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July 1, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – Amazon RDS for MySQL, Azure Kubernetes Service and Load Balancer Insights, Google Cloud SQL Discounts and Cloud Monitoring

Tom Monk

Each week, we highlight the latest cloud provider news from the industry’s top providers. This week, Amazon RDS for MySQL gets multiple updates, Azure Kubernetes Service adds proximity placement, Azure Load Balancer Insights expands support, Google Cloud offers SQL discounts, and Google Cloud Monitoring introduces a new notification channel.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL has been updated with support for Minor Versions 5.6.48 and 5.7.30. In addition, Amazon Aurora Serverless now supports MySQL 5.7 compatibility, and PostgreSQL 13 Beta 1 is now available in the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment. These updates allow customers with older database versions to move their workloads into Amazon Aurora and modernize their architecture, delivering performance improvements and cost reductions without needing to concern themselves with a database version change and all of the challenges that come with it. Get more details here.
  • Azure Kubernetes Service now supports proximity placement groups, which allows Kubernetes nodes to be located closer to the infrastructure components the AKS cluster relies on. This feature is important for organizations that have moved critical workloads to Kubernetes clusters in that it allows for them to move AKS clusters to geographic regions that contain the remainder of their dependencies. IT teams will see reduced performance issues, freeing up more time to take on strategic projects. Read more here.
  • Azure Load Balancer Insights now supports Azure Monitor for Networks. This feature delivers the ability to perform health monitoring and configuration analysis of an active Azure Load Balancer instance. Topographical maps of infrastructure are made available as part of the monitoring solution, along with preconfigured relevant monitoring metrics. The maps provide an instant view of problem areas, which helps IT teams to respond faster during issues or outages. This gives organizations the ability to easily monitor the health of the Load Balancer along with the ability to report on configuration and overall mapping of dependencies. Learn more here.
  • Google is offering Cloud SQL committed use discounts, which reward steady-state, predictable usage in an easy-to-use manner that can accommodate changes in your database environment. The discounts give you 25% off on-demand pricing for a one-year commitment and 52% off for a three-year commitment. No up-front payments are required. Get more details here.
  • Google Cloud Monitoring introduced a new notification channel – Pub/Sub, a publish/subscribe queue that lets users create automated and programmatic workflows in response to alerts. Pub/Sub is now in beta and allows users to build loosely coupled applications. Using it as your notification channel makes it easy to integrate with third-party providers for alerting and incident response workflows. Read more here.

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About Tom Monk

Tom is a Solution Architect specializing in migrating enterprise workloads to public cloud. Drawing on his years of experience in a variety of consulting roles as a Systems Integrator and on a strong technical background, Tom seeks to modernize and simplify traditional monolithic enterprise workloads and deliver value to Navisite's customers by helping them find the right cloud platform. Tom is an AWS certified Professional Solution Architect and the Well-Architected Lead at Navisite. He is based in London and holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Essex.

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