Are you trying to make performance comparisons between cloud providers? Google, along with a diverse set of collaborators, has released an open-source performance benchmarking framework that tests common workloads across clouds. InfoQ reached out to Google to learn more about this somewhat unusual partnership, and how the industry will benefit from it.
Docker Inc, have released initial versions of their Machine, Swarm and Compose tool set for orchestrating Docker-based distributed applications. The Docker blog states that the current releases are not yet production-ready, but feedback from the community is being requested.
OpenStack specialists Mirantis have announced a joint project with Google to integrate the Kubernetes container management system with the OpenStack project, which will allow Docker containers to be deployed at scale on infrastructure managed by OpenStack.
Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications.
The Apache Aurora community have released version 0.7.0-incubating of the Apache Aurora framework for Mesos, which provides a platform for long-running services and cron jobs. This release includes beta integration with Docker, official support for the Aurora command-line client v2, and performance improvements for running Aurora at scale.
Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. have released a Ruby ‘fog-azure’ gem to provide Microsoft Azure support for the Fog cloud services library.
James Turnbull, VP of engineering at Kickstarter and author of The Docker Book, presented at both FOSDEM and Config Management Camp about monitoring, sharing his views on modern, scalable, business oriented monitoring, provided as a service with self service APIs, and integrated in the project development.
Docker Inc., have released version 1.5 of the Docker application container runtime, which contains IPv6 support, read-only containers, access to container statistics, “named Dockerfiles” and a Docker image specification v1.0.0.
CoreOS have opened a pull-request to Docker which contains a proof-of-concept modification to enable Docker to run appc app container images (ACIs). At the same time CoreOS have also released a new version of Rocket that supports the native running of Docker images.
Julian C. Dunn, product manager at Chef, presented at Config Management Camp about how configuration management needs to adapt to a containerized world, while Gareth Rushgrove, software engineer at Puppet Labs, talked about the future of configuration management, and how the emerging and future technologies will still need to have configuration management into account.
Jez Humble, co-author of "Continuous Delivery" and "Lean Enterprise" and VP at Chef, presented the second Config Management Camp keynote, sharing the principles that enable high throughput and stability and the configuration management practices behind them, using models drawn from the Lean movement.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) have released an open source proof of concept scheduler driver that demonstrated how the Apache Mesos cluster manager could be integrated with the Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) preview.
Andrew Clay Shafer, senior director of technology at Pivotal, presented at Config Management Camp on BOSH, the project used to deploy Cloud Foundry PaaS, while Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate at CoreOS, talked about CoreOS and Kubernetes, the open source project started by Google to manage a cluster of Linux containers.
Shortly after releasing the AWS CloudTrail Processing Library (CPL), Amazon Web Services has also integrated AWS CloudTrail with Amazon CloudWatch Logs to enable alarms and respective "notifications from CloudWatch, triggered by specific API activity captured by CloudTrail". The implied support for monitoring JSON-formatted logs has recently been officially released as well.
The Config Management Camp featured a panel with Mitchell Hashimoto, founder of HashiCorp and creator of Terraform, Gareth Rushgrove, senior software engineer at Puppet Labs, and John Keiser, development lead at Chef, discussing creation of infrastructure from code and cloud resources and APIs.
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