This week's roundup of all the cloud news.
Here's a cloud round up of all things GCP, Azure and AWS for the week ending Friday 18th March 2022
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AWS Updates and Releases
Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is now available in Europe (Milan) region adding to the list of available regions where you can use Amazon DocumentDB.
Amazon DocumentDB is a database service that is purpose-built for JSON data management at scale, fully managed and integrated with AWS, and enterprise-ready with high durability. Amazon DocumentDB is designed to give you the scalability and durability you need when operating mission-critical MongoDB workloads. Storage scales automatically up to 64TiB without any impact to your application. It supports millions of requests per second with up to 15 low latency read replicas in minutes, without any application downtime, regardless of the size of your data.
Developers can now share test events with other developers in their AWS account. Test events provide developers the ability to define a sample event in the Lambda console, and then invoke a Lambda function using that event to test their code. Previously, test event were only available to the developers who created them. With this launch, developers can make test events available to other team members in their AWS account using granular IAM permissions. This capability makes it easier for developers to collaborate and streamline testing workflows. It also allows developers to use a consistent set of test events across their entire team.
As a part of this launch, AWS also announced the Amazon Lookout for Vision Starter Kit in partnership with ADLINK. This starter kit includes the ADLINK DLAP-211-JNX Vision Platform and allows customers to expedite their quality management AI-based solutions at the edge. It provides a vertical solution that integrates ADLINK’s edge hardware with AWS cloud services to bridge the gap between the cloud and edge for deploying end to end machine learning solutions. It includes support for any Genicam compatible camera such as Basler cameras, image acquisition support to train your Lookout for Vision models, easy deployment of these models at the edge, logging capabilities on the device such as performance metrics, provides visual capabilities to simplify the media pipeline configuration, and a visual application that can run on a separate local computer to monitor the image streams and inference results.
This week, Amazon Location Service added two new HERE map styles for developers, HERE Explore and HERE Explore Truck. With HERE Explore, developers have a new global map that features roads, buildings, landmarks, and water features, including a fully designed map of Japan. With HERE Explore Truck, developers can now display a global map containing truck restrictions and attributes e.g., width, height, HAZMAT, symbolized with highlighted segments and icons on top of HERE Explore to support use cases within transportation and logistics. For example, a customer who manages a fleet of delivery trucks, who needs to calculate the optimal driving route with appropriate restrictions, can use HERE Explore Truck to see driving routes with restrictions shown on the map.
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service now supports the containerd container runtime on Windows worker nodes. Containerd is a lightweight container runtime that manages the complete container lifecycle on its host system, from container image transfer to execution, as well as storage and network attachment. Customers with Windows workloads can now get similar performance, security, and stability benefits from containerd that are available to customers running Linux-based worker nodes.
Over the course of March 2022, Amazon is reducing the cost of using the Amazon Route 53 Resolver DNS Firewall in all regions. First, Amazon is launching new tiered pricing effective March 1 that provides for reduced query processing fees as your query volume increases.
Secondly, Amazon is implementing internal optimizations to reduce the number of DNS queries for which you are charged. Note that these optimizations will not reduce the number of DNS queries that are inspected or introduce any other changes to your security posture. Amazon customers will see these cost reductions automatically reflected in their Route 53 bills going forward.
Amazon Connect Chat now allows your agents and customers to use rich text formatting when composing a message, enabling them to quickly add emphasis and structure to messages, improving comprehension. The available formatting options include bold, italics, hyperlinks, bulleted lists, and numbered lists.
Starting this week, you can receive AWS Cost Anomaly Detection alert notifications in Slack and Amazon Chime through AWS Chatbot. Integration with AWS Chatbot allows you to easily configure your cost anomaly alert subscriptions with a Slack or Amazon Chime chat channel. This allows you to receive individual AWS Cost Anomaly Detection alerts within your existing chat channels, supporting improved collaboration and timely resolution of the alerts.
Google Cloud Releases and Updates
Anthos clusters on bare metal
Anthos clusters on bare metal 1.8.9 is now available for download. To upgrade, see Upgrading Anthos on bare metal. Anthos clusters on bare metal 1.8.9 runs on Kubernetes 1.20.
App Engine standard environment Java
The Java 17 runtime for App Engine standard environment is now available in Preview.
You can now explicitly specify a schema for BigQuery external tables created over Parquet, ORC, and Avro file formats. Previously, the schema was always auto-detected using the last lexicographic file.
