InfoQ – May 2023

From exciting talks at QCon London to Meta switching to MySQL Raft, from FerretDB now generally available to AWS Verified Access, a recap of my pieces for InfoQ in May.

Cloudflare Workers Introduces connect() API to Create TCP Sockets

During the recent developer week, Cloudflare announced a Worker API to create outbound TCP sockets. The new socket API allows developers to connect back to TCP-based infra directly from a Worker, including databases.

AWS Adds Multi-AZ with Standby Support to OpenSearch Service

OpenSearch Service recently introduced support for Multi-AZ with Standby, a new deployment option for the search and analytics engine that provides 99.99% availability and better performance for business-critical workloads.

Google Maps Previews Aerial View API

At the recent Google I/O conference, the cloud provider announced the preview release of Aerial View API, a new option to access cinematic videos of points of interest. Immersive View for routes, Photorealistic 3D Tiles, new route customization capabilities, and reusable web components are other Google Maps improvements.

Meta Switches to MySQL Raft to Improve Reliability and Operational Simplicity

Meta is rolling out MySQL Raft in its data centers to replace its current MySQL semisynchronous databases. The new consensus engine helps operation and allows MySQL servers to take responsibility for promotions and membership.

AWS Verified Access Now GA with Support for WAF and Signed Identity Context

AWS recently announced the general availability of Verified Access, a managed service that provides secure access to corporate applications without relying on a VPN. With the GA, the cloud provider introduced support for AWS WAF and the ability to pass signed identity context to end applications.

Open Source MongoDB Alternative FerretDB Now Generally Available

FerretDB, an open-source MongoDB alternative database, recently announced its general availability. Released under the Apache 2.0 license, the project allows developers to use existing PostgreSQL infra to run MongoDB workloads.

From Extinct Computers to Statistical Nightmares: Adventures in Performance

Thomas Dullien, distinguished software engineer at Elastic, shared at QCon London some lessons learned from analyzing the performance of large-scale compute systems.

Google Cloud Announces GA of Cloud Run Jobs

Google Cloud recently announced the general availability of Cloud Run jobs, a serverless option to execute scripts and jobs that do not respond to HTTP requests. A new execution environment provides increased CPU, network performance, and support for network file systems.

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