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Building a Bank with Golang, Microservices and Containers: Matt Heath at QCon London

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 20, 2017 1

At QCon London, Matt Heath, Distributed Systems Engineer at Monzo Bank, presented “Building a Bank with Golang”. Key takeaways included: Golang’s focus on simplicity and readability in combination with excellent concurrency primitives making this a language well-suited for creating “high volume, low latency, distributed applications”.

Hosting Alexa Skills on AWS is Almost Free Now

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 18, 2017

Amazon has announced a program to subsidize the hosting of Alexa skills that use AWS Lambda and incur use charges beyond what is provided by the AWS free tier. Only developers having at least one skill live are eligible to apply.

Amazon Adds Time to Live (TTL) Support to AWS DynamoDB

by Kent Weare on  Mar 18, 2017

In a recent blog post, Amazon announced changes to its NoSQL database service, DynamoDB, that includes support for Time to Live (TTL) on data stored in the service. Deleting data, based upon time-based thresholds, provides opportunities for organizations to reduce storage costs for data that decreases in value over time.

Moving Deliveroo from a Monolith to a Distributed System

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 17, 2017

Deliveroo has grown dramatically the last years, both in terms of business and IT, and is facing a lot of technical challenges with its large monolithic application. The solution is to go distributed, but without microservices, Greg Beech noted in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference, describing their move from a monolith into a distributed system.

Conference Recap: Google Cloud Next

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 14, 2017 4

Cloud enthusiasts from around the world attended Google Cloud Next to hear an update from the search giant. Three broad themes emerged from the many keynotes and 200+ sessions: service scale and maturity, usable machine learning, and enterprise-friendliness.

How JD.com Moved to Kubernetes from OpenStack

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Mar 13, 2017

JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, recently shared their experience in adopting Kubernetes to evolve to an application container based infrastructure from an OpenStack-managed IaaS one. The move, that also includes an in-house component for networking, improved resource utilization by 30%.

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Releases Vision Paper

by Kent Weare on  Mar 12, 2017

The newly formed Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has published a Vision Paper outlining “a vision for users and stakeholders to propose, implement, and integrate advances to the Ethereum protocol with support for Enterprise Ethereum protocols.” In this paper the EEA discusses many topics related to Pluggable Consensus, interoperability, Ethereum protocol updates, storage and performance.

Is it Possible to Test Programmable Infrastructure? Matt Long at QCon London Made the Case for "Yes"

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 12, 2017

At QCon London, Matt Long, QA Consultant at OpenCredo presented “Testing Programmable Infrastructure with Ruby”. Key takeaways included: it is possible to test programmable infrastructure at the unit, integration, and acceptance level; Ruby provides the power of a full programming language for integration and acceptance tests, and is often understood by both testers and sysadmins;

Improving IT Performance with Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2017

The main benefit of continuous delivery is lower-risk releases; comprehensive test automation and continuous integration are practices that have the biggest impact on IT performance. Research of continuous delivery and IT performance tells us that implementing continuous delivery practices leads to higher IT performance and high performers achieve both higher tempo and higher levels of stability.

Organizing Improvements with Lean Leadership at ING Bank

by Ben Linders on  Mar 09, 2017

It’s the manager’s job to organize improvements and to make sure that real learnings take place. For real learnings you must accept the unknown and move outside of your knowledge boundary. Agile, lean and continuous delivery help to boost your learning capabilities.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is Formed - Microsoft, Intel, JP Morgan, Startups Join

by Kent Weare on  Mar 06, 2017

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced their participation in the newly formed Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. The mission for this alliance is to learn from and build upon the only smart contract supporting blockchain currently running in real-world production and to define enterprise-grade software capable of handling the most complex, highly demanding applications at the speed of business.

Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains Paper Released at World Government Summit

by Kent Weare on  Mar 04, 2017

At the recent World Government Summit, Hexayurt Capital and ConsenSys released a paper called “Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains.” The purpose of the paper was to provide an Internet of Agreements (IoA) strategy and roadmap for the next wave of innovation in order to drive Globalization 2.0.

A Human Error Took Down AWS S3 US-EAST-1

by Abel Avram on  Mar 03, 2017 2

A mistake took down more S3 servers than it should, including two subsystems essential to S3 operation. This resulted in S3 failure, affecting the S3 service and other services depending on it. Normal functioning was restored in about four hours.

DigitalOcean Release Managed Load Balancers for High Availability

by Elton Stoneman on  Mar 02, 2017

DigitalOcean have expanded their IaaS cloud products with a managed load-balancer. InfoQ aproached the company's co-founder to talk about the new features and the longer-term product roadmap.

Bitbucket Introduces Required Two-Factor Authentication and IP Whitelisting

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 28, 2017

Atlassian has announced two new features aimed to make Bitbucket more secure: IP whitelisting and required two-factor verification.

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