On April 5th, 2016 Amazon announced an update to its API Management service known as Amazon API Gateway. In this update, Amazon API Gateway now supports a direct way of importing Swagger 2.0 definitions.
At the microXchg conference 2016, Zalando talked about their journey to creating an audit-compliant Platform as a Service (PaaS) for multiple autonomous teams that runs on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Key lessons learned included: the need for autonomous teams and a supporting PaaS, alongside auditing and a clear vision, are essential to scale development as an engineering organisation grows.
At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.
Netflix does not require any team to use particular deployment tools, but teams are responsible for maintaining the tools they implement. Centralized teams at Netflix offer a set of tools to reduce the cognitive load of the majority of their engineers. This tool set uses Nebula, GIT, Jenkins, and Spinnaker to build Amazon Machine Images very efficiently and very quickly.
Jenkins 2.0 beta is now available which includes a new Pipeline build delivery system using a DSL built on Groovy. That feature and a new user setup process aims to give users most of what the need out of the box.
Microsoft recently announced an expansion of their Azure regions world-wide. The number of regions announced now sits at 30, with 22 being generally available (GA). The most recent wave, of Azure regions, focuses on trusted environments for government customers or regions with specific privacy needs.
On March 14, 2016 Dropbox discussed their migration away from AWS on their blog. The blog post recounts all of the recent activities that have allowed them to achieve their goal of serving 90% of all user data exclusively from their own data centers. The project, named “Magic Pocket”, called for in-house developed software and hardware to be built to support their customer needs.
After a brief beta period that saw customers migrate more than 1,000 on-premises databases to the cloud, AWS formally released their Database Migration Service. This on-demand cloud service supports live migration scenarios, and customers who wish to switch their database platform as part of the migration can do so, thanks to a free schema conversion tool.
Google has announced that node.js is available in beta on App Engine. However, unlike the pure PAAS offerings on App Engine, the node.js functionality uses their App Engine flexible environment. This hybrid environment wraps the app up in a Docker image and manages the VMs automatically.
Version 2.0 of open source project Hygieia adds support for multiple teams and a corresponding consolidated view into a program-level dashboard, a Jenkins output publisher and a GitHub Webhook consumer. Hygieia integrates story tracking, repository, build, quality, deploy and monitoring tool widgets on a single-pane-of-glass HTML client that enables an easy access to important DevOps metrics.
Netflix recently announced their journey to the cloud is finally complete after more than 7 years. Netflix initially began this journey in 2008 after a major database corruption incident occurred which impacted their ability to distribute physical DVDs to their subscribers.
In a recent blog post Henn Idan raised an issue that using Oracle Java in containers could be violating the Oracle licensing agreements. Is this an issue, or is it something that developers should be concerned about? InfoQ investigates.
Joyent's Triton Container Name Service is a free, automated DNS service which makes it easier for clients to locate services.
A group of engineers from Google, UCLA, and SpaceX are presenting the paper "Maglev: A Fast and Reliable Software Network Load Balancer" at the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '16) taking place this week. Maglev is Google’s network load balancer.
Axel Fontaine on the "Bootable App" pattern, a bare bones machine image for deploying immutable infrastructure to the cloud. This minimal image covers all layers of the stack, including OS kernel, libraries and runtime environment but still has a small footprint, reducing both image upload time and storage costs while also significantly reducing the attack surface on running instances.