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Ansible 2.0 Generally Available Shortly After Red Hat Acquisition

by Guillermo Beltri on  Jan 29, 2016

Ansible Inc. has recently released Ansible v2.0. With this version the company makes a great refactoring effort while trying to maintain backwards compatibility with existing playbooks. The announcement includes improvements like handling exceptions in blocks, bringing new strategies when executing different tasks or improving connection with other services through modules.

Survey Indicates Rise in Container-based Stateful Applications

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 28, 2016

A survey revealed that more than 75% of IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications like databases inside containers.

How Database Administration Fits into DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Jan 28, 2016 5

InfoQ interviewed Dan North about the activities that are performed by database administrators and how they are related to those done by developers and by operations, how database administration is usually organized, how the database fits into DevOps or Continuous Delivery, and what he expects that the future will bring for database administration when organizations adopt DevOps.

Yelp Releases dumb-init, a Minimal init System for Docker Containers

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 27, 2016

Yelp released a minimal init system for Docker containers called dumb-init which acts as a proxy and performs other init functions by registering signal handlers and forwarding signals to the actual process running in the container.

Docker, Inc Acquires Unikernel Systems Ltd with the Goal of 'Democratising Unikernel Technology'

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 24, 2016

Docker, Inc., the organisation behind the Docker platform, has acquired Unikernel Systems, a Cambridge, UK-based company focused on unikernel development. Docker Inc. have stated that this acquisition will enable the incorporation of unikernel-based software deployment on a ‘continuum with Linux and Windows containers’, and the company plans to ‘democratise unikernel technology’.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

Amazon Announces AWS Region in South Korea Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Jan 16, 2016

On January 6th, Amazon announced its latest region, Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region, has reached general availability. The company initially announced its plan of expanding to South Korea back in November 2015.

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.

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