Nasuni, the cloud NAS and storage company published the results of its annual cloud storage benchmarking test. Microsoft Azure Storage emerged as a winner on speed, availability, and scalability. Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage were the other services included in the benchmark.
Google have released Google Compute Engine ‘preemptible’ virtual machines in beta, which are the same as normal instances with the exception that they are limited to a maximum 24 hour runtime, and may be shut down at any time. Preemptible VMs are offered at a fixed price, which is discounted up to 70% off the prices of normal instances.
Users of the popular virtual machine tools Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, and QEMU are urged to patch their systems as soon as possible due to a newly found bug that exposes flaws in the code providing virtual floppy disk support. The VENOM vulnerability affects all operating systems that are hosting these environments.
At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.
At CraftConf 2015, Mitchell Hashimoto argued that current provisioning and configuration tooling is not adequate for orchestrating the ‘modern datacenter’. The modern datacenter is agile and elastic, and ‘services’ may be spread across potentially disparate vendor platforms. Hashimoto introduced Terraform and Consul, which may be used to provide automation in these challenging environments
At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the Gilt.com architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.
We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.
At the Amazon Web Services AWS Summit London, Werner Vogels shared nine patterns of cloud adoption that AWS have observed from its customer base over the past nine years of operation. Vogels suggested that the ease of operation, low cost and additional value-add business services provided by cloud vendors mean that organisations must embrace the cloud in order to stay competitive.
At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Bryan Cantrill shared lessons learnt from building a business around the early adoption of OS-virtualised containers. Core advice included; don’t innovate in too many directions at once; identify the technical differentiators, and focus on ease of use/adoptions for everything else; and don’t give up - technological revolutions take time.
Amazon Web Services announced a new instance type called D2 which is optimised for Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) data warehouses, log processing, and MapReduce jobs.
After introducing "Preconfigured Docker" as a new category of supported platforms in November 2014 with initial support for Java/GlassFish and Python 3.4 containers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added Go versions 1.3 and 1.4 as the first additional language based on this new approach to its platform as a service offering AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
HP announced an integrated private cloud solution called HP Helion Rack based on HP ProLiant DL servers, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.
Google has partnered with Bitnami to launch a repository of open source software images on its cloud. Dubbed as Google Cloud Launcher, the service brings one-click deployment capability to developers.
Amazon announced increased size and IOPS for Elastic Block Store (EBS) at AWS re:Invent 2014. This feature has now become generally available in all AWS regions.
Google has added a service that makes it easy to ingest, view, search and analyze logs generated by Compute Engine and App Engine.
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