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1. Microservices: A quick and simple definition

Curious about microservices? The following overview is for you. It covers some of the basics of microservices: what they are, how they work, and what you need to keep in mind before implementing them.

2. Meltdown: Why our systems fail and what we can do about it

Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik take a fascinating look at the way systems are failing, day by day—some with disastrous outcomes—why this is happening, and what we can do about it.

3. Velocity in San Jose: New pass available for only $199

We want to make sure everyone who is part of the DevOps and Systems Engineering community has a chance to attend Velocity this year. The Expo Plus pass is an inexpensive way for you to attend all keynotes and sponsored talks, participate in networking events, and of course, access the expo hall to learn about the latest technology products and services.
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4. The web is broken; let's fix it

Laurel Ruma talks with Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript, co-founder of the Mozilla Project and Foundation, and CEO and founder of Brave Software, on disrupting advertising, decentralizing payments, and privacy by design. Listen to the podcast or read the highlights here.

5. Monitoring in Azure

When you deploy your application to Azure there is a breadth of monitoring solutions for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your application and the Azure resources that support them. Callon Campbell offers an overview.

Defending against malicious bot attacks: Where, when, and how

Today, malicious bots represent a significant threat to organizations of all sizes. According to a recent report, bots (both good and bad) compose over half of all internet traffic today. As more vulnerable and unprotected IoT devices are connected to the internet, experts expect this threat to continue to grow.

On Thursday, May 31 at 10am PDT, join cybersecurity experts Stephen Gates and Allan Liska as they look at ways to take your bot protection to the next level. This webcast will help you understand the risk to your networks, websites, applications, APIs, and data and outline how you can mitigate the growing risk posed by malicious bots now and in the future. This webcast is brought to you by Oracle Dyn.
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6. The Cloudcast #346: What is observability?

Brian Gracely talks with Christine Yen, co-founder of Honeycomb.io, about the concept of observability, why it's needed with new application and failure patterns, how to think about testing in production, and how to manage the collection of observability data. Listen to the podcast or read the show notes here.

7. The reality of cloud migration: It gets worse before it gets better

The IRS dominated headlines last month when a computer glitch arose—on Tax Day—that prevented the agency from collecting millions of tax returns and forced a deadline extension. Beneath the bevy of predictable, "embarrassing government snafu" stories lies a greater, more systemic problem: IT modernization. Specifically, the potential consequences of not modernizing. Brad Shick, reporting for DevOps.com looks at modernization, migrating to the cloud, and offers sound advice for dealing with the rough spots.

8. Serverless architecture: From buzzword to reality, Part 1

The maturity of some big platforms created by companies like Google or Amazon, as well as the growing number of applications based on those platforms, are changing the buzzword around serverless architecture into a reality that should be seriously considered in any new project, writes Diego De Sogos. What are the key concepts behind serverless architecture and what are their advantages and drawbacks? Take a look and find out why serverless is so promising for the software industry.

Leveraging multiplatform DNS for web application resiliency

The threat to an organization's DNS has never been more pronounced, and the operations community is furiously working to protect against attacks and other types of service disruptions. The most obvious way to increase DNS resiliency comes through having multiple providers, but it's not as simple as adding a secondary or alternate DNS service.

Join Matt Torrisi in a 3-hour live online training course, to learn how to implement multiplatform DNS. Matt covers the important criteria in assessing DNS network compatibility and demonstrates how to use DNS as a traffic-steering platform. During the course, you'll create an optimized traffic-flow diagram for your organization's domain so you can communicate the concepts you've learned in this session with your own team. The course takes place June 26 from 7am – 10am PDT and space is limited.
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9. Google announces Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring

Google has announced a beta release for Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring, designed to enable users to observe Kubernetes in a more comprehensive way, reports Jenna Sargent for ITOpsTimes, with more details here.

10. Take the 2018 Ops Survey

As an IT operations professional—whether you call yourself a sysadmin, DevOps practitioner, SRE, DBA, or whatever—you're invited to share a few details about yourself. We want to learn about the demographics, work environments, tools, and compensation of practitioners in our growing field. All responses are reported in aggregate to assure your anonymity. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. We'll share the results once they're compiled.

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11. The Chaos Toolkit driver for AWS is getting some love from the community

Sylvain Hellegouarch gives a big shout out to members of the Chaos Toolkit community for their awesomeness, focusing on the driver for AWS, which has received recent contributions from Antoine Carat and Arun Gupta.

12. Automating my workflow

Sebastiaan Nijland shares a shell script he wrote recently.
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