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This week in #DevOps (26/09/2017)

Posted by Guido Dobboletta on Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Welcome to edition number 144 of #ThisWeekInDevOps !

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

New Content



Tim Nolet wrote a series of blogs about Canary releases with Vamp and Jenkins on DC/OS (part 1, part 2 and part 3).

Andrew Bayer walks us through the latest changes in the Declarative Pipeline 1.2.


James Wen explains how Spotify’s infrastructure evolved from pets to cattle and what learnings came out of that process.


Randall Hunt blogged about the AWS Pinpoint launch for two-way text messaging.

Jeff Barr makes a preview announcement (by Early 2019) for a new AWS Region in the Middle East, reaffirming that Middle East opens even more for business.

Josh Begleiter and Sobha Duvvuri blog about AWS Lambda and EC2 relative strengths and weaknesses.

Google Cloud

Paul Nash announced Extending per second billing in Google Cloud effective since the 26th.


Yousef Khalidi made an announcement about Azure Networking enhancements with regards to Security, Performance, monitoring and fully fledged Business targeted enhancements at Ignite 2017. Hopefully, all these are GA for a change.

Luis Vargas announces new Azure VM sizes for more cost-effective database workloads because you need them... or not.

Twitter Cloud Platform

Matthew Singer and Nik Johnson talk about the Provisioning Engineering system at Twitter, called Wilson.

Cluster Management and Orchestration


Jeremy Eder provides us with an introduction to the Resource Management Working Group. That must be useful if you run RedHat's OPENSHIFT.


Florian Leiber shares with us his view on which are the Four Tenets of the Modern Application Platform - definitely an interesting and convincing reading about microservices-based architecture.


Robert Murphy demonstrates how to set up application auto-scaling with AWS ECS.

Configuration Management


Martin Alfke wrote a blog post detailing how to manage multiple eyaml keys using Puppet.

Containerization and Virtualization


Michael Friis blogged about some exciting new things for Docker with Windows Server 1709.

Elton Stoneman announced the availability of new Microsoft SQL Server docker images in the Docker Store.


Hussein Galal wrote about Kubernetes authentication in Rancher and Role-Based Access Control.

Databases Management


Karthik Appigatla wrote about LinkedIn's MySQL Query Analyzer. They use this tool to dive into SQL queries that are run by several hundred applications, understand their performance characteristics, and then dig into options to further tune them.

Load balancing

Alan Murphy announces a new autoscaling support for NGINX Plus on AWS EC2.

Monitoring and Logging


Jon Gifford wrote the continuation on how Loggly tries to detect hotspots on their Elasticsearch cluster.

New Relic

Kevin Downs explains how to monitor an EC2 with New Relic in 60 seconds.


Brien Posey wrote an article about three things you probably didn't know about AWS Elastic Load Balancer.


Arnaud Granal blogs about how Adcash's infrastructure has evolved to support 1 trillion HTTP requests per month.

New Releases

GitLab 10.0 | released with Auto DevOps and Group Issue Boards.

Rancher 2.0 | release has been announced. The new version is built on Kubernetes and it gives a single point of control and visibility across multiple clusters.

Splunk Enterprise 7.0 | Summary of release notes:

  • Performance optimisations in metrics
  • Event annotations
  • Chart enhancements
  • Data Model Acceleration speed improvements
  • Self-Service App Management allows installation of custom applications
  • Enhancements to the Machine Learning Toolkit

Splunk Add-on for AWS 4.4.0 and Splunk App for AWS 5.1 | Summary of release notes:

  • Splunk Add-on for AWS
  • Improved usability and more streamlined configuration workflow
  • Non-AWS custom log indexing alongside AWS log types with SQS-based S3 input improvements
  • A complete redesign of the Create New Input menu
  • Splunk App for AWS
  • Removed input and account configuration from the App to streamline the process through the Add-on
  • Improvements for Reserved Instance (RI) purchase planning
  • Improved visualisation

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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 25/09/2017.

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