Looking forward to be a speaker on March 11th at TheCloudFirst, the cloud native conference, and talk about one of my favorite topics, serverless databases on AWS.
For the first time, I will cover the preview of Aurora Serverless v2, the new serverless MySQL compatible database announced by AWS at re:Invent 2020.
Is Serverless the Future of Relational Databases?
From AWS to Google Cloud, the major cloud providers offer different options to run a relational database on the cloud. You can spin up virtual machines and configure your own cluster or rely on managed services. But the new trend is serverless (relational) databases that offer both traditional interfaces and HTTP API access. This talk is personal journey on AWS moving from a managed MySQL to a serverless Aurora. Can serverless really be the future for the enterprise databases?
From new bare metal EC2 instances to Ruby on GCP functions, from the Cloud trust paradox to CloudFront security savings bundles. A recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in February 2021.
The Cloud Trust Paradox According to Google Cloud
In a series of three technical articles, Google Cloud has recently discussed how to trust cloud providers, covering the concepts of customer trust, security key management and scenarios where keeping encryption keys off the cloud may be necessary.
Google Cloud Supports Ruby on Cloud Functions
Google Cloud recently announced the public preview of Ruby on Cloud Functions. The open-source Functions Framework for Ruby supports HTTP functions and CloudEvent functions.
AWS has recently introduced https://www.infoq.com/news/2021/02/cloudfront-savings-bundle/Amazon CloudFront Security Savings Bundle, a pricing plan that gives a 30% discount on CloudFront in exchange for a 1-year commitment. The savings bundle also includes free AWS Web Application Firewall requests up to 10% of the committed amount.
Looking forward to be one of the very first speakers for the new weekly format from Codemotion, DevCast. On March 18th, I will be speaking about cost optimization on AWS. The title and abstract are in English but the talk will be in Italian
Watch Your Wallet! Cloud Anti-Patterns to Avoid Your AWS Bill Skyrocketing
Should you really always run your cluster in multiple availability zones? How can a transition rule to Glacier double your storage costs? I want to monitor and understand my data transfer costs, where should I start? Why are backups eating my database budget? What, one more storage class on S3? Following so-called “best practices” works only when you fully understand the implications, costs included. We will address a few cloud anti-patterns, making your bill smaller and your deployment better.
Looking forward to be back as a speaker at DevOps Pro Europe next May. This year I will cover cost optimization on the cloud: “Watch Your Wallet! Cloud Anti-Patterns that Make Your AWS Bill Skyrocket”. See you at #DevOpsProEurope!
Watch Your Wallet! Cloud Anti-Patterns that Make Your AWS Bill Skyrocket
Should you really always run your cluster in multiple availability zones? How can a transition rule to Glacier double your storage costs? You want to monitor and understand your data transfer costs, where should you start? Why are backups eating my database budget? What, one more storage class on S3? Following so-called “best practices” works only when you fully understand the implications, costs included. We will address a few cloud anti-patterns, making your bill smaller and your deployment better.
From backup on GCP to geolocation on AWS, from licenses changes at Elastic to healt bots at Microsoft: a recap of the news articles I wrote for InfoQ in January 2021.
Google Cloud Introduces Filestore Backups
Google Cloud has recently introduced a preview in all regions of Filestore Backups, a new product to simplify the migration of file-based applications to the cloud.
AWS Introduces Location Service in Preview
In one of the latest announcements of re:Invent 2020, AWS introduced the preview of Amazon Location, a new mapping service for developers to add location-based features like geofencing and built-in tracking to web-based and mobile applications.
AWS Introduces Amazon Managed Service for Grafana and Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus
In one of the latest announcements of re:Invent 2020, AWS introduced the preview of Amazon Managed Service for Grafana (AMG), a managed Grafana that automatically scales compute and database infrastructure, with automated version updates and security patching. In a related but separate announcement, AWS also introduced a preview for Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus (AMP), a Prometheus-compatible monitoring service for container infrastructure and application metrics for containers.
AWS Transfer Family Introduces Support for EFS
AWS has recently introduced support for Amazon EFS file systems as a data store in the AWS Transfer Family, the managed service that handles SFTP, FTP and FTPS requests. The new option is intended to simplify the migration to the cloud of file transfer workloads.
Microsoft Introduces Azure Health Bot
Microsoft recently introduced Azure Health Bot, an evolution of Microsoft Healthcare Bot that is becoming an Azure service with added functionalities. Built for developing virtual health care assistants, Azure Health Bot combines medical databases with natural language capabilities.
Cockroach Labs 2021 Cloud Report: GCP Outpaces Azure and AWS
Cockroach Labs recently released their annual cloud report identifying Google Cloud Platform as the best overall provider. The 2021 Cloud Report compares AWS, Azure, and GCP on benchmarks that reflect critical applications and workloads.
Elastic Changes Licences for Elasticsearch and Kibana, AWS Forkes Both
Elastic recently announced licensing changes to Elasticsearch and Kibana, with the company moving away from Apache 2.0 and adopting the Server Side Public License (SSPL) and the Elastic License. Amazon reacted with a plan to maintain a fork of both Elasticsearch and Kibana under the previous license.
Google Cloud Workflows Now Generally Available
Google has recently announced that Google Cloud Workflows, the service to orchestrate Google Cloud and HTTP-based API services with serverless workflows, is now generally available. Workflows Connectors are now in public preview.
AWS recently announced new instance types for Amazon EC2 on different processors and for different EC2 families. Most of the new instances are already available, even if only in a subset of regions, others are expected by the end of the month.
Recap of AWS re:Invent 2020
This year the annual re:invent conference organized by AWS was virtual, free and three weeks long. During multiple keynotes and sessions, AWS announced new features, improvements and cloud services. Here is a review of the main announcements impacting compute, database, storage, networking, machine learning and development.