The week in cloud

Amazon Web Services adds to its enterprise war chest

This week Amazon Web Services continued its enterprise-focused feature push with new resource groups and a tag editor for EC2 instances, which means that IT people at big companies (or even smaller organizations) will have an easier time isolating the resources they use.

The new [company]Amazon[/company] Tag Editor makes it easier for admins to group resources on a logical basis whereas before they had to tag them “service-by-service, region-by-region” according to the AWS blog post.

Admins can also then allocate a group of resources that share one tag or more and the group can span regions and services. This, said AWS, creates a “custom console that organizes and consolidates the information you need on a per-project basis.” There’s more here from IDG news.

Over the past six months or so, AWS has launched features to appeal to Windows admins, their counterparts in the VMware  world; directory services, and a service catalog for its cloud products that some think will soon encompass third-party services in the cloud and on premises as well.

New Google SDK for data heads

Also this week in cloud,  Google said it is open-sourcing the software development kit (SDK) for Cloud Dataflow, which itself was announced (in alpha form) at Google I/O in June. Dataflow’s goal is to make it easier for analysts, data scientists and developers to access large data sets for their work.

Per the [company]Google[/company] Cloud Platform blog post, the SDK

… introduces a unified model for batch and stream data processing. Our approach to temporal based aggregations provides a rich set of windowing primitives allowing the same computations to be used with batch or stream based data sources. We will continue to innovate on new programming primitives and welcome the community to participate in this process.

This SDK sort of compares to the AWS Kinesis Java client while Cloud Dataflow overall will contend with Amazon’s Kinesis service, which, as one developer pointed out “is available now, fully supported and not in alpha or beta.”

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Docker boss responds to CoreOS fracas

Who knew that containers could stir so much passion? This week on the Structure Show, [company]Docker[/company] CEO Ben Golub talks about the dustup CoreOS started with its Rocket container news and touches on other hot topics as well. So check out Derrick Harris’ and Jonathan Vanian’s chat with Golub about halfway through, but if you want to hear about our take on how [company]Hortonworks[/company] and [company]New Relic[/company] were faring in their first week as publicly held companies, start at the beginning.

Ben Golub, CEO of Docker
Ben Golub, CEO of Docker

 

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