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In Cloud Computing This Week [Feb 12th 2021]

Written by Team Hava | February 12, 2021

This week's roundup of all the cloud news.



Here's a round up of all things AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform for the week ending Friday 12th February 2021.

Introducing Amazon VPC Endpoints for AWS CloudHSM

Form this week, you can now access AWS CloudHSM service APIs from your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints. Amazon VPC endpoints are easy to configure and provide reliable connectivity to AWS CloudHSM service APIs without requiring an internet gateway or a Network Address Translation (NAT) instance.

AWS Glue DataBrew supports transformations for seven additional datatypes

AWS Glue DataBrew now supports seven additional numeric data types including Byte, Short, Integer, Long, Float, Double, and Decimal. AWS Customers can now cast columns in these in addition to Timestamp and Date data types.

Amazon EC2 M5zn instances, with high frequency processors and 100 Gbps networking are now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore and Sydney)

Starting this week, general purpose Amazon EC2 M5zn instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore and Sydney) regions. These new instances are a high frequency, high speed and low-latency networking variant of Amazon EC2 M5 instances, powered by custom 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Cascade Lake). M5zn instances deliver the highest all-core turbo CPU performance from Intel Xeon Scalable processors in the cloud, with a frequency up to 4.5 GHz.

AWS Identity and Access Management now supports tags on additional resources

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM ) now allows administrators to use tags to manage and secure access to Customer Managed Policies , Instance Profiles , OpenID Connect Providers , SAML Providers , Server Certificates , and Virtual MFAs .  

Amazon Aurora Global Database supports managed planned failover

An Amazon Aurora Global Database is a single database that can span up to 6 AWS Regions, enabling disaster recovery from region-wide outages and low latency global reads. With today’s launch, you can seamlessly change your global cluster’s primary AWS Region, the region that serves writes, while preserving the replication between all regions in the global cluster. With this managed planned failover capability, you can repeatedly change which AWS Region hosts the primary cluster while preserving the physical topology of your global database and avoiding unnecessary application changes. Aurora Global Database managed planned fail over simplifies the planned fail over process in scenarios like rotating the primary region for regulatory compliance or disaster recovery exercises.

Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring is now supported on select non-Nitro instance types

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Traffic Mirroring is now supported on additional select non-Nitro instance types. Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring allows you to replicate the network traffic from EC2 instances within your VPC to security and monitoring appliances for use cases such as content inspection, threat monitoring, and troubleshooting.

Amazon Timestream now offers cross table queries, query execution statistics, and more

Amazon Timestream has added new capabilities to its SQL query language to enable customers to gain deeper insights from their time series data by running cross table queries and queries with advanced time series functions. Starting today, AWS customers can also gain more transparency into the query execution statistics, to better understand the cost and duration of a running query. Lastly, the implementation of Amazon Timestream’s JDBC Driver is now available under the Apache 2.0 License on GitHub , so customers can contribute new features and enhancements to the JDBC driver.


AWS Cloud9 launches visual source control integration for Git

AWS Cloud9 now includes visual source control integration for Git (Git panel) built in to Cloud9. Prior to this release Git could only be used on the command line of the integrated Cloud9 terminal. Today’s release gives you the option to use a visual tool, built in to the IDE, to clone, push, pull, add, and commit files to your Git repositories on Cloud9 environments.


AWS Data Exchange enables subscribers to export full revisions

AWS Data Exchange now allows subscribers to export full data set revisions to Amazon S3 in a single export job. Starting this week, subscribers who want to export all assets within a data set revision can do so using the AWS Data Exchange console or programmatically using the AWS Data Exchange API . This functionality eliminates the need to set-up and maintain code when configuring the export of revisions with many assets. For customers who have subscribed to 3rd party data sets containing hundreds or thousands of assets in individual revisions, this feature materially simplifies the receipt and ingestion of data.

Application Load Balancer now supports Application Cookie Stickiness

Application Load Balancer (ALB) now supports Application-based cookie stickiness. This new feature helps customers ensure that clients connect to the same load balancer target for the duration of their session using application cookies. This enables customers to achieve a consistent client-server experience with greater controls such as the flexibility to set custom cookie names and criteria for client-target stickiness within a target group.


You now can use PartiQL with DynamoDB local to query, insert, update, and delete table data in Amazon DynamoDB

DynamoDB local  now supports PartiQL  (a SQL-compatible query language) so that you can query, insert, update, and delete DynamoDB table data. PartiQL is supported for all DynamoDB data-plane operations, and it helps improve the productivity of developers as they use this familiar, structured query language to perform operations. Developers can use PartiQL to develop applications, and test them offline before deploying them to production.


