Last week in cloud computing: Load balancer changes at AWS and Azure, plus security fixes, new backends and more.
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- AWS load balancers can now be tagged, allowing you to track and group services more easily. Up to 10 tags can be added to each load balancer, as a 128-character unicode string with an associated value up to 256.
- Amazon WorkSpaces had added support for multi-factor authentication using a RADIUS server. AWS has tested the option against Microsoft, Symantec and VIP RADIUS implementations.
- AWS CloudSearch has now been fully integrated with IAM, allowing more granular access controls. Read more here.
- Microsoft is tweaking the way guest accounts work in Azure Active Directory. Between now and the end of the month, users who are using a Microsoft account to administer AD without being a member of the directories they manage will be automatically added to that directory with guest privileges. Microsoft says the change is a precursor to "a very cool new set of capabilities". In the future, you won't be able to register as an administrator without being in the Azure directory, which seems reasonable.
- Azure Load Balancer now allows you to customise the idle timeout, rather than being stuck with the 4-minute default or using battery-draining TCP Keep-alive commands. You can set a time of between 4 and 30 minutes for inbound connections.
- The Mobile Services .NET backend is now generally available.
- The Azure Resource Manager Tools Preview for Visual Studio has been released. Read more here.
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