By: Jeremy Pedersen
Folks, you know what time it is! That's right, it's Blog Time (puts on sunglasses).
This week we're looking at what's new on Alibaba Cloud. This will be a short one, don't worry: you've got time to finish reading before your boss comes up behind you!
RDS has picked up a couple of new features recently. Let's list 'em out:
RDS SQL Server Edition now supports 2016EE, 2016SE, 2017SE, 2019SE, 2017 Web, and 2019 Web. I have mentioned this in previous posts, but it's worth mentioning again.
Wondering where you can keep up-to-date on changes? All RDS updates are listed here. This list is kept up to date by the RDS product team, so it should stay current!
No new new updates this week (I have reported on most of these a few weeks back), but I'll summarize here again:
You can see a full list of new updates here.
SAS has added support for these new application images:
See the release notes for a full list of updates!
A full list of recent updates is available here.
RAM has added a couple of new features to help improve security for sensitive operations and make it easier to link external identities to the RAM service:
You can now force MFA for sensitive operations, specifically:
A full list of updates is available here.
There will be a price increase for DigiCert certificates issued through Alibaba Cloud's SSL Certificate Service.
One way to avoid paying a high price for SSL certificates is to generate them using a free service like Let's Encrypt. You can then upload these certificates to services like Alibaba Cloud's CDN or SLB. Instructions are here:
Not as convenient as Alibaba Cloud SSL Certificate Service's one-click deployment, but much cheaper!
See a full list of updates here.
See more updates here.
Event Bridge is a new service that was just released late last year (2021), so there aren't a lot of new updates just yet.
On relatively new feature worth mentioning is EventStreamings, which was added to allow processing of streaming data, which is pretty neat! More details here.
Full release notes here.
ASM now allows you to declare external authorization services within a mesh. See here for details.
Full release notes and future updates will be listed here.
A new version of the mPaaS baseline for iOS and Android has been released. See the release notes for more details.
VPN Gateway now supports dynamic BGP routing.
This is a helpful feature for enterprise users that need their VPN Gateway to automatically learn new routes.
GA now offers a one month free trial. If you're not sure GA will work to accelerate your application, no problem: try it out for free first!
Server Load Balancer ALBs now support a higher uptime SLA when deployed across two zones.
This is a BIG enhancement over the Classic Load Balancer, which only offered an SLA of 99.95%, lower than ECS.
ALB is now able to offer a multi-zone ALB of 99.995%, bringing it on-par with ECS instance availability guarantees.
I'm not sure if I have covered this in other blog posts, so I'll mention it here: there is now a good alternative to peering VPCs with CEN. You can now perform direct, simple peering with PrivateLink.
The service has been available throughout most of 2021, but I thought it was still worth a mention!
This is really nice because it enables easier cross-VPC networking, which I can use to do things like forward traffic from one VPC to a load balancer in a different VPC group.
When using the CEN Enterprise Edition transit routing feature, you can specify a different Alibaba Cloud account as the "payer account", meaning traffic charges will be billed to that account, rather than the account hosting CEN. See details here.
A full list of CEN feature releases and upgrades is here.
That's all for this week! See you next time. ^_^
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