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Microsoft Makes Available Their Platform for Building Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2015 3

Microsoft has announced and made available the preview of Azure Service Fabric (ASF), a cloud platform including a runtime and lifecycle management tools for creating, deploying, running and managing microservices. ASF microservices can be deployed on Azure or on-premises on Windows Server private or hosted clouds. Support for Linux is to come in the future.

Google Unveils Details about Borg

by Abel Avram on  Apr 17, 2015

Google has published the paper "Large-scale cluster management at Google with Borg", unveiling details on a technology that was very little spoken about in the past.

Atlassian’s Stash Data Center Offers High Availability and Scalability for Git

by Steffen Opel on  Apr 15, 2015 1

Atlassian recently released Stash Data Center, a highly available and horizontally scalable deployment option for its on-premises source code and Git repository management solution Stash. New nodes can be added without downtime to provide active-active clustering and instant scalability.

The Architecture of a Scalable and Resilient Google Cloud Solution

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2015

Google has recently published a paper providing architectural guidelines for creating a scalable and resilient solution running on their cloud platform. This article digests the respective paper extracting the main ideas and advice. These guidelines can be used with minor changes for deploying web applications on other clouds.

Alex Bordei on Scaling NoSQL Databases

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 30, 2014

Network performance, virtualization and testing are some of the considerations to address performance and scalability issues with NoSQL databases. Alex Bordei wrote about scaling NoSQL databases and tips for increasing performance when using these data stores.

Martin Thompson Discusses the Reactive Manifesto 2.0

by Harry Brumleve on  Oct 13, 2014

The second version of the Reactive Manifesto was announced at September's GOTO conference in Aarhus. Martin Thompson discusses the need for a revised version of the Manifesto and what its changes mean for the burgeoning reactive community.

AWS Adds Hooks Into Expanded Auto Scaling Lifecycle

by Steffen Opel on  Sep 30, 2014 1

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.

TypeSafe's Kevin Webber: Actor-based Concurrency for Reactive Systems

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 15, 2014

In a recent article on Medium, TypeSafe's Kevin Webber argues that reactive programming "isn’t just another trend but rather the paradigm for modern software developers to learn" since it helps them to build systems that are responsive, resilient, and scalable. He also suggests that actor-based concurrency is the most convenient foundations for a reactive system.

FoundationDB SQL Layer: Storing SQL Data in a NoSQL Database

by Abel Avram on  Sep 10, 2014 4

FoundationDB has announced the general availability of SQL Layer, and ANSI SQL engine that runs on top of their key-value store. The result is a relational database backed up by a scalable, fault-tolerant, shared-nothing, distributed NoSQL store with support for multi-key ACID transactions.

Google unveils Mesa - Geo-Replicated Near-Realtime Scalable Data Warehouse

by Matt Kapilevich on  Aug 19, 2014

Google has unveiled their new data-warehouse called Mesa. Mesa is a system that scales across multiple data centers and processes petabytes of data, while being able to respond to queries in sub-second time and maintain ACID properties.

.NET Actor Model Implementations Differ in Approach

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 21, 2014 5

Last week Vaughn Vernon published Dotsero, a .NET actor model toolkit that follows the Akka API and earlier this year a preview of the Orleans framework based on the Actor model was released by Microsoft Research. In a recent twitter discussion Vaughn and Sergey Bykov, lead of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research, discussed the different approaches taken in Orleans and Dotsero.

Alternatives to Eventual Consistency

by Harry Brumleve on  Jun 18, 2014

Causal Consistency models offer an alternative Eventual Consistency for distributed systems; both models should be weighed against your system's requirements and risk tolerance.

Facebook: MVC Does Not Scale, Use Flux Instead [Updated]

by Abel Avram on  May 15, 2014 12

This article has been updated based on community and Jing Chen (Facebook)’s reaction. (See the Update section below.) Facebook came to the conclusion that MVC does not scale up for their needs and has decided to use a different pattern instead: Flux.

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Want to Make Sure that MySQL Is “Web-Scale”

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

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.

HybridCluster announce free non-commercial licenses

by Chris Swan on  Feb 05, 2014 2

HybridCluster have announced a free for non-commercial use license for their cloud hosting platform. The platform supports Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) applications, and provides high availability and auto scaling with a combination of ‘AwesomeProxy’ a proprietary multi-protocol proxy server, lightweight containers and a ZFS based storage fabric.

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