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Amazon Introduces API Gateway Usage Plans

by Kent Weare on  Aug 28, 2016

Amazon recently updated their API Gateway service to include Usage Plans. A common pattern for companies that expose their APIs, include monetizing them through a 3rd party developer ecosystem. Usage Plans allow an organization to manage 3rd party developer consumption patterns and billing at an API key level.

SQL Server is the New Hunting Ground in the Cloud

by Elton Stoneman on  Aug 23, 2016

You can now run Microsoft SQL Server on Google Cloud Platform. All the major cloud providers support SQL Server, either with an IAAS or PAAS model, but the offerings have very different feature sets. Providing an attractive option for migrating SQL Server to the cloud seems to be a new focus for Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

IBM Launches Cloud Services for Blockchain Deployments

by Kent Weare on  Aug 20, 2016

IBM recently announced a cloud service for organizations looking to adopt blockchain technologies. The service is underpinned by the IBM LinuxONE platform which hosts a series of underlying services for blockchain processing. IBM is positioning this platform for organizations in regulated industries which require secure environments for testing and running blockchain projects.

A Sample Serverless Microservice Architecture from Autodesk

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2016

In the webcast entitled "What's Better Than Microservices? Serverless Microservices," Alan Williams (Autodesk), Asha Chakrabarty (Amazon) and Alan Ho (Apigee) discuss the architecture of a serverless microservice built with lambda functions with Apigee end-points running on AWS.

AWS Launches Application Load Balancer

by David Iffland on  Aug 15, 2016 1

Amazon Web Services has launched their new Application Load Balancer, an OSI Layer 7 balancer that can route traffic to different end-points depending a set of URL rules.

Oracle Unveils Plan to Revamp Java EE 8 for the Cloud

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Aug 15, 2016 7

In a recent interview, Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, announced a set of improvements for Java EE 8. The move is believed to be designed to appease recent critics (like those coming from the Java EE Guardians) and divergent efforts (like the MicroProfile). Although the information at the moment is scarce, further details are to be unveiled at JavaOne 2016.

AWS Adds Native SQL Server Backups to Database-as-a-Service

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 08, 2016

AWS released an update to its Relational Database Service (RDS) that allows users to take advantage of native SQL Server backup and restore functionality. AWS beat Microsoft Azure to market with this capability which simplifies database migration and disaster recovery scenarios.

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.

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