Weekly DevOps Roundup: June 19th, 2020

This Week in DevOps – AWS released a new product in the Snow family of devices. Azure rolled out a set of machine learning courses and Hashicorp released Consul version 1.8.


AWS::SnowCone – Introducing AWS Snowcone

AWS Snowcone is the newest and smallest member of the AWS Snow family of edge computing, storage and data transfer devices. A single Snowcone device weighs 4.5 pounds and contains 8 terabytes of usable storage.

The device can be run on batteries or AC power and is tamper-evident and resistant. Snowcone also uses a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to ensure security and chain-of-custody of data.

The Snowcone can be shipped to AWS for offline data transfer or integrated with services like S3 for remote upload. In addition to storage each Snowcone contains 2 CPUs and 4 GBs of memory which can be used to launch other AWS resources if desired.

AWS::EKS – Inf1 instances are now supported

Inf1 instances are optimized for machine learning workloads. Now machine learning models can be run on EKS and take advantage of the efficiency Inf1 offers.

Inf1 instances are powered by AWS Inferentia and offer up to 100 GBPS network bandwidth and 19 GBPS EBS bandwidth.

AWS::Lambda – EFS Filesystem mounts now supported

EFS file systems can now be mounted by Lambda functions. A single EFS system supports multiple mount points so different functions can mount to specific folders.


Azure::MachineLearning – Courses and scholarships

Azure has launched a set of machine learning courses on Udacity for aspiring machine learning engineers. The courses include an introductory program and a nano-degree program. The top 300 performers in the introductory program will receive a free scholarship for the nano-degree program.

Google Cloud

GCP::DataAnalytics – Hadoop 3 and Spark 3 now supported on Dataproc 2.0 image

Google’s Dataproc 2.0 image now supports Spark 3 and Hadoop 3. Spark 3 is in preview mode while Hadoop 3 is generally available. The Dataproc 2.0 image also upgrades core supporting libraries to their latest stable versions.


HashiCorp::Consul – Version 1.8 is now general availability

HashiCorp has released Consul 1.8 into general availability. This release includes the following features:

The Enterprise version of Consul 1.8 also includes Single Sign On (SSO) and Audit Logging support.

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