Wednesday 30 November 2016

Move Exabyte-Scale Data Sets with AWS Snowmobile

AWS Snowmobile is an exabyte-scale data transfer service that can move extremely large amounts of data to AWS in a fast, secure, and cost-effective manner. You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck. Snowmobile makes it easy to move massive volumes of data to the cloud, including video libraries, image repositories, or even a complete data center migration. All data is encrypted with 256-bit encryption and you can manage your encryption keys with AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). Snowmobile includes GPS tracking, alarm monitoring, 24/7 video surveillance and an optional escort security vehicle while in transit. 

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Announcing AWS Snowball Edge

AWS Snowball Edge is a 100TB data transfer device with on-board storage and compute. You can use Snowball Edge to move large amounts of data into and out of AWS, as a temporary storage tier for large local data sets, or to support independent local workloads in remote locations. 

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Introducing Amazon EC2 R4 Instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances

You can now launch R4 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory Optimized instances, featuring a larger instance size, a new Intel Broadwell processor, improved networking and EBS performance, and cheaper on per GiB of RAM compared to R3 instances. R4 instances are well-suited for memory-intensive, latency-sensitive workloads like Business Intelligence (BI), data mining & analysis, in-memory databases, distributed web scale in-memory caching, and applications performing real-time processing of unstructured big data.

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Introducing Amazon Rekognition

Amazon Rekognition is a service that makes it easy to add image analysis to your applications. With Rekognition, you can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can also search and compare faces. Rekognition’s API lets you easily build powerful visual search and discovery into your applications. With Amazon Rekognition, you only pay for the images you analyze and the face metadata you store. There are no minimum fees and there are no upfront commitments.

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Announcing AWS Greengrass, now in limited preview

AWS Greengrass is software that lets you run local compute, messaging & data caching for connected devices in a secure way. With AWS Greengrass, connected devices can run AWS Lambda functions, keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices securely – even when not connected to the Internet. Using AWS Lambda, Greengrass ensures your IoT devices can respond quickly to local events, operate with intermittent connections, and minimize the cost of transmitting IoT data to the cloud.

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Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 I3 Instances, next-generation Storage Optimized High I/O instances

Amazon EC2 I3 instances are the latest generation of Storage Optimized High-I/O instances, designed for the most demanding High I/O workloads, featuring low-latency Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based SSDs. I3 instances are ideal for workloads like transactional processing systems, relational and NoSQL databases, data warehousing applications, analytics workloads and Elasticsearch workloads.

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Announcing PostgreSQL compatibility for Amazon Aurora

Today, we’re adding PostgreSQL compatibility to Amazon Aurora. With Amazon Aurora’s new PostgreSQL support, customers can get up to several times better performance than the typical PostgreSQL database and take advantage of the scalability, durability, and security capabilities of Amazon Aurora – all for one-tenth the cost of commercial grade databases. Read more about Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility in the AWS Blog

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Introducing Amazon Athena: a pay-as-you-go interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL

Today, we announced the general availability of Amazon Athena, a serverless query service that makes it easy to analyze data directly in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can point Athena at their data stored in S3 and begin using standard SQL to run ad-hoc queries and get results in seconds. With Athena, there are no clusters to manage and tune, there is no infrastructure to setup, and customers pay only for the queries they run. Athena scales automatically – executing queries in parallel – so results are fast, even with large datasets and complex queries.

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Introducing Amazon Lightsail

Today we announce the newest member of the AWS Compute family - Amazon Lightsail. Lightsail is designed to be the easiest way to launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS. Lightsail plans include everything you need to jumpstart your project – a virtual machine, SSD-based storage, data transfer, DNS management, and a static IP – for a low, predictable price.

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Available for Preview: Amazon EC2 F1 instances, custom FPGAs for Hardware Acceleration

Amazon EC2 F1 is a compute instance with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that you can program to create custom hardware accelerations for your application. F1 instances are easy to program and come with everything you need to develop, simulate, debug, and compile your hardware acceleration code, including an FPGA Developer AMI and Hardware Developer Kit (HDK). Once your FPGA design is complete, you can register it as an Amazon FPGA Image (AFI), and deploy it to your F1 instance in just a few clicks. You can reuse your AFIs as many times, and across as many F1 instances as you like. You can offer AFIs you develop on the AWS Marketplace for other customers to purchase. 

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Announcing an Improved AWS IoT Button Developer Experience

In May, we officially launched the AWS IoT Button and were overwhelmed by the support the button received from the developer community. We listened to your suggestions and are pleased to announce an improved developer experience for the AWS IoT Button.

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Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, the next generation of Compute Optimized instances

Amazon EC2 C5 instances are the most powerful Compute Optimized instances and the best price to compute performance in EC2. C5 is the first AWS cloud instance based on Intel’s next-generation Skylake Xeon® processors. They are ideal for compute-intensive workloads like ad serving, scientific modeling, 3D rendering, cluster computing, machine learning inference, and distributed analytics.

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Available for Preview: Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs for attachable graphics acceleration

Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs allow you to easily attach low-cost graphics acceleration to current generation EC2 instances. With Elastic GPUs, you choose the GPU resources that are sized for your workload, so you can accelerate the graphics performance of your applications for a fraction of the cost of stand-alone graphics instances.  Elastic GPUs are ideal If you need a small amount of GPU for graphics acceleration, or have applications that could benefit from some GPU, but also require high amounts of compute, memory, or storage. 

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Introducing Amazon Lex, now in Preview

Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. Lex provides the advanced deep learning functionalities of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for converting speech to text, and natural language understanding (NLU) to recognize the intent of the text, to enable you to build applications with highly engaging user experiences and lifelike conversational interactions. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are now available to any developer, enabling you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language, conversational bots (“chatbots”). 

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Announcing the AWS IoT Button Enterprise Program, now in limited preview

The AWS IoT Button Enterprise Program is designed for businesses to expand their existing applications or build new applications that connect to a simple IoT button device. It enables businesses to offer new services or improve existing products using the click of a physical button to trigger services in the cloud.

