Google Site Reliability Engineering Book now free to read

https://landing.google.com/sre/book/index.html

This has been released under the Creative Commons license.

Alternatively, you can purchase a printed copy from O’Reilly : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920041528.do

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Fosdem 2017 Videos

Over 400 free videos from talks given given by open source software developers at Fosdem 2017 which was held in Brussels on 4 & 5 February 2017.

Fosdem is the Free and Open Source Software Developers European Meeting.

One of the keynote talks was given by Brandon Philips, CTO of CoreOS titled Kubernetes on the road to GIFEE. GIFEE stands for Google Infrastructure for Everyone Else.

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Azure Updates – 21/Feb/2017

Announcement 1
Kubernetes in Azure Container Service is out of preview, so it’s now Generally Available.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/kubernetes-now-generally-available-on-azure-container-service/

Announcement 2
Azure Korea goes online with data centres in both Seoul and Busan bringing the total numbers of regions in Asia to 13, and 38 Azure regions announced across the globe – more than any other major cloud provider.
https://news.microsoft.com/apac/2017/02/21/microsoft-cloud-expands-in-asia-with-microsoft-azure-available-from-korea/

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Azure wins Linpack benchmarking across public cloud providers

Interesting white-paper outlining results from a comparative benchmarking of public cloud computing vendors by using the Linpack Benchmark, which is a measure of a computer’s floating-point rate of execution.

Results : Azure surpasses the other public cloud providers when running HPC equivalent workloads, demonstrating that their performance per single computing core delivers the best value.

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1702.02968.pdf

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Microsoft use Git for internal source control

Excellent article on how Microsoft surprisingly uses TFS/Git to manage their internal codebase covering Windows for PC, Windows Server, Windows Mobile, HoloLens, Xbox, IOT.

Microsoft have created a new Windows based technology called a file-system filter driver (similar to a FUSE driver in Linux) in order to develop a Git Virtual Filesystem which virtualizes the file system underneath your repository and makes it appear as though all the files in your repository are present, but in reality only downloads a file the first time it is opened (sparse file). This allows developers to manage the 300GB codebase with ease.

Further reading:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/02/03/scaling-git-and-some-back-story/
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2017/02/03/announcing-gvfs-git-virtual-file-system/

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AWS Cloud Directory

Store objects in a customised and managed directory service using AWS Cloud Directory.

Scales easily to 100s of millions of objects, create multiple hierarchies, API, no software patching, no servers or infrastructure to manage.

Not sure why AWS never release new services immediately in EU Frankfurt, so if you use that region, then you need to wait until this is rolled out.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-cloud-directory-a-cloud-native-directory-for-hierarchical-data/

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Linux Conf Au 2017 Videos

Around 150 videos from the Linux Conf Au have been uploaded to YouTube on every conceivable topic possible from the Kernel to OpenStack to IoT to Gaming.

https://www.youtube.com/user/linuxconfau2017

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