General-purpose Tau T2D virtual machine instances are available in the following regions and zones:
- Northern Virginia (us-east4-a,b,c)
- South Carolina (us-east1-b,c,d)
- Frankfurt (europe-west3-a,b,c)
- Sydney (australia-southeast1-a,b,c)
- Taiwan (asia-east1-a,b,c)
Generally available: Compute Engine now supports Suspend and Resume in General Availability.
Fixed the issue causing the Compute Engine API Quotas page in the Cloud Console to display duplicate API quota groups.
Version 1.20.15-gke.300 is now the default version in the Stable channel.
Microsoft Azure Releases And Updates
Public preview: Azure Private Link support in Azure API Management
You can now integrate to clients in a virtual network privately, using Azure Private Link support in API Management.
Premium Container SKU (public preview) will be retired on 30 June 2022
TARGET RETIREMENT DATE: JUNE 30, 2022
Transition to Premium V3 by 30 June 2022.
Azure Container Monitoring will be retired on 31 March 2025
TARGET RETIREMENT DATE: MARCH 31, 2025
Migrate your workloads to Azure Monitor container insights by 31 March 2025.
Community support for Node 12 LTS is ending on 30 April 2022
TARGET RETIREMENT DATE: APRIL 30, 2022
Community support for Node 12 LTS is ending on 30 April 2022 – transition to Node 14 LTS by that date
Community support for .NET 5 is ending on 8 May 2022
TARGET RETIREMENT DATE: MAY 08, 2022
Community support for .NET 5 will end on 8 May 2022 – transition to .NET 6 by that date
Generally available: Azure Site Recovery update rollup 61 - March 2022
Review the improvements and fixes provided in Update Rollup 61.
Generally available: Best practices assessment for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines
Evaluate SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines for configuration best practices using the SQL best practices assessment feature on the SQL virtual machine blade in the Azure portal.
Azure SQL—Public preview updates for mid-March 2022
Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL.
General availability: Azure Database for MySQL—Flexible Server - New US government region
Provision Azure Database for MySQL—Flexible Server in the US Gov Virginia region.
General availability: New extensions for Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Flexible Server
Install timescaleDB, pg_repack and orafce on newly created Flexible Servers on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database.
General availability: New high availability regions—Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Flexible Server
You can now provision Flexible Server in a zone redundant high availability mode in more regions on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database.
General availability: Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Flexible Server—new US government regions
Provision Flexible Server in the US Gov Virginia and US Gov Arizona regions on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database.
General availability: Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Flexible Server supports PostgreSQL minor versions
Flexible Server now supports PostgreSQL versions 11.14, 12.9, and 13.5 on Azure Database for PostgreSQL,.
General availability: Azure Database for PostgreSQL—Hyperscale (Citus) supports PostgreSQL minor versions
Use PostgreSQL 11.15, 12.10, 13.6, and 14.2 minor versions with Hyperscale (Citus) for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database on Azure.
Public preview: Clustering Support for JBoss EAP on Azure App Service
Run highly available Java EE apps with Red Hat JBoss EAP on App Service with new clustering support.
Generally available: Support for private links in Azure Monitor agent
Use Azure Monitor agent and data collection rules in restricted environments and maintain network isolation by leveraging private links.
Public preview: Azure SignalR Service Premium Tier
Enterprise-focused capabilities to provide resiliency and availability.
Public preview: Azure App Configuration soft delete capability
Soft deletion, recovery, and purge protection capabilities in standard tier
Public preview: Protect Azure Static Web Apps environments with a password
You can now protect your Static Web Apps with a password.
Generally available: Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server in two new regions
Provision your Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server today in the China East 2 and China North 2 regions.
Public preview: Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB partitioning Spark 3.1
Use Azure Synapse Spark 3.1 to partition your Azure Cosmos DB data in analytical store for improved query performance.
Public preview: Trusted launch support for Virtual Machines using Ephemeral OS disks
Trusted launch virtual machine (VM) support for VMs using Ephemeral OS disks improves the security of generation 2 VMs in Azure
Generally available: Pin analytics tile to dashboards in Azure IoT Central
Quickly build new visuals by simply pinning an analytics tile from data explorer to the dashboard directly.
General availability: Support for Private Link in Azure Digital Twins
Support for Private Link is now generally available for Azure Digital Twins, a platform that enables you to create digital representation of real-world things, places, and business processes.
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