New GCP Region in Seoul

Our new GCP region in Seoul is officially open for business.

Source: New GCP Region in Seoul | Google Cloud Blog

Amazon CloudFront Edge Locations

Amazon CloudFront launches new Edge Locations
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Amazon CloudFront Edge Locations: AWS’ Amazon CloudFront launches 5 new CloudFront Edge Locations. These are located in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kenya, and Romania.

AWS CloudFront is a Content Delivery Network and helps webpages to distribute their content globally. To achieve this, CDN’s leverage managed reverse proxy servers. The goal is to bring content closer to the consumer. And through keeping bulky media distributed, it prevents congesting internet connections.

These added deployments will help AWS customers and their consumers experience significantly improved page load times. AWS has constantly expanded CloudFront’s Network footprint since its launch in 2008. With this recent update, CloudFront now has 216 points of presence in 84 cities across 42 countries. 

Source: aws blog.

A new decade

31. December 2019 marks the end of a decade. Time to reflect upon the past years but also to look forward and think about exciting developments.

31. December 2019

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A lot happened. Many things changed. Ten years ago, I was not married, I did not have kids. I grew up to become a responsible father and husband. And I took on areas of responsibilities I never thought of, both privately and professionally.

Today, 31. December 2019, marks the end of a decade, before a new decade begins. It doesn’t feel like it, even when the past years will be remembered as the 10s. And we’re entering the twenties now.

At the beginning of the decade, I only earned my MBA. Back then, I worked for one of the most amazing companies I could imagine up till today. At that company, I was given an assignment, not only abroad but on a different continent. After having traveled Europe and the entire Middle East in the years before, I had an opportunity to visit all countries South East Asia from Singapore in this decade.

During that time, cloud computing did merely exist, it was a newly coined term. And people were excited by what Apple shaped in form of the iPhone. Social Media was still new and innocent, people were excited by the opportunity to exchange with friends, family but also to meet total strangers on the Internet.

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Since then, I did not only have the opportunity to take on responsibility for one of the most popular smart lighting products, also did I have the opportunity to transition to a role I wanted to grow into.

In this role today I work for one of the largest European software vendor, proudly contributing to a product in the hottest Enterprise Software space.

A new decade

I had the opportunity to see it all grow and develop, into technology that shapes both society and business. And I had an opportunity to exchange ideas in that space with the brightest minds in the industry. And to build a network of friends and colleagues that are among the best and most motivated.

We’ll see more development in technology and society. Social media has seen it’s peak. Consumers are sceptical of being tracked. Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are exciting technologies. Society will benefit from these, but it will require policy and products that use them right. Awareness for the correct use of technology will increase and sustainability will become more important.

31. December 2019 does mark the end of a decade. It does not mark the end of anything else. It’s a random day that marks a rather arbitrary ten years timeframe. I’m thankful for the past decade and excited for the next.

Kubernetes 1.17 released today – Open Source

Today Kubernetes released it’s version 1.17. The software is one of the most popular open source projects ever. It allows managing containerised applications and micro-services.

Kubernetes 1.17 released today
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Today Kubernetes released it’s version 1.17. The software is one of the most popular open source projects ever. It allows managing containerised applications and micro-services. The release arrives at the end of a regular development cycle.

After the project was announced in 2014 by two Google employees, it hit a first 1.0 milestone on July 2015. The project gained massive popularity in the cloud world because it enables scalable infrastructures and service. With the Kubernetes 1.0 release, Google partnered with the Linux Foundation to form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a new home for the technology.

Since Kubernetes became publicly available, it gained popularity quickly and today is commonly used as the main way to host microservice-based implementations, mostly because Kubernetes and its associated ecosystem provide a rich choice of tools with all the capabilities that are needed to address key concerns of any modern software architectures.

With Kubernetes 1.17 released today, the package comes with more details on the release in the Release Schedule or in particular on the Changelog.

Amazon Acquires INLT

INTL offers solutions for importing. Numbers of the deal were not disclosed.

Kubernetes 1.16 released

Kubernetes, the container orchestration and hardware abstraction framework, reached Version 1.16. Custom Resources, Overhauled Metrics, and Volume Extensions are the mentionable new features in the new release.

We’re pleased to announce the delivery of Kubernetes 1.16, our third release of 2019! Kubernetes 1.16 consists of 31 enhancements: 8 enhancements moving to stable, 8 enhancements in beta, and 15 enhancements in alpha.Major Themes Custom resources CRDs are in widespread use as a Kubernetes extensibility mechanism and have been available in beta since the 1.7 release. The 1.16 release marks the graduation of CRDs to general availability (GA).

Source: Kubernetes 1.16: Custom Resources, Overhauled Metrics, and Volume Extensions – Kubernetes

GCP can run untrusted workloads

Google’s Kubernetes Engine (GKE) now supports node pools that are wrapped in gVisor to allow running untrusted workloads. The idea behind gVisors is to emulate all system calls in user space and provide a sandbox to processes that cannot be trusted. GKE allows to enable this with a configuration option now.

GKE on GCP

New GKE Sandbox brings added security to your containers running in Google Kubernetes Engine clusters.

Source: GKE Sandbox: Bring defense in depth to your pods | Google Cloud Blog

VMware acquires Bitnami

Bitnami is a name that many may know from packaged applications available on the major cloud marketplaces. The company packages up applications for easier consumption and adoption, and the concept became quite popular. Today, VMWare announced the acquisition of Bitnami for an undisclosed amount of money.

VMware announced today that it’s acquiring Bitnami, the package application company that was a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2013 class. The companies didn’t share the purchase price. With Bitnami, the company can now deliver more than 130 popular software packages in a variety of formats, such as Docker containers or virtual machine, an […]

Source: VMware acquires Bitnami to deliver packaged applications anywhere | TechCrunch

SAP and Microsoft bring IoT data together

The previously announced cooperation shows first results. Particularly in form of Microsofts announcement of having integrated SAP Leonardo into their Azure IoT Hub.

Microsoft and SAP Announce to bring IoT and Business Data together

Source: SAP and Microsoft bring IoT data to the core of the business applications | Blog | Microsoft Azure