Cloud Patches: Death To Azure ACS, Route 53 Updates

The latest updates and additions for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Watch out for identity management!

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  • Microsoft has outlined its plans to replace Azure Access Control Service (ACS) with Active Directory, while maintaining the ability to interoperate with Google services. Once Google switches off access to OpenID 2.0 on 20 April, Microsoft will release code designed to allow integration with OpenID Connect. Other ACS customers will be able to shift to Active Directory, though the only timeframe given is "in the coming months".
  • Over in the AWS identity management pavilion, there's a new option for managed policies for Identity & Access Management (IAM). As the announcement explains: "we are adding a level of indirection to IAM and turning policies into first-class AWS objects that can be created, named, and attached to one or more IAM users, groups, or roles". If that sounds a little overwhelming, there will also be predefined policies on offer.
  • Google has developed a range of open source performance measurement tools for Google Cloud Platform and other platforms. The Perfkit Benchmarker series includes tools to measure complete end-to-end performance, as well as standard measures such as latency.
  • Amazon's Route 53 domain name service has been beefed up with tagging, CloudTrail monitoring, single-click alarm creation and more visibility for health checks. The CloudTrail logging is likely to be particularly useful for more complex environments.
  • When the AWS Config configuration management was announced last November, it wasn't available in the Australian region. That's now changed — Sydney has gained access, along with Ireland and US West. The service is also (like Route 53) logging all data to CloudTrail.

Cloud Patches rounds up new features and services added to major cloud computing platforms each week..


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