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Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

A Discussion of the Past and Future of Web APIs with Dion Hinchcliffe

by Jerome Louvel on  Jan 12, 2016

Interview with Dion Hichcliffe to get his vision for the direction of Web APIs. Based on a decade of in-depth experience, Dion explains how the history of REST and simple design influenced the ultimate popularity of web APIs over web services. As businesses adopt web APIs more broadly, Dion explains the past and present, and hints at the future of APIs, platforms and networks.

Microsoft Makes Azure Container Service Preview Available

by Kent Weare on  Dec 15, 2015

Microsoft has recently announced the Azure Container Service has reached preview status. The service was first discussed at the AzureCon event earlier this fall and is now available to customers through a self-nomination process.

Implementing an Open Source Private Docker-based PaaS: A Q&A with Rancher Labs CEO Sheng Liang

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 06, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, InfoQ sat down with the Rancher Labs team and asked about the company’s thoughts on the current state of Platform as a Service (PaaS), container-based application platforms, and surrounding issues such as networking and storage. The Rancher Labs' open source 'Rancher' PaaS was also discussed, and details provided about the benefits of using Docker in this space.

Google Cloud Security Scanner reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 05, 2015

On October 7, 2015 Google announced its App Engine security service, Google Cloud Security Scanner, has reached general availability. This past February, Google launched a beta version of this service.

Verizon's ThingSpace Platform Facilitates Development of New Internet of Things Applications

by Kevin Farnham on  Nov 26, 2015

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.

Google Launches Cloud Datalab Beta

by Kent Weare on  Nov 22, 2015 2

At the recent Google Cloud Platform Next experience event in Paris, Google announced a beta data visualization service called Cloud Datalab. Cloud Datalab allows developers to explore and analyze their data through an interactive web-browser experience.

Release of MBrace 1.0, a Distributed Programming Framework for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 18, 2015

After several years of development, MBrace 1.0 was released last week. MBrace is a programming model for scalable cloud data scripting and programming with F# and C#. The project consists mainly of code libraries and cloud providers runtime.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry Adds Netflix OSS Services, Docker Support

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 02, 2015 1

Today, Pivotal announced an update to Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), the commercial version of a popular opens-source platform for building, deploying, and running cloud-native applications. This 1.6 release gives developers native access to a subset of Spring Cloud’s Netflix OSS services, built-in support for .NET applications, beta support for Docker images, and integrated ALM tools.

Docker Acquires Tutum

by Chris Swan on  Oct 21, 2015

Docker Inc have announced their acquisition of Tutum, ‘The Docker Platform for Dev and Ops’ that allows users to ‘Build, deploy, and manage your apps across any cloud’. The rationale for the deal is to complement Docker Hub, which takes care of ‘build’ and ‘ship’, with Tutum as the platform for ‘run’.

Facebook Parse Adds New Platforms to its IoT SDK

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 18, 2015

Parse for IoT, the line of SDKs that Parse announced at F8 2015, has been extended to include support for four additional microcontrollers.

Heroku Adds Private Spaces for Isolating Cloud Apps

by Richard Seroter on  Sep 16, 2015

Since being acquired by Salesforce five years ago, Heroku has continued to evolve as a developer-focused, standalone PaaS. The recent beta announcement of Heroku Private Spaces – included in the Heroku Enterprise bundle and part of the new Salesforce App Cloud – addresses a key Ops security concern while also bringing clarity to the question of how to use Salesforce and Heroku together.

Kubernetes v1 Released, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Formed

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 21, 2015

Google have released Kubernetes v1, a production-ready version of the open source container orchestration system. The Linux Foundation, in combination with multiple industry partners, have also announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which aims to advance the state-of-the-art for building cloud and container native applications.

SQL Server 2016: Stretch Database

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 09, 2015

SQL Server 2016’s new stretch database feature promises to offer local server performance for hot data and cloud storage for old data without any change to the application.

Microsoft Azure Tops Nasuni’s Storage Benchmark Test

by Janakiram MSV on  May 24, 2015

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.

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