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April 8, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – VMware vSphere 7, Amazon RDS for SQL Server, Oracle Slack Notifications, Google Cloud’s Memcached Service

Tom Monk

Here’s our update on recent cloud provider news. This week, we cover VMware’s vSphere 7 announcement, Amazon RDS for SQL Server support for PostgreSQL 12, Slack messaging for Oracle Cloud Notifications and Google Cloud’s Memorystore for Memcached.

  • VMware announced general availability of vSphere 7, the latest version of VMware’s cloud virtualization platform that transforms data centers into simplified cloud computing infrastructures and enables IT organizations to deliver flexible and reliable IT services. New features include built-in Kubernetes, automated lifecycle management and improved DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) and vMotion logic. Also, in version 7 flash-based flex UI has been removed. Learn more here.

Why it matters: This major new release brings a massive improvement to the work experience of vSphere administrators. With Kubernetes built into vSphere, developers can now use the same standard tools and interface they’re already using to create modern applications, and vSphere admins can manage the Kubernetes infrastructure the same way they’ve been administrating vSphere for years. Additionally, new automation greatly simplifies time-consuming admin tasks associated with the lifecycle management of infrastructure.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports PostgreSQL major version 12. This version includes better management of indexing, improved partitioning, JSON path queries per SQL/JSON specifications, and nondeterministic collations that support case-insensitive and accent-insensitive comparisons for ICU provided collations. It also includes most common-value statistics for improved query plans, creation of generated columns that computes values with an expression, and additional features. Read more here.

Why it matters: Many organizations will be running PostgreSQL version 12. Now that Amazon will support this version with Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, customers can move these databases into AWS and take advantage of Amazon’s managed database platform.

  • Oracle Cloud Notifications service can now send messages to Slack. Notifications is a cloud-native messaging service that allows push-based messaging. The notification service provides integrations with other Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services, such as Events and Monitoring. This means that monitoring events captured in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can send alerts to customers using Slack. Learn more here.

Why it matters: Best practices for monitoring are crucial to all IT operations, and this enhancement allows Oracle customers to improve on their alerting capabilities by getting alerts to themselves faster.

  • Google Cloud announced Memorystore for Memcached in beta, a fully managed, highly scalable service that is compatible with the open source Memcached protocol. Google launched Memorystore for Redis in 2018, and this new announcement brings even more flexibility and choice for a caching layer. More details here.

Why it matters: Google has provided another option for caching database traffic, which allows workloads to scale past the bottleneck of the database tier. This gives more options for moving high-throughput applications and websites to Google Cloud Platform.

If you have any questions about these product updates and how they can optimize your environment, please contact us at hello@navisite.com.

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.