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London -- August 9, 2017 - The latest version of the OutSystems low-code application development platform, powered by Microsoft Azure, is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Azure customers can now leverage the OutSystems 10 platform, fully o...
Azure is rapidly turning into a container-driven public cloud, with strategic investments in tools and hires.
Itrsquo;s also running fast, launching new container-focused products and services on a regular basis.

At first, Azure was catching up with Amazon Web Servicesrsquo; features, but the release of the new Azure rapid-deployment container service that acts as a bridge between platform as a service and infrastructure as a service leapfrogs Amazon.Introducing container as a service Perhaps best thought of as a new class of cloud platform — call it “container as a servicerdquo;— Azure Container Instances (ACI) let you rapidly create and launch containerized applications, without any overhead and with an easily scriptable set of commands.

Designed to work both on its own and with tools like Kubernetes, ACI adds container-management commands to Azure, coupling them with a billing model thatrsquo;s based on per-second usage, with no need to create and deploy (and pay for) container hosts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The cloud computing infrastructure marketmdash;IaaS, PaaS, and private hostingmdash;continues to consolidate around the four major providers, as they maintain or even grow market share at the expense of smaller providers.AWS has continued to grow its revenues more rapidly than the overall market.
In other words, AWS is the one to beat, and it will likely remain so for sometime.

According to Synergy Research Grouprsquo;s Q2 2017 data, AWS now has 34 percent of the cloud infrastructure market share, followed by Microsoft at 11 percent, IBM at 8 percent, and Google at 5 percent.[ A developerrsquo;s guide: Get started with serverless computing.

Then learnnbsp;how to use Microsoftlsquo;s Azure Functions and how to use AWS Lambda for serverless computing. | Build ’em now! 5 uses for serverless frameworks. ]
This latest data underscores a long-term trend of consolidation, and thatrsquo;s something enterprises need a strategy for.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Cloud Connect solution delivers dedicated service connecting business-critical networks to the public cloudLONDON, UK – 31st July 2017 – SSE Enterprise Telecoms – one of the UKrsquo;s leading connectivity suppliers, and part of SSE plc – today announced the availability of high-speed connectivity between businesses and their preferred cloud service providers (CSPs), such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

The service, known as Cloud Connect, offers businesses a private dedicated Ethernet connection to... Source: RealWire
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Microsoft has introduced a new container service, Azure Container Instances (ACI), that is intended to provide a more lightweight and granular way to run containerized applications than its Azure Container Service (ACS).ACI runs individual containers that you can configure with specific amounts of virtual CPU and memory, and that are billed by the second.

Containers can be pulled from various sources – Docker Hub, the Azure Container Registry, or a private repository – andnbsp;deployed from the CLI or by way of an Azure template.[ Are you ready for the container invasion? Learn how to get started with Kubernetes. | Keep up with the latest developments in cloud computing with InfoWorldrsquo;s Cloud Computing newsletter. ]Microsoft is emphasizing how ACI is complementary to ACS, rather than a replacement for it.

ACI is meant for smaller, more burst-able workloads, or as a way to temporarily satisfy a surge in demand, rather than as a way to deploy complex, long-running applications with many interdependencies between containers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Managing containerized applications at scale is a new kind of challenge, especially if yoursquo;re planning on automating as much of the operations as possible.

There is a fundamental disconnect between containers and the underlying infrastructure of our datacenters, one that makes it difficult to map containers onto the available physical and virtual resources.

Thatrsquo;s where datacenter-scale tools such as Kubernetes come into play, providing an essential new management layer to control how and where our containers run.Originally developed and open sourced by a team at Google, the Kubernetes project is now managed by the independent Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Kubernetes is available on all of the major public cloud platforms including Azure. Perhaps best thought of as a datacenter operating system, Kubernetes monitors the resources used by a containerized application and deploys its elements on the underlying infrastructure to ensure that services operate correctly, managing the mapping between the requirements of the containers and the capabilities of the underlying infrastructure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Microsoft's enterprise customers can soon use its Azure-hosted fuzzing service to ferret out bugs in their own Windows and Linux applications.
Cloud remains strong, and Windows was surprisingly up, too.
At last itrsquo;s here: After a prolonged gestation with three public previews, Microsoft has announced the release of Azure Stack. You can download the free Azure Stack Development Kit now.

Complete hardware and software solutions will ship in the next couple of months, when Microsoft completes certification.Bringing the public cloud to on-premises data centers was always going to be a big task, and Microsoft wonrsquo;t be delivering the entirety of Azure in this initial release.
In fact, donrsquo;t expect to ever see all of Azure in Azure Stack, as there are plenty of Azure features that rely on the scale of cloud.

That said, there is more than enough to start with, with support for core Azure IaaS and PaaS features. Other optional elements include Azurersquo;s App Service and its serverless Functions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Why would a developer use AWS Lambda? In a word, simplicity.

AWS Lambdamdash;and other event-driven, “function-as-a-servicerdquo; platforms such as Microsoft Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, and IBM OpenWhiskmdash;simplify development by abstracting away everything in the stack below the code.

Developers write functions that respond to certain events (a form submission, a webhook, a row added to a database, etc.), upload their code, and pay only when that code executes.In “How serverless changes application developmentrdquo; I covered the nuts and bolts of how a function-as-a-service (FaaS) runtime works and how that enables a serverless software architecture. Here wersquo;ll take a more hands-on approach by walking through the creation of a simple function in AWS Lambda and then discuss some common design patterns that make this technology so powerful.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here