Lower Risk with Open Source Spinnaker Support

Spinnaker is gaining momentum as the preferred enterprise continuous delivery platform among leading companies in the world including Target,  Intuit, Waze, Veritas, and Netflix.   Many forward-thinking organizations are looking for Open Source based  CI/CD solutions to avoid the vendor lock-in that comes with closed-source CD solutions.   Running Open Source software and managing the life-cycle of various patches and features in production environments could be daunting for most enterprises without a dedicated support staff.

Fortunately, you now have an option to use Spinnaker Open Source software and get dedicated Spinnaker support from OpsMx.  We offer 24×7 Spinnaker Enterprise-class support.  If you are interested in a managed Spinnaker solution, please email us at info@opsmx.com to schedule a discussion of your needs.

Benefits of getting open source Spinnaker  support from OpsMx include

Reduced Risk:  Use Open Source Software(OSS) Spinnaker without the worrying about the complexities of self-supporting OSS with an expert OpsMx team providing Enterprise-class support for your deployments.

Validated Stable OSS Release:  Get validated latest OSS release update soon after community release. Get the latest community enhancement without the risk of new version breaking any of your existing integrations or features.

Same OSS Spinnaker:  Download our pre-validated versions straight from Spinnaker GitHub using Halyard.    We will also upstream any enhancements/fixes that we may make for you and  We will not include any proprietary closed source variants of the Spinnaker.

No Lock-in:   We provide  OSS Spinnaker support,  so if you choose to no longer continue your support contract with us, you are free to support it yourself, and you don’t have to change a thing.

Email us at info@opsmx.com for more information on support pricing.

Automate Application Reliability Assessment with Chaos Monkey

Chaos Monkey

Public cloud adoption has become the norm in Enterprises with the recent increasing trend of creating container based cloud-native applications.   Given this IT infrastructure disruption, the developers need to ensure that their applications are reliable during any unplanned outages in the cloud infrastructure. In this blog, we will talk about how to set up and analyze application reliability using Chaos Monkey and Spinnaker platform.

Reliability Testing of Applications
Reliability Testing of Applications

Chaos Monkey tool built by Netflix OSS team is most associated with creating random disruption to your application to help you test the reliability of your services.  Chaos Monkey is an example of a tool that follows the Principles of Chaos Engineering.

Continue reading “Automate Application Reliability Assessment with Chaos Monkey”

Interested in Contributing to Spinnaker? Attend Spinnaker Code Night

What: A technical meetup where anyone can spend 3 hours working with the Netflix Spinnaker team on contributing to Spinnaker.

Who: – New contributors looking for help getting started- Existing contributors who want a PR looked at or want to pair program- Anyone who wants to conduct technical discussions around features/direction for Spinnaker

Prerequisites: A familiarity with Spinnaker and ability to code. Continue reading “Interested in Contributing to Spinnaker? Attend Spinnaker Code Night”

How to Enable Prometheus Monitoring for Kubernetes Cluster

Prometheus

Prometheus, an open-source monitoring, and alerting toolkit is becoming the most popular solution for monitoring Kubernetes cluster for Spinnaker users or otherwise.   To perform manual or automated Red/Black or Canary analysis, having a useful monitoring solution is essential.

In this blog,  we will provide instructions on how to enable Prometheus monitoring for your Kubernetes cluster Continue reading “How to Enable Prometheus Monitoring for Kubernetes Cluster”

Spinnaker Use Cases at Cisco, Intuit and Pure Storage

OpsMx along with Netflix Spinnaker team organized the second Spinnaker meetup in the South Bay.   We had more than 100 Spinnaker users who attended the event.   3 Spinnaker users  (Cisco, Intuit and Pure Storage) shared their use case, learnings and best practices.   Also, Andy Glover from the Netflix Spinnaker team took Q&A from the audience.

If you missed the event,  here are the videos from the event (Note: Intuit Use Case video is no longer available).   If you don’t want to miss future events,  sign up for the meetup group.

Cisco Use Case:

Cisco Spinnaker Use Case
Cisco Spinnaker Use Case

Intuit Use Case:

Intuit Spinnaker Use Case
Intuit Spinnaker Use Case

Pure Storage Use Case:

Pure Storage Spinnaker Use Case
Pure Storage Spinnaker Use Case

Community Q&A – Andy Glover

Spinnaker Community Q&A - Andy Glover
Spinnaker Community Q&A – Andy Glover

Automated Canary Analysis Featured in Spinnaker Summit 2017

250+ Spinnaker community members recently attended the 1st Spinnaker Summit at the Netflix campus in Los Gatos.   Enthusiasm for Spinnaker is high as enterprises look to achieve continuous delivery with safety across multiple clouds.   Users from Netflix, Schibsted, Cloudera, Under Armour,  Capital One, Cisco, Gogo Air, Target,  Scopely, and Cerner shared their use cases and best practices for running Spinnaker in production.

