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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Preconfigured Docker Platform

by Steffen Opel on  Nov 13, 2014

After gaining generic Docker support in July 2014, Amazon Web Services (AWS) now added Preconfigured Docker as a new category of supported platforms to its platform as a service offering AWS Elastic Beanstalk. This category of platforms is based on the recently added official repositories for language stacks on the Docker Hub Registry.

Amazon Web Services Brings Service Catalog to Cloud

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 12, 2014

AWS Service Catalog is a new service that enables enterprise IT administrators to publish and manage cloud-based products deployed on Amazon Web Services.

AWS Launched Amazon Aurora, a MySQL Compatible RDBMS

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 12, 2014

At the AWS re:Invent event, Amazon announced a brand new database called Aurora. It will be available under the Amazon RDS offering that already supports MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and PostgreSQL.

AWS Ships an add-in for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 04, 2014

Amazon is integrating EC2 management with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). Microsoft Windows administrators can use the familiar System Center user interface to provision and configure virtual machines running on Amazon EC2.

Amazon CloudWatch Gains Log Monitoring and Storage

by Steffen Opel on  Oct 31, 2014

Amazon CloudWatch recently gained log file monitoring and storage for application, operating system and custom logs and meanwhile enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Server to cover a wider variety of log sources.

How Netflix Handled the Reboot of 218 Cassandra Nodes

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2014

Amazon performed a major maintenance update at the end of September in order to patch a security vulnerability in a Xen hypervisor affecting about 10% of their global fleet of cloud servers. This update involved the rebooting of those servers, with consequences for AWS users and the services they provide, including one of their largest clients, Netflix.

Amazon Launches Corporate Directory Service in the Cloud

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 23, 2014

Amazon has added corporate directory services called AWS Directory Service to its growing portfolio of cloud services. Applications that need Active Directory or a LDAP compatible directory can use this service.

Amazon Boosts JSON Support in DynamoDB NoSQL Database

by Richard Seroter on  Oct 15, 2014

Last week, the Amazon Web Services team made changes to their DynamoDB NoSQL database service that improve JSON support, improve scalability, and expand the free usage tier. Developers can now use AWS SDKs to store, index, query, and update large JSON documents while consuming up to 25GB of free storage.

Xen Bug Forces Amazon and Rackspace to Reboot Their Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 02, 2014

Last week Amazon Web Services and Rackspace notified customers that their servers would be rebooted as a part of Xen hypervisor patching. This is the second time that AWS has scheduled reboots as a part of its cloud infrastructure maintenance, and AWS published guidance for building applications resilient to reboots and restarts.

AWS Adds Hooks Into Expanded Auto Scaling Lifecycle

by Steffen Opel on  Sep 30, 2014 1

Amazon Web Services recently added several features to its Auto Scaling service to improve control over the managed Amazon EC2 instances. It is now possible to hook into the pending and terminating lifecycle state transitions to perform custom operations, which is also available for in service instances via a new standby state. The DetachInstances API now allows to remove instances from a group.

Amazon Releases Official AWS Mobile SDK 2

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 30, 2014

After a few months spent in Developer Preview, the Amazon Web Services Mobile SDK version 2 is ready for general development. According to Amazon, the final release takes into account feedback received from developers during the preview in order to improve the SDK with some new features.

Netflix's Chaos Engineering to Advance Failure Injection

by João Miranda on  Sep 29, 2014

"Chaos Engineering", a term recently coined by Netflix, is an umbrella that embraces all Netflix's activities on controlled failure injection. Bruce Wong, Engineering Manager of Chaos Engineering at Netflix, wrote about what Chaos Engineering is, its aims, and the roadmap to achieve them. InfoQ reached Bruce to learn more.

Refreshed AWS Trusted Advisor Offers Several Free Checks

by Steffen Opel on  Aug 31, 2014

Amazon Web Services (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 Expands Credential Lifecycle Management and Monitoring

by Steffen Opel on  Jul 29, 2014

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 Web Services Mobile SDK Version 2 Brings in Enterprise Features for Better Development

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jul 29, 2014

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.

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