DevOps Heroes - Adding Advanced Automation to your Toolbox
DevOps is more than the process of automating your CI/CD pipelines to generate code and deployment artifacts for production. It’s also about organizational change and integration of many subtle processes that help you to deliver applications seamlessly from development to production through your operations.Let’s unlock the power of process integration with a getting started walk through of a free online hands-on workshop that adds advanced automation to your devops toolbox. We’ll take you through the integration of an organizational process as part of your DevOps strategy. Step-by-step you’ll learn how to build a data model, create an automated process, integrate user approval tasks, and more using modern open source process automation tooling. No experience in automation integration is required. Join us for a short session that helps you in adding a new tool to your devops toolbox.
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Multiple vulnerabilities in the Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Gateway would allow code injection, information disclosure and denial of service, the networking vendor announced Tuesday. Four of the bugs are exploitable by an unauthenticated, remote attacker.
The Citrix products (formerly known as NetScaler ADC and Gateway) are used for application-aware traffic management and secure remote access, respectively, and are installed in at least 80,000 companies in 158 countries, according to a December assessment from Positive Technologies.
Other flaws announced Tuesday also affect Citrix SD-WAN WANOP appliances, models 4000-WO, 4100-WO, 5000-WO and 5100-WO.
Attacks on the management interface of the products could result in system compromise by an unauthenticated user on the management network; or system compromise through cross-site scripting (XSS). Attackers could also create a download link for the device which, if downloaded and then executed by an unauthenticated user on the management network, could result in the compromise of a local computer.
“Customers who have configured their systems in accordance with Citrix recommendations [i.e., to have this interface separated from the network and protected by a firewall] have significantly reduced their risk from attacks to the management interface,” according to the vendor.
Threat actors could also mount attacks on Virtual IPs (VIPs). VIPs, among other things, are used to provide users with a unique IP address for communicating with network resources for applications that do not allow multiple connections or users from the same IP address.
The VIP attacks include denial of service against either the Gateway or Authentication virtual servers by an unauthenticated user; or remote port scanning of the internal network by an authenticated Citrix Gateway user.
“Attackers can only discern whether a TLS connection is possible with the port and cannot communicate further with the end devices,” according to the critical Citrix advisory. “Customers who have not enabled either the Gateway or Authentication virtual servers are not at risk from attacks that are applicable to those servers. Other virtual servers e.g. load balancing and content switching virtual servers are not affected by these issues.”
A final vulnerability has been found in Citrix Gateway Plug-in for Linux that would allow a local logged-on user of a Linux system with that plug-in installed to elevate their privileges to an administrator account on that computer, the company said.
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The year 2020 has arrived, and its arrival brings a lot of innovations and transformations in the Information and Technology (IT) sector and especially to DevOps technologies. The study conducted by experts at Grand View Research says that the DevOps market is anticipated to be worth 12.85 billion USD by 2025. The adoption of DevOps practices rose 17% in 2018 as compared to 10% in 2017, according to Statista. It has been seen that top organizations that have included DevOps practices in their Software Development cycle have experienced a 63% improvement in the quality of software deployments. Due to Agile adoption, 63% frequency in the release of new versions of software! Also, higher standards of coding have been observed.
The market for DevOps is being driven by the increased adoption of Agile methodologies, cloud technologies, rising digitisation, and business automation. Adopting DevOps in the IT culture is a necessity for better team collaborations. So is your business ready to embrace DevOps culture in 2020? Various tools available for DevOps are Docker, Jenkins, GIT, etc. You can always take assistance from Cloud DevOps Consultants or DevOps service providers. If you want to know more about DevOps trends in 2020, then keep reading.
The trends show the interests of the IT industry in CI as the only tool for deployments is slowing down. Continuous Integration (CI) is the process that automates build and runs unit tests on each PUSH of code. CI-Pipelines only work in segments. In order for all the teams to collaborate better, there is a need for automation of CI along with Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment of the code and binaries to the target environments. That is where DevOps comes into the picture to improve the process of planning, coding, and automation of delivery and deployment.
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Cyber security is one of the vital concerns for IT corporations. DevOps is going to be spending a lot of resources on security. The term being used is DevSecOps. The increase in the need for security has made the integration of security in the application development process necessary. By this measure, the vulnerabilities will decrease, and the whole process will be effective, secure, and efficient.
