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Docker partners with AWS to improve container workflows

Docker and AWS today announced a new collaboration that introduces a deep integration between Docker’s Compose and Desktop developer tools and AWS’s Elastic Container Service (ECS) and ECS on AWS Fargate. Previously, the two companies note, the workflow to take Compose files and run them on ECS was often challenging for developers. Now, the two companies simplified this process to make switching between running containers locally and on ECS far easier .

docker/AWS architecture overview“With a large number of containers being built using Docker, we’re very excited to work with Docker to simplify the developer’s experience of building and deploying containerized applications to AWS,” said Deepak Singh, the VP for Compute Services at AWS. “Now customers can easily deploy their containerized applications from their local Docker environment straight to Amazon ECS. This accelerated path to modern application development and deployment allows customers to focus more effort on the unique value of their applications, and less time on figuring out how to deploy to the cloud.”

In a bit of a surprise move, Docker last year sold off its enterprise business to Mirantis to solely focus on cloud-native developer experiences.

“In November, we separated the enterprise business, which was very much focused on operations, CXOs and a direct sales model, and we sold that business to Mirantis,” Docker CEO Scott Johnston told TechCrunch’s Ron Miller earlier this year. “At that point, we decided to focus the remaining business back on developers, which was really Docker’s purpose back in 2013 and 2014.”

Today’s move is an example of this new focus, given that the workflow issues this partnership addresses had been around for quite a while already.

It’s worth noting that Docker also recently engaged in a strategic partnership with Microsoft to integrate the Docker developer experience with Azure’s Container Instances.

Need website hosting for your business? Here are 6 great choices.

Need website hosting for your business? Here are 6 great choices.

Your small business needs a website. Nowadays, it’s as essential as any other kind of presence like a physical shop or your business phone line. A business website doesn’t necessarily need to be expansive, complicated, or even expensive to launch, but you do need some kind of web presence. After all, many users flock to Google first when trying to find a new product or service they require. 

Web hosting is, as the name suggests, where your website is hosted. It’s the home of your site, which means the speed of your site and its reliability depend upon the web hosting service you choose. That means it’s crucial to pick a host carefully. Much like you wouldn’t want your business to have an ugly storefront, you also want your web hosting to be as professional as your operation. It can be a daunting process, though, especially if you’re not tech-savvy. Read more…

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Backblaze challenges AWS by making its cloud storage S3 compatible

Backblaze today announced that its B2 Cloud Storage service is now API-compatible with Amazon’s S3 storage service.

Backblaze started out as an affordable cloud backup service but over the last few years, the company has also taken its storage expertise and launched the developer-centric B2 Cloud Storage service, which promises to be significantly cheaper than similar offerings from the large cloud vendors. Pricing for B2 starts at $0.005 per GB/month. AWS S3 starts at $0.023 per GB/month.

The storage price alone isn’t going to make developers switch providers, though. There are some costs involved in supporting multiple heterogeneous systems, too.

By making B2 compatible with the S3 API, developers can now simply redirect their storage to Backblaze without the need for any extensive rewrites.

“For years, businesses have loved our astonishingly easy-to-use cloud storage for supporting
them in achieving incredible outcomes,” said Gleb Budman, the co-founder and CEO of
Backblaze. “Today we’re excited to do all the more by enabling many more businesses to use
our storage with their existing tools and workflows.”

Current B2 customers include the likes of American Public Television, Patagonia and Verizon’s Complex Networks (with Verizon being the corporate overlords of Verizon Media Group, TechCrunch’s parent company). Backblaze says it has about 100,000 total customers for its B2 service. Among the launch partners for today’s launch are Cinafilm, IBM’s Aspera file transfer and streaming service, storage specialist Quantum and cloud data management service Veeam.

“Public cloud storage has become an integral part of the post-production process. This latest enhancement makes Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage more accessible—both for us as a vendor, and for customers,” said Eric Bassier, Senior Director, Product Marketing at Quantum. “We can now use the new S3 Compatible APIs to add BackBlaze B2 to the list of StorNext compatible public cloud storage targets, taking another step toward enabling hybrid and multi-cloud workflows.”