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Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2016 CTP 1

by Kent Weare on  May 01, 2016

On March 30th, 2016 Microsoft announced the release of their BizTalk Server 2016 Community Technical Preview 1 (CTP). This release is one of Microsoft’s milestones they highlighted in their recent Integration Roadmap. In addition to the BizTalk Server CTP, Microsoft has also released an initial CTP for its Host Integration Server offering.

Collision: How Flash Storage Will Transform IT

by David Iffland on  Apr 28, 2016

Massive reductions in cost for flash storage along with new technologies promise to dramatically change how well IT shops can satisfy what's expected of them in the cloud era. John Roese, CTO of EMC lays out a case for why companies need to adopt new technologies in order to out-perform their competitors.

Samsung and Codenvy release Artik IDE for IoT

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 27, 2016

Today at the Samsung Developers Conference, Codenvy announced the first public release of the Samsung Artik IDE which allows building applications for the Samsung Artik IoT devices.

Amazon Announces Managed Platform Updates for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

by Kent Weare on  Apr 23, 2016 1

On April 19th, 2016 Amazon announced changes to their Elastic Beanstalk service. In this update, Amazon is providing customers with the ability to automatically install platform updates.

GitLab and DigitalOcean Offer Free Hosting for GitLab CI to Open Source Community

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 21, 2016

GitLab, maker of the homonymous Git-based code management and continuous integration platform, and Y Combinator cloud platform provider DigitalOcean have partnered to provide free hosting to the open source community to move their continuous integration to the cloud.

Q&A with Michael Behrendt on IBM's Event-driven Programming Service Bluemix OpenWhisk

by Rags Srinivas on  Apr 19, 2016

IBM joins a number of vendors making a play in the emerging paradigm of serverless computing with a new event-driven programming service for their Bluemix platform called OpenWhisk.. InfoQ's Rags Srinivas caught up with Michael Behrendt, one of the architects for Bluemix regarding the IBM Interconnect conference, OpenWhisk and Bluemix in general.

Google Cloud Machine Learning and Tensor Flow Alpha Release

by Dylan Raithel on  Apr 18, 2016

Late last month Google released an alpha version of their TensorFlow (TF) integrated cloud machine learning service as a response to a growing need to make their Tensor Flow library to run at scale on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google describes several new feature sets around making TF usage scale by integrating several pieces of the GCP like Dataproc, a managed Hadoop and Spark service.

Microsoft Releases Power BI Embedded Preview

by Kent Weare on  Apr 17, 2016

Recently at the 2016 Build Event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a change to their Power BI offering. The update comes in the form of giving customers and ISVs with the ability to embed Power BI reports within their own applications. Microsoft is calling this service Power BI Embedded and it is currently in preview.

Microsoft Gets into Serverless Apps with Azure Functions

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 15, 2016

At this month's Build conference, Microsoft announced a preview of Azure Functions, a service that runs code on-demand. Azure Functions is Microsoft's entry into the increasingly-popular space of event-driven, serverless computing occupied by Amazon, Google, IBM, and others.

Apache Storm Reaches 1.0, Brings Improved Performance, Many New Features

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 14, 2016

Version 1.0 is "a major milestone in the evolution of Apache Storm", writes Apache Software Foundation VP for Apache Storm P. Taylor Goetz, and it includes many new features and improvements. In particular, Goetz claims a 3x–16x boost in performance.

Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Swagger Definition Import

by Kent Weare on  Apr 09, 2016

On April 5th, 2016 Amazon announced an update to its API Management service known as Amazon API Gateway. In this update, Amazon API Gateway now supports a direct way of importing Swagger 2.0 definitions.

Zalando’s STUPS: Creating an Audit-Compliant PaaS on Top of AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 04, 2016

At the microXchg conference 2016, Zalando talked about their journey to creating an audit-compliant Platform as a Service (PaaS) for multiple autonomous teams that runs on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Key lessons learned included: the need for autonomous teams and a supporting PaaS, alongside auditing and a clear vision, are essential to scale development as an engineering organisation grows.

Azure Service Fabric Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Apr 03, 2016

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.

Microsoft Reaches New Milestone in Delivering Trusted Cloud Services

by Kent Weare on  Mar 28, 2016

Microsoft recently announced an expansion of their Azure regions world-wide. The number of regions announced now sits at 30, with 22 being generally available (GA). The most recent wave, of Azure regions, focuses on trusted environments for government customers or regions with specific privacy needs.

Dropbox Develops Magic Pocket, Moves Away From AWS

by Kent Weare on  Mar 26, 2016

On March 14, 2016 Dropbox discussed their migration away from AWS on their blog. The blog post recounts all of the recent activities that have allowed them to achieve their goal of serving 90% of all user data exclusively from their own data centers. The project, named “Magic Pocket”, called for in-house developed software and hardware to be built to support their customer needs.

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