Azure Logic Apps Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Aug 08, 2016

On July 27th, Microsoft announced their Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) offering, Logic Apps has reached General Availability (GA). The GA release includes additional management support, telemetry events, alerts, and consumption-based pricing. InfoQ reached out Jim Harrer, principal group program manager at Microsoft to gain further insight into this Logic Apps release.

Azure Premium Messaging Service Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Jul 31, 2016

On July 15th, Microsoft announced the Azure Premium Messaging service has reached General Availability (GA). Premium Messaging targets customers who would like more predictable messaging performance. InfoQ reached out to Dan Rosanova, Principal Program Manager on the Azure Service Bus team for additional insight into this milestone.

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.

Microsoft and SAP Expand Partnership in the Cloud

by Kent Weare on  Jul 23, 2016

Microsoft and SAP recently announced, at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference, an expanded partnership. The expanded partnership will focus on better support for SAP HANA in Azure, integration across Cloud Services including Office 365, Concur and SuccessFactors and Mobile App management for SAP Fiori using Microsoft Intune.

DigitalOcean Launches Flexible Block Storage

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 15, 2016

DigitalOcean has announced the availability of a new Block Storage service to make it possible to grow storage independently of computing power and at a more convenient price.

AWS Adds Multi-Cloud Scripting to EC2 Run Command Feature

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 12, 2016

In late 2015, AWS unveiled the EC2 Run Command feature. It gave operators a single interface for running administrative tasks across a fleet of AWS servers. In June of this year, AWS expanded the scope of the feature to work with servers located in other clouds or data centers.

Microsoft Launches Azure Information Protection for Documents

by Irwin Williams on  Jul 11, 2016

Microsoft launched Azure Information Protection (AIP) in early June 2016. The service aims to enable easy classification of documents both for security and taxonomy.

Samsung Acquires Cloud Provider Joyent

by Elton Stoneman on  Jul 06, 2016

Samsung has acquired Joyent, the public cloud provider positioning itself as a container-native cloud platform. The buyout gives Samsung an immediate cloud presence, and the potential to build an integrated back-end platform to support its consumer-facing devices. The biggest attraction for both parties may be the ability to offer an end-to-end experience in the Internet of Things space.

Amazon Announces Immediate Availability of Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

by Kent Weare on  Jul 05, 2016 1

On June 27th, Amazon announced the immediate availability of their 6th AWS Region in Asia Pacific. This region is in Mumbai, India and it joins other regions in Asia Pacific including Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. With the addition of Mumbai, Amazon is now up to 35 Availability Zones across 13 geographic Regions worldwide.

Docker Swarm Is Dead. Long Live Docker Swarm.

by Elton Stoneman on  Jun 28, 2016

At DockerCon, Docker released version 1.12 of the core product, Docker Engine. The biggest new feature is that Docker Swarm is no longer a separate tool - now it's built into Docker Engine, making it easier to combine multiple Docker hosts into a single logical unit for increased scale and reliability.

Microsoft Introduces Project Bletchley: A Modular Blockchain Fabric

by Kent Weare on  Jun 19, 2016

On June 15th, Microsoft announced their vision for an open blockchain platform which will be powered by Azure. Microsoft is calling this initiative Project Bletchley, which focuses on providing the architectural building blocks for constructing an Enterprise Consortium Blockchain Ecosystem.

Kief Morris: Implementing Infrastructure as Code

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 14, 2016

Moving applications to the cloud has somewhat become commodity in the meantime - not only for big players, but also for smaller companies that rely on flexibility and resource utilization. In his presentation "Implementing Infrastructure as Code", Kief Morris, cloud practice lead at ThoughWorks, shares some key principles and recommendations on how to leverage cloud based infrastructure.

Spring Cloud Brixton.RELEASE Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Jun 13, 2016

On May 11th, 2016 Pivotal announced that their latest release of Spring Cloud has reached General Availability (GA). InfoQ recently had the chance to chat with Pieter Humphrey, consulting product marketing manager at Pivotal, to gain further insight into this release and the state of their platform.

Amazon Brings Auto Scaling to EC2 Container Service

by Kent Weare on  Jun 06, 2016 2

Amazon recently announced it is bringing automatic scaling to its Amazon ECS service. This allows Amazon ECS services to scale out, or scale in, automatically. Scale events are the result of Amazon CloudWatch alarms being triggered when threshold-based metrics exceed, or fall below, expected values.

Microsoft Introduces Flow for Citizen Cloud Workflow

by Kent Weare on  May 30, 2016

On April 27, 2016 Microsoft announced a new personal workflow tool called Flow. The platform is an “IFTTT like” tool that focuses on the automation of personal tasks by orchestrating work across popular SaaS based services.

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