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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Announcing Orca v3.5 (Part 2): New Linux-Unix Interfaces, “One-Click” Application Updates, Oracle Back End Support, Multiple Compliance Rule Sets

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Orca 3.5, Part 2: New Capabilities Provide New Control and Insights. Orca version 3.5 has so many new time-saving notifications, automations, interfaces and new capabilities we had to break the listing into two parts. This is part 2. (Click here for Part 1) The Orca team is very excited about this release, which provides more efficiencies, easier debugging, new workflow functionality, and more. We think you’ll like...
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Announcing Orca v3.5 (Part 1): WAS Status Interface, Workflow Promotion, Deployed Applications Tab, Updates

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Orca 3.5, Part 1: Huge time savings from at-a-glance notifications and new automations Orca version 3.5 has so many new time-saving notifications and automations we had to break the listing into two parts. Here is part 1. The Orca team is very excited about this release, which provides more efficiencies, easier debugging, new workflow functionality, and more. We think you’ll like it! WAS Status Interface...
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OpsDev or DevOps?

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DZone Interviews Orca's Kristy McDougal  DevOps, OpsDev, and when your app release problem is a configuration problem See the original article by Research Analyst, Tom Smith here on DZone Great talking with Kristy McDougal, Product and Sales Engineer and Co-Founder of Orca, a configuration automation company that optimizes application ecosystems for Fortune 100 companies. Kristy was a member of the VaraLogix team that was acquired by...
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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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