There will be a simplification of operations with the server-less architecture used by DevOps teams. Legacy systems are being upgraded to server-less operations with solutions like Google Functions, AWS Lambda, and Microsoft’s Azure Functions. This change is cost-effective and also improves the experience of users. This server-less architecture will be the go-to architecture for developers to increase productivity and will need DevOps automation more than ever.
Zero-touch automation is the future of DevOps automation. There will be no need for human intervention when machine learning is utilized to automate the back-up of vast data fully. The companies which have already implemented or adapted DevOps have seen a significant increase in productivity and faster rates of deployment. Understanding the DevOps cycle and administering automation between all the blocks of sequences.
There will be an accelerated shift to Cloud-native DevOps since all the enterprises are moving to Cloud-based enterprise products. Cloud adoption ensures flexibility, less downtime, reduces infrastructure expenditures. Gartner predicts that shift to the cloud by 2022 will effect 1.3 Trillion USD of IT industry spending directly or indirectly. Many companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon provide cloud computing and storage facilities and smooth operations. These companies are seeing a massive spike in other enterprises looking for their cloud services for faster changes in production.
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DevOps and Cloud computing are joined at the hip, now that fact is well appreciated by the organizations that engaged in SaaS cloud and developed applications in the Cloud. During the COVID crisis period, most of the organizations have started using cloud computing services and implementing a cloud-first strategy to establish their remote operations. Similarly, the extended DevOps strategy will make the development process more agile with automated test cases.
According to the survey in EMEA, IT decision-makers have observed a 129%* improvement in the overall software development process when performing DevOps on the Cloud. This success result was just 81% when practicing only DevOps and 67%* when leveraging Cloud without DevOps. Not only that, but the practice has also made the software predictability better, improve the customer experience as well as speed up software delivery 2.6* times faster.
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DevOps is a new catalyst that is rapidly spreading throughout the tech industry. Over the years it has gained much popularity and everyone has their own interpretation of it. It emerged a few after agile programming practices, and nowadays people are trying to figure out the relevance of enterprise DevOps. Before we move on to that, we first need to understand DevOps, its culture, and some other aspects.
There are many forms of divides in the tech industry. DevOps concepts solve this one in particular. Therefore, to understand and fully appreciate DevOps we first need to focus on this dispute. Within any software company, there has long been a divide between the development and operations teams.
Development teams are responsible for creating feature-rich, seamless integrations that have varying requirements with each new customer. They’re responsible for changing user requirements, maintenance, and continuous development activities. The takeover at the start of the SDLC development cycle.
On the other hand, Operation teams are primarily responsible for system stability and accessibility. They come in towards the end of the process where handover of a software release is given. Their responsibility is reviewing implementations by the development teams and ensuring the system is accessible and stable, and recommend changes if necessary.
To break the silos between Dev and Ops DevOps takes a few leaps, enabling better collaboration and performance.
The agile admin defines DevOps as,
DevOps is the practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle, from design through the development process to production support.
The term “Dev” is an umbrella term for not only developers, but any person included in the development of the product. So, this can include QA engineers, SR engineers, and other disciplines as well. Essentially, the “dev” team are the makers of the product.
Secondly, the term “Ops” covers all operations staff including systems engineers, system administrators, release engineers, network engineers, and all other relevant disciplines. The “Ops” team is responsible for the product after its development is complete.
In conclusion, operations engineers need to adopt the same methods adopted by developers and vice versa. DevOps extends Agile principles beyond just the development stage. Rather it extends it over the boundary of development and onto the entire process up till delivery.
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Once an industry term becomes popular, particularly in technology, it can be difficult to get an accurate definition. Everyone assumes that the basics are common knowledge and moves on. However, if your company has been discussing DevOps, or if you are interested in learning more about it, here are some basics you should know.
DevOps refers to the restructuring of the traditional software application cycle to support Agile development and continuous improvement/continuous delivery. Traditionally, the software was created in large-scale, monolithic bundles. New features and new releases were created in large packages and released in full-scale, infrequent, major deployments.
This structure is no longer effective in the modern business environment. Companies are under increasing pressure to be agile. They must respond rapidly to changes in the business environment to remain competitive. Software development needs to be completely changed as a process so that incremental improvements can be made frequently – ideally, several times per day.
However, changing a development lifecycle completely requires major changes – in people and culture, process, and enabling tooling – to be effective. DevOps was created by the breaking down of cycles between development and operations, combining two separate functions in application development. These changes intend to support agile, secure, continuous improvements, and frequent releases.
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