Cloud Patches: AWS Glacier Tweaks, Azure SQL Update

Cloud Patches: AWS Glacier Tweaks, Azure SQL Update
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Last week in cloud computing: new options for AWS Glacier, Azure SQL preview, and more.

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  • AWS has tweaked the data retrieval policies for Amazon Glacier, its long-term archiving service. As well as the existing option of allowing up to 5% of data stored to be retrieved for free, you can also set a higher paid cap for how much data can be retrieved, or choose an unlimited option.
  • AWS Ops Works has been updated so it can now manage on-premises and cloud-based EC2 instances, whether or not it was originally used to create them.
  • Azure has launched a public preview for Premium Storage, an SSD-based option for VMs that need high I/O. Like a lot of Azure, it’s not available at this stage in the Australian regions. Grr!
  • There’s also a new preview version of Azure SQL, with improved performance and better support for very large databases. During the preview phase,
  • A number of other Azure features hit general availability, including password-writeback and an AD app proxy. Read more here.

Cloud Patches rounds up new features and services added to major cloud computing platforms each week. This is our last instalment for 2014, but we’ll be back in early 2015..