Last week, Microsoft shipped a series of improvements to Windows Azure that were focused on cost control and lower barrier to entry. While they updated their cloud services – including SSL support for Windows Azure Web Sites and introducing a new integration service – Microsoft’s primary updates were targeted directly at developers who are considering the cloud for their dev and test environments.
Netflix deploys a hundred times per day, without the use of Chef or Puppet, without a quality assurance department and without release engineers. To do this, Netflix built an advanced in-house PaaS (Platform as a Service) that allows each team to deploy their own part of the infrastructure whenever they want, however many times they require.
Google is making MySQL available in the cloud as a fully managed service, including a JSON API for programmatic management.
NuoDB 1.1 includes a ADO.NET driver, LINQ and EF providers, support for Windows 64-bit and Azure, performance improvements.
Zend, the company which builds PHP platform has released the results of its annual Developer Pulse 2013 survey and it indicates the growth of HTML5, native apps, Objective C, Java, Geo-location support, Amazon Web Services including general work habits of developers.
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.
Google has opened the doors to its hotly anticipated Google Compute Engine and is now firmly engaged in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) battle with the likes of Amazon and Microsoft. This week’s Google I/O conference also introduced a new fully managed NoSQL database and the addition of PHP to the Google App Engine Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
Amazon recently expanded its Android App distribution network to 200 countries including the launch of Amazon Coins, which can be used to purchase apps.
Latest Rackspace developments include .NET SDK, PowerClient – a PowerShell-based management tool – and PHP mobile back-end.
Windows Azure has been updated with support for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Windows and Linux virtual machine images, virtual networks with persistent private IPs, increased OS Size including hourly billing mechanism for SQL Server and BizTalk Server virtual machine images.
Today, Microsoft took their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud product – called Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – out of preview and made it available to the general public. Microsoft is entering a crowded IaaS market but they’ve committed to matching cloud leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) on price while also promising enterprise-class SLAs and services.
IBM has assembled a comprehensive portfolio of applications whereby enterprises can catch up to today’s current mobile computing trends. Mobile First is designed to enable enterprise to get their share of the billions of dollars that the firm maintains is being left on the table by the organizations that are not gearing up for this trend.
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team recently added support for Node.js to its Elastic Beanstalk service, giving it an industry-leading set of supported platforms. AWS has joined a crowded field of Node.js-friendly clouds and will attempt to differentiate themselves through integration with other top AWS services.
dotCloud, a PaaS provider, has open sourced Docker, a key component of their platform. Docker is a LinuX Container (LXC) technology augmented with a a high level API providing a lightweight virtualization solution that runs Unix processes in isolation. It provides a way to automate software deployment in a secure and repeatable environment.
While a cottage industry has grown around providing services to optimize cloud usage and costs, large cloud providers themselves are beginning to promote their own optimization offerings. Microsoft recently purchased a cloud performance management company and made its product free to customers. Competitor AWS is aggressively promoting their own “Trusted Advisor” program with a free trial period.