TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (11/03/17-11/10/17)

Prometheus Reaches 2.0

The open source container-monitoring platform, Prometheus, reached 2.0 this past week. The newly-unveiled version touts improved performance and stability, and features changes like:

  • A new storage format
  • A new way to handle “staleness” – when data reported by Prometheus doesn’t match the state of the cluster
  • Snapshot backups of entire database

Check out complete coverage on this announcement from The New Stack and InfoWorld.

Azure “Durable Functions” Manage State in Serverless

Microsoft Azure’s new “Durable Functions” allow users to manage state in their “Azure Functions” serverless service. (Try saying “serverless service” ten times fast).

As The New Stack’s article reminds us, serverless platforms do not inherently help manage state. Instead, state is externalized so it doesn’t interact with the business logic of the app. That can get complicated. Durable Functions is meant to address state needs in “a variety of patterns and scenarios that would quickly get complicated using triggers, timers and notifications.”

Security Benefits of Containerizing Traditional Apps

We’ve written before about the resource savings and performance boosts of modernizing traditional apps (MTA) with containers. Now, Twistlock has shared an editorial (via The New Stack) on how containerizing can make “security and compliance instantly easier.” The article addresses three key areas: vulnerability management, compliance, and runtime. Check out their complete writeup.

AWS C5 High-Compute Instances Available

This past week, AWS announced the general availability of their latest (C5) high-compute instances. In other words, customers can now spin up cloud-based instances “requiring large amounts of compute capacity.” A VentureBeat article gives examples like “video encoding, running multiplayer gaming systems, and serving advertisements,” and says the instances should “offer higher performance at a lower price than their predecessors, the C4 line.”

The Benefits of Serverless

A recent article in VentureBeat describes the benefits of serverless computing “a… cloud service where the hosting provider allocates adequate resources for you on the fly rather than making you pay for dedicated servers or capacity in advance.” Among the benefits:

  • Agility (no need to worry about deploying, managing, or scaling servers — you can effectively abandon infrastructure administration)
  • Scalability (scale up or down quickly and automatically — to accommodate spikes in traffic)
  • Billing model (only pay for what you need — don’t waste money on idle resources)
  • Security (auto-scaling mitigates risk of a DDoS attack)

Any major container news we missed? Please feel free to drop us a line. This summary is part of an ongoing series from InfoSiftr, and we want to make sure all top container stories are covered.


About the Author: