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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Compliance Reporting and Compliance Audits

How to Win at Compliance Reporting and Compliance Audits In IT, it’s hard enough satisfying your customers, colleagues, calendars and bosses with the software that you build and operate. But signing up for a life in IT should not mean that you signed up for a never ending root canal in the form of one tedious, nearly impossible-to-satisfy compliance audit after another. Audits and compliance…
Scott Turner
May 6, 2015
Industry NewsOrca BlogWhy Orca

George Jetson automation -chasing the dream

Note: This article was originally posted by our friends at DevOps.com | http://devops.com/features/george-jetson-automation-chasing-dream/ “His job was one simple thing—press a button. That’s all he had to do; press one button and sit back.” – Joe Barbera I wanted to be George Jetson when I grew up. Back in the days when watching Saturday morning cartoons in footed pajamas was the high point of my week, George’s…
Scott Turner
May 1, 2015
Industry NewsOrca BlogWhy Orca

DOINO-devops-in-name-only

DevOps-in-Name-Only? #DOINO Note: this article was originally posted by our friends at DevOps.com http://devops.com/blogs/devops-name-dont-doino/Let's not be 'that' guy. And let's not be 'that' organization. You know, the one where "DevOps" is some magic pixie dust that we can sprinkle around, and then pat ourselves on the back for being forward-thinking, modern IT managers. It's actually harder than that. Harder but simpler. Harder because DevOps involves humans. Simpler because pixie dust doesn't actually exist. (I prefer software…
Joe Senner
April 20, 2015
AutomationOrca BlogRisk / ROIWhy Orca

DevOps Configuration Management

DevOps configuration management & automation Your web application is not just a web application Your web application is not just a web application. In fact your web application might rely on hundreds of other applications, databases, web servers, load balancers, fail-overs as well as virtual environments, physical hardware and multiple datacenters -- not to mention the configurations that make everything work together. "My ecommerce app is so…
Scott Turner
April 15, 2015
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CIO Series: What is your Configuration Management Software ROI?

(Looking for our configuration software ROI tool? Click here.) Sometimes you just ‘get it’. When you see and experience a true DevOps tool, you quickly and intuitively understand the savings in time and hassle that come from using it. Sometimes though it can be difficult to quantify the value of those savings and other benefits to colleagues, managers and finance people who have not used the tool or very possibly may not…
Scott Turner
April 5, 2015