Microsoft Releases Power BI Embedded Preview

by Kent Weare on  Apr 17, 2016

Recently at the 2016 Build Event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a change to their Power BI offering. The update comes in the form of giving customers and ISVs with the ability to embed Power BI reports within their own applications. Microsoft is calling this service Power BI Embedded and it is currently in preview.

Rancher Labs Release Rancher 1.0, An Open Source Cross-Cloud Container Management Platform

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 10, 2016

Rancher Labs have released version 1.0 of their open source Rancher container management platform, which allows the deployment of Docker containers via Docker Swarm, Kubernetes or Rancher Labs’ Cattle. Rancher manages the underlying compute fabric, and can be deployed across a combination of multiple public cloud vendors, private virtualised clouds and bare metal.

Zalando’s STUPS: Creating an Audit-Compliant PaaS on Top of AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 04, 2016

At the microXchg conference 2016, Zalando talked about their journey to creating an audit-compliant Platform as a Service (PaaS) for multiple autonomous teams that runs on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Key lessons learned included: the need for autonomous teams and a supporting PaaS, alongside auditing and a clear vision, are essential to scale development as an engineering organisation grows.

Azure Service Fabric Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Apr 03, 2016

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.

Microsoft Joins the Eclipse Foundation

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 08, 2016 1

At today's EclipseCon, Microsoft announced that they have joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member, including open-sourcing their Team Explorer Anywhere on GitHub. InfoQ reports.

Spotify Moves Infrastructure and Data Services to Google Cloud Platform

by Kent Weare on  Feb 28, 2016

On February 23rd, 2016 Spotify announced it is moving its technical infrastructure and data services from its existing owned and leased data centers to Google Cloud Platform.

Docker Inc Release 'Docker Datacenter' to Support On-Premise 'Containers as a Service' (CaaS)

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 28, 2016

Docker Inc, have released Docker Datacenter (DDC), a subscription-based platform and support service that enables organisations to run a Docker-based Containers as a Service (CaaS) for building, deploying and managing containerised applications and infrastructure. The DDC is comprised of Docker Universal Control Plane (UCP) and Docker Trusted Registry (DTR)

WalmartLabs Open-Sources OneOps PaaS

by Hassy Veldstra on  Feb 24, 2016 1

WalmartLabs open-sources OneOps, the platform behind OneOps is a cross-cloud deployment and orchestration platform with a visual infrastructure builder aimed at making it easier to build applications that can run on any cloud.

IBM Pushes Swift for the Cloud with Swift Runtime, Package Catalog, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2016

After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.

Microsoft Launches Azure PaaS Services and DevOps Tools Preview for Azure Stack

by Kent Weare on  Feb 20, 2016

Following their Technical Preview 1 release of Azure Stack, Microsoft has launched Azure PaaS Services and DevOps tools, in preview, for Azure Stack.

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.

A Discussion of the Past and Future of Web APIs with Dion Hinchcliffe

by Jerome Louvel on  Jan 12, 2016

Interview with Dion Hichcliffe to get his vision for the direction of Web APIs. Based on a decade of in-depth experience, Dion explains how the history of REST and simple design influenced the ultimate popularity of web APIs over web services. As businesses adopt web APIs more broadly, Dion explains the past and present, and hints at the future of APIs, platforms and networks.

Microsoft Makes Azure Container Service Preview Available

by Kent Weare on  Dec 15, 2015

Microsoft has recently announced the Azure Container Service has reached preview status. The service was first discussed at the AzureCon event earlier this fall and is now available to customers through a self-nomination process.

Implementing an Open Source Private Docker-based PaaS: A Q&A with Rancher Labs CEO Sheng Liang

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 06, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, InfoQ sat down with the Rancher Labs team and asked about the company’s thoughts on the current state of Platform as a Service (PaaS), container-based application platforms, and surrounding issues such as networking and storage. The Rancher Labs' open source 'Rancher' PaaS was also discussed, and details provided about the benefits of using Docker in this space.

Google Cloud Security Scanner reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 05, 2015

On October 7, 2015 Google announced its App Engine security service, Google Cloud Security Scanner, has reached general availability. This past February, Google launched a beta version of this service.

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