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Posted on May 22, 2020 by Ernesto Garbarino

Pentagon Unit Taps Google Cloud’s Anthos for Multi-cloud Management
The contract is specifically with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an organization within the DOD that focuses on scaling commercial technology across the entire Pentagon.

Digital Ocean Updates Its Portal
It now conforms the W3C’s WCAG AA accessibility guidelines.

Google Cloud Functions Love VPCs
An increasing numbers of organizations “want to use serverless platforms in more traditional IT environments” says Google.

ASP.NET Razor Does WebAssembly
ASP.NET Blazor, which allows developers to build interactive web UIs with C# instead of JavaScript, now supports WebAssembly.

EKS Best Practices for Security
A guide for security practitioners who are responsible for implementing and monitoring security controls for EKS clusters and the workloads they support. 

DynamoDB Now Likes Empty Values
Amazon DynamoDB now supports empty values for non-key String and Binary attributes in DynamoDB tables.

Google Cloud Vmware Engine
The service delivers a fully managed VMware Cloud Foundation stack (VMware vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T, and HCX for cloud migration) in a dedicated environment on Google Cloud’s infrastructure.

Playing with DynamoDB on Linux
NoSQL Workbench for DynamoDB adds support for Linux.

A Design Analysis of Cloud-based Microservices Architecture at Netflix
A comprehensive system design analysis of microservices architecture at Netflix to power its global video streaming services.

Amazon EFS Adds One Nine
Amazon EFS updates Service Level Agreement to 99.99%

VMWare on Alibaba Cloud
Because Alibaba must also play the hybrid/multi-cloud game.

23 Killer Cloud-Native Development Principles and Practices
A fresh departure from the tired 12-factor app principles.

Windows Containers on Azure
Run Linux and Windows workloads side-by-side in a single cluster using the same control plane. Now that Microsoft loves Linux, Linux loves Microsoft.

Red Hat OpenShift
Not only it is not dead; it is growing!

Multi-Cloud or the Highway
Go-to strategy as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud grab wallet share.

Zoom on Oracle Cloud
Yes, you read correctly, not GCP, but Oracle!

Digital Ocean launches VPCs
The challenger cloud vendor now supports Virtual Private Cloud (VPCs) ala AWS. No more excuses about Digital Ocean being a toy cloud.

AWS Now Drinks Cappuccinos
AWS Europe (Milan) Region is the first region in Italy launched by a major cloud provider.

AWS Cost Categories
A feature that allows categorising cost and usage information based on one’s organizational structure and cost allocation needs such as teams, cost centers, geography, applications, etc.

Google Anthos does AWS
Google Anthos is now generally available for Amazon Web Services; Microsoft Azure would be added by the end of 2020.

CloudWatch Synthetics Generally Available
This features allows monitoring REST APIs, URLs, and website content every minute, 24x7, and creating alerts when application endpoints don’t behave as expected.

AWS Africa Region
AWS adds its 23rd region, AWS Africa (Cape Town), which consists of three availability zones.

Top Missing Features in Go
Generics, better error handling, functional features, and Azure support.

Route 53 Domain Transfer
It used to required a support ticket; now it can be done on a self-serve basis.

Kubernetes Cluster API
Configure your cluster with a Kubernetes-esque, YAML approach rather than BOSH scripting. Turtles all the way down.

HashiCorp Certifications Are Now A Thing
Tired of spending hundreds of dollars in AWS certs? Now you can spend even more by becoming a Terraform, Valut, or Consul “Associate”.

RHEL 8.2 is Out
Other than the usual management features, the big addition is Control Groups (cgroup) v2, which is designed to help limit memory usage through reserving memory and setting usage floors/limits.

AWS Elemental Link
AWS Elemental Link is an appliance that connects a camera or video production to securely and reliably transfer video to MediaLive for delivery to viewers.

CNCF Update
The state of cloud native software, service mesh, serverless, and more

AWS SnowBall Edge Devices Refreshed
40 vCPUs, 80 GB RAM, 3.2 GHz CPUs, 80 TB of Storage, 1 TB of SATA SSD storage and much more.

AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows Unveiled
A “comprehensive” program to execute large-scale migrations and modernizations of your Windows workloads on AWS.

AWS Lambda Functions
An accessible blog post on what and how.

Attack Matrix for Kubernetes
The major techniques that are relevant to container orchestration security, with focus on Kubernetes.

Amazon Wants To Play Sherlock Holmes
Amazon Detective, which uses machine learning to help visualize anomalies in customers’ resources, is now generally available. Launched as a preview at last year’s re:Invent event, the feature is likely to put an end to many security team’s woes.

