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  • HashiCorp Releases Consul 1.5.0 with Layer 7 Observability and Centralized Configuration

    Hashicorp released version 1.5.0 of Consul, their service mesh application and key-value store. These are the first features released on their new roadmap for Consul, including support for L7 observability and load balancing via Envoy, centralized configuration, and ACL authentication support for trusted third-party applications.

  • Server and Network Operations Automation at Dropbox

    Dropbox's engineering team wrote about their network and server provisioning and validation automation tool called Pirlo. Pirlo has a pluggable architecture based on a MySQL backed custom job queue implementation.

  • Amazon Updates SQS to Support Amazon VPC Endpoints Using AWS PrivateLink

    Amazon announced last month that its fully managed message queuing service Simple Queue Service (SQS) supports Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Endpoints using AWS PrivateLink. Now customers can have with this update private access to SQS and not have to use public IPs and traverse the public internet.

  • Google Announces Cloud DNS Forwarding

    In a recent blog post, Google has announced Cloud DNS forwarding, allowing resources, both in the cloud and on-premises, to find each other through DNS. These capabilities deliver the option to either implement Google DNS or one’s private authoritative server as a DNS provider.

  • Beaker Browser Offers Electron-Based Peer-to-Peer Web Browser

    Beaker is an experimental peer-to-peer Web browser based on Electron, Chromium, and Node.js. Beaker includes new Dat-based APIs for building hostless applications while retaining compatibility with the traditional Web.

  • Scaling Global Traffic at Dropbox with Edge Locations and GSLB

    The Dropbox engineering team shared their experience of architecting and scaling their global network of edge locations. Located around the globe, these run a custom stack of nginx and IPVS and connect to the Dropbox backend servers over their backbone network. A combination of GeoDNS and BGP Anycast ensures availability and low latency for end users.

  • NGINX Controller Reaches General Availability

    NGINX Controller, a centralized monitoring and management platform for NGINX Plus instances, has now reached general availability. It is part of NGINX Application platform, a set of enterprise products from NGINX.

  • Scaling Network Automation at Facebook Using Zero-Touch Provisioning

    Facebook’s global network consists of both wide-area backbone networks and edge Points-of-Presence, which support end-user facing requests and internal traffic. To meet increased provisioning and maintenance demands, the network engineering team built Vending Machine - a workflow framework that utilizes Zero Touch Provisioning to perform any kind of configuration on network devices.

  • How DevOps Principles Are Being Applied to Networking

    Practices from the DevOps world are being adopted into managing networking services. Vendor hardware, configuration tools and deployment modes have eased programmable configuration and automation of network devices and functions.

  • How Google Uses Espresso to Connect to the Public Internet

    At the Open Networking Summit, Google engineers highlighted the capabilities of their Software Defined Networking (SDN) strategy, including the peering edge architecture named Espresso. Espresso is the fourth pillar of Google's SDN strategy and focuses on optimizing the performance and availability of peering connections with major Internet Service Providers around the globe.

  • Testers Should Think Like Marketeers

    Testers should be sharing stories and talking about the things they care about, to get people interested in what they are doing. The future of testing needs testers to think like marketeers. They can start by making or writing something such as a blog, article, talk, or video, and share it.

  • The Infrastructure Behind Twitter: Scaling Networking, Storage and Provisioning

    The Twitter Engineering team has recently provided an insight into the evolution and scaling of the core technologies behind their in-house infrastructure that powers the social media service. Core lessons shared included: Architect beyond the original specifications; there is no such a thing as a “temporary change or workaround”; and documenting best practices has been a “force multiplier”.

  • Q&A with Matt Klein on Creating Envoy at Lyft

    At the upcoming Practitioners Summit on Jan 31, Matt Klein, a senior software engineer at Lyft, will be presenting his work on Envoy, a Layer 7 communications bus used throughout Lyft’s service-oriented architecture. InfoQ met with Klein to discuss the benefits of creating a custom tool for Lyft’s networking needs, and how it could benefit other microservices architectures.

  • Multiple DNS Providers to Mitigate DDoS Attacks

    Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against Domain Name System (DNS) providers are increasing in number and scale with the proliferation of insecure IoT devices. While DNS providers have various methods of protecting themselves against such attacks, one of the ways for a website to protect itself is to use multiple DNS providers.

  • Microsoft Announces Azure DNS General Availability

    On September 26th, Microsoft announced the Azure DNS service has reached General Availability (GA) in all public Azure regions. Azure DNS allows customers to host their DNS domain in Azure, so they can manage their DNS records using the same credentials, billing and support contract as their other Azure services.


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