InfoQ – March 2022

From changes to AWS Lambda, to second generation Cloud Functions on Google Cloud, from new health services on Azure to growing concerns among developers about Google Cloud price increases: a recap of my articles for InfoQ in March.

AWS Lambda Supports up to 10 GB Ephemeral Storage for Data-Intensive Applications

AWS recently announced that Lambda functions now support up to 10 GB of ephemeral storage that is preserved for the lifetime of the execution environment. The feature will help customers that run data workloads such as media processing, machine learning inference or financial analysis.

Microsoft Introduces Azure Health Data Services: Protected Health Information on the Cloud

Microsoft recently announced Azure Health Data Services, a Platform-as-a-Service that allows organizations to upload, store, manage and analyze healthcare data in the open standards FHIR and DICOM.

Growing Concerns among Developers about Google Cloud Price Increases

Google Cloud recently announced changes to their pricing models, with storage and data transfer costs mostly affected. Many experts in the cloud community have been raising concerns about architectural implications and the end of a long term “prices never go up” cloud tenet.

Google Cloud Introduces Community Security Analytics

Google Cloud recently released Community Security Analytics (CSA), a set of open-sourced queries and rules for security analytics designed to help detect common cloud-based threats.

Cloud Spanner Introduces Committed Use Discounts

Google Cloud recently announced the launch of Committed Use Discounts (CUDs) for Cloud Spanner. The option triggers a 20% to 40% discount on the on-demand price of the managed relational database in exchange for a commitment of one or three years.

AWS Backup for Amazon S3 Generally Available

Amazon recently announced the general availability of AWS Backup for Amazon S3, a managed option to centralize data protection for applications storing data on S3. The new feature automates the backup and restore of application data on S3 and combines it with the backup of other services, including instances and databases.

Amazon S3 Supports New Checksum Algorithms for Integrity Checking

Amazon S3 recently introduced support of four checksum algorithms for data integrity checking on upload and download requests. Amazon claims that the enhancements to the AWS SDK and S3 API accelerates integrity checking of the S3 requests by up to 90%.

AWS Lambda Supports .NET 6

AWS Lambda recently added support for .NET 6, as both a managed runtime and a container base image. The new runtime introduces new .NET language features and performance optimizations, improves logging and simplifies function definition using top-level statements.

AWS WAF Introduces Fraud Control – Account Takeover Prevention

Amazon recently introduced Fraud Control – Account Takeover Prevention, a new feature of AWS Web Application Firewall to protect login pages at network edge.

Google Announces Second Generation Cloud Functions

Google recently announced the public preview of the second generation of Cloud Functions, the functions as a service platform on Google Cloud. The new version introduces more controls over functions runtime, provides better performances and scalability and supports triggers from more than 90 event sources.

More news? A recap of my articles for InfoQ in February.