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In Cloud Computing This Week [Jun 11th 2021]

June 11, 2021

This week's roundup of all the cloud news.

 

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Here's a round up of all things GCP, Azure and AWS for the week ending Friday 11th June 2021. 

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AWS Updates and Releases

Source: aws.amazon.com
 

Amazon SageMaker Pipelines now supports callback capability

Amazon SageMaker Pipelines, the first purpose-built continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) service for machine learning (ML), now supports a new callback step that allows customers to integrate any task or job outside Amazon SageMaker as a step in the model building pipeline. When a callback step is invoked, the current execution of a SageMaker model building pipeline will pause and wait for an external task or job to return a task token that was generated by SageMaker at the start of call back step execution. You can use the call back step to include processing jobs external to SageMaker such a Spark job running on an Amazon EMR cluster or an extract-transform-load (ETL) task in AWS Glue as part of the SageMaker model building pipeline.

Amazon Cognito now supports targeted sign out through refresh token revocation

By default, Amazon Cognito refresh tokens expire 30 days after a user signs in to a user pool. When you create an app, you can set the app's refresh token expiration to any value between 60 minutes and 10 years. Amazon Cognito now enables you to revoke refresh tokens in real time so that those refresh tokens cannot be used to generate additional access tokens.

Amazon Athena engine version 2 is generally available in all AWS commercial and GovCloud regions

The latest query engine for Amazon Athena is generally available in all 24 AWS Regions where Athena is available. Customers who use Athena engine version 2 benefit from new features and performance enhancements that make analyzing data easier and more cost-effective than before. 

AWS Transit Gateway adds Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) Multicast support in 4 additional AWS regions

Starting today AWS Transit Gateway supports internet group management protocol (IGMP) multicast in the Africa (Cape Town), EU (Milan), Middle East (Bahrain), and Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS Regions.

AWS Removes NAT Gateway’s Dependence on Internet Gateway for Private Communications

You can now launch NAT Gateways in your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without associating an internet gateway to your VPC. Internet Gateway is required to provide internet access to the NAT Gateway. However, some customers use their NAT Gateways with Transit Gateway or virtual private gateway to communicate privately with other VPCs or on-premises environments and thus, do not need an internet gateway attached to their VPCs.

AMAZON APPFLOW NOW SUPPORTS DOCUMENTS WITH VEEVA

Amazon AppFlow, a fully managed integration service that helps customers securely transfer data between AWS services and cloud applications expands its features with Veeva. Customers can now export documents from Veeva Vault into Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). When choosing the document option for the Veeva connector in AppFlow, customers can choose to bring just the latest version (default) or all versions of documents, along with document metadata.

EASILY INSTALL AND MANAGE AMAZON EFS UTILITIES ON YOUR INSTANCES WITH QUICK SETUP

This week, AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup announced support for Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), enabling you to set up Amazon EFS client (amazon-efs-utils) across all the Amazon EC2 instances in your organization with a few clicks. In addition to installing and configuring the Amazon EFS client, Quick Setup also supports periodically updating the client to the latest available version.

AWS announces the general availability of AWS Proton

This week, AWS announced the general availability of AWS Proton, the first fully managed delivery service for container and serverless applications. It is designed to provide platform teams the management tools, governance, and visibility needed to provide consistent standards and best practices when managing deployments, while helping to increase developer productivity and innovation.

Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler now supports Snowflake as a data source

Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler reduces the time it takes to aggregate and prepare data for machine learning (ML) from weeks to minutes. With SageMaker Data Wrangler, you can simplify the process of data preparation and feature engineering, and complete each step of the data preparation workflow, including data selection, cleansing, exploration, and visualization from a single visual interface. Starting today, you can now use Snowflake as a data source in Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler to easily prepare data in Snowflake for machine learning.

AMAZON FSX FOR WINDOWS FILE SERVER NOW SUPPORTS FILE ACCESS AUDITING

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now supports auditing end-user access to files, folders, and file shares. You can publish logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs or stream logs to Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, enabling you to query, process, store, and archive logs and trigger actions to further advance your security and compliance goals.

AMAZON MQ NOW SUPPORTS ACTIVEMQ VERSION 5.16.2

You can now launch Apache ActiveMQ 5.16.2 brokers on Amazon MQ. This version update to ActiveMQ contains several fixes, improvements, and new features compared to the previously supported version, ActiveMQ 5.15.15.

AMAZON RDS M6G AND R6G INSTANCES NOW AVAILABLE FOR MYSQL, MARIADB, AND POSTGRESQL IN AWS GOVCLOUD (US), ASIA PACIFIC (SEOUL), AND EUROPE (STOCKHOLM) REGIONS

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) now supports AWS Graviton2-based database (DB) instances in the regions of AWS GovCloud (US), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and Europe (Stockholm). Depending on DB engine, version, and workload, Graviton2 instances provide up to 35% performance improvement and up to 52% price/performance improvement over comparable current generation x86-based instances for Amazon RDS for MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL.


