December 6, 2013: This Week at Engine Yard

We’ve been quite busy during and have a few things released into Early Access this week!! Check them out and give us feedback in the Early Access Forum. –Tasha Drew, Product Manager

Engineering Updates

MySQL 5.6 in Early Access

Percona MySQL 5.6 is in Early Access! MySQL 5.6 has a bunch of cool new features, including enhanced server performance and visibility and insight into user, index, and table activity. See the Percona Server 5.6 site and changelog for more information.

If you have any questions about how to upgrade, or want our professional services team to do an upgrade for you, open a ticket and ask!

A new type of instance

We have also added a new instance type from AWS as an option – currently in early access, which you can enable yourself via the dashboard. The instance types are called “dedicated instances” by AWS, and if you use them you have a physical server dedicated to that instances’ use. Anyone who requires a HIPAA compliant environment must use these instance types. Read more about dedicated instances and HIPAA compliance in our release notes, and open a ticket if you have any questions.

Social Calendar (Come say hi!)

Thursday, December 12th: Dublin, Ireland: Join Eamon Leonard and Ross Duggan for this month’s edition of Pub Standards Dublin. Meet us upstairs at 18:30 in the beer hall of the Bull & Castle.

Articles of Interest

Our Developer’s Conference, Distill, and the excellent Basho-curated all-things-distributed-systems RICON West now have videos up so you can enjoy dropped knowledge and catch up on recent developments – as well as some cool historical talks about the History of Women in Programming (at Distill, by Elise Worthy and Jessica Lynn Suttles), and Distributed Systems Archeology (at Ricon West, by Michael Bernstein).

Opscode guru and proud Brooklynite Julian Dunn has published an excellent blog on creating wrapper cookbooks.