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DigitalOcean Release Managed Load Balancers for High Availability

by Elton Stoneman on  Mar 02, 2017

DigitalOcean have expanded their IaaS cloud products with a managed load-balancer. InfoQ aproached the company's co-founder to talk about the new features and the longer-term product roadmap.

Cloudbleed - Cloudflare Proxies Memory Leak

by Chris Swan on  Feb 26, 2017

A buffer overflow bug has caused a small number of requests to Cloudflare proxies to leak data from unrelated requests, including potentially sensitive data such as passwords and other secrets. The issue, which has been named ‘Cloudbleed’, was discovered by Google Project Zero vulnerability researcher Tavis Ormandy.

Microsoft Releases Managed Disks, Scale Sets

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 24, 2017

In an effort to simplify virtual machine (VM) storage and scaling in Azure, Microsoft released two new capabilities. Managed Disks eliminate the need to configure "storage accounts" for holding VM disks. Scale sets make it possible to deploy hundreds of identical VMs at once.

Microsoft Makes Cloud-Based Biological Research Tool Open Source

by Michael Stiefel on  Feb 21, 2017

Bio Model Analyzer, a Microsoft cloud-based tool that biologists can use to model cell interactions and communications, is now available as open-source on GitHub. It is used to create computer models that can compare the processes within healthy and diseased cells. Scientists can see the interactions between millions of genes and proteins, speeding up research and treatment of diseases.

RightScale Cloud Survey 2017

by Abel Avram on  Feb 21, 2017

RightScale has recently published their annual cloud survey (RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report) which comprises the status and the trends in cloud computing adoption and usage, comparing some of the values with last year’s results.

Google Cloud Endpoints is Now Generally Available

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 16, 2017

After three months in beta, Google has announced the general availability of its Open API-based Cloud Endpoints (GCE) API management system, which aims to make it possible to build efficient, ready-to-scale API platforms, says Google.

Oracle Acquires Apiary to Strengthen its API Integration Cloud

by Karthick Viswanathan on  Jan 31, 2017

Oracle announced plans to acquire Apiary, the API management company with a focus on API design and collaboration, on January 19. Apiary is best known for API flow, its API management platform.

Google Expands Audit Logging Capability to Majority of Cloud Services

by Richard Seroter on  Jan 30, 2017 2

Tracking "who did what" in a self-service public cloud can be challenging. With Google Cloud Audit Logging, Google captures log streams for seventeen services in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) .

GitLab 8.16 Now Includes Monitoring and Extends Auto Deploy to Google Container Engine

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 27, 2017

Following the introduction of auto-deploy to Kubernetes on OpenShift last month, GitLab 8.16 makes auto-deploy available on Google Cloud. Additionally, GitLab 8.16 improves its issue search and filter UI, and includes monitoring tool Prometheus and Slack-alternative Mattermost.

Amazon's Managed Container Service Adds Support for Docker on Windows

by Elton Stoneman on  Jan 24, 2017 1

Amazon is the first cloud provider to support Windows Docker containers in their managed container platform - the AWS EC2 Container Service. The new beta service for Windows has several restrictions, but it paves the way to running multi-platform solutions across a single cluster of container hosts.

Improving Azure SQL Database Performance Using In-Memory Technologies

by Kent Weare on  Jan 21, 2017 4

In late 2016, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure SQL Database In-Memory technologies. In-Memory processing is only available in Azure Premium database tiers and provides performance improvements for On-line Analytical Processing (OLTP), Clustered Columnstore Indexes and Non-clustered Columnstore Indexes for Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing (HTAP) scenarios.

Google Introduces Cloud-Based Encryption Key Management Service

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2017 2

Google has announced a new service for its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) that allows to create, use, rotate, and destroy symmetric encryption keys. Although the new Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) is integrated with Google's Cloud Identity Access Management and Cloud Audit Logging, keys managed using KMS can be also used independently.

AWS Step Functions: Coordinating Distributed Applications and Microservices Using Visual Workflows

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 05, 2017

Amazon Web Services have launched AWS Step Functions, a service that enables the coordination of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. The AWS Step Functions console allows the JSON specification of a state machine to be defined that execute 'steps' within an application, e.g., by calling out to an AWS Lambda function or containerised application running on AWS ECS.

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) Gains FIFO Queues

by Steffen Opel on  Dec 31, 2016

Amazon's Simple Queue Service (SQS) recently gained FIFO (first-in, first-out) queues, which are designed to "guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the order that they are sent, and without duplicates". AWS rolled out this new queue type in the US East (Ohio) and US West (Oregon) regions and "plans to make it available in many others in early 2017".

Microsoft Launches Cloud Bot-as-a-Service Platform

by Kent Weare on  Dec 28, 2016 1

This past November, Microsoft launched, what it is calling, the Industry’s First Cloud Bot-as-a-Service platform. The Azure Bot Service is powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and has a serverless compute back-end built on Azure Functions. Using the Bot service allows developers to build conversational applications that plug into many popular chat applications.

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