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Scaling Microservices at Gilt with Scala, Docker and AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the Gilt.com architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.

Web Frameworks Benchmark 2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2015 1

We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels Shares Nine Patterns of Cloud Adoption

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 19, 2015

At the Amazon Web Services AWS Summit London, Werner Vogels shared nine patterns of cloud adoption that AWS have observed from its customer base over the past nine years of operation. Vogels suggested that the ease of operation, low cost and additional value-add business services provided by cloud vendors mean that organisations must embrace the cloud in order to stay competitive.

AWS Adds Dense-Storage Instances to Amazon EC2

by Janakiram MSV on  Apr 02, 2015

Amazon Web Services announced a new instance type called D2 which is optimised for Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) data warehouses, log processing, and MapReduce jobs.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Preconfigured Docker Containers for Go

by Steffen Opel on  Mar 31, 2015

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.

Amazon EBS Service Supports Enhanced Size and Increased Performance

by Janakiram MSV on  Mar 22, 2015

Amazon announced increased size and IOPS for Elastic Block Store (EBS) at AWS re:Invent 2014. This feature has now become generally available in all AWS regions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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