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.

Cloud Computing Conference Greece

In a week time I will be a keynote speaker at the Cloud Computing Conference organized by Boussias in Greece. I will be (virtually) on stage discussing one of my favourite topics, The Future of Relational Databases on the Cloud.


The major cloud providers offer different options to run a relational database on the cloud. A recent approach is to rely on so-called serverless databases that offer both traditional TCP connections and HTTP API access. In a short journey to databases on the cloud, we will compare different approaches and services, explore the main benefits and limitations of a serverless RDBMS versus a more traditional managed database.

Update: you can now find the video here and the slides here.

InfoQ – February 2022

From CloudFront to Google Certificate Manager, from Elastic File System Replication to AWS IoT RoboRunner: a recap of my articles for InfoQ in February.

AWS Introduces Managed Prefix List for CloudFront

AWS recently announced the availability of the AWS managed prefix list for CloudFront. Customers can now limit inbound HTTP/HTTPS traffic to a VPC and an application from only IP addresses that belong to CloudFront’s origin-facing servers.

Amazon Introduces S3 Batch Replication to Replicate Existing Objects

Amazon recently introduced Batch Replication for S3, an option to replicate existing objects and synchronize buckets. The new feature is designed for use cases such as disaster recovery setup, reduce latency or transfer ownership of existing data.

Google Cloud Introduces Certificate Manager

Google Cloud recently introduced the public preview of Certificate Manager, a service that integrates with External HTTPS Load Balancing to manage multiple certificates and domains.

Amazon Launches AWS IoT RoboRunner for Robot Fleet Management Applications

Amazon recently announced the preview of AWS IoT RoboRunner, a new service to help companies build and deploy robotics management applications. Developed from technology already in use at Amazon warehouses, IoT RoboRunner provides infrastructure to connect fleets of robots and automation software.

Amazon Announces Elastic File System Replication for Multi-Region Deployments

Amazon recently announced Elastic File System Replication to keep an up-to-date copy of a network file system in a second AWS region or within the same region.

More news? A recap of my articles for InfoQ in January

InfoQ – January 2022

From Lambda Powertools to OpenSearch, from Google Spanner to RDS clusters: a recap of my articles for InfoQ in January.

Amazon OpenSearch Adds Anomaly Detection for Historical Data

Amazon OpenSearch recently introduced the support of anomaly detection for historical data. The machine learning based feature helps identifying trends, patterns, and seasonality in OpenSearch data.

Amazon Announces AWS Lambda Powertools TypeScript.

Amazon recently announced the beta release of AWS Lambda Powertools TypeScript. The set of utilities for Node.js Lambda functions helps developers follow best practices for tracing, structured logging and custom metrics.

Google Cloud Spanner Dialect for SQLAlchemy is Generally Available

Google Cloud recently announced the general availability of the Spanner dialect enabling SQLAlchemy applications to run on the distributed SQL database management and storage service.

Incorrect IAM Policy Raised Questions about AWS Access to S3 Data

An unexpected change in the policy used by AWS Support raised concerns about access to customers’ S3 data. The cloud provider reverted the change, stating that the permissions were not and could not be used and published a security bulletin. Security experts suggest steps to detect and prevent similar issues in the future.

Amazon RDS Introduces Readable Standby Instances in Multi-AZ Deployments

AWS has recently announced readable standby instances in Amazon RDS multi-AZ deployments. The new database cluster option provides high availability and durability for workloads requiring more read capacity and consistent transaction latency.

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