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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
ComplianceControl

6 Big, Bad Mistakes in Configuration Management, Part 2

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.…
Scott Turner
April 14, 2017
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The Outages Heard Around the World, Part Deux

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…
Scott Turner
March 23, 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
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
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
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
ComplianceControlHow Orca WorksOrca Blog

DevOps Security through Change Control

NEW White Paper: Achieving and Maintaining PCI Compliance with Centralized, Automated Change Control Enhance Security with DevOps Change Control  Devops teams value fast-moving, efficient releases, updates and improvements. Security teams value caution and analysis. So the topic of "DevOps Security" is a timely one. A few things are already clear: DevOps Security cannot simply be an add-on. If only it were that simple. No silver bullets.…
Scott Turner
May 6, 2015
ControlHow Orca WorksOrca Blog

Configuration change management – coordinating calendars

Configuration change management is difficult enough.  But planning configurations, coordinating personnel, using proper technologies and scheduling them within tight windows just seem to complicate an already complex task. What would make it better? Scheduling configuration changes, blackout dates and maintenance windows within your existing calendar system More than 2/3 of IT professionals preferred a tool that managed upcoming configuration dates, blackout dates and maintenance windows. Coordinating your…
Scott Turner
January 26, 2015
ControlEcosystem VisibilityHow Orca WorksOrca Blog

How to control configuration drift…beyond configuration monitoring

Drift Happens Configuration drift is a widely experienced problem felt by most, if not all IT departments.  While there are a variety of causes of configuration drift, the degree of impact can vary from merely annoying to catastrophic.  It usually plays out like this: Your team is rolling out a new web based application.  Everyone is fired up because it works great in Dev, and…
Scott Turner
January 26, 2015