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Introducing t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge: Two New Larger Burstable Amazon EC2 Instances

You can now launch the t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge, the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instances. The t2.xlarge features 16 GiB of memory and 4 vCPU, and the t2.2xlarge features 32 GiB of memory and 8 vCPU. These two new instances provide burstable-performance options for larger workloads. As with other T2 instances, t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge are well suited for workloads that require a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst. T2 instances are backed by Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz. 

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What you need to know from re:Invent – FPGAs-as-a-service and more

Just give it to me straight

AWS re:Invent  At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today, Amazon Web Services tipped its hand to reveal its battle plan for invading new markets.…

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'Significant' number of HPE OpenStackers flung to SUSE

Linux shop vows PaaS play

A "significant" number of Hewlett Packard Enterprise staff are accompanying OpenStack code going to SUSE Linux.…

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Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL are now HIPAA-eligible services

AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. You can now use Amazon Aurora or RDS for PostgreSQL databases to build your HIPAA-compliant applications and store healthcare related information, including protected health information (PHI) under an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS.

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Amazon WorkSpaces introduces Windows 10 desktop experience

Amazon WorkSpaces now offers bundles that come with a Windows 10 desktop experience, powered by Windows Server 2016. Amazon WorkSpaces Windows 10 bundles provides you an easy way to move users to a modern operating system, while also simplifying licensing. Amazon WorkSpaces continues to offer bundles that come with a Windows 7 desktop experience, provided by Windows Server 2008 R2. You can also run Windows 7 and Windows 10 Enterprise operating systems with Amazon WorkSpaces if your organization meets the licensing requirements set by Microsoft.

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Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL are now HIPAA-eligible services

AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. You can now use Amazon Aurora or RDS for PostgreSQL databases to build your HIPAA-compliant applications and store healthcare related information, including protected health information (PHI) under an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS.

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AWS Storage Gateway price reductions

Effective December 1, 2016, we’re updating pricing for AWS Storage Gateway, making it more cost-effective to adopt cloud storage for your on-premises applications. There will be 3 changes to pricing: storage prices for volume and virtual tapes will be reduced; the monthly gateway fee will be replaced with pricing based on the amount of data you write to AWS; and virtual tape retrieval will be simplified, moving from rate-based fees to per GB pricing. 

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Revolutionizing S3 Storage Management with 4 new features

You can use the new Amazon S3 storage management capabilities to help you better organize, analyze and manage your data storage on S3. 

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AWS Storage Gateway provides a file interface to objects in your Amazon S3 buckets

AWS Storage Gateway now provides a virtual on-premises file server, which enables you to store and retrieve Amazon S3 objects through standard file storage protocols. With file gateway, existing applications or devices can use secure and durable cloud storage without needing to be modified. File gateway simplifies moving data into S3 for in-cloud workloads, provides cost-effective storage for backup and archive, or expands your on-premises storage into the cloud. 

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Announcing AWS Organizations, Now in Preview

AWS Organizations makes it easier for IT teams to manage multiple AWS accounts. You can use Organizations to create groups of AWS accounts, and then apply policies to these groups to help centrally manage security and automation settings.

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AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, Financial Services Partner Solutions

AWS Competency Program & Financial Services Partners
The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Financial Services Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated industry expertise, readily implemented solutions that align with AWS architectural best practices, and have staff with AWS-certifications.

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Introducing the AWS Service Delivery Program

Today, the AWS Partner Network (APN) team announced the launch of the AWS Service Delivery Program, a new program to help AWS customers quickly locate APN Partners who have proven expertise delivering specific AWS services such as Amazon Aurora, or AWS Lambda. Attaining an AWS Service Delivery Distinction allows APN Partners to differentiate themselves by showcasing to AWS customers areas of specialization.

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AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, IoT Partner Solutions

AWS Competency Program & IoT Partners
The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS IoT Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas and categories.

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The AWS Partner Network (APN) makes it easier to find the right APN Partner to engage through the Partner Solutions Finder

The AWS Partner Network (APN) is making it easier to explore the APN Partner ecosystem by launching a new site called the AWS Partner Solutions Finder. Visit the AWS Partner Solutions Finder to discover APN Partners by Use Case, Industry, Product, or Location. Interested in learning more about a specific APN Partner? You can now search APN Partners of any tier within the APN. The Partner Solutions Finder gives you more visibility into APN Partners who are members of APN Programs including the AWS Competency, Service Delivery, and Managed Service Provider Programs. The new Partner Profile pages offer a new user experience that enables you to explore APN Partners either at a glance, or in detail. On the Partner Profile page, you can view the APN Partner’s skillset (validated by AWS), partner solutions and/or AWS-created case studies, and office locations. How can you engage with an APN Partner you identify through the Partner Solutions Finder? Simply click “connect” on the Partner Profile page, and the APN Partner will receive your inquiry.

Interested in accelerating your AWS Business? Find APN Partner Solutions today.

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It ain't no thang... only 'a small percentage' of 'hundreds of millions' affected...

Microsoft is still working to resolve "difficulties" faced by its Outlook customers, despite months of complaints about the disappearance of sent emails and 550 Errors.…

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OVH's northern customers offered steamy southern summer holiday

Bit barn lights are blinking in Singapore and Australia,
for members only

The lights are on at French cloud concern OVH's new bit barns in Australia and Singapore, but for now only current customers are allowed to board the bare metal.…

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Liquidware gets the job of managing Amazon's cloud desktops

AWS has realised that desktop-as-a-service fleets need management too

Amazon Web Services has all-but-enlisted desktop virtualisation specialist Liquidware Labs to help manage its cloudy desktops-a-a-service.…

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Monday 28 November 2016

SwiftStack, Cohesity add public cloud on-ramps

On-premises IT suppliers conniving in its own destruction

+Comment  On-premises IT storage suppliers are actively working to water down the importance of on-site hardware by building on-ramps to the public cloud.…

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Alibaba's lights are on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home

Cloud launched, but support, services, channel etc coming real soon, promise

Alibaba's Aliyun cloud may have switched on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home: the company has hired only a modest support team and is yet to hire the consultants, evangelists and other staff to help it achieve its stated aim of encouraging organisations to take their on-premises apps into the cloud.…

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Friday 25 November 2016

Azure's basic instances level up and gain new naming scheme

It looks a lot like Redmond has new servers with faster disks on tap

Microsoft's levelling up its A-series Azure virtual machines, the vanilla instances in its cloud, and has a new way of letting you know whats under the hood of a cloudy computer.…

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Thursday 24 November 2016

There's gold in them thar hills! Rackspace latest firm to join Frankfurt data centre rush

VMware-friendly facility

Rackspace has chosen Germany as home for its first data centre in mainland Europe.…

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Amazon Aurora now supports T2.Medium instances

Starting today you can launch t2.medium instances when using Amazon Aurora in addition to the R3 class instances previously available. Using t2.medium instances of Amazon Aurora will be a cost effective option for your smaller workloads like dev/test, still giving you the option to use larger R3 class instances for production deployment.  

