Conference season is nearly upon us, and one of the first events we will be checking out will be Cloud Foundry Summit North America, to be held on April 2-4View in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 155: Bon Appétit: The Cloud Foundry Summit

Talk Talk Talk

“The industry doesn’t seem to value non-technical contributions, and women tend to take more non-technical work on.”

Add It Up

Spending on information security continues to increase, but those gains may decelerate as companies become more confident in their security posture. Maybe too confident.

Although many reports show that cybersecurity is a top driver of technology spending, Scale Venture Partners’ recent survey of 300 executives responsible for security decisions also found that they are increasingly confident in their ability to handle a variety of risks. In fact, 78 percent of survey respondents believes they are well equipped to handle cybersecurity risks, up from 61 percent when the question was asked in 2017. While confidence has risen across the board, the ability to handle threats from nation-states and financially-motivated hacking have seen some of the steepest increases.

Sentiment about security may be due to increased spending in previous years. For example, only 12 percent said their security strategy is driven by budget and resource constraints, down dramatically from 31 percent in the previous year. Furthermore, those thinking lack of budget was a top three obstacle to achieving a successful security posture dropped from 41 percent in 2017 to 30 percent in 2018. Increased attention, as well as spending on GDPR compliance and cloud infrastructure security in 2018, may be causes of the increased confidence.  No matter the reason, sentiment about security has improved, as shown by Accenture’s analysis of earnings calls, which shows that since 2016 CEOs have increasingly been positive about cybersecurity.

What's Happening

SAFE’s potential and what cloud native security involves, in general, were discussed during a podcast with Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack, recently hosted at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Seattle.

The guests included: Ignasi Barrera, founding engineer, Tetrate; Liz Rice, technology evangelist, Aqua Security; and Sarah Allen, technical lead and manager, Google Cloud and SAFE WG chair.

The idea, of course, is not to eliminate cloud native security risks, but instead, to lower them.

How ‘Secure’ Your Cloud Native Can Be

Bon Appétit: The Cloud Foundry Summit

Conference season is nearly upon us, and one of the first events we will be checking out will be Cloud Foundry Summit North America, to be held in Philadelphia on April 2-4, 2019. As you know, Cloud Foundry is a Platform as Service software designed to make it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Companies such as Allstate, Royal Bank of Canada, and CSAA Insurance Group have all used Cloud Foundry in production settings.

At last year’s conference in Boston, Kubernetes, functions, and event-driven architectures were hot topics. But what about this year?

Looking over the agenda, we are surprised to see the breadth of new technologies Cloud Foundry has been accommodating. In a contributed piece, Pivotal Director of Product Marketing Bryan Friedman discusses a few of the must-see talks this year at the event. He finds that many talks have to do with microservices, serverless, and stream processing. For instance, two engineers from Comcast will discuss how they run stream processing on Cloud Foundry — not an initial use case we thought of for Cloud Foundry, so we’d be very interested in sitting in on that one. Another presenter will discuss how to implement the Spring Cloud Data Flow on the platform.

On the serverless front, there are a number of sessions about Knative, a serverless framework released by Google last year that is getting wide adoption. There will be the inevitable (and much-appreciated) "getting-started" talk. But also a team of IBM’ers will also do a presentation comparing and contrasting Knative with Cloud Foundry itself. For the developer, both (can) start at the command line, so it’ll enlightening to see what the differences are. 

We’ll be posting information about more of the talks leading up to the event, so check it out, only on

Testing Developer Velocity: AWS EC2 vs Lambda vs Lambda on Stackery

AWS Lambdas deliver better velocity than a traditional managed virtual machine (VM) like Amazon’s EC2. But how much better. In this sponsored piece from Stackery, Stackery community developer Toby Fee compared the time it took to set up a web service. With EC2, it took two hours. With AWS Lambda alone, it took over 5 hours to set a service. Using the AWS Lambda console directly, Fee was able to get that time down to a little over an hour. But using Stackery’s platform, she was able to cut configuration time to just 20 minutes. Stackery is the complete solution for building, managing and operating serverless applications. Fast-growing companies use AWS Lambda to build architecture with limitless scalability. Stackery is the way teams build and manage serverless infrastructure quickly.

Tutorial: Tame Your Access Log with Unix Pipes

This tutorial shows off one of the greatest strengths of Unix, the ability to string together different jobs into a single workflow, called pipes. At its heart, pipes is the model of the Unix philosophy, that each tool should do one job well. Author David Cassel shows how to use pipes to parse log files, and throws in a bit of history on the side. Bell Labs’ Doug McIlroy first came up with the idea for pipes more than 50 years ago. He wanted to couple programs together so they acted like “a garden hose.” Ironically, he typed his proposal out on a typewriter. 

Google’s Cloud Services Platform Brings Managed Kubernetes to Hybrid Cloud

Google launched the beta version of its Cloud Services Platform (CSP), a software-based hybrid offering that brings Google Cloud services into your on-prem infrastructure using the power of Kubernetes and Istio. CSP is built on top Google's managed Kubernetes offering, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and includes GKE On-Prem, a "managed Kubernetes service providing remote lifecycle management of your on-prem clusters."

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