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.

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.

InfoQ – August 2020

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

AWS Introduces a Solution of AI Services to Manage Contact Center Workflows

AWS has recently made Contact Center Intelligence (CCI) solutions available, a combination of services that enables companies to integrate contact centers with AI.

AWS Wavelength Now Generally Available

AWS has recently made AWS Wavelength zones in San Francisco and Boston available to provide a subset of their computing services on Verizon datacenters. The new zones will allow developers to build applications that can benefit from the ultra-low latency of the mobile carriers.

HashiCorp Introduces HashiCorp Cloud Platform

HashiCorp, the company behind the software tool Terraform, introduces a platform to run their products on AWS, Azure, and GCP as managed services. This will extend their enterprise offer with a focus on multi-cloud environments.