Andy Glover from Netflix started off the event encouraging the community to leverage the Spinnaker for more than as a multi-cloud deployment tool.  One of the key strategies he asked the enterprises to consider is Automated Canary Analysis (ACA)  to achieve safety for their continuous deployment.  Sure enough, a lot of time in the summit was dedicated to discussing the benefits of ACA  and its real-world use cases.  ACA allows for a reliable, less error-prone and safe continuous deployment.

In this blog, I have captured three separate sessions that one should watch to understand ACA for your application deployments better.   If you are interested in evaluating ACA,  please email us at info@opsmx.com and we will glad to provide you guidance and offer a pilot of our OpsMx ACA platform

1:  Canary Analysis at Netflix

2.  Automated Canary Analysis Panel with participation from OpsMx, Google, Netflix, and Armory.

3:  Kayenta: Automated Canary Analysis from Google & Netflix

If you are interested in watching all the summit sessions, check out the complete playlist.

 

Spinnaker MeetUp Video – Essence of and Safety for Continuous Delivery

Total solar eclipse was obviously the biggest news on 8/21/17 but in the Spinnaker world,  the day marked the first meetup for South Bay Spinnaker Meetup at the Netflix campus.

We had 50+ people show up including operators from Cloudera, Cisco, Symantec, etc. which was a great start for our first meetup.

We had two great presentations on the day. In case you missed the event, here are the videos of the talks.

1.  Essence of Continuous Delivery

Andy Glover – Manager, Netflix Engineering Team – Spinnaker Creators

2.  Safety for Continuous Delivery

Gopal Dommety, CEO, OpsMx

For more information about OpsMx solution, check out http://blog.opsmx.com

If you like to be notified of our future events, make sure you sign up for the Meetup.   If you like to speak in one of the future Meetup, please contact the organizers through the Meetup page.

Exciting Spinnaker Meetup on August 21st at NetFlix

If you are an existing Spinnaker user or someone looking to enable Continuous Delivery (CD) in your organization,  don’t miss out on an exciting meetup event happening on August 21st at the Netflix campus in Los Gatos, CA.

We have the Spinnaker founding team and “Father of Spinnaker” – Andy Glover of Netflix Engineering team presenting on the topic of Essence of Continuous Delivery.

If that’s not enough of a motivation, we also have session discussing use cases of Automated Canary Analysis (ACA) for Spinnaker.  As you may recall Canary/ACA stages were introduced recently in Spinnaker 1.1 release.  You may also be interested in our pilot of our automated canary judge.

More information about the meetup can be found here:

Essense of Continuous Deliver/Automated Canary Analysis Use Cases

If you can’t make it on the day, don’t fear we will record it and post it.   If you want to get notified of future events from the Meetup group, make sure to join the group.   We hope to schedule more events in the upcoming months and if you interested in being a speaker, drop a note to info@opsmx.com.

 

Participate in Pilot of Automated Canary Analysis Platform

OpsMx is looking for Spinnaker deployers interested in implementing automated deployment analysis for Canary/Red-Black deployments.  We are looking for high touch pilot engagement with you to help us design our product and in return, you will get to use our product at no cost during the pilot.

Automated Red/Black Analysis in Spinnaker Pipeline

For more information about the benefits and features of our automated release analysis for Spinnaker,  check out the following blog.

Improve Release Safety and Diagnostics Through Automated Canary Analysis for Spinnaker

The pilot is a full-featured SaaS offer of our platform for an unlimited number of pipelines in Spinnaker.  If you are interested in learning more or starting the pilot, submit the form below or e-mail us at info@opsmx.com and we will get you started.

 


Improve Release Safety and Diagnostics Through Automated Canary Analysis for Spinnaker

Introduction

Spinnaker is a continuous delivery platform that is pioneering the ability to release software faster. It is allowing thousands of enterprises to achieve release velocity never seen before.  The key to increasing the velocity is to have the ability to determine with confidence that the new release can be promoted across different testing stages and eventually to production through Canary or Red/Black (aka blue-green) or Rolling update.  

Leading enterprises (like Netflix which deploys more than 4000 updates a day), has proprietary decision engine to allow them to promote builds to production with confidence.  However, most enterprises still are dependent on manual analysis and judgments to promote builds.  Manual judgment is error prone as decisions are based on incomplete analysis and are time-consuming as the analysis are laborious.  Bad builds in production introduce significant risks due to business disruptions and brand damage.

OpsMx is a real-time analytics platform for CI/CD pipelines that is designed to aid manual decision in promoting build across test and deployment to production. The OpsMx solution helps in reduce error and diagnostics time through complete, consistent real-time automated analysis for Spinnaker. Continue reading “Improve Release Safety and Diagnostics Through Automated Canary Analysis for Spinnaker”