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Orca Named Gartner Cool Vendor in DevOps 2017

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Orca’s innovative platform seamlessly integrates configuration management Austin, TX—May 08, 2017 – Orca, Configuration and Release Management Automation Platform, has been named a 2017 Cool Vendor in DevOps by Gartner, Inc. The annual Cool Vendor report evaluates emerging vendors that provide innovative, impactful and intriguing technologies. According to the report, “This year's Cool Vendors recognize that the scope of DevOps tools must evolve and innovate. In many...
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6 Big, Bad Mistakes in Configuration Management, Part 1

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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...
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Time to increase the peace. Let’s bring an end to the ITIL-DevOps conflict.

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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,...
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DevOps Survey Results

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DevOps Survey Says!  What our recent DevOps surveys tell us about the state of DevOps, Reliance on Scripting and IT Automation Click here for the original posting on DevOps.com (Opens in a new tab) 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. ...
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BladeLogic Middleware Automation BMA Comparison with Orca

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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

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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

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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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Modernizing Your DevOps Tool Chain

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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

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“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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Configuration Automation Myths vs Reality

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Myths vs Reality: Configuration Automation & Scripting  Scripting is safe, fast and secure...Or is it? Configuration Management is unnecessary once you migrate to the cloud...Or is it? IT is tough enough without buying into misinformation. We outline some important Configuration Automation Myths vs Realities in this chart. Unlike a mythical (someday) environment, Orca is built for the real world complexities that developers, IT Ops, application owners...
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Enforce (don’t just report) configuration compliance and policy

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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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Automating Configurations in Windows Environments without Scripting

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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

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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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