Kubectl apply on the server?
Server-side Apply is an important effort to migrate “kubectl apply” to the apiserver.

Cheaper Azure Mananged Disks Backups
Cost-effective, point-in-time backup of managed disks can now be achieved using incremental snapshots. Unlike current snapshots, which are billed for the full size, incremental snapshots are billed for the delta changes to disks since the last snapshot.

SkySQL: Cloud-based MariaDB Without The Vendor Claws
SkySQL is a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) MariaDB that runs on Kuberentes and provides more features, such as Analytics, than the Amazon RDS and Azure Databases counterparts.

Google Outage: The Most Difficulting Thing in Software Engineering is Naming Variables.
The second most difficult thing is cache invalidation. The Register tells that the Google Cloud Engine was outage caused by ‘large backlog of queued mutations’.

Google Service Discovery
Once again, another Service Directory (yellow pages) solution which aims to overcome the “limitations” of DNS and those of other 10,000 similar solutions such as Eureka, Kuberentes Service Discovery and so on. Good luck.

The Machine Learning Pipeline on AWS
This intermediate-level course explores how to use the machine learning (ML) pipeline to solve a real business problem in a project-based learning environment.

Cloud Demand 775% Up on Azure
Elastic, infinite scalability? Welcome to the new brave world of Cloud quotas amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

AWS Solutions Consulting Offers
Said offers are delivered via consulting engagements provided by AWS Competency Partners. All consulting offers provide customers up-front with a list of what will be delivered by the consulting engagement, the requirements of the customer to participate in the engagement, as well as a diagram of the architecture solution that will be deployed into your account.

Google Services Outage in the U.S.
Google Services, included Gmail, Google Drive, and Hangouts, will suffer in various parts of the United States, especially the East Cost.

AWS EKS 99.95% SLA up from 99.00%
Now EKS should not be down for more than four hours a year as opposed to over full three days!

Kubernetes 1.18 is Out
This release includes a much improved Ingress controller service which reduces the need for a full-blown Service Mesh.

HashiCorp Nomad 0.11 Beta
Nomad is a workload orchestrator that allows to deploy and manage containers and non-containerized applications at scale.

Red Hat OpenShift on NVIDIA-GPU Powered Platforms
Red Hat claims that many organisations are using Red Hat OpenShift as the foundation for building artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) data science workflows and AI-powered intelligent applications

No Cold Restarts on Azure Functions in Most Regions
The new “Premium Plan” for Azure Functions, which allows perpetually warming instances to avoid any cold start, is now available in most regions.

Azure is a Full House
UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft’s cloud.

Tanzu Application Catalogue
An actually useful solution to manage curated, vulnerability-scanned, private Docker images, especially in highly-regulated enterprises.

Voicemail for Amazon Connect
A customer can call in, enter the extension number of the agent they want to speak with, and leave a voicemail for that specific agent. The solution generates voicemail recordings and transcripts that are delivered to agents using SMS or email.

Updated DevOps Engineering on AWS Course
The updated course incorporates the “latest thinking, best practices, and concepts on DevOps”. AWS claims that it is available virtually or in person (good luck with that!)

Game Servers on GCP
A managed Agones-based game server, an open source game server hosting and scaling project built on Kubernetes, cofounded by Google Cloud and Ubisoft is now being offered (beta).

Flatcar Container Linux on Azure Marketplace
Given CoreOS Container Linux reaching EOL soon, this fork of the popular immutable Linux distribution comes handy.

AWS Saving Plans amid COVID-19
Up to 70% savings for EC2, Fargate, and Lambda.

Learn CI/CD Automation with Terraform and CircleCI
HashiCorp takes the opportunity of massive WFHing to offer a guide on both Terraform and Circle CI.

Vue.js, Not React, Will Power Wikipedia
The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) will modernise the front-end interface used by Wikipedia and other projects by adopting the Vue.js JavaScript framework.

Kubernetes 101 for vSphere Dudes
This VMWare paper provides a gentle introduction to Kubernetes but it is behind a registration-wall.

Alibaba and COVID-19
Alibaba Cloud is offering AI and cloud services to help battle Covid-19 globally. Solutions range from epidemic modelling to genome sequencing.

Append Blob Immutability on Azure Storage
A blob that has an immutability policy can support append operations via the AppendBlock API.

GitOps in GKE using Weaveworks Flux
A quick and effective recipe based on Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Build, and GitHub.

