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Amazon Launches Lumberyard Game Engine, Featuring Integration with AWS and Twitch

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 13, 2016

Lumberyard is a free (as in “free-beer”) game engine and SDK that is suitable to create triple-A games, Amazon say, for Windows, Xbox One, and PS4, while support for Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android is coming.

Google Introduces Cloud Functions

by Abel Avram on  Feb 13, 2016

Google has launched a new service called Cloud Functions in alpha. This service allows one to create small JavaScript functions that automatically respond to cloud events without requiring user’s intervention, configuring a runtime and executing it, or scaling it to multiple machines.

Introducing AWS CloudWatch Events

by Kent Weare on  Feb 06, 2016 2

Amazon recently announced changes to the way customers can monitor their AWS resources. The service, known as CloudWatch Events, allows customers to consume a near real-time stream of events as changes to their AWS environment take place. These event changes can subsequently trigger notifications, or other actions, through the use of rules.

Benchmarking Netflix Dynomite with Redis on AWS

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 03, 2016

Last year, Netflix Cloud Database Engineering (CDE) team introduced Dynomite. Dynomite is a proxy layer, aiming to turn any non-distributed database into a sharded, multi-region replication aware distributed database system. Now Netflix released a benchmark using Dynomite with Redis in AWS infrastructure.

Amazon Announces AWS Region in Canada

by Kent Weare on  Jan 30, 2016

Following the recent news about its South Korea region reaching general availability, Amazon has announced its plans to enter the Canadian market in 2016.

Survey Indicates Rise in Container-based Stateful Applications

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 28, 2016

A survey revealed that more than 75% of IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications like databases inside containers.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

Amazon Announces AWS Region in South Korea Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Jan 16, 2016

On January 6th, Amazon announced its latest region, Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region, has reached general availability. The company initially announced its plan of expanding to South Korea back in November 2015.

AWS Release ‘Scheduled Reserved Instances’, Allowing EC2 Capacity to be Reserved on a Periodic Basis

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 16, 2016

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have introduced ‘Scheduled Reserved Instances’, which enables EC2 compute capacity to be reserved at a discounted price for use on a periodic basis. For example, a EC2 instance type can be reserved for daily usage between the hours of 01:00 UTC and 05:00 UTC to perform overnight data analysis, or weekly or monthly to perform compute-intensive calculations.

Amazon Releases Cloud-based Email and Calendaring Service

by Kent Weare on  Jan 10, 2016

Last week, Amazon announced its cloud-based email and calendar service is now generally available. This release is a follow-up to the preview that was launched in January, 2015.

Amazon Announces EC2 Dedicated Hosts Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 23, 2015

Last month, Amazon announced EC2 Dedicated Hosts are now generally available. Amazon initially discussed EC2 Dedicated Hosts at its Re:Invent conference in October. Using this new service, customers will have the ability to map Virtual Machines (VMs) to a physical host which runs in AWS.

AWS IoT is now GA

by Abel Avram on  Dec 19, 2015

AWS IoT, announced as a beta service a couple of months ago, is now Generally Available (GA).

Amazon Adopts SAWS's Features into aws-shell

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 16, 2015

At re:Invent 2015, Amazon Web Services Command Line Interface (CLI) engineer James Saryerwinnie announced that Supercharged AWS CLI (SAWS) features were going to be combined into aws-shell to provide a new level of ease of use and productivity when automating AWS workflows. Today, aws-shell has been made available on GitHub as a developer preview.

Amazon Introduces AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

by Kent Weare on  Dec 13, 2015

On December 3rd, 2015 Amazon announced a new service that allows customers to provision a Microsoft Active Directory managed service in Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service, also referred to as Microsoft AD, uses directory capabilities found in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.

VMware Open Source 'Photon Controller' Infrastructure Control Plane at DockerCon EU

by Daniel Bryant on  Nov 27, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, VMware made available their Photon Controller as an open source product via the organisation’s GitHub account. The Photon Controller is a component within VMware’s Photon platform that is designed as an infrastructure stack optimised for ‘container and cloud’ workloads. The platform offers an API-first user experience, a scalable control plane, and native container support.

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