Just days after the end of re:Invent, AWS shared news of further geographic expansion. Amazon added locations in Montréal and London, representing the 15th and 16th regions of the AWS cloud.
The CNCF have released version 1.5 of the Kubernetes container orchestration system. Core improvements focus on beta functionality associated with deployment and scaling of stateful applications, and making it possible to perform cluster operations without disrupting applications. Alpha support has also been added for Windows Server 2016 nodes and the scheduling of Windows Server Containers.
Hardening Docker containers in production involves a combination of techniques including making them immutable, minimizing the attack surface and applying both standard Linux hardening procedures as well as ones that are specific to a container environment.
Microsoft recently announced an addition to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering called Azure Functions. Initially launched as a preview service in March 2016, Azure Functions provide developers with an event-driven serverless compute platform that allow organizations to pay for only what they consume.
At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.
At their annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS unleashed a flurry of announcements about upcoming cloud services. Amazon outlined over two dozen new capabilities coming to the public cloud, including directly querying data in S3 object storage, building code as part of deployment pipelines, provisioning cheap virtual private servers, and moving data in bulk, ETL-style.
Amazon has launched Lightsail, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) service to compete with companies like Digital Ocean, Linode and the multitude of Low End Box providers. The service bundles a basic Linux virtual machine with SSD storage and a bandwidth allowance. Pricing starts at $5/month with tiers by RAM allocation. Each larger configuration comes with more storage and bandwidth.
At the AWS re:Invent 2016 conference, held in Las Vegas, USA, a distributed tracing service named AWS X-Ray was released in preview within all 12 public AWS Regions. In a similar fashion to Google’s Dapper, Twitter’s Zipkin and the OpenTracing API, AWS X-Ray helps developers analyse and debug distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architectural style.
At the recent AWS Re:Invent event, Amazon announced a new preview service, called AWS Batch. AWS Batch allows organizations to optimize their scheduling and workload execution across a cloud-based landscape. Amazon has built this service in response to many AWS customers building their own batch platforms using EC2 instances, containers and CloudWatch.
At the recent re:Invent 2016 event, Amazon announced a new service called AWS Shield, which provides customers with protection from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. This announcement comes just over a month after Amazon was impacted by a DDoS attack on a DNS provider that Amazon used, Dynamic Network Services (Dyn).
The Cloud, infrastructure as code, federated architectures with APIs, and anti-fragile systems: these are technologies for developing software systems that are rapidly coming into focus, claimed Mary Poppendieck. Systems are moving towards the cloud, and APIs are replacing central shared databases and enable the internet of things. We need to develop anti-fragile systems which embrace failure.
A developer panel was held at Microsoft Connect() following the multiple annoucements of new features and releases. Microservices and containers are in the center of the discussion, along with Azure, serverless architecture and developer tooling.
Lawyer.com recently announced that they are adopting the HTTP/2 protocol. Gerald Gorman, tech entrepreneur, CEO, and co-founder of Lawyer.com, spoke to InfoQ about their technology implementation, their position on microservices and lightweight containers, their unique search engine, and their use of social media.
Docker registries are collections of versioned repositories where users can upload and share Docker images. Apart from the well-known public repositories like Docker Hub, there also exist other lesser known repositories, some of them specialized, both offered as a service as well as deployable on-premises.
Amazon's Werner Vogels announces MXNet as the deep learning toolkit of choice for internal adoption, and extends AWS commitment to open-source MXNet ecosystem development.