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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 195: New Shade

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“We did not anticipate Fargate being this popular — customers said, understandably, ‘we love the idea of Fargate, but why won’t you make it work for Kubernetes?’”

Amazon Web Services’ Andy Jassy, on the introduction of the company’s new Fargate managed service for Kubernetes.
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What might motivate a nation-state to attack?

Nation-state sponsored cyberattacks are far more common than most people think, according to a recently released report commissioned by CrowdStrike, which found that 81% of the 1,900 senior IT leaders and security professionals agree with the sentiment. When asked what would motivate a nation-state to attack, only 5% believe their organization is not at risk. The survey also concludes that 73% believe nation-state sponsored attacks have the potential to pose the single biggest threat to their organization in 2020. The stats are attention-grabbing and so is the study’s sponsor.

CrowdStrike is notorious because its incident response team reported that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016. President Donald Trump and his allies assert that Ukraine, China, another nation-state, even “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” could also be responsible. Security experts worry that the politicization of security will undermine faith in what has become industry best practices. CrowdStrike is trying to be apolitical, while at the same time they're using free publicity to generate demand for its Falcon offering, which correlates endpoint-related events to support threat hunting and threat intelligence.

What's Happening

In this week’s The New Stack Makers podcast interview in advance of AWS re:Invent, The New Stack founder and publisher Alex Williams caught up with InfluxData Vice President of Product Tim Hall to discuss why time-series databases are gaining in popularity with developers and how they differ from other databases.

Whether you’re talking about handling the data streaming out of Internet of Things (IoT) devices or the data used to monitor complex virtualized infrastructure and distributed applications, time-series databases are increasingly being seen as the tool of choice. As Hall explains, time-series data is simply any data that comes with a timestamp, and InfluxData is building a platform specifically to handle that type of data.

Why Time Series is Upending the Database Market

New Shade

One of the most enjoyable parts of attending big-name IT tech conferences, such as Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent held this week in Las Vegas, is listening to the CEOs throw shade at their competitors during keynotes. Oracle founder Larry Ellison was good at this, and former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy, taking on everyone from Microsoft to IBM, was a master at this. It not only enlivens a keynote, but also provides a glimpse into who a company feels their real competitors are.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy is pretty adept at the corporate roast as well. We’ve enjoyed his digs directed at Oracle over the years, as he compared the costs and speed of Oracle’s databases to AWS’ own offerings, unfavorably natch. No doubt, his fire came in part for all the licensing fees AWS had to pay Oracle for running Ellison’s software. The cloud giant has just about moved all of its own ops to its own database services, a fact it gleefully touted in the press a few months back.

So this year, perhaps not surprisingly, Jassy turned his ire from Oracle and more towards Microsoft. He talked about how the licensing terms for not only Oracle but Microsoft’s SQL Server were “downright punitive.” He also railed against a new Microsoft licensing policy for its users to run SQL Server on a dedicated instance from a competing cloud vendor such as AWS – something Microsoft allowed until recently. He ranted about the high cost of licensing Windows server as well, arguing that most customers are moving to Linux to get away from “this tax.”

Nothing is accidental in these keynotes, and so would it appear that AWS now sees Microsoft as a bigger threat than Oracle or IBM. We can’t help to think about what was said by famed financial analyst Dan Ives at Cockroach Labs’ multicloud conference in New York in October, where he mentioned how these days he is seeing seven out of 10 heavy-duty, production cloud workloads going to Microsoft Azure rather than Amazon Web Services, a complete flip from a few years ago.

We saw more evidence of this from the U.S. Department of Defense, which recently awarded its $10 billion JEDI cloud purchase order to Microsoft, beating out market leader AWS. At a re:Invent press conference, Jassy commented that the JEDI process was not adjudicated fairly and AWS was preparing a lawsuit. Maybe it can team with Oracle on the lawsuit.

In any case, check out The New Stack for our complete coverage of all things AWS and open source. We promise not to throw shade.

Merging Logs and Metrics with Grafana Labs’ Loki 1.0 Launch

Grafana Labs has released version 1.0 of the open source Loki log aggregation software at this year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, calling the tool generally available and ready for production use. The project also released LogQL, a “Prometheus-style query language,” as something the team wanted to highlight as part of a 1.0 release. Loki differs from other logging tools in that it doesn’t index the full text of the logs, but rather indexes only the metadata, while using the same service discovery technology as Prometheus to operate in a Kubernetes environment. 

How Code Analytics Could Help GitHub Decipher Its Semantic Code Graph of Open Source

GitHub is doing interesting things with its CodeQL semantic code analysis engine that it acquired when it bought Semmle in September. The Microsoft-owned company is using the technology to generate a semantic code graph of all the public repos, which should offer enormous opportunities to understand and improve coding patterns, quality and security, reported Mary Branscombe.

Why Do Contestants Keep Underbidding on ‘The Price Is Right’? A Behavioral Economist’s View

This month saw another example, as one economics writer explored 47 years’ worth of bids on “The Price Is Right,” the longest-running U.S. game show in history, where contestants guess the prices of consumer items. Behavioral economist Jonathan S. Hartley at Harvard’s public policy and public administration school wanted to understand why contestants seemed to be underbidding more often than they used to. He posits that maybe people just stop paying attention to prices when inflation is low.

Party On

Packet co-founder and CEO Zac Smith giving a thank you speech at the VIP event during IFX 2019.

Ahmed Ewing of Sesame extending hardware life cycles at IFX 2019.

Cristina Buendia of Packet and Manuela Zoninsein of Pursuit at IFX 2019 in one of the most inviting spaces you can find at a conference. 

Clare Liguori, principal software engineer at AWS, showed how Fargate can now offer serverless Kubernetes provisioning — with some metrics — during a keynote at AWS re:Invent.

Is this the data you are looking for? Always on the hunt for data at AWS re:Invent.

Mike Maciag, CMO of Dynatrace, said open source will underpin AI and ML at AWS re:Invent.

Alex Williams and friends from MongoDB for the podcast we recorded with MongoDB co-founder Eliot Horowitz at IFX 2019.

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