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In Cloud Computing This Week [Oct 22nd 2021]

October 22, 2021

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 22nd October 2021 

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AWS Updates and Releases

Source: aws.amazon.com

AWS Amplify for JavaScript now supports resumable file uploads for Storage

AWS Amplify for JavaScript now supports pause, resume and cancel actions on file uploads to Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) via the Amplify Storage category. Amplify provides a set of use-case oriented UI components, libraries and command-line tools to make it easy for frontend web and mobile developer to build AWS cloud backends for their apps. With this release, developers can create experiences where end-users can reliably upload very large files, including raw video and large productivity documents. Being able to resume uploads is particularly useful for handling scenarios where a user experiences network interruption during an upload.

Amazon RDS Proxy now supports Amazon RDS for MySQL Version 8.0

Amazon RDS Proxy now supports Amazon RDS for MySQL major version 8.0. MySQL 8.0 is the latest Community Edition major version, and offers better performance, reliability, security, and manageability. To learn more about Amazon RDS for MySQL, please visit our details page or view our documentation

AWS Fault Injection Simulator now supports Spot Interruptions

Starting this week, you can trigger the interruption of an Amazon EC2 Spot Instance using AWS Fault Injection Simulator (FIS). Spot Instances use spare EC2 Capacity that is available up to 90% discount compared to the On-Demand price. In exchange for the discount, Spot Instances can be interrupted by Amazon EC2 when Amazon EC2 needs the capacity back. When using Spot Instances, you need to be prepared to be interrupted. With FIS, you can test the resiliency of your workload and validate that your application is reacting to the interruption notices that EC2 sends before terminating your instances. You can target individual Spot Instances or a subset of instances in clusters managed by services that tag your instances such as ASG, Fleet and EMR.

Amazon Chime SDK now supports video background blur

The Amazon Chime SDK lets developers add real-time audio, video, and screen share to their web applications. Developers can now use video background blur to obfuscate their users’ surroundings, which can help increase visual privacy.

Amazon Transcribe now supports custom language models for streaming transcription

AWS are pleased to announce that Amazon Transcribe will now support custom language models (CLM) for streaming transcription. Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. CLM allows you to leverage pre-existing data to build a custom speech engine tailored for your transcription use case. No prior machine learning experience required. 

Amazon RDS for MySQL on Outposts supports new minor versions

AWS have updated Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for MySQL on Outposts to support MySQL minor versions 8.0.23, and 8.0.25. We recommend that customers upgrade to the latest minor versions to fix known security vulnerabilities in prior versions of MySQL, and to benefit from the numerous bug fixes, performance improvements, and new functionality added by the MySQL community.

Introducing support for AWS KMS customer managed keys for encrypting artifacts by Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics

CloudWatch Synthetics now supports using an AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) key that you provide to encrypt the canary run data that CloudWatch Synthetics stores in your Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket. By default, these artifacts are encrypted at rest using an AWS managed key.

AWS Security Hub adds support for cross-Region aggregation of findings to simplify how you evaluate and improve your AWS security posture

AWS Security Hub now allows you to designate an aggregation Region and link some or all Regions to that aggregation Region. This gives you a centralized view of all your findings across all of your accounts and all of your linked Regions. After you link a Region to the aggregation Region, your findings are continuously synchronized between the Regions. Any update to a finding in a linked Region is replicated to the aggregation Region, and any update to a finding in the aggregation Region is replicated to the linked Region where the finding originated. To learn more about this feature, you can read about in our documentation here .

Announcing General Availability of the AWS Panorama Appliance

This week, the AWS Panorama Appliance is generally available. The AWS Panorama Appliance is a new device that enables customers to improve their operations and reduce costs by using existing on-premises cameras and analyzing video streams locally with computer vision.

Amazon Chime SDK announces messaging channel flows

The Amazon Chime SDK lets developers add real-time audio, video, screen share, and messaging capabilities to their web or mobile applications. Starting today, the Amazon Chime SDK allows developers to execute business logic on in-flight messages before they are delivered to members of a messaging channel with channel flows. Using channel flows you can create flows that remove sensitive data such as government ID numbers, phone numbers, or profanity from messages before they are delivered, which may be helpful for implementing corporate communications policies or other communication guidelines. Channel flows can also be used to perform functions like aggregation of responses to a poll before sending results back to participants.

