Microsoft continues its push to adapt to the new realities brought about by the containers tsunami, having recently announced the Nano Server, a "minimal footprint" Windows Server, and Hyper-V containers, which provide virtual machine isolation capabilities to containers. The Nano Server has 92 percent fewer critical bulletins and requires 80 percent fewer reboots than a typical Windows Server.
Recently Adrian Cockcroft gave an interview to ActiveState's John Wetherill about microservices. In it he talks about how polyglot fits into microservices and the impact on him when he head that companies such as Target and Macy's, as well as Homeland Security had adopted that architectural approach.
MS Open Tech has announced a Cordova plugin which allows developers to use Active Directory Authentication in their apps for Android, iOS, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms to access the APIs that it protects, such as Office 365, Azure, Graph API, etc.
Google has recently published a paper providing architectural guidelines for creating a scalable and resilient solution running on their cloud platform. This article digests the respective paper extracting the main ideas and advice. These guidelines can be used with minor changes for deploying web applications on other clouds.
After introducing "Preconfigured Docker" as a new category of supported platforms in November 2014 with initial support for Java/GlassFish and Python 3.4 containers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added Go versions 1.3 and 1.4 as the first additional language based on this new approach to its platform as a service offering AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
At the F8 developer conference last week, Facebook announced Parse for IoT , a Backend as a Service (BaaS) for microcontrollers and realtime operating systems (RTOS).
HP announced an integrated private cloud solution called HP Helion Rack based on HP ProLiant DL servers, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.
Microsoft attempts to bring web, mobile, API and workflow development under one umbrella called App Services. Along with this, Microsoft also added integration for many 3rd party APIs.
Cloud Foundry Foundation that was formed recently to advance an open source PaaS gets a new lead, Sam Ramji as the CEO. InfoQ talks to James Watters, VP for Product at Pivotal, Christopher Ferris, CTO Open Cloud at IBM and Dr. Nic Williams, CEO of Stark and Wayne.
Azure DocumentDB, Microsoft’s NoSQL cloud database service is available in newer regions within Asia and US. The account limits are enhanced to support increased capacity units and document size.
Microsoft announced new features to Azure SQL Database, Azure Active Directory, Azure RMS and Azure Media Services.
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.
Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.
Developers have two new ways to publish code to the Heroku Platform-as-a-Service. Heroku recently added mechanisms to push code stored in either Github or Dropbox. These features, currently in beta, give Heroku a set of deployment techniques that compare favorably to other PaaS providers.
MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) provider Parse recently announced two new additions to its platform, a crash reporting service and support for local data storage on iOS.