EuropeClouds Summit 2021

Earlier this year, Forrest Brazeal wrote an article “Please fix the AWS Free Tier before somebody gets hurt” that went viral. Corey Quinn suggests “It’s Time to Rethink the AWS Free Tier”. When I wrote a news piece for InfoQ on the topic it proved to be a very popular one.

As it is a topic that developers care about and I believe that being aware of the limitations of the Free Tier is half of the solution, I decided to cover the topic at the upcoming EuropeClouds Summit. The title and abstract of the talk are below, hope to see you live at the conference!

AWS Free Tier: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In recent months many experts in the AWS community have been questioning the AWS Free Tier, advocating for sandbox accounts on AWS and hard billing limits that cannot be exceeded. What safety nets can you put in place as a developer and what are the most common mistakes to avoid unexpected bills when experimenting with new services with the AWS Free Tier?

InfoQ – August 2021

From cloud vulnerabilities to OpenSearch, from cloud emissions to Google Cloud Private Service Connect, from EC2-Classic to Cloudwatch Cross Account Alarms: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in August 2021.

Need Help Tracking Cloud Emissions? Microsoft Previews Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

At the recent Inspire 2021 conference, Microsoft announced the preview of Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, a new service to help companies measure and manage their carbon emissions, set sustainability goals and take measurable action.

After 15 Years AWS Retires EC2-Classic

AWS has announced the plan to retire the EC2-Classic platform in the next few months. The cloud provider expects that customers still running the first iteration of its virtual cloud computing instance will migrate to the newest Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) by August 2022.

ElasticSearch Fork OpenSearch is Generally Available

Amazon has recently announced the general availability of OpenSearch 1.0, the Apache 2.0-licensed fork of Elasticsearch that was created after Elastic changed their license.

Amazon Introduces Cloudwatch Cross Account Alarms to Consolidate Management

Amazon CloudWatch recently announced cross account alarms, a new feature that enables customers to set alerts and take actions based on changes to metrics across different AWS accounts.

Google Cloud Private Service Connect Now Generally Available

Google Cloud has recently announced the general availability of Private Service Connect, a service to keep all customer’s traffic private and secure over Google’s global network while abstracting the underlying network infrastructure.

Is CVE the Solution for Cloud Vulnerabilities?

At the recent Black Hat USA 2021, security experts from cloud infrastructure company Wiz argued that a CVE database for cloud vulnerabilities is needed, starting a debate in the cloud and cybersecurity communities.

AWS Introduces Security Analytics Bootstrap to Perform Security Investigations

AWS recently announced Security Analytics Bootstrap, an open source framework to perform security investigations on AWS service logs using an Amazon Athena analysis environment.

InfoQ – July 2021

From GitHub Copilot to AWS Amplify, from Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer to Azure VM Image Builder: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in July 2021.

Fauna Introduces Fauna Labs to Help Developers Adopt Database Service

The company behind the Fauna transactional database has recently announced Fauna Labs, a collection of experimental tools to help developers integrate Fauna in their applications, including infrastructure as code and single sign-on application templates.

GitHub Previews Copilot, an OpenAI-Powered Coding Assistant

GitHub recently announced Copilot, an AI-powered pair programmer designed to help developers write code faster and with less effort. The service learns from comments and existing code, suggesting new lines and the implementation of whole functions.

Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer Announces CI/CD Integration with GitHub Actions

Amazon recently announced the CI/CD integration of Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer with GitHub Actions. The cloud provider also released 20 new security detectors for Java to identify issues and follow best security practices.

AWS Amplify Introduces New Full-Stack CI/CD Features to Simplify Application Development

AWS Amplify has recently introduced conditional backend builds, automatic build-time generation of cloud configuration and a simpler way to reuse backends across multiple frontend applications.

Azure VM Image Builder Service Now Generally Available

Azure has recently announced the general availability of Azure VM Image Builder service, the managed service built on HashiCorp Packer to create Linux or Windows virtual machine images and be compliant with security policies across Azure and Azure Stack.

