Friday 29 December 2017

Amazon WorkSpaces Now Supports Configurable Storage and Switching Between Hardware Bundles

Today, Amazon WorkSpaces is making two new features available. First, you can now configure how much storage your WorkSpaces get when you launch them, and increase the storage for a running WorkSpace at any time. Second, you can now change the hardware bundle that your WorkSpace is running on with a simple reboot. All of your applications, data, and storage stay the same, but now you can move to a more powerful bundle to support resource-intensive applications, or move to a less powerful bundle to save costs. With these features, Amazon WorkSpaces now provides additional flexibility to support the diverse needs of end users, while still helping you optimize your costs.  

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Wednesday 27 December 2017

Amazon ECS Adds ELB Health Check Grace Period

The Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service scheduler now allows you to define a grace period to prevent premature shutdown of newly instantiated tasks. 

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Saturday 23 December 2017

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the EU (Paris) Region

The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in the AWS EU (Paris) region. This increases the number of available regions to nine, giving you more options for database placement, availability, and scalability. 

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Friday 22 December 2017

AWS Support Center Redesigned to Offer Consolidated Support Resources

The AWS Support Center has been redesigned to help resolve your AWS support questions faster and to proactively alert you to potential issues through a convenient integration of information, tools and resources. 

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Support for Apache Spark 2.2.1 with Amazon SageMaker integration and Apache Hive 2.3.2 on Amazon EMR release 5.11.0

You can now use Apache Spark 2.2.1, Apache Hive 2.3.2, and Amazon SageMaker integration with Apache Spark on Amazon EMR release 5.11.0. Spark 2.2.1 and Hive 2.3.2 include various bug fixes and improvements. Amazon SageMaker Spark is an open-source Spark library for Amazon SageMaker, a fully-managed service which can build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. It enables you to interleave Spark stages and stages that interact with Amazon SageMaker in your Spark ML Pipelines, allowing you to train models using Spark DataFrames in Amazon SageMaker with Amazon-provided ML algorithms like K-Means clustering or XGBoost.

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Circuit Breaking Logic for the Amazon ECS Service Scheduler

The Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service scheduler now includes logic that throttles how often tasks are restarted if they repeatedly fail to launch. 

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AWS Direct Connect added two new locations in Minneapolis, MN and Bangalore, India

Today AWS Direct Connect has landed sites in two new cities – Minneapolis, MN and Bangalore, India. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. In the US, Cologix MIN3, Minneapolis brings the total AWS Direct Connect sites in the country to 30. In the AWS Management Console, Minneapolis will be found under its home region of US East (Ohio). In India, NetMagic DC2, Bangalore, is the third city for AWS Direct Connect after Mumbai and Chennai, and will be found in the console under Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region.  

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Amazon Redshift Introduces Late Materialization for Faster Query Processing

Amazon Redshift now uses late materialization to reduce the amount of data scanned and improve performance for queries with predicate filters. 

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AWS Glue is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region

AWS Glue is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region, marking its first availability in Asia Pacific. 

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Lambda@Edge now Allows you to Customize Error responses From Your Origin

Starting today, Lambda@Edge enables you to customize error responses from your origin, by allowing you to execute Lambda functions in response to HTTP errors that Amazon CloudFront receives from your origin. This means Lambda@Edge functions associated with Amazon CloudFront origin response event will now be invoked for 4XX and 5XX error status codes, in addition to the currently supported 2XX (success) and 3XX (redirection) status codes. 

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Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics can now Output Real-Time SQL Results to AWS Lambda

You can now configure your Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics applications to send real-time analytics to AWS Lambda. Based on the processed data from Kinesis Data Analytics, your AWS Lambda functions can take actions such as update an Amazon DynamoDB or Amazon Aurora database, send real-time alerts using Amazon SNS or Amazon SQS, or invoke your own custom API. 

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AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Builds for .NET Core 2.0

AWS CodeBuild now supports builds for .NET Core 2.0 for Linux in addition to previous support for .NET Core 1.1.

