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In Cloud Computing This Week [Apr 16th 2021]

Written by Team Hava | April 16, 2021

This week's roundup of all the cloud news.


Here's a round up of all things GCP, Azure and AWS for the week ending Friday 16th April 2021. 

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AWS Updates and Releases

Source: aws.amazon.com

AWS Transit Gateway Connect is now available in additional AWS Regions

Starting this week, AWS Transit Gateway Connect is now available in the Europe (Milan), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Africa (Cape Town), and Middle East (Bahrain) Regions.

New free ML training for business and technical leaders

AWS are excited to announce the launch of Machine Learning Essentials for Business and Technical Decision Makers, a series of three free digital courses. These on-demand courses are designed to help business and technical decision makers without Machine Learning (ML) experience understand ML basics and develop the skills to plan an ML strategy for their organization.

AWS Security Hub Automated Response & Remediation Solution adds support for AWS Foundational Security Best Practices standard


AWS Security Hub Automated Response & Remediation solution supports 11 new AWS Foundational Security Best Practices controls


Amazon Macie now publishes job status and health logs to CloudWatch, providing you with continuous visibility into operations of your sensitive data discovery jobs to quickly identify, investigate, and address errors.

Now reference latest AWS Systems Manager parameter values in AWS CloudFormation templates without specifying parameter versions


AWS CloudFormation enhances the existing dynamic referencing of AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store  parameters in CloudFormation templates. You can now reference the latest Systems Manager parameter values in CloudFormation templates without specifying parameter versions. If you choose not to specify the parameter versions in the template, CloudFormation will automatically fetch the latest parameter values from Parameter Store. 

Amazon EventBridge introduces support for cross-Region event bus targets

Amazon EventBridge now supports cross-Region event bus as a target, allowing customers to aggregate events in a central Region. Customers can now have all their event information in one place. This makes it easier for developers to find those events and write code that reacts to them, manage permissions for access to sensitive events, and generate insights that stem from events generated across the entire organization. Customers can also reduce operational burden by removing the need to manage duplicate infrastructure in multiple Regions.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports integration with Microsoft Power BI

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports integrating with Microsoft Power BI , a business analytics service that delivers insights to enable fast, informed decisions. Powered by the Open Distro for Elasticsearch ODBC Driver  you can now integrate your Microsoft Power BI environment with you Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains using the Open Distro for Elasticsearch SQL Engine.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports pg_bigm extension for faster full text search

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL adds support for the pg_bigm  extension for faster full text search of languages that require multi-byte character sets such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.


AWS Data Exchange now gives customers an easy way to set up export jobs upon subscribing to products. Instead of navigating to separate screens, subscribers can use the AWS Data Exchange console to configure export jobs that will begin automatically after their subscription is completed. This functionality reduces friction and time to value for customers. For subscribers just getting started on AWS Data Exchange, setting up data exports to Amazon S3 is a critical first step towards downstream analysis in a variety of AWS services.

AWS Network Firewall is now available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and EU (London)

Starting today, AWS Network Firewall is now available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and EU (London) regions

Amazon Connect launches audio device settings for the custom Contact Control Panel (CCP)

Amazon Connect now allows agents to select which speaker, microphone, and ringer device to use in the Contact Control Panel (CCP). For example, agents can change the ringer device from their headset to their speaker if they need to step away from their desk. Then, when a call comes in, the agent will hear the ring from speakers even if they are away from their computer.

AWS Storage Gateway achieves FedRAMP Moderate compliance

AWS Storage Gateway has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate authorization, approved by the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB), for the AWS US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon) Regions. You can use AWS Storage Gateway to store and manage your critical data in AWS with up to the Moderate impact level.

AWS announces general availability of AQUA for Amazon Redshift

AQUA (Advanced Query Accelerator) for Amazon Redshift is generally available now. AQUA provides a new distributed and hardware accelerated cache that brings compute to the storage layer for Amazon Redshift and delivers up to 10x faster query performance than other enterprise cloud data warehouses.

AWS CloudShell is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Europe (Frankfurt) regions

AWS CloudShell is now generally available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Europe (Frankfurt) regions.


Starting today, AWS CodeArtifact is now available in the Europe (Paris), Europe (London), and Europe (Milan) Regions


AWS CodeCommit is now available in the Asia Pacific (Osaka) region. AWS CodeCommit is a secure, highly scalable, managed source control service that hosts private Git repositories. CodeCommit eliminates the need for you to manage your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use CodeCommit to store anything from code to binaries. It supports the standard functionality of Git, so it works seamlessly with your existing Git-based tools.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Integrates with AWS Lambda

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL can now make calls to AWS Lambda functions. AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers, and without worrying about scalability.

