TheCloudFirst 2021

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?

Codemotion DevCast

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.

DevOps Pro Europe 2021

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.

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.

Cloud Computing: Come Creare una Applicazione Serverless

In October 2017 I presented for the first time at Codemotion in Berlin. Three years later, I designed and recorded my first course for them: “Cloud Computing: Come Creare una Applicazione Serverless” is a module of fourteen short lessons in Italian, just over two hours of video content plus exercises. The course uses a simple URL shortener as an example of a serverless application on AWS. It is now available on Codemotion and it is free!