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Amazon Cognito Compliance Support

Now, you can use Amazon Cognito to quickly and easily add user sign-in, sign-up, and access control to your web and mobile apps that are subject to AWS System & Organization Control (SOC) or ISO 27001 compliance. 

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Amazon QuickSight Now Supports Cross-Account Access to Amazon S3 Buckets

Now you can use your QuickSight account that is tied to one AWS account and access specific Amazon S3 buckets from other AWS accounts to create your analyses and dashboards.  

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Thursday 21 December 2017

To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

If you are without phone coverage over the holidays, we are to blame... possibly

We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents of Puerto Rico, and especially those who will not have cell phone coverage over Christmas.…

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No Schmidt, Sherlock! Former CEO steps down, will take on technical advisor role

Eric Schmidt has quit as executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's post-restructuring parent.…

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Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now Allows Customers to Tag Their Elastic IP Addresses

Amazon Virtual Cloud (VPC) now provides customers an ability to tag Elastic IP addresses. This enables customers to add Key and Value metadata to search, filter and organize their Elastic IPs.  

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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

Analysts predict 400 million users by 2022

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with next-gen speeds.…

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Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

As if London commuters don't have enough to put up with...

Transport for London has inked an £80m deal with outsourcing giant Capita to provide Wide Area Network services across all TfL sites.…

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AWS CodeStar is now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Canada (Central) Regions

AWS CodeStar is now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Canada (Central) Regions. 

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AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Available in 4 New Regions: Beijing, Frankfurt, Singapore and Mumbai

The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are now available in four new regions: China (Beijing) operated by Sinnet, EU Central (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai).  

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Amazon CloudWatch Log Streaming for Windows Platforms

Elastic Beanstalk allows you to automatically stream application and server logs directly from your Elastic Beanstalk managed Windows EC2 instances to a CloudWatch Logs log group. 

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AWS CodeBuild Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

We are pleased to announce that AWS CodeBuild is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. 

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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

Dodged a bit of a bullet this time

Yet another misconfigured Amazon-hosted cloud storage bucket has been discovered – this one flashing the personal information of roughly 123 million American households to anyone passing by on the internet.…

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Wednesday 20 December 2017

Over-the-Air Updates for Amazon FreeRTOS Now in Beta

Starting today, Amazon FreeRTOS offers support for an over-the-air (OTA) update feature. You can now securely update your Amazon FreeRTOS devices remotely with feature enhancements or security patches. To get started, login to the AWS IoT Device Management console, provide a firmware image, select the devices to update, select a code signing method, and schedule the update.  

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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types

You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for PostgreSQL.  

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Sea-Me-We 3 cable down, again, Oz-Asia traffic slows down

Packets will route around the damage until January

The fragile Sea-Me-We 3 cable that provides one of Australia's primary connections to Asia is out of action and awaiting repair.…

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AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

AWS Elemental MediaLive is a video processing service that lets you encode high-quality live video streams for broadcast television and multiscreen devices. The service functions independently or as part of AWS Media Services, a family of services that form the foundation of cloud-based workflows and offer you the capabilities you need to create, package, and deliver video. 

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AWS Marketplace announces enhanced product detail pages

AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog with over 4,200 software listings from more than 1,280 software sellers, has announced an enhanced product detail page for Amazon Machine Image (AMI) based products. With this new product page design, customers are enabled with easier navigation, readability, and clarity.  

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Amazon Redshift Spectrum Launches in Three Additional AWS Regions

Amazon Spectrum is now available in three additional AWS regions: US West (Northern California), EU (London), and Canada (Central). 

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Content Encoding for API Responses

You can now enable content encoding support for API Responses in Amazon API Gateway. Content encoding allows API clients to request content to be compressed before being sent back in the response to an API request. This reduces the amount of data that is sent from API Gateway to API clients and decreases the time it takes to transfer the data. You can enable content encoding in the API definition. You can also set the minimum response size that triggers compression. By default, APIs do not have content encoding support enabled. 

