#169 — June 6, 2018

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Web Operations Weekly

Amazon EKS (ECS for Kubernetes) Now Generally Available — Amazon’s Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes is now available for use in production form. It claims to make it easier to deploy and manage containerized apps using Kubernetes on AWS, though I’ve seen a lot of negative reactions (such as on Hacker News) so far.

Jeff Barr (AWS)

Microsoft Acquiring GitHub — The huge, unavoidable news of the week is Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub which also includes Nat Friedman becoming CEO. Reaction has mostly been positive, though popular alternative GitLab has seen a huge spike in signups. Microsoft promises GitHub will remain independent, so you may not need a Microsoft login account just yet.

Satya Nadella (Microsoft)

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Reverse Engineering AWS Lambda — What happens if you crack open AWS Lambda and dig around its gooey internals? Some delightful spelunking to read about, though possibly not very useful to most.

Alec Posney

Microsoft Sinks Data Centre in Energy Efficiency Experiment — An undersea cable provides connectivity and power while the sea itself keeps the hardware cool. Swapping hardware in and out won’t be an option, however.

Rory Cellan-Jones (BBC)

The Original 'Serverless' Architecture is Still Here — While Kevin is excited about new developments with Kubernetes and serverless tech, he argues Google App Engine is mature, evolving, and the ‘original serverless’ approach.

Kevin Dangoor

Six Years After: The State of IPv6 Deployment in 2018 — An extensive, up-to-date report on the state of IPv6 use around the world as of right now.

Internet Society

Intel Launches Optane DIMMs Up To 512GB — Intel’s SDKs for its new high capacity non-volatile RAM target use cases like transactional object stores and log storage. Commenters on Hacker News note this development could have a major impact on transaction rates.


Last Week in AWS: An Opinionated, Snarky AWS Newsletter — If you use Amazon Web Services heavily and struggle to keep up with the endless stream of updates, Corey’s cheeky weekly dispatches could be a big help.

Corey Quinn

Will GDPR Pressure SaaS Vendors to Go On-Prem? — EU data protection rules make it desirable to keep data in-house with on-prem services.

Chris Churilo (The New Stack)

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📘 Tutorials

A Summary on Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) — Aims to demystify CORS and show its lighter side–as a spec that didn’t “set out to hamper the aspirations of web developers everywhere, but instead to loosen us from the grip of the same-origin policy”.

Ryan Miller

Introduction to Web Authentication: The New W3C Spec — Learn about WebAuthn, a new standard for secure authentication on the web.

Sebastián Peyrott

How-To: Achieve Observability in Modern Applications 🔭 — Deep dive into modern observability challenges and why monitoring falls short.

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Inside Firefox’s DNS Over HTTPS (DOH) Engine — When a browser makes DNS requests over HTTPS instead of to a standard DNS resolver in clear-text. There’s also this awesome higher level explainer cartoon intro to DNS over HTTPS.

Daniel Stenberg

Side-Channel Attacking Browsers Through CSS3 Features — How a side-channel vulnerability in browser implementations of the CSS3 feature mix-blend-mode allowed visual content to leak from cross-origin iframes.

Ruslan Habalov

Building Production-Ready Containers — Ben Breard wrapped up this year’s Red Hat Summit with a discussion of best practices for production-ready containers. Video here.

Doug Tidwell

▶  Build a Twelve-Factor Node.js App with Docker

Mark Shust

Building a Single NGINX Docker Image For All My PHP-FPM Containers

Karl Hughes

🔧 Tools

Enabling GPUs in the Container Runtime Ecosystem — An introduction to NVIDIA’s Container Runtime, a next-gen CPU-aware container runtime, compatible with Docker and other container systems.

Jonathan Calmels, Felix Abecassis and Pramod Ramarao (NVIDIA)

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Awless: A Powerful Alternative CLI for Amazon Web Services


tor-controller: Run Tor Onion Services on Kubernetes — A Kubernetes extension, should you need it, to deploy/run Tor Onion services.

Louis Taylor

Meet D-ASYNC: A Framework for Writing Distributed Cloud-Native Apps — The current implementation supports C# only, with Python coming next.

Serge Semenov