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Microsoft Azure Scale Sets In Public Preview

by Kent Weare on  Nov 24, 2015

In a recent blog post, Mark Russinovich, cto of Microsoft Azure, announced a public preview feature called Azure Scale Sets. Azure Scale Sets are an Azure Compute resource which allow you to deploy and manage a group of virtual machines (VMs) as a collective group, or set.

Google Launches Cloud Datalab Beta

by Kent Weare on  Nov 22, 2015 2

At the recent Google Cloud Platform Next experience event in Paris, Google announced a beta data visualization service called Cloud Datalab. Cloud Datalab allows developers to explore and analyze their data through an interactive web-browser experience.

IBM Commits to Advance Apache Spark

by Alex Giamas on  Nov 20, 2015

Earlier last month in Las Vegas, at IBM Insight 2015, IBM announced a major commitment to the Apache Spark project. Referring to it as “potentially the most significant open source project of the next decade” tells a lot about how important IBM believes Apache Spark is. With IDC reporting that 80% of cloud applications in the future will be data intensive, Apache Spark can unlock previously...

Structure 2015 - State of the Cloud and Container Ecosystems

by Chris Swan on  Nov 19, 2015

Rising from the ashes of GigaOm the tribal gathering of cloud elders that is Structure has returned, and got off to a strong start with Battery Ventures' Adrian Cockcroft presenting on the State of the Cloud and Container Ecosystems. Cockcroft paid particular attention to the impact of containers, which wasn’t even a major discussion topic at the last Structure conference in 2013.

Introducing Azure Service Fabric

by Kent Weare on  Nov 15, 2015

In April 2015 at the Build conference in San Francisco, Microsoft introduced an Azure service called Service Fabric. Azure Service Fabric is a platform that allows customers to build distributed applications without having to manage a complex infrastructure deployment. The service is currently in developer preview as of May 2015 and a general availability release is expected in early 2016.

Microsoft Announces Azure Premium Messaging Preview

by Kent Weare on  Nov 10, 2015

In early September, Microsoft announced a premium tier preview to its messaging offering known as Azure Service Bus Premium Messaging. The premium service includes existing cloud based messaging capabilities, such as Queues and Topics, but delivers them over dedicated infrastructure in order to provide a consistent experience for customers.

Dropbox API v2 Launched for Swift, Python, .NET, and Java

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 10, 2015

Dropbox has announced its API v2, which supports four SDKs: Swift, Python, .NET, and Java, is generally available to developers. According to Dropbox, Dropbox API v2 is “simpler, more consistent, and more comprehensive”. Currently, API v2 does not support JavaScript and Objective-C.

Twistlock Announce General Availability of Container Security Suite

by Chris Swan on  Nov 10, 2015

Twistlock have announced the general availability of their Container Security Suite, along with a partnership with Google Cloud Platform that integrates Twistlock into Google Container Engine (GKE). The suite consists of a console to define policy, a registry scanner and a ‘Defender’that runs as a privileged container on each host.

Google to Provide Integration between Cloud Logs and Cloud Monitoring Services

by Kent Weare on  Nov 08, 2015

Google recently announced they are adding features to its cloud platform that will enable integration between its cloud-based log service and its cloud monitoring service. The intent of providing these capabilities is to allow customers to efficiently move between the Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring services when discovering the health of their own services.

Migrating Traditional Workloads to the Cloud: Q&A with Kris Bliesner

by Daniel Bryant on  Nov 08, 2015

InfoQ recently sat down with Kris Bliesner, founder and CTO of 2nd Watch, who has developed deep experience in migrating workloads from traditional IT estates to the cloud. Bliesner identified common challenges with cloud workload migration, discussed recommended processes, and offered his thoughts on the topics of security, compliance, DevOps and automation.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry Adds Netflix OSS Services, Docker Support

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 02, 2015 1

Today, Pivotal announced an update to Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), the commercial version of a popular opens-source platform for building, deploying, and running cloud-native applications. This 1.6 release gives developers native access to a subset of Spring Cloud’s Netflix OSS services, built-in support for .NET applications, beta support for Docker images, and integrated ALM tools.

Amazon Releases Kinesis Firehose

by Kent Weare on  Nov 01, 2015

Recently, on October 7th, 2015, Amazon announced a new service called Amazon Kinesis Firehose. Kinesis Firehose is a follow-up service to the Kinesis service which was released two years ago. In order to avoid ambiguity, the original Kinesis service has been renamed to Amazon Kinesis Streams.

DigitalOcean Adds Floating IPs

by Richard Seroter on  Oct 30, 2015

DigitalOcean recently introduced floating IPs that can be manually reassigned to any Droplet – what DigitalOcean calls a virtual machine – within a data center. While neither novel nor a standalone high-availability solution, this service fills a gap for the fast-growing cloud provider.

Microsoft AzureCon Keynote Announcements

by Kent Weare on  Oct 20, 2015

On Thursday, October 1st Microsoft made several announcements regarding their Azure Platform. These announcement include 3 new Azure regions in India, GPU support, Security Center, IoT Suite and Container Service.

AWS Unveils 2TB X1 and T2.Nano EC2 Instances

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 13, 2015

At its re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services has unveiled two new instance types for its EC2 service: X1, sporting 2TB of memory, and T2.Nano, aimed to the lower end of compute requirements.

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