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Monitoring Mondays: Devs Love Containers, and Ops Should Too

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This weekly series will provide a recap of the most relevant news to come out of the tech world over the past week, with a specific focus on IT monitoring. It is easy to become immersed in your daily requirements as a sysadmin, but you don’t want to be that guy who is unaware of an important product release or company announcement that may change the way you do your job. With this in mind, it will be the goal of this series to arm you with ‘must know’ information so you can start your week off on the right foot knowing you are properly prepared. 

Rio Olympics and network capacity

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro kicked off last week and with such a massive event comes concerns from IT managers about network capacity. While many are monitoring how tech is impacting the Olympics specifically in Brazil, IT leaders all over the world will be monitoring their own corporate networks to see how both customers/internal employees are being affected by the desire to constantly be tuned into the games. A survey by TEKsystems (which interviewed 600 IT managers) found that 72% expect "a major or moderate increase in internet usage at their companies due to workers streaming the Olympics”. Head over to InformationWeek to read more about the Olympics and network capacity, and stay tuned for a blog from us this week on monitoring the games in Rio! 

Devs love containers, and ops should too 

Docker containers have dramatically improved the efficiency of software development, and now operational teams are starting to see the benefits. It is fairly well known now that containers allow developers to quickly build/test applications, but more advantages are starting to present themselves to ops such as the packaging of commercial  applications and organizational convenience. The ability to spin up containers and make them go away instantly makes life easier for ops teams who want a clean view of the tasks that need attention. Info World has provided a few nice use cases of containers working wonders for operations, and more creative advantages are certain to come about as containerization continues to evolve. 

Why digital transformation needs mainframe DevOps 

Successful digital businesses utilize the data and business processes encoded in their mainframe-based applications. And as organizations put digital at the forefront of their initiatives, CIOs must consider how best to tap into this vital data held in mainframes. However, mainframes are complex and can impede innovation if you don’t know how to structure them in a way that will provide easily accessible insights. This is where mainframe DevOps comes into play and ComputerWeekly has published a list of tactics that will help you modernize/rewrite mainframe applications that will work to your advantage. 

Do tech teams consider Windows 10 as a win? 

According to a recent survey from Spiceworks, the majority of IT professionals said their organization has been satisfied with Windows 10 since adopting it. Since its release in July 2015, more than 300 million devices have implemented Windows 10 and it is outpacing all previous versions of Windows. The OS still has a few hurdles to overcome such as compatibility issues and concerns about the amount of control IT teams have over upgrades, but overall it seems that tech teams are considering Windows 10 as a success. If you are still on the fence about Windows 10, head over to CIO Insight to read a nice list of the findings from the Spiceworks survey.