Amazon QuickSight launches new Table and Pivot table enhancements

Amazon QuickSight now supports advanced styling for your Table and Pivot Table. Authors can create beautiful tables, follow a design pattern or apply a standardized corporate identity to their tabular visuals with the newly launched options to customize borders and colors. They can also apply custom borders and styling for their totals and sub-totals letting them create financial reports like income statements etc. See here  for more details.

Announcing Amazon WorkSpaces API to create new updated images with latest AWS drivers

Amazon WorkSpaces now offers APIs which you can use to keep your WorkSpaces images up-to-date with the latest AWS drivers. Previously, WorkSpaces images were kept up to date by manually launching a WorkSpaces instance, installing driver updates and creating a new image. With this launch, you can use WorkSpaces APIs to know if latest AWS drivers are available for your images, install those updates and create updated images. After the new image is created, you can test it before updating your production bundles or sharing the image with other AWS accounts. Keeping your WorkSpaces up to date with latest AWS drivers lets you leverage the benefits of the latest instance types and other infrastructure components offered by AWS.

Bulk Editing of OpsItems in AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter

AWS Systems Manager now supports bulk editing of work items within OpsCenter.

AWS Systems Manager Fleet Manager now offers advanced filtering for Managed Instances

Fleet Manager, a feature in AWS Systems Manager (SSM) that helps IT Admins streamline and scale their remote server management processes, now enhances the reporting and filtering experience for Managed Instances. This new feature presents filtering options applicable to your data, taking out the guess work. You no longer need to memorize and manually enter values for filtering. It automatically populates applicable filtering criteria such as instance IDs or IP addresses.

AWS Elemental MediaConvert now supports rich text rendering of IMSC 1.1 and TTML subtitle text

AWS Elemental MediaConvert now supports rich text rendering of IMSC 1.1 text profile  subtitles and the TTML  subtitle format. Both of these formats allow detailed formatting that includes text size, position, justification, color, styling, and shadowing. For many viewers, on screen subtitles are an important part of the viewing experience and this feature gives subtitle authors more creative control of how text is rendered on screen. Additionally, IMSC and TTML allow greater text localization options including right-to-left text, rubies, and vertical text.

PostgreSQL 14 RC 1 now available in Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment

PostgreSQL 14 RC 1 is now available in the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment, allowing you to test the release candidate version of PostgreSQL 14 on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

Announcing AWS Data Exchange for Amazon Redshift (Preview)

AWS are announcing the public preview of AWS Data Exchange for Amazon Redshift, a new feature that enables customers to find and subscribe to third-party data in AWS Data Exchange that they can query in an Amazon Redshift data warehouse in minutes. Data providers can list and offer products containing Amazon Redshift data sets in the AWS Data Exchange catalog, granting subscribers direct, read-only access to the data stored in Amazon Redshift. This feature empowers customers to quickly query, analyze, and build applications with these third-party data sets.

Amazon Corretto October Quarterly Updates

On October 19th, Amazon announced quarterly security and critical updates for Amazon Corretto Long-Term Supported (LTS) versions. Corretto 11.0.13 and 8.312 are now available for download. Amazon Corretto 17 updates will be available shortly after the release is tagged in the OpenJDK 17 repository. Amazon Corretto is a no-cost, multi-platform, production-ready distribution of OpenJDK.

AWS Pricing Calculator now supports Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is now supported by the AWS Pricing Calculator. Estimate the cost of CloudFront workloads, which primarily includes costs associated with data transfer and requests. Apart from providing tips to estimate the number of requests based on your data transfer volume, the calculator gives you a granular view of costs across different usage tiers and CloudFront regions.

Amazon AppFlow is now available in the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region

Amazon AppFlow, a fully managed integration service that helps customers securely transfer data between AWS services and cloud applications, is now available in the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region. With AppFlow, you can run data flows at enterprise scale between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications like Salesforce, SAP, Zendesk, Slack, and ServiceNow, and AWS services like Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift, in just a few clicks. See where Amazon AppFlow is available by using the AWS Region Table.

Porting Assistant for .NET adds support for WCF, OWIN, and System.Web.Mvc application assessment and porting

Porting Assistant for .NET now supports assessment and porting of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Open Web Interface for .NET (OWIN), and ASP.NET System.Web.Mvc namespaces to .NET Core 3.1 or .NET 5. Following the GA release of Core WCF project in February 2021, Porting Assistant can now assess and provide recommendations to port WCF applications to Core WCF. It also supports assessment and porting of OWIN and System.Web.Mvc namespace configurations to .NET Core 3.1 or .NET 5. Developers can use the existing Porting Assistant for .NET tool  or Porting Assistant for .NET Visual Studio IDE extension  to get started. 

Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra) now supports automatic data expiration by using Time to Live (TTL) settings

Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra), a scalable, highly available, and fully managed Apache Cassandra–compatible database service, now supports automatic data expiration by using Time to Live (TTL) settings. With TTL, you set expiration times on attributes or rows in your tables, and Keyspaces automatically deletes those expired attributes or rows.

FreeRTOS adds support for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)

FreeRTOS adds symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support in the kernel, enabling developers designing FreeRTOS-based applications to utilize the SMP capabilities of multi-core microcontrollers. Multi-core microcontrollers, in which two or more identical processor cores share the same memory, allow the operating system to distribute tasks between cores to balance processor load as desired by the application. This allows applications to optimize the resource utilization of multi-core microcontrollers.

Amazon WorkSpaces Windows Server 2019 Bundles Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

Amazon WorkSpaces now offers new bundles powered by Windows Server 2019, providing a Windows 10 desktop experience along with a 64-bit Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus bundle option in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. The feature brings a refreshed Windows 10 desktop experience, and enables customers to run applications that require recent Windows versions.

Google Cloud Releases and Updates
Source: cloud.google.com


Anthos Clusters on VMware

Anthos clusters on VMware 1.9.1-gke.6 is now available. To upgrade, see Upgrading Anthos clusters on VMware. Anthos clusters on VMware 1.9.1-gke.6 runs on Kubernetes v1.21.5-gke.400.

The supported versions offering the latest patches and updates for security vulnerabilities, exposures, and issues impacting Anthos clusters on VMware are 1.9, 1.8, and 1.7.

Anthos on Bare Metal

Anthos clusters on bare metal 1.7.5 is now available for download. To upgrade, see Upgrading Anthos on bare metal. Anthos clusters on bare metal 1.7.5 runs on Kubernetes 1.19.

Cloud Bigtable

Cloud Bigtable app profile cluster groups let you route an app profile's traffic to a subset of an instance's clusters. This feature is generally available (GA).

Cloud Composer

Cloud Composer 1.17.3 release started on October 18, 2021. Get ready for upcoming changes and features as we roll out the new release to all regions. This release is in progress at the moment. Listed changes and features might not be available in some regions yet.

Cloud Composer 2 supports Airflow web server plugins.

Cloud Composer is now available in Oregon (us-west1).

Added the google-cloud-aiplatform package to Cloud Composer images with Airflow versions 2.1.2, 2.0.2, and 1.10.15.

(New environments only) Cloud Composer 2 environments create Autopilot clusters using the Regular release channel. Before this change, the Rapid channel was used.

Fixed an issue with the Airflow web server availability in Cloud Composer 2.

(New environments only) Shielded Nodes and Secure Boot features are enabled for Cloud Composer 1 environment clusters.

(New environments only) Cloud Composer 1 environment creation no longer fails when the constraints/compute.requireShieldedVm policy is turned on.

(Available without upgrading) Fixed a problem with Airflow 2 configuration changes not propagating to Airflow workers.

Fixed a bug that caused the __pycache__ folder to sometimes appear in an environment's bucket.

New versions of Cloud Composer images:

    • composer-1.17.3-airflow-2.1.2
    • composer-1.17.3-airflow-2.0.2
    • composer-1.17.3-airflow-1.10.15 (default)
    • composer-1.17.3-airflow-1.10.14
    • composer-1.17.3-airflow-1.10.12
    • composer-2.0.0-preview.4-airflow-2.1.2
    • composer-2.0.0-preview.4-airflow-2.0.2

Cloud Domains

Cloud Domains is available in GA. Cloud Domains enables you to search, register, and manage domain names with Google Cloud. Cloud Domains also lets you transfer a domain to or from a third-party provider.

As announced in the MSA sent on September 16, 2021, Cloud Domains has a new billing model.

Cloud Logging

You can now collect MySQL logs from the Ops Agent, starting with version 2.5.0. For more information, see Collecting logs from third-party applications: MySQL.

You can now collect Redis logs from the Ops Agent, starting with version 2.5.0. For more information, see Collecting logs from third-party applications: Redis.

You can now collect Cassandra logs from the Ops Agent, starting with version 2.5.0. For more information, see Collecting logs from third-party applications: Cassandra.


