DevToolsDigest: July 20th, 2018
This week's digest includes news and resources from Google, Lightstep, Apollo, Amazon, Hacker News, The New Stack, Backblaze, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
On Tuesday, 17 July 2018, customers using Google Cloud App Engine, Google HTTP(S) Load Balancer, or TCP/SSL Proxy Load Balancers experienced elevated error rates ranging between 33% and 87% for a duration of 32 minutes. Read the entire post mortem on the GCP blog.
Given blogosphere chatter and a few well-propagated success stories, many large software engineering organizations are plotting a path towards microservices. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that they all understand why they’re doing so.
Stripe Press highlights ideas that they think can be broadly useful. Some books contain entirely new material, some are collections of existing work reimagined, and others are republications of previous works that have remained relevant over time or have renewed relevance today.
After long and productive collaboration with hundreds of Apollo developers and teams in production, Apollo was excited to announce a new major release of the Apollo GraphQL Server that addresses the biggest needs of product engineering teams and sets them up for long-term success.
The concept of SRE starts with the idea that metrics should be closely tied to business objectives. Google uses several essential measurements—SLO, SLA and SLI—in SRE planning and practice. Read more about each in this blog post.
Read about three new instance types coming soon from Amazon: Z1d, R5, and R5d.
Do you need a lightweight and affordable AWS cost monitoring tool? CloudForecast is a daily email report that breaks down your AWS spend, allowing you to understand where your money is going. View spend by Products, Tags, and Sub Accounts and quickly know which areas need your attention.
In the frustratingly fast-paced, ever-shifty and profoundly fashion-driven JavaScript web development ecosystem, it’s not easy to find something that one can even stand to use, to say nothing of love. And if you do find something, its obsolescence will be triumphantly announced on Hacker News in about three weeks.
The SSH port is 22. This is the story of how it got that port number.
Industry Research
For large enterprises, serverless often seems like a tech opportunity that remains just out of reach. For many, a dependency on legacy infrastructure, an established internal culture that favors management over autonomy, and a risk aversion to the cloud can seem to take serverless off the table as a potential option.
One of the most talked about, but least understood, metrics is the concept of “data durability.” Backblaze takes a look behind the "9s" to see what it all means.
Venture Announcements
Okta, the cloud identity management company, announced today it has purchased a startup called ScaleFT to bring the Zero Trust concept to the Okta platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Denver startup's tech made it easier for non-IT staff to customize Slack for their companies.
In a world where IPOs are an unlikely outcome and traditional M&A exits are difficult to manufacture, there is a new alternative for liquidity starved founders and investors — The PE exit.
From The Heavybit Archive
In this Heavybit Fireside Chat, former Director of Marketing Alexa Meyer is joined by Segment CEO and co-founder Peter Reinhardt to discuss open source as a valuable way to find product/market fit. What began as an attempt to kill an idea became an unexpectedly successful business strategy for Peter and his team.
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