All Posts By

Scott Turner

ControlOrca BlogWhy Orca

Enforce (don’t just report) configuration compliance and policy

Monitoring is a good start. But it is not enough. Monitoring the applications, OS, and servers that make up your environment is a no-brainer. How many times have you had a customer be the first to inform you there was a problem? Those early alerts about performance problems, outages and security breaches are essential to running a tight IT ship. But they are not enough. Imagine going to a dentist and being…
Scott Turner
February 8, 2016
Ecosystem VisibilityHow Orca WorksOrca Blog

Ecosystem Modeling for Visibility & Compliance Enforcement

Modeling Your Application Ecosystem Ecosystem Modeling for Visibility & Compliance Enforcement Modeling your application ecosystem (including related applications, databases, middleware and servers in mixed Linux-Windows environments) is a powerful way to create intuitive birds-eye views of your environment as well as granular views of the full stack configurations that tie your infrastructure together - physical, virtual and cloud. Due to limited choices many IT organizations resort…
Scott Turner
February 1, 2016
AutomationOrca BlogWhy Orca

Automating Configurations in Windows Environments without Scripting

Configuration Automation for Windows without Scripting  Automating configuration compliance or bulk-deployment in a Windows (or  mixed Windows & Linux) environments has never been easy. Windows Server, IIS, MS SQL Server, MS MQ and SharePoint by their very nature are more complex than many of their non-Windows counterparts. Managing them is hard, so the desire to automate is strong. But frankly most new automation solutions cater…
Scott Turner
January 23, 2016
Orca BlogRisk / ROIWhy Orca

Less than Free: Puppet, Chef & other Open Source

Free isn't Free It is easy to understand the appeal of Open Source tools. After all, immediate gratification, community and a “free” price are certainly attention-getting for many developers. But IT Ops teams and their managers need to be careful to consider all of the costs when choosing free software such as open source versions of Puppet or Chef (especially if they are operating in…
Scott Turner
January 8, 2016
Orca BlogWhy Orca

Wishing You a Boring New Year. Drama-Free IT

Wishing you a Boring New Year We wish you a boring new year! We really do. At least at the office. After all there is nothing too exciting about Stability, Support and Security – but we want that for you. The Goal: Drama-Free IT You probably prefer excitement in your favorite sporting and entertainment events and drama at the movies. And if you are like most…
Scott Turner
December 30, 2015
ControlOrca BlogWhy Orca

It’s Enterprise “Cold and Flu” Season. Treat the DevOps Disease, Not the Symptoms.

Treat the DevOps Disease, Not Just the Symptoms. The Symptoms You recognize the symptoms a mile away. The early stages of a sore throat. That cough that seems to have come from nowhere. Darn. Why didn’t I get a flu shot this year!? Is the health of your business critical applications really all that different? Here the symptoms are web application performance glitches, security vulnerabilities and even…
Scott Turner
December 20, 2015
Orca BlogVisibilityWhy Orca

Rugged DevOps: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(Note: an earlier version of this article was first published on DevOps.com devops.com/2015/12/22/rugged-devops-good-bad-ugly/) The Good: DevOps has been a success for Dev. With higher expectations, better processes, more management focus and new tools like advanced PaaS and containers, developers are churning out more and more software faster than ever. Success! Or is it? The Bad: DevOps has been a success…for Dev. For Dev teams, this may…
Scott Turner
December 16, 2015
Orca BlogRisk / ROIWhy Orca

Dev wants Open Source. Ops needs Scale, Stability, Support, Security & Speed. Now What?

Note: this article was originally published on DevOps.com devops.com/2015/12/09/dev-loves-open-source-ops-needs-scale-now/  Dev Loves Open Source Like so many other areas of enterprise software, when it comes to configuration and release management, many developers naturally gravitate to open source options. It’s no wonder that 90% of code in modern applications is open source - after all, open source provides developers with... Immediate gratification Just Google it! Community Don’t reinvent!…
Scott Turner
December 4, 2015
AnnoucementsOrca BlogWhy Orca

Announcing Orca 2.1 – New Coverage for Schema, NGINX, NGINX Plus and YAML

See this announcement on DevOps.com http://devops.com/2015/11/20/orcaconfig-announces-new-support-nginx-schema-yaml/ With Orca’s version 2.1, enterprise IT Teams that operate in complex, heterogeneous environments now have even more coverage and support to automatically control their application environments. Users of NGINX and NGINX Plus, MS SQL Server and YAML files can now model their application ecosystem, enforce compliance and control of their application configurations, intelligently automate their workflows, and deliver audit-ready compliance reporting.…
Scott Turner
November 18, 2015
AutomationOrca BlogWhy Orca

Using Orca with Ansible, Puppet or Chef for Full Stack Configuration Management and Automation

Already using Puppet or Chef or Ansible? Now add Orca for full stack configuration management and automation Players like Puppet, Chef and Ansible have gained market acceptance by catering to SysAdmins and their need to configure servers and operating systems. The good news is that the Configuration Management market is maturing as each of these tools add new features for their core SysAdmin customers. The better news is that new DevOps…
Scott Turner
October 27, 2015
Orca BlogRisk / ROIWhy Orca

Comparing Orca, Puppet, Chef and Ansible

Comparing Puppet, Chef and Ansible? Orca is: Built for the Business Application Owner, eCommerce, DevOps, DBAs and IT Ops Ideal for Both Pre-Production & Production Application Model Driven No new syntax, declarative or scripting languages to learn Orca has: Highly Scalable, High Performance Architecture Out of the box support for Application Server, Database, Messaging System, Windows and Linux Intuitive Interface and Dashboard Environment-Aware Releases +…
Scott Turner
October 26, 2015
AnnoucementsIndustry NewsOrca Blog

Fmr. BMC DevOps GM Joins Trifectix as EVP WW Sales & Services

John J. Balena joins Trifectix Fmr. BMC DevOps GM to Lead Sales & Services Trifectix today announced the appointment of John J. Balena as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Services. Balena brings more than three decades of highly successful enterprise sales and DevOps leadership at large companies and early-stage, high-growth technology companies.  He brings his can-do leadership style to rapidly driving revenue growth and ensuring…
Scott Turner
September 10, 2015
AnnoucementsIndustry NewsOrca BlogWhy Orca

Announcing Orca v 2.0 – Continuous Configuration for Linux Applications and Middleware, Job Summary Views

Note: our coverage has expanded a lot since this blog. Click on the "About" menu or better yet, contact us to learn about our recent updates including out-of-the-box automations for configuration automation in AIX and WebSphere Application Servers environments.  Orca now supports Linux With its version 2.0, Orca introduces Linux support for Apache, MySQL and System Services with even more coverage to be announced. Now organizations with…
Scott Turner
September 1, 2015
AnnoucementsOrca Blog

Configuration Management Survey Results 2015

Configuration Management Survey Results 2015 See how your organization's configuration management practices and tools stack up against our survey respondents.  Click here to view survey results in a new window.  We want to hear from you too. What do you think? Tell us in the moderated comments section below. We will review comments before posting.
Scott Turner
May 15, 2015
AnnoucementsComplianceOrca Blog

Orca News 2015-05-15 DevOpsDays Austin Compliance Audits and Orca releases 1.3.9

Busy week for OrcaConfig.com! We attended a terrific DevOpsDaysAustin conference. See our recap below. And rolled out an important new Orca Version 1.3.9 with Upgraded Color Coded Configuration Compliance Heat Map DevOps Days Austin recap: No one was debating the merits of DevOps. At this point practitioners, consultants and vendors were only discussing the best methods and tools to help them achieve a true DevOps…
Scott Turner
May 14, 2015