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Amazon API Gateway Supports API Keys in Custom Authorizer Responses

You can now create custom AWS Lambda authorizers that return API keys in their responses for APIs in Amazon API Gateway. This makes it easier to control usage plans assigned to API requests. You can use the application logic in your custom Lambda authorizer to determine the API key without needing the API client to specify it. This also allows you to map other request properties to an API key known to API Gateway. For example, you can map a different request header as the API Key.

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Tuesday 19 December 2017

AWS Organizations Enhancements

Now, you can use the AWS Organizations console to remove accounts from your organization more easily. Using the console, you can remove created accounts from an organization without assistance from AWS Support.  

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Tagging API Stages

You can now assign tags to API Stages in Amazon API Gateway. Using tags, it becomes easier for customers to categorize and track cost allocation for API request invocation and caching.  

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Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports October 2017 Oracle Patch Set Update

The October 2017 Oracle Patch Set Update (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation

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Run Petabyte-Scale Clusters on Amazon Elasticsearch Service Using I3 instances

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports I3 instances, allowing you to store up to 1.5 petabytes of data in a single Elasticsearch cluster for large log analytics workloads. Using I3 instances, you can store up to 15 terabytes of data in each node and gain up to 3x increase in indexing throughput for less than 50% of the cost of the previous generation I2 instances.

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LMFAO cu l8r: Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019

New rules to help you break things off within single day. Cold

Mobile users will be able to divorce their providers by text within a single working day, thanks to new Ofcom rules announced today.…

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Announcing the AWS EU (Paris) Region

AWS is excited to announce immediate availability of the new AWS EU (Paris) Region. Paris joins Ireland, Frankfurt, and London as the fourth AWS Region in Europe and as the 18th region worldwide, bringing the global total of AWS Availability Zones to 49.

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Amazon CloudWatch Now Supports Service-Linked Roles for EC2 Actions in Alarms

Today, Amazon CloudWatch added support for using Service-Linked Roles to setup CloudWatch Alarms with EC2 actions. A service-linked role is a unique type of IAM role that is linked directly to CloudWatch. Service-linked roles are predefined by CloudWatch and include all the permissions that the service requires to call other AWS services on your behalf. 

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Monday 18 December 2017

AWS Glue is Now Available in the EU (Ireland) AWS Region

AWS Glue is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS Region, marking its first availability in EU. 

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AWS and NICE announce the general availability of Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) 2017

AWS and NICE are pleased to announce the general availability of Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) 2017, our next-generation streaming and remote visualization solution for remote access of 2D/3D interactive applications over LAN or WAN networks. 

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AWS OpsWorks is Now Available in Nine Regions

AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate and AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise are available in six new regions: US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney). With this release, this service is available in nine regions, including US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland). 

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Friday 15 December 2017

Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Tagging to Track Your Resources

Starting today, you can assign tags to manage and track Amazon AppStream 2.0 image builders, images, fleets, and stacks. AWS enables you to assign metadata to your AWS resources in the form of tags. 

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

AGs pressure America's top court to make Redmond hand over overseas messages

Microsoft should not be able to “shield evidence” held on Irish servers from US prosecutors, a group of 35 US state attorneys general has argued.…

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Amazon Inspector is Now Available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region

Amazon Inspector, an on-demand security assessment service for AWS customers, is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region.  

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View Amazon Inspector Agent Availability and Health Status for All Targeted Amazon EC2 Instances

Amazon Inspector released an enhancement to the ‘Preview Targets’ functionality. Now you can easily see if an Amazon Inspector agent is installed on a targeted EC2 instance and the health status of that agent.

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Some 4% of properties trundle below 10Mpbs

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mpbs, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.…

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BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

Intended to boost former state monopoly's 'ailing TV service'

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms.…

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Kubernetes 1.9 version bump is near – with APIs to extend the system

Latest container wrangling bits should drop on Friday

Assuming a handful of lingering issues can be resolved, the open-source Kubernetes project will introduce version 1.9 on Friday.…

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Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR now available in São Paulo and Mumbai regions.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) are now available in South America (São Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) regions. 

