How DevOps adoption – and its ecosystem – has increased during Covid: The VC perspective

A new report from venture capital and M&A data provider PitchBook has explored how DevOps tools will continue to blossom in developer and enterprise contexts - as well as how Covid-19 has quickened digital transformation.

The company's latest quarterly emerging tech report on cloud tech focused on an overview of technologies related to DevOps as it sees opportunities in 'broader organisational efforts to make complex systems, workflows and other processes more cohesive,...

Will DevOps and APM get a lift from the ‘next normal’?

By now, many organisations have had time to experiment and have discovered DevOps disciplines can improve or even transform operations. According to Deloitte, adopting DevOps will lead to an 18% to 21% reduction in time to production and time to change.

Perhaps more than process changes, DevOps culture can help teams do the previously “impossible”: breaking down silos between business, IT, engineers, and managers. And this may be the most significant effect as increased and...

IT operations management tools consolidation: The five key battles you need to win

If your organisation has more than 20 tools for IT operations management and DevOps, you’re not alone. According to one source, nearly 40% of IT teams are using more than 10 monitoring tools. There comes a time when you simply must clean house. This is a painful chore, akin to cleaning out the garage or basement after a few years of neglect. It requires deep analysis, an in-depth understanding of business requirements and political finesse.

Avoiding this exercise, however, is...

Progress acquires Chef for $220m to add more automation and open source to its sauce

Application development firm Progress is to acquire DevOps and automation software provider Chef in a $220 million (£168.6m) cash deal.

The acquisition of Chef, which has more than $70m in annual recurring revenue, will 'bolster Progress' core offerings', as well as aligning with its 'growth strategy through accretive acquisitions… [adding] both scale and cash flow', Progress said.

The company added that the combination of Chef's 'vibrant' developer community, as well...

Misconfigurations remain alarmingly common in cloud storage services, says Accurics

Misconfigured cloud storage services are common in the vast majority of cloud deployments, with the issue expected to exacerbate, according to new analysis.

The finding comes from security provider Accurics, whose latest State of DevSecOps Report found that misconfigurations were found in 93% of cloud deployments analysed, with the majority having at least one network exposure where a security group was left wide open.

Most worrying is that many emerging...

Why security needs to be integral to DevOps

Bottom line: DevOps and security teams need to leave one-time gating inspections in the past and pursue a more collaborative real-time framework to achieve their shared compliance, security and time-to-market goals.

Shorter product lifecycles the need to out-innovate competitors and exceed customer expectations with each new release are a few of the many reasons why DevOps is so popular today. Traditional approaches to DevOps teams collaborating with security aren’t working today...

Is Kubernetes the key to unlocking the benefits of containerisation?

Any CIO or CTO worth their salt is aware of containers, so it’s not surprising to see Gartner reporting that three-quarters of businesses want to have containerised applications by 2022. What is surprising, however, is that the same study says at present just 30% are using them – indicating businesses remain cautious about adoption.

One of the biggest reasons for this is that they are unsure about how they would manage and maintain a whole host of containers at the...

Using agile development practices to improve team performance: A guide

As the world braves a global pandemic, organisations are continuously adapting to working remotely. While teams are working hard to stay productive during these difficult times, there is still a learning curve to acclimate to the current remote setup – a setup which now involves sharing workspaces with spouses, roommates and even rambunctious kids.

From my experience as a software developer all the way through my current role as a CTO, I’ve encountered a variety of work styles...

Accelerating the DevOps process during Covid-19: How CFOs and CISOs can work together

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a new normal. Remote working and videoconferencing has never been more popular; and as a direct consequence, the cloud has never been more popular either. 

Yet a note of caution needs to be applied to those looking at full-speed migration. Jeremy Snyder of DivvyCloud told this publication in April that 'people are really good at creating stuff, but not at cleaning up after themselves', while writing last month Margaret Rogers, VP at...

CircleCI raises $100m in series E funding to move CI/CD further mainstream

Continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) software provider CircleCI has raised $100 million (£80.6m) in series E funding - as its lead investor notes how CI/CD is 'expanding to all companies.'

The round, which was led by IVP with participation from Sapphire Ventures, brings the company's total funding to $215m, and adds to the $56m raised in series D back in July.

"CircleCI is an especially attractive investment given the depth and complexity of the product...