The Kubernetes community celebrated the project’s 5-year anniversary Tuesday night at O’Reilly’s open source conference (OSCON) this week in Portland. View in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 176: The Power in Open Source

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“Applications and services are becoming more distributed and require connectivity and policy enforcement across a variety of domains. Whether it is zero-trust security, intelligent network automation, or any modern networking strategy, management of these network concepts requires us to re-think how we have traditionally operated networks.”

Chris Wade, CTO, Itential 
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2016 Blast from the Past
Every week we analyze data to better understand the complexities of at-scale development, deployment and management. To celebrate The New Stack’s five-year anniversary this week, we are re-sharing the datasets used in five of our ebooks. Here are a few takeaways that were shared with our readers.
What's Happening

It would be a mistake to ignore the immediate impact artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are already having on software development processes and DevOps. This includes their role in performing more mundane and time-consuming tasks that developers, as well as operations staffers, would prefer not to do, by letting the machine take over.

During this The New Stack Analysts podcast, two DevOps and development process experts spoke about AI and ML’s effects on DevOps, the state of algorithm development today, and its impact on IT operations: Hyoun Park, CEO and chief analyst, Amalgam Insights; and Bola Rotibi, research director of software development, CCS Insight. This roundtable was hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack.

Will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Disrupt DevOps?

The Power in Open Source

The Kubernetes community celebrated the project’s 5-year anniversary Tuesday night at O’Reilly’s open source conference (OSCON) this week in Portland. And, not coincidentally, The New Stack celebrated five years as a company with an OSCON party of our own on Wednesday night. And oh, what a party!

We truly felt the love of our friends in the open source community who turned out to wish us a happy birthday. Thank you to all who attended, to our readers and listeners who were there in spirit, to our outstanding team and to our sponsors. It’s a love we’ve felt from the beginning and that inspires us every day to write and record stories on the technology that runs the internet and the modern enterprise.

Our founder and publisher Alex Williams recognized a growing ecosystem of commercial software built on open source when he was working at TechCrunch as a reporter five years ago. He started The New Stack as an outlet to explain and analyze the technologies and trends for the people building and managing applications at scale. 

The momentum behind open source in the enterprise has only grown since then and was in full evidence this week at OSCON where Amazon held its first full-day event devoted to its open source projects. The projects their developers showcased were impressive. 

Meanwhile, attendees expressed a real antipathy for companies that are calling themselves “commercial open source” providers. It’s a hot topic that strikes at the core of how open source has historically been defined. The issue comes with a new generation of licensing models that are new versions of existing open source licenses. 

The larger concern is about open source software and its democratic nature. Like many institutions, open source software is both fortified and threatened by the commercial market. We look forward to five more years of covering these issues as they unfold.

The Kubernetes Hierarchy of Needs

Setting up Kubernetes can be a chore. A much more arduous one if you don’t proceed in the correct order argued Omnition’s Josh Grose in this contributed post. He proposes The Kubernetes Hierarchy of Needs, which is made up of three sequential phases: Build, Deploy, Operate. The sequence is absolutely critical in building momentum. During each stage, a minimum viable product (or demonstrable function) has to be validated by your customer before moving on to the next phase. This approach rallies support, focuses on deliverables and creates clear expectations across all stakeholders.

WSO2 Updates Microgateway to Boot Faster, Serve Multiple Microservices

At OSCON this week, WSO2 revealed version 3.0 of its open source API microgateway, which is being updated for the microservices era, where services can be accessed from anywhere on the internet, not just from your own data center. The microgateway boots up in less than a second and features built-in capabilities including authentication, authorization, rate limiting, service composition, discovery, transformation and analytics.

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: Tell Me What You See

On this week’s Off The Shelf Hacker, Dr. Torq assembles a proof-of-concept object recognition system with speech synthesis. Don’t let the seeming simplicity fool you, there is an awful lot going on when visually identifying an object then correctly saying its name. The magic is in the off-the-shelf parts and a tiny bit of extra programming to tie it all together.

Party On

Adron Hall shared his pic of Alex Williams from the TNS Five-Year Anniversary shindig after OSCON.

Patrick Masson shared his image of the five-year anniversary party for TNS on Twitter. We are glad you could join us!

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Cloud native technologies — containers, microservices and serverless functions that run in multicloud environments and are managed through automated CI/CD pipelines — are built on DevOps principles. You cannot have one without the other. However, the interdepencies between DevOps culture and practices and cloud native software architectures are not always clearly defined.

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