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Atomist extends CI/CD to automate the entire DevOps toolchain

Startup Atomist hopes to revolutionize development automation throughout the application lifecycle, before traditional application release automation vendors catch on.

Development automation has been the fleeting goal of a generation of tools, particularly DevOps tools, that promise continuous integration and continuous delivery. The latest is Atomist and its development automation platform, which aims to automate as many of the mundane tasks as possible in the DevOps toolchain.

Atomist ingests information about an organization’s software projects and processes to build a comprehensive understanding of those projects. Then it creates automations for the environment, which use programming tools such as parser generators and microgrammars to parse and contextualize code.

The system also correlates event streams pulled from various stages of development and represents them as code in a graph database known as the Cortex. Because Atomist’s founders said they believe the CI pipeline model falls short, Atomist takes an event-based approach to model everything in an organization’s software delivery process as a stream of events. The event-driven model also enables development teams to compose development flows based on events.

In addition, Atomist automatically creates Git repositories and configures systems for issue tracking and continuous integration, and creates chat channels to consolidate notifications on the project and delivered information to the right people.

“Atomist is an interesting and logical progression of DevOps toolchains, in that it can traverse events across a wide variety of platforms but present them in a fashion such that developers don’t need to context switch,” said Stephen O’Grady, principal analyst at RedMonk in Portland, Maine. “Given how many moving parts are involved in DevOps toolchains, the integrations are welcome.”

Mik Kersten, a leading DevOps guru and CEO at Tasktop Technologies, has tried Atomist firsthand and calls it a fundamentally new approach to manage delivery. As these become increasingly complex, the sources of waste move well beyond the code and into the tools spread across the delivery pipeline, Kersten noted.

The rise of microservices, and tens or hundreds of services in their environments, introduce trouble spots as developers collaborate, deploy and monitor the lifecycle of these hundreds of services, Johnson said.

This is particularly important for security, where keeping services consistent is paramount. In last year’s Equifax breach, hackers gained access through an unpatched version of Apache Struts — but with Atomist, an organization can identify and upgrade old software automatically across potentially hundreds of repositories, Johnson said.

Atomist represents a new class of DevOps product that goes beyond CI, which is “necessary, but not sufficient,” said Rod Johnson, Atomist CEO and creator of the Spring Framework.

Rod Johnson, CEO, AtomistRod Johnson

Tasktop’s Kersten agreed that approach to developer-centric automation “goes way beyond what we got with CI.” The company created a Slack bot that incorporates Atomist’s automation facilities, driven by a development automation engine that is reminiscent of model-driven development or aspect-oriented programming, but provides generative facilities not only of code but across projects resources and other tools, Kersten said. A notification system informs users what the automations are doing.

Most importantly, Atomist is fully extensible, and its entire internal data model can be exposed in GraphQL.

Tasktop has already explored ways to connect Atomist to Tasktop’s Integration Hub and the 58 Agile and DevOps tools it currently supports, Kersten said.

Automation built into development

As DevOps becomes more widely adopted, integrating automation into the entire DevOps toolchain is critical to help streamline the development process so programmers can develop faster, said Edwin Yuen, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.

The market to integrate automation and development will grow, as both the companies that use DevOps and the number of applications they develop increase.
Edwin Yuenanalyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

“The market to integrate automation and development will grow, as both the companies that use DevOps and the number of applications they develop increase,” he said. Atomist’s integration in the code creation and deployment process, through release and update management processes, “enables automation not just in the development process but also in day two and beyond application management,” he said.”

Atomist joins other approaches such as GitOps and Bitbucket Pipelines that target the developer who chooses the tools used across the complete lifecycle, said Robert Stroud, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass.

“Selection of tooling such as Atomist will drive developer productivity allowing them to focus on code, not pipeline development — this is good for DevOps adoption and acceleration,” he said. “The challenge for these tools is although new code fits well, deployment solutions are selected within enterprises by Ops teams, and also need to support on-premises deployment environments.”

