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The Importance of a Drift Detection Tool

I recently talked with an analyst that is new to the DevOps space, and he asked a question that our team often assumes everyone knows the answer to – why would someone need a tool like Orca with all the automation tools available now? In an ideal world with a small greenfield shop that is 100% automated, the answer is that you probably don’t need…
Kristy McDougal
September 7, 2018
AnnoucementsOrca BlogWebSphere Application Server

Thoughts on Orca 4.0 Release, Take a Look

Here at Orca we follow a general roadmap, but we always leave ample room to address user requests. And the theme of the 4.0 release is just that – addressing your requests and suggestions! We updated the architecture, made agent upgrades easier, enhanced some of our existing middleware connectors, and improved the first-time user’s experience in the Orca console. All in all, existing and new…
Joe Senner
March 13, 2018
AnnoucementsOrca Blog

Orca Launches Drift Detector to address the “big three” items missing in other configuration management tools

We don’t launch new products very often here at Orca, so we’re pretty excited to announce our new Drift Detector product. This product launch thrills me for two reasons: 1) users now have a new and easier way to get their hands on Orca, and 2) this product focuses solely on the "big three" missing in other configuration management tools – drift detection visibility, application-centric…
Kristy McDougal
October 2, 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
Industry NewsOrca Blog

OpsDev or DevOps?

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…
Scott Turner
July 19, 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
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
How Orca WorksOrca Blog

How Orca Works. A Summary.

Using Orca Orca is an application release and configuration automation platform that delivers 1) Central, Secure Control & Compliance Enforcement  2) Intelligent Workflow Automation of Linux, Unix and Windows ecosystems  3) Application Ecosystem Modeling & Visibility and 4)  Audit-ready  Reporting. For more information on How Orca Works, please view our Orca product sheet and whitepapers or request a demo overview.  1) Central, Secure Change Control & Compliance Enforcement  Orca inventories all of your…
Scott Turner
January 3, 2017
CIO SeriesOrca Blog

CIO Series: Aligning IT to the Business

Here's a thought for 2017. Every year author, entrepreneur and Forbes contributor Steve Andriole, provides his analysis of Top CIO priorities. While many of the priorities (security, cost, agility, etc.) are predictable, it is Andriole’s analysis and recommendations that are provocative and likely to make CIOs ‘crazy’ (his words). This article covers aligning IT with the business. IT Recommendation 1: Aligning IT with the Business The only…
Scott Turner
December 29, 2016
Orca BlogUncategorized

Gartner Data Center 2016 Summary

3 Lessons learned from #GartnerDC DevOps Adoption, Tool Proliferation, ITIL: Gartner Data Center 2016 Summary  If you missed the Gartner Data Center conference last week in Las Vegas. Not to worry. We are here to share what happened in Vegas with you. Dipping their toes in the DevOps pool: It is easy to assume that everyone is already on board with DevOps. But many organizations still…
Scott Turner
December 16, 2016
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DevOps Survey Results

DevOps Survey Says!  What our recent DevOps surveys tell us about the state of DevOps, Reliance on Scripting and IT Automation Scripting and IT automation A lot of IT Operations teams including Application Owners, Configuration Managers, Middleware Specialists, and Database Administrators are managing infrastructure configuration change with manual processes, spreadsheets and scripts.  They are spending a lot of time writing and maintaining a lot of…
Scott Turner
December 1, 2016
AnnoucementsOrca Blog

DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 (DOES2016) – three takeaways

OpsDev is the New DevOps and Other Observations  Lessons learned from DOES2016  DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 (#DOES2016) in San Francisco was a big success. Here are 3 takeaways that may benefit you: DevDev--> DevOps -->OpsDev?: There was a noticeable shift this year to a more balanced Dev AND Ops message. This was true of the speakers, of the attendees and of the new solutions that are…
Scott Turner
November 17, 2016