InfoQ – December 2021

From re:Post to Graviton3 processors, from Azure Orbital to Amazon RDS Custom. And a lot of news from re:Invent 2021. A recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in December 2021.

Amazon Introduces re:Post, a “Stack Overflow” for AWS

At re:Invent Amazon announced re:Post, a Q&A service that replaced the AWS Forums and is designed to offer crowd-sourced and expert-reviewed answers to technical questions about AWS.

Amazon RDS Custom for SQL Server Is Now Generally Available

Amazon announced the general availability of Amazon RDS Custom for SQL Server. The new service supports legacy, custom, and packaged applications that have dependencies on specific configurations and third-party tools and have historically been unable to move to a fully-managed database.

AWS US-EAST-1 Outage: Postmortem and Lessons Learned

On December 7th AWS experienced an hours-long outage that affected many services in its most popular region, Northern Virginia. The cloud provider released an analysis of the incident that started threads in the community about redundancy on AWS and multi-region approaches.

Azure Space Introduces Azure Orbital in Preview and New Geospatial Capabilities

Microsoft recently announced new satellite connectivity and geospatial capabilities for Azure Space. The cloud provider introduced the preview of Azure Orbital, a ground station as-a-service that provides communication and control of satellites, and added geospatial and data analytics partnerships with Esri, Blackshark.ai, and Orbital Insight.

Amazon S3 Adds New Storage Class for Long-Lived Data and Simplifies Access Management

During the latest re:Invent Amazon announced the S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class, a new storage class for rarely-accessed data that requires milliseconds retrieval. A new bucket owner enforced option lets customers disable the ACLs associated with the bucket and the objects.

Recap of AWS re:Invent 2021

After one year as a virtual-only event, re:invent was back last week to Las Vegas with fewer attendees for the 10th edition, and with multiple sessions and keynotes, including a first one for the new CEO Adam Selipsky. AWS announced new features and improvements, with a focus more on packaged solutions than new primitives.

Amazon Introduces New EC2 Families G5g, M6a, Im4gn and Is4gen

At the recent re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced new EC2 instance families running on different processors, including G5g Arm-based instances, M6a AMD-based ones and storage-optimized Im4gn and Is4gen.

AWS Announces Next Generation Graviton3 Processors

Amazon announced the next generation Graviton3 processors and the preview of the EC2 C7g instances. The cloud provider claims that the new instance type running the latest Arm-based processors will provide better compute, higher floating-point and faster cryptographic performances.

AWS Introduces Amazon Redshift Serverless

As part of a trend towards serverless analytics options, AWS announced the public preview of Amazon Redshift Serverless. The latest version of the managed data warehouse service targets deployments where it is difficult to manage capacity due to variable workloads or unpredictable spikes.

InfoQ – November 2021

From AWS Resilience Hub to PlanetScale, from EC2 DL1 instances to headers in CloudFront: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in November 2021.

Amazon Aurora Supports MySQL 8.0

A few days before re:Invent 2021, AWS announced the general availability of Aurora MySQL 3 with MySQL 8.0 compatibility. The latest major MySQL version adds features such as common table expressions (CTEs), role-based authentication, invisible indexes and instant DDL previously lacking on Aurora.

Amazon CloudFront Supports Configurable CORS and Custom HTTP Response Headers

Amazon CloudFront recently added support for response headers policies, removing the need of custom Lambda@Edge and CloudFront functions to insert response headers. The new feature allows developers to add cross-origin resource sharing (CORS), security, and custom headers to HTTP responses.

Amazon Introduces AWS Resilience Hub to Monitor and Improve RPO and RTO

Amazon recently announced the availability of AWS Resilience Hub, a service designed to help customers define, measure, and manage the resilience of their applications on the cloud.

Google Document Translation Now Generally Available

Google Cloud recently announced the general availability of Document Translation, a new feature of Translation API Advanced that allows formatting of documents to be retained throughout the translation process.

PlanetScale Introduces Managed Cloud to Scale MySQL Databases

The company behind the open-source Vitess database clustering system recently announced PlanetScale Managed Cloud, an option to run PlanetScale’s databases and management functionalities from existing public cloud accounts.