Azure Functions for Exotic Languages
Azure Functions custom handlers allow integrating non-supported languages (Hello Haskell and Erlang!) by means of a language-agnostic HTTP-based protocol.

Mount The Same Disk On Multiple Machines on Azure!
Azure Shared Disks, a shared block storage offering, is now available on a preview basis. This technology relies on SCSI Persistent Reservations (PR) to handle cluster node communication as well as write locking.

The Doctor Ordered Tanzu, not EKS
VMware announces Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus for VMware Cloud on AWS.

gRPC on Google Cloud Run
Google Cloud Run does more than just waking up to HTTP triggers.

Java 14 is Out
Key additions include switch expressions, new APIs for continuous monitoring of JDK Flight Recorder data, and extended availability of the low-latency Z Garbage Collector to macOS and Windows.

Global Memory Caching on AWS
It is now possible to write to a ElastiCache for Redis cluster in one region and have the data available for read in two other cross-region replica clusters.

Azure Functions Support for Python 3.8
This enables developing, debugging, and deploying Function Apps for production scenarios using Visual Studio Code, the Azure portal, Azure Functions Core Tools and Azure CLI.

Splunk becomes Gold Member in the CNCF
Splunk originally joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a silver member in 2017 and it has now upgraded its membership to Gold.

Bottlerocket: An AWS Linux Distro Purpose-built to Run Containers
Updates to Bottlerocket are applied in a single step rather than package-by-package like in other non-container centric Linux distributions. The idea here is to use Bottlerocket to underpin EKS worker nodes.

Materialised Views on Amazon Redshift
This allows storing pre-computed results of queries and maintain them by incrementally processing the latest changes made to the source tables.

RedHat Does “S3 on prem” With Ceph Storage 4
New improvements are around automated backups, recovery, and provisioning.

Amazon EKS Version Bump to 1.15
This upgrade highlights include support configuring TLS termination on NLB load balancers, improved support for CustomResourceDefinitions, as well as NodeLocal DNSCache graduating to beta.

New AWS Certified Database Speciality
New specialty exam validates technical skills and experience in designing, deploying, and managing AWS database services.

How does Monzo keep 1600 microservices spinning?
Kubernetes, Go, and Cassandra, all on top of AWS.

Pay No Attention to The Man Behind The Curtain Says Oracle
The man being Google whose amici (note the use of Italian to evoke mafia-like connotations) include the likes of the Python Software Foundation.

Vulnerability Scanning for Images in Azure Container Registry
When you push an image to Container Registry, Security Center automatically scans it, then checks for known vulnerabilities in packages or dependencies defined in the file. Sadly, the capability is powered by Qualys.

Cosmos DB Free Tier Now Available
The benefits are 400 RU/s and 5 GB of storage for free for the lifetime of the account. There’s a maximum of one free tier account per Azure subscription and you must opt-in when creating the account.

GCP MySQL and Disaster Recovery
This blogs explains how to set up a “resilient” MySQL architecture on GCP.

AWS Amplify Gives the CLI More Love
Amplify’s managed hosting and continuous deployment service is now available from the Amplify CLI.

Hush Hush Means Kubernetes Secrets + AWS KMS
When secrets are stored using the Kubernetes secrets API, they are encrypted with a Kubernetes-generated data encryption key, which is then further encrypted using the linked AWS KMS key.

Coronavirus Fear Hits KubeCon
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Amsterdam will be rescheduled for July or August [sic]. This means it may as well be cancelled.

Shocking GKE Price Change
GKE clusters, even if running no nodes at all, will be charged at USD0.10 per hour from June onward. This is a USD72 bill per month just for a passive master node doing nothing. Peanuts for enterprises of course, but quite a significant bill for many developers who were relying on GKE as their personal Kubernetes environment.

Alibaba Helps Students and Universities Struggling with Coronavirus
Alibaba Cloud will use its Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN) solution, which allows universities to establish fast cross-regional connections for students, so that they can engage in online course work via intranets while overseas.

New Features in Cosmos DB Jupyter notebooks
Bulk data uploads into a container, quick visualizations via nteract and ad-hoc queries with GROUP BY nad VALUE clauses.

Microservices Should Not Be The Default Choice
Microservices have become today’s equivalent of “nobody ever got fired for buying IBM”, says Sam Newman, author of Building Microservices.

New Oracle Cloud Developer Certification
If people can be certified on it, it must be a real Cloud, yes?. To be fair, Oracle has made their training resources available for free.

PowerShell 7.0 is Out
New version introduces a wealth of features and syntacitcal improvements including a new pipeline parallelisation loop type.

