IBM adds API tools to Bluemix serverless framework

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MongoDB adds free tier and migration utility to its cloud service

NoSQL database specialist MongoDB unveiled a new free tier for its MongoDB Atlas database-as-a-service (DaaS) offering on Tuesday. The company also released a utility to support live migration of data to MongoDB Atlas, whether that data is on-premise or in the cloud.

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“Since we first introduced MongoDB to the community in 2009, we have been laser-focused on one thing — building a technology that gets out of the way of developers and makes them more productive,” Eliot Horowitz, CTO and co-founder of MongoDB, said in a statement Tuesday. “Now, with these updates to MongoDB Atlas, we’re tearing down more of the barriers that stand between developers and their giant ideas.”

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MariaDB adds support for big data analytics

MariaDB today moved to unite transactional and analytical processing in a single relational database with the announcement of the general availability of its open source MariaDB ColumnStore 1.0.

“What we’re offering is a single SQL interface for both OLTP and analytics,” says David Thompson, vice president of Engineering at MariaDB.

“MariaDB ColumnStore is the future of data warehousing,” Aziz Vahora, head of Data Management at Pinger, a specialist in mobile communication apps, added in a statement today. “ColumnStore allows us to store more data and analyze it faster. Every day, Pinger’s mobile applications process millions of text messages and phone calls. We also process more than 1.5 billion rows of logs per day. Analytic scalability and performance is critical to our business. MariaDB’s ColumnStore manages massive amounts of data and will scale with Pinger as we grow.”

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Skyhigh Networks adds threat protection and data loss prevention capabilities to the cloud  

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Every time I read the quarterly Cloud Adoption & Risk Report published by Skyhigh Networks, I come across some tidbit of information that truly surprises me. What is it in the Q4 2016 report that has me so astounded? Consider this: Fewer than half (42%) of cloud providers explicitly specify that customers own the data they upload to the service. The rest of the providers either claim ownership over all data uploaded, or don’t refer to data ownership at all in their terms and conditions, leaving it open to controversy if service is discontinued.

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AWS Lambda adds C# support

AWS Lambda, Amazon Web Services’ event-driven compute service in the cloud, is adding support for Microsoft’s C# language.

Using the .Net Core 1.0 runtime, developers can build AWS Lambda functions using C#. “The easiest way to get started is with the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, which includes project templates for individual C# Lambda functions, full C# serverless applications, and also tools to publish both projects types to AWS,” Amazon said in a bulletin on Thursday morning.

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Intralinks adds security layers for high value content collaboration using SharePoint and other systems  

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 Recently I was engaged by a large corporation for a writing project to support a product launch. This project had a small team of people who needed to collaborate on developing some promotional materials using content that had to remain confidential until launch day.

The company was so protective of the content’s secrecy that it provided me with a company-issued laptop computer, VPN access to their network, and a login ID for their network. In particular, I was given behind-the-firewall access to the SharePoint repository where the in-progress documents were kept. This way I was fully integrated into the internal team for the duration of the project, and the confidential documents would never have to leave the safety of the company’s network.

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Microsoft adds new security enhancements to its cloud offerings

Microsoft is adding a range of new security management and reporting features to its Office 365 and Azure cloud services as part of the company’s holistic approach to enterprise security announced last year.

In April, the company will release a new product called Microsoft Cloud App Security that will allow customers to gain better visibility, control and security for data hosted in cloud apps like Office 365, Box, SalesForce, ServiceNow and Ariba. The new product is based on technology from Adallom, a cloud access security broker Microsoft acquired in September.

Office 365 will also get some new security management capabilities that will be integrated with Microsoft Cloud App Security. These include security alerts that notify administrators of suspicious activity in the service; cloud app discovery that lets IT departments know the cloud services Office 365 users are connecting to; and app permissions, allowing administrators to revoke or approve third-party services that users can connect to Office 365.

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Amazon adds managed NAT gateways to Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud has long made it possible to partition a hunk of AWS with a private network of its own, complete with a VPN connection for secure access.

But setting up a VPN to access the Internet is drudgery, since connections to and from VPC have to be mapped with network address translation (NAT) using a manually created cluster of EC2 instances that serve as a gateway.

Earlier this week, Amazon did away with some of that headache by providing a new Managed NAT Gateway for AWS to automatically create NAT gateways for AWS VPNs without having to do anything more than click through a wizard.

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Google Compute Engine adds bigger VMs, autoscaling

Google Compute Engine, the company’s IaaS cloud computing offering, got a face-lift today with the announcement that new autoscaling features and 32-core VMs would be available to the general public.

Autoscaler, according to an official blog post, is the same system that Google itself uses to dynamically scale the number of VMs being used by a given application based on load — users set utilization targets, and the autoscaling system spins up or shuts down VMs in order to keep, say, RAM utilization at 50 precent. The idea is to remove the need for extensive capacity planning and management, Google said.

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