Although many tech enthusiasts may still be reeling from last week’s wave of Amazon-related cloud announcements, this week showed that Amazon isn’t the only company making big cloud news.
[company]Microsoft[/company] was busy this week trying to prove to enterprises that it can be a worthy challenger to Amazon, and fresh off opening up .NET, it said Tuesday that the ever-popular [company]Docker[/company] can now run inside Windows. Like last week’s .NET news showed, Microsoft is attempting to court developers.
However, Microsoft has a long way to go as far as proving to enterprises that its Azure cloud can play in the big leagues. On Tuesday, Azure storage services went down and caused customers in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia to suffer with it. As Gigaom’s Barb Darrow noted, several Azure users were peeved and found fault in Azure’s status page, which apparently didn’t notify customers that something was wrong.
Be hard to ever trust that status page again… huge worldwide outage and the status page tells us that everything is great :) #Azure
— Ronan Farrell (@RonanFarrell) November 19, 2014
By Wednesday, Microsoft put out a blog post explaining that a performance update unexpectedly resulted in Azure’s storage blobs being unable to take on extra traffic. While Microsoft eventually fixed the issue, you have to wonder how much testing the company is going to now do to make sure its cloud can handle these types of unforeseen problems.
[company]Amazon[/company] makes a big deal out of testing, and James Hamilton, vice president and distinguished engineer for Amazon Web Services, said last week the company works with roughly 8,000 servers for its networking-testing environment. If you want to be able to serve millions of users via your infrastructure, it’s obvious testing is going to play a big role, so it will be worth keeping an eye with how Microsoft continues to handle the cloud-outage after effects and how it plans to mitigate unexpected bugs.
The Structure Show
This week’s Structure Show features a great interview with [company]Netflix[/company] senior software engineer Andrew Spyker and Netflix director of cloud platform engineering Ruslan Meshenberg. The two explain how the streaming-video giant’s ZeroToDocker project can help organizations easily set up NetflixOSS tools (like Asgard and Eureka) with the help of Docker.
Hosts: Barbara Darrow and Derrick Harris
More cloud computing news
eHarmony overhauls its infrastructure
It takes a lot of backend technology to make sure [company]eHarmony[/company] can process all of its user data and ensure that people can find their right matches, so the company has been busy since 2013 revamping its system. eHarmony is looking into OpenStack, Hadoop, Spark and Docker as ways to scale better than before.
Qualcomm wants to move into the server-chip business
[company]Qualcomm[/company] CEO Steve Mollenkopf said at an analyst meeting this week that the mobile-chip giant sees big business in the data center and plans to capitalize. The company is planning on developing new server chips based on ARM technology, which should keep [company]Intel[/company] on its toes.
Primary Data brings aboard Steve Wozniak and explains its tech
Storage startup [company]Primary Data[/company] explained this week how its software-defined storage technology works and its unique way of virtualizing the metadata that pertains to the data stored on various physical storage types (flash, optical, etc.). By doing so, a data center can see all of its storage components as one large system, making it easier to allocate resources. Also, if you’ve been wondering what [company]Apple[/company] co-founder Steve Wozniak has been up to, the startup said this week that Woz is now its chief scientist.
Twitter indexes all of the tweets
In what was probably a monumental task for [company]Twitter[/company] engineers, the company detailed this week the technology behind how it stores every single tweet and makes them searchable. The search index contains “roughly half a trillion documents,” according to Twitter.
Red Hat jumps on the collaboration bandwagon
[company]Red Hat[/company] said this week that its bulking up the FeedHenry mobile app development platform with collaborative-development tools. With FeedHenry 3, Red Hat claims that developers distributed across multiple locations can work with each other easier and in real time as they build applications and services.