Corporate IT’s Struggle for Compliance and Security
Bottom-up adoption of open-source containers technologies, as well as of DevOps automation tools, has created “technology pockets.” This led to individual groups utilizing unauthorized container images from public registries, or simply defining systems and application configurations that deviate from corporate performance, compliance, and security requirements.
Often, this problem is compounded by the lack of a responsive patch and upgrade process, which by itself can lead to a myriad of security vulnerabilities. Corporate IT typically does not have the coding knowledge or the tools to govern infrastructure as code. In addition, IT operators are not fully up to speed on the security, performance, compliance, and availability implications of containers, serverless functions, and other recently emerged development-focused tools and frameworks.
Today’s DevOps Toolchain is Complex
Business units today demand the ability to rapidly validate and release new software features. To simplify release lifecycles, line of business groups have adopted open-source tools for build, configuration, deployment, and release automation.
These open-source apps often come with large libraries for defining infrastructure as code. The rise of containers has further increased the complexity of the DevOps toolchain. This is because containers also count as infrastructure and constitute one more abstraction layer. They come with the ability to change, move, and upgrade applications significantly faster than traditional VM-based environments. This has left enterprises in a situation where it is easy to deploy applications to various cloud locations. All the while the corporate IT team is struggling to stay on top of SLAs, security, performance, and compliance.
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