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ISSUE 124: What’s in a Name?

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“No two outages are identical, so it is important to figure out the common patterns that you can use to generically debug any outage, and what are the things specific to that one outage.”

Liz Fong-Jones, Google
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Open Source Recruitment Drives Funding?
The latest 2018 Open Source Jobs Report points to several ways employers can help developers. For the study, the Linux Foundation and Dice surveyed over 750 hiring managers involved with recruiting open source professionals. Due to the survey's subject, it is not surprising almost half of hiring managers (48 percent) say their company decided to financially support or contribute to open source projects to help with recruitment. Although this sounds incredibly compelling, it is fair to question how much hiring managers actually know about open source management. Since 57 percent of hiring managers say their company contributes to open source projects, a back-of-the-envelope calculation says that 84 percent of companies that contribute to open source are doing so at least in part to get new employees.

The New Stack and The Linux Foundation have teamed up to survey the community about ways to standardize and promote open source policies programmatically. We encourage readers to participate by taking the 8-min survey.
What's Happening

At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Copenhagen in May, many talks focused on the work required to build continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines using containers. One of the major issues still remaining in the container world is specifically that last bit of the CI/CD pipeline: building, storing, and securing containers built for internal software projects. Steve Speicher, principal product manager on the Red Hat OpenShift Team and Ben Parees, principal engineer at Red Hat, spoke with us about it in this TNS Makers podcast.

The State of Building Images on Kubernetes

What’s in a Name?

Here at The New Stack, we are big believers that people are the prime-movers in information technology and open source software development. One of the things we do that you may not see at other sites is to provide links in our posts to learn more about the people who contribute to TNS. Each post we get from an outside contributor, we include a short bio that gives readers more of an idea of the contributor’s background. For instance, for a recent contributed piece on Apache Spark from Pivotal, we learned that lead author Robert Bennet actually has a physics background, with experience in “cross-section and double helicity asymmetry in direct photon production.”

In our regular news stories, each person we interview or quote is linked to a site with more information about that person as well. Partially, this is a trick to ensure we spell the names correctly in the article — it is easier to doublecheck if a link is included. But it is also to provide some context to the reader about who is offering the expertise. Preferably, we’d like to link to a person’s Twitter account — which shows what they are thinking about today — or a LinkedIn page, which clearly shows their current and past jobs. If the subject programs in open source, we will instead link to their GitHub page — nothing speaks like experience than live code. Best of all, for those who still maintain one, we link to that person’s home page on the web. Not everyone has a home page, but those who do certainly take IT very seriously.

One person who does still maintain a personal presence on the web has been Julia Grace, Slack’s senior director of infrastructure engineering; we did a Q&A with Julia Grace that appeared on the site last week. Be sure to read that Q&A to learn more about Grace's philosophy when it comes to microservices and DevOps, rapid scalability, build versus buy, the importance of diversity, and the best architectural choices when it comes to scalability systems.

EnterpriseWeb Simplifies Middleware with Network Functions Virtualization

The movement to deconstruct monolithic applications makes no sense if you’re left with a pile of services that have to be hand-stitched back together. The New York-based startup EnterpriseWeb focuses on automating that stitching back together with a peer-to-peer mesh network that can run over any infrastructure.

Over 20,000 Container Management Dashboards Are Exposed on the Internet

Even though it’s highly discouraged to expose any kind of management dashboard directly to the internet, there are many users who continue to ignore this recommendation, and it seems that infrastructure admins are no exception. A recent study by cloud security firm Lacework found over 22,000 publicly exposed container orchestration and API management systems, about 300 of which could be accessed without any credentials, and gave attackers full control or remote code execution capability on containers.

HashiCorp Extends Consul to Support Other Service Meshes

HashiCorp Consul is now capable of making sense of the service mesh layer within a cloud environment while maintaining a secure network between the services it’s keeping track of. The new feature of Consul Connect allows individual services to be segmented to enable the enforcement of access controls upon them. That means services can be locked down, accessible only to other specific, verified services.

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