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Introducing AWS CloudWatch Events

by Kent Weare on  Feb 06, 2016 2

Amazon recently announced changes to the way customers can monitor their AWS resources. The service, known as CloudWatch Events, allows customers to consume a near real-time stream of events as changes to their AWS environment take place. These event changes can subsequently trigger notifications, or other actions, through the use of rules.

Benchmarking Netflix Dynomite with Redis on AWS

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 03, 2016

Last year, Netflix Cloud Database Engineering (CDE) team introduced Dynomite. Dynomite is a proxy layer, aiming to turn any non-distributed database into a sharded, multi-region replication aware distributed database system. Now Netflix released a benchmark using Dynomite with Redis in AWS infrastructure.

Microsoft Azure On-Premises? Technical Preview of Azure Stack Released

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 03, 2016 1

Last week, Microsoft delivered the first technical preview of Microsoft Azure Stack – a product that promises to let organizations run Azure services in their own data centers. This represents the third attempt by Microsoft to deliver a local Azure experience, but the first one that’s faithful to the public cloud experience and targeted at a mass audience.

Feature Toggles Revisited

by Grischa Ekart on  Feb 02, 2016

Proper implementation of feature toggles based on a categorisation of their longevity and dynamism helps dealing with their operational complexity according to Pete Hodgson, consultant at ThoughtWorks. In his post he expands Martin Fowler's FeatureToggle pattern and proposes Release, Ops, Experiment and Permission Toggle implementation strategies.

Secrets Management with Chef-Vault

by João Miranda on  Jan 31, 2016

Secret management is a difficult problem in a distributed and scalable environment. Chef-vault is a Chef tool built on top of encrypted data bags that eliminates the need to share the decryption key with all users and nodes of an infrastructure.

Amazon Announces AWS Region in Canada

by Kent Weare on  Jan 30, 2016

Following the recent news about its South Korea region reaching general availability, Amazon has announced its plans to enter the Canadian market in 2016.

Ansible 2.0 Generally Available Shortly After Red Hat Acquisition

by Guillermo Beltri on  Jan 29, 2016

Ansible Inc. has recently released Ansible v2.0. With this version the company makes a great refactoring effort while trying to maintain backwards compatibility with existing playbooks. The announcement includes improvements like handling exceptions in blocks, bringing new strategies when executing different tasks or improving connection with other services through modules.

Survey Indicates Rise in Container-based Stateful Applications

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 28, 2016

A survey revealed that more than 75% of IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications like databases inside containers.

How Database Administration Fits into DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Jan 28, 2016 5

InfoQ interviewed Dan North about the activities that are performed by database administrators and how they are related to those done by developers and by operations, how database administration is usually organized, how the database fits into DevOps or Continuous Delivery, and what he expects that the future will bring for database administration when organizations adopt DevOps.

Yelp Releases dumb-init, a Minimal init System for Docker Containers

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 27, 2016

Yelp released a minimal init system for Docker containers called dumb-init which acts as a proxy and performs other init functions by registering signal handlers and forwarding signals to the actual process running in the container.

Docker, Inc Acquires Unikernel Systems Ltd with the Goal of 'Democratising Unikernel Technology'

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 24, 2016

Docker, Inc., the organisation behind the Docker platform, has acquired Unikernel Systems, a Cambridge, UK-based company focused on unikernel development. Docker Inc. have stated that this acquisition will enable the incorporation of unikernel-based software deployment on a ‘continuum with Linux and Windows containers’, and the company plans to ‘democratise unikernel technology’.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

Amazon Announces AWS Region in South Korea Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Jan 16, 2016

On January 6th, Amazon announced its latest region, Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region, has reached general availability. The company initially announced its plan of expanding to South Korea back in November 2015.

AWS Release ‘Scheduled Reserved Instances’, Allowing EC2 Capacity to be Reserved on a Periodic Basis

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 16, 2016

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have introduced ‘Scheduled Reserved Instances’, which enables EC2 compute capacity to be reserved at a discounted price for use on a periodic basis. For example, a EC2 instance type can be reserved for daily usage between the hours of 01:00 UTC and 05:00 UTC to perform overnight data analysis, or weekly or monthly to perform compute-intensive calculations.

Docker Unveils New Ecosystem Technology Partners for Log Management

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 14, 2016

Docker announced several software and cloud platforms as its Ecosystem Technology Partners (ETP) for log management. The ETP program is an endorsement that the software or platform works well with Docker.

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