Orca Named Gartner Cool Vendor in DevOps 2017

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Orca’s innovative platform seamlessly integrates configuration management and release automation 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...
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Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) – The Most Important IT Movement You’ve (N)ever heard of?

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Scrum. Agile. Lean. DevOps. Been there, done that? How about Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)? Site Reliability Engineering explained What: The goal of Site Reliability Engineering is to create and maintain highly reliable, highly scalable software.   As Ben Treynor, team leader of Google software engineers, famously defined it, SRE is "what happens when a software engineer is tasked with what used to be called operations.”...
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Combating Windows Ransomware Vulnerability

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Patches, PowerShell and Backups WannaCry? No need to by following these tips. Tom Walat at TechTarget wrote a helpful article on the vulnerabilities of Windows to ransomware. http://searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com/blog/The-Windows-Server-Notebook/Latest-Windows-ransomware-attack-exposes-hard-truths/ Citing examples from England’s healthcare systems which experienced problems with their telephone switchboards, email, and hospital IT systems, Walat lays out a few recommendations. These include:   Locking systems down by following the advice of reputable security...
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DevOops – How to Delete Your Company Database Without Even Trying

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Dev Access To Prod +  A Lack of Backups = Big Problem A Reddit poster called "cscareerthrowaway567" shared this tale of IT woe earlier this week. “I was basically given a document detailing how to set up my local development environment.... which involves run a small script to create my own personal DB instance from some test data. After running the command I was supposed to...
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Orca makes 2017 Austin A-List of the Hottest Innovators

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Austin region’s most innovative companies revealed Orca makes 2017 Austin A-List  AUSTIN, Texas, May 25, 2017 — The Austin Chamber revealed the 2017 Austin A-List of the Hottest Companies that includes 17 local companies in various stages that demonstrate business innovation.  About 175 companies were nominated and considered this year by a panel of independent judges.  "High growth startups play an important role in Austin’s economic...
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Orca and Cherwell Announce Partnership to Automate Software Configuration Management

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New product integration enables DevOps teams to implement faster, safer changes to critical applications Austin, TX – April 27, 2017 – Orca (orcaconfig.com), a leading innovator in software configuration management and release automation solutions, today announced a partnership and technology integration with Cherwell that slashes configuration change response times by 50% or more. The integration provides unique, end to end automation for making changes to...
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6 Big, Bad Mistakes in Configuration Management, Part 2

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Avoid these mistakes in configuration management In Part One of my article on big, bad mistakes in configuration management, I reviewed the dangers of using the wrong tools for the configuration management job. Provisioning management tools, application release automation tools and continuous integration tools each have their place in your DevOps toolchain. But they should not be used as a substitute for ongoing configuration management....
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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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The Outages Heard Around the World, Part Deux

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Deployment-related outages at Microsoft and Amazon. What we can learn.  Two weeks ago the high-profile outage was Amazon’s S3. This week it was widespread outages at Microsoft’s Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, and Hotmail. https://www.orcaconfig.com/outage-heard-round-world/ Those of us on the outside looking in can never be 100% certain of all the actions (and inactions) that led up to the event but both the recent Amazon and...
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The Outage Heard ‘Round the World

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Amazon S3 and what we can do to prevent and recover from business-critical application errors Various reports claim that Amazon’s S3 outage on February 28, 2017 “took out 1/3 of the internet.” Kind of a big deal. https://aws.amazon.com/message/41926/ . Naturally, many in the tech world watched Amazon’s recovery and error-proofing with great interest. To its great credit, Amazon was transparent about the outage root causes: Operator error...
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Announcing Orca v3.4: User Scripts Library, At-a-glance Issues tab, Pool Controllers with F5 load balancer interface

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New levels of flexibility and control in Orca v3.4 Zero Downtime in application release automation Better issue visibility Shorten time to detect and correct drift Ask a Product Specialist about Zero Downtime in Application Release Automation User Scripts Library provides more flexibility While we at Orca pride ourselves in providing out of the box (scripting-free) integrations to important middleware, databases, operating systems, ITSMs and more, we...
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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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How Orca Works. A Summary.

