Amazon has added corporate directory services called AWS Directory Service to its growing portfolio of cloud services. Applications that need Active Directory or a LDAP compatible directory can use this service.
Docker Inc. and Microsoft announced today a partnership to provide Docker support on the next Windows Server release. This means enabling Windows based containers with a new Docker Engine for Windows Server, extending Docker's open orchestration APIs to the Microsoft ecosystem and providing multi-platform applications support, running both on Linux and Windows Docker containers.
Last week, the Amazon Web Services team made changes to their DynamoDB NoSQL database service that improve JSON support, improve scalability, and expand the free usage tier. Developers can now use AWS SDKs to store, index, query, and update large JSON documents while consuming up to 25GB of free storage.
Google have announced that they will remove support for the obsolete SSL 3.0 after discovering vulnerabilities that may be exploitable by forcing clients or servers to downgrade. Removing SSL 3.0 may also unlock stalled negotiations with HTTP2. Read on for more details.
Most open source projects on CodePlex are directed towards developers. Rudolf Henning’s QuickMon is different. It is designed to help the network administrators who keep the servers running so that developers can get a good night’s sleep.
Docker has added new official repositories for language stacks to the Docker Hub, including C/C++, Java, Python or Ruby.
CloudFlare have made SSL available to all free subscribers to its content delivery network (CDN) with Universal SSL. The move addresses both cost and complexity issues that have previously confronted web site and application owners wanting to deploy SSL. CloudFlare takes care of issuing a certificate at no cost to the end user, and enabling SSL becomes a selection from a dropdown menu.
Hunk is a relatively new product from Splunk for exploring and visualizing Hadoop and other NoSQL data stores. New in this release is support for Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce.
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.