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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 134: People First

Talk Talk Talk

“I've never been in charge of operating a Kubernetes cluster, but I feel like it's a lot like season 2 of The Wire; lots of time spent finding sketchy things in containers and trying to track down who put them there.”

Pivotal’s Topher Bullock
Add It Up
Lambda and Docker Usage on AWS
Docker came racing out of the gates in 2014, Lambda soared in 2017, and these “competitors” are now neck and neck in 2o18. The horse race analogy is one way to look at results in SumoLogic’s third annual State of Modern Applications and DevSecOps in the Cloud. This simplified view does not tell us for what types of applications are being supported, nor does it provide insight into the scale of these deployments. What it does tell us is that analyzing adoption patterns of cloud native technologies is tricky.
What's Happening

Pulumi CEO and co-founder Joe Duffy and his team could have created a new programming language to help developers deploy their applications to multicloud environments — but they did not.

“The tech nerd in me would love to go creating a new language,” Duffy, who was previously a long-time Microsoft software engineer and tool developer, said during a live interview with TNS founder and Editor-in-Chief Alex Williams, for this latest edition of The New Stack Makers podcast. “I’ve done that a few times before, but it didn’t seem appropriate.”

Instead, the Pulumi cloud native development platform allows developers to use the programming language of their choice for containers, Lambdas and infrastructure on the cloud.

Pulumi CEO Joe Duffy on Deploying to the Cloud Faster with Your Favorite Language

People First

If you want to stay current with technologies such Kubernetes and Amazon Web Services, you have to set time aside to learn these technologies, which means at work you need to figure out how to automate your job as much as possible, so you can snatch this extra time back from the daily drudgery.

This was the hard-won advice offered to SaltConf attendees from Amaya Souarez, who is the vice president of global infrastructure operations for First Data. SaltConf, held this week in Salt Lake City, is the annual user conference for configuration management software provider SaltStack. An Omaha-based company founded in 1971, First Data was one of the first companies to provide card processing services and has acquired many other companies in the decades since. So Souarez has spent her career on working on incredibly complex technologies. Many of the engineers who report to her must study the new technologies at night. Why? There’s no time during the day, because maintaining the old tools software takes up all the hours. “The struggle is real,” she said, adding that it’s not a problem a company can “hire itself out of.”

And yet it needs to be done. “If I don’t educate myself, and if my peers and my boss doesn’t understand these technologies, we will just lead people over the cliff like lemmings,” she said.

While we typically think about “people, processes and technology” being the pillars of IT, we should talk about a “People First” approach, she said. Most every company has at least a small army of technology professionals, and they need to stay updated. Key to that approach is freeing up their time, by automating as much of their job as possible. 

“We need to have fun. Give people the opportunity to have fun at work, to learn new technology,” she said.

SaltStack Expands into Security Compliance Scanning and Remediation

SaltStack wants to save operations folk from “audit hell.” A new feature of the company’s flagship configuration management software Saltstack Enterprise will include capabilities for auditing and instant remediation of configuration errors and vulnerabilities.

Move Your Cron Jobs to Serverless in 3 Steps

Cron jobs are often the night shift of our web applications. Some tasks just don’t make sense to do in real time or during peak usage, and need to be scheduled to happen periodically. But cron jobs can be opaque and limited to one machine. Stackery’s Toby Fee shows how to set up cron jobs in the cloud.

Is Burning Man an Idealized Silicon Valley?

As gorgeous photos from this year’s Burning Man festival flood our social media feeds, way-weary burners may start to ask what it all had meant and if the annual festival holds some greater significance for the larger tech community. 

Party On
Stories and good laughs at PagerDuty Summit with Melanie Salman of SignalFx who worked at PagerDuty with David Shackelford back in the day.
It takes a team to make an event like PagerDuty Summit happen. Left to right: Raquel Siordia, Bronwyn Acosta and Jade Martell.
PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada and Box CEO Aaron Levie talk on stage at PagerDty Summit about those early days of what it took to start Box, the importance of great teams and the future of work.
SaltStack CEO Marc Chenn (Right), along with TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson, SaltConf 2018.

SaltStack Vice President of Product Alex Peay, kicking off SaltConf18.

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