Last week in cloud computing: SDK updates aplenty from Microsoft, while AWS revamps its IAM portal.
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- Cloud features don't last forever. Azure is planning to strip support for some older versions of the REST APIs used by Azure Storage Services. Specifically, APIs that predate February 2012 will be removed in August 2015 — which seems enough time to migrate apps to newer versions.
- The release of Update 3 for Visual Studio 13 also saw the launch of the Azure software development kit (SDK) 2.4, which adds the ability to remotely debug 32-bit virtual machines and enhances access to storage logs. A number of PowerShell commands for Azure have also been enhanced.
- Microsoft has also updated the Mobile Services Android SDK for Azure, though it remains an alpha release. Read more here.
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) has updated the console for its Identity and Access Management (IAM) services. The revamped version includes security update recommendations, a spotlight box to highlight new features and continuous scrolling.
- Having launched the "burstable" T2 instance type for EC2 last month, AWS has now added T2 support to its RDS relational database service. Right now PostgreSQL, SQL Server and MySQL 5.6 are supported; MySQL 5.1 and 5.5 will be added in the "near future".
- The AWS SDK for Python has now been updated to support Python 3.3 and 3.4. Read more here.
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