Spinnaker User Story: Pure Storage

We recently organized a Spinnaker meetup at Pure Storage as part of the South Bay Spinnaker Meetup group.   Pure Storage presented the reasons for selecting Spinnaker and the benefits derived from using Spinnaker both from the Ops and Dev.   There were excellent talks around how to deploy Spinnaker using Halyard, CLI for Spinnaker and deploying Spinnaker containers in security constrained environments (presented by OpsMx).

If you missed the meetup, you could listen to the entire meetup below

If you don’t want to miss out on future meetups, signup to be a member of the Spinnaker South Bay meetup group.

 

 

Is Spinnaker the Right Continuous Delivery Tool for OpenShift?

OpenShift

RedHat OpenShift has grown in popularity among Enterprises who are looking to use Kubernetes for their cloud-native applications with the needed enterprise security and multi-tenancy features.

These enterprises are now looking to accelerate software delivery through end-to-end automated continuous delivery.  There are many choices available in the continuous delivery market, but the existing solutions from old and new startups are proprietary.  Enterprises have clearly shown a preference for using Open Source software with no-lockin by vendors.

We recently organized a webinar to discuss if Spinnaker is the right tool for such OpenShift customers.   If you missed attending the session,   please register here and listen to the on-demand recording.

In this webinar, we go through the current OpenShift deployment strategies, challenges with them and why Spinnaker with its ability to automate multi-cloud deployment is the right choice for a unified CI/CD platform for OpenShift and cloud deployments.

At OpsMx, we have built  accelerations for quick enterprise adoption of Spinnaker for a OpenShift environment:

  • Faster Setup: Automate the deployment and configuration of Spinnaker with enterprise integrations.
  • Seamless On-boarding: Automate on-boarding new users, new applications with enterprise and regulatory policies.
  • Safe Operations: Automate deployment, verification, and rollback of applications.

If you are interested in learning more or request an evaluation, reach out at info@opsmx.com

 

Spinnaker Meetup – Learn about Automated Canary Analysis

If you are a Spinnaker Open Source user, you are probably waiting for the automated canary analysis (Kayenta project) to be made available publicly.    Kayenta project is being actively developed by Netflix and the Google team. and the good news is that it is close to being released (targeted for 1.7 version)

You can hear all about it at this below Spinnaker Meetup at Netflix campus on April 16th co-hosted by Netflix and the OpsMx team.

Kayenta project was initially discussed in the Spinnaker summit in last September and video from that session is below.

In this meetup, OpsMx presented on how to deploy to the OpenShift platform from Spinnaker by our very own Gopinath Rebala (CTO of OpsMx).

You can watch the video of that session below

If you would like to learn more about it, email us at info@opsmx.com

Register for future meetup at the Meetup page.

Spinnaker South Bay Meetup

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Meetup for those interested in Spinnaker, Continous Delivery and Multi-cloud deployments

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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 support from OpsMx team.  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 OSS Spinnaker support from OpsMx include

Reduced Risk:  Use Open Source Software(OSS) Spinnaker without the worrying about the complexities of OSS with Enterprise-class support from OpsMx.

Validated Stable OSS Release:  Get validated latest OSS release update immediately following community release. Get the latest community enhancements without the risks of the new version breaking any of your existing integrations or features.

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

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

If you are interested, send your inquiries to info@opsmx.com.

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.

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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”

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.

How to Set Up Automated Release Analysis in Spinnaker Deployments

Updated 04/12/2018

Spinnaker, a continuous delivery platform is becoming popular among software deployment teams with its superior ability to orchestrate software delivery faster, safer and across multiple clouds.  Spinnaker currently supports Red/Black for most cloud providers and Canary deploy options for the AWS cloud provider.  Canary deploy can also be set up for any provider through a multi-stage setup. Rolling Red/Black is currently experimental and will be available in a non-experimental mode in a future Spinnaker release.

Starting with 1.7 version,  Spinnaker has officially released the automated canary analysis feature (aka Kayenta).  Spinnaker offers a default judge called the NetflixACAJudge-v1.0 and offers modularity to plugin 3rd party or custom judges. It is critical to enable automated canary analysis for the pipelines to truly benefit from these safe deployment strategies.

In this blog, we will review how to set up automated analysis for Canary and Red/Black deployment strategies instead of manual judgment or verification.

Safe Deployment Options with Spinnaker
Safe Deployment Options with Spinnaker

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