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New Low End T2 Instances for Amazon EC2

by Chris Swan on  Jul 02, 2014

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 CloudTrail Expands Auditing of API Calls

by Steffen Opel on  Jun 25, 2014

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 Announces Mobile Associates API for iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 17, 2014

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.

AWS Management Portal for VMware vCenter

by Chris Swan on  Jun 03, 2014

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.

Comparing the Performance of Various Web Frameworks

by Abel Avram on  May 02, 2014 3

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 Adds Docker Support to Elastic Beanstalk

by Chris Swan on  Apr 25, 2014

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.

Heartbleed allows dumping client and server memory remotely

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 09, 2014 1

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: Top 9 Public and Top 6 Private Clouds

by Abel Avram on  Apr 02, 2014

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.

Amazon Responds to Recent Google Cloud Price Cuts

by Abel Avram on  Mar 29, 2014 1

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 DBaaS Now Wraps SQL Stored Procedures in RESTful APIs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 14, 2014

Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.

Amazon AppStream (GA) Apps Run on AWS and Stream to Devices around the World

by Abel Avram on  Mar 13, 2014

Amazon has made available the AppStream service which enables developers to run an application on AWS, then stream it to various devices.

Domino: Datascience-as-a-Service

by Michael Hausenblas on  Mar 11, 2014

Domino, a Platform-as-a-Service for data science, enables people to do analytical work using languages such as Python or R in the cloud (EC2).

Amazon Chooses HAL Media Type for AppStream API

by Steve Klabnik on  Mar 03, 2014

Amazon has released a new API, the AppStream API, which allows you to programmatically manage apps hosted on the Amazon AppStream platform. For this API, they chose to build it with the HAL media type. HAL is a minimalist hypermedia enabled media type for building machine-to-machine APIs. Amazon is one of the largest organizations to choose hypermedia as a technique for a public-facing product.

Nokia X Marks Another Android Fork

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2014

This article overviews the latest most important Android forking attempts which offer developers new opportunities but also some challenges.

What Is Going on with PaaS?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2014 4

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.

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