Shortly after Google announced their Mobile Backend Starter for Android applications, Microsoft has announced the extension of their Azure mobile services adding support for Custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, and a free SQL DB.
Cloud Foundry has announced the deprecation of its current service and planned launch of Cloud Foundry V2. The new service will become a paid service along with a new architecture and new features including a web console, team development and buildpacks for customizing languages and runtime environments. There will also be support for custom domains and a services marketplace.
Google is making MySQL available in the cloud as a fully managed service, including a JSON API for programmatic management.
Amazon's free, one-day cloud community event took place in Berlin this month. Aimed at developers, technical and business leaders, the topics of the series increasingly focus on cost effectiveness, high availability, big data and security. The summit was complemented with presentations from successful local AWS adopters.
A keynote presentation by Adrian Cockroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix, describes the Netflix "Cloud Native" architecture and the trade-off between the Utopia of perfection versus the new engineering challenge of building highly agile and highly available services from ephemeral and often broken components.
CloudMunch launched its full-stack DevOps platform - a dashboard of pre-integrated tools for version control, build management, validation, automated testing, deployment and cloud connectors. The company claims its platform significantly simplifies deployment of applications and infrastructure.
Latest Rackspace developments include .NET SDK, PowerClient – a PowerShell-based management tool – and PHP mobile back-end.
Tom Baeyens, the original creator of JBoss jBPM (acquired by Red Hat) and Activiti (acquired by Alfresco), has announced Effektif, a new cloud-based Business Process Management (BPM) tool for process automation. The new venture is being developed in partnership with Signavio. InfoQ spoke to Baeyens and co-CEO of Signavio Decker to find out more.
NuoDB recently released its Cloud Database Management System which supports SQL queries, ACID (Atomic, Consistent, Isolated and Durable) transactions, and easy scaling to multiple nodes. It is designed for companies that need to scale their databases to multiple servers but don’t want to give up the power of relational algebra or transactional guarantees.
Microsoft's guidance on how to deploy a SQL solution in Azure addresses many concerns such as service level agreements, maintenance, and scalability. Additionally, a framework is offered which helps developers make this decision based upon their solution's specific needs.
Besides Java, Jelastic has added PHP to their platform for service hosting providers. This article contains an interview with Dmitry Sotnikov, COO at Jelastic, with more inside information about their PaaS solution.
Opscode has announced the availability of Test Kitchen 0.7.0 with support for using on-demand OpenStack instances to test Chef cookbooks. Test Kitchen is a tool, which helps Opscode Chef cookbook developers to validate their cookbooks before applying them to their live infrastructure.
With 2012 drawing to a close it's the season for analysts and others to give their thoughts on what we can expect in 2013. These range from how SOA will be used more in social and mobile, through to it being the year when people will see that Private Cloud is really just virtualization. What do you think of these predictions and can you offer some of your own?
Last month, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider Engine Yard released a “cloud in a box” that developers can use to test their applications locally before publishing to the public cloud. Multiple cloud providers have now embraced this deployment model as a way to accelerate development while making it easier to try a particular cloud before committing to it.
The fourth annual Java2Days conference in Sofia, Bulgaria was conducted last week. This is the first Java conference in Eastern Europe.