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Organizations today have choices that they did not have a few years ago. And nothing is better than bringing together two things that are popular like the ease of use and familiarity of Microsoft SQL Server combined with the flexibility, performance and security of Linux

"At the end of 2020, Red Hat commissioned a study with Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. that surveyed 306 members of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).

Survey participants held roles in a variety of verticals, working in IT departments with 54% of the respondents holding the title of Database Administrator. What the survey results pointed to was interesting.

First, many organizations that use SQL Server are working with a menagerie of flavors of operating systems (OS). Historically, if you wanted to run SQL Server your choice of operating systems were limited to Microsoft Windows. Times have changed, and Microsoft now actively supports SQL Server on Linux, and the adoption among the SQL Server base is popular..."

Friday Five - June 4, 2021
Red Hat News, June 4th, 2021
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

  • Increment - The Container Incubator
  • The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox
  • InfoWorld - You're Thinking About Kubernetes All Wrong
  • GCN - Why Now is the Right Time for an Open-source Serverless Strategy
  • In the Clouds - Business Value of GitOps

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Throughout the last year, digital transformation has come even more into focus as the center of business growth for companies both small and large

"These efforts, such as those enabled by hybrid or multi-cloud strategies, can help businesses to more flexibly pivot products or offerings in times of rapid change. This focus has highlighted the need for expertise in digital transformation. Organizations around the world invest time and resources into fostering this expertise among staff using Red Hat Certification, and according to a recent IDC study, this investment is paying off..."

Kubernetes is a robust yet complex infrastructure system for container orchestration, with multiple components that must be adequately protected

"In order to know how to more effectively secure your Kubernetes environments, it is important to understand the architecture of Kubernetes itself as well as where and how to focus efforts on valuable mitigations.

Each Kubernetes cluster consists of two sets of components:

  • The control plane, which is used to manage operations throughout the cluster, and

  • The cluster's worker nodes, which run containerized applications in pods. Also, to achieve high availability and resiliency-especially for production cluster environments-both sets of components can be deployed across multiple machines that form a cluster.

Considering that the Kubernetes control plane is designed to make global decisions regarding a cluster's operations, compromise of control plane components could easily result in complete compromise of a cluster.

Hybrid cloud has come to mean different things over time. One early canonical document from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) focused on quickly and transparently moving workloads between a private cloud and a public one

"This turned out to be both too narrow a definition and often not feasible because of the difficulty and cost of moving around large volumes of data. In fact, the recent interest in edge computing, in part, reflects the need to move computing closer to data and users. In this post, we'll cover some key considerations to keep in mind as you start digitally transforming your organization.

Consistency and integration across different computing footprints remains important. However, today's hybrid clouds are really about having a mix of new and old development processes to support traditional architectures and new applications. Increasingly, organizations want choices when deciding where to build and run their applications to meet business demands..."

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