Break point: Node.js 16, Ambasador Labs, Redis, Red Hat Satellite 6.9 and Atlassian buys ThinkTilt


Node.js 16 was released this week, with highlights being support for Apple Silicon and the V8 JavaScript engine getting updated to version 9.0. As per the project’s release schedule, Node.js 16 will be the current release for the next 6 months and then promoted to Long-term Support (LTS) in October.

The major feature of this release is that it is the first to ship with prebuilt binaries for Apple Silicon. It has also seen the V8 JavaScript engine upgraded to V8 9.0, bringing performance tweaks and improvements as well as keeping Node.js up to date with JavaScript language features, according to the Node.js team.

Telepresence and Emissary-Ingress updated

Ambassador Labs has updated its portfolio of Kubernetes tools with the release of Telepresence 2.2.0, Emissary-Ingress 1.13.0 and Edge Stack 1.13.0.

Telepresence is a tool that lets developers code and test microservices locally against a remote Kubernetes cluster. Release 2.2.0 includes features related to reaching feature parity with Telepresence 1.0, as well as new features such as support for intercepting ReplicaSets, and StatefulSets. Telepresence also now works in air-gapped environments without internet access.

Emissary-Ingress, formally known as the Ambassador API Gateway, now supports the Kubernetes Gateway API in release 1.13.0, and uses the Envoy v3 API internally. Additionally, the Ambassador Agent automatically supports Ambassador Cloud, giving users easy access to the Ambassador Service Catalog.  Edge Stack 1.13.0 is a superset of the Emissary-Ingress with extra functionality, and now supports burst-rate limiting, also known as token bucket rate limiting. Full details are available on the Ambassador blog.

Red Hat Satellite simplifies operations

Red Hat has released Satellite 6.9, the latest version of its infrastructure management tool. This release improves ease of use, with a special focus on remote execution of tasks, according to Red Hat. It also includes a simplified subscription workflow when Simple Content Access is enabled.

Other changes include new features such as improved inventory sharing for better tagging in, and for new installs of Satellite a connected experience is the default, connecting Satellite and hosts to Insights at Also added is support for Red Hat single sign-on (SSO) with time based one-time passwords for two factor authentication.

Redis shows enhancements coming with Redis 7.0

Redis Labs this week showed off upcoming enhancements to its open-source in-memory key-value data store that aim to move it beyond its cache roots.

RedisRaft, set to be generally available in Redis 7.0 in the second half of 2021, will enable Redis to be deployed and run in a strongly consistent fashion, whereas NoSQL databases have traditionally compromised strong consistency for eventual consistency.

The RedisAI inference engine for real-time analytics is being enhanced to enable users to run an inference engine where their data lives, according to Redis. RedisAI as an online feature store is available today for on-premise deployments and will be available for Redis Enterprise Cloud in the second half of 2021.

Meanwhile, an out-of-the-box integration of RedisJSON and the RediSearch search engine is currently in private preview and will be generally available in the second half of 2021 with Active-Active support.

Atlassian buys ThinkTilt to integrate ProForma with Jira

Atlassian has bought ThinkTilt, developers of ProForma, a no-code/low-code form builder that works with Atlassian’s Jira service management platform. Atlassian said the buy builds on investments the company is making to address service management challenges faced by organisations embracing agile and digital workplace practices.

By integrating ProForma with Jira Service Management, teams will be able to deliver service experiences even faster, according to Atlassian. With a no-code/low-code editor, ProForma has support for 24 languages, and 300-plus pre-built form templates that encapsulate customer best practices.