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Virtualization: A Key Enabler of DevOps

by Mike Johnson, Business Leader The DevOps paradigm for software development, which combines new strategies for managing technology, processes, and teams to produce software on a more or less continuous basis, is made possible through the extensive use of virtualization technologies. Virtualization affects every aspect of DevOps from development, test, and deployment to operations and (read more)

DevOps: Worth the Hype?

By Mike Johnson Performance Software Business Leader DevOps is here to stay, writes Tina Sturgis in her blog at BMC, and, it would seem, most developers in the industry agree. A recent survey by InteropITX found that 80% of development organizations are considering adoption of DevOps methodologies, tools, and practices in the near future. Organizations (read more)

DevOps and Aerospace – What is DevOps?

By Mike Johnson Performance Software Business Leader As the virtualization, software as a service (SaaS), and big data revolutions continue, a whole host of new development strategies have emerged to take advantage of these technologies. These strategies, collectively called DevOps, enable software teams to deliver features to users more quickly and reliably than was previously (read more)

Virtual Machines: An Introduction to Platform Virtualization

This post is the first of an eight-part series introducing virtualization for security and DevOps productivity in the aerospace domain. By Julian Thomson, Performance Software Product Leader While virtual machines have been around since the early days of computing, the increasing popularity of cloud and highly scalable architectures, as well as the growing sophistication of (read more)

Autonomous Systems and Aviation Part 2

Understanding the risks of autonomous aviation systems When attempting to understand the risks of autonomous aviation systems, including self-flying airplanes, it is worthwhile to consider the circumstances of two very famous aviation accidents, which occurred within a few months of each other in 2009. In June of that year, Air France 447, while en route (read more)

Autonomous Systems and Aviation Part 1

What are the possibilities and practical applications of autonomous systems in aviation? Two recent crashes of self-driving automobiles, one in Tempe, Arizona and another in Mountain View, California, have brought increased attention to the rapid adoption of new, sophisticated autonomous technologies in the transportation industry. Driverless transport, long the dream of science fiction writers and (read more)

Commercial Drones Will Soon be Everywhere, But How Secure are They?

The spectacular drone-based light shows featured in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyongChang, highlight the rapid advancement taking place in unmanned aviation, particularly in commercial applications like sporting and public entertainment. The event, sponsored by Intel, featured more than 1,200 drones. Illuminated with high-intensity lights and synchronized in swarm (read more)

Connected Aircraft – Blockchain in Aerospace and Defense

By Tim Bigelow, Chief Development Officer Smart, internet-enabled devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous in our everyday lives. You are no longer required to log into a computer to submit an Amazon order or leave the house key under the mat for the sitter. Today we have mainstream consumer IoT (Internet of Things) devices such (read more)

UAVs and Cybersecurity

UAVs and Cybersecurity By Darren Cummings The emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones,’ as they are sometimes called, represents one of the most significant changes in the aviation landscape since the advent of jet technologies in the 1950s. Though they were almost unheard of outside military circles just 20 years ago, drones now (read more)

ADS-B and Cybersecurity

ADS-B and Cybersecurity: Lessons from the Maritime Domain By Darren Cummings, Performance Software DoD / Cybersecurity Leader The migration to Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, mandated for use in all commercial and general aviation aircraft by 2020, represents one of the most significant steps forward in the modernization of air traffic control in the United States. Presently, air (read more)