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CTT Big4 News IBM Cloud Recently #IBM012

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AWS, IBM, Google & Azure – the Big4 Cloud Service providers. In this article, we will explore latest IBM Cloud Recently.

IBM Cloud Functions Adds Support for PHP 7.2

Supercharge your PHP serverless applications

IBM Cloud Functions added support for PHP 7.1 last year, and with the release of 7.2, IBM is updating! With PHP 7.2 you can ensure better app performance. In addition to lowering your total cost of ownership (TCO), you can improve your user experience by taking advantage of faster response times for blocking requests.

How fast?

There are significant changes in speed between 7.1 and 7.2. You should be able to see the improvements in both cold and warm invocations for you PHP 7.2 actions. Check out the following chart to see a comparison of a hello world action that uses 256MB in both PHP 7.1 and 7.2.

Security From Chip to Cloud: Data-in-Use Protection Only on IBM Cloud

Founded on the principle that the cloud offers a unique opportunity to do security right, IBM Cloud now offers an industry-first data-in-use protection solution for cloud-native applications. These new capabilities are poised to allow a new set of data-centric applications to move to the cloud, enabling enterprises to adopt cloud with confidence.

Data-in-use protection for infrastructure

IBM introduced a security technology offering on IBM Cloud infrastructure that provides secure enclaves designed to protect data used in application runtimes. Using Intel Secure Guard Extensions (SGX) technology on cloud servers, application developers can enhance their application code to protect sensitive data within protected areas of execution, called enclaves. This offering paves the way for a proactive approach to cloud security and allows developers to build apps safely with highly agile tools that can bring them to market faster.

Data-in-use protection for containers integrated into IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

To help developers building containerized applications, IBM recently announced the availability of secure enclave technologies to be used with the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service. IBM is the first cloud provider to integrate this data-in-use protection technology into Kubernetes services, allowing developers to orchestrate their container apps that already exploit secure enclaves designed to be deployed in SGX servers on IBM Cloud.

Data-in-use protection for apps using IBM Cloud Data Shield

IBM introduces IBM Cloud Data Shield as an experimental capability. Using this offering, developers can build a Python or C/C++ app or one of many pre-canned cloud native technologies—like NGINX or MySQL—and containerize and shield with IBM Data Shield. Such a shielded app can be deployed on IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, allowing protection of sensitive data in use without code changes!

Protect data-in-use as part of your holistic cloud data protection strategy. Try out these capabilities on IBM Cloud. 

How Can Banks Benefit from the Cloud and Stay Compliant?

The first way that banks can benefit from using IBM Cloud is through our expertise around financial compliance. Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company, is helping clients resolve critical issues, particularly those with a regulatory dimension. Promontory professionals have unparalleled regulatory experience and insight and provide our clients with frank, proactive advice informed by best practices and regulatory expectations.

Second, to help banks take a risk-based approach when deploying to IBM Cloud, IBM clearly document the technical and organizational measures IBM take around data security and privacy. These are defined for IBM Cloud in the Data Security and Privacy principles and additional specifics are covered in each IBM Cloud Service Data Sheet. Moreover, these two documents also define the business continuity plan and the data hosting and data processing locations each service uses. All this information is publicly available, simplifying the risk assessment process. If you need additional security for a workload, IBM can provide you with the extra bit.

These security measures are accompanied by independent third-party certifications, showing IBM Cloud compliance with globally accepted standards. For the specific audit and access rights required by the EBA recommendations, IBM developed a “Cloud Addendum for Financial Services,” which describes the process in detail.

Introducing More Flexibility and Control for IBM Cloud Account Management Services Access

This update means that key account management functions such as tracking usage, viewing billing information, inviting users, and more can now be granted to other users in your account with IBM Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies.

Now, IBM have logically separated the policy management of account management services from resources and resource groups. This means there will be two policies now (versus a single policy) going forward, including one for All account management services and the other for All resources in account (including future IAM enabled services), as shown below:

New in App ID: App Identity, Custom Sign-In Methods, and More

Authenticate apps

While App ID provides multiple mechanisms for authenticating users, you now also have a way to authenticate apps that don’t involve a user by leveraging the OAuth 2.0 client credentials flow. An example of when you may want to have one app communicate with another service or app without involving a user is an IoT device that monitors and reports environment variables to an upstream server.

Manage apps

It is easy for you now, to keep track of applications that use App ID for authentication. You can register and track your apps in the App ID console, and from there, you can get the credentials you need to use to leverage App ID in your app.

Profiles—start building a user profile in advance

App ID now lets you pre-register users and assign them custom attributes and roles before they first sign in to your app. For example, you may want to assign a user a “Coordinator” or “Participant” role in your app in advance.

Sign-in users using a custom identity provider

App ID supports SAML-based identity providers, App ID’s own native Cloud Directory, and social identity providers (e.g., Facebook, Google). If you want to use a different identity provider to authenticate users (e.g., Github or LinkedIn) or a legacy enterprise identity provider with a proprietary authentication protocol, you can use these for authentication and protect your back-ends with App ID. If your identity provider offers an SDK, you can use it to facilitate user authentication information before packaging and exchanging information with App ID.

Sign-in employees with any sign-in method

Now, in addition to letting employees sign in with their enterprise email and password, you can choose to let them sign in with any authentication method that your SAML based identity provider (IdP) supports (e.g., with a smart card or touch id).

Other new things you might like:

  • You can now define the user attributes that you want to associate with your App ID tokens so that you can quickly access this info directly in your client app code.
  • App ID now exposes a well-known URL to allow you to automatically configure your app using the OpenID Connect (OIDC) discovery document.

Kubernetes v1.12.2 Now Available in IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

Kubernetes v1.12.2

Kubernetes v1.12.2 for your clusters is now available. With the Kubernetes service, you can easily upgrade your clusters without the need for deep Kubernetes knowledge. When you deploy new clusters, the default Kubernetes version remains 1.10; you can also choose to immediately deploy version 1.12.

In addition to all the great Kubernetes features provided in this release, the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service v1.12 update also includes the following:

  • Increased availability with HA masters
  • Ability to select KubeDNS (default) or CoreDNS as cluster DNS provider
  • Ability to scale the number of Kubernetes Dashboard pods
  • Heapster replaced by metrics server as cluster metrics provider
  • containerd updated to version 1.2.0
  • Beta-release of new IPVS type cloud provider load balancer

IBM Cloud Functions Adds Support for Ruby 2.5

What’s happening with IBM Cloud Functions and Ruby?

IBM Cloud Functions is welcoming Ruby 2.5 as a natively supported programming language. Now, you can join the Serverless revolution and start building cloud-native apps without worrying about scaling or infrastructure management by using Function-as-a-Service.

What does it look like?

A simple action would look like the following example:

def main(param)
name = param["name"] || "IBM Cloud"
greeting = "Hello #{name}!"
puts greeting
{ "body" => greeting }
end

How do I get started?

Ready to give it a go? Try deploying this example action by using the IBM Cloud CLI or dashboard.

To create a web action with the IBM Cloud Functions CLI plugin, you would run the following command:

ibmcloud fn action create helloRuby hello.rb --kind ruby:2.5 --web true

To get the URL for the web action and open it in your browser, run the following command:

ibmcloud fn action get helloRuby --url

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Author: Debashree

A Technical writer and passionate about digital life. Always eager to learn and share knowledge.

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