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports Managed Updates for Single-Instance environments

You can now use Managed Updates for your single-instance environments in AWS Elastic Beanstalk. With Managed Updates, Elastic Beanstalk automatically updates your environment to the latest version of the underlying platform running your application during specified maintenance windows. Previously, you could only use Managed Updates for Load Balanced, auto scaling environments. To get started, you must enable Managed Updates using the Elastic Beanstalk console, EB CLI, or API.

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Amazon CloudFront adds new Edge Locations in Minneapolis, MN, Berlin, Germany and our Fourth in London, England

We are excited to announce new edge locations in the cities of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Berlin, Germany. We have also added a fourth edge location in London, England.  

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Introducing SaaS Connectors on Mobile Hub

Today we are announcing the SaaS Connectors feature for AWS Mobile Hub. SaaS Connectors make it easy to securely access data in 3rd party enterprise SaaS applications from your mobile apps.

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SQL Server Enterprise is now available with Amazon EC2 in expanded regions and for more instance types

Amazon EC2 now offers SQL Server Enterprise Edition in AWS US West (N. California), South America (Sao Paolo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud regions running on any instance type with a minimum of 4 vCPUs, including M4, X1, R3, and several other instance types. You can now launch SQL Server Enterprise On-Demand on Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems. Reserved Instances pricing is coming soon.

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Elastic Load Balancing support for request tracing

We are pleased to announce support for request tracing, a unique identifier appended to the HTTP header of each request processed by an Application Load Balancer. This allows for each request to be uniquely identified, providing improved monitoring and request-level diagnostics. 

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Tuesday 22 November 2016

Now Available: Updated AWS Business and Technical Accreditations for APN Partners

Today we released updated English-language versions of AWS Business Professional and AWS Technical Professional, free and online accreditation courses designed to help APN Partners articulate the benefits of AWS solutions and services. Both courses are available at no cost to APN Partners via the APN Portal and count toward APN tier requirements that help Partners advance. The 2016 English versions of each course add coverage of key new AWS services and features. For more information, visit Partner Training & Certification.

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Announcing the new AWS IoT Console, available today

Announcing the new AWS IoT console. We have redesigned the AWS IoT management console to make it even easier to use. The management console is the primary tool for interacting with and monitoring AWS IoT. This includes connecting your devices, diving into thing details, finding key resources, and testing with the MQTT client.

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AWS CloudFormation Introduces Resource Specifications, Cross-Stack Reference Update, and Coverage Updates

AWS CloudFormation now publishes a machine-readable specification of the AWS resources and properties it supports. The CloudFormation resource specification file is a JSON-formatted text file that can aid you in template authoring and validation. Visit here to learn more. 

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Amazon WorkDocs increases default storage to 1TB, enhances commenting, and updates sync clients

Today, Amazon WorkDocs released three updates. First, Amazon WorkDocs users will now have a storage quota of 1 TB, increased from 200 GB, at no additional charge. The new storage quota applies to new and existing customers, and for Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon WorkMail customers purchasing Amazon WorkDocs at the discounted rate. You can purchase additional storage at the rates published here.

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Outlook outage outrage

Mass-client borkage leaves netizens SMH over SMTP

An unknown issue affecting Microsoft's free email service Outlook has left users' email clients borked.…

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Four IBM data centres planned for Big Blue UK cloud

Sorry, data, the holiday's cancelled

IBM is expanding its UK data centre footprint, tripling the number of facilities in the region.…

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Glacier melt race increases vastly … for AWS cold storage

Sorry, no climate change. Just faster Glacier retrieval and new cloud hijinks with desktops-as-a-service-in-a-browser

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made a few price cut announcements a few days out from its Re:Invent shindig in Las Vegas.…

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Access your Amazon Glacier data in minutes with new retrieval options

You now have two new options to retrieve data from Amazon Glacier that allows you to access all the archives you need, when you need them, and for a simple, low price. Starting today, you can use Expedited retrievals to access data in 1 – 5 minutes for a flat rate of $0.03 per GB retrieved. Expedited retrievals allow you to quickly access your data when occasional urgent requests for a subset of archives are required. And when you have large amounts of data to retrieve, even petabytes, you can use Bulk retrievals to access your data in approximately 5 – 12 hours for a flat rate of just $0.0025 per GB retrieved. Bulk retrievals allow you to cost-effectively access significant portions of your data for things like big data analytics and media transcoding. 

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Amazon S3 & Amazon Glacier Price Drops

Today, AWS announced that we are collapsing Amazon S3 price tiers and reducing storage prices across Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. We will collapse the number of Amazon S3 price tiers from six to three – 0-50 TB; 50 TB-500 TB; and 500+ TB – making it easier to understand your bill and project future costs. We will also reduce Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage prices by more than 20% in most regions. Together, these changes will help AWS customers even further reduce their cost of storage while still enjoying the simplicity, durability, and massive scalability of Amazon’s object storage services.

AWS customers will see the effect of these prices in their billing effective December 1, 2016. Check out the AWS blog for further detail.  

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Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Sends State Changes to CloudWatch Events

Amazon ECS now sends container instance and task state changes to CloudWatch Events. In the past, in order to obtain updates on the state of a running Amazon ECS cluster, customers have had to rely on periodically polling the state of container instances and tasks using the AWS CLI or an SDK. With the new Amazon ECS event stream feature, it is now possible to retrieve near real-time, event-driven updates on the state of your Amazon ECS tasks and container instances. Events are delivered through Amazon CloudWatch Events, and can be routed to any valid CloudWatch Events target, such as an AWS Lambda function or an Amazon SNS topic. 

