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Scott Turner

Announcing Orca v3.5 (Part 2): New Linux-Unix Interfaces, “One-Click” Application Updates, Oracle Back End Support, Multiple Compliance Rule Sets

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Orca 3.5, Part 2: New Capabilities Provide New Control and Insights. Orca version 3.5 has so many new time-saving notifications, automations, interfaces and new capabilities we had to break the listing into two parts. This is part 2. (Click here for Part 1) The Orca team is very excited about this release, which provides more efficiencies, easier debugging, new workflow functionality, and more. We think you’ll like...
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Announcing Orca v3.5 (Part 1): WAS Status Interface, Workflow Promotion, Deployed Applications Tab, Updates

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Orca 3.5, Part 1: Huge time savings from at-a-glance notifications and new automations Orca version 3.5 has so many new time-saving notifications and automations we had to break the listing into two parts. Here is part 1. The Orca team is very excited about this release, which provides more efficiencies, easier debugging, new workflow functionality, and more. We think you’ll like it! WAS Status Interface...
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OpsDev or DevOps?

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DZone Interviews Orca's Kristy McDougal  OpsDev or DevOps, and when your app release problem is a configuration problem See the original article by Research Analyst, Tom Smith here on DZone Great talking with Kristy McDougal, Product and Sales Engineer and Co-Founder of Orca, a configuration automation company that optimizes application ecosystems for Fortune 100 companies. Kristy was a member of the VaraLogix team that was acquired...
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Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) – The Most Important IT Movement You’ve (N)ever heard of?

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Scrum. Agile. Lean. DevOps. Been there, done that? How about Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)? Site Reliability Engineering explained What: The goal of Site Reliability Engineering is to create and maintain highly reliable, highly scalable software.   As Ben Treynor, team leader of Google software engineers, famously defined it, SRE is "what happens when a software engineer is tasked with what used to be called operations.”...
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Combating Windows Ransomware Vulnerability

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Patches, PowerShell and Backups WannaCry? No need to by following these tips. Tom Walat at TechTarget wrote a helpful article on the vulnerabilities of Windows to ransomware. http://searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com/blog/The-Windows-Server-Notebook/Latest-Windows-ransomware-attack-exposes-hard-truths/ Citing examples from England’s healthcare systems which experienced problems with their telephone switchboards, email, and hospital IT systems, Walat lays out a few recommendations. These include:   Locking systems down by following the advice of reputable security...
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DevOops – How to Delete Your Company Database Without Even Trying

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Dev Access To Prod +  A Lack of Backups = Big Problem A Reddit poster called "cscareerthrowaway567" shared this tale of IT woe earlier this week. “I was basically given a document detailing how to set up my local development environment.... which involves run a small script to create my own personal DB instance from some test data. After running the command I was supposed to...
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Orca makes 2017 Austin A-List of the Hottest Innovators

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Austin region’s most innovative companies revealed Orca makes 2017 Austin A-List  AUSTIN, Texas, May 25, 2017 — The Austin Chamber revealed the 2017 Austin A-List of the Hottest Companies that includes 17 local companies in various stages that demonstrate business innovation.  About 175 companies were nominated and considered this year by a panel of independent judges.  "High growth startups play an important role in Austin’s economic...
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Orca Named Gartner Cool Vendor in DevOps 2017

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Orca’s innovative platform seamlessly integrates configuration management Austin, TX—May 08, 2017 – Orca, Configuration and Release Management Automation Platform, has been named a 2017 Cool Vendor in DevOps by Gartner, Inc. The annual Cool Vendor report evaluates emerging vendors that provide innovative, impactful and intriguing technologies. According to the report, “This year's Cool Vendors recognize that the scope of DevOps tools must evolve and innovate. In many...
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Orca and Cherwell Announce Partnership to Automate Software Configuration Management

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New product integration enables DevOps teams to implement faster, safer changes to critical applications Austin, TX – April 27, 2017 – Orca (orcaconfig.com), a leading innovator in software configuration management and release automation solutions, today announced a partnership and technology integration with Cherwell that slashes configuration change response times by 50% or more. The integration provides unique, end to end automation for making changes to...
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6 Big, Bad Mistakes in Configuration Management, Part 2

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Avoid these mistakes in configuration management In Part One of my article on big, bad mistakes in configuration management, I reviewed the dangers of using the wrong tools for the configuration management job. Provisioning management tools, application release automation tools and continuous integration tools each have their place in your DevOps toolchain. But they should not be used as a substitute for ongoing configuration management....
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6 Big, Bad Mistakes in Configuration Management, Part 1

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Avoid these mistakes in configuration management Configuration problems come in many flavors. Some are mere nuisances. Often though, configuration errors can lead to more serious mishaps like application performance problems, policy compliance violations or even security vulnerabilities. They can often go undetected, quietly doing their damage in the background while everyone’s attention is focused elsewhere. Unfortunately, I find that configuration management is an area where...
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The Outages Heard Around the World, Part Deux

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Deployment-related outages at Microsoft and Amazon. What we can learn.  Two weeks ago the high-profile outage was Amazon’s S3. This week it was widespread outages at Microsoft’s Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, and Hotmail. https://www.orcaconfig.com/outage-heard-round-world/ Those of us on the outside looking in can never be 100% certain of all the actions (and inactions) that led up to the event but both the recent Amazon and...
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The Outage Heard ‘Round the World

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Amazon S3 and what we can do to prevent and recover from business-critical application errors Various reports claim that Amazon’s S3 outage on February 28, 2017 “took out 1/3 of the internet.” Kind of a big deal. https://aws.amazon.com/message/41926/ . Naturally, many in the tech world watched Amazon’s recovery and error-proofing with great interest. To its great credit, Amazon was transparent about the outage root causes: Operator error...
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Announcing Orca v3.4: User Scripts Library, At-a-glance Issues tab, Pool Controllers with F5 load balancer interface

By | Annoucements, Automation, Control, Ecosystem Visibility, Orca Blog | No Comments
New levels of flexibility and control in Orca v3.4 Zero Downtime in application release automation Better issue visibility Shorten time to detect and correct drift User Scripts Library provides more flexibility While we at Orca pride ourselves in providing out of the box (scripting-free) integrations to important middleware, databases, operating systems, ITSMs and more, we also know that our users often rely on their own custom...
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Time to increase the peace. Let’s bring an end to the ITIL-DevOps conflict.

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Control and speed are at too often at odds Time for ITIL-DevOps coexistence Many organizations are consumed with the need for speed -  the business imperative to release software faster and capture new market opportunities in the process. Whether or not they aspire to be the next Netflix, these groups naturally gravitate to DevOps and Application Release Automation with their promise of Continuous Deployment…until, of course,...
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