Last week Amazon Web Services and Rackspace notified customers that their servers would be rebooted as a part of Xen hypervisor patching. This is the second time that AWS has scheduled reboots as a part of its cloud infrastructure maintenance, and AWS published guidance for building applications resilient to reboots and restarts.
Amazon Web Services recently added several features to its Auto Scaling service to improve control over the managed Amazon EC2 instances. It is now possible to hook into the pending and terminating lifecycle state transitions to perform custom operations, which is also available for in service instances via a new standby state. The DetachInstances API now allows to remove instances from a group.
After a few months spent in Developer Preview, the Amazon Web Services Mobile SDK version 2 is ready for general development. According to Amazon, the final release takes into account feedback received from developers during the preview in order to improve the SDK with some new features.
"Chaos Engineering", a term recently coined by Netflix, is an umbrella that embraces all Netflix's activities on controlled failure injection. Bruce Wong, Engineering Manager of Chaos Engineering at Netflix, wrote about what Chaos Engineering is, its aims, and the roadmap to achieve them. InfoQ reached Bruce to learn more.
Puppet Labs has announced at its PuppetConf conference the launch of the Puppet Approved program, to recognize those Puppet modules with more quality and active development, more Puppet Enterprise supported modules, as well as a new partner network.
Puppet Labs is holding its annual PuppetConf conference where it has announced a faster next-generation Puppet Server, with new management and reporting capabilities for their Puppet Enterprise product, and the launch of new Puppet Apps.
Microsoft has announced a new family of virtual machines called D-Series that offers better memory, CPU and faster I/O. With this Azure joins the club of elite IaaS providers with SSD backed storage.
Continuous deployment helps organizations in delivering high quality software fast through build, test and deployment automation. It gives earlier return on investment, earlier feedback and easy process of deployment. Is continuous deployment also good from business perspective?
Public cloud provider DigitalOcean recently announced support for CoreOS, the new Docker-centric Linux distribution. CoreOS is growing in popularity as container-based development goes mainstream, and DigitalOcean is part of a growing pool of providers that support this unique operating system.
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Docker has announced the release of version 1.2.0, including the ability to specify restart policies for containers or fine grain controls over containers permissions. The company is also hosting the first official european conference, DockerCon Europe, in December in Amsterdam.
ZeroTurnaround has announced the discontinuation of their application release automation product, LiveRebel, claiming that the release automation market is not big enough because it is not one of the top problems that teams face, and there is no clear picture of what release management should be.
MongoDB announced services with enterprise capabilities for Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine platforms at the MongoDB world conference.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.
Wesley Beary, a member of the API team at Heroku, has compiled a list of guidelines for creating HTTP+JSON APIs presented in a condensed form here.