Shaping Technology Strategy

CTO Journal

Subscribe to CTO Journal: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts newslettersWeekly Newsletters
Get CTO Journal: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


CTO Authors: Jyoti Bansal, Louis Nauges, William Schmarzo, Shelly Palmer, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: Cloud Computing, CTO Journal, DevOps for Business Application Services, DevOps Journal

Blog Post

HashiCorp Launches Atlas to Power DevOps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Atlas Is One Foundation and One Workflow to Develop, Deploy, and Maintain Applications

HashiCorp formally announced Atlas, the company's first true commercial offering.

This follows the release of five successful open source projects -- Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, and Terraform -- with more than one million cumulative downloads, and users from AOL, Disqus, Twitch, Lithium Technologies, Expedia, Mozilla, and others.

Atlas integrates HashiCorp's existing open source software into the first complete solution for application delivery on any infrastructure, and further solidifies HashiCorp's position as a leader in the DevOps marketplace.

Also today HashiCorp announced $10 million in Series A funding from Mayfield, GGV Capital and True Ventures:

Application delivery is an increasingly complex problem with applications running on public clouds, private clouds, physical servers, virtualized servers, in containers, and hybrid combinations of these. As more operations choices are added to the data center, whether through a growing development team, company acquisitions, or general technical debt, managing complexity between legacy and new systems becomes a nightmare. But the end goal is still the same -- safely and consistently deploy an application on any infrastructure. To accomplish this goal, development teams often build custom application delivery solutions that are time-consuming, expensive, and error-prone. Faced with a build-or-buy situation, organizations are forced to build, which can take up to a year of development time, since a buy option did not exist before Atlas.

"Cloud computing, containers, and the DevOps movement are all making application development and delivery faster and more flexible. But there are also new challenges," said Paul Burns, principal analyst at cloud research firm Neovise. "Too many IT shops develop custom systems for application delivery, plaguing them with maintenance costs, fragmenting their workflows, introducing errors, and preventing them from keeping up with the latest technologies. HashiCorp's Atlas gets past all that by providing a single dashboard, workflow, and foundation for developing, deploying, and maintaining applications on any infrastructure."

Atlas is a unified dashboard and workflow for developing, deploying, and maintaining applications on any public, private, or hybrid infrastructure. For the first time ever, developers and operators have a unified view to manage and provide visibility for servers, containers, VMs, configuration management, service discovery, and additional operations services. Companies who adopt Atlas will be protected against future infrastructure paradigm shifts by having Atlas focus on common, high-level workflows that are generic to application delivery across any system. DevOps teams can configure an application in Atlas and deploy it on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine (GCE), Heroku, DigitalOcean, OpenStack, Azure, and more.

"Atlas is the solution to application delivery I've always envisioned. One dashboard and workflow to get from development to production on any infrastructure, all built on completely open source core components with strong communities," said Mitchell Hashimoto, Co-Founder and CEO of HashiCorp.

For workflow, the end result is one command for development: "vagrant up" and one command for deployment: "vagrant push." The applications might be using different technologies, running on different infrastructure providers, or even in containers, but the workflow is the same throughout: one command for development and deployment, now and forever. Developers and system administrators can now use one console and workflow from development to production.

Users of Atlas define three things for every application:
1. the development environment
2. the process for turning application code into a deployable artifact
3. the description for how to deploy the application

The development environment can run in VirtualBox, VMware, AWS, Docker, Rocket, and more. Next, the deployable artifact can be at the granularity of a physical image (ISO), virtual image (VMware, Hyper-V, etc.), or container (Docker, raw LXC). Finally, the configuration for deployment describes all the resources necessary to run/change the application: servers, load balancers, disks, etc. This is also infrastructure-provider agnostic. While not built into this beta release, real-time infrastructure monitoring, self-recovery, and auto-scaling will be available in early 2015. All of this is built on top of the production-hardened and proven open source technologies built by HashiCorp: Vagrant, Packer, Consul, and Terraform.

"Enterprise CIOs consistently rank DevOps enablement as one of their highest priorities. With Altas, HashiCorp has unified their portfolio of proven open source application life-cycle management tools into a powerful self-service DevOps enablement platform. Atlas aligns with Cisco's broader InterCloud vision of application centric enablement and portability across public and private clouds." said Ken Owens, Chief Technical Officer, Cisco Cloud Services.

