This article presents a review of the second day at the O'Reilly Software Architecture conference, held in New York City 12-13th April. Sessions covered include 'Evolving toward microservices: How HomeDepot.com made the transition’, ‘Going cloud native: It takes a platform’, ‘Let's make the pain visible’, ‘Microservices in reverse’, and ‘The architect as coach’.
Late last month Google released an alpha version of their TensorFlow (TF) integrated cloud machine learning service as a response to a growing need to make their Tensor Flow library to run at scale on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google describes several new feature sets around making TF usage scale by integrating several pieces of the GCP like Dataproc, a managed Hadoop and Spark service.
Recently at the 2016 Build Event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a change to their Power BI offering. The update comes in the form of giving customers and ISVs with the ability to embed Power BI reports within their own applications. Microsoft is calling this service Power BI Embedded and it is currently in preview.
At this month's Build conference, Microsoft announced a preview of Azure Functions, a service that runs code on-demand. Azure Functions is Microsoft's entry into the increasingly-popular space of event-driven, serverless computing occupied by Amazon, Google, IBM, and others.
JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, the latest version of their most popular IDE. The new version seems to have the polyglot developer in mind, with multiple enhancements over a variety of languages and technologies; however, the most noticeable changes are aimed at Java, particularly at helping developers take full advantage of Java 8.
Rancher Labs have released version 1.0 of their open source Rancher container management platform, which allows the deployment of Docker containers via Docker Swarm, Kubernetes or Rancher Labs’ Cattle. Rancher manages the underlying compute fabric, and can be deployed across a combination of multiple public cloud vendors, private virtualised clouds and bare metal.
On April 5th, 2016 Amazon announced an update to its API Management service known as Amazon API Gateway. In this update, Amazon API Gateway now supports a direct way of importing Swagger 2.0 definitions.
At the microXchg conference 2016, Zalando talked about their journey to creating an audit-compliant Platform as a Service (PaaS) for multiple autonomous teams that runs on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Key lessons learned included: the need for autonomous teams and a supporting PaaS, alongside auditing and a clear vision, are essential to scale development as an engineering organisation grows.
At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.
Netflix does not require any team to use particular deployment tools, but teams are responsible for maintaining the tools they implement. Centralized teams at Netflix offer a set of tools to reduce the cognitive load of the majority of their engineers. This tool set uses Nebula, GIT, Jenkins, and Spinnaker to build Amazon Machine Images very efficiently and very quickly.
Jenkins 2.0 beta is now available which includes a new Pipeline build delivery system using a DSL built on Groovy. That feature and a new user setup process aims to give users most of what the need out of the box.
Microsoft recently announced an expansion of their Azure regions world-wide. The number of regions announced now sits at 30, with 22 being generally available (GA). The most recent wave, of Azure regions, focuses on trusted environments for government customers or regions with specific privacy needs.
On March 14, 2016 Dropbox discussed their migration away from AWS on their blog. The blog post recounts all of the recent activities that have allowed them to achieve their goal of serving 90% of all user data exclusively from their own data centers. The project, named “Magic Pocket”, called for in-house developed software and hardware to be built to support their customer needs.
After a brief beta period that saw customers migrate more than 1,000 on-premises databases to the cloud, AWS formally released their Database Migration Service. This on-demand cloud service supports live migration scenarios, and customers who wish to switch their database platform as part of the migration can do so, thanks to a free schema conversion tool.
Google has announced that node.js is available in beta on App Engine. However, unlike the pure PAAS offerings on App Engine, the node.js functionality uses their App Engine flexible environment. This hybrid environment wraps the app up in a Docker image and manages the VMs automatically.