Salesforce Enters IoT Market

by Kent Weare on  Oct 01, 2015

At Salesforce’s recent Dreamforce conference, the company announced an upcoming IoT platform that will allow for the ingestion of real time data and turn it into actionable tasks across its suite of cloud based services.

Netflix’ Principles of Chaos Engineering

by Abel Avram on  Sep 26, 2015

Based on their experience with arbitrarily shutting down servers or simulating the shutdown of an entire data center in production, Netflix has proposed a number of principles of chaos engineering.

Google Preemptible Virtual Machines are now out of Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 20, 2015

A few months after its beta launch, Google has announced the general availability of preemptible virtual machines as part of the Google Compute Engine cloud. Preemptible VMs have a lower price than other types of VMs that Google offers, but they can be shut down at any moment by Google with a 30 sec warning.

Google's Cloud Dataflow Enters General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Sep 17, 2015

On August 12, Google announced that its big data processing service has reached general availability. This managed service allows customers to build pipelines that manipulate data prior to being processed by big data solutions. Cloud Dataflow supports both streaming and batch programming in a unified model.

Heroku Adds Private Spaces for Isolating Cloud Apps

by Richard Seroter on  Sep 16, 2015

Since being acquired by Salesforce five years ago, Heroku has continued to evolve as a developer-focused, standalone PaaS. The recent beta announcement of Heroku Private Spaces – included in the Heroku Enterprise bundle and part of the new Salesforce App Cloud – addresses a key Ops security concern while also bringing clarity to the question of how to use Salesforce and Heroku together.

Go 1.6 will Make its Garbage Collector Faster

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 09, 2015

While Go 1.5 is still relatively new on the blocks, the Go team is already at work on improving its new, low-pause, concurrent garbage collector, which aims to make Go better suited for new application fields, Google engineers Austin Clements and Rick Hudson say.

Microsoft Azure Event Hubs Surpasses 1 Trillion Transactions in a Single Month

by Kent Weare on  Sep 09, 2015

The Microsoft Azure Event Hubs messaging service processed approximately 150 terabytes and 30 billion messages per day, or 375 000 messages per second, in June 2015, according to the Microsoft Azure Service Bus product team.

InfoQ China Establishes Container Technology Club

by Gary Guo on  Sep 03, 2015

On August 28, 2015, the first CNUTCon was held in Beijing. At the conference, Kevin Huo, the founder of Geekbang & InfoQ China, announced that InfoQ has joined forces with domestic front-line IT technology companies to establish the CNUT Container Technology Club.

AWS Simplifies Resource Access with VPC Endpoints, Initially Supporting S3

by Steffen Opel on  Aug 31, 2015

Amazon Web Services recently introduced VPC endpoints to enable a "private connection between your VPC and another AWS service without requiring access over the Internet, through a NAT instance, a VPN connection, or AWS Direct Connect". VPC endpoint policies provide granular access control to other service's resources. Initially available are connections to S3, other services will be added later.

Microsoft Releases Azure Data Factory

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 25, 2015 1

Any cloud provider that believes in data gravity is trying to make it easier to collect and store data in its facilities. To make data movement between cloud and on-premises endpoints easier, Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Azure Data Factory (ADF).

Facebook’s Parse Open-sources its SDK for Android and iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 16, 2015

Parse, Facebook-owned provider of a successful Mobile Backend as a service, has open-sourced its SDK for the iOS/OS X and Android platforms.

Snowflake Announces General Availability of their Cloud Data Warehouse Offering

by Benjamin Darfler on  Jul 28, 2015 1

Snowflake Computing has announced the general availability of their Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, a software as a service offering that provides a SQL data warehouse on top of Amazon Web Services.

New Amazon DynamoDB Streams Enable Triggers, Cross-Region Replication

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 26, 2015

AWS updated DynamoDB with the ability to publish near real-time notifications of data changes. This new capability – called DynamoDB Streams – spawned two additional features for the NoSQL database-as-a-service: DynamoDB Triggers fire based on specific data changes found in a DynamoDB Stream, and cross-region replication is driven by a DynamoDB Streams-based architecture.

Windows Server 2008 & 2012 Are Now GA on GCE

by Abel Avram on  Jul 24, 2015

After being more than a year in beta, Google has graduated the Windows Server running on Compute Engine (GCE) to General Availability. The versions supported are Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition, and they plan to add support for Windows Server 2016 and Nano in the future.

IBM to Open Source 50 Projects

by Abel Avram on  Jul 23, 2015

IBM has announced a new web portal called developerWorks Open, bringing together various projects they are open sourcing. The projects cover many domains including Analytics, Cloud, IoT, Mobile, Security, Social, Watson and others. So far, IBM has open sourced about 30 projects, and they plan to increase the number up to 50 by the end of the year, and others may come in the future.

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