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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.

Microsoft Updates Azure IoT Platform: Adds Connectivity, Time Series Insights and Edge Analytics

by Kent Weare on  Apr 29, 2017

Microsoft has recently made some announcements regarding their Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities within Azure. Microsoft’s news includes adding a new service called Azure Time Series Insights, additional connectivity platform support for OPC UA/DA and Azure Stream Analytic support on edge devices. In addition, Microsoft also announced a new SaaS-based IoT Solution called Azure IoT Central.

Microsoft Releases Feature Pack 1 for BizTalk Server 2016

by Kent Weare on  Apr 26, 2017

On April 26th 2017, Microsoft released Feature Pack 1 for BizTalk Server 2016. This is the first time Microsoft has provided a Feature Pack for BizTalk Server and it provides customers with new capabilities in the areas of Deployment, Analytics and the BizTalk Runtime.

Cloud Foundry Foundation Launch Cloud Native Developer Certification and Training Program

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2017

At the CloudNativeCon, held in Berlin, Germany, the Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the creation of a Cloud Foundry Certified Developer (CFCD) training and certification program which is community-based, independent and vendor-neutral, and aims to verify job candidates have practical experience with any distribution of Cloud Foundry.

DigitalOcean Adds Monitoring and Alerting Features

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 24, 2017

Cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean recently released capabilities for monitoring servers and sending alerts. While not novel, this free feature is indicative of growing industry attention paid to server and application insight.

Amazon Adds Cross Region and Encrypted Replication Support for Aurora

by Kent Weare on  Apr 13, 2017

In a recent blog post, Amazon announced updates to its MySQL-compatible Database Engine, Aurora. In this update, Amazon is including support for cross region snapshot copy, cross region replication for encrypted databases, cross account encrypted snapshot sharing, adding a region where Aurora can be provisioned and a new instance size called T2.Small.

Microsoft Adds Application Insights Support for Azure Functions

by Kent Weare on  Apr 08, 2017

Microsoft recently announced an initial preview of Application Insights support for Azure Functions. As a result of this integration between the two services, developers now get built-in instrumentation for their code and a portal to view trends in their code’s performance. Developers are also able to set monitoring thresholds which can be used to create alerts or a callout to external webhooks.

CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Summary: Kubernetes 1.6, Docker and CoreOS Donations, and Certifications

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 07, 2017

At the combined CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe conferences, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) made several announcements, including: the latest release of the container scheduling platform, Kubernetes 1.6.; the acceptance of Docker’s containerd and CoreOS’ rkt container technology projects into the CNCF; and the release of the ‘Kubernetes Certified Administrator Exam’ curriculum.

Microsoft Releases Azure Functions Proxies Public Preview

by Kent Weare on  Apr 04, 2017

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced a public preview for Azure Functions Proxies. This feature provides reverse proxy functionality targeted at organizations that expose many Azure Function Apps and want to have a common public endpoint, regardless of where and how many Function Apps have been provisioned.

Microsoft Adds Cross-Platform Support for Azure Relay Hybrid Connections

by Kent Weare on  Apr 01, 2017

Microsoft recently announced that their Azure Relay Hybrid Connections service has reached General Availability. The Azure Relay Hybrid Connections service, which is WebSocket-based, complements the existing Azure Service Bus Relay offering which is now being referred to as WCF Relays.

AWS Organizations Offers Centralized Policy-Based Account Management

by Steffen Opel on  Mar 31, 2017

After a three month preview since re:Invent 2016, Amazon Web Services has recently moved AWS Organizations to general availability. The new service allows to centrally manage multiple AWS accounts within a hierarchy of organizational units and attach service control policies with fine-grained access permissions. AWS Organizations also supersede the formerly separate consolidated billing feature.

IBM Launches Blockchain as a Service

by Kent Weare on  Mar 30, 2017 1

At the company’s recent InterConnect conference, IBM announced the release of IBM Blockchain as a Service. This service is based upon the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0 and runs on IBM’s high security network which is underpinned by LinuxONE. Previously, the Hyperledger Fabric was in an incubator state and has since been promoted to an active state.

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