InfoQ – October 2020

A recap of the news articles I wrote for InfoQ in October 2020.

IBM Introduces IBM Cloud Code Engine

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IBM has recently announced the beta availability of a new serverless compute service called IBM Cloud Code Engine. The service is a managed serverless platform that runs containerized workloads, for example web apps, micro-services, event-driven functions and batch jobs.

Cloudflare Introduces API Shield

Cloudflare has recently introduced API Shield, a free security tool that protects API traffic against attacks designed to perform unauthorized actions or exfiltrate data. Strong client certificate-based identity is already generally available while schema validation is currently a closed beta.

Preview of AWS Cost Anomaly Detection Now Available

AWS has recently made available the preview of AWS Cost Anomaly Detection, a new service to detect unusual spending patterns across AWS accounts. The goal is to improve cost controls and minimize unintended spend.

HashiCorp Supports AWS Lambda Extensions for Serverless Security

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HashiCorp has recently announced the public preview of the HashiCorp Vault AWS Lambda Extension. The new service is based on the recently launched AWS Lambda Extensions API and allows a serverless application to securely retrieve secrets from HashiCorp Vault without making the Lambda functions Vault-aware.

InfoQ – September 2020

A recap of the news articles I wrote for InfoQ in September 2020.

Multi-Cloud: Worst Practice or the Future of Public Cloud?

Corey Quinn, cloud economist at The Duckbill Group, recently argued that multi-cloud is “the worst practice to be avoided by default”. Not everyone agrees.

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Google Cloud SQL Supports MySQL 8.0

Google Cloud has recently made MySQL 8.0 available on Cloud SQL, the managed relational database service for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server.

AWS Introduces New EBS Volume io2 With Higher Durability and IOPS/GiB

AWS recently introduced a new provisioned IOPS volume type (io2) for high-performance databases and workloads that offers a durability of 99.999% and the ability to provision up to 500 IOPS for every GiB of storage.

Public Beta of Google Cloud API Gateway Now Available

At the recent Google’s Cloud Next virtual conference, Google announced the public beta of API Gateway, a fully-managed Google Cloud service to create and monitor APIs for serverless workloads.

Is the AWS Free Tier Really Free?

Corey Quinn, cloud economist at The Duckbill Group, argues that the free tier in AWS is broken and AWS should change it. The free models of the main cloud providers differ and might not help beginners in following best practices in cloud deployments.

Using Serverless Backends to Iterate Quickly on Web Apps

In a series of three technical articles, AWS has recently shown the advantage of building serverless backends to iterate quickly on web apps and be able to follow changing product requirements. These development methodology and architecture allow flexibility but increase coupling with cloud vendor services.

Amazon Cloudwatch Dashboards Supports Sharing

AWS recently introduced the ability to share Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards with users who do not have access to the AWS account. This feature opens up new use cases for dashboards, including sharing metrics and information on big screens, or embed real-time information in public pages.

Autumn speaking engagements

In the next two months I am going to attend as a speaker six virtual events, with three different talks and different audiences. Some events are free, some are not. Details and registration links or discount codes below, all talks are in English.

Hope to (virtually) meet you soon!

Percona Live Online 2020

“Serverless Databases: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” is the topic of my talk at Percona Live Online. After a lightning talk at Percona Live Europe in Dublin and a few posts for the Percona Community Blog, I am looking forward to be (virtually) on stage at Percona Live Online!

The conference will run for 28 hours on 20-21 October 2020 and will cover topics on Open Source Databases and Applications using MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and MariaDB. You can find the full agenda online and register for free.

A blog preview of my talk is available on the Open Source Database Community Blog