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Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

Serverless functions running on a set-top box could be a thing before long

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.…

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AWS Server Migration Service is now available in US West (Northern California) Region

AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) is now available to customers in the US West (Northern California) Region. AWS Server Migration Service is an agentless service which makes it easier and faster for you to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. AWS SMS allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations.

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Oracle swallows sales spurt from one of its niche categories: Cloud

Lot of invoices to customers, still a small slice of database giant's biz

Oracle topped analyst expectations and continued its push into the cloud computing space with another strong quarter.…

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Amazon Cognito OAuth2 Scopes

You can now define and require OAuth2 scopes as part of the method-level authorization when using an Amazon Cognito Authorizer in Amazon API Gateway. This simplifies building APIs that support Cognito Oauth2 scopes by removing the need to create an AWS Lambda function that performs the authorization. A scope defines the level of access to a resource that an application has permission to. For example, if you have a resource server for storing photos, you could define two scopes: one for read access to the photos and one for write/delete access. You can require applications to request access to your APIs by including a token with one or more scopes embedded inside it. API Gateway will then use it to determine whether the API caller is authorized to access the API. 

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Thursday 14 December 2017

AWS Service Catalog Announces Console Enhancements

AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to create, govern, and manage a catalog of IT services, is announcing enhancements to the Service Catalog console. These changes provide a simplified user experience to find and launch products in the catalog.  

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

Shut your whining, it's going to be great

Analysis  The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday morning to get rid of net neutrality rules.…

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AWS Managed Microsoft AD Regional Expansion

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. AWS Managed Microsoft AD enables you to use a highly available managed Microsoft Active Directory in the AWS Cloud.  

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Now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region: Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service

The ability to migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS using AWS Server Migration Service is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. 

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Introducing Field-Level Encryption on Amazon CloudFront

Starting today, you can use a new Amazon CloudFront capability called Field-Level Encryption to further enhance the security of sensitive data, such as credit card numbers or personally identifiable information (PII) like social security numbers. CloudFront’s field-level encryption further encrypts sensitive data in an HTTPS form using field-specific encryption keys (which you supply) before a POST request is forwarded to your origin. This ensures that sensitive data can only be decrypted and viewed by certain components or services in your application stack.

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Introducing Lumberyard Beta 1.12

Lumberyard Beta 1.12 adds over 400 updates, including a new Fur Shader, Gems for rain, lightning, water, and snow, plus updates to Script Canvas and the Text-to-Speech Gem. Head over to the release notes to learn more.

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Amazon CloudWatch introduces a new CloudWatch Agent with AWS Systems Manager Integration for Unified Metrics and Logs Collection

The new CloudWatch Agent, integrated with AWS Systems Manager (SSM) for simplified deployment and management, unifies collecting multi-platform metrics and logs into one agent and enhances the observability of your EC2 instances and virtual machines by collecting in-guest system metrics. Using SSM Run Command or State Manager, you can deploy the agent on EC2 instances, on-premise servers, or hybrid environments, for collecting both Linux and Windows OS metrics and logs, including Windows performance counters and event logs.

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

Watchdog's clown, er, chairman debases policymaking in the United States

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chair repealed US laws that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network.…

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Amazon CloudWatch Events now Supports AWS CodeBuild as an Event Target

Amazon CloudWatch Events enables you to respond quickly to application availability issues or configuration changes that might impact performance or security by notifying you of AWS resource changes in near-real-time. You simply write rules to indicate which events are of interest to your application and what automated action to take when a rule matches an event. You can, for example, invoke AWS Lambda functions or notify an Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic.

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EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

You guys OK with paper print-outs for the next eight months?

EE Business Broadband customers will have to make do with old-fashioned paper print-outs for the next eight months because the firm's online portal is down.…

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Amazon Mechanical Turk keeps labor cheap

Median hourly wage for Turk work comes to about $2 an hour

People wanted for tedious work. Low wages, variable hours, location flexible. Career growth doubtful. Not much in the way of recognition or thanks.…

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EFS File Sync Now Available in All Amazon EFS Regions

EFS File Sync for Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in two additional AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Frankfurt). 

