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

By | Annoucements, Automation, Control, Ecosystem Visibility, Orca Blog | No Comments
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 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 also know that our users often rely on their own custom...
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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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