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Monday 21 November 2016

AWS Lambda Available in US West (N. California)

AWS Lambda is now available in US West (N. California) region.

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Amazon WorkMail now allows you to use journaling to support compliance requirements

Amazon WorkMail now offers SMTP journaling, which allows you to record all email communication sent or received by your Amazon WorkMail organization. By enabling journaling, you can integrate with third party compliance solutions for email archiving and e-discovery, allowing you to meet your data security and information protection policies.  

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AWS CloudTrail Supports S3 Data Events

AWS CloudTrail now supports Amazon S3 Data Events. You can now record all API actions on S3 Objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account of the caller, IAM user role of the caller, time of the API call, IP address of the API, and other details. All events are delivered to a S3 bucket and CloudWatch Events, allowing you to take programmatic actions on the events. For example, if the Access Control Lists (ACLs) of an object are modified, you can quickly reapply the original ACLs on that object.

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Amazon API Gateway Available in US West (N. California)

Amazon API Gateway is now available in US West (N. California) region.

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Amazon EMR now supports using Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase

You can now use Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase on Amazon EMR using the EMR File System. Apache HBase is a distributed, non-relational database built for random, strictly consistent realtime access for tables with billions of rows and millions of columns. By using Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase, you can separate your cluster’s storage and compute nodes. This enables you to save costs by sizing your cluster for your compute requirements instead of paying to store your entire dataset with 3x replication in the on-cluster Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

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Amazon Route 53 Now Supports Health Checks of IPv6 Endpoints

We are excited to announce that Amazon Route 53 health checks now support endpoints with Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) addresses. Last month, Amazon Route 53 began rolling out support for DNS queries over IPv6. With today’s release, customers can now use Amazon Route 53 health checks to monitor resources with IPv6 addresses.  

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Announcing CloudWatch Metrics Price Reduction and New Volume-Based Pricing Tiers

We are reducing the base price of CloudWatch Metrics from $0.50 per metric per month to $0.30 per metric per month, a 40% reduction in price. In addition, we are introducing new volume-based tiered pricing with even lower prices per metric, with savings up to 96%. These will take effect in all regions beginning December 1, 2016.  

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Amazon SES Now Offers Dedicated IP Addresses

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now offers dedicated IP addresses, which enable you to manage the reputation of the IP addresses that Amazon SES uses to send your email. Dedicated IP addresses, often simply called dedicated IPs, are Amazon SES IP addresses that are reserved exclusively for your email sending. 

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Saturday 19 November 2016

Amazon Redshift introduces multibyte (UTF-8) character support for database object names and updated ODBC/JDBC

You can now use multibyte (UTF-8) characters in Amazon Redshift table, column, and other database object names. For more information, see Names and Identifiers in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide. To support this new feature, we have updated the Amazon Redshift ODBC and JDBC drivers. The driver updates include support for multibyte characters and other enhancements. For details, see Amazon Redshift JDBC Release Notes and Amazon Redshift ODBC Release Notes.

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Amazon WorkSpaces now allows you to access your virtual cloud desktop using Chrome and Firefox

You can now access your Amazon WorkSpaces through Chrome and Firefox web browsers, using a new feature called Amazon WorkSpaces Web Access. Web Access establishes a secure connection to your Amazon WorkSpace from the browser, giving you safe access to your cloud desktop from almost anywhere you can connect to the public internet, all without having to install a client.

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Friday 18 November 2016

AWS CloudFormation Supports AWS Serverless Application Model, AWS Lambda Environment Variables, and New CLI Commands

You can now provision and manage resources for AWS Lambda-based applications using AWS CloudFormation and the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM). SAM helps you more effectively model, package, and deploy “serverless” applications which use services like AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon API Gateway. SAM is a specification for describing Lambda-based applications and offers a syntax designed specifically for expressing serverless resources. Learn more about SAM here.

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Amazon EMR now supports Auto Scaling and configurable scale down behavior

You can now configure policies to automatically add (scale out) and terminate (scale in) nodes in your Amazon EMR cluster. Amazon EMR can programmatically scale out applications like Apache Spark and Apache Hive to utilize additional nodes for increased performance and scale in the number of nodes in your cluster to save costs when utilization is low. Your cluster can scale based on Amazon CloudWatch metrics provided by Amazon EMR, including YARN utilization metrics.

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Introducing the AWS Serverless Application Model

The AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM, previously known as Project Flourish) extends AWS CloudFormation to provide a simplified way of defining the Amazon API Gateway APIs, AWS Lambda functions, and Amazon DynamoDB tables needed by your serverless application.

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AWS Lambda Supports Environment Variables

You can now set environment variables for your Lambda functions, making it easy for you to configure your code for development, test, and production without having to change the function’s implementation. You can provide key-value pairs as part of your function configuration and access them easily within your function code at execution time simply by reading environment variables. You can easily create and modify environment variables from the AWS Lambda Console, CLI or SDKs.  

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Informatica Big Data Management and PowerCenter on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployments

These latest Quick Starts automatically deploy two products from Informatica, Big Data Management and PowerCenter, on the AWS Cloud. Informatica is an advanced AWS technology partner that provides data integration software and services. The Quick Starts were created by AWS solutions architects in partnership with the Informatica Big Data Management and PowerCenter teams, to integrate solutions and services from both companies. 

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Announcing Third Edge Location in Hong Kong for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce a new edge location in Hong Kong for Amazon CloudFront. Hong Kong now has three edge locations which brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 65. 

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Amazon GameLift Adds On Demand Fleet and Instance Access

Amazon GameLift is a fully managed service that makes it simple and cost-effective to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer game servers in the cloud. GameLift has launched a new feature, remote instance access. This feature enables game developers to access fleets and instances in real time to debug their game or better understand player behavior. 

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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds Support For Clip Stitching

You can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to stitch together two or more input clips to create a longer clip in the desired output format(s). You can do this by specifying multiple inputs when creating a transcode job on Amazon Elastic Transcoder. Clips are stitched together in the order that they are specified in the job request. For each input, you can specify a Start Time and a Duration, which allows you to stitch together only the parts of each input that you want included in the output. You can leverage clip stitching to create highlight clips or add bumpers and trailers to your videos as part of the transcode process. 

