Are you trying to make performance comparisons between cloud providers? Google, along with a diverse set of collaborators, has released an open-source performance benchmarking framework that tests common workloads across clouds. InfoQ reached out to Google to learn more about this somewhat unusual partnership, and how the industry will benefit from it.
Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. have released a Ruby ‘fog-azure’ gem to provide Microsoft Azure support for the Fog cloud services library.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) have released an open source proof of concept scheduler driver that demonstrated how the Apache Mesos cluster manager could be integrated with the Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) preview.
Shortly after releasing the AWS CloudTrail Processing Library (CPL), Amazon Web Services has also integrated AWS CloudTrail with Amazon CloudWatch Logs to enable alarms and respective "notifications from CloudWatch, triggered by specific API activity captured by CloudTrail". The implied support for monitoring JSON-formatted logs has recently been officially released as well.
Amazon DynamoDB, the NoSQL database service of AWS now supports online indexing. Along with this, customers can now buy reserved capacity for long term usage.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) have released an experimental Go programming language AWS SDK via their AWS Labs Github account, which currently supports 43 AWS services including EC2, S3 and RDS.
Amazon EC2 recently gained two-minute warnings before Spot Instances are reclaimed, a feature "formally known as a Spot Instance Termination Notice". The goal is to "allow more types of applications to benefit from the scale and low price of Spot Instances" by giving them time to save state, upload log files, or deregister from other components such as load balancers or cluster managers.
Cloud vendors are combining their strengths to provide extra services for their customers. The latest developments include VMware offering Google BigQuery and Rackspace building private dedicate vCloud’s.
Amazon announced the launch of Amazon WorkMail, a managed business email and calendaring service.
Announced at Google I/O in June 2014, Local SSD moved from beta into general availability mode.
Amazon recently announced EMRFS, an implementation of HDFS that allows EMR clusters to use S3 with a stronger consistency model. When enabled, this new feature keeps track of operations performed on S3 and provides list consistency, delete consistency and read-after-write-consistency, for any cluster created with Amazon Machine Image (AMI) version 3.2.1 or greater.
Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.
VMware has announced the availability of enhanced disaster recovery, advanced networking services and on-demand pricing of its hybrid cloud platform.
AWS released a new EC2 auto recovery feature in the US East (N. Virgina) region, which is designed to increase instance availability by automatically recovering supported instances when a system impairment is detected.
Mitch Garnaat has created a command line tool named Kappa that facilitates the deployment of ‘Lambda functions’ to AWS Lambda, a compute service that runs code in response to events and automatically manages the associated compute resources.
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