Google announced major price cuts for some of their cloud services including Compute Engine, Storage and BigQuery. But their price advantage lasted for only for 24 hours because the following day Amazon slashed the prices for some of their services – EC2, S3, RDS, ElasticCache and MapReduce.
Google had a Cloud Platform Live event on Tuesday (recorded here) unveiling a number of new features, improvements and a new pricing model.
Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.
Enhancements in Orion 5 include: syntax highlighting for several languages, content assist for several Node.js libraries and databases, better syntax validation, cloud deployment and others.
ComponentOne has released ActiveReports 8 with support for maps, RSS14Stacked, RSSLimited and MicroPDF417 barcodes, Windows Azure under both partial and full trust environments in addition to a HTML5 viewer which enables you to build applications optimized for various mobile devices.
Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.
Want to do DevOps automation in a Microsoft world? Typically that meant using Microsoft-provided tools like PowerShell and System Center instead of the popular open source tools that have been slow to support the full Microsoft product stack. That’s beginning to change as developers and system administrators can now use tools like Puppet to provision and manage resources in Windows Azure.
After a long incubation period, Microsoft released its cloud-based integration tool called Windows Azure BizTalk Services. While reiterating their commitment to their on-premises integration tools, Microsoft has said that it will push innovation to its cloud platform first.
Cloud startup Apcera is making its Continuum product more visible with the launch of a new website on 14 Nov.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio Online which brings a form of the its popular software development IDE to the web. As part of this release small teams of developers can use this service for free, and use it from non-Windows based clients.
Microsoft has released Windows Azure SDK 2.2 with support for integrated sign-in, Visual Studio 2013 in addition to the ability to filter subscriptions/regions. The latest update also provides a set of pre-configured VM images of VS 2013 available within the Windows Azure Management Portal for use by MSDN subscribers.
PaaS provider dotCloud has changed its company name in order to align with the red-hot open source technology it sponsors. Docker, Inc will continue to offer a standalone PaaS product, but is shifting its primary focus to growing and commercializing its namesake software. To get additional insight into the explosive growth of Docker and where the product is going, InfoQ spoke to CEO Ben Golub.
Following an announcement of their partnership in July this year, Azul Systems and Microsoft Open Technologies have now release a GA version of Zulu for Windows Azure. Licensed under the terms of the GPLv2 open source license with the ClassPath Exception, Zulu is an OpenJDK-based JVM for Windows Server on the Windows Azure Cloud.
Recent research has made it increasingly clear that developers hold the key to cloud adoption, and Rackspace is trying to make themselves an attractive option. The Rackspace Developer Discount program is designed to lower the barrier to entry and follows similar efforts by AWS and Microsoft.
Within days of each other, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released mobile-friendly notification services aimed at developers. Both services make it possible to quickly and cheaply broadcast millions of messages to devices of all kinds. While similar on the surface, each service offers their own unique capabilities.