For that reason, look for traditional application release automation vendors, such as IBM, XebiaLabs and CA Technologies, to deliver features similar to Atomist’s capabilities in 2018, Stroud said.

For Sale – Rampage IV Black Edition, 32GB DDR3 2400MHz, Core i7 4930k

Hey, just putting this out pre-emptively before I upgrade. I’m looking to sell the following for cash – pickup ONLY from Loughborough, Leicestershire.

– Intel Core i7 4930K Extreme Hex Core CPU Retail (purchased from Amazon in May 2014) – £180.00
– Asus Rampage IV Black Edition Socket 2011 VGA 8-Channel HD Audio Extended ATX Motherboard (purchased from Ebuyer May 2014) – £250.00
– HyperX Beast Series 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) 2400 MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM Desktop Memory Module Kit (purchased from Amazon May 2014) – £190.00

Would sell entirety for £500.00 or a very high-end GPU.

Will more post pictures at a later date.

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For Sale – Asus TX300CA

Asus TX300CA now surplus to requirements.

Good- Full W10 OS will be reset before sending. Really nice IPS Screen
Bad – Crack in the rear hinge as per photo, the hinges on these aren’t great tbh, but if you are sat at a desk its functional but works better as a large tablet, USB ports have power for charging but don’t seem to recognise anything plugged into them, could be a software issue.

Makes a capable little workhorse though, and the keyboard is quite nice. Touchscreen in excellent condition.

Full specs here

This is the i5 version

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For Sale – Asus TX300CA

Asus TX300CA now surplus to requirements.

Good- Full W10 OS will be reset before sending. Really nice IPS Screen
Bad – Crack in the rear hinge as per photo, the hinges on these aren’t great tbh, but if you are sat at a desk its functional but works better as a large tablet, USB ports have power for charging but don’t seem to recognise anything plugged into them, could be a software issue.

Makes a capable little workhorse though, and the keyboard is quite nice. Touchscreen in excellent condition.

Full specs here

This is the i5 version

Price is ono
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For Sale – Asus TX300CA

Asus TX300CA now surplus to requirements.

Good- Full W10 OS will be reset before sending. Really nice IPS Screen
Bad – Crack in the rear hinge as per photo, the hinges on these aren’t great tbh, but if you are sat at a desk its functional but works better as a large tablet, USB ports have power for charging but don’t seem to recognise anything plugged into them, could be a software issue.

Makes a capable little workhorse though, and the keyboard is quite nice. Touchscreen in excellent condition.

Full specs here

This is the i5 version

Price is ono
IMG_20171210_182959.jpg

IMG_20171210_183007_HHT.jpg

IMG_20171210_183026_HHT.jpg

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For Sale – Asus TX300CA

Asus TX300CA now surplus to requirements.

Good- Full W10 OS will be reset before sending. Really nice IPS Screen
Bad – Crack in the rear hinge as per photo, the hinges on these aren’t great tbh, but if you are sat at a desk its functional but works better as a large tablet, USB ports have power for charging but don’t seem to recognise anything plugged into them, could be a software issue.

Makes a capable little workhorse though, and the keyboard is quite nice. Touchscreen in excellent condition.

Full specs here

This is the i5 version

Price is ono
IMG_20171210_182959.jpg

IMG_20171210_183007_HHT.jpg

IMG_20171210_183026_HHT.jpg

IMG_20171210_183040.jpg

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Emergency Microsoft patch out for Malware Protection Engine

Just four days before the final Patch Tuesday of 2017, an emergency Microsoft patch was pushed out for a critical anti-malware flaw.

The vulnerability in the Windows Malware Protection Engine (CVE-2017-11937) was first discovered by the UK National Cyber Security Centre and can affect systems running Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and Server 2016. A similar flaw was found in June by Tavis Ormandy, security researcher for Google’s Project Zero.

According to the security advisory, the emergency Microsoft patch addresses a critical remote code execution vulnerability that can be exploited if a malicious actor can get the Malware Protection Engine to scan a specially crafted file.

