At DockerCon EU 2015, VMware made available their Photon Controller as an open source product via the organisation’s GitHub account. The Photon Controller is a component within VMware’s Photon platform that is designed as an infrastructure stack optimised for ‘container and cloud’ workloads. The platform offers an API-first user experience, a scalable control plane, and native container support.
Verizon has launched a new platform named ThingSpace, the objective of which is to simplify the development and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. ThingSpace developers can utilize APIs and hardware bundled with developer kits that perform the actual IoT measurements and gather the data for transfer to the analysis platform.
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.
Jelastic, a PaaS and container based IaaS provider, released Joker (Jelastic + Docker) 4.0 with advanced Docker features including horizontal scaling for containers, support for stateful containers with live migration and Docker volumes. The company has made improvements to Docker’s core technology to achieve the features in the Joker release.
Amazon Web Services have released a series of updates for the Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) that include an ECS command line interface, Docker Compose support, task definitions that allow additional Docker configuration options, and an ECS scheduler update that adds support for availability zone awareness.
Among recent Amazon Web Services’ announcements at re:Invent, AWS Mobile Hub aims at making it easier for mobile app developers to use AWS services to build their apps’ backends.
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.
Amazon has announced QuickSight at AWS Re:invent conference. QuickSight a complete Business Intelligence solution to help customers gain insights from the data they have stored in AWS.
Amazon has published the AWS Well-Architected Framework, a guide for architecting solutions for AWS, with design principles that apply to systems running on AWS or other clouds.
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.
Amazon has introduced a new mobile app monetization model dubbed Amazon Underground and linked with their own Amazon app store. The new model provides “actually free” apps to customers while developers are paid based on how long their apps are used.
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.
Oracle released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0. It supports Paravirtualization for Windows and Linux guests, offers improved CPU utilization, supports USB 3.0, enables bi-directional Drag and drop, and lets you encrypt your disk images. It works seamlessly with current versions of Vagrant.
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.
The codebase for Google’s Kubernetes open source orchestration system for Docker containers has been tagged v1.0.0 ready for the initial ‘general availability’ public release of the platform at OSCON next week on 21st July.