AWS CloudFormation Modules now Provides YAML and Delimiter Support

AWS CloudFormation Modules  encapsulate one or more AWS resources and their respective properties for reuse across your organization. Modules make it simple to use the specific resources you need, while keeping resource configurations aligned with organizational best practices. You can now create YAML-formatted Modules in your CloudFormation templates. YAML-formatted Modules follow the same anatomy as existing JSON-formatted Modules. We have also added delimiter support for Modules

AWS Batch increases job scheduling and EC2 instance scaling performance

AWS Batch has increased a variety of performance characteristics, including job scheduling speed for EC2 Compute Environments, EC2 instance scaling reactivity, and most AWS Batch APIs.

AWS Identity and Access Management now makes it easier to relate a user's IAM role activity to their corporate identity

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now provides the ability to easily identify the user responsible for an AWS action performed while assuming an IAM role. By setting the new source identity attribute , which gets logged in AWS CloudTrail for most actions, you can easily find out who is responsible for actions performed using IAM roles.  

Amazon Redshift now supports data sharing when producer clusters are paused

Amazon Redshift data sharing allows you to share live data across Redshift clusters for read purposes without the complexity and delays associated with data copies and data movement. Redshift already allows you to pause and resume your data sharing consumer clusters on-demand or based on schedule according to your workload demands. With this new capability, producer clusters can also be paused while still allowing data sharing with consumer clusters.  

Amazon RDS for MySQL M6g and R6g instances now available in N. California, Canada, São Paulo, and London regions

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL now supports AWS Graviton2-based (https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/graviton/) database instances in the additional regions of US West (N. California), Canada (Central), South America (São Paulo), and Europe (London). Graviton2 instances provide up to 35% performance improvement and up to 52% price/performance improvement over comparable current generation x86-based instances for RDS open source databases depending on database engine, version, and workload.

Amazon Kinesis Data Streams for Amazon DynamoDB now supports AWS CloudFormation

Amazon Kinesis Data Streams for Amazon DynamoDB  now supports AWS CloudFormation, which means you can enable streaming to an Amazon Kinesis data stream on your DynamoDB tables with CloudFormation templates. By streaming your DynamoDB data changes to a Kinesis data stream, you can build advanced streaming applications with Amazon Kinesis services. For example, Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics reduces the complexity of building, managing, and integrating with Apache Flink, and provides built-in functions to filter, aggregate, and transform streaming data for advanced analytics. You also can use Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose to take advantage of managed streaming delivery of DynamoDB table data to other AWS services such as Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon S3. 

Amazon FSx and AWS Backup announce support for copying file system backups across AWS Regions and AWS accounts

Amazon FSx and AWS Backup now enable you to copy your Amazon FSx file system backups (both Amazon FSx for Windows File Server and Amazon FSx for Lustre) across AWS Regions, AWS accounts, or both. With cross-region backups, you can store a copy of your backup data in AWS Regions other than where your primary backups are stored, helping you meet business continuity, disaster recovery, and compliance requirements. In addition, cross-account backups enable you to copy backups into a secondary backup account to provide an additional layer of protection, should the main backup account experience disruption from accidental or malicious deletion, disaster, or ransomware. Customers may use their AWS Organizations management account to designate certain accounts as secondary backup accounts, allowing them to copy backups only to trusted accounts in the organization.

Google Cloud Releases and Updates

Source: cloud.google.com

Access Approval

Anthos clusters on VMware

Anthos Config Management


Anthos GKE on AWS

Anthos Service Mesh

App Engine ( Go / Java / Node.js / PHP / Python / Ruby )

Serverless VPC Access support for Shared VPC is now generally available.

Big Query

The BigQuery Admin Resource Charts Preview is now available for Reservation users, enabling administrators to more easily monitor and troubleshoot their BigQuery environment. It provides visibility into key metrics such as slot consumption, job concurrency, and job execution time across the entire organization.

Cloud Bigtable

Cloud Build

Cloud CDN

Cloud Composer

Cloud Database Migration Service

Cloud DNS

Cloud Interconnect

Cloud Load Balancing

Cloud Logging

Shared queries are now generally available (GA). To learn more, see Shared queries.

Cloud Run

Cloud Run is now available in europe-central2 (Warsaw)

Cloud Scheduler

Cloud Spanner

Transaction statistics now includes information about commit retries to help users debug performance issues caused by transaction aborts.


Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL

Cloud SQL for SQL Server

Compute Engine
You can now see additional metrics for your managed instance groups from the Instance Groups Monitoring tab. Metrics include: group size, CPU utilization, disk I/O, and more. Use the time range picker to select the time window for the charts and view the corresponding logs from the integrated logs viewer panel. Follow the links on each chart to create alerts or to analyze the details in the Cloud Operations Metrics Explorer.

Generally available: VM Manager integration with VPC Service Control.

