AWS has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) recently expanded available password policy rules to enable self-service password rotation. A new credential report provides visibility into the AWS credentials security status. AWS also added logging of AWS Management Console sign-in events to AWS CloudTrail.
Amazon has updated Web Services Mobile SDK with support for iOS, Android and Fire OS. It also introduces several new tools such as Cognito, Mobile Analytics, Kinesis Recorder and S3 Transfer Manager in addition to improvements and bug fixes.
Amazon has launched new web services designed to simplify the building and operation of mobile applications using their cloud as a back end. Cognito provides an identity management platform and key/value store, and is complemented by Mobile Analytics. The AWS Mobile SDK has been updated to version 2.0 to provide integration with the new services, and there are samples in github for iOS and Android
Amazon have introduced T2, a new class of low cost general purpose instances for EC2 intended for workloads that don’t drive consistently high CPU usage. At the low end t2.micro offers higher performance, more memory (1GiB) and a lower cost (1.3¢/hr) than the previous t1.micro. The T2 class also offers small and medium sizing with 2GiB and 4GiB RAM respectively.
AWS has considerably increased the number of services supported by AWS CloudTrail to cover the majority of the extensive AWS service portfolio. This now includes most compute and networking and all deployment and management services, thereby providing comprehensive end to end auditing of almost any changes to customer’s infrastructure.
Amazon has announced that it has started exploring integration of the Mobile Associates API (MAA) into iOS apps. Amazon encourages developers to present their use cases for them to participate in a private beta program that will guarantee early access to MAA for iOS. Interested developers will be selected by Amazon based on their use case and their willingness to provide feedback.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced a Management Portal plugin for VMware’s vCenter. The plugin allows public cloud EC2 instances to be managed alongside of private VMware instances using the same administration console. The aim of the plugin is to make it simple for VMware customers to build hybrid clouds that span from their private environments to Amazon’s public services.
TechEmpower has been running benchmarks for the last year, attempting to measure and compare the performance of web frameworks. For these benchmarks the term “framework” is used loosely including platforms and micro-frameworks.
Amazon have announced the availability of Docker within its autoscaling Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Elastic Beanstalk. The use of Docker containers greatly expands the available language and framework support of Elastic Beanstalk, as almost anything can be placed inside a container.
The recently disclosed Heartbleed bug allows a remote client to query the contents of a remote SSL server's memory when using vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, disclosing passwords and other secure credentials to eavesdroppers. Application sites like Yahoo! Mail and Amazon Web Services have been affected. Read on to find out more about what the bug entails,and what you should do.
RightScale, a service provider across multiple clouds, has published the results of their annual State of Cloud 2014 survey conducted in February of this year. This article highlights some of the most significant findings.
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.
Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.
Amazon has made available the AppStream service which enables developers to run an application on AWS, then stream it to various devices.