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 launched Azure Information Protection (AIP) in early June 2016. The service aims to enable easy classification of documents both for security and taxonomy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
AWS recently added a new instance type with nearly 2 terabytes of memory and 128 virtual CPUs. This is the largest virtual server available today in the public cloud, and is a target for memory-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA.
Amazon has recently announced an update to their Amazon Kinesis Service. In this update, three new features have been added to Amazon Kinesis Streams and Amazon Kinesis Firehose including support for Elasticsearch Service Integration, Shard-Level Metrics and Time-Based Iterators.
Apprenda have announced the offering of a commercial Kubernetes distribution alongside enterprise support subscriptions for running Kubernetes in production. These two offerings have been added to Apprenda’s PaaS portfolio primarily via the acquisition of Kismatic Inc, a company that specialises in the deployment and management of Kubernetes within enterprise organisations.
Amazon announced the AWS IoT Button, a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" -- which immediately sold out on the first day of its availability: "The AWS IoT Button is a programmable button based on the Amazon Dash Button hardware. This device is easy to configure and designed for developers to get started with AWS IoT and many other Amazon Web Services without writing device-specific code."
InfoQ attended the recent Integrate 2016 event in London, where Microsoft Integration technologies took center stage. Day 1 focused on the BizTalk, Logic Apps and API Management teams. Day 2 was focused on Azure App Service adoption and the new server-less Azure Functions. Microsoft's Cloud Messaging team also spoke about adoption metrics and their work in the OPC UA working group.