ANNOUNCING NEW POSTGRESQL 13.2, 13.1, AND 12.6 VERSION SUPPORT FOR AMAZON RDS ON AWS OUTPOSTS

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) on AWS Outposts now supports PostgreSQL 13.2, 13.1, and 12.6 for production deployment. Amazon RDS on Outposts allows you to deploy fully managed database instances in your on-premises environments. AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that extends AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to virtually any datacenter, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a truly consistent hybrid experience. You can deploy Amazon RDS on Outposts to set up, operate, and scale MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL relational databases on-premises, just as you would in the cloud.

AWS Glue Studio now includes a code editor for customizing your job scripts

AWS Glue Studio now includes a code editor for customizing the extract-transform-and-load (ETL) code it generates from your input in its visual ETL job editor. Previously, you needed to download and modify scripts themselves if you needed to customize the code. Now, you can use AWS Glue Studio’s visual editor to get started quickly and then write code only for the unique components of your ETL job.

AWS Audit Manager is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Canada (Central) Regions

AWS Audit Manager is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Canada (Central) Regions.


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Google Cloud Releases and Updates

 Source: cloud.google.com

Anthos clusters on VMware

Anthos clusters on VMware 1.5.4-gke.2 is now available. To upgrade, see Upgrading Anthos clusters on VMware. Anthos clusters on VMware 1.5.4-gke.2 runs on Kubernetes v.1.17.9-gke.4400. The supported versions that offer the latest patches and updates for security vulnerabilities, exposures, and issues impacting Anthos clusters on VMware are 1.7, 1.6, and 1.5.

Anthos clusters on VMware 1.6.3-gke.3 is now available. To upgrade, see Upgrading Anthos clusters on VMware. Anthos clusters on VMware 1.6.3-gke.3 runs on Kubernetes v1.18.18-gke.100. The supported versions offering the latest patches and updates for security vulnerabilities, exposures, and issues impacting Anthos clusters on VMware are 1.7, 1.6, and 1.5.

BigQuery

BigQuery now supports parameterized types. The following parameterized types are supported:

This feature is in Preview.


Cloud Load Balancing

Network Load Balancing now supports load-balancing ESP (Encapsulating Security Payload) and ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) traffic. To handle these protocols, you specify the new L3_DEFAULT protocol on the load balancer's forwarding rule.

For details, see:

This feature is available in Preview.


Cloud SQL for MySQL / PostgreSQL / SQL Server

Cloud SQL now offers faster maintenance, with connectivity dropping for less than 60 seconds on average.


Cloud VPN

You can check for VPN tunnel overutilization using the VPN tunnel utilization recommender. A recommender is a service in Google Cloud that provides usage recommendations for cloud resources.


Compute Engine

You can check for VPN tunnel overutilization using the VPN tunnel utilization recommender. A recommender is a service in Google Cloud that provides usage recommendations for cloud resources. This is now GA.

When rolling out configuration or application updates to a stateful or stateless managed instance group, use the minimum and most disruptive allowed actions to control disruption to your workload.

Dataflow

Dataflow SQL now supports user-defined functions (UDFs) written using Java. For more information, see Dataflow SQL user-defined functions. This feature is in Preview.

Dataflow is now able to use workers, Dataflow Shuffle, Streaming Engine, FlexRS, and regional endpoints in zones in Melbourne (australia-southeast2).

GKE

Kubernetes 1.20 is now generally available (GA). Before upgrading, read the Kubernetes 1.20 Release Notes especially the Urgent upgrade notes and Deprecations sections.

Volume snapshots is now generally available. Starting in GKE version 1.21 and later, you can now use v1 snapshots; v1beta1 snapshots will continue to operate as expected until further notice.

Committed use discounts are now generally available to purchase for Google Kubernetes Engine (Autopilot Mode).

Google Kubernetes Engine (Autopilot Mode) committed use discounts apply to all Autopilot Pod workload vCPU, memory, and ephemeral storage usage in the region in which you have committed. Google Kubernetes Engine (Autopilot Mode) committed use discounts do not apply to the cluster management fee or to GKE Standard mode compute nodes.

For GKE clusters running Windows Server node pools, you can see the version mapping between GKE versions and Windows Server versions for all available GKE versions by using a gcloud command. This feature is now available in preview.

Memorystore for Redis

Added support for Upgrading the Redis version of an instance with the Google Cloud Console.

Released support for Redis version 6.x (Preview) on Memorystore for Redis.

