Event Driven Auto-Remediation with the Elastic Stack

Jan 12, 2017
by Siddharth Krishna

Recently we explained how to use Syslog with Splunk & StackStorm to auto-remediate a link going down on a switch. Splunk is a widely used log management tool but there’s also a popular open source alternative – Elastic Stack (formerly the ELK Stack: Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana). So if you’re using the Elastic Stack, and are looking to automate event remediation in your environment, you’re at the right place! In this post, we’re taking the same use case as before and talking about how to set up the Elastic stack to collect syslog data and trigger event-based network remediation workflows using StackStorm.

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Quick update: v2.1.1 published

December 20, 2016
by Lindsay Hill

Just in case you missed it, we published StackStorm v2.1.1 late last week. This is a minor update, on top of the major changes to pack management we made with 2.1.

There’s a few small bugfixes and enhancements:

  • core.http now supports HTTP basic auth and digest authentication.
  • Local action runner supports unicode parameter keys and values.
  • Improved error handling and more user-friendly messages for packs commands and APIs.

Full details in the Changelog.

This is a recommended update for all v2.1.0 users. Use yum or apt to upgrade your system. If you’re not yet running v2.1.0, make sure you read all the Upgrade Notes. There were some significant changes in v2.1, and it may break your custom packs. It’s worth it though, we promise.

Innovation at Dimension Data: Taking DevOps Beyond Deployment

December 6, 2016
By Dana Christensen

At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco last month, DevOps leaders like Target, American Airlines, Disney, and Quicken Loans spoke of the importance collaboration, eliminating silos, managing/optimizing operations and addressing technical debt, the importance of open source and contributing to community, and continuous learning. I was especially struck by Jason Cox of Disney, who stressed the importance of “creating a culture of courage” where teams are encouraged to be curious, to experiment, explore and embrace change–including process, roles, and technology.

Anthony Shaw at Auto-Remediation meetup

It turns out that these themes are being talked about not only by the large DevOps leaders. These themes are being repeated in conversations around the globe with IT leaders who are looking to leverage DevOps practices to successfully drive Digital Transformation.

Anthony Shaw, Director of Innovation and Technical Talent at Dimension Data has seen this first hand. Anthony not only leads innovation efforts within Dimension Data-but he also travels the world speaking with customers about their business priorities, their Digital Transformation goals, and how the innovative use of technology, organizational structure, and day to day operational practices can accelerate their Digital Transformation journey.

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2.1 is here! New Pack Management and More!

December 6, 2016
by Lindsay Hill

Ta-da! It’s here! StackStorm version 2.1 has been released, and there are some big changes. So big that we started wondering if we should have called this release version 3.0. Pack management has had a lot of work done, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results. Plus good news for those patiently waiting for Ubuntu 16.04LTS support!

Packs Packs Packs…it’s (mostly) all about Packs

The big theme for this release is Pack Management. We’ve upgraded, enhanced, overhauled & refitted pack management, and we’re very pleased to introduce the StackStorm Exchange

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Shiny new StackStorm Pack Exchange.

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2.1 is Coming to Town: Check the New Pack Management

by Dmitri Zimine and st2 team
Nov 29, 2016

Dear stormers and friends!

We are almost ready with a new and quite exciting platform release. This is a big release and we are really looking forward to it, and you should, too – just check out exchange.stackstorm.org to get excited about what is coming. As usual, you will soon see an announcement, a blog describing the highlights of what we’ve done, and a back-story on how and why we did it.

This, however, is an unusual “head’s up”. The changes around pack management we are introducing in 2.1 are so substantial that it’s fair to give you time to review the new features, read the changelog, and adjust your private packs or automation around StackStorm if needed. We’re inviting you to contribute – EASILY – by trying out the new functionality and sharing feedback, or helping us catch last-minute bugs.

The transition notes are drafted here. The full list of changes is in the change log. Please help us improve the docs wherever you find them unclear, confusing or imprecise – we are actively testing as we write this.

The biggest change is introducing StackStorm Exchange. All integration packs from st2contrib, as well as other packs scattered around, are being moved under StackStorm Exchange. Once the transfer is complete, you will be submitting your new packs as PRs against StackStorm-Exchange/exchange-incubator repo, as described in README.md. Making features and fixes on existing community packs will be much easier now that each pack is in it’s own GitHub repo.

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Shiny new StackStorm Pack Exchange.

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Genomics Sequencing, StackStorm, and Reading the Source Code of Biology

By Dana Christensen
Nov 15, 2016

The DevOps movement is focused on leading transformational change and driving innovation. At the recent DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco, many of the leaders in the field spoke of driving change through a culture focused on collaboration, community, co-creation, curiosity, continual learning, designing for joy, and meaningful work. I have been impressed with the passion and conviction that leaders in the DevOps movement speak about and emphasize these key principles.. Through determination and focus, living out these key values, and recognizing that everyone has a role to play—we will be able to truly unlock the power of technology to address the many complex global challenges we face today.

An excellent example of leveraging DevOps and technology to address complex global challenges is found in the field of Genomics Research. Through focus on the values spoken about by DevOps thought leaders and innovation at the speed of community—Science, Universities, Government, and Business, powered by advances in IT, are able to join forces to develop and evolve techniques that allow for the reading of the source code of biology—something that is incredibly complex and in parts extremely optimized. Through this important work, we are just beginning to unlock the secrets and miraculous mysteries to life on earth as we know it.

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Unleash the power of IoT with Event-Driven Automation (ST2 & BWC @ SuperComputing16)

By Chip Copper, PhD; Principal Technology Evangelist, Brocade
Nov 14, 2016

The pattern is the same: “I can’t because we don’t…”, “But we are also…”, “Can I …”, and finally “How do I get it?”

We’re demonstrating Brocade Workflow Composer (BWC), powered by StackStorm, at SuperComputing16 in Salt Lake City. When you stop by booth 1131, we will give you a token of our appreciation. It’s an NodeMCU microcontroller. It’s pretty cool – WiFi built in, ARM microcontroller, lots of GPIO pins, and it can easily be programmed using the freely-available Arduino IDE. It gets you into the world of IoT quickly and easily, and it’s a lot of fun! Bonus!

But there is a catch – you have to watch a demo to get it.

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Execution Time for ChatOps commands

November 7, 2017
by Eugen C. aka @armab

Did you know you can do something like this with StackStorm ChatOps?
ChatOps Command Execution time

Looks simple, but it’s a very useful thing to have in your ChatOps toolset, especially for potentially long-running commands.
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StackStorm at OpenStack Barcelona

Nov 01, 2016
by Dmitri Zimine

Lights flashing at the StackStorm-Brocade booth made event-driven automation feel real with the IoT demo entertaining enterprise and DevOps crowds alike. Mirantis’ talk about auto-healing Symantec OpenStack cloud with StackStorm sparkled hallway conversations about auto-remediation. Our guerrilla hacking challenge was success, unveiled that the best hackers are all co-located…(guess where, anyone?)

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Auto-Remediation for Real: Self-Healing Clouds and Auto-Remediation as a Service

Oct 27, 2016
by Dana Christensen

What do companies like eBay, VMware, Facebook, Netflix, Mirantis, Verizon, Infosys, Cisco, Dell, LinkedIn, and Apple have in common?

They all attended the Auto-Remediation and Event-Driven Automation MeetUp on Oct. 20th hosted by the StackStorm team at Brocade in San Jose.

The topic for the evening was “Remediation For Real” and both Mirantis and Netflix provided excellent overviews and demonstrations of how auto-remediation is helping to address business issues and increase their engineers’ productivity (and sleeptime!).

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