Microsoft noted this could happen automatically if the malicious file is delivered to a system with real-time scanning turned on, and could allow an attacker to “execute arbitrary code in the security context of the LocalSystem account and take control of the system … then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

However, the emergency Microsoft patch should be automatically installed “within 48 hours of release,” according to the advisory.

Michael Patterson, CEO of Plixer International Inc., a network traffic analysis company based in Kennebunk, Maine, said that “although most consumers already have the necessary patch, this is no time to become overly confident in existing security defensive measures.”

“Malware will make it into every organization connected to the internet. This means all companies need to prepare for the inevitable breach,” Patterson told SearchSecurity. “When this happens, incident response systems need to have been rehearsed and the data necessary for network traffic analytics needs to have been collected. An archive of logs and flows is a critical source of forensic data when odd traffic patterns need to be investigated.” 

Anti-malware software is one of the most critical pieces of software on a modern desktop and also one of the most valuable targets for an attacker.
Tyler Regulymanager of the Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team, Tripwire

Tyler Reguly, manager of the Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team at Tripwire, said it was nice to see the emergency Microsoft patch released so quickly but said Microsoft also appears to be deprioritizing customer communication with these security releases.

“Anti-malware software is one of the most critical pieces of software on a modern desktop and also one of the most valuable targets for an attacker, especially products that have automated scanning of new files enabled. Most vendors will be plagued with issues like this from time to time and it shouldn’t scare people away from using the product but, rather, they should feel hopeful that Microsoft released the [out-of-band patch] to ensure quicker protection for their customer,” Reguly told SearchSecurity. However, Reguly added, “the update has been available for nearly 48 hours, but the security guidance page still does not have links to an advisory, bulletin, or KB article. The details have been published, but they are not available via the link that Microsoft provided in their own notification email, you need to know the format of their URLs to build it yourself.”

Mixed reality and medicine: Surgery with no surprises – Asia News Center

Let’s start at the beginning. The internal workings of the body have fascinated us since before the time of Leonardo da Vinci. And up until today, most medical schools have relied on books, models and, just like Leonardo, the dissection of cadavers to teach anatomy and surgical procedures to tomorrow’s doctors. But that has suddenly changed.

“Our way of visualizing the body in medicine has historically been as a two-dimensional abstraction. Now through mixed reality, we can view it in three dimensions and that is pretty transformative,” Dr. Kos says. Mixed reality is so transformative that clinicians – who are normally conservative in the uptake of new technologies – are “leaping at it”.

Institutions like Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in the United States and the University of Sydney in Australia are using Microsoft HoloLens to instruct their students. Donning headsets, they can “see” and study the anatomical complexities as if from the inside of the body. Three-dimensional tutorials, projected across a visor, graphically show how the heart pumps, how the nervous system functions, how bones and muscles interact, as well as the layout of vital organs. Students can walk around and even through the projected images to get intimately acquainted with the subject.

Similarly, global training and education company, CAE Healthcare, is aiming to improve patient safety by getting its students to use HoloLens to simulate and practice medical procedures. Its President Dr. Robert Amyot says healthcare providers are at their “most dangerous” when they are still on a “learning curve”. But now that has completely changed due to HoloLens. Through repeated and 3-D simulations, students can practice varied scenarios, make mistakes, and try things before treating real patients.

Meanwhile, the Hololens – which is an advanced computer in its own right – has also become an unrivaled tool for surgeons planning intricate operations, which have little or no room for error. This is how it works: A patient is scanned by a CT or MRI machine. The resulting two-dimensional images are then presented in 3-D within a HoloLens headset. With these a doctor can determine exactly what needs to be done and how.

This is happening right now in Norway’s capital, Oslo, by a team of specialists renowned for correcting congenital defects in the tiny hearts of infants. Until recently, they had their own hi-tech way of planning such intricate surgeries: They used scans and a 3-D printer to create physical models of each heart. But now, the precise interactive 3-D imagery within the Hololens has made that once cutting-edge solution redundant after just a few short years.

