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Agent-based configuration management

What you should know about Orca’s agent Smaller, faster, street-smart We get a lot of questions about our agent. In fact, we are often asked why Orca even uses an agent. This page provides all the information you need to know about our agent – why it’s needed, why it’s better, and why it’s so powerful. First impressions can be lasting impressions We have found that the…
Joe Senner
May 23, 2018
AutomationHow Orca Works

How to Compare Configurations Accross Your Environment

Compare configurations across applications, middleware, databases and operating systems. Looking for a way to compare configurations? Or a config diff tool? Here is a way to automatically compare configurations in IIS, WebSphere Application Server, SQL Server, Oracle,  and more. Now that we’ve told you how Orca determines your infrastructure configurations, let’s look at how Orca can compare configurations. In this complex world of configuration, “compare” can mean different…
Kristy McDougal
April 24, 2018
AnnoucementsAutomationComplianceControl

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

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…
Scott Turner
July 26, 2017
AnnoucementsAutomationComplianceControlOrca Blog

Announcing Orca v3.5 (Part 1): WAS Status Interface, Workflow Promotion, Deployed Applications Tab, Updates

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…
Scott Turner
July 26, 2017
AutomationControlIndustry NewsOrca Blog

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) – The Most Important IT Movement You’ve (N)ever heard of?

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.”…
Scott Turner
June 22, 2017
AutomationControlOrca Blog

Combating Windows Ransomware Vulnerability

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…
Scott Turner
June 7, 2017
AnnoucementsAutomationIndustry NewsWhy Orca

Orca Named Gartner Cool Vendor in DevOps 2017

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…
Scott Turner
May 8, 2017
AutomationOrca BlogWhy Orca

6 Big, Bad Mistakes in Configuration Management, Part 1

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…
Scott Turner
March 31, 2017
AnnoucementsAutomationControlEcosystem VisibilityOrca Blog

Announcing Orca v3.4: User Scripts Library, At-a-glance Issues tab, Pool Controllers with F5 load balancer interface

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…
Scott Turner
March 2, 2017
AutomationComplianceControlOrca BlogWhy Orca

Time to increase the peace. Let’s bring an end to the ITIL-DevOps conflict.

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,…
Scott Turner
February 2, 2017
AutomationOrca BlogWhy Orca

BladeLogic Middleware Automation BMA Comparison with Orca

Need a BladeLogic Middleware Automation (BMA) alternative?  If you are seeking a BMA replacement, consider this   Orca supports many different types of applications in different environments. BMA supports Java EE applications only.  Orca is faster and less resource intensive than BMA whose agentless architecture relies on middleware-specific connections (such as gathering WAS configurations via the SOAP port and pulling all the MBeans). Audit and drift compliance policy reporting is…
Scott Turner
September 14, 2016
AutomationComplianceControlOrca BlogWebSphere Application ServerWhy Orca

Automating WebSphere Workflows

Orca Saves Time, Money and Hassle in Automating WebSphere workflows Essential but difficult WebSphere use cases now automated. DevOps Delivered. Automating WebSphere Workflows: Common "Compare" Scenarios Scenario #1: Compare the configuration of two different ecosystems (WAS cells) Without Orca: 2-4 Hours With Orca: 30 Minutes You come back from lunch and a bunch of developers are at your desk waiting for you.  They deployed an application update…
Scott Turner
August 30, 2016
AutomationWhy Orca

Configuration Automation Myths vs Reality

Myths vs Reality: Configuration Automation & Scripting  Scripting is safe, fast and secure...Or is it? Configuration Management is unnecessary once you migrate to the cloud...Or is it? IT is tough enough without buying into misinformation. We outline some important Configuration Automation Myths vs Realities in this chart.Unlike a mythical (someday) environment, Orca is built for the real world complexities that developers, IT Ops, application owners and…
Scott Turner
March 24, 2016
AutomationHow Orca WorksOrca Blog

Scripting-Centric Automation vs Intelligent Workflow Automation

Comparing Multi-step Scripting with Drag & Drop Deployments When it comes to deploying changes throughout your enterprise-scale, AIX, Linux and Windows application environment, there is Scripting-Centric “Automation”…and there is Intelligent Workflow Automation. Puppet, Chef and Orca are all used to maintain desired state and deploy routine configuration changes. But how they manage configurations and deploy those changes is very different. Puppet and Chef use scripting-centric automation while…
Scott Turner
February 15, 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