End of Support: A Catalyst to Application Lifecycle Modernization

As many of you know, the standard Microsoft lifecycle policy is 10 years of support (5 for mainstream + 5 for extended support) for business and developer products, such as SQL and Windows servers. At the end of the extended support period, patches or security updates are no longer provided, creating security and compliance issues. […]

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Reducing Audit Pain with Continuous Compliance

No one questions that audits are stressful, painful and time-consuming. But organizations — financial institutions especially — must conduct audits to ensure security and validate compliance regulatory requirements. As security threats increase or regulations change, entities in turn must conduct more audits. But how can a company stay competitive when so much time and resources […]

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Beyond the Checkout: Creating Next-Gen Point-of-Sale Solutions with Continuous Delivery and Habitat

Continuous delivery to your retail environment without refactor? Take a look at a modern application delivery model that fits both legacy and next-gen POS software. Point-of-sale (POS) systems in 2018 are effectively no different than multi-tiered IT applications from the datacenter or cloud. So why can’t we innovate at the same speed as our mobile […]

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Repackage, Don’t Rewrite! Improving Portability and Agility of Legacy Applications with Habitat

Until now, there have only been two approaches to deal with business-critical legacy applications written in a pre-cloud era: rewrite them, which is a painful, risky and long-lived process (and in some cases, not possible); or lift-and-shift, which doesn’t address the underlying technical debt or the difficulty of managing and deploying this software. In our […]

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Preparing for Audits with InSpec

Preparing for a compliance audit can be an overwhelming process. Coordinating and translating requirements between teams is often a time consuming, manual process, regressions uncovered between audits can drive friction between internal IT and security teams, and between the rise of cloud and container solutions and numerous emerging regulatory frameworks, the sheer breadth of what […]

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Augment your Audits with InSpec 2.0

InSpec is a powerful framework for automating the testing and auditing of environments you manage. With the recent release of InSpec 2.0, it’s gotten even better with various performance improvements, extra resources, and for the first time, the ability to scan not only servers, but cloud endpoints with new AWS and Microsoft Azure resources. Last […]

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Migrating to the Cloud with Chef and CTP

A successful cloud migration requires careful planning. Over the past few months, we’ve been taking a look at how your organization can prepare for that migration. In January, my colleague Matt Carter introduced the Shared Responsibility Model, and how Chef can help you validate your areas of concern. In February, I presented a cloud-focused webinar […]

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