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Kubernetes 1.7 Released with Security Hardening, StatefulSet Updates and Extensibility Features

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 14, 2017

Kubernetes 1.7 has been released with a focus on delivering features for security, storage and extensibility, and includes a Network Policy API, automated upgrade strategies for StatefulSets, and an extensible API aggregation layer.

Salesforce Brings Cognitive to CRM, Launches 3 New Services

by Kent Weare on  Jul 08, 2017

In a recent blog post, Salesforce announced the addition of three cognitive services to its Einstein artificial intelligence (AI) platform. The three new services enable detecting sentiment, intent and object detection. Salesforce customers can then use these services to automate insight and use predictive modelling within their CRM apps.

Integrate 2017 Recap: Adding Intelligence to Integration

by Kent Weare on  Jul 04, 2017

Integrate 2017, an annual integration event focused on Microsoft Integration technologies, took place in London from June 26th – 28th. Some of the key themes that were discussed include the role of cognitive computing in integration, API orchestration, SaaS connectivity, cloud native integration, the impact of serverless on integration and cloud messaging at scale.

A Series of Unfortunate Container Events at Netflix: Andrew Spyker and Amit Joshi at QCon NYC

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 02, 2017

At QCon New York 2017,  Andrew Spyker and Amit Joshi presented “A Series of Unfortunate Container Events at Netflix”. Key takeaways from running production workloads within containers running on the AWS Cloud include: expect problematic containers and workloads; there is continued need for cloud to evolve for containers; and it has been worth the effort due to value containers unlock.

Running a Presidential Campaign with Immutable Infrastructure: Michael Fisher at QCon NY

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 30, 2017

At QCon New York 2017 Michael Fisher presented “Presidential Campaigns & Immutable Infrastructure” and discussed the implementation and challenges of provisioning infrastructure for the Hillary for America (HFA) campaign that ran during the 2015-2016 US regional and national elections.

Why the JVM is a Good Choice for Serverless Computing: John Chapin Discusses AWS Lambda at QCon NY

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 30, 2017

At QCon New York John Chapin presented “Fearless AWS Lambdas”, and not only argued that the JVM is a good platform on which to deploy serverless code, but also provided guidance on extracting the best performance from Java-based AWS Lambda functions.

Building Starling Bank in the Cloud: Greg Hawkins Discusses Open Banking, DevOps and Hackathons

by Daniel Bryant on  May 31, 2017

At QCon London, Greg Hawkins presented “Building and Trusting a Cloud Bank”in which he discussed how the Starling Bank team has created a UK Bank running on the AWS public cloud. InfoQ caught up with Hawkins at a recent StarlingDev Hackathon, and discussed Open Banking and PSD2, the challenges of legacy applications, and what the future holds for online banking.

Red Hat to Acquire Codenvy to Extend DevOps Tools Capability

by Helen Beal on  May 31, 2017

Red Hat has announced the acquisition of Codenvy, an Agile and cloud-native tools provider. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed.

AWS Lambda Support Added to AWS X-Ray Distributed Tracing Service

by Daniel Bryant on  May 30, 2017

Following from the General Availability (GA) release of the AWS X-Ray distributed tracing service in April, Amazon has added AWS Lambda support for AWS X-Ray, enabling function invocations and associated metadata to be recorded, displayed graphically via the AWS Console, and analysed for debugging or fault resolution purposes.

Google Joins IoT Race, Launches Cloud IoT Core Private Beta

by Kent Weare on  May 27, 2017

In a recent blog post, Google announced a private beta of their Google IoT Core platform. Within this IoT platform, customers will be able to securely connect devices to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) where other data analytics services can be integrated. Customers can then use this data to provide actionable insight for their organization in order to drive better business results.

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Released in Preview: In-Memory Cache for Read-Intensive Workloads

by Daniel Bryant on  May 16, 2017

AWS has released Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) in preview, a fully managed write-through caching service that sits logically in front of DynamoDB tables in order to improve performance for read-intensive workloads. DAX is API-compatible with DynamoDB, meaning that existing applications will not have to be re-written to take advantage of DAX.

Weaveworks Adds Release Automation and Incident Management to Weave Cloud Continuous Delivery SaaS

by Daniel Bryant on  May 15, 2017

Weaveworks has released new features for the Weave Cloud SaaS platform that aims to simplify deployment, monitoring and management for containers and microservices, including: incident management with historical audit, instant query, and customisable analytics and dashboards; release automation and point-in-time rollback for continuous delivery pipelines; and advanced Kubernetes troubleshooting.

Microsoft Invests in Hybrid Connectivity, Releases On-Premises Data Gateway

by Kent Weare on  May 14, 2017

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced the On-premises data gateway has reached General Availability (GA). This gateway allows for remote connectivity from many Microsoft PaaS and SaaS services to data sources residing behind a corporate firewall.

Build 2017 Day 1 Keynote Recap

by Jeff Martin on  May 10, 2017

Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference began today with an informative and wide-ranging presentation of new technologies for the artificial intelligence, Azure and the cloud, and developer tools. InfoQ was there to provide a running summary and key takeaways.

Google Invests in Cognitive: Cloud Speech API Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  May 06, 2017

In a recent blog post, Google announced their Cloud Speech API has reached General Availability. The Cloud Speech API allows developers to include pre-trained machine learning models for cognitive tasks such as video, image and text analysis in addition to dynamic translation. The Cloud Speech API was launched, in open beta, last summer.

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