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Trusted Advisor enables automated actions and custom notifications

You can now create configurable, rule-based events for notifications and automated actions based on AWS Trusted Advisor’s library of best-practice checks using Amazon CloudWatch Events. With this new integration, you can now more easily build workflows and processes that are triggered by the status of individual Trusted Advisor checks. 

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Google gently leads Intel into its cloud: This is for your own good

All is well, rejoice, rejoice, let's get into the white 'n' fluffy

Intel has caved to Google pressure over data centre silicon and has joined hands with Mountain View to fly you into the white and fluffy cloud of everyone else's enterprise future.…

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AWS CodePipeline Available in EU (Frankfurt) Region

AWS CodePipeline is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS region.  

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Binary Data Now Supported by API Gateway

You can now send and receive binary data through API endpoints hosted on Amazon API Gateway. Binary data can either pass through directly or be converted to Base64 encoded text.

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Thursday 17 November 2016

AWS Schema Conversion Tool Adds Netezza and Greenplum Sources

We are pleased to announce that the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) has added two more data warehouses as sources for schema conversion. SCT can now convert Netezza and Greenplum data warehouse schemas to their equivalent in Amazon Redshift giving you the flexibility to move AWS’ fast, fully-managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse.

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Apple iCloud stores call histories

Want to keep your call records private? Disconnect from iCloud

Apple's effort to avoid becoming an on-demand data dispensary for authorities faces unlikely saboteurs: The company's commitment to convenience and its customers' preference for the same.…

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Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK is now in public preview

The Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK allows you to integrate your applications with Amazon WorkDocs. By using the Administrative SDK, you can perform content and permissions updates, and manage users, programmatically. This means your content management, content migration, virus-scanning, data loss prevention (DLP), and eDiscovery apps can now also work with content stored on Amazon WorkDocs.

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Amazon SQS Introduces FIFO Queues with Exactly-Once Processing and Lower Prices for Standard Queues

You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) for applications that require messages to be processed in a strict sequence and exactly once using First-in, First-out (FIFO) queues. FIFO queues are designed to ensure that the order in which messages are sent and received is strictly preserved and that each message is processed exactly once.

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Amazon CloudWatch adds new Dashboards widgets

Amazon CloudWatch announces the availability of two new Dashboards widgets that provides additional data visualization options for CloudWatch Metrics. The Number widget is a view of the latest data-point of the metric giving customers a “glance-able” update to understand the state of a resource. The Stacked area graph widget helps customers visualize the contribution of individual metrics and their impact in totality. 

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AWS Service Catalog Administrator API set now available

Starting today, IT Administrators, IT Asset managers and Central Cloud teams can integrate with AWS Service Catalog administrator actions using the AWS API and CLI. Previously, you could setup AWS Service Catalog products and portfolios only through the AWS Management Console. Now you can automate call patterns, or integrate with your private console or ITIL management tool. Additionally, we are announcing AWS Service Catalog APIs and admin console now support AWS CloudTrail logging.  

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Elastic Load Balancing: Support for CloudWatch percentile metrics

We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing now supports percentile metrics, providing customers with improved visibility into the performance of their applications.

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Amazon CloudWatch adds support for percentiles

Amazon CloudWatch announced support for percentiles on CloudWatch Metrics. This new capability allows customers to visualize and alarm on any percentile of an AWS or custom metric.

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Memset outage was caused by split brains

Data centre owner Everest says routers in stack ran different software versions

Cloudy hosting biz Memset's outage yesterday has been explained by data centre operator Everest DC: a power outage combined with stacked routers each running different software versions.…

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Dropbox upgrade adds nice bits for sysadmins

POPs dropped into DCs for better performance and local peering

Sysadmins need a "nice" user experience, Dropbox reckons, and Daniel Iversen (head of solution architects for Dropbox Asia Pacific) told The Register that was in mind when the outfit pushed out a bunch of new admin capabilities.…

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'G' is for 'Google' and 'GPU' and 'gaining on other clouds'

Yet another cloud workstation hits the market, plus some grunt for artificial braniacs

Google's followed its cloudy rivals into the servers-plus-GPUs caper, announcing that “Early in 2017, Google Cloud Platform will offer GPUs worldwide for Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning users.”…

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Wednesday 16 November 2016

AWS looks to add 'bill collector' to its list of cloud offerings

Amazon offers to handle payments for third-party SaaS devs

Amazon Web Services has opened a store that will allow customers to purchase additional software-as-a-service products and pay with their monthly AWS bill.…

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AWS CloudTrail Now Tracks Cross-Account Activity to Its Origin

You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles and AWS Security Token Service (STS) to set up cross-account access between AWS accounts. When you assume an IAM role in another AWS account to obtain cross-account access to services and resources in that account, AWS CloudTrail logs the cross-account activity. Starting today, CloudTrail logs AssumeRole calls in the role-owning account (the account being accessed), including the unique ID of the IAM entity (a user or role) assuming the role in the account being accessed. This additional information helps you identify the entity that requested cross-account access and then trace its subsequent cross-account activity.

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AWS CodeCommit Available in EU (Ireland) Region

AWS CodeCommit is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS region.

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Announcing regional expansion of Amazon EC2 P2 instances

Amazon EC2 P2 instances are now available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

To learn more about these instance types, visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page, the Amazon EC2 User Guide's section on Instance Types, or the Amazon EC2 Pricing page.

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Amazon EMR now supports fine-grained access control using cluster tags

You can now use cluster tags to enable fine-grained access control on Amazon EMR clusters. Using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy statements, you can use conditions to allow or deny actions on clusters with tags and tag values that you specify. Additionally, you can use a policy statement that requires users to add specific tags when a cluster is created. Fine-grained access control using cluster tags is available on all Amazon EMR releases that support tags.

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Admins aggro about Azure AM absence

Redmond's cloud has early-morning hiccup

Microsoft says it has recovered from the issues that left some Azure customers unable to access the cloud service in the US.…

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Now available: IAM console updates that make it easier to create and manage users

Today, we updated the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to make it easier for you to create and manage your IAM users. These improvements include an updated user creation workflow and new ways to assign and manage permissions. The new user workflow guides you through the process of setting user details, including enabling programmatic access (via access key) and console access (via password). In addition, you can assign permissions by adding users to a group, copying permissions from an existing user, and attaching policies directly to users. We also introduced 10 new AWS managed policies that align with common job functions in organizations that you can use to assign permissions. Finally, we updated the tools to view details and manage permissions for existing users. 