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nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles

50 Mbps / 100 Mbps now bundle CVC capacity

nbn™ has announced new wholesale bundles it hopes will overcome the despised peak-hour crush: a 50 Mbps access product with 2 Mbps of CVC traffic in the bundle; and a 100 Mbps access product with 2.5 Mbps of CVC.…

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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Introducing Amazon Linux 2

Amazon Linux 2 is the next generation Amazon Linux operating system. It provides a high performance, stable, and secure execution environment for cloud and enterprise applications. Amazon Linux 2 will offer extended availability of software updates for the core operating system through 5 years of long-term support and provides access to the latest software packages through the Amazon Linux Extras repository.

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Deploy SAP NetWeaver on the AWS Cloud With New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically sets up an SAP environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud with SAP NetWeaver and SAP HANA.  

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Amazon EC2 P3 Instances, most powerful GPU compute instances in the cloud, now available in additional AWS Regions

Amazon EC2 P3 instances are now available in AWS US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Seoul) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. 

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

Metaphor wrought in flesh

An experiment by staff at UK ISP Andrews & Arnold has redefined the meaning of a fibre connection by showing that a piece of wet string can handle ADSL.…

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FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

echo "Bot herders will love"; cat /etc/passwd #

AT&T's DirecTV wireless kit has an embarrassing vulnerability in its firmware that can be trivially exploited by miscreants and malware to install hidden backdoors on the home network equipment, according to a security researcher.…

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Nasuni straps APIs and encryption to nippier Edge Appliances

Smartens up software act with raft of improvements

Cloud storage and gateway supplier Nasuni has released software making its Edge Appliances faster, safer, and easily integrated.…

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'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

Google, Facebook and Microsoft routed through PutinGrad, for no good reason

A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing incident saw a bunch of high-profile Internet destinations mis-routed through Russia on Tuesday, US time.…

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India sets up a second CERT for government services

Seeing as a billion Indians have handed over biometrics, this seems like a pretty sensible idea

India's decided it needs a second computer emergency response team, to protect government digital services.…

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Amazon WorkMail Releases an Administrative SDK and Enables AWS CloudTrail Integration

Today, Amazon WorkMail released two new features: an administrative SDK and AWS CloudTrail integration.

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AWS Direct Connect brings the Amazon network to South Africa in Cape Town & Johannesburg

Today AWS Direct Connect has landed for the first time on the African continent with two new sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. In Cape Town, AWS Direct Connect is at the Teraco CT1 data center and in Johannesburg, at the Teraco JB1 data center. Both these AWS Direct Connect sites can be found under the EU West (Ireland) AWS region in the AWS Management Console. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. 

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AWS Direct Connect added four new locations in Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and London

Today AWS Direct Connect has landed sites in four cities – Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and London. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. In the US, Equinix MI1, Miami brings the total AWS Direct Connect sites in the country to 29. In the AWS Management Console, Miami will be found under its home region of US East (Northern Virginia). In South America, Equinix RJ2, Rio de Janeiro, marks the first AWS Direct Connect site in Brazil outside of Sao Paulo. The AT Tokyo Chuo Data Center site is the second AWS Direct Connect site in Tokyo and third in Japan. In the UK, Telehouse North Two is the third site in the London area that will be found in the console under EU West (London) region.

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AWS CloudTrail Enhances Event History View and Search

You can now use AWS CloudTrail event history console page to view, search, and download the past 90 days of your account activity. You can also customize the display of columns to improve the view of your CloudTrail events.  

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Tuesday 12 December 2017

AWS CodePipeline Adds Support for Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate

AWS CodePipeline now supports deployments to Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and AWS Fargate. This makes it easy to create a continuous delivery pipeline for container-based applications.

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Automatic Migration Updates for AWS Migration Hub

AWS Migration Hub now automatically pushes migration status updates to an application’s detail page. With this new feature, you can always see the latest migration status for all the servers and databases in your application migration without needing to refresh the page every single time. This saves you time and worry by displaying the latest migration status updates in a timely and accurate manner. 