Dr. Kos believes mixed reality will revolutionize how surgeons tackle a wide range of delicate operations, resulting in better success rates and speedier patient recovery times. “Using HoloLens means you can do surgery with no surprises. You can plan carefully ahead of time. No one’s anatomy is the same as another’s. So, you have got to know what you are in for.”

For Sale – Asus USB Wifi adapter USB-AC68 AC-1900

Asus USB-AC68 Wireless AC-1900 Adapter. Only used for a month before i managed to get a wired connection.
USB-AC68 | Networking | ASUS United Kingdom

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Tintri storage solves healthcare firm’s primary and DR needs

Before settling on Tintri storage to handle more than 40 million files, Cross Country Healthcare used more than a half dozen systems for primary and secondary data. None of them fit quite right.

Cross Country Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company based in Boca Raton, Fla., had arrays spread across its branch and regional offices before consolidating production and data protection to reduce its IT footprint.

Cross Country used three NetApp filers to handle about 42 million files, one EMC VNX and one EMC XtremIO all-flash array for other primary data, along with a couple of EMC Data Domains and a Dell Compellent array for backup.

Each of the storage systems had its own problems, said Jason Bourque, vice president of infrastructure at Cross Country Healthcare. He said the NetApp arrays didn’t scale well enough to keep up with heavily virtualized workloads, Cross Country lacked the in-house experience to manage the VNX, and the Dell EMC XtremIO was too expensive.

“We needed to start over [because] I was dealing with disparate technologies across different platforms,” Bourque said. “We were trying to get away from the old point-to-point architecture. So we started to think about what our storage backbone should be.”

Tintri storage to the rescue

Tintri developed its storage arrays specifically for VMware virtualized workloads, making it a good fit for the 100% virtualized healthcare staffing firm. Bourque said Cross Country bought its first Tintri storage system in 2015 and moved all production workloads over to the new Tintri T850 array, consolidating five platforms into one.

Cross Country now has more than 400 virtual machines running on Tintri flash storage to handle production workloads. The Tintri arrays provide storage for Microsoft SQL databases and front-office applications, 80 branch offices and more than 10 regional locations. Tintri’s VM Scale-out software pools storage across its VMstore arrays and Tintri Analytics helps with capacity planning.

We were trying to get away from the old point-to-point architecture. So we started to think about what our storage backbone should be.
Jason Bourquevice president of infrastructure, Cross Country Healthcare

Two years after standardizing production on Tintri storage, the healthcare staffing provider implemented a new data protection and disaster recovery project. Initially, Cross Country moved off of the Data Domain and Compellent systems to ExaGrid disk backup. The firm used Veeam Software for agent-based backups to an ExaGrid library, and then replicated to another ExaGrid system at a secondary disaster recovery site. The primary site was in Miami with the secondary site in Atlanta.

But backing up more than 50 systems with large data sets caused a long lag time in sending all the large blocks of data to the recovery site.

“It took two weeks to get data to the recovery site,” Bourque said. “We were putting ourselves at risk. In order to back up, we used Veeam that sent backups to the ExaGrid storage and then it was replicated to another ExaGrid. We had so much data that [we did] snapshots each day and sent them to the backup site. It would take two weeks to move the large blocks of data.”

Bourque said Cross Country bought a new Tintri VMstore array for its primary data center and moved one of the older systems to the Atlanta DR site in March 2017. Now it replicates between the Tintri storage arrays, reducing its recovery point objective from two weeks to less than a day.

“We snapshot once a day,” he said, “so our recovery time is within 24 hours. Tintri knows the block-level changes so it only sends the changed data. We continue to use Veeam and ExaGrid to archive data.”

Cross Country Healthcare now is working on turning its virtualized infrastructure into a private cloud setup. Tintri has repositioned itself as a cloud service platform with its Tintri Enterprise Cloud EC6000 Series.

“We have a cloud-first approach,” Bourque said. “I don’t want to deal with anything that is two versions behind. We want to put ourselves completely in the cloud.”