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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...
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CIO Series: Aligning IT to the Business

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Here's a thought for 2017. Every year author, entrepreneur and Forbes contributor Steve Andriole, provides his analysis of Top CIO priorities. While many of the priorities (security, cost, agility, etc.) are predictable, it is Andriole’s analysis and recommendations that are provocative and likely to make CIOs ‘crazy’ (his words). This article covers aligning IT with the business. IT Recommendation 1: Aligning IT with the Business The only...
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Gartner Data Center 2016 Summary

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3 Lessons learned from #GartnerDC DevOps Adoption, Tool Proliferation, ITIL: Gartner Data Center 2016 Summary  If you missed the Gartner Data Center conference last week in Las Vegas. Not to worry. We are here to share what happened in Vegas with you. Dipping their toes in the DevOps pool: It is easy to assume that everyone is already on board with DevOps. But many organizations still...
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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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DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 (DOES2016) – three takeaways

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OpsDev is the New DevOps and Other Observations  Lessons learned from #DOES2016  DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 (#DOES2016) in San Francisco was a big success. Here are 3 takeaways that may benefit you: DevDev--> DevOps -->OpsDev?: There was a noticeable shift this year to a more balanced Dev AND Ops message. This was true of the speakers, of the attendees and of the new solutions that are...
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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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Menu Did you miss our WebSphere Automation webinar? Click here to view it now! Includes demo and Q&A. 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...
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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 this 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

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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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Achieving Environment-Aware Releases

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Environment-Aware Releases are Intelligent Releases Wouldn’t it be great to release software knowing ahead of time that your deployment will just work? There are a lot of moving parts and a lot that can go wrong but environment-aware releases can certainly put the odds in your favor. Whether you call them Intelligent Deployments or Environment-Aware Releases, they are simple…in theory. We define Environment-Aware Releases as...
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CIO Series: Security & Privacy

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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

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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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Unified Application Configuration and Release Automation

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Unified Application Configuration and Release Automation from Orca Orca delivers unified application configuration and release automation. Previously IT Operations teams required multiple point solutions, homegrown tools and error-prone scripting to release their application from Test to Pre-Production to Production environments - and once that is done to continually manage and orchestrate these environments including related applications, middleware, databases and configurations.  Many users describe “disconnected pockets of automation” followed by...
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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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Scripting-Centric Automation vs Intelligent Workflow Automation

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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

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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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Ecosystem Modeling for Visibility & Compliance Enforcement

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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

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

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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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Rugged DevOps: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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(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...
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Dev wants Open Source. Ops needs Scale, Stability, Support, Security & Speed. Now What?

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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!...
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Application Configuration Management vs Application Release Automation

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MenuLearn about All-in-One Application Release AND Configuration Management In today's world of "automate all the things," we hear a lot of questions about the difference between application configuration management and application release automation solutions. We understand the confusion between these related but different concepts and at Orca, we love to simplify things.  So here goes... Most Application Release Automation is limited in scope Whether you call it application...
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Announcing Orca 2.1 – New Coverage for Schema, NGINX, NGINX Plus and YAML

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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...
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Using Orca with Ansible, Puppet or Chef for Full Stack Configuration Management and Automation

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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...
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Comparing Orca, Puppet, Chef and Ansible

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MenuDid you miss our WebSphere Automation webinar? Click here to view it now! Includes demo and Q&A.Link 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...
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Fmr. BMC DevOps GM Joins Trifectix as EVP WW Sales & Services

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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...
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Announcing Orca v 2.0 – Continuous Configuration for Linux Applications and Middleware, Job Summary Views

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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 application release and 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....
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Configuration Management Survey Results 2015

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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. (function(w,d,s,u,g,a,b){w['GetFeedbackObject']=g;w[g]=w[g]||function(){ (w[g].q=w[g].q||[]).push(arguments)};a=d.createElement(s), b=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];a.async=1;a.src=u;b.parentNode.insertBefore(a,b) })(window,document,'script','//websites.cdn.getfeedback.com/embed/o9UpOWvOuA/gf.js','gf')
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Orca News 2015-05-15 DevOpsDays Austin Compliance Audits and Orca releases 1.3.9

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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...
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DevOps Security through Change Control

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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....
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Compliance Reporting and Compliance Audits

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NEW White Paper: Achieving and Maintaining PCI Compliance with Centralized, Automated Application and Middleware Change Control 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...
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George Jetson automation -chasing the dream

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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...
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DOINO-devops-in-name-only

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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....
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DevOps Configuration Management

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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...
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