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  • AWS Introduces EC2 Serial Console: Troubleshoot Boot and Networking Issues

    AWS has recently introduced the EC2 Serial Console, a tool to establish a serial connection to EC2 instances and troubleshoot boot and network connectivity issues.

  • AWS and Cloudflare Add Bot Management Features to Their Firewalls

    Both AWS and Cloudflare have released new bot mitigation features into their respective firewall products. Both releases provide additional features for filtering out unwanted bot traffic from reaching the application.

  • Google Announces the General Availability of A2 Virtual Machines

    Recently, Google announced A2 Virtual Machines (VMs)' general availability based on the NVIDIA Ampere A100 Tensor Core GPUs in Compute Engine. According to the company, the A2 VMs will allow customers to run their NVIDIA CUDA-enabled machine learning (ML) and high-performance computing (HPC) scale-out and scale-up workloads efficiently at a lower cost.

  • Google Bolsters Cloud Spanner with Point-in-Time Recovery

    Google recently released a point-in-time-recovery feature for its Cloud Spanner database that aims to help protect against accidental data loss and corruption. The new point-in-time recovery (PITR) features seek to provide users more granular control over data recovery processes.

  • GitHub Scales Its Rate Limiter Using Redis

    Yesterday GitHub engineer Robert Mosolgo posted a detailed account of how GitHub scaled the GitHub API with a sharded, replicated rate limiter in Redis. GitHub migrated from an older Memcached-based rate limiter to a Redis-based one. According to Mosolgo, the new implementation has improved reliability, fixed issues for clients, and reduced GitHub's support load.

  • Java News Roundup - Week of March 29th, 2021

    This week’s Java roundup features news on: the proposed JDK 17 proposed release schedule; Confluent providing early access to KIP-500, an internal metadata store for Apache Kafka that will ultimately remove its dependency on Apache ZooKeeper; Red Hat and AWS announcing the Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS; and point releases for Quarkus, Micronaut and Spring Data.

  • JetBrains Releases Projector, a Technology to Remotely Run Swing Applications

    JetBrains recently released the first major iteration of Projector, a technology that allows developers to run and operate Swing GUI applications remotely. Resource-hungry applications like Android Studio may run on a powerful server while developers need only a web browser on a thin client.

  • Supreme Court Rules Google's Use of Java API Was Fair Use

    The Supreme Court in the United States of America has ruled that Google's use of the Java API was fair use, and that the objections raised by Oracle are rejected. InfoQ looks back at the history and what this means for the future of APIs.

  • Consul-Terraform-Sync Enables Automating of Common Networking Tasks

    HashiCorp has moved Consul-Terraform-Sync (CTS) into full general availability. CTS allows for the definition of tasks as Terraform modules that can be run as services are added or removed from Consul. CTS is part of a solution called Network Infrastructure Automation (NIA) which focuses on automating day two network tasks such as updating load balancer pools or firewall policies.

  • Git 2.31 Release: Maintenance Moved to Background

    Git 2.31 sees the light at almost three months after the previous official version. It brings the option of running git maintenance in background and also the addition of reverse index files. You can conclude that its main focus is a more efficient tool with increased usability.

  • Google Announces the Public Preview of Network Connectivity Center

    Recently Google announced the preview of Network Connectivity Center, a new service for network connectivity management in Google Cloud. With the network service on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), enterprises can create, connect, and manage heterogeneous on-prem and cloud networks from a single place.

  • The Road to Kotlin 1.5

    JetBrains has released Kotlin 1.4.30 with new experimental features that are planned to be stable for Kotlin 1.5. Considered the last incremental version of Kotlin 1.4.x, these new features include a new JVM internal representation (IR) compiler backend, support for Java records and sealed interfaces, and configuration cache support for the Kotlin Gradle Plugin.

  • How Rocky Linux Aims to Fill the Gap Left by Red Hat’s CentOS Setback

    Gregory Kurtzer, founder of CentOS, started the Rocky Linux project in Dec 2020 to fill the gap created by RedHat when they changed direction for CentOS Linux. This shift, from a stable operating system to a stream for testing pre-release code, left many organizations without a Linux distribution that suits their needs. InfoQ interviewed Kurtzer about the goals for the project going forward.

  • GitLab Protocol Fuzzer CE Now Open-Source

    GitLab has open-sourced the core protocol fuzz testing engine it has been using since its 13.4 release. Fuzz testing aims to more effectively find security issues and flaws in business logic by passing randomly generated inputs to an app. InfoQ has spoken with GitLab principal product manager Sam Kerr to learn more.

  • Java News Roundup - Week of March 22nd, 2021

    A roundup of last week's news in the OpenJDK and wider Java ecosystem.


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