Kubeflow 1.0 Released
Google prompts business to run it on Anthos in either a hybrid of multi-cloud setup.

TensorFlow in 7 Hours
Learn the framework as well as the concepts of Machine Learning, AI and their core algorithms.

AWS Read Spead 400% Faster
Read galore at AWS. 35,000 read operations per second when using the general purpose (GP) EFS mode.

Kubectl Plugins (Kubernetes)
Did you know that you could create your own kubectl MY-COMMAND without even writing Go?

Amazon AppStream 2.0 goes Native
Using desktop applications on a web browser is fun…only for a few minutes. AppStream 2.0 introduces a native application mode for Windows PCs.

New AWS Solutions Architect (Associate) Exam
AWS released new exam, SAA-CO2. Lots of new videos for Ryan Kroonenburg to record all over again.

Go 1.14 is Out
The key highlight is the implementation of the overlapping interfaces proposal.

Oracle vs. Google
“Google could have licensed Oracle’s software but chose to copy it instead”: Oracle is so happy for the “support” it claims it had received in this case.

Google Acquires a Mainframe Migration Company
Google Cloud has acquired Cornerstone Technology which helps enterprises migrate “AS/400 and z/OS systems to more modern technologies like Java and SQL databases” in the words of Boa Vista, an existing customer.

GitOps in GKE
New Application Manager allows the use of GitOps workflows in GKE by means of a new GKE add-on.

Azure Bastion Now Available in 20 Regions
We all love RDP/SSH connectivity over SSL and without any public IP addresses on one’s virtual machines.

AMD-Powered GCP VMs
The family of general purpose VMs, N2D, sit atop 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors. 

Anthos and Storage: No Longer Just Silly Stateless Kubernetes
Anthos Ready Storage is a new qualification already achieved by Dell EMC, HPE, NetApp, Portworx, Pure Storage, and Robin.io. 

Stackdriver Trace
A little dashboard for every little problem: no more. Finally, Stackdriver supports tracing so that there is no need to spin up that additional Jaeger instance!

AWS Shield Now Supports Health Based Detection
It is now possible to define a health check in Amazon Route 53 and then associate it with a resource that is protected by Shield Advanced through the console or API.

Run What you Trust; Isolate What You Don’t
Google discusses Kubernetes and container security threads such as cryptojacking.

Kubernetes on Azure Stack
It is now generally available (GA) and can be installed using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates generated by ACS-Engine on Azure Stack.

Alibaba Keeps Expanding in Malaysia
The Chine’s IaaS platform will host Sabah Pay, the e-wallet system for Sabah state in Malaysia.

Golang 1.14 Release Candidate 1 is Out
Go 1.14 now permits embedding of interfaces with overlapping method sets.

Kubernetes on OpenStack
Installing a single control-plane Kubernetes cluster with kubeadm on CentOS.

Azure Key Vault via Azure Private Link
Like AWS, Azure is also striving to rendering services available with a simpler connection approach than 40-year old IP engineering and a couple of Cisco certifications.

Amazon RDS Data API via AWS PrivateLink
Accessing the Amazon RDS Data API no longer requires tinkering with Internet Gateways, Network Address Translation (NAT), nor firewalls.

Canary Deployments on Amazon ECS
It is now possible to orchestrate canary deployments on Amazon ECS via AWS CodeDeploy.

Amazon VPN Desktop Client
Amazon released a native VPN desktop client for MacOS and Windows so that is easier to connect to one’s VPC.

AWS Storage Gateway Now Runs on Linux KVM
The Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor is now a deployment option for all gateway types.

Hands-on HashiCorp on Katakoda
HashiCorp Learn now features embedded interactive experiences powered by Katacoda.

AWS, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba Get Fatter
Google takes the prize for fastest growth, swelling by 87.8 per cent in 2019, albeit from a relatively low base, to USD6.2bn. Microsoft was in second place growth-wise, up 63.98 per cent to USD18.1bn; Alibaba grew 63.8 per cent to USD5.2bn; and AWS grew 36 per cent to USD34.6bn.

Oracle Cloud Opens Shop in Five New Regions
When we all thought Oracle was dead, customers can now run clunky Oracle Forms and other shenanigans in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam).

Using SRE Principles to Track and Identify Toil
Toil is the kind of work that tends to be manual, repetitive, automatable, tactical, devoid of enduring value, and that scales linearly as a service grows.

Windows Containers on GKE
GKE now supports both Windows and Linux containers under one single roof (control plane).

Architecting Serverless Solutions
Amazon launches new, free course on how to architect solutions using AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway.

