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BladeLogic Middleware Automation BMA Comparison with Orca

By | Automation, Orca Blog, Why Orca | No Comments
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...
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Automating WebSphere Workflows

By | Automation, Compliance, Control, Orca Blog, WebSphere Application Server, Why Orca | No Comments
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...
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DevOps Approach to WebSphere Application Server Configuration Management

By | Annoucements, How Orca Works, Orca Blog, WebSphere Application Server, Why Orca | No Comments
WebSphere Application Server configuration management does not have to be so difficult Time for a DevOps approach WebSphere Application Server configuration management: Traditional Approaches lead to Traditional Challenges Today admins are currently forced to do one of three things to configure their WebSphere Application Server (WAS): Use the WAS admin console to manually view configurations Write and maintain wsadmin scripts, or Maintain wsadmin scripts through an automation tool....
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Ecommerce Holiday Readiness Checklist

By | How Orca Works, Orca Blog | No Comments
5 Steps for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Readiness Ho. Ho. Ho. It’s that time of year again. Seriously. It is. It’s way too late for April Fools but it’s definitely not too early for ecommerce holiday readiness planning. In fact now is the perfect time to get your ecommerce house in order well before the planned lockdowns of your critical web based applications. Balance...
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CIO Series: Security & Privacy

By | CIO Series, Compliance, Orca Blog | No Comments
Forbes contributor Steve Andriole provides his analysis of Top CIO priorities in which he advocates unorthodox approaches to Security & Privacy. Specifically, he floats the idea of aligning the budget for Security & Privacy to the organization that is tasked with protecting Security & Privacy. Andriole also cautions against companies which "buy, install and support monster enterprise applications".  We argue that this line of thinking certainly applies to...
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Modernizing Your DevOps Tool Chain

By | Orca Blog, Risk / ROI, Why Orca | No Comments
Build a DevOps tool chain that works today and tomorrow Doing Less with More? Or More with Less? Summary: Choose your DevOps tool chain carefully. Select tools that work with the IT you want and with the IT you have for cross-platform application release and configuration management.  The IT climate of “doing more with less” has evolved into an IT reality of “doing less with more”. Who...
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Agile for Ops

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IT Operations Teams are Pushed to Keep Up with Dev Can DevOps tools help achieve Agile for Ops? Until now Agile has mostly been applied to Development practices. But where does that leave Ops? Operations teams are naturally being pushed to keep up with Dev's pace. Ops is struggling though. It’s not from a lack of talent. It’s not from a lack of trying. Ops teams...
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IT Migration from Today to Someday

By | Orca Blog, Risk / ROI, Uncategorized, Why Orca | No Comments
“Here is a blank check. Spend whatever you need on IT migration and modernization of our entire IT environment right away”, said no one ever. IT Migration: Bridging Your Today IT to Your 'Someday' IT There are simply too many new game-changing technologies and platforms to adopt all at once. Until ‘someday’ arrives you have to prioritize where and how you spend your limited IT budget. What...
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Scripting-Centric Automation vs Intelligent Workflow Automation

By | Automation, How Orca Works, Orca Blog | No Comments
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...
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Enforce (don’t just report) configuration compliance and policy

By | Control, Orca Blog, Why Orca | No Comments
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...
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Ecosystem Modeling for Visibility & Compliance Enforcement

By | Ecosystem Visibility, How Orca Works, Orca Blog | No Comments
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...
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Automating Configurations in Windows Environments without Scripting

By | Automation, Orca Blog, Why Orca | No Comments
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...
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Less than Free: Puppet, Chef & other Open Source

By | Orca Blog, Risk / ROI, Why Orca | No Comments
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...
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It’s Enterprise “Cold and Flu” Season. Treat the DevOps Disease, Not the Symptoms.

By | Control, Orca Blog, Why Orca | No Comments
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...
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