Amazon EC2 recently gained two-minute warnings before Spot Instances are reclaimed, a feature "formally known as a Spot Instance Termination Notice". The goal is to "allow more types of applications to benefit from the scale and low price of Spot Instances" by giving them time to save state, upload log files, or deregister from other components such as load balancers or cluster managers.
Netflix has open sourced Atlas, part of their next-generation monitoring platform they have been working on since early 2012. The company developed Atlas to store time series data in order to provide near real-time operational insight to teams.
Cloud vendors are combining their strengths to provide extra services for their customers. The latest developments include VMware offering Google BigQuery and Rackspace building private dedicate vCloud’s.
Amazon announced the launch of Amazon WorkMail, a managed business email and calendaring service.
Announced at Google I/O in June 2014, Local SSD moved from beta into general availability mode.
Amazon recently announced EMRFS, an implementation of HDFS that allows EMR clusters to use S3 with a stronger consistency model. When enabled, this new feature keeps track of operations performed on S3 and provides list consistency, delete consistency and read-after-write-consistency, for any cluster created with Amazon Machine Image (AMI) version 3.2.1 or greater.
“An agile enterprise is able to anticipate and respond swiftly to changes in the marketplace” says Scott Ambler. InfQ interviewed Scott about the reasons why agile projects are failing, how to increase budgets for building new systems, disciplined DevOps, harmonizing agile and lean, and on coaching for enterprise agility.
Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.
The Google Cloud Platform team started an article series to share its views on container, leveraging their 10-year experience on the technology. Google's first two articles provide an overview of the topic. They explain the rationale behind container clusters and their defining traits. Along the way, they show how it all applies to Kubernetes.
VMware has announced the availability of enhanced disaster recovery, advanced networking services and on-demand pricing of its hybrid cloud platform.
Fastlane is a suite of tools that aim at automating the iOS app release process and provide "a fully working Continuous Deployment process" that can be triggered by running a single command. Interview with fast lane's creator, Felix Krause.
AWS released a new EC2 auto recovery feature in the US East (N. Virgina) region, which is designed to increase instance availability by automatically recovering supported instances when a system impairment is detected.
CA Technologies recently published a study on the perceptions of 1,425 IT and line of business (LOB) executives on DevOps. It found that 88% of respondents have adopted (24%) or are considering adopting (64%) DevOps. The study focuses on the views of executives (e.g.: C-level, VPs, Directors) at organizations with revenues of at least $500M, bringing a different perspective on the subject.
Developers have two new ways to publish code to the Heroku Platform-as-a-Service. Heroku recently added mechanisms to push code stored in either Github or Dropbox. These features, currently in beta, give Heroku a set of deployment techniques that compare favorably to other PaaS providers.
Audit processes are based on the traditional software development life cycle. Organisational DevOps skill can support auditing processes through collaboration and clear communication between DevOps personnel and the auditors. Software development and IT operations should be a proactive partner in the auditing process.
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