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What network neutrality madness has happened today? Take a big breath

And we'll explain: Epic trolling, online pressure, window-dressing, serious wonk writing

It may have escaped your notice but America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, will vote on Thursday on a provision that would effectively undermine net neutrality protections in the US. People are – and this may shock you – not happy about it.…

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Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Speeds Query Processing with Hash Join and Batched Scans

Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility now supports hash joins to speed up equijoin queries. Aurora’s cost-based optimizer can automatically decide when to use hash joins; you can also force their use in a query plan. In our internal testing, use of hash joins improved the latency of queries in a decision support benchmark when using a cold buffer pool by up to 8.2x on an R3.8xlarge instance.

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Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Natively Supports Synchronous Invocation of AWS Lambda Functions

Last year, we announced support for asynchronously invoking AWS Lambda functions from Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility via an in-built stored procedure. Starting with version 1.16, we are extending this feature to be able to able to synchronously invoke Lambda functions. Further, we have implemented both the synchronous and asynchronous versions of the feature using native functions, allowing Lambda functions to be invoked from within queries. 

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Deploy Couchbase on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically deploys the Couchbase Data Platform on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The Quick Start was created by AWS partners Couchbase and ClearScale in partnership with AWS.

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Monday 11 December 2017

Updated AWS Deep Learning AMIs: New Versions of TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, Keras, and PyTorch

This release of the AWS Deep Learning AMIs support Apache MXNet 1.0, including a new model serving capability for MXNet that packages, runs, and serves deep learning models with just a few lines of code. Also included are a new gradient compression capability, and a new model converter that converts neural network code written with the Caffe framework to MXNet code, making it easier for developers to take advantage of MXNet’s scalability and performance.  

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Announcing Preview of Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 Compatibility

MySQL 5.7-compatible Aurora offers enhancements such as JSON support, spatial indexes, generated columns and performance improvement of 5x over MySQL 5.7 and up to 10x for spatial datasets.

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Announcing Open Preview of Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 Compatibility

MySQL 5.7-compatible Aurora offers enhancements such as JSON support, spatial indexes, generated columns and performance improvement of 5x over MySQL 5.7 and up to 10x for spatial datasets.

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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: cancel flawed net neutrality vote

Technologists publish open letter warning about "imminent threat" to internet

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."…

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Amazon CloudWatch now supports two new chart visualization options in metrics and dashboards

We are excited to announce Zoom & Pan, and Leaderboard chart visualization options in CloudWatch Metrics console and CloudWatch Dashboards. You can use the CloudWatch console to graph metric data generated by AWS services and your applications. Now, you can zoom into a shorter time period such as one minute or five minutes while viewing the metric graph at a longer interval. To zoom into a metric graph please click and drag your mouse across the graph for the period needed. Once zoomed, you can also pan the metric graph across your selected interval, but at a zoomed detail level. To reset the zoom, simply click the zoom-out button at the top. In addition, you can also view a leaderboard of all the graphed metrics when you hover over the graph. The leaderboard shows a list of metrics and the values in the order they appear at a selected time. The Zoom & Pan, and Leaderboard visualization options are also available in CloudWatch Dashboards.  

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Friday 8 December 2017

Amazon CloudWatch Logs now Supports KMS Encryption

Amazon CloudWatch today announces KMS support for CloudWatch Logs. You can now encrypt your logs using keys managed through AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and customer master key (CMK).

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Amazon Compute Service Level Agreement Extended to Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and AWS Fargate are now included in the Amazon Compute Service Level Agreement (SLA) for 99.99% uptime and availability.

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Amazon CloudWatch Alarms now alerts you when any M out of N metric datapoints in an interval are above your threshold

We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch Alarms now supports alarming when any M out of N datapoints cross the alarm threshold. A datapoint is the value of a metric for a given metric aggregation period i.e. if you use one minute as an aggregation period for a metric, then there will be one datapoint every minute. With this launch, you can now create a CloudWatch alarm that alerts you when M out of N datapoints of a metric are above your predefined threshold, such as three out of five times in any given five minutes interval or two out of six times in a thirty minutes interval. When any M out of N datapoints are below your threshold in an interval, the alarm will be in OK state. Please note that the M datapoints out of N datapoints in an interval can be of any order and does not need to be consecutive. Consequently, you can now get alerted even when the spikes in your metrics are intermittent over an interval. 

