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.

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 – September 2020

A recap of the news articles I wrote for InfoQ in September 2020.

Multi-Cloud: Worst Practice or the Future of Public Cloud?

Corey Quinn, cloud economist at The Duckbill Group, recently argued that multi-cloud is “the worst practice to be avoided by default”. Not everyone agrees.

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Google Cloud SQL Supports MySQL 8.0

Google Cloud has recently made MySQL 8.0 available on Cloud SQL, the managed relational database service for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server.

AWS Introduces New EBS Volume io2 With Higher Durability and IOPS/GiB

AWS recently introduced a new provisioned IOPS volume type (io2) for high-performance databases and workloads that offers a durability of 99.999% and the ability to provision up to 500 IOPS for every GiB of storage.

Public Beta of Google Cloud API Gateway Now Available

At the recent Google’s Cloud Next virtual conference, Google announced the public beta of API Gateway, a fully-managed Google Cloud service to create and monitor APIs for serverless workloads.

Is the AWS Free Tier Really Free?

Corey Quinn, cloud economist at The Duckbill Group, argues that the free tier in AWS is broken and AWS should change it. The free models of the main cloud providers differ and might not help beginners in following best practices in cloud deployments.

Using Serverless Backends to Iterate Quickly on Web Apps

In a series of three technical articles, AWS has recently shown the advantage of building serverless backends to iterate quickly on web apps and be able to follow changing product requirements. These development methodology and architecture allow flexibility but increase coupling with cloud vendor services.

Amazon Cloudwatch Dashboards Supports Sharing

AWS recently introduced the ability to share Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards with users who do not have access to the AWS account. This feature opens up new use cases for dashboards, including sharing metrics and information on big screens, or embed real-time information in public pages.