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Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Released in Preview: In-Memory Cache for Read-Intensive Workloads

by Daniel Bryant on  May 16, 2017

AWS has released Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) in preview, a fully managed write-through caching service that sits logically in front of DynamoDB tables in order to improve performance for read-intensive workloads. DAX is API-compatible with DynamoDB, meaning that existing applications will not have to be re-written to take advantage of DAX.

Intel Launch Optane SSD

by Chris Swan on  Apr 08, 2017

Intel recently launched their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory (NVM) under the brand name of Optane. The SSD label in some of the branding might imply that it’s a different type of durable storage, but the technology is aimed at applications that would normally use RAM. This marks the beginning of the end of the compromise between in memory and persistent.

NGINX Plus R12 Brings Master-Peer Configuration Sharing, Improved Scripting, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 20, 2017

Nginx has announced release 12 of NGINX Plus, the paid version of the popular NGINX open source web server. NGINX Plus R12 brings a new configuration-sharing feature aimed to simplify clustering, official support for the nginScript language, and improvements in monitoring and instrumentation, caching, and reliability.

Neo4j 3.1 Supports Causal Clustering and Security Enhancements

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 31, 2016

The latest version of Graph NoSQL database Neo4j introduces causal clustering and new security architecture. Neo4j team recently released version 3.1 of the graph database. Other new features include database kernel improvements and a Schema Viewer.

Q&A with Drew Koszewnik on a Disseminated Cache, Netflix Hollow

by Rags Srinivas on  Dec 14, 2016

Drew Koszewnik of Netflix talks to Rags Srinivas about a disseminated cache called Hollow.

Ehcache 3.0 Released with Revamped API and Off-Heap Storage

by Matt Raible on  May 02, 2016

Terracotta has released version 3 of their distributed caching technology Ehcache, sporting a number of important new features. First, its API has been refactored and now leverages Java generics. Performance has generally been enhanced, and support for the javax.cache API (JSR-107) and off heap storage capabilities have been added.

Hazelcast Version 3.6 Features Performance Improvements and Cloud Management

by Victor Grazi on  Jan 25, 2016

Hazelcast has released version 3.6 of their flagship in-memory grid and caching software, featuring numerous performance improvements and new cloud management and container deployment options.

Force12.io Create a ‘Microscaling’ Framework for Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 27, 2015

Force12.io have released a prototype ‘microscaling’ container demonstration running on the Apache Mesos cluster manager, which they claim starts and stops ‘priority 1’ and ‘priority 2’ containers more rapidly than traditional autoscaling approaches when given a simulated demand for the differing workloads. InfoQ discussed the goals and methodology of this approach with Force12.io’s Ross Fairbanks.

Architecture, Tuning, and Troubleshooting a Splunk Indexer Cluster

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

If you could handle all of the data you need to work with on one machine, then there is no reason to use big data techniques. So clustering is pretty much assumed for any installation larger than a basic proof of concept. In Splunk Enterprise, the most common type of cluster you’ll be dealing with is the Indexer Cluster.

Oracle Cutting Java Evangelist Staff

by Victor Grazi on  Sep 09, 2015 4

Oracle shocked the Java world this week by announcing the dismissal of some of their top Java evangelists including Cameron Purdy and Simon Ritter.

Kubernetes Codebase Tagged v1.0.0. in Preparation for Public Release

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 17, 2015

The codebase for Google’s Kubernetes open source orchestration system for Docker containers has been tagged v1.0.0 ready for the initial ‘general availability’ public release of the platform at OSCON next week on 21st July.

Flocker v1.0 Provides Docker Volume Migration and Storage Abstraction

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 03, 2015

At the London Microservice User Group July meetup, Kai Davenport presented a live demonstration of ClusterHQ’s Flocker v1.0 container data volume manager tool migrating a Docker storage volume between multiple containers running within a Docker Swarm.

Apple Rebuilds Siri Backend Services Using Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  May 03, 2015

Apple have announced that the company’s popular Siri iOS-based intelligent personal assistant is powered on the backend by Apache Mesos, the open source cluster manager. The Mesosphere blog states that Apple have created a proprietary PaaS-like scheduler framework named J.A.R.V.I.S., which allows developers to deploy Siri services in a scalable and fault-tolerant manner.

CoreOS Launches Monitored Google-Style Infrastructure

by Guillermo Beltri on  May 01, 2015 2

CoreOS has released Tectonic, a new product created from the aggregation of the CoreOS stack and the Google Kubernetes platform. Tectonic packages up different container technology and puts an UI on top of containers which includes a management console, an integrated registry and other tools to automate deployment.

Microsoft Makes Available Their Platform for Building Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2015 3

Microsoft has announced and made available the preview of Azure Service Fabric (ASF), a cloud platform including a runtime and lifecycle management tools for creating, deploying, running and managing microservices. ASF microservices can be deployed on Azure or on-premises on Windows Server private or hosted clouds. Support for Linux is to come in the future.

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