Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft took the wraps off of Azure Event Hubs. This service – in preview release until General Availability next month – is for high throughput ingress of data streams generated by devices and services. Event Hubs resembles Amazon Kinesis and uses an identical pricing scheme based on data processing units and transaction volume.
Ansible is adding support for Windows, using PowerShell and Windows Remote Management as the underlying technologies. Ansible 1.7, which should be released in a few weeks time, will feature Windows integration in "beta" status. InfoQ talked with Michael DeHaan, Ansible's creator, to know more about this development.
At GOTO Amsterdam 2014 conference, agile coach Dan North shared his experience as part of a build team employed in a client project back in 2005. The team introduced several (technical and cultural) practices that became core tenets of the Continuous Delivery book and of the DevOps movement (for instance bridging the gap between development and ops teams was critical to success in that project).
Puppet Labs has announced the release of Puppet Enterprise 3.3, the commercially supported Puppet release, and the creation of the Puppet Supported certification program, providing fully tested, certified and supported solutions for managing compute, network and storage resources.
Amazon has launched new web services designed to simplify the building and operation of mobile applications using their cloud as a back end. Cognito provides an identity management platform and key/value store, and is complemented by Mobile Analytics. The AWS Mobile SDK has been updated to version 2.0 to provide integration with the new services, and there are samples in github for iOS and Android
Google recently took the wraps off Kubernetes, an open source orchestration tool for managing Docker containers at scale. Late last week, Microsoft, IBM, RedHat, Docker, Mesosphere, CoreOS, and SaltStack all jumped on board and pledged to actively contribute to this project.
Jesper Richter-Reichhelm, Head of Engineering at Wooga, spoke at GOTO Amsterdam 2014 about some of the challenges teams face developing mobile games with a continuous delivery mindset. In particular Jesper stressed how lack of control over the software delivery process on mobile nearly crashed their business.
Docker 1.1.0 was recently released, within a month of the 1.0 release, with several features such as .dockerignore, pausing of containers when a commit is made to them, tailing logs and several other improvements.
BipIO is a light-weight open source IPaaS which lets you visually interconnect various cloud services as micro-apps or personal workflows. After running as a private beta, BipIO recently opened up to the public. We spoke with Michael Pearson, Founder and Technical Lead for BipIO about the platform and his experience developing it using NodeJS and lots of public APIs.
Based on his experience as a system administrator evaluating Docker, Matt Jaynes has written at the DevOps University website about the top Docker misconceptions, warning about adopting Docker at small scale and without solid infrastructure foundations, and providing alternatives to improve the deployment process.
Amazon have introduced T2, a new class of low cost general purpose instances for EC2 intended for workloads that don’t drive consistently high CPU usage. At the low end t2.micro offers higher performance, more memory (1GiB) and a lower cost (1.3¢/hr) than the previous t1.micro. The T2 class also offers small and medium sizing with 2GiB and 4GiB RAM respectively.
The recently released 0.3.0 beta preview of Microsoft Azure WebJobs SDK has added support for Azure Service Bus, Cancellation Tokens, WebJobs Shutdown Notifications besides improved function discovery and host of other features.
HashiCorp has released Vagrant Cloud to the public. Vagrant Cloud enables developers to share their locally running Vagrant instances remotely. Additionally Vagrant Cloud is a central place for storing and discovering Vagrant Boxes. With the new Organizations feature, Vagrant Cloud users can limit access to their boxes or shared Vagrant instances with Access Control Lists (ACL).
Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, the latest release of the company Linux distribution. This release provides the Docker application as a main management tool for Linux containers
AWS has considerably increased the number of services supported by AWS CloudTrail to cover the majority of the extensive AWS service portfolio. This now includes most compute and networking and all deployment and management services, thereby providing comprehensive end to end auditing of almost any changes to customer’s infrastructure.