Companies Are Using Features of Atlas at Large Production Scale
Lithium Technologies, a social platform provider to some of the world's most well-known brands, implemented Consul, which powers the runtime features of Atlas, and removed the need for custom load balancers, service registry, and internal DNS. As a result, Lithium saved hundreds of hours in development time, reduced the size of its server fleet by 15%, and decreased server costs by over $100,000 per year.

The modular nature of Atlas allows companies to integrate one piece at a time, ultimately building up to one complete foundation for application delivery on any infrastructure provider. Companies already using one or more of the open source projects powering Atlas are eager to unite the pieces.

"We are current users of Vagrant, Packer, Terraform and Consul. HashiCorp's products take complex problems and give the end user a simple interface. I believe that HashiCorp has done it again with Atlas. Atlas ties in all of HashiCorp's tools as well as many other common tools like Jenkins, Docker, Chef and others into one workflow. I am eager to try Atlas out to see how it can enable our Continuous Delivery pipeline," said Alon Becker, DevOps Architect at AOL, the 4th largest property on the Internet.

"HashiCorp's Vagrant and Consul are key pieces of the Twitch infrastructure. These tools have assisted in streamlining service management for both development and operations. We are looking forward to evaluating HashiCorp's upcoming Atlas which should allow us to simplify application delivery," said Tarrant Rollins, software engineer, Twitch, the world's leading video platform and community for gamers with more than 60 million visitors per month.

Availability
A beta version of Atlas SaaS is available today, and on-premise installations will be deployed in early 2015. Go to atlas.hashicorp.com to sign up for Atlas SaaS or request on-premise information. The full product release is expected in the first quarter of next year, and will include real-time monitoring features and dashboard enhancements. Pricing is expected to be per node and will be announced at GA.

About HashiCorp
HashiCorp is a leader in DevOps solutions for the modern datacenter. Developers and system administrators use HashiCorp software to manage the application delivery process on any infrastructure. HashiCorp is also an active contributor to the open source community with the projects Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, and Terraform. Backed by Mayfield, GGV Capital, and True Ventures, the company is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit: http://www.hashicorp.com or follow HashiCorp on Twitter @hashicorp.

Software Is Eating the World
Download slides ▸ Here

Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves competing with Google and Amazon on the speed of innovation. As the innovation cycle accelerates, companies must embrace rapid and constant change to both applications and their infrastructure, and find a way to deliver speed and agility of development without sacrificing reliability or efficiency of operations. In her Keynote at DevOps Summit Silicon Valley, Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell, discussed how IT organizations can automate just-in-time assembly of application environments - each built for a specific purpose with the right infrastructure, components, service, data and tools - and deliver this automation to developers as a self-service. Victoria's keynote included remarks by Kira Makagon, EVP of Innovation at RingCentral, and Ratnakar Lavu, EVP of Digital Technology at Kohl's.

DevOps Summit Was a Terrific Event! ▸ Here


NoOps != No Operations
Download slides ▸ Here

Shipping daily, injecting faults, and keeping an extremely high availability "without Ops"? Understand why NoOps does not mean no operations. Agile development methodologies require evolved operations to be successful.

In his keynote at DevOps Summit Silicon Valley, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, discussed how Microsoft teams that have made huge progress with a DevOps transformation effectively utilize operations staff and how challenges were overcome. Regardless of whether you are a startup or a mature enterprise, whether you are using PaaS, Micro Services, or Containerization, walk away with some practical tips where Ops can make a significant impact working with the development teams. Operational teams and functions are increasingly more important as the industry delivers software at a blazing pace.


DevOps Is Even More Important Than You Think
The move in recent years to cloud computing services and architectures has added significant pace to the application development and deployment environment. When enterprise IT can spin up large computing instances in just minutes, developers can also design and deploy in small time frames that were unimaginable a few years ago. The consequent move toward lean, agile, and fast development leads to the need for the development and operations sides to work very closely together. Thus, DevOps becomes essential for any ambitious enterprise today.

This Lunchtime Power Panel at DevOps Summit was moderated by Andi Mann, VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies. Monish Sharma, VP of Customer Success at ElasticBox; Myles Steinhauser, Software Development Engineer at Blue Box; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; and Mark Levy, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software go beyond the basics in a discussion of why DevOps is not only important for transformation, but is mission-critical for enterprises that want to stay in business.

DevOps: Disruptive but Essential in a Cloud Expo® Universe
The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.

