InfoQ – February 2021

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.

Amazon Announces New Bare Metal EC2 Instances

AWS recently announced new bare metal instances for Amazon EC2. The new M5n, M5dn, R5n, and R5dn instances are already available and can utilize up to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth.

Amazon Introduces CloudFront Security Savings Bundle

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.

InfoQ – January 2021

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.

InfoQ – December 2020

All the news articles I wrote for InfoQ in December where related to AWS new announcements and the main cloud event of the month, including a final recap of AWS re:Invent 2020.

AWS Introduces Preview of Aurora Serverless v2

During the first keynote of re:Invent 2020, AWS announced the next version of Amazon Aurora Serverless in preview. The new serverless version for the MySQL 5.7-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora scales in fraction of a second and introduces multi-AZ support, global databases, and read replicas.

Amazon S3 Now Delivers Strong Read-After-Write Consistency

To guarantee higher availability and better performances, S3 has for years relied on an eventual consistency model. During the first week of re:invent, AWS announced that S3 now supports strong read-after-write consistency.

AWS Introduces New Instance Types for Amazon EC2

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.

InfoQ – November 2020

From shipping containers at Azure to edge technology at Fastly, from new gateway load balancers at AWS to serverless migrations at BBC, a recap of the news articles I wrote for InfoQ in November 2020.

Amazon SNS Supports FIFO for Pub/Sub Messaging

AWS has recently introduced support for First-in-First-out (FIFO) topics in Amazon SNS with strict ordering and deduplication of messages. The new feature enforces ordering in which messages are sent and received, and avoids that a message is processed multiple times.

Cloud Computing in a Shipping Container: Microsoft Introduces the Azure Modular Datacenter

Microsoft recently announced a new Azure in a shipping container service called Azure Modular Datacenter. The new offer provides an option for setting up an Azure datacenter in hybrid or challenging environments where cloud computing previously would not have been possible.

AWS Introduces Nitro Enclaves, Isolated EC2 Environments for Confidential Computing

AWS has recently made available Nitro Enclaves, isolated EC2 environments to process confidential data. Based on a lightweight Linux OS, a Nitro Enclave is a hardened, attested and highly constrained virtual machine.

Fastly Expands Capabilities for Compute@Edge

Fastly, the cloud computing company providing solutions for edge cloud networks and content delivery networks, recently announced new features for their serverless compute environment Compute@Edge. The new release introduces new CLI functionalities, Terraform API support and additional language support.

BBC Online Going Serverless

In a recent article the BBC engineering team describes the work done moving BBC Online to the cloud and to a serverless deployment. Half of the BBC’s website is now rendered serverlessly with AWS Lambda.

AWS Announces Gateway Load Balancer

AWS Gateway Load Balancer is a new fully managed network gateway and load balancer. The service is tailored to deploy, scale and manage third-party virtual appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems and deep packet inspection systems in the cloud.

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.

InfoQ – August 2020

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

AWS Introduces a Solution of AI Services to Manage Contact Center Workflows

AWS has recently made Contact Center Intelligence (CCI) solutions available, a combination of services that enables companies to integrate contact centers with AI.

AWS Wavelength Now Generally Available

AWS has recently made AWS Wavelength zones in San Francisco and Boston available to provide a subset of their computing services on Verizon datacenters. The new zones will allow developers to build applications that can benefit from the ultra-low latency of the mobile carriers.

HashiCorp Introduces HashiCorp Cloud Platform

HashiCorp, the company behind the software tool Terraform, introduces a platform to run their products on AWS, Azure, and GCP as managed services. This will extend their enterprise offer with a focus on multi-cloud environments.