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  • AWS Makes CloudFormation Stack Creation up to 40% Faster

    AWS optimized the stack creation process to make it faster and achieved significant improvements. The company split the resource creation process into two phases (creation and stabilization), which allows for creating other resources in the stack earlier. The change is available in all regions and doesn’t require any user action.

  • Zesty Disk Provides Automatic Scaling for AWS EBS

    Zesty recently released Zesty Disk, an automated scaling solution for AWS EBS. Zesty Disk monitors EBS performance metrics and can automatically scale the cluster size based on those metrics. This is done by creating a cluster of EBS volumes that can be attached or detached as needed based on system usage.

  • Amazon Introduces CloudFront Security Savings Bundle

    AWS has recently introduced Amazon CloudFront Security Savings Bundle, a pricing plan that gives a 30% discount on CloudFront in exchange for a one-year commitment. The savings bundle also includes free AWS Web Application Firewall requests up to 10% of the committed amount.

  • Bare Metal Containers Made Easier with Mayu and Yochu

    Giant Swarm open-sources Mayu and Yochu, tools that aim to make it easier to provision CoreOS clusters on bare metal.

  • Microservices at Spotify

    Kevin Goldsmith talked about how Spotify uses microservices to break down architectures and be innovative at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. He argues that Microservices are easier to test, deploy and monitor than monolithic applications. Spotify also aims to have as few as possible dependencies in their product, and microservices are very helpful for that.

  • Phil Calcado on Lessons Learnt During SoundCloud's Microservice Migration

    At QCon London 2015 Phil Calcado shared lessons learnt from SoundCloud’s move from a monolithic to microservices architecture, and stated that the core requirements for building a microservice platform include developing capabilities for rapid provisioning, basic monitoring and rapid application deployment.

  • Tumblr Release Genesis, a Tool for Data Center Automation

    Tumblr have released Genesis, an open source tool for data center automation that consolidates the process of discovering new machines, reporting hardware details to Tumblr’s Collins inventory management system, and providing a mechanism to perform hardware configuration.

  • Managing Change with Immutable Servers

    Immutable servers provide extreme levels of control over system state, however this can require fundamental changes in the views of systems, patterns, deployments, application code, and team structure as Chad Fowler, CTO of, writes in his recent blog post "Trash Your Servers and Burn Your Code: Immutable Infrastructure and Disposable Components".