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SaaS Subscriptions now available from AWS Marketplace

AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,500 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced that customers can now subscribe to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Application Programming Interface (API) products directly through AWS Marketplace with SaaS Subscriptions. With this feature, customers consume software directly through an API or web browser and sellers manage and update the product. Customers can now subscribe to SaaS and API products through AWS Marketplace and pay on an existing AWS bill. Following the launch of SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, customers will be able to choose from more products than ever before and sellers will have greater access to the AWS customer base.

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Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

Tell us what you really think

Reader Survey  We've put up with relentless marketing and promotion of cloud for over five years now, but how much has the world really moved on?…

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Satya Nadella hits Sydney and channels Steve O'Ballmer from eight years ago

Elon Musk's AI effort lobs into Azure, which now has Functions, bots and very grunty instances

A little over eight years ago, then-Microsoft-CEO Steve Ballmer came to Australia, told developers that Microsoft loved them and predicted that within a decade average homes would have screens on just about every wall and that thanks to Microsoft services and the earnest efforts of clever developers we'd always have information and entertainment at our fingertips.…

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Automate Amazon Kinesis Streams scaling and shard limit monitoring using new APIs

Amazon Kinesis Streams enables you to capture, store, and analyze terabytes of data per hour from clickstreams, financial transactions, social media feeds, and more. Starting today, you can use the new UpdateShardCount API to scale your streams up and down automatically to match your data volume and processing needs in real time. For example, you can call UpdateShardCount from an AWS Lambda function to automatically scale the shard capacity in your stream in response to an Amazon CloudWatch alarm or Amazon CloudWatch metric. For more information, see UpdateShardCount in the Amazon Kinesis Streams Service API Reference.

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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Amazon QuickSight Now Generally Available

Amazon QuickSight is now generally available for all customers. At 1/10th the cost of traditional BI solutions, QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy for you to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from your data. You can upload Excel files, connect to databases like SQLServer, MySQL or PostgreSQL, in the cloud or on-premises; access third-party applications, like Salesforce; or analyze data from other AWS services such as Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift and Amazon S3. QuickSight’s power stems from its Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory, Calculation, Engine (SPICE), which delivers fast and responsive query performance and scales to hundreds of thousands of users. Once you’ve built your analysis or dashboard, you can access QuickSight via your web browser or your iOS mobile app and securely share your insights with colleagues and stakeholders.  

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Amazon Route 53 Announces Self Service Tool to Associate Amazon VPCs and Private Hosted Zones That are Created with Different AWS Accounts

You can now use Amazon Route 53, AWS's highly available and scalable DNS service, to easily manage association of Amazon VPCs and private hosted zones that you create with different AWS accounts with the same simplicity, security, and effectiveness that Route 53 already provides for VPC to Private Hosted Zone association. You can use the Route 53 Private DNS to manage authoritative DNS within your Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), so you can use custom domain names for your internal AWS resources belonging to different accounts without exposing DNS data to the public Internet. This gives you greater leverage to manage your security and account pairing more effectively via self-service. Earlier this was only possible via engaging support. 

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Amazon WorkSpaces introduces new Graphics bundles

Today we announced the availability of Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles. These new bundles offer a virtual cloud desktop which includes a high-end GPU that supports engineering, design, and architectural applications. Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles apply the same benefits of security, economics, flexibility, and agility to a graphics-capable desktop running on the AWS cloud. In addition, if you are already using the AWS cloud to run simulations on large datasets, using Amazon WorkSpace Graphics bundles for visualization of simulation results offers a faster end user experience because your apps stay close to your data. Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles allow you to run high-end graphics applications on low-cost hardware, which means you can do away with expensive physical workstations and save money.

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DataStax slurps DataScale, burps out own managed cloud

NoSQL business moving towards revenue generation?

NoSQL-business DataStax has today announced its acquisition of the similarly-named DataScale, as well as plans to launch its own managed cloud offering next year.…

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Hortonworks prescribes cloudy Hadoop for AWS

Hourly billing? Puff puff PaaS

Hortonworks is launching a new cloud service on Amazon Web Services for customers who don't fancy working on Azure.…

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96-core servers packing 2 Cavium ThunderX CPUs yours for the crunching, a bare-metal cloud aimed at developers, has flicked the switch on cloud-running servers powered by a pair of Cavium's 48-core ARMv8-A ThunderX processors.…

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Microsoft reveals Neandercloud / Cloud Sapiens co-existence and cross-breeding plan

Azure Pack gets six more years of active development and support until 2027

Microsoft's revealed that it will keep working on its first Azure-in-a-box product, Azure Pack, until 2022 and support it until 2027.…

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Add more application support to your Microsoft AD directory by extending the schema

Now, you can run more applications with AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) directory, also known as Microsoft AD, when the applications require extensions to your Active Directory (AD) schema. Today, we have added the ability for you to extend the schema of your Microsoft AD directory. Extending the schema allows you to add new attributes and object classes to your Microsoft AD that are required by your applications and that are not present in the core Microsoft AD classes and attributes.

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Monday 14 November 2016

AWS CodeCommit Available in US West (Oregon) Region

AWS CodeCommit is now available in the US West (Oregon) region.

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HashiCorp Consul and Vault on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployments

These two new Quick Starts automatically deploy Consul and Vault, which are two popular DevOps tools from HashiCorp, Inc., on the AWS Cloud. The Quick Starts were created by AWS solutions architects in partnership with HashiCorp, to integrate solutions and services from both companies. 

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Simplified Permission Management for AWS IoT

AWS IoT is excited to support Simplified Permission Management. This feature allows you to easily manage permission policies for a large number of devices by using variables that reference Registry or X.509 certificate properties. The integration of Registry and Certificate properties with device policies offers the benefits listed below:

1. You can now reference Registry properties in device permission policies.

Referencing device properties defined in the Registry allows your policies to reflect any changes made in Registry. For example, by referencing the Thing Attribute named “building-address” as a variable in the policy, devices will automatically inherit a new set of permissions when they move buildings.

