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.