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New Security Capabilities Available in Azure Operations Management Suite

by Kent Weare on  Mar 13, 2016

On February 25th, 2016 Microsoft announced updates to their Operations Management Suite (OMS). The updates, in this particular iteration of the service, are focused on the security and audit portions of the suite and target the user experience, additional capabilities and features.

Real-World Consistency Explained: Uwe Friedrichsen Discusses His Favourite Academic Papers

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 13, 2016 2

At the microXchg 2016 conference, held in Berlin, Germany, Uwe Friedrichsen presented a deep-dive into “real-world consistency explained”. Friedrichsen referenced multiple academic papers and discussed topics such as ACID vs BASE, his belief that many developers may not fully understand consistency guarantees with a typical SQL database, and how consistency affects microservice systems.

Moving from Transactions to Streams to Gain Consistency

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 13, 2016

With many databases in a system they are rarely independent from each other, instead pieces of the same data are stored in many of them. Using transactions to keep everything in sync is a fragile solution. Working with a stream of changes in the order they are created is a much simpler and more resilient solution, Martin Kleppmann stated in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference.

Typesafe Changes Name to Lightbend

by Matt Raible on  Mar 10, 2016

The company formerly known as Typesafe, inventors of the Scala programming language, has completed their renaming and is now known as Lightbend. Typesafe announced their plans to rename last May, stating at that time that it was expected to be a two month process. They invited community members to participate, and provided blog updates about their progress.

Azure Logic Apps Preview Refresh Released

by Kent Weare on  Mar 08, 2016

The Microsoft Integration Product team recently provided their first update since the Integration Roadmap that was released back on December 24th. On February 24th, 2016 Microsoft has announced the public preview of Logic Apps Preview Refresh.

Lagom, a New Microservices Framework

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 08, 2016 1

Lightbend, the company behind Akka, has released an open source microservices framework, Lagom built on their Reactive Platform, in particular the Play Framework and the Akka family of products together with ConductR for deployment. By default, Lagom is message-driven and asynchronous, and using distributed CQRS persistence patterns with event sourcing as the primary implementation.

OCF, AllSeen, Microsoft and the Future of IoT

by Abel Avram on  Mar 08, 2016

There are three major groups attempting to standardize a solution for IoT connectivity: OCF, AllSeen Alliance and Thread Group. Will they go on divergent paths or join efforts behind one body that will standardize the communications between all IoT devices?

All Things Containers From Solaris Zones to Docker

by Rags Srinivas on  Mar 07, 2016

InfoQ's Rags Srinivas caught up with Bryan Cantrill a day after the Containers Summit at New York City and discussed all things containers from Solaris Zones to Docker.

"Surviving Microservices" with Richard Rodger at microXchg: Messages, Pattern Matching and Failure

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 06, 2016

At the microXchg 2016 conference, held in Berlin, Germany, Richard Rodger presented “Surviving Microservices”, a practical guide for developers wanting to keep their microservices architectures ‘healthy and performant’. Key topics discussed in the talk included the benefits of message-oriented systems, pattern matching with inter-service communication, dealing with failure, and Seneca.js.

Phil Haack Replies to Concerns on .NET OSS

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 02, 2016

Some members and contributors have expressed concerns over the current state of open source in .NET, as covered last week. To get a deeper perspective on the situation, InfoQ reached out with Phil Haack, former program manager at Microsoft and currently engineering manager at GitHub. Phil was also the track host of “Incredible Power of an Open-Sourced .NET” at QCon.

Netflix, Coinbase, Fastly leaders track hosting @ QCon NY June 13-17

by Wesley Reisz on  Mar 01, 2016

QCon New York planning is in full swing. QCon New York, the international software developer conference that attracts senior technical team members looking for innovator topics like immutable infrastructure, Lamba architectures, and innovations in DevOps, returns to the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge June 13-15th.

Failure Testing of Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 29, 2016 1

Failure testing should be a critical part of running your microservices, Kolton Andrus stated in his presentation at the recent Microservices Practitioner Summit. Verifying that your services behave as you expect is something you should do to prevent outages.

jClarity Releases Censum 3.0

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 29, 2016

Censum, the Java garbage collection analysis tool by jClarity, has reached version 3.0. The main new features of the new version include the ability to analyse Safepoint logs, new graphs showcasing the behaviour of the G1 garbage collector, and a set of analytics to highlight whenever applications force to much OS activity.

Don’t Think like an Engineer When Designing Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 29, 2016 1

When designing microservices and their APIs, you need to think like a designer focusing on the users, Nic Benders claimed in his presentation at the recent Microservices Practitioner Summit. Design the API first, then build your services with an outside-in approach.

Spotify Moves Infrastructure and Data Services to Google Cloud Platform

by Kent Weare on  Feb 28, 2016

On February 23rd, 2016 Spotify announced it is moving its technical infrastructure and data services from its existing owned and leased data centers to Google Cloud Platform.

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