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Surviving Success

by Michael Stiefel on  May 27, 2015

Teams rarely consider success as a mode of failure, but not preparing for exceeding their goals can be just as dangerous as ignoring basic software and infrastructure needs. Mark Simms and Mark Souza discuss anti-patterns they've seen and some of the best ways to architect to win in spite of your own success.

Q&A with Project Lead for Microservices-infrastructure at Cisco

by Daniel Bryant on  May 27, 2015

Cisco is currently working on an open source ‘microservice-infrastructure’ project, which will support the continuous deployment of microservice-based applications, and is built upon technologies such as Mesos, Consul and Docker. Development is occurring primarily in the open, via the CiscoCloud Github account.

Microsoft Azure Tops Nasuni’s Storage Benchmark Test

by Janakiram MSV on  May 24, 2015

Nasuni, the cloud NAS and storage company published the results of its annual cloud storage benchmarking test. Microsoft Azure Storage emerged as a winner on speed, availability, and scalability. Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage were the other services included in the benchmark.

Google Release 'Preemptible' VMs with Fixed Pricing in Beta

by Daniel Bryant on  May 24, 2015

Google have released Google Compute Engine ‘preemptible’ virtual machines in beta, which are the same as normal instances with the exception that they are limited to a maximum 24 hour runtime, and may be shut down at any time. Preemptible VMs are offered at a fixed price, which is discounted up to 70% off the prices of normal instances.

Netflix's FIDO Guards Against Security Incidents

by James Chesters on  May 19, 2015

The Netflix team has released FIDO -- an open source system for automatically analysing security events. Not to be confused with FIDO Alliance, Netflix's platform stands for Fully Integrated Defense Operation, the platform's Github describes FIDO as "an orchestration layer used to automate the incident response process by evaluating, assessing and responding to malware."

Serious Red Hat Linux Bug Affects Haswell-based Servers

by Jeff Martin on  May 19, 2015

Users and administrators of Red Hat-based Linux distributions version 6.6 should plan to update their systems as soon as possible due to the presence a significant bug that cause their system to deadlock.

VENOM Vulnerability Threatens Several Major VM Hosts

by Jeff Martin on  May 19, 2015

Users of the popular virtual machine tools Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, and QEMU are urged to patch their systems as soon as possible due to a newly found bug that exposes flaws in the code providing virtual floppy disk support. The VENOM vulnerability affects all operating systems that are hosting these environments.

Getting to Know the Various Editions of Windows 10

by Jeff Martin on  May 18, 2015

Microsoft has released details on the numerous flavors that Windows 10 will ship in. Windows 10 Phone users stand to benefit a great deal, and business users will gain greater control over the update process.

Weaveworks Release ‘Weave Scope’ for Container and Microservice Monitoring

by Daniel Bryant on  May 18, 2015

Weaveworks, creators of the Weave Docker virtual networking solution, have released a pre-alpha version of 'Weave Scope', an open source developer-focused container monitoring tool. Scope automatically generates a map of containers, enabling developers to visualise, monitor, and control applications by using the information exposed to drive deployment and operational decisions.

CoreOS App Container Spec Gains Support from Google, Apcera and Red Hat

by Daniel Bryant on  May 12, 2015

At the inaugural CoreOS Fest in San Francisco, the CoreOS team announced that the App Container specification (appc) has recently gained support from Google, Apcera, Red Hat and VMware. Google have added support for CoreOS’s appc implementation ‘rkt’ into Kubernetes, and Apcera have created a new implementation of appc, named ‘Kurma’.

QCon New York in 4 Weeks: Top Tracks and Sessions; New Mini-Talks (June 8-12, 2015)

by Nitin Bharti on  May 11, 2015

QCon New York 2015 will feature over 90 breakout sessions, daily open spaces, and for the first time this year, a series of mini-talks on Microservices, Product Engineering, Machine Learning, and more. The next early discount to save $300 ends May 16th. Here are the most popular tracks, sessions, and tutorials at the upcoming QCon NY according to page view traffic on qconnewyork.com.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

Automating the Modern Datacenter with Terraform and Consul

by Daniel Bryant on  May 10, 2015

At CraftConf 2015, Mitchell Hashimoto argued that current provisioning and configuration tooling is not adequate for orchestrating the ‘modern datacenter’. The modern datacenter is agile and elastic, and ‘services’ may be spread across potentially disparate vendor platforms. Hashimoto introduced Terraform and Consul, which may be used to provide automation in these challenging environments

Slick 3: Reactive Streams for Asynchronous Database Access in Scala

by Mirko Stocker on  May 09, 2015 4

Slick, Typesafe's database query and access library for Scala, now supports the Reactive Streams API in the just released version 3.0. This enables developers to query their databases asynchronously and non-blocking. InfoQ talked to Slich Tech-Lead Stefan Zeiger to learn more about the new features and what they've planned for the future.

Docker Security Benchmark

by Chris Swan on  May 08, 2015

Docker Inc have worked with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) to produce a benchmark document containing numerous recommendations for the security of Docker deployments. The benchmark was announced in a blog post ‘Understanding Docker Security and Best Practices’ by Diogo Mónica who was recently hired along with Nathan McCauley to lead the Docker Security team.

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