Amazon Releases DL1 Instances Powered by Gaudi Accelerators

Amazon recently announced the general availability of the EC2 DL1 instances powered by Gaudi accelerators from Habana Labs. The new instances promise better price performances in training deep learning models for use cases such as computer vision, natural language processing, autonomous vehicle perception and recommendation engines.

re:Invent COM202

Just over two weeks to go to re:Invent in Las Vegas and I am already looking forward to the Monday Community Track.

If you are attending the event in person, there are still some reserved seats available for my session where we will play around with serverless databases on AWS. Join me!

COM202
Drawing the New York City skyline with Amazon Aurora Serverless v2
Monday, November 29, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM


The session will be available as well virtually during the main re:Invent week.

InfoQ – October 2021

From Yugabyte Cloud to Amazon QuickSight Q, from Google Distributed Cloud to Cloudflare R2: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in October 2021.

Amazon Introduces RDS Custom for Legacy and Custom Oracle Databases

Amazon recently announced RDS Custom, a managed database service for legacy and custom applications that need access to the underlying operating system and database environment. RDS Custom for Oracle is the first available service.

Google Cloud Spanner Adds PostgreSQL Interface: Is PostgreSQL Now Standard for Cloud Databases?

At the recent Next ’21 conference, Google announced a PostgreSQL interface for Cloud Spanner, the distributed SQL database management and storage service on Google Cloud. The new interface in preview combines the scalability and reliability of Spanner with the familiarity among developers and portability of PostgreSQL.

Google Announces Distributed Cloud

At the recent Next ’21 conference, Google announced Google Distributed Cloud, a set of hardware and software solutions to extend Google infrastructure to the edge and into customer data centers.

Cloudflare Challenges AWS with R2 Storage and No Egress Fees

Cloudflare has recently announced R2 storage, a S3-compatible service to store large amounts of data with no egress bandwidth fees associated. An automatic migration of objects from Amazon S3 to Cloudflare R2 will be offered to facilitate the transition or integration for existing AWS deployments.

AWS Introduces Static IP Addresses for Application Load Balancer

Amazon recently announced that the Application Load Balancer supports AWS PrivateLink and static IP addresses by direct integration with the Network Load Balancer.

Yugabyte Cloud: a Managed Distributed SQL Database

At the recent Distributed SQL Summit, Yugabyte announced the general availability of Yugabyte Cloud, a database-as-a-service version of the Postgres compatible YugabyteDB.

Amazon QuickSight Q: Answers to Business Intelligence Questions

Amazon recently announced the general availability of QuickSight Q, a natural language query tool for the enterprise edition of the managed business intelligence service QuickSight.

InfoQ – September 2021

From video transcoding to ransomware mitigations, from backups to database versions: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in September 2021.

Google Cloud Announces Backup for Google Kubernetes Engine

Google has recently announced the preview of Backup for GKE, a cloud-native way to protect, manage, and restore containerized applications and data running on Kubernetes.

AWS Introduces Amazon EC2 VT1 Instances for Video Transcoding

AWS recently announced the general availability of Amazon EC2 VT1 instances, the first instances optimized for video transcoding. The new virtual machines feature hardware acceleration and are designed for workloads such as live broadcast, video conferencing, and just-in-time transcoding.

Azure Firewall Introduces New Security Features

Microsoft recently announced new features for Azure Firewall, the managed network security service to protect Azure Virtual Network resources.

Cloud Providers Publish Ransomware Mitigation Strategies

In the last few weeks AWS, Azure and Google Cloud have posted articles and documentation with suggestions on ransomware mitigation techniques on the cloud, highlighting the main protections and recovery preparation actions.

AWS Introduces Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP

At AWS Storage Day 2021, the cloud provider announced Amazon FSx for ONTAP, a managed file system for ONTAP data management software. Supporting file access and storage functionalities already used by enterprise customers, the service targets the migration to the cloud of applications and workloads that require high-performance ONTAP storage.

Amazon Aurora Supports PostgreSQL 13

AWS has recently announced that Amazon Aurora supports major version 13 of PostgreSQL. The compatibility with the latest major PostgreSQL version adds improvements such higher performing partitioned table queries and deduplication of B-tree index entries.

AWS Introduces Backup Audit Manager for Compliance Requirements

Amazon recently announced the availability of AWS Backup Audit Manager, a new feature of AWS Backup to monitor the compliance status of backups and generate reports to meet business and regulatory requirements.