2. You can share a single generic policy for multiple devices.

A generic policy can be shared among the same category of devices instead of creating a unique policy per device. For example, a policy that references the “serial-number” as a variable, can be attached to all the lightbulbs of the same model. When lightbulbs connect, policy variables will be automatically substituted by their serial-number.

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Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

So we've got that going for us, which is nice

Amazon has rolled out yet another cut to prices for Amazon Web Services server instances.…

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Introducing CloudWatch Events for Amazon EBS Snapshots

Starting today, you can monitor and automate action on your Amazon EBS snapshots using Amazon CloudWatch Events. CloudWatch Events provide a stream of events describing changes to your AWS resources. EBS CloudWatch Events fire when a snapshot completes or when a snapshot has been shared with you. This allows you to automate and streamline your data backup workflows by eliminating the need to poll the snapshot API to track snapshot status. You can also better adhere to best practices for multi-region disaster recovery by automating the copy of snapshots across regions upon snapshot completion. We will continue to add support for additional snapshot and volume events in future releases.

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GitLab to dump cloud for its own bare metal Ceph boxen

'In the long run, it will be more efficient, consistent, and reliable'. And it's cheaper, too

Git repository manager and developer playground GitLab has decided it is time to quit the cloud, joining Dropbox in concluding that at a certain scale the cloud just can't do the job.…

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Google BigQuery TITSUP caused by failure to scale-yer workloads

Engineers went head down, bum up but zipped lips gave users the … heebie jeebies

A four-hour outage of Google's BigQuery enterprise data warehouse has taught the cloud aspirant two harsh lessons: its cloud doesn't always scale as well as it would like, and; it needs to explain itself better during outages.…

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Friday 11 November 2016

Amazon Kinesis Streams console now supports configuring data retention and shard level metrics

Amazon Kinesis Streams enables you to build custom applications that process or analyze streaming data for specialized needs. We have added new functionality to the Amazon Kinesis Streams management console and made it easier to use. You can now choose a custom data retention period between 1 to 7 days for your streams, and enable shard level Amazon CloudWatch metrics using the console. The console also now has a simpler user interface. For example, you can create a new stream in just one step and get started with Amazon Kinesis Streams in minutes. For more information, see the Amazon Kinesis Streams developer guide

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AWS Snowball now a HIPAA-eligible service

AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include AWS Snowball. With the addition of Snowball, you can now transfer large amounts of data, including Protected Health Information (PHI), into and out of AWS in a secure and cost-effective manner. Snowball addresses common challenges with large-scale data transfers, such as high network costs, long transfer times, and security concerns. Using Snowball to migrate data to AWS is a simple first step towards leveraging a full suite of HIPAA-eligible, cloud-based services for data lifecycle management, such as S3, Glacier, database services, and a managed Big Data platform. Read our whitepaper to learn more on how to configure AWS services to support your HIPAA applications. 

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Amazon Redshift announces new data compression, connection management, and data loading features

We are excited to announce four new Amazon Redshift features that improve data compression, connection management, and data loading. 

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Announcing Third Edge Location in Tokyo, Japan (Asia-Pacific) for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce a new edge location in Tokyo, Japan (Asia-Pacific) for Amazon CloudFront. This is the third edge location for Tokyo and brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 64. 

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Amazon RDS now supports PostgreSQL 9.6.1

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports the next major release of the PostgreSQL open source database, version 9.6.1. New features include parallel query, phrase search, and improvements to performance and usability. With this release, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL also supports the bloom and pg_visibility extensions. 

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Thursday 10 November 2016

AWS: We're gonna make mobile apps great again with Lambda functions

The best apps will come from America, using Amazon, which will be paying all that tax

Amazon Web Services is rolling out new Mobile Hub features aimed at simplifying the development of secure mobile apps.…

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Burst Bucket Metric Now Available for Amazon EBS General Purpose SSD (gp2) Volumes

You can now monitor the burst-bucket performance and ensure you have the right volume size for Amazon EBS General Purpose SSD (gp2) volumes using Amazon CloudWatch. Amazon EBS gp2 volumes have the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS for extended periods of time for workloads that need to burst beyond the baseline performance. Amazon EBS now publishes the Burst Balance metric into Amazon CloudWatch for all gp2 volumes. The vast majority of customers have sufficient burst for their workloads. However, if visibility into the Burst Balance is desired, you now have the ability to monitor and take appropriate action. You can automate Burst Balance monitoring by creating a CloudWatch alarm that notifies you when the Burst Balance falls below a user-specified threshold.

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Red Hat rolls OpenStack Platform double with help

Engineering shakeup targets Agile movers

Red Hat is changing its OpenStack support plan to tap Agile with those craving long-term commitment following a shakeup in its engineering.…

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Wednesday 9 November 2016

AWS Mobile Hub announces three new features: Cloud logic for serverless apps, email and password app sign-in, and authentication via SAML

Today we are announcing three new features for AWS Mobile Hub that simplify developing secure mobile apps on AWS.

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You mean Office 365 deployments don't secure themselves?

Here's the lowdown

Promo  On 1 December at 11am GMT we're exploring the security concerns of Office 365 in a live one-hour broadcast – and you can join us with your questions from the comfort of your desk.…

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The big get bigger in cloud

Giants grab growing share of services market

If customer spending on cloudy infrastructure and platform services in Q3 was a tin of beans, then a full-bellied AWS might have used the resulting wind to power its bit barns.…

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Tuesday 8 November 2016

Amazon pitches 'safe and responsible' AWS at suits

We have database engines, too

Sandwiched between its third-quarter results and re:Invent conference, Amazon's been pitching AWS as production-ready.…

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Monday 7 November 2016

CI/CD Pipeline for Microsoft Windows on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This new Quick Start automates the deployment of a continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline on AWS. It uses standard Microsoft Windows technologies such as Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild), Internet Information Services (IIS), Windows PowerShell, and .NET Framework in combination with the Jenkins CI tool and AWS services to deploy and demonstrate the CI/CD pipeline. 

