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8 Predictions for DevOps in 2017

Posted by Joey Compeer on Mar 8, 2017 11:52:31 AM

 

The past year was good for DevOps: we saw more enterprise adoption of containers and more companies throwing their hats into the container ring. We sat down with our friends from XebiaLabs – Andrew Phillips, Tim Buntel, and TJ Randall – and asked what they think the future has in store for the DevOps world of 2017.

 

1. A new wave of “next gen platform” projects is coming.

In 2017, we’ll see a new wave of “next gen platform” projects focused on container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes, and re-tooled PaaS platforms such as OpenShift or Cloud Foundry. Acceptance of the need for a cross-machine resource management and scheduling framework is growing, and the vendor ecosystem is rapidly throwing weight behind this movement. There will also be an increased shift away from defining containers directly, and more towards having containers generated automatically where necessary.

– Andrew Phillips, VP DevOps Strategy at XebiaLabs
 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM

Automate incident investigation to save money and become proactive

Posted by Mark Bakker on Mar 1, 2017 4:16:42 PM

 

How many hours did your best engineers spent investigating incidents and problems last month? Do those engineers get a big applause when they solved the issue? Most likely the answers are “a lot” and “yes”…

 

The reason that problem and incident investigation is hard, is because usually you have to search through multiple tools, correlate data from all those tools and interpret this data.

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM, ITOA

Product update: here's what's new from January

Posted by Joey Compeer on Feb 21, 2017 3:16:42 PM

 

We make big improvements to StackState every single day. Keeping you updated about these results on a day-to-day basis could become somewhat annoying, so that's where this monthly post fits in: a summary to share all our latest improvements and newest features.


During the last few weeks StackState has seen some huge improvements, so it’s time to catch you up on all the cool stuff we made last month. Let get right to it…

 

Mesos integration

Monitoring your containerized infrastructure can be challenging. Containers move and change so frequently, that it’s more difficult to get an overview of your container landscape – especially at scale.

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Topics: Product, Dev/Ops, ITSM, Integrations, Monitoring, Collaboration, Service Management, Provisioning, Virtualization, Technologies

Why don’t monitoring tools monitor changes?

Posted by Mark Arts on Feb 7, 2017 4:37:22 PM

 

Changes in applications or IT infrastructure can lead to application downtime. This not only hits your revenue, it also has a negative impact on your reputation.

 

Everybody in IT understands the importance of having the right monitoring solutions in place. From an infrastructure – to a business perspective, we rely on monitoring tools to get us the right information.

 

But I wonder, why don’t these tools monitor application updates and infrastructure changes? Especially in today’s world, where DevOps and agile working are pushing changes to the apps and infrastructure all the time? Manual configuration errors can cost companies up to $72,000 per hour in Web application downtime. While application maintenance costs are increasing at a rate of 20% annually, 35% of those polled said at least one-quarter of their downtime was caused by configuration errors.

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM, Monitoring

Let Operational Analytics improve your business

Posted by Joey Compeer on Nov 22, 2016 5:10:24 PM

 

Products and services are getting smarter. The Google Car can drives itself. Your phone knows how to take the best selfie and it even tells you when to leave to be on time for that important meeting. The systems that runs these services are able to use and understand data in a very smart way. Now it's time for IT operations to get smarter.

 

Today's DevOps teams lack the ability to use data of different systems in a smart way. They don't have advanced, data-science-driven technologies to see what's happening in their stack, to see what changed, to trouble shoot on issues and to understand the relations and dependencies between all the applications and systems in the stack.

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Topics: ITSM

StackState a forerunner for the DevOps Agile Skills Association

Posted by Joey Compeer on Nov 2, 2016 1:32:26 PM

 

StackState, leading provider of the first full stack IT operations platform, today announced that it is a forerunner organization for the new DevOps Agile Skills Association. 

 

DASA includes IT thought leaders from around the world, and provides an independent and open platform to discuss, develop, challenge and co-create the baseline for the skills and competencies organizations require today and tomorrow.

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Topics: News, Dev/Ops

StackState announces Giga-level sponsorship of Splunk .conf2016

Posted by Joey Compeer on Sep 26, 2016 10:24:16 AM

 

StackState, a leading provider of the first full stack IT operations platform for DevOps, today announced that it is a Giga level sponsor of .conf2016. The 7th Annual Splunk Worldwide User’s Conference will feature more than 185 sessions and is expected to attract more than 4,400 Splunk enthusiasts who know the value of their data. The conference will be held September 26 – 29, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts.

 

StackState will be demoing the Splunk integration for their IT operations platform, a solution for Business and IT managers including their DevOps teams, that provides unique insight into the health of the entire stack, from the hardware level all the way up to the business process level.

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Topics: News

From monitoring Elasticsearch to team view alerts, here's what's new with StackState in July

Posted by Joey Compeer on Aug 16, 2016 3:21:34 PM

 

We hacked away like crazy in July to bring you a lot of new stuff in StackState and we’re excited to share them with you. Let’s get right to it…

 

 

The StackState Agent

Many organizations lack the ability to provide deep insights into the health of their ever changing infrastructure. We're pleased to announce the new StackState agent, which job is to collect events and metrics and provide StackState users with full visibility into their infrastructure.

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Topics: Product

An answer to the alert storm: introducing Team View Alerts

Posted by Joey Compeer on Jul 18, 2016 3:42:28 PM

 

As a Dev or Ops it’s hard to focus on the things that really matter. Applications, systems, tools and other environments are generating notifications at a frequency and amount greater than you are able to deal with. It's a problem for every Dev and Ops professional.

 

Alerts are used to identify trends, spikes or dips in your metrics and events – for example to detect low free memory, high page-fault errors or unavailable database servers. With the right alerts in place you can get notifications or signals of problems before they escalate or respond quickly before it takes a business service down which could affect your customers.

 

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Topics: Product, Dev/Ops, ITSM

The basics of Deep Learning - How to apply it to predict failures

Posted by Tamis Achilles van der Laan on Jul 12, 2016 5:00:33 PM

 

Deep Learning is a hot topic. Big players like Google, Microsoft and IBM invest heavily in new projects around Deep Learning. Their goal? Developing neural networks which learn more and more complex tasks. But how does it work?

 

Spam filters already filter out our unwanted email with extreme high precision. Not many people understand how these unwanted messages are separated from wanted messages. You can’t simply filter based on sender address, as new spam addresses can easily be created. The second reason is that spam is often send from legitimate email accounts hijacked by third parties. The best way to separate spam is to look at the content of the email messages. The most effective techniques to do this are based on machine learning.

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Topics: Product, Artificial Intelligence

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