I am looking forward to be part of the InfoQ Live event next Tuesday September 21st and moderate the roundtable “Container Security and Observability in Kubernetes Environments“. Join us to learn from world-class practitioners Rachid Zarouali, Caleb Washburn, Thomas Fricke and Jessica Andersson.
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.
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.
From Bigtable to Amazon Location Service, from DocumentDB to Vertex AI: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in June 2021.
AWS Key Management Service Introduces Multi-Region Keys
AWS has recently announced the availability of KMS multi-region keys, a new feature for client-side applications that makes encrypted data portable across regions.
Google Cloud Improves SLA for Bigtable and Adds New Security Features
Google Cloud has recently raised the availability SLA for Bigtable instances up to 99.999%, matching the SLA for Firestore and Cloud Spanner. The data storage system introduced as well two new security features for enterprise workloads, customer-managed encryption keys (CMEK) and data access audit logs.
Amazon Location Service Generally Available with Routing and Satellite Imagery
AWS has recently announced the general availability of Amazon Location Service, a managed solution designed to add location functionalities to applications. The service relies on location providers like Esri and HERE and now supports routing and satellite imagery capabilities.
Amazon Adds Global Clusters to DocumentDB
Amazon recently announced support for global clusters on DocumentDB, the document-oriented database compatible with MongoDB.
Google Cloud Announces Managed Machine Learning Platform Vertex AI
At the recent Google I/O 2021 conference, the cloud provider announced the general availability of Vertex AI, a managed machine learning platform designed to accelerate the deployment and maintenance of artificial intelligence models.
How can modern DevOps practices accelerate your software delivery without the quality issues?
I am looking to forward to host and moderate the Q&A at the next InfoQ Live event on July 20th. Aysylu Greenberg, tech lead of GCP container analysis at Google, will discuss Software Supply Chain Integrity for DevOps. Murali Krishna Ramanathan, staff software engineer at Uber, will talk about Managing the Tech Debt Due to Stale Feature Flags with Piranha.
100% net ticket revenue will be donated to charity, join us on July 20th!
From PHP on Google Cloud Functions to the AWS Free Tier, from Amazon Nimble Studio to Elastic Stack on Azure: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in May 2021.
Google Cloud Supports PHP on Cloud Functions
Google Cloud recently announced the public preview of PHP on Cloud Functions. The Functions Framework for PHP supports HTTP functions, to respond to HTTP events, and CloudEvent functions to process events sourced from external and internal Google Cloud services like Pub/Sub, Cloud Storage and Firestore.
Amazon Nimble Studio: Visual Effects, Animations, and Interactive Content on AWS
Amazon has recently announced Nimble Studio, a service for creative studios to produce visual effects, animations, and interactive content. The cloud-based studio provides on-demand access to virtual workstations, elastic file storage, render farm capacity and tools to manage security, permissions, and collaborations.
Amazon Open Sources DeepRacer Device Software
Amazon has recently open-sourced the DeepRacer device software, the software used to run AWS DeepRacer. The 1/18th scale autonomous vehicle and the DeepRacer events allow developers to create machine learning models and race them in a cloud based 3D racing simulator.
Amazon Introduces Incident Manager for Automated Response Plans
AWS recently introduced Incident Manager, a new capability of AWS Systems Manager that helps customers prepare and respond to application and infrastructure incidents.
Growing Concerns Among Developers About the AWS Free Tier
In recents weeks many experts in the AWS community have been advocating for sandbox accounts on AWS and hard billing limits that cannot be exceeded to let engineers experiment with new services without jeopardizing their personal well-being.
Microsoft and Elastic Partner to Offer Elastic Stack on Azure
Microsoft and Elastic have recently announced Elastic on Azure, a preview service that offers managed Elastic, Logstash, and Kibana to search, analyze, and visualize data in real time on Azure.
From Cloudflare new WAF to Grafana going AGPLv3, from Netflix
open-sourced ConsoleMe to OpenBuilt: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in April 2021.
Amazon Elasticsearch Introduces Auto-Tune
Amazon has recently announced the Auto-Tune feature in Amazon Elasticsearch Service, a closed-loop control system that adapts the Elasticsearch cluster to the running workload. The new automated memory management provides better ingestion throughput for log analytics workloads and reduced tail latencies for search queries.
Cloudflare Announces New Web Application Firewall
Cloudflare has recently introduced a new Web Application Firewall. The latest engine is written in Rust, provides better performances and integrates with other Cloudflare products.
AWS Introduces EC2 Serial Console: Troubleshoot Boot and Networking Issues
AWS has recently introduced the EC2 Serial Console, a tool to establish a serial connection to EC2 instances and troubleshoot boot and network connectivity issues. The new feature is designed to help system and network administrators to address production issues.
Netflix Open Sources ConsoleMe to Manage Permissions and Access on AWS
Netflix has recently open-sourced ConsoleMe, a AWS multi-account management service, and its CLI utility, Weep. The tools provide a central control plane for permissions management across all of AWS accounts of an organization and help to implement the principle of least privilege.
IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder Develop OpenBuilt, a Platform for the Construction Industry
IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder recently announced a collaboration to develop OpenBuilt, a platform for the construction industry supply chains built on the hybrid cloud platform Red Hat OpenShift and running on IBM Cloud.
Grafana Labs Changes Licenses to AGPLv3 for Grafana, Loki, and Tempo
Grafana Labs has recently announced the plan to change the licenses for their core products. They will relicense Grafana, Grafana Loki, and Grafana Tempo from the Apache License 2.0 to the Affero General Public License (AGPL) v3. Plugins, agents, and certain libraries will remain Apache-licensed.