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CloudWatch releases the ability to pivot from Metrics to Logs

Amazon CloudWatch announces the availability of “Metrics to Logs” - a feature that helps customers pivot from a high level view of system or application behavior in a graph to the specific log events that caused the behavior. This complements the existing ability to extract aggregated metrics using metric filter patterns from log data as it streams through the CloudWatch services. Metrics created using metric filter patterns now have a View Logs option that help customers navigate to the associated logs groups from a graph to a chosen time stamp. This unifies the Logs and Metrics experiences to help customers solve problems faster.  

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Test drive Amazon Kinesis Firehose using built-in sample data

We are excited to announce the ability to test drive Amazon Kinesis Firehose from the AWS Management Console using built-in sample data.

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Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions. You can now leverage SQL Server 2016 features such as Query Store, Operational Analytics, Temporal Tables, Always Encrypted and JSON Support on your Amazon RDS SQL Server Instances. 

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Friday 4 November 2016

Thursday 3 November 2016

AWS CodePipeline Introduces AWS CloudFormation Deployment Action

You can now choose AWS CloudFormation as a deployment action in your release workflows built using AWS CodePipeline. This allows you to build, test, and deploy AWS infrastructure changes modeled as CloudFormation templates. CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion.

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Continuously Deliver Changes to AWS CloudFormation Stacks with AWS CodePipeline

You can now apply continuous delivery practices to your AWS CloudFormation stacks using AWS CodePipeline. AWS CodePipeline is a continuous delivery service for fast and reliable application and infrastructure updates. CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.  

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Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.6 now available, introduces Twitch Metastream and more

We are excited to announce the release of Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.6, which includes 337 new improvements, fixes and features to Amazon’s free, AAA game engine deeply integrated with AWS and Twitch.

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Amazon CloudWatch Events is now available in the China (Beijing) AWS region

The Amazon CloudWatch Events service is now available in the China (Beijing) region.

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AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) is now available in the US East (Ohio) Region

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD, is now available in the US East (Ohio) Region. This makes it possible for you to use an AWS fully managed Active Directory in the cloud. Among the use cases supported by Microsoft AD, you can:

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Will the roulette ball fall for WANdisco's spiel?

How the cloud data mover is faring after executing the executor

Analysis How is replication software supplier WANdisco doing after the chairman fired the CEO and then the fired CEO came back and fired the chairman?…

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Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports 11g to 12c Major Version Upgrade

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports major version upgrade from 11g to 12c.

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Backup to AWS with HP Data Protector 9.07 using Storage Gateway VTL

We are pleased to announce we have added HP Data Protector 9.07 to the AWS Storage Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (VTL) compatibility list. You can backup and archive from HP Data Protector using Gateway-VTL to scalable, cost-effective, secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier.

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Wednesday 2 November 2016

Amazon SES Now Provides Fine-Grained Email Sending Metrics

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now enables you to track your bounce, complaint, sent, and rejected email metrics with fine-grained granularity. Previously, Amazon SES provided your email sending metrics at an AWS account level. Now, you can access your metrics based on characteristics you define. For example, you can track metrics for a particular email campaign, a particular subset of recipients, or whatever aspect of email sending is important to your business operations and analytics. You can choose to publish the metrics to either Amazon CloudWatch or Amazon Kinesis Firehose.

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Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

Teams messaging software bunged on Office 365

Microsoft has created Teams, an Office 365 chat app that is a direct competitor to Slack in the messaging sphere.…

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Pixel perfect: Nexsan Unity arrays get smartphone and web browser access

Featuring private cloud file sync and share

Mobile phone users can access Nexsan's Unity storage array, and Nexsan has added web access apps for laptops and desktops.…

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Bow to your Sensei! Adobe adds machine learning and design tool to Creative Cloud

Everything's getting cloudier in partnership with Microsoft

Adobe MAX  Adobe has announced a series of updates to its Creative Cloud offering at its MAX event under way in San Diego.…

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NetApp gives Data Fabric a little nip, tuck and some filler

A dose of digital Botox for hybrid cloud ideas

NetApp has added a few more capabilities and buffed up some products to make sure customers using its hybrid on-premises-public cloud facilities have a smoother ride. There's nothing dramatic here but rough edges have been smoothed out and partners can provide NetApp Private Storage as a service.…

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HyperStore gets Coldline for tired old objects

Take a chill in Google's cloud care home

Cloudian is integrating its HyperStore object storage with Google's Coldline archive in the cloud.…

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Speaking in Tech: Worst OpenStack summit ever?

Plus: Rumblings from Dell EMC World, US election banter, Apple's Touch Bar vs Microsoft's Surface Dial, and more

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Tuesday 1 November 2016

Swift Web Applications on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This new Quick Start helps you deploy web applications written with the Swift programming language on the AWS Cloud.  

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AWS Marketplace Announces Product Support Connection

Today, AWS Marketplace, which offers more than 2,700 software listings from more than 925 independent software vendors, announced Product Support Connection (PSC), a new program that lets AWS Marketplace customers share contact details with software vendors through the AWS Marketplace web site to access and receive timely, more seamless product support. For products that support PSC, AWS Marketplace customers can choose to share contact details such as name, telephone number, organization, and email address with the vendor during or after a product subscription.  

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Introducing New Amazon Linux Container Image for Cloud and On-Premises Workloads

We’re announcing the availability of an Amazon Linux container image through Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR) and Docker Hub. The Amazon Linux container image is built from the same software components included in the Amazon Linux AMI, but is now publicly available for use in any environment as a base image for Docker workloads. We’re excited to be able to provide the security and performance of the Amazon Linux AMI to applications that run in containers.

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CloudWatch extends Metrics retention and new User Interface

CloudWatch announces the extension of metric retention from 14 days to 15 months, free of charge. CloudWatch has already stored at least 3 months of all existing metrics, which customers can begin using immediately to analyze seasonality, monthly trends and in the future, year-over-year comparisons and forecasts.

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Amazon guarantees bitterly contested Ohio wind farm project

Sod the locals, we've got a corporate social responsibility PR budget to blow

Amazon has taken on a stalled wind farm project in Ohio to power its data centres because, as we all know, intermittent and flaky power supplies dependent entirely on the randomness of the weather are just what mission-critical data centres need.…

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