DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #365 - 24th December 2017

2 minute read

A good mix of standards, criticism, talk of business value for technologists , application layer security and new tools. Hopefully something for everyone.

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News

A post on the importance of understanding business value for engineers and technologists, something that should be at the heart of any devops transformation.
https://dberkholz.com/2017/12/18/how-to-be-a-10x-engineer-business-value-for-technologists/

Metaparticle is a set of tools for building cloud-native applications on Kubernetes, and was much discussed at KubeCon. This post looks at the proposed abstractions and some potential problems for some types of users.
https://medium.com/@ryandotclair/an-interrogation-of-metaparticle-and-abstraction-layers-44ba2fe07b62

A good roundup of challenges when building cloud native applications, and a description of the opinionated deployment tools people will need.
https://medium.com/@arschles/cloud-native-comes-with-new-challenges-ca9c22dbbb7

Building agreement on formats can lead to more interoperable tooling. Open Events is a new project trying to define a specification for describing event data in a common way.
https://openevents.io/

An interesting look at how internet traffic changed over the last year, and some predictions for what will change in 2018.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/our-predictions-for-2018/

A whitepaper on how Google deal with securing traffic between internal services with mutual authentication and transport encryption based on entities rather than node identity.
https://cloud.google.com/security/encryption-in-transit/application-layer-transport-security/

A take on the importance of automatic deployment for people more familiar with work in traditional web agencies.
https://24ways.org/2017/knowing-the-future/

Concourse is a powerful continuous integration system with first-class pipeline constructus. This site provides a comprehensive multi-part tutorial for learning how to use it.
http://concoursetutorial.com/

Events

DevOpsDays-NYC (http://dod.nyc/)) is a community-driven conference to be held in Manhattan on Jan 18-19, 2018. We expect 300+ attendees including developers, operations, SREs, managers, and more. The event is for all skill levels. Attendees will find the conference useful, educational, and full of excellent networking opportunities. The “open spaces” format we use in the afternoon session is particularly exciting because it enables attendees to pick their own topics. Come join our 6th year!
http://dod.nyc/

The Open Source Data Center Conference will be held in Berlin on June 12th and 13th. The call for proposals is open now and runs until January 31st.
https://osdc.de/submit-a-talk/

Tools

Fortio is a new load testing tool which allows for specifying a set query-per-second load and record latency histograms and other useful stats. It also comes with a simple web UI.
https://github.com/istio/fortio

Skywalking is an open source application performance management platform, with support for logs, lots of JVM middleware and open tracing, built atop elasticsearch.
http://skywalking.io/
https://github.com/apache/incubator-skywalking

Another implementation of a chaos monkey like system for Kubernetes. Chaoskube periodically kills random pods in your Kubernetes cluster.
https://github.com/linki/chaoskube

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