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Google Teams Up With Rivals to Deliver Cloud Benchmarking Toolkit

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 03, 2015

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.

Ruby Developers can now Manage Microsoft Azure Services with Fog

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 20, 2015

Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. have released a Ruby ‘fog-azure’ gem to provide Microsoft Azure support for the Fog cloud services library.

AWS Release Example EC2 Container Service Scheduler Driver for Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 14, 2015

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.

Amazon CloudWatch Supports JSON Logs and Integrates AWS CloudTrail

by Steffen Opel on  Feb 12, 2015

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 gets Online Indexing and Reserved Capacity Improvements

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 01, 2015

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.

AWS Release Experimental AWS SDK for the Go Programming Language

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 01, 2015

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 Gains Two-Minute Warning for Spot Instance Termination

by Steffen Opel on  Jan 31, 2015

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.

VMware Will Offer Google Cloud Services and Rackspace Offers vCloud

by Abel Avram on  Jan 29, 2015

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 Adds Managed Email and Calendaring Service to AWS Portfolio

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 28, 2015

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon WorkMail, a managed business email and calendaring service.

Google Announces General Availability of Local SSD on Compute Engine

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 27, 2015

Announced at Google I/O in June 2014, Local SSD moved from beta into general availability mode.

EMRFS Brings Consistency to Amazon S3

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jan 27, 2015

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.

Microsoft Azure G-Series VMs are Generally Available

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 26, 2015

Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.

vCloud Air Gets Disaster Recovery, Pay-Per-Use and Advanced Networking Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 25, 2015

VMware has announced the availability of enhanced disaster recovery, advanced networking services and on-demand pricing of its hybrid cloud platform.

AWS Release EC2 Auto Recovery Feature in US East Region

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 22, 2015

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.

Kappa: Simplifying AWS Lambda Deployments

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 15, 2015

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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