With the software update announced last week, Microsoft nearly closed the gap between it and other leading Platform-as-a-Service offerings. With refined pricing, free SSL support, global DNS load balancing, and the introduction of Java support, Azure Web Sites appears to be a strong competitor for Heroku, Google App Engine, OpenShift Online, Cloud Bees, and Engine Yard.
Google has announced that its Andromeda network virtualization stack is now live in two Google Compute Engine (GCE) zones (us-central1-b and europe-west1-a) with other zones being migrated in coming months. Andromeda offers significant performance improvements without requiring any reconfiguration by Google Cloud users.
OpenSSL's Heartbleed vulnerability has brought the project under the intense scrutiny of the OpenBSD development team. The team began a massive cleanse and repair of the OpenSSL codebase last week with impressive results.
Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview, which includes Windows PowerShell OneGet, a package manager in the spirit of yum and apt-get; a set of cmdlets to manage network switches; and some polishing on Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).
Google announced last week that Android 4.1.1 is susceptible to the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. While Android 4.1.1 is, according to Google, the only Android version vulnerable to Heartbleed, it remains in use in millions of smartphones and tablets. Android 4.1.1 devices have been shown to leak significant amount of data in a "reverse Heartbleed" attack.
Java 8 might be difficult for enterprise projects to adopt, mostly because of established Java EE application servers. Those using Tomcat and Jetty will likely have an edge in upgrading. Spring 4.0.3 was recently released, with official support for Java 8 as well as many WebSocket improvements.
Gilad Bracha, Co-Author of the Java Spec, and Dianne Marsh, Director of Engineering at Netflix have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the third annual QCon New York (Jun 11-13, 2014). The tutorials schedule has been finalized and the preliminary conference schedule is now live. New speakers are being added daily to the conference website, with more than 60/100 speakers already confirmed.
Pivotal, last week, announced the first general availability release of the Spring Boot framework.
The recently disclosed Heartbleed bug allows a remote client to query the contents of a remote SSL server's memory when using vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, disclosing passwords and other secure credentials to eavesdroppers. Application sites like Yahoo! Mail and Amazon Web Services have been affected. Read on to find out more about what the bug entails,and what you should do.
Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter have decided to make sure that a relational databases is “web-scale”, so they have put their efforts behind WebScaleSQL, a branch of MySQL 5.6 Community Edition.
The new version of Azure brings with it enhanced options for private networks, virtual private networks, and multi-region load balancing.
RightScale, a service provider across multiple clouds, has published the results of their annual State of Cloud 2014 survey conducted in February of this year. This article highlights some of the most significant findings.
Today, Greg Stein, founder of the Apache Subversion project, raised a request to migrate the Subversion codebase to Git. More controversial than the decision itself was the way that the decision was made, by the PMC on the private mailing list. Read on to find out what happened and what the current state is.
The 2014 Edition of The Shallot - the online magazine which conducts deep analysis of the state of the information technology industry - has been released.