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Wishing You a Boring New Year. Drama-Free IT

Wishing you a Boring New Year We wish you a boring new year! We really do. At least at the office. After all there is nothing too exciting about Stability, Support and Security – but we want that for you. The Goal: Drama-Free IT You probably prefer excitement in your favorite sporting and entertainment events and drama at the movies. And if you are like most…
Scott Turner
December 30, 2015
ControlOrca BlogWhy Orca

It’s Enterprise “Cold and Flu” Season. Treat the DevOps Disease, Not the Symptoms.

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…
Scott Turner
December 20, 2015
Orca BlogVisibilityWhy Orca

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
AnnoucementsOrca BlogWhy Orca

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
Orca BlogRisk / ROIWhy Orca

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
AnnoucementsIndustry NewsOrca BlogWhy Orca

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
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
AutomationEcosystem VisibilityOrca BlogWhy Orca

Dependency Hell

Something we hear way too often while talking to Software Architects is “When I fix this it breaks that.  When I add or move new applications, or change Windows (or Linux) application settings everything goes Kaboom.  When I make a change to database credentials and an app doesn't get changed, or is missed or fat fingered stuff breaks. It puts me in dependency hell!”  One…
Scott Turner
February 4, 2015