Google Cloud Introduces Option to Choose Region with Lowest CO2 Footprint

Google has recently introduced the option to choose a Google Cloud region according to the lowest CO2 footprint. The new feature is currently available for Cloud Run and Datastream only, with Google planning to extend the offer to more Google Cloud services in the future.

InfoQ – June 2021

From Bigtable to Amazon Location Service, from DocumentDB to Vertex AI: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in June 2021.

AWS Key Management Service Introduces Multi-Region Keys

AWS has recently announced the availability of KMS multi-region keys, a new feature for client-side applications that makes encrypted data portable across regions.

Google Cloud Improves SLA for Bigtable and Adds New Security Features

Google Cloud has recently raised the availability SLA for Bigtable instances up to 99.999%, matching the SLA for Firestore and Cloud Spanner. The data storage system introduced as well two new security features for enterprise workloads, customer-managed encryption keys (CMEK) and data access audit logs.

Amazon Location Service Generally Available with Routing and Satellite Imagery

AWS has recently announced the general availability of Amazon Location Service, a managed solution designed to add location functionalities to applications. The service relies on location providers like Esri and HERE and now supports routing and satellite imagery capabilities.

Amazon Adds Global Clusters to DocumentDB

Amazon recently announced support for global clusters on DocumentDB, the document-oriented database compatible with MongoDB.

Google Cloud Announces Managed Machine Learning Platform Vertex AI

At the recent Google I/O 2021 conference, the cloud provider announced the general availability of Vertex AI, a managed machine learning platform designed to accelerate the deployment and maintenance of artificial intelligence models.

InfoQ Live

How can modern DevOps practices accelerate your software delivery without the quality issues?

I am looking to forward to host and moderate the Q&A at the next InfoQ Live event on July 20th. Aysylu Greenberg, tech lead of GCP container analysis at Google, will discuss Software Supply Chain Integrity for DevOps. Murali Krishna Ramanathan, staff software engineer at Uber, will talk about Managing the Tech Debt Due to Stale Feature Flags with Piranha.

100% net ticket revenue will be donated to charity, join us on July 20th!

InfoQ – May 2021

From PHP on Google Cloud Functions to the AWS Free Tier, from Amazon Nimble Studio to Elastic Stack on Azure: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in May 2021.

Google Cloud Supports PHP on Cloud Functions

Google Cloud recently announced the public preview of PHP on Cloud Functions. The Functions Framework for PHP supports HTTP functions, to respond to HTTP events, and CloudEvent functions to process events sourced from external and internal Google Cloud services like Pub/Sub, Cloud Storage and Firestore.

Amazon Nimble Studio: Visual Effects, Animations, and Interactive Content on AWS

Amazon has recently announced Nimble Studio, a service for creative studios to produce visual effects, animations, and interactive content. The cloud-based studio provides on-demand access to virtual workstations, elastic file storage, render farm capacity and tools to manage security, permissions, and collaborations.

Amazon Open Sources DeepRacer Device Software

Amazon has recently open-sourced the DeepRacer device software, the software used to run AWS DeepRacer. The 1/18th scale autonomous vehicle and the DeepRacer events allow developers to create machine learning models and race them in a cloud based 3D racing simulator.

Amazon Introduces Incident Manager for Automated Response Plans

AWS recently introduced Incident Manager, a new capability of AWS Systems Manager that helps customers prepare and respond to application and infrastructure incidents.

Growing Concerns Among Developers About the AWS Free Tier

In recents weeks many experts in the AWS community have been advocating for sandbox accounts on AWS and hard billing limits that cannot be exceeded to let engineers experiment with new services without jeopardizing their personal well-being.

Microsoft and Elastic Partner to Offer Elastic Stack on Azure

Microsoft and Elastic have recently announced Elastic on Azure, a preview service that offers managed Elastic, Logstash, and Kibana to search, analyze, and visualize data in real time on Azure.