Generally available: You can now configure schedule-based autoscaling for your managed instance groups. Schedule-based autoscaling lets you improve the availability of your application by scheduling capacity ahead of anticipated load.

Config Connector




Preview launch of the Voximplant integration for Dialogflow CX.

Preview launch of the Facebook Messenger integration for Dialogflow CX.

Preview launch of the LINE integration for Dialogflow CX.

Google Cloud Armor

Subscribers of Managed Protection Plus are now eligible to receive reactive or proactive DDoS response support from Google's DDoS mitigation experts to help triage and mitigate ongoing attacks, as well as DDoS bill protection to provide credits for some bill spikes caused by increased GCP usage as a result being target by a DDoS attack.

For more information, see the public docs.

Managed Protection Plus subscribers are also eligible to receive reactive or proactive DDoS response support from Google's DDoS mitigation experts to help triage and mitigate ongoing attacks, as well as DDoS bill protection to provide credits for some bill spikes caused by increased GCP usage as a result being target by a DDoS attack.

For more information, see the public docs.

Subscribers of Managed Protection Plus are also eligible to receive reactive or proactive DDoS response support from Google's DDoS mitigation experts to help triage and mitigate ongoing attacks, as well as DDoS bill protection to provide credits for some bill spikes caused by increased GCP usage as a result being target by a DDoS attack.


Google Kubernetes Engine

(2021-R12) Version updates

GKE cluster versions have been updated.

1.19 GA

GKE version 1.19 is now generally available (GA).

Before upgrading to 1.19, read the Kubernetes 1.19 Release Notes especially the Urgent upgrade notes.

See below for notable changes and features in version 1.19.

The basic authentication method is no longer available starting with Kubernetes version 1.19. GKE clusters also no longer support basic authentication as they gradually upgrade to Kubernetes version 1.19. Basic authentication has been disabled by default for new GKE clusters since GKE version 1.12 and its usage has been discouraged in the Hardening your cluster's security guide. Migrate away from basic authentication before your cluster control planes are upgraded to Kubernetes version 1.19 to ensure your API clients can continue accessing the API server. To learn more about recommended authentication methods in GKE, see Authenticating to the Kubernetes API Server.

Admission webhooks and custom resource conversion webhooks must use serving certificates that contain the server name in a subjectAltName extension. Server names in the certificate CommonName will not be honored in future versions.

kube-proxy now uses EndpointSlices by default.

With the release of GKE node version 1.19, the Container-Optimized OS with Docker (cos) variant is deprecated. Please migrate to the Container-Optimized OS with Containerd (cos_containerd) variant, which is now the default GKE node image. For instructions, see Containerd images

New versions available for upgrades and new clusters

The following Kubernetes versions are now available for new clusters and for opt-in control plane upgrades and node upgrades for existing clusters. For more information on the Kubernetes versioning scheme, see Versioning.

Identity and Access Management

Resource Manager

Secret Manager

Security Command Center

Virtual Private Cloud

Access to Google APIs and services using Private Service Connect is now available in General Availability.


Microsoft Azure Releases And Updates

Source: azure.microsoft.com

General availability: Azure Sphere version 21.04 expected on April 29, 2021

Participate in the retail evaluation now to ensure full compatibility. The OS evaluation period provides 14 days for backward compatibility testing.

User data through Azure Instance Metadata Service now generally available

Leverage user data to customize your VM instance provision and configuration.

General availability: Event source start options in Azure Time Series Insights Gen2

The new event source start options feature in Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 gives you flexibility when configuring an event source.

Azure Automation support for System Assigned Managed Identities is now in public preview

Use managed identities now to authenticate runbooks to any Azure service that supports Azure AD authentication.


Apache Spark 3.0 public preview in HDInsight 4.0 is a major update to Apache Spark and brings significant improvements including better performance and better support for ANSI SQL.

Public preview - Support for multiple currencies on Retail Rates API for all Azure products/services

An unauthenticated experience to get retail prices in different currencies for all Azure products/services (including Reserved Instances).

Cognitive Services - New Computer Vision API v3.2 now generally available

Updated Computer Vision API now generally available to improve image tagging, content moderation, OCR language expansion, and more.

General availability: Log analytics workspace name uniqueness is now per resource group

You can now use the same workspace name in deployments across all your environment without a conflict. This is useful in template deployments when the same name can be used for every deployment for consistency.

General availability: New Azure Policy built-in definitions for data encryption in Azure Monitor

With Azure Monitor built-in policy definitions for data encryption, you can enforce organizational standards and assess compliance of data encryption settings in your environment.

Public preview: Functions upgrade in Azure Monitor log analytics

We have upgraded the functions experience in log analytics, providing new UI and capabilities to allow you to do more with functions.

Public preview: Cognitive Services- Anomaly Detector now supports multivariate anomaly detection​


Enable organizations to identify anomalies across multiple variables with multivariate Anomaly Detector.

