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Microsoft Updates High Availability Guidance for Cloud Apps

by Irwin Williams on  Jul 29, 2016

Microsoft has released an updated checklist for high-availability (HA) scenarios in Microsoft Azure with guidance on how to design and manage solutions that use VMs, websites and storage, in cases where great load is expected intermittently or consistently.

Elixir 1.3 Brings New Language Features, APIs, and Improved Tooling

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 27, 2016

Elixir 1.3, recently announced by José Valim, deprecates imperative assignments and adds new types and accessors, improves its Mix build tool and the ExUnit unit testing framework.

GitHub’s DGit Improves Reliability, Performance, and Availability

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 07, 2016 1

GitHub has been quietly rolling out DGit, short for “distributed Git”, a new distributed storage system built on top of Git with the aim of improving reliability, availability, and performance of using GitHub.

LFE Brings Lisp to the Erlang Virtual Machine

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2016

After 8 years of development, Lisp Flavoured Erlang (LFE) has reached version 1.0, bringing stable support for Lisp programming on the Erlang virtual machine (BEAM). LFE was created by Robert Virding, one of the initial developers of Erlang. InfoQ has spoken with Duncan McGreggor, current maintainer of LFE.

Scaling Stateful Services

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Nov 26, 2015

Caitie McCaffrey, distributed systems engineer at Twitter, talked about the benefits of stateful services which are less known than their stateless counterparts in the industry and how they can be scaled at the Strange Loop conference. The benefits include data locality and higher availability and stronger consistency models. McCaffrey also gave real world examples of stateful services.

DigitalOcean Adds Floating IPs

by Richard Seroter on  Oct 30, 2015

DigitalOcean recently introduced floating IPs that can be manually reassigned to any Droplet – what DigitalOcean calls a virtual machine – within a data center. While neither novel nor a standalone high-availability solution, this service fills a gap for the fast-growing cloud provider.

AWS Simplifies Resource Access with VPC Endpoints, Initially Supporting S3

by Steffen Opel on  Aug 31, 2015

Amazon Web Services recently introduced VPC endpoints to enable a "private connection between your VPC and another AWS service without requiring access over the Internet, through a NAT instance, a VPN connection, or AWS Direct Connect". VPC endpoint policies provide granular access control to other service's resources. Initially available are connections to S3, other services will be added later.

GameAnalytics Open-Source Erlang Scheduler for Distributed Tasks

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 05, 2015

GameAnalytics, maker of a free analytics platform, has recently open sourced gascheduler an Erlang library that provides a generic scheduler for parallel execution of distributed tasks. InfoQ has spoken to Chris de Vries, one of gascheduler’s creators.

Uber Unveils its Realtime Market Platform

by João Miranda on  Mar 15, 2015

Matt Ranney, Chief Systems Architect at Uber, gave an overview of their dispatch system, responsible for matching Uber's drivers and riders. Ranney explained the driving forces that led to a rewrite of this system. He described the architectural principles that underpin it, several of the algorithms implemented and why Uber decided to design and implement their own RPC protocol.

Lessons Learned Building Distributed Systems at Bitly

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 23, 2014

At the Bacon Conference last May, bitly Lead Application Developer Sean O'Connor explained the most relevant lessons bitly developers learned while building a distributed system that handles 6 billions clicks per month.

AnyPresence Soups up Enterprise MBaaS Platform- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Oct 30, 2013

Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence continues to hone their chops. Launching the fifth update to their self-titled platform geared for the enterprise. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides some insights for InfoQ readers…

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