Google Cloud Releases and Updates

AI Platform Training

Runtime version 2.4 is now available. You can use runtime version 2.4 to train with TensorFlow 2.4.1, scikit-learn 0.24.0, or XGBoost 1.3.1. Runtime version 2.4 supports training with CPUs, GPUs, or TPUs.

New resource types now available.

The following resource types are now publicly available through the asset inventory APIs (ExportAssets and BatchGetAssetsHistory) and the Feed API.

  • Compute Engine
    • compute.googleapis.com/Commitment
    • compute.googleapis.com/ReservationCloud Asset Inventory
      Cloud Build

 Cloud Build

 Users can now create triggers that execute builds in response to webhook events, including events from external source code management services. To learn more, see Creating webhook triggers and Building repositories hosted on Bitbucket Server.

Cloud SQL for MySQL

The Cloud SQL Admin API v1beta4 is now generally available. The URL for the Admin API will continue to refer to v1beta4 for backward compatibility. To start using the Cloud SQL Admin API now, see Using the Cloud SQL Admin API.

Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL

The Cloud SQL Admin API v1beta4 is now generally available. The URL for the Admin API will continue to refer to v1beta4 for backward compatibility. To start using the Cloud SQL Admin API now, see Using the Cloud SQL Admin API.

Cloud SQL for SQL Server

The Cloud SQL Admin API v1beta4 is now generally available. The URL for the Admin API will continue to refer to v1beta4 for backward compatibility. To start using the Cloud SQL Admin API now, see Using the Cloud SQL Admin API.

Config Connector

Config Connector version 1.38.1 is now available


New sub-minor versions of Dataproc images: 2.0.2-debian10, and 2.0.2-ubuntu18.

Image 2.0:

  • Upgraded Spark built-in Hive to version 2.3.8.
  • Upgraded Druid to version 0.20.1

Firestore now offers beta support for C++ through the Firebase C++ SDK.

Identity and Access Management

You can now attach tags to resources, then use the tags to manage access to your resources. This feature is available in Preview.

Migrate for Compute Engine

Added support for the balanced disk type to the GcpDiskType runbook field when migrating in batches with waves. See Runbook reference for more.

Resource Manager

Tags have released into public preview. Tags provide a way to conditionally allow or deny policies based on whether a resource has a specific tag. You can use tags and conditional enforcement of policies for fine-grained control across your resource hierarchy. For more information, see the Tags overview.

AI Platform Deep Learning Containers

M63 release

AI Platform Deep Learning VM Image

M63 release

  • Nvidia driver is upgraded to 450.80.02.
  • TFX version is upgraded to 0.26.1.
  • Regular package refreshment and bug fixes.
Cloud Spanner

The Cloud Spanner Console now displays database storage utilization and warns you if you are approaching the recommended limit. For more information, see storage utilization metrics.


Microsoft Azure Releases And Updates

Azure Backup for SAP HANA: Soft limit increased from 2 TB to 8 TB

Now you can protect larger SAP HANA DBs (such as Mv2 – 12 TB RAM machines) with the enhanced data transfer capabilities from Azure Backup.

Versions no longer required for Key Vault references in App Service and Azure Functions

Version pinning is no longer required for Key Vault references in App Service and Azure Functions.

General availability: Ingest up to 10 files and blobs with the new Azure Data Explorer intuitive UX

Azure Data Explorer ingestion wizard allows you to automatically create a table and ingest data from up to 10 files or blobs.

General availability: Soft delete for Azure file shares is now on by default for new storage accounts

Soft delete, which protects Azure file shares from accidental deletion, is now on by default for new storage accounts created after January 31st


UPComing Events:   


New digital curriculum: Managing Amazon S3


AWS were excited to announce a free new digital curriculum: Managing Amazon Simple Storage Service. This advanced 150-minute curriculum covers techniques to simplify the management of Amazon S3 storage. Designed for cloud architects, storage architects, developers, and operations engineers, it includes interactive lessons, video demonstrations, a self-paced lab, and quizzes. The self-paced lab costs up to 15 USD per lab (this cost is not included with free digital training on aws.training).


Azure Virtual Events

Microsoft have a full schedule of Virtual Events

A  full list including session times and details are here : https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/community/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: https://aws.amazon.com/events/

Thanks for reading again this week, we hope you found something useful. 

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