Thursday, May 7, 2020

Cloud Vanity: A Weekly Carnival of AWS, GCP and Azure - Edition 1

This is the first edition of this weekly collection about what is happening in the rapidly evolving cloud sphere. This will mainly focus on news, blogs, articles, tidbits, and views from AWS, Azure and GCP but will also include other Cloud providers from time to time. Enjoy Reading!!!


Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for SQL Server now supports distributed transactions using Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC). With MSDTC, you can run distributed transactions involving RDS for SQL Server DB instances.

Despite the Kubernetes and Serverless hypes, the vast majority of cloud workloads still happen on virtual machines. AWS offers the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service, where you can launch virtual machines (AWS calls them instances).

James Beswick shows how you can import large amounts of data to DynamoDB using a serverless approach.

Amazon Lightsail provides an easy way to get started with AWS for many customers. The service balances ease of use, security, and flexibility. The Lightsail firewall now offers additional features to help customers secure their Lightsail instances.

AWS Security Hub offers a new security standard, AWS Foundational Security Best Practices This week AWS Security Hub launched a new security standard called AWS Foundational Security Best Practices.


As organizations look to modernize their Windows Server applications to achieve improved scalability and smoother operations, migrating them into Windows containers has become a leading solution. And orchestrating these containers with Kubernetes has become the industry norm, just as it has with Linux.

“Keep calm and carry on.” While the words may resonate with the public, carrying on with business as usual these days is not an option for most enterprises—especially not application development and delivery teams.

During times of challenge and uncertainty, businesses across the world must think creatively and do more with less in order to maintain reliable and effective systems for customers in need.

COVID-19 is forcing us all to adapt to new realities. This is especially true for the healthcare industry. From large healthcare providers to pharmaceutical companies to small, privately run practices, nearly every customer in the healthcare industry is re-evaluating and shifting their strategies.

Protecting users and data is a big job for organizations, especially as attackers continue to attempt to access enterprise credentials and gain control of corporate machines. Google has been working hard to help protect corporate passwords with features like Password Checkup and a variety of other Chrome functionalities.


Modern applications are increasingly built using containers, which are microservices packaged with their dependencies and configurations. For this reason, many companies are either containerizing their existing applications or creating new complex applications that are composed of multiple containers.

In the past few months, there has been a dramatic and rapid shift in the speed at which organizations of all sizes have enabled remote work amidst the global health crisis. Companies examining priorities and shifting resources with agility can help their employees stay connected from new locations and devices, allowing for business continuity essential to productivity.

Whether you're a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you're spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management + Billing comes in.

Azure Container Registry announces dedicated data endpoints, enabling tightly scoped client firewall rules to specific registries, minimizing data exfiltration concerns.

Azure Backup uses Recovery Services vault to hold customers' backup data which offers both local and geographic redundancy. To ensure high availability of backed up data, Azure Backup defaults storage settings to geo-redundancy.

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