Resource Manager

The Resource Settings API has entered general availability. You can use Resource Settings to centrally configure settings for your Google Cloud projects, folders, and organization. For more information, see Resource Settings overview.

 


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Microsoft Azure Releases And Updates

Source: azure.microsoft.com

AZURE IOT EDGE INTEGRATION WITH AZURE MONITOR IS NOW IN PUBLIC PREVIEW

Monitoring and troubleshooting your Azure IoT Edge devices just became more simple and efficient.

General availability: Confidential Computing price reduction on DCsv2 virtual machines

 

DCsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines protect the confidentiality and integrity of your data and code while it’s processed in the public cloud. The price for this offering is now 37% lower.

 

General availability: Azure Sphere OS version 21.06 expected on June 23

 

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

 

General availability: 6 new Locales added to Speech service to support speech transcription 

Speech service has added Speech to Text support for 6 new languages and locales

 

Azure Defender for Azure Database for MySQL – Single Server now generally available

Azure Defender detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit your Azure Database for MySQL.

 

Azure Defender for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server in general availability 

 

Azure Defender provides security alerts for anomalous activities so that you can detect potential threats and respond to them as they occur.

Azure Database for MariaDB Azure Defender in general availability

Azure Defender detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit your Azure Database for MariaDB.

 

Azure Database for MariaDB: Planned Maintenance Notifications in general availability

 

Set up alerts today on the Azure portal to be notified about planned deployments for Azure Database for MariaDB.

AZURE DATABASE FOR MYSQL – SINGLE SERVER: PLANNED MAINTENANCE NOTIFICATIONS IN GENERAL AVAILABILITY

Setup alerts on the Azure portal to be notified about planned deployments with planned maintenance notifications for Azure Database for MySQL – Single Server.

Azure SQL: Public preview updates for early June 2021

 

Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL in early June 2021

Azure SQL: General availability updates for early June 2021 

General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL in early June 2021


AZURE DATABASE FOR MYSQL – FLEXIBLE SERVER STANDBY SERVER SELECTION IN PUBLIC PREVIEW 

Select your standby server zone for Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server.

 

Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus) now compliant with additional certifications

New certifications are now available for Hyperscale (Citus) on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database on Azure.

Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server: Planned Maintenance Notifications in general availability

 

Set up alerts on the Azure portal to be notified about planned deployments for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database.

GENERAL AVAILABILITY: APPLICATION INSIGHTS NODE.JS PRE-AGGREGATED STANDARD METRICS

Azure Monitor Application Insights Node.js SDK adds pre-aggregated standard metrics to enhance accuracy of alerts when telemetry sampling is enabled.

Public preview: Syslog event collection from Azure Monitor Agent for Linux distros

Upgrade to Azure Monitor Agent for Linux version 1.10 or above to enable syslog data collection using data collection rules for your Linux machines. 

PUBLIC PREVIEW: ALERTS BASED SMART DETECTION FOR APPLICATION INSIGHTS

Get your anomaly detections as alerts, manage smart detection using alert rules, and configure notifications for smart detection alerts using action groups.

General availability: Enterprise-scale landing zone reference implementation for AKS

 

Rapidly adopt Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using industry-proven practices.

Azure Cache for Redis zone redundancy for Premium tier now generally available

Azure Cache for Redis zone redundancy allows you to deploy your Premium tier caches across multiple availability zones, delivering higher availability and resiliency.

AZURE MIGRATE PRIVATE ENDPOINT SUPPORT AVAILABLE IN PUBLIC PREVIEW

 

Secure your connection to Azure Migrate services with Azure Migrate Private Link.

AZURE DATABASE FOR POSTGRESQL - FLEXIBLE SERVER: SUPPORT FOR POSTGRES 13 (PUBLIC PREVIEW)

 

Create new Flexible Servers using PostgreSQL 13 version for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database on Azure.

Open source API portal now generally available

 

You can create and publish a customized site with API documentation, automatically generated from OpenAPI files. 

AZURE DATABASE FOR POSTGRESQL – FLEXIBLE SERVER SUPPORTS POSTGRESQL MINOR VERSIONS (PUBLIC PREVIEW)

Benefit from the latest PostgreSQL minor versions that include many security updates and bug fixes for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database.

 

General availability: Update in Policy Compliance for Resource Type Policies

 

Azure Policy built-in policies in which resource type is the only evaluation criterion (e.g. Allowed Resource Types, Disallowed Resource Types) have updated logic to provide a more accurate assessment of your overall environment when aggregated with other policies.

AZURE BACKUP: UPGRADE TO TLS 1.2 OR ABOVE FOR SECURE MARS AGENT BACKUPS BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

TARGET AVAILABILITY: Q3 2021

Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 ends September 1, 2021, please upgrade to TLS 1.2 to ensure secure and uninterrupted backups using MARS agent

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