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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
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
AnnoucementsHow Orca WorksOrca BlogWebSphere Application ServerWhy Orca

DevOps Approach to WebSphere Application Server Configuration Management

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.…
Scott Turner
August 29, 2016
How Orca WorksOrca Blog

Ecommerce Holiday Readiness Checklist

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…
Scott Turner
July 20, 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
Ecosystem VisibilityHow Orca WorksOrca Blog

Ecosystem Modeling for Visibility & Compliance Enforcement

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…
Scott Turner
February 1, 2016
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
ComplianceHow Orca WorksOrca Blog

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
CIO SeriesHow Orca WorksOrca BlogRisk / ROI

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
How Orca WorksOrca Blog

Agent vs Agentless with SSH

What about agentless configuration management (CM)? First impressions can be lasting impressions We have found that the arguments against agents are usually related to really bad experiences with really poorly written agents. In many cases companies develop agents without really considering what the right tool for the job is. That means you wind up with a Java based agent that brings along with it a massive runtime…
Joe Senner
January 27, 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