The latest updates and additions for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
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- AWS Code Deploy, originally designed to manage updates to EC2 instances, can now be used to manage on-premises code deployments as well. That's potentially useful in hybrid environments, though you will have to factor per-update charges into your overall budget.
- Google has released a beta version of its Cloud Console For Android app, which allows you to monitor and tweak existing VMs and launch new ones. An iOS version is promised in the near future.
- If a virtual machine reboots on a cloud platform, it can be tricky to work out if that's an internal bug or due to planned maintenance by the provider. Azure is now offering reboot logs via the Cloud Service dashboard (or through PowerShell) listing when planned maintenance reboots have occurred.
- Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS) has updated with support for encryption on Oracle and SQL Server (the option already existed on MySQL and PostgreSQL). RDS also now offers Oracle Database 12c.
- Azure Resource Explorer is a newly-launched set of documentation describing Azure Resource Management APIs and how you can utilise them. The niftiest feature? The ability to test how APIs would operate in your own environment from the browser.
- Workspaces, Amazon's virtual desktop, has upgraded with single sign-on, network health checks, new admin features and the ability to print from Macs. That last one reminds us that virtual desktops often have difficulties when it comes to real-world devices.
- Azure Backup has made some major changes, including shifting to a per-machine pricing model, shifting to exclusively using Block Blobs for data charges and being able to choose whether you want backups to be in multiple locations for geo-redundancy. Microsoft's own sample analysis suggests that this will be cheaper for a 100GB virtual machine, but you'll want to crunch your own numbers carefully.
- Amazon EC2 now has new high-denstity storage instances, designed for use with very large data sets. As usual, you'll pay a little more these in the Sydney region than elsewhere
Cloud Patches rounds up new features and services added to major cloud computing platforms each week..