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This week in #DevOps (25/07/2017)

Posted by Laura Bria on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Welcome to the 135th edition of #ThisWeekInDevOps !

This blog aims to keep you up to date with the latest news from the world of DevOps.

New Content



Gabriel Loewen announces Microsoft PowerShell support for Jenkins pipelines and gives a few usage examples.


Patrick McKenzie covers a lot of aspects of cloud capacity planning in this post.


Sead Brkan shows a few ways of using the AWS payment model more effectively.

Google Cloud

Kelsey Hightower demonstrates how to get started with Cloud Spanner in 5 minutes.

Grace Mollison presents the best practices for managing account keys in GCP application environments.

Neal Cardwell, Yuchung Cheng, C. Stephen Gunn, Soheil Hassas Yeganeh, Van Jacobson and Amin Vahdat announce that a new TCP congestion control algorithm, BBR, is available in GCP. BBR (Bottleneck Bandwith and Round-trip propagation time) tackles congestion control by using measurements from network's delivery rate and round-trip time to control how fast the data is sent and how much data is allowed to be in the network at a time for a given connection.

Configuration Management


Martin Alfke wrote a blog post on how to do lint, unit and acceptance testing in your Puppet code.

Containerization and Virtualization


Luka Stošić explains why the Traefik reverse proxy is suitable for microservice and docker environments.

Monitoring and Logging


Daniel Berman wrote a tutorial on how to get started using Kibana's new Time Series Visual Builder.

Guocheng Xie and Yanjun Huang blog about why and how they built a custom prediction system for Uber on top of the ELK stack. In the article, they also share the best practices and lessons learned from working with Elasticsearch.


Github releases Soft U2F a software U2F authenticator for macOS.


Bryan Payne talks about BLESS: Netflix's open source SSH Certificate Authority that runs as an AWS Lambda function. He goes on to explain how BLESS works, how we can start using it, and what BLESS architecture is running in the production at Netflix.


Marcin Wielgoszewski gives a quick demo of osquery and its capabilities as an endpoint security solution.

Dark Market

Brian Krebs reported that the AlphaBay market has been shut down. He also goes into detail about the repercussions and effects that caused.

Dev for Ops


Matthew Barlocker wrote a series in Golang Pros and Cons for DevOps

Chris Short wrote a blog about Testing Certificate Chains in Go

Distributed Systems

Imesha Sudasingha wrote a comparison between Zookeeper and etcd3

New Releases

HashiCorp Consul 0.9 | This release includes:

  • ACL usage improvements
  • Gossip tuning improvements
  • Catalog command for reading datacenters, nodes, and services from the catalog
  • Opt-in configuration option for enabling script-based health checks
  • Configuration option for for blocking HTTP endpoints by prefix
  • Enhancements to the autopilot upgrade feature in the enterprise version

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Also if you are interested in the latest Scala news you can check Petr's blog post: This week in #Scala 24/07/2017.

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