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.

Il podcast di AWS in italiano: database serverless

(Posting in Italian as referring to an episode of an Italian podscast)

Questa settimana ho avuto il piacere di partecpiare al podcast di AWS in italiano di Alex Casalboni. Abbiamo parlato di Aurora Serverless, RDS e database relazionali su cloud. E di benchmarking creativo.

Puoi ascoltare la puntata e registrarti al podcast qui.

Abstract

Cos’è un database serverless e per quali casi d’uso ha senso considerarlo? Come funziona Amazon Aurora Serverless? E cosa cambia nella nuova versione dell’engine in developer preview? In questo episodio ospito Renato Losio, Principal Cloud Architect in Funambol e AWS Data Hero, per parlare della sua esperienza decennale con Amazon RDS, ma soprattutto dei vantaggi e delle principali differenze dei database serverless (e gestiti) disponibili su AWS.

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.

Back to All Day DevOps!

In October I will be back to All Day DevOps, the world’s largest DevOps conference, to talk about cost optimization on AWS. Below the abstract of my session.

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? 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.

Looking forward to All Day DevOps 2021, see you on line on October 28th!