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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

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 model behind a dynamic real time IT blueprint

Posted by Mark Bakker on Jun 23, 2016 2:55:17 PM

 

StackState captures topology info, telemetry info and log info and combines that into a real time model of your IT stack.

 

The StackState real time model

StackState is designed to manage complex IT stacks with millions of constantly changing components to handle today’s complex environments. In modern enterprises DevOps practices, micro services architectures and containers are common. The StackState platform is designed to handle millions of concurrent data streams, which are automatically correlated with the corresponding components and business services.

 

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Topics: Product, Dev/Ops, ITSM

Global Launch of StackState

Posted by Joey Compeer on Apr 25, 2016 3:34:48 PM

 

The global launch of StackState on Thursday 21 April was a great success. Attendees of the webinar said they liked the StackState approach and user interface. The global launch webinar is now publicly available. 

 

StackState consolidates multiple Dev/Ops tools in a full stack overview, provides insights into the health of the stack, automates problem finding and helps Dev/Ops engineers fix and prevent failures to create the Zero Downtime Enterprise. During the webinar we showed how StackState:

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Topics: Product, News, ITSM

Are all those IT Ops tools driving you crazy?

Posted by Mark Bakker on Feb 22, 2016 4:42:56 PM

 

Every IT Ops should know about sizing, utilization, about monitoring, metrics, provisioning and knowing every single thing what's going on inside the datacenter. To understand the big picture you need to jump from tool to tool and try to consolidate all the available information. Can you still see the wood for the trees?

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM

Are SLAs in IT Service Management dead?

Posted by Mark Bakker on Feb 1, 2016 2:43:21 PM

 

Service Level Agreements (SLAs) have long been used for quick and accurate views on overall performance. They provide technical, input-based metrics (uptime counts, downtime, response time, etc.) that highlight areas of strength and weakness. But what do these SLA metrics really mean to your business? Do the outcomes direct actions that result in a happy customer?

 

Not necessarily.  SLAs are most of the times technical. They don’t directly relate to your customer and so, measuring them alone is an outmoded practice. To understand what is happening with your business and what it means to your customer today, you need to focus on monitoring business services AND experience.

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Topics: ITSM

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