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MindMeld’s Guide to Building Conversational Apps

by Abel Avram on  Feb 03, 2017

MindMeld, a conversational AI company, has published The Conversational AI Playbook, a guide outlining the challenges and the steps to be made to create conversational applications.

Fatigue, Spam, and Lack of Backups Take down GitLab.com

by David Iffland on  Feb 03, 2017 1

What started out as an attempt to protect GitLab.com from spammers turned sour as engineer fatigue and a lack of backups took the site down for nearly 18 hours and the loss of six hours worth of production data.

Google Expands Audit Logging Capability to Majority of Cloud Services

by Richard Seroter on  Jan 30, 2017 2

Tracking "who did what" in a self-service public cloud can be challenging. With Google Cloud Audit Logging, Google captures log streams for seventeen services in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) .

The Infrastructure Behind Twitter: Scaling Networking, Storage and Provisioning

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 30, 2017

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”.

Docker for AWS Now Generally Available

by Jona Fenocchi on  Jan 29, 2017

Docker Inc. launched its answer to Amazon ECS into public beta at the end of last year: an AWS-compatible service for managing and orchestrating Docker containers. Now, Docker for AWS is generally available.

Amazon's Managed Container Service Adds Support for Docker on Windows

by Elton Stoneman on  Jan 24, 2017 1

Amazon is the first cloud provider to support Windows Docker containers in their managed container platform - the AWS EC2 Container Service. The new beta service for Windows has several restrictions, but it paves the way to running multi-platform solutions across a single cluster of container hosts.

StorageOS Aims to Improve Stateful Container Storage

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 23, 2017 2

StorageOS aims to make container storage flexible by providing a single view of the underlying storage and exposing APIs for automation.

Docker 1.13 Released with Improved CLI, Compose-File Support for Swarm Mode, and Secrets API

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 23, 2017 1

Docker Inc, has released version 1.13 of its open source Docker container engine project. This release includes significant restructuring of the Docker CLI, and the introduction of ‘clean-up’ commands to reclaim disk space. Alongside the launch of Docker 1.13, new releases of the supporting toolchain were also made, including: Docker Compose 1.10, Docker Machine 0.9.0, and Notary 0.4.3.

Improving Azure SQL Database Performance Using In-Memory Technologies

by Kent Weare on  Jan 21, 2017 4

In late 2016, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure SQL Database In-Memory technologies. In-Memory processing is only available in Azure Premium database tiers and provides performance improvements for On-line Analytical Processing (OLTP), Clustered Columnstore Indexes and Non-clustered Columnstore Indexes for Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing (HTAP) scenarios.

Google Release Zipkin Integration with Stackdriver Trace for Tracing Distributed Applications

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 15, 2017 1

Google Cloud Platform has released an open source Zipkin server that allows Zipkin-compatible clients to send traces to Google’s own Stackdriver Trace distributed tracing service for analysis. This Zipkin/Stackdriver Trace integration is aimed at developers whose applications and services are written in a language or framework that Stackdriver Trace doesn’t officially support.

Intel Open-Sources BigDL, Distributed Deep Learning Library for Apache Spark

by Alexandre Rodrigues on  Jan 13, 2017

Intel open-sources BigDL, a distributed deep learning library that runs on Apache Spark. It leverages existing Spark clusters to run deep learning computations and simplifies the data loading from big datasets stored in Hadoop.

Yahoo! Screwdriver–A CD Tool That Scales

by Abel Avram on  Jan 13, 2017

Yahoo! has open sourced Screwdriver, their CD tool used internally in production.

2017 State of Testing Survey

by Ben Linders on  Jan 09, 2017

The 2017 State of Testing survey aims to provide insights into how the testing profession develops. The survey is open throughout January 2017.

Amazon Introduces Rekognition for Image Analysis

by Kent Weare on  Jan 08, 2017 1

At the AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon launched Rekognition, a managed service for Image Recognition and Analysis, powered by Deep Learning. The capabilities that Rekognition provides include Object and Scene detection, Facial Analysis, Face Comparison and Facial Recognition. The service attempts to extract meaning from visual content for the 1.2 Trillion pictures captured annually.

Mathieu Ripert on Instacart's Machine Learning Optimizations

by Alexandre Rodrigues on  Jan 05, 2017

Instacart is an online delivery service for groceries under one hour. Customers order the items on the website or using the mobile app, and a group of Instacart’s shoppers go to local stores, purchase the items and deliver them to the customer. InfoQ interviewed Mathieu Ripert, data scientist at Instacart, to find out how machine learning is leveraged to guarantee a better customer experience.

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