The DevOps Summit 2015 New York and Silicon Valley will be held:

DevOps Summit 2015 New York
(June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center, Manhattan)

DevOps Summit 2015 Silicon Valley
(November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center)

DevOps Summit, June 9-11, 2015, at the New York Javits Center in the heart of world's financial capital, will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike. Recent research has shown that DevOps dramatically reduces development time, the amount of time enterprise IT professionals spend putting out fires, and support time generally. Time spent on infrastructure development is significantly increased, and DevOps practitioners report more software releases and higher quality.

DevOps Summit content doubled in November from a single track last year in New York to two simultaneous tracks: "Dev" Developer Focus and "Ops" Operations Focus, as well as high impact keynotes attended by over 1,000 delegates.

We'll see you in New York City! See you in June!

View Daily Updates to DevOps Summit Conference Schedule ▸ Here

Register For DevOps Summit "FREE" (limited time offer) ▸ Here

Visit Website: DevOps Summit

Follow on Twitter: @DevOpsSummit

Bookmark "DevOps Journal" ▸ here

While there are many ways to define DevOps, the goal of the concept is to be able to deliver IT solutions faster, leveraging several technology tools to add value for business. Cloud companies have demonstrated how they can manage massive pools of IT infrastructure, giving the developer a very flexible resource pool that they can leverage and IT is eager to do the same.

DevOps Summit 2015 New York Call for Papers Now Open

Call for Papers for DevOps Summit 2015 New York is now open. Tracks and topics for DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo are listed below. Submit your speaking proposals here DevOps Summit Call for Papers

  • Application delivery
  • ROI and business value
  • Site reliability
  • Continuous delivery
  • Kanban, Scrum, and Agile
  • Continuous integration
  • Release scalability
  • Continuous release
  • Service virtualization
  • Operational monitoring
  • Capacity management
  • Load testing
  • Quality assurance
  • Manager and exec support
  • Release automation
  • Cultural change
  • Breaking down IT silos
  • Cloud development
  • Cloud platforms
  • Test automation
  • Teaming
  • Application security
  • API management
  • Identity and access
  • Audit and control
  • DevOps and ITIL, ISO, Six Sigma, COBIT
  • Mobile DevOps
  • DevOps for legacy systems
  • Software-defined servers
  • Network automation
  • Server automation
  • Configuration automation
  • Continuous support
  • DevOps anti-patterns
  • Enterprise DevOps
  • DevOps system architecture
  • IT orchestration
  • Containerization
  • DevOps skills and training
  • WebOps, CloudOps, ChatOps, NoOps
  • Change management

Cloud, Big Data, and the 'Internet of Things'

Are you ready to put your data in the cloud?

What is the future of security in the cloud?

Does Docker quickly advance the development of an IoT application?

What are the implications of Moore's Law on Hadoop deployments?

Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2015 New York
(June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center, Manhattan)
Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2015 Silicon Valley
(November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center)


@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley 2014 Exhibit Floor was packed for three days!

Get all these questions and hundreds more like them answered at the 2015 Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo June 9-11, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 3-5, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Our upcoming June 9-11, 2015, event in New York City will present a total of 10 simultaneous tracks (the largest conference content in the world) by an all-star faculty, over three days, plus the popular two-day "Cloud Computing Bootcamp" presented by Janakiram MSV, an analyst with the Gigaom Research analyst network where he covers the Cloud Services landscape.

Cloud and Big Data topics and tracks include: Enterprise Cloud AdoptionAPM & Cloud Computing | Hot TopicsCloud APIs & BusinessCloud Security | Mobility, and Big Data | Analytics.

@ThingsExpo content also tripled from a single track last year to three simultaneous (all sold-out) IoT tracks: Consumer IoTEnterprise IoT, and IoT Developer | WebRTC Convergence.

Please check back for daily updates as we are working with our distinguished faculty members to finalize new session abstracts. If you have any questions please contact us at events (at) sys-con.com. Last but not least we will announce our keynotes to be delivered by world-class speakers on the hottest topics!


Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley 2014 Exhibit Floor Day 3

@ThingsExpo 2015 New York (June 9-11 in New York City)
@ThingsExpo 2015 Silicon Valley (November 3-5 in Santa Clara, CA)

The largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world has announced "sponsorship opportunities" and "call for papers."

The 1st International Internet of @ThingsExpo was launched this June at the Javits Center in New York City with over 6,000 delegates in attendance. The 2nd International Internet of @ThingsExpo took place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with an estimated 6,000 plus delegates attending over three days.

