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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.

A Discussion of the Past and Future of Web APIs with Dion Hinchcliffe

by Jerome Louvel on  Jan 12, 2016

Interview with Dion Hichcliffe to get his vision for the direction of Web APIs. Based on a decade of in-depth experience, Dion explains how the history of REST and simple design influenced the ultimate popularity of web APIs over web services. As businesses adopt web APIs more broadly, Dion explains the past and present, and hints at the future of APIs, platforms and networks.

Amazon Releases Cloud-based Email and Calendaring Service

by Kent Weare on  Jan 10, 2016

Last week, Amazon announced its cloud-based email and calendar service is now generally available. This release is a follow-up to the preview that was launched in January, 2015.

Clair Helps Secure Docker Images

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 30, 2015

Clair is an open-source container vulnerability scanner recently released by CoreOs. The tool cross-checks if a Docker image's operating system and any of its installed packages match any known insecure package versions. The vulnerabilities are fetched from OS-specific common vulnerabilities and exposures databases. Currently supported are Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian.

Keeping Your Secrets Safe in a Distributed and Scalable Environment

by Rui Covelo on  Dec 28, 2015

At the Velocity Conference in Amsterdam, Alex Shoof explained how to manage secrets in a scalable and distributed environment. Shoof proposed a system based on five fundamental principles for secret management.

Hypernetes Enables Multi-Tenant CaaS Without a Guest OS

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Dec 27, 2015

Hypernetes is a Kubernetes fork that utilizes multiple open source projects to run containers on a minimalist Linux kernel inside a virtual machine, removing the overhead of running a complete guest OS.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces New Members and Begins Accepting Technical Contributions

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 23, 2015

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and organisation created with the purpose of advancing the development of ‘cloud native’ applications and services, has announced the joining of new members, the creation of a formal open governance structure, and new details about the associated technology stack.

Amazon Announces EC2 Dedicated Hosts Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 23, 2015

Last month, Amazon announced EC2 Dedicated Hosts are now generally available. Amazon initially discussed EC2 Dedicated Hosts at its Re:Invent conference in October. Using this new service, customers will have the ability to map Virtual Machines (VMs) to a physical host which runs in AWS.

AWS IoT is now GA

by Abel Avram on  Dec 19, 2015

AWS IoT, announced as a beta service a couple of months ago, is now Generally Available (GA).

End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful: A Q&A with Steve Smith

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 17, 2015

InfoQ recently sat down with Steve Smith and discussed the ideas behind his recent blog post “End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful”. Smith talked about release testing being a form of ‘risk management theatre’, discussed the benefit of unit and acceptance testing, and stressed the value of monitoring at runtime versus the typically fragile and slow-running implementation of end-to-end testing.

Amazon Adopts SAWS's Features into aws-shell

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 16, 2015

At re:Invent 2015, Amazon Web Services Command Line Interface (CLI) engineer James Saryerwinnie announced that Supercharged AWS CLI (SAWS) features were going to be combined into aws-shell to provide a new level of ease of use and productivity when automating AWS workflows. Today, aws-shell has been made available on GitHub as a developer preview.

Container Manifests, Docker Labels, and the Implications on Security: A Q&A with Gareth Rushgrove

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 15, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, InfoQ sat down with Gareth Rushgrove, a senior software engineer at Puppet Labs, and explored the concepts behind his conference presentation “Shipping Manifests, Bill of Lading and Docker”. The range of topics discussed included the benefits of system package management (manifest) metadata, the use of Docker labels, and the implications on security and compliance audits.

Microsoft Makes Azure Container Service Preview Available

by Kent Weare on  Dec 15, 2015

Microsoft has recently announced the Azure Container Service has reached preview status. The service was first discussed at the AzureCon event earlier this fall and is now available to customers through a self-nomination process.

Amazon Introduces AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

by Kent Weare on  Dec 13, 2015

On December 3rd, 2015 Amazon announced a new service that allows customers to provision a Microsoft Active Directory managed service in Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service, also referred to as Microsoft AD, uses directory capabilities found in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.

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