Puppet is a great tool for automating Windows server management, including file system ACLs, registry settings, users & groups, DSC, Chocolatey, WSUS client, PowerShell, and even Azure virtual machines. In this article, you will find the step by step guideline for deploying IIS and ASP.NET with the Puppet module.
Enterprise DevOps Adoption Reports Show Open Source Software vs. VMware Divide
As the end of 2018 approaches many groups are releasing their annual IT reports with Puppet, Google, Java Magazine (JVM), & MediaCurrent producing some interesting documentation on patterns of software usage in large business organizations. Puppet released the "State of DevOps 2018" which surveyed over 30,000 individuals in enterprise IT internationally in Fortune 500 companies to show how software development teams are adopting DevOps techniques. The Puppet report suggests five stages of DevOps adoption cycle, which range from normalizing the technology stack, to standardizing and reducing variability. Companies seek to expand DevOps practices further, then automate infrastructure delivery, i.e. through web hosting configuration-as-code scripts like YAML or command line utilities like Ansible, Jenkins, Grunt, SaltStack, etc. These build the ability in the IT department to provide self-service capabilities in operations, i.e. Saas/PaaS solutions. Although DevOps practices are mostly centralized in developed nations & male employees, Puppet found that DevOps adoption is advancing across business organizations of all sizes & financial capability. Comparing the data from the State of DevOps Report prepared by Puppet with other IT surveys from Google, JVM, & MediaCurrent shows the major software trends advancing in Agile programming teams for web/mobile apps at the highest levels of computer science in the industry, as well as the financial investment involved on both sides.
"Game Changing" Move by IBM the Largest Software Company Acquisition in Corporate History
IBM announced this weekend that it will acquire the shares of Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHT) at a $190, a 62.8% premium to their closing price of $116.68 in a $34 billion USD deal still subject to approval by regulators & stockholders. If closed successfully, the deal will represent the largest purchase price paid for a software company in history, topping the 2016 acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $26 billion USD. In initial comments on the merger, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty stated: “The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.” Founded in 1994, Red Hat is one of the oldest and most widely used Linux distributions available for data centers today. Red Hat was the first open source software company to $500 million USD in annual revenue and is expected to surpass $3 billion in revenue in 2018. IBM gains the Red Hat Enterprise Linux codebase, programming talent, patents/IP, & goodwill, as well as the OpenShift, Kubernetes, OpenStack, JBoss, CoreOS, & Ansible resources. Red Hat has over 12,600 employees with corporate headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. As IBM is projecting cloud scale-out at the global level as a $1 trillion USD annual market, Red Hat's programming & engineering talent is already innovating at the highest levels of implementation for Fortune 500 corporations and provides an industry leading Linux product suite for data center management. This merger could have a major impact on the future of CentOS.
This article will discuss the way of configuring, installing and deploying ASP.NET Core to IIS.
Commodity Approach to DNS Servers & Ultra High End Security Options for Domain Names
Cloudflare announced this week that the company will begin operating services as a domain name registrar in late 2018 with a wholesale price guarantee to customers to take no commission on sales. In a radical press release, Matthew Prince stated that the current domain name registration system is "crazy... messed up" and "as nutty to us as certificate authorities charging to run a bit of math." Prince writes that Cloudflare views the current domain name registry system as a broken market, mostly dominated by middle-ware companies with up-sell offers that are adding little value to the supply chain. Worse, domain name registrars make businesses reliant on the host company's security policies, creating a potential link in the web hosting chain that hackers can exploit for access or control to websites. Prince revealed that Cloudflare almost lost control of their own domain names to hackers through a registrar company, where the new service includes "ultra high end" security that can be as advanced as having multiple people required to verify DNS changes for a domain for the configuration to be saved. Cloudflare now has security features for domain name registration & DNS servers that are beyond what any other company on the market offers, although the new service is still invite-only. Combined with Cloudflare's CDN, Edge server, & anti-DDoS security products, as well as weakness in competitors in the sector, the new Cloudflare domain registration platform looks poised to become very successful, with Namecheap, GoDaddy, Enom, etc. potentially losing profit & customers to the venture-funded ($182 million USD) start-up platform.