Google Container Engine Service now Publicly Available

Google just made some of its cloud computing software broadly available. Since there is more demand for services that let you work with applications packaged in containers, Google pushed its Container Engine from alpha into beta. Also, the Container Registry service that stores Docker container images has been made widely available.

Up until now, a lot of businesses relied on virtual machines to run a variety of applications. But times and tech are changing, so a better alternative to traditional virtual machines was bound to crop up sooner or later. This is why Google and other cloud storage providers are now interested in packaged apps running on cloud services.

The Google Container Engine is said to run on Kubernetes open-source container management software, having the ability to deploy containers on a variety of public could services. There have been a few major tweaks done since it was in alpha and now Google is only focusing on updating the Kubernetes code rather than the whole engine once new patches roll out. Also, debugging is said to be as easy as ticking a checkbox, so developers will be able to easily identify and fix issues that might occur.

In terms of pricing, Google offers its Cloud Engine for only $0.15 per hour for standard clusters with up to 100 virtual machines and managed uptime. The basic clusters will stay the same, but users will be able to have only up to 5 virtual machines and no managed uptime.

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Turn your ASUSTOR NAS into a PC with new VirtualBox App

ASUSTOR released a new App for their Portal, and you can now turn your NAS into a computer with 24/7 availability and tremendous energy efficiency. The new VirtualBox app allows you to run a long list of virtual machines directly from your NAS. No matter if its sending emails, editing Word, Excel or PowerPoint files, or even Skype, all can be done on one machine, your NAS.

There are a few limitations as to which of the NAS devices support this new feature as it does require some CPU power as well as RAM to run properly. The supported models are the AS50, AS51, and AS57 models and it is recommended to have at least 4GB RAM in the system. The ASUSTOR Portal can also just run one virtual machine at a time, but it’s still really awesome.

Due to license limitations, users will also need to install the VirtualBox extension pack for USB 2.0 devices and Virtual RDP. You can get the pack on VirtualBox’s website as well as see a full list of supported operating systems.

The VirtualBox should satisfy all your virtual machine needs. From the numerous supported operating systems, importing and exporting virtual machines, creating virtual machine snapshots to designating physical NAS network ports for use by specific virtual machines, all can be done with VirtualBox.

Microsoft Azure and Xbox Live Suffer Major Outage

Yesterday Microsoft encountered quite a significant outage across many of its online and cloud-based products. Even its own website partially went down.

The outage mainly affected the company’s Azure cloud platform, meaning people couldn’t access files, virtual machines or in some cases their own websites. The issue seemed to occur to users across the globe, with Microsoft reporting that many regions were involved.

The problems didn’t stop there, as well as taking down the company’s own press centre and online store, some users had difficulty accessing various Xbox Live functions, with Microsoft reporting that “social and gaming are limited”.

The outages have now been mostly fixed, with Microsoft reporting that all systems are up and running, besides a few issues with latency in Europe.

Source: Forbes