Category Archives: Cloud Computing

A big year for HeartyHosting

Building on an excellent 2016, Boyle Software’s cloud services platform HeartyHosting added a slew of terrific new features in 2017. As an AWS partner, we continued to grow our expertise and extend our usage of Amazon’s best-of-breed services, continuously innovating and bringing our clients new levels of efficiency and value. The list of HeartyHosting’s new capabilities, upgrades, and offerings for this past year is impressive:

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Build AR, VR, and 3D apps with Amazon Sumerian

Today Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Sumerian – a tool that lets developers create virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D applications quickly and easily. 

Even without any specialized expertise, users of the platform can put together highly immersive experiences and environments to be used for any number of ways including education, training, service, marketing – you name it! Continue reading

Simple AWS Lambda and API Gateway with Claudia.js

For any of you Node.js folks out there already using serverless frameworks like ‘The Serverless Framework‘ , you’ll definitely want to checkout the really cool Claudia.js framework…

Claudia makes it easy to deploy Node.js projects to AWS Lambda and API Gateway. It automates all the error-prone deployment and configuration tasks, and sets everything up the way JavaScript developers expect out of the box. Continue reading

Convenient Semaphore with DynamoDB

DynamoDB is a non-blocking asynchronous storage, and it is great. Mostly. However, sometimes you just need to ensure that only one instance of script accesses a certain share of information in your table. In my case it was operation or purgin+rebuilding records, which under race conditions would result in a massive data loss.

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AWS Announces Per-Second Billing

AWS recently announced they will be moving to a per-second billing model for several services, most prominently their EC2 compute and EBS storage services. Previously they used a per-hour billing model, whereby if you launched an instance you were charged for a full hour minimum, even if you shut it down 10 minutes later. The changes will go into effect on October 2nd, and also includes the EMR and Batch services. For now only Linux instances are included.

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Focus on code over infrastructure with Google App Engine Flexible Environment

The Google App Engine Flexible environment, which transitioned from Beta to GA a couple of months ago allows developers to focus on doing what they do best, writing code. Based on Google Compute Engine, the App Engine flexible environment automatically scales your app up and down while balancing the load.
 
Microservices, authorization, SQL and NoSQL databases, traffic splitting, logging, versioning, security scanning, and content delivery networks are all supported natively. In addition, the App Engine flexible environment allows you to customize the runtime and even the operating system of your virtual machine using Dockerfiles.
 

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New! AWS Migration Hub

AWS iconJust announced today is a new collection of tools to help businesses move applications to the cloud – the AWS Migration Hub.

The Hub is organized into three categories which guide users through the process and offer status tracking and updates:

  • Discover (understand all the moving parts)
  • Migrate (connect tools and start the move)
  • Track (track the status of your migrations)

The hub itself is free to use (but you will be charged for the use of AWS Services during the move.)

Read more about it here and let us know if you decide to give it a try!

Strong messaging with IronMQ

Need a good messaging queue but don’t want to tie yourself to AWS’s SNS/SQS or Google’s Pub Sub ? Then IronMQ from Iron.io might be the solution for you… Highly available and persistent by design, IronMQ is an industrial strength and cloud native messaging queue which helps to tie your distributed systems together.

Offering unicast and multicast ‘push’ queues , ‘pull’ queues , guaranteed ordering , error queues, super easy to use language libraries including Ruby, Python, PHP, .NET and Node.js – IronMQ has it all.

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