@ThingsExpo is co-located with 16th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world. In 2015, more than 200 companies will be present on the @ThingsExpo show floor, including global players and the hottest new technology pioneers.


Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo New York 2014 registration desk at the Javits

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Are Now Available
Sponsors and exhibitors of Internet of @ThingsExpo will benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities through:

  • Featured on-site presentation and ongoing on-demand webcast exposure to a captive audience of industry decision-makers.
  • Showcase exhibition during our new extended dedicated expo hours
  • Breakout Session Priority scheduling for sponsors that have been guaranteed a 35-minute technical session
  • Online advertising in SYS-CON's i-Technology publications
  • Capitalize on our comprehensive marketing efforts leading up to the show with print mailings, e-newsletters and extensive online media coverage.
  • Unprecedented PR Coverage: Editorial coverage on IoT.sys-con.com, Tweets to our 75,000 plus followers, press releases sent on major wire services to over 500 combined analysts and press members who attended Internet of @ThingsExpo - making it the best-covered "Internet of Things" conference in the world

For more information on sponsorship, exhibit, and keynote opportunities contact Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, or by phone 201 802-3021. Book both events for additional savings!

World's Top 2nd Wave Cloud and IoT Players: 2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors
In 2014 roughly 12,000 (audited) delegates registered and participated in the world's largest 2nd wave Cloud and 'Internet of Things' event. Conference delegates met with over 150 of the world's leading Cloud and 'Internet of Things' technology pioneers that were among the sponsors and exhibitors, including:

Acision (Exhibitor), ActiveState (Silver), AgilePoint (Exhibitor), Ambernet (Exhibitor), Amplidata (Exhibitor), Apacer Memory America (Exhibitor), Appcore (Exhibitor), AppDynamics (Exhibitor), AppZero (Exhibitor), Aria Systems (Bronze), Automic (Gold), Avere Systems (Exhibitor), Axis Communications (Exhibitor), Basic6 (Exhibitor), Bitium (Exhibitor), BlueBox (Bronze), Brother Office (Bronze), BSQUARE  (Bronze), BUMI (Exhibitor), CA Technologies (Platinum), Calm.io (Bronze), CiRBA (Bronze), Cisco (Gold), Cloudant (Exhibitor), Cloudian (Bronze), CodeFutures (Bronze), Connect2.me (Exhibitor), Connected Data (Exhibitor), CrashPlan/Code42 (Exhibitor), Creative Business Solutions (Exhibitor), Cynny Italia (Exhibitor), Dasher Technologies (Exhibitor), DEAC Data Centers (Silver), Dell (Silver), Distrix (Exhibitor), Dyn (Bronze), e-SignLive by Silanis (Exhibitor), Edgecast Networks (Platinum), ElasticBox (Exhibitor), Endstream/Open Data Centers (Exhibitor),

ESRI (Bronze), Evident.io (Exhibitor), FireHost (Bronze), Gigamon (Silver), GoodData (Bronze), Gridstore (Exhibitor), Harbinger Group (Exhibitor), HP (DevOps Track Sponsor), IAPP (Exhibitor), IBM (Platinum), IDenticard (Exhibitor), Imperva (Exhibitor), IndependenceIT (Exhibitor), Infor (Platinum), InMage (Exhibitor), Innodisk (Exhibitor), ITinvolve (Silver), iwNetworks (Exhibitor), Ixia (Exhibitor), iXsystems (Exhibitor), Jelastic (Exhibitor), MangoApps (Exhibitor), Matrix.org (Silver), MetraTech (Bronze), Microsoft (Diamond), NaviSite (Silver), Net Access Corporation (Exhibitor), NuoDB (Bronze), NY Times (Exhibitor), Objectivity (Exhibitor), OpenCrowd (Exhibitor), Oracle (Platinum Plus), OutSystems (Bronze), Parasoft (Exhibitor), Peak10 (Exhibitor), Peer 1 Hosting (Exhibitor), Pluralsight (Exhibitor), PubNub (Exhibitor), QTS Data Centers (Bronze), Quantum (Exhibitor), Qubell (Platinum), r-evolutionapp (Exhibitor), RackWare (Exhibitor), Red Hat (Bronze), RingStor (e-Bulletin Sponsor), SAP (Gold), ScaleMP (Exhibitor), Seagate (Exhibitor), SendGrid (Exhibitor), Serena Software (Exhibitor), SherWeb (Exhibitor),

