Open source tool manages AWS Lambda apps

A new open source project from Express and Node.js-canvas creator TJ Holowaychuk lets developers create, deploy, and manage AWS Lambda functions from a command-line tool.

Apex, written in Google’s Go language, also makes it possible to run applications in languages not directly supported by AWS Lambda, such as Golang itself.

Apex deploys AWS Lambda functions via projects, aka collections of function definitions described with JSON. It bundles all the needed dependencies and uploads them to AWS, and it automatically cleans up older or outdated versions of functions. In a nod to building versioned APIs, Apex allows users to manually specify which versions of a given function to retain.

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Google’s cloud benchmarking tool ups its game

Google’s PerfKit toolset for benchmarking cloud environments was originally released earlier this year in a pre-1.0 version. Today, it’s officially been bumped to a 1.0 release, with expanded support for various cloud providers and automation of 26 different benchmarks, up from the 20 originally provided.

Given how tough it can be to reliably benchmark any cloud, having an open source, cloud-agnostic toolkit to help make it happen is a net boon.

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OpenStack tool helps new users find relevant cloud projects

OpenStack Foundation, the backer of an open-source project for software to build cloud services, has launched Project Navigator, an online tool to make it easier for new users to choose from the over 25 cloud-related services or projects offered under its aegis.

The tool provides data to new users to help them differentiate between the six core services most commonly deployed across every OpenStack cloud, such as Nova, Neutron, Cinder and Swift, and optional services that they may want to use depending on their specific requirements. The information for the website comes from OpenStack technical and user committees.

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IBM tackles ‘shadow IT’ with a new cloud security tool for enterprises

If there’s one thing that can strike terror into a CIO’s heart, it’s the security implications of the cloud; if there’s another, it’s the “bring your own” technology trend. Combine the two, and you’ve got the motivation behind IBM’s new Cloud Security Enforcer.

Thanks to having set up used a private email server while U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has become a poster child for “shadow IT,” or the phenomenon by which employees bring their own technologies into the workplace, but there’s no denying its prevalence. One-third of Fortune 1000 employees share and upload corporate data on third-party cloud apps, according to a recent IBM Security study. One in four link to cloud apps using a corporate log-in and password.

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