Kubernetes Course on EdX is a Blast
More than 100,000 people have enrolled on the Kubernetes course at EdX.org which starts on January 31st.

Migrating Kafka to GCP is a Hassle
Therefore Google suggests to rewrite the code using GCP’s Pub/Sub instead.

Google App Maker Bites the Dust
Another low-code, no-code, turn-off-your-brain experiment that did not fly.

Anthos: 4.8x ROI in Three Years
Finger in the air on top of the Walkie-Talkie: Forrester projects that customers adopting Anthos can achieve a range of up to 4.8x Return on Investment (ROI) within three years.

GCP introduces Secret Manager
Because installing Vault on a VM is a not a very good idea.

Amazon Cuts EKS Bill in Half!
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) is now reduced fifty percent down to 10 cents per hour for each Kubernetes cluster that you run just in case you were looking at GKE with rose tinted-glasses.

Building Containerised Applications on AWS
AWS has published a new edX course to help.

Alibaba Cloud Obtains Trusted Partner Network (TPN) Certification
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is happy that Alibaba can do DRM and other tricks (encryption, etc) to protect content from the MP4/BitTtorrent crowd.

Space Invaders Meets Kubernetes Chaos Engineering
Headless chaos engineering is boring. What about if Pods were alien spaceships and you could shoot them down? Well now you can.

A Serverless Journey Begins with Many Steps, Actually
When one thought that serverless was actually about not having to plan in advance and getting on with bringing value to customers.

Getting Started With Istio
Understanding what a service mesh is and how it can be used effectively in a microservices architecture.

New Anthos Training and Certification
This new course called “Architecting Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Anthos” covers all of the Anthos goodies: GCP, GKE, Istio, etc.

CIS Kubernetes Benchmark 1.5.0
A prescriptive guidance for establishing “a secure configuration posture” for Kubernetes 1.15

Kubernetes now runs on MIPS processors
What? Kubernetes running on a PlayStation One or a Nintendo 64? Not quite, this is about current MIPS processors used in embedded devices such as home routers.

Desktop Browser Testing on AWS Device Farm
Device Farm is no longer a one trick pony. Now Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer can be tested via Selenium but what about Safari? That’s the one difficult to crack because it requires Apple hardware to run.

Google Got Tired of Pleasing Geeks and Acquired AppSheet
AppSheet is a “Low Code” application that allows dummies (i.e. business users) building apps quickly using an UI.

Amazon to Ask Court to Block Microsoft
Jeff Bezos argues that Trump doesn’t like him and that the award of a 10 billion government military contract to Microsoft was unfair.

Google to Pitch to Retailers
Another “Amazon is not your friend” move by Google but in terms of specific, technical assistance such as data-driven strategies for personalized customer services.

IBM Power Systems on GCP
Who said the cloud was only about commodity x86 PC-based workloads? IBM AIX and IBM i running on a GCP? Yes. What is next? HP UNIX on PA-RISC?

Taking the Plunge
Forbes recommends a few steps that should be taken prior to initiating migration to the cloud to save some security headaches down the road.

IBM: Be Wary of the Cloud
IBM Systems CTO Thomas Harrer points at security and data gravity concerns so that we can give some love back to Big Iron again.

4 Habits of Effective DevOps Engineers
We live in a world where developers and operations constantly over-engineer, and technologies and cloud providers allow us to easily overspend.

Amazon SQS Monitoring Down to 1 Minute
Amazon CloudWatch metrics can be set up a a 1-minute interval at no additional cost in all commercial regions.

Google Thaws Amazon Glacier
New GCP’s storage class “Archive” allows cheap low term data storage but without Amazon’s lengthy retrieval times.

Malaysian E-commerce Giant Bets on Alibaba Cloud
PrestoMall choses PolarDB, an Alibaba’s managed database that is wire compatible with MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle.

Amazon Translate Enables Batch Support
Translate large collection documents in S3 using the new asynchronous batch translation service.

Kubernetes AirBnB Performance Issues
From developer to developer.

Kubernetes Best Practices
Because common sense isn’t common.

Kubernetes 2020 Trends
The usual crystal ball exercise.

Christmas Freeze as Code
Now possible through AWS System Manager.

Amazon SES with own IP Address
A way to prevent emails ending up in customers’ spam folder.

GKE versus EKS versus AKS
Not all Kubernetes flavours are born equal.

Code-wise, Cloud-foolish
To be “penny-wise and pound-foolish” is to obsess over small savings while making expensive mistakes – for example, spending huge amounts of money on a credit card just to redeem a few rewards points.