Reduce dataflow execution time with cluster reuse public preview in Azure Data Factory


Azure Data Factory (ADF) has released a “quick re-use” option as public preview to the Azure Integration Runtime TTL to reduce data flow execution to from 2 mins to under 20 seconds

Public preview of Microsoft Build of OpenJDK

The Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is a new Long-Term Support distribution of OpenJDK for your Java workloads, in the cloud and everywhere else.

Azure IoT Edge nesting capabilities are now generally available

Our commitment is to simplify IoT for mainstream adoption. As such, we are announcing general availability of nesting capabilities for Azure IoT Edge for industrials to connect their equipment to the cloud through multiple network layers as recommended by the ANSI/ISA-95 standard.

Azure SQL—general availability updates for April 14, 2021 

General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in April 2021.


Now you can create read replicas of your Hyperscale (Citus) server group for enhanced read scalability.


You now have the ability to run Hyperscale (Citus) on a single node with Hyperscale (Citus) Basic, an easy way to be scale-out ready.

Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) maintenance schedules in public preview

Now Hyperscale (Citus) supports custom schedules for maintenance – specify your preferred day of the week and 30-minute time window.

MSIX app attach in Azure portal now generally available

MSIX app attach capability is now generally available in the Azure portal and is integrated with Azure Resource Manager.

Public preview: Azure Machine Learning VS Code Integration


Enable the full power of VS Code connected to your Azure Machine Learning Compute with multiple new editing tasks.


Azure API Management support for Availability Zones now generally available

Improve the resiliency of your API Management services with Availability Zones.


Azure IoT Edge 1.2.0 enables Azure Device Update for IoT Hub and IoT Edge devices in a nested configuration.

General availability: Azure Blob storage supports objects up to 200 TB in size

When moving from on premises, you no longer need to split your large files into separate parts to store and process in the cloud. Supporting a single object size up to 200TB removes one complexity when using Azure Storage.

Log Analytics Windows Agent for Winter 2021 now generally available

Update to the newest Windows Agent. Now available with support fixes and a new troubleshooting tool.


UPComing Training & Events: 



New digital course: Getting Started with Data Analytics on AWS

AWS Training and Certification has launched Getting Started with Data Analytics on AWS, a new self-paced digital course available on Coursera and edX. In this one-week course, you’ll learn how to go from raw data to meaningful insights using AWS services such as AWS CloudTrail, Amazon Athena, and Amazon QuickSight. This course is intended for business analysts, business intelligence analysts, data scientists, and SysOps administrators who are new to AWS data and analytics services.

Updated classroom course: AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials

AWS Training and Certification was excited to announce the launch our updated one-day classroom course, AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials. Learn from an accredited AWS expert instructor with deep technical knowledge to explore the AWS Cloud via a mix of presentations, peer discussion, and interactive activities. Whether you’re in a technical or non-technical role, this course helps develop the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud.


Updated classroom course: Advanced Architecting on AWS

AWS announced the launch of the updated Advanced Architecting on AWS course this week. This instructor-led training course is designed for cloud architects who want to extend their baseline knowledge of AWS services. An expert AWS instructor will help you learn advanced architecting topics such as hybrid connectivity and hybrid AWS devices, networking with a focus on AWS Transit Gateway connectivity, AWS Container services, automation tools for CI/CD, security options, and much more.

New digital course: AWS Cloud Technical Essentials


AWS Training and Certification launched a new course entitled AWS Cloud Technical Essentials. Available for free on Coursera and edX, this course uses video lectures and demonstrations to teach the technical fundamentals of AWS. Upon course completion, learners will be able to make an informed decision about when and how to apply core AWS services for compute, storage, and database to different use cases.

New digital course: Amazon S3 Cost Optimization

AWS are excited to announce a free digital course: Amazon Simple Storage Service Cost Optimization. This advanced 60-minute course explores techniques and tools you can use to optimize your Amazon S3 costs. Designed for cloud architects, storage architects, developers, and operations engineers, it includes interactive lessons and video demonstrations. 

Four new AWS digital training offerings for AWS End User Computing


AWS introduced four new digital training offerings that help you learn how to plan, deploy, secure, and manage cloud-based desktops and applications. The offerings are designed for desktop or virtual desktop infrastructure managers, IT administrators, and technical professionals interested in cloud-based virtualization. These free self-paced courses and curriculums include presentations, interactive e-learning modules, videos, demonstrations, and quizzes.


Azure Virtual Events

Microsoft have a full schedule of Virtual Events

A  full list including session times and details are here : Azure Events

AWS Events:

AWS events are pretty fluid at the moment, with most in-person events being cancelled or postponed. There are a number that have been taken online and full details can be found here: AWS Events

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