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How Cloud-Based Development Makes AutoScout24 More Agile

by Ben Linders on  Feb 08, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Erik Doernenburg and Philipp Garbe from AutoScout24 about what made them decide to switch to the cloud and which benefits they expected, and how they manage computing resources using the cloud. InfoQ also asked them to give some examples showing how the cloud helps to deploy DevOps and to explain why teams are interested in working in an agile way and are eager to try new things.

Introducing AWS CloudWatch Events

by Kent Weare on  Feb 06, 2016 2

Amazon recently announced changes to the way customers can monitor their AWS resources. The service, known as CloudWatch Events, allows customers to consume a near real-time stream of events as changes to their AWS environment take place. These event changes can subsequently trigger notifications, or other actions, through the use of rules.

IBM Extends its Cloud Data Analytics Services

by Abel Avram on  Feb 06, 2016

IBM has announced four new data services: Analytics Exchange, Compose Enterprise, Graph, and Predictive Analytics. IBM’s new data services are meant to enable users to analyze their own data or get access to datasets provided by IBM. While some of the services run on Bluemix, for others the data can be deployed on other clouds, including private ones.

Benchmarking Netflix Dynomite with Redis on AWS

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 03, 2016

Last year, Netflix Cloud Database Engineering (CDE) team introduced Dynomite. Dynomite is a proxy layer, aiming to turn any non-distributed database into a sharded, multi-region replication aware distributed database system. Now Netflix released a benchmark using Dynomite with Redis in AWS infrastructure.

Microsoft Azure On-Premises? Technical Preview of Azure Stack Released

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 03, 2016 1

Last week, Microsoft delivered the first technical preview of Microsoft Azure Stack – a product that promises to let organizations run Azure services in their own data centers. This represents the third attempt by Microsoft to deliver a local Azure experience, but the first one that’s faithful to the public cloud experience and targeted at a mass audience.

Amazon Announces AWS Region in Canada

by Kent Weare on  Jan 30, 2016

Following the recent news about its South Korea region reaching general availability, Amazon has announced its plans to enter the Canadian market in 2016.

Parse will Shut Down their Service

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 29, 2016 3

Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

AWS Release ‘Scheduled Reserved Instances’, Allowing EC2 Capacity to be Reserved on a Periodic Basis

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 16, 2016

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have introduced ‘Scheduled Reserved Instances’, which enables EC2 compute capacity to be reserved at a discounted price for use on a periodic basis. For example, a EC2 instance type can be reserved for daily usage between the hours of 01:00 UTC and 05:00 UTC to perform overnight data analysis, or weekly or monthly to perform compute-intensive calculations.

Wia Provides Cloud Infrastructure for IoT

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 12, 2016

Wia is a cloud platform that aims to provide developers with a scalable and powerful backend for their Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. According to Conall Laverty, founder and CEO at Wia, that will enable the creation of fully fledged, production ready solutions without worrying about server management, data replication, and storage. InfoQ has spoken with Laverty.

Azure Role-based Access Control Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 31, 2015

In October, 2015 Microsoft announced its Azure Role Based Access Control (RBAC) feature has reached General Availability. The purpose of this feature is to allow organizations finer granularity when providing individuals and groups access to Azure resources and services.

Microsoft Reveals Integration Roadmap

by Kent Weare on  Dec 29, 2015 1

On December 24th, Microsoft released its latest Integration Roadmap. This is the first insight, customers and partners have had, into the collective roadmap of Microsoft integration technologies in several years.

Google Launches Cloud CDN Alpha

by Kent Weare on  Dec 28, 2015

Earlier this month, Google announced an Alpha Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) offering. The service aims to provide static content closer to end users by caching content in Google’s globally distributed edge caches.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces New Members and Begins Accepting Technical Contributions

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 23, 2015

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and organisation created with the purpose of advancing the development of ‘cloud native’ applications and services, has announced the joining of new members, the creation of a formal open governance structure, and new details about the associated technology stack.

Amazon Announces EC2 Dedicated Hosts Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 23, 2015

Last month, Amazon announced EC2 Dedicated Hosts are now generally available. Amazon initially discussed EC2 Dedicated Hosts at its Re:Invent conference in October. Using this new service, customers will have the ability to map Virtual Machines (VMs) to a physical host which runs in AWS.

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