SimpleECM (Exhibitor), Smartvue (Exhibitor), SOA Software (Bronze), SOASTA CloudTest (Exhibitor), SoftLayer (Gold), SoftwareAG (Exhibitor), Solgenia (Exhibitor), SPAN Systems (Exhibitor), StackIQ (Exhibitor), Stateless Networks (Exhibitor), Stratogent (Exhibitor), Telecity (Exhibitor), Telehouse (Exhibitor), Telestax (Exhibitor), Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium (Exhibitor), Ulunsoft (Exhibitor), Utimaco (Exhibitor), VASCO Data Security (Bronze), Veeam (Exhibitor), Verizon (Platinum), VictorOps (Exhibitor), Virtustream (Power Panel Sponsor), Vormetric (Bronze), Will Jaya (Exhibitor), Windstream (Silver), WSM - Website Movers International (Exhibitor), Zentera (Exhibitor), Zerto (Exhibitor)

Secure Your VIP Pass to Attend @ThingsExpo 2015 New York
@ThingsExpo announced a limited time FREE "Expo Plus" registration option. The onsite registration price of $600 will be set to 'free' for delegates who register before the end of this month.

To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees can use the special "coupon code" on the registration page and secure their "@ThingsExpo Plus" registration to attend all keynotes and general sessions, as well as a limited number of technical sessions each day of the show, in addition to full access to the expo floor and the @ThingsExpo hackathons throughout the week.

The registration page is located at the @ThingsExpo site here.


@ThingsExpo 2015 New York 'Call for Papers' Now Open
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, announces that its 'Call for Papers' is now open. The event will feature a world class, all-star faculty with the hottest IoT topics covered in three distinct tracks.

Track 1 - Consumer IoT and Wearables: Smart Appliances, Wearables, Smart Cars, Smartphones 2.0, Smart Travel, Personal Fitness, Health Care, Personalized Marketing, Customized Shopping, Personal Finance, The Digital Divide, Mobile Cash & Markets, Games & the IoT, The Future of Education, Virtual Reality

Track 2 - Enterprise IoT: The Business Case for IoT, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, The Smart Home, M2M, Authentication/Security, Wiring the IoT, The Internet of Everything, Digital Transformation of Enterprise IT, Agriculture, Transportation, Manufacturing, Local & State Government, Federal Government

Track 3 - IoT Developer | WebRTC Convergence: WebRTC, Eclipse Foundation, Cloud Foundry, Docker & Linux Containers, Node-Red, Open Source Hardware, Leveraging SOA, Multi-Cloud IoT, Evolving Standards, WebSockets, Security & Privacy Protocols, GPS & Proximity Services, Bluetooth/RFID/etc., XMPP, Nest Labs


@ThingsExpo billboard is viewed by more than 1.3 million motorists per week on Highway 101, in the heart of Silicon Valley

Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is the Internet of Things: Submit your speaking proposal today here!

Download @ThingsExpo Newsletter Today ▸ Here

Chris Matthieu Named @ThingsExpo Tech Chair

Internet of @ThingsExpo named Chris Matthieu tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.

Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His latest startups include Twelephone. Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. Chris is currently co-founder and CTO of Octoblu.

Website: http://www.ThingsExpo.com
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/ThingsExpo

CEO Power Panel in Silicon Valley Examined Agility, Cloud, Big Data, and the 'Internet of Things'

Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, CIO of DEAC, discussed how important public, private, and hybrid cloud are to the enterprise. How does one define Big Data? And how is the IoT tying all this together?

About SYS-CON Media & Events
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) has since 1994 been connecting technology companies and customers through a comprehensive content stream - featuring over forty focused subject areas, from Cloud Computing to Web Security - interwoven with market-leading full-scale conferences produced by SYS-CON Events. The company's internationally recognized brands include among others Cloud Expo® (CloudComputingExpo.com@CloudExpo), Big Data Expo(BigDataExpo.net@BigDataExpo), DevOps Summit (DevOpsSummit.sys-con.com@DevOpsSummit), Internet of @ThingsExpo (ThingsExpo.com@ThingsExpo) and Cloud Computing Bootcamp(CloudComputingBootcamp.com).

Cloud Expo®, Big Data Expo® and @ThingsExpo® are registered trademarks of Cloud Expo, Inc., a SYS-CON Events company.

More Stories By Yeshim Deniz

News Desk compiles and publishes breaking news stories, press releases and latest news articles as they happen.