Cloud Shell

Cloud Shell Editor is now built with Theia 1.18.0

Review the Theia release notes for a complete list of features/updates/bug fixes.

Cloud Code Extension updated to v1.14.1

Update includes a Kubernetes Development Sessions explorer which provides more insight into task execution and streamlines examining session logs. See the Cloud Code release notes for a full listing of features/updates/bug fixes.

Compute Engine

Preview: You can now configure up to 48 vCPUs and 312 GB memory on virtual machine (VM) instances that have a single T4 GPU attached.

For more information, see Network bandwidths and GPUs.


Dialogflow ES V2 API now supports regionalization.

Dialogflow CX change history is now available from the API.

Dialogflow CX now provides a continuous testing and deployment preview feature.


For GKE Autopilot clusters, CMEK for boot disks and CMEK for application-layer encryption is now generally available.

For GKE Autopilot clusters, Google Groups for RBAC is now generally available.

A security issue was discovered in the Kubernetes ingress-nginx controller, CVE-2021-25742. Ingress-nginx custom snippets allows retrieval of ingress-nginx service account tokens and secrets across all namespaces. For more information, see the GCP-2021-024 security bulletin.

The IAM page of the Cloud Console now lists lateral movement insights in addition to policy insights. Lateral movement insights are in Preview.

Network Connectivity Center

Network Connectivity Center is now generally available. For more information, see the Network Connectivity Center overview.

It is now possible to add or remove router appliance instances from an existing spoke, as long as you don't try to add instances that belong to a different VPC network. For details, see Working with hubs and spokes.


Traffic Director

Traffic Director security service with GKE is now in General Availability for gRPC proxyless services. The changes in this release include:

    • Support for the Certificate Authority Service GA API, using CA pools instead of individual CAs.
    • Promoting the network-services and network-security CLI/APIs to general availability.
    • Security is enabled by default in gRPC libraries and the gRPC PSM bootstrap generator.
    • Cloud Logging enhancements to aid in debugging run-time errors and conflicts.
    • Support for proxyless gRPC and Envoy interoperability with security enabled.
    • Config Connector support for proxyless gRPC security.
    • Use of the new --enable-mesh-certificates GKE flag.
    • Support for the GA version (security.cloud.google.com/v1) of WorkloadCertificateConfig and TrustConfig in GKE.
    • Wallet example upgraded to use PSM security .



Microsoft Azure Releases And Updates
Source: azure.microsoft.com

General availability: Azure Log Analytics in West US 3, Korea South, and Canada East

Log Analytics, a feature of Azure Monitor, is now generally available for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyzing their services for health and usage in West US 3, Korea South, and Canada East.

Public preview: Azure Spring Cloud RBAC config server and registry access and Nginx logs and metrics

Spring Cloud Config Server and Service Registry access using Azure Active Directory and Nginx ingress logs and metrics are now available in preview in Azure Spring Cloud.

General availability: Azure Spring Cloud application health monitoring and end-to-end TLS/SSL

Application lifecycle and health monitoring with Azure Activity log and Azure Service Health, and end-to-end TLS/SSL are now generally available in Azure Spring Cloud.

Public preview: Visual Studio Code for the Web

Visual Studio Code for the Web is a web-based code editor that runs within the browser and allows opening repositories on GitHub and Azure Repos, and making lightweight code changes.

General availability: Azure Stack HCI new feature update

This latest update for Azure Stack HCI enables new workloads, new host capabilities, and new management scenarios.

Public preview: Azure Percept DK September (2109) software update is available

The Azure Percept September update includes fixes related to security and Wi-Fi/Network.

General availability: Azure Monitor Query SDK

The new Azure Monitor Query SDK is now generally available for .NET, Java, JavaScript/TypeScript, and Python, allowing developers to build apps that perform read-only queries in Azure Monitor's Logs and Metrics platform.

General availability: Cross region replication for Azure NetApp Files

Azure NetApp Files supports cross region replication for disaster-recovery (DR) purposes and provides frequent, efficient and cost-effective volume and snapshot replication between Azure standard and non-standard region pairs.

OCR (Read) supports 122 languages in the Cognitive Services Computer Vision public preview


Computer Vision Read API for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), part of Cognitive Services, announces its public preview with new languages including Russian, Bulgarian, other Cyrillic and more Latin languages. This release also highlight handwritten OCR support for many languages, along with enhancements for digital PDFs and Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) text in identity documents.



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