InfoQ – June 2021

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.

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InfoQ – May 2021

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.

InfoQ – April 2021

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.

InfoQ – March 2021

From Cloud Spanner on GCP to S3 Object Lambda, from Cassandra on Azure to Amazon Lookout for Vision: a recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in March 2021.

Cloud Spanner Adds Support for Liquibase

Google Cloud has recently added support for Liquibase on Cloud Spanner. The new extension allows developers to use the open-source database library to manage and automate schema changes for the globally distributed SQL database on Google Cloud.

Microsoft Announces Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra

At this year’s Ignite conference, Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra, a NoSQL database product to manage Cassandra-based workloads into Azure cloud.

Amazon Lookout for Vision Now Generally Available

Amazon has recently announced the general availability of Amazon Lookout for Vision, an anomaly detection product that uses machine learning to process images to spot process defects and anomalies in manufactured products.

Amazon Redshift Data Sharing Now Generally Available

Amazon has recently announced the general availability of the Amazon Redshift Data Sharing functionality to share live data across Amazon Redshift clusters. This allows the use of a single data warehouse cluster for multi-cluster deployments and sharing data instantly without the need to copy or move them.

Amazon Announces S3 Object Lambda

Amazon has recently announced S3 Object Lambda, a new serverless feature to add customized code and process data from S3 before returning it to an application. S3 Object Lambda works with S3 GET requests and uses AWS Lambda functions to modify data as it is being retrieved from the object storage.

InfoQ – February 2021

From new bare metal EC2 instances to Ruby on GCP functions, from the Cloud trust paradox to CloudFront security savings bundles. A recap of the topics I covered for InfoQ in February 2021.

The Cloud Trust Paradox According to Google Cloud

In a series of three technical articles, Google Cloud has recently discussed how to trust cloud providers, covering the concepts of customer trust, security key management and scenarios where keeping encryption keys off the cloud may be necessary.

Google Cloud Supports Ruby on Cloud Functions

Google Cloud recently announced the public preview of Ruby on Cloud Functions. The open-source Functions Framework for Ruby supports HTTP functions and CloudEvent functions.

Amazon Announces New Bare Metal EC2 Instances

AWS recently announced new bare metal instances for Amazon EC2. The new M5n, M5dn, R5n, and R5dn instances are already available and can utilize up to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth.

Amazon Introduces CloudFront Security Savings Bundle

AWS has recently introduced https://www.infoq.com/news/2021/02/cloudfront-savings-bundle/Amazon CloudFront Security Savings Bundle, a pricing plan that gives a 30% discount on CloudFront in exchange for a 1-year commitment. The savings bundle also includes free AWS Web Application Firewall requests up to 10% of the committed amount.

InfoQ – November 2020

From shipping containers at Azure to edge technology at Fastly, from new gateway load balancers at AWS to serverless migrations at BBC, a recap of the news articles I wrote for InfoQ in November 2020.

Amazon SNS Supports FIFO for Pub/Sub Messaging

AWS has recently introduced support for First-in-First-out (FIFO) topics in Amazon SNS with strict ordering and deduplication of messages. The new feature enforces ordering in which messages are sent and received, and avoids that a message is processed multiple times.

Cloud Computing in a Shipping Container: Microsoft Introduces the Azure Modular Datacenter

Microsoft recently announced a new Azure in a shipping container service called Azure Modular Datacenter. The new offer provides an option for setting up an Azure datacenter in hybrid or challenging environments where cloud computing previously would not have been possible.

AWS Introduces Nitro Enclaves, Isolated EC2 Environments for Confidential Computing

AWS has recently made available Nitro Enclaves, isolated EC2 environments to process confidential data. Based on a lightweight Linux OS, a Nitro Enclave is a hardened, attested and highly constrained virtual machine.

Fastly Expands Capabilities for Compute@Edge

Fastly, the cloud computing company providing solutions for edge cloud networks and content delivery networks, recently announced new features for their serverless compute environment Compute@Edge. The new release introduces new CLI functionalities, Terraform API support and additional language support.

BBC Online Going Serverless

In a recent article the BBC engineering team describes the work done moving BBC Online to the cloud and to a serverless deployment. Half of the BBC’s website is now rendered serverlessly with AWS Lambda.

AWS Announces Gateway Load Balancer

AWS Gateway Load Balancer is a new fully managed network gateway and load balancer. The service is tailored to deploy, scale and manage third-party virtual appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems and deep packet inspection systems in the cloud.