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ISSUE 182: AIOps to the Rescue?

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Kubernetes is really flexible, but sometimes you have to be Kubernetes experts to get the most out of it. What enterprises need is a secure, opinionated experience through this.”

Joe Beda, VMware
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Comparing highest to lowest performers

There is a widening gap between the best and worst-performing companies, according to the latest DORA DevOps report, produced by Nicole Forsgren. The report makes a big deal about a so-called elite group that represents 21% of respondents working at companies that have adopted continuous delivery and other best practices. Yet, if you look at both elite and high performers, that grouping actually declined from 55% to 44% of the study’s respondents. Perhaps this gap of performance is not as dramatic as the report concludes?

The report uses cluster analysis to segment the respondents. Several metrics appear to improve gradually when progressively comparing the Low, Medium, High and Elite groups. However, the statistical approach does not actually predict this improvement, but instead just shows that these companies have a common set of traits.

What's Happening

In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Aleksandr Tavgen, technical architect for Playtech, described how the Isle of Man-based company has succeeded in achieving what the company says is “full observability” of Playtech’s operations and SaaS platform, thanks largely to InfluxDB 2.0Flux and the OpenTracingAPI.

How a Leading Gambling Software Maker Staves Off Observability Chaos

AIOps to the Rescue?

For the last two weeks in August, we were investigating the concept of AIOps, where the power of machine learning and big data is applied to taming the growing chaos of systems management.

Previously on The New Stack, Kayla Matthews offered an introduction to the technology in “What Is AIOps — And Why You Should Care.

"The goal is to turn the data generated by IT systems platforms into meaningful insights,” she writes. While artificial intelligence is a big component of AIOps, it also includes best practices from automation, performance management and service management. IT can provide holistic insights that would otherwise take endless hours of discussion in the company "war room." But it also requires a change in thinking, an encouragement for IT professionals to think outside of their silos.

What does AIOps look like, you may ask? We have you covered. This week, we have a video demo showing how OpsRamp’s IOps platform works. You can see how OpsRamp monitors and analyzes the operations of a set of complex infrastructures. These infrastructures might typically span across several data cloud environments or data centers on container or monolithic platforms, which OpsRamp condenses into a single console interface.

Atomist Wants to Help the Enterprise Manage Cloud Native Drift

Atomist, the company that provides tooling for automating the delivery of cloud native software, is at the front lines of a problem plaguing the enterprise — software drift. Earlier this year, the company released an open source tool to visualize the various software versions in a given code base, and now the company has taken the next step, with the release of Atomist Drift Management, “a single tool to expose, manage and fix drift in their code.”

Migrate a Simple SAM Application to the Serverless Framework

When trying to build your own serverless applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS), it’s likely that you stumbled across the AWS Serverless Applications Model (SAM). AWS provides this tool to try and make development with AWS Lambda, API Gateway, and other serverless services a little easier. This story provides an overview migrating the most common parts of a SAM application over to the Serverless Framework.

4 Different Approaches for Kubernetes in the Enterprise

In this contributed post, Twain Taylor looks at the four different approaches that enterprises have when deploying Kubernetes to the enterprise: PaaS, as a cloud service, a managed service, or in-house. He debates the merits of each approach in this clear, easy-to-understand story.

Party On

This is Otis. Otis the Golden Doodle was there to meet all the visitors at the Puppy PawLooza held during The Open Source Summit.

Casey is a mini doodle, or an Australian mini doodle. Good for seniors, they are hypoallergenic and don’t shed. And she received so much nice attention at The Open Source Summit from Whitni Watkins (left) of Analog Devices and Lauren Maffeo of GetApp.

Samantha (left) and Cassandra Coyle are seniors at Texas State University and looking for jobs! They’re already experienced programmers who talk effortlessly about such topics as the Azure SDK for Go. Way to go Sam and Cass!

Open source leaders and conference pals — Zaheda Bhorat (left) of Amazon Web Services and Dawn Foster of Pivotal.

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