #CloudNative #DX #DevOps

"With Digital Experience Monitoring what used to be a simple visit to a web page has exploded into app on phones, data from social media feeds, competitive benchmarking - these are all components that are only available because of some type of digital asset," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here DevOps at Cloud Expo taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Must Watch Video: Recap of @DevOpsSummit New York Javits Center The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps r... (more)