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Amazon EC2 Container Service Updates Released, Focusing on Automation, Configuration & Availability

by Daniel Bryant on  Oct 24, 2015

Amazon Web Services have released a series of updates for the Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) that include an ECS command line interface, Docker Compose support, task definitions that allow additional Docker configuration options, and an ECS scheduler update that adds support for availability zone awareness.

AWS Mobile Hub Aims to Make it Easier to Use AWS in Android and iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 15, 2015

Among recent Amazon Web Services’ announcements at re:Invent, AWS Mobile Hub aims at making it easier for mobile app developers to use AWS services to build their apps’ backends.

AWS Unveils 2TB X1 and T2.Nano EC2 Instances

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 13, 2015

At its re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services has unveiled two new instance types for its EC2 service: X1, sporting 2TB of memory, and T2.Nano, aimed to the lower end of compute requirements.

Amazon Announces QuickSight - Business Intelligence for Big Data on AWS

by Matt Kapilevich on  Oct 09, 2015

Amazon has announced QuickSight at AWS Re:invent conference. QuickSight a complete Business Intelligence solution to help customers gain insights from the data they have stored in AWS.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework

by Abel Avram on  Oct 06, 2015

Amazon has published the AWS Well-Architected Framework, a guide for architecting solutions for AWS, with design principles that apply to systems running on AWS or other clouds.

Google Preemptible Virtual Machines are now out of Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 20, 2015

A few months after its beta launch, Google has announced the general availability of preemptible virtual machines as part of the Google Compute Engine cloud. Preemptible VMs have a lower price than other types of VMs that Google offers, but they can be shut down at any moment by Google with a 30 sec warning.

Amazon Introduces New Monetization Model for Android Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 01, 2015

Amazon has introduced a new mobile app monetization model dubbed Amazon Underground and linked with their own Amazon app store. The new model provides “actually free” apps to customers while developers are paid based on how long their apps are used.

AWS Simplifies Resource Access with VPC Endpoints, Initially Supporting S3

by Steffen Opel on  Aug 31, 2015

Amazon Web Services recently introduced VPC endpoints to enable a "private connection between your VPC and another AWS service without requiring access over the Internet, through a NAT instance, a VPN connection, or AWS Direct Connect". VPC endpoint policies provide granular access control to other service's resources. Initially available are connections to S3, other services will be added later.

Amazon Release API Gateway, a Managed Service to Build and Run APIs

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 12, 2015 3

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have released Amazon API Gateway, a fully managed service that allows developers to publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs ‘at any scale’. The AWS management web portal allows an API to be created that can act as a ‘front door’ for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from backend services, such as applications running on EC2 or AWS Lambda.

AWS s2n: Open-source TLS Implementation in Less than 6,000 Lines

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 01, 2015

Amazon Web Services has recently introduced s2n, short for “signal to noise”, an open-source implementation of the TLS/SSL protocols that aims to be “simple, small, fast, and with security as a priority”.

Google Cloud Projects Are Stored on Git

by Abel Avram on  Jun 26, 2015

Google is integrating projects deployed and running on their cloud infrastructure with a Git-based repository called Cloud Source Repository.

MemSQL 4 Database Supports Community Edition, Geospatial Intelligence and Spark Integration

by Srini Penchikala on  May 30, 2015

Latest version of MemSQL, in-memory database with support for transactions and analytics, includes a new Community Edition for free use by organizations. MemSQL 4, released last week, also supports integration with Apache Spark, Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), and Amazon S3.

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.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

Automating the Modern Datacenter with Terraform and Consul

by Daniel Bryant on  May 10, 2015

At CraftConf 2015, Mitchell Hashimoto argued that current provisioning and configuration tooling is not adequate for orchestrating the ‘modern datacenter’. The modern datacenter is agile and elastic, and ‘services’ may be spread across potentially disparate vendor platforms. Hashimoto introduced Terraform and Consul, which may be used to provide automation in these challenging environments

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