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

Suffering residents have an 8-hour wait for 45 minutes of telly

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Cisco acquires to find low-cost cloud deals

Plans to infuse CloudCenter with workload-hopping tech

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Cisco's just made an acquisition.…

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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

Files brief to make sure US ‘correctly understands’ EU data protection law

The European Commission has stepped into the ongoing battle between Microsoft and the US government to make sure European laws are “correctly understood”.…

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Announcing AWS Single Sign-On (SSO)

AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) is a cloud SSO service that makes it easy to centrally manage SSO access to multiple AWS accounts and business applications. It enables users to sign in to a user portal with their existing corporate credentials and access all of their assigned accounts and applications from one place. 

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Amazon SES introduces Custom Emails Verification

You can now customize the emails that Amazon SES sends when verifying new identities. This feature is helpful for developers whose applications send email through Amazon SES on behalf of their customers. By changing the verification email to match the style and branding of your application, you can reduce customer confusion and improve the rate at which new customers complete the onboarding process. 

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Thursday 7 December 2017

AWS Service Catalog is now available in 14 regions

AWS Service Catalog is announcing that it is now available in new regions: Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul), US West (N. California), and South America (Sao Paulo). With the latest release, AWS Service Catalog is now available in 14 regions including US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (N. California, Oregon), Canada (Central), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, and London), South America (Sao Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo). 

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Amazon Pinpoint Extensions (Public Beta) enables enhanced Pinpoint segmentation and to add new messaging channels to Pinpoint using AWS Lambda

Amazon Pinpoint Extensions (Public Beta) now enables customers: 1) to integrate new channels such as social messenger and in-app messaging channels, with Pinpoint segmentation and campaign management capabilities and 2) to enrich campaign segmentation and messaging during campaign execution by defining AWS Lambda functions to run on each campaign execution. 

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Encryption at rest now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

We are pleased to announce Amazon Elasticsearch Service now allows you to encrypt your data using keys that you manage through AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Elasticsearch is a popular open source search and analytics engine for log analytics, full text search, application monitoring, and more. Amazon Elasticsearch Service delivers Elasticsearch’s easy-to-use APIs and real-time capabilities along with the availability, scalability, and security required by production workloads. 

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You Can Now Automate Amazon AppStream 2.0 Agent Updates on your Streaming Instances

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Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner

But… aren't you… supposed…aaargh… Pai!

One of the US government's top regulators has warned that her department is in no position to take on the mantle of protecting the open internet if its sister organization, the FCC, votes on repealing net neutrality regulations later this month.…

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Use AWS Budgets advanced filtering options to extend your cost monitoring capabilities

AWS Budgets gives you the ability to set custom budgets that alert you when costs and usage exceed (or are forecasted to exceed) your user-defined thresholds. Using AWS Budgets, you can monitor your total monthly costs or refine your budgets to track costs associated with specific usage dimensions (e.g., Amazon EC2 resource costs tagged as project: secretProject for a set of linked accounts). 

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Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

Not so bad, is it?

Real world performance gleaned from thousands of British mobiles sheds light on how LTE in the boondocks performs outside major urban areas. And it may not be as bad as you think.…

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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

For the love of cloud, don't click on anything

Google seems powerless to stop its Google Drive file sharing service being exploited by a spammer who has linked other users to their stash of pirated movies, among other dubious files, users have complained.…

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Public cloud backup kid throws a Spanning out of the Dell EMC works

Innovation deep freeze ends with private equity ownership

Analysis  Public cloud backupper Spanning says it has a new release of innovation energy now that Dell has shopped it to private equity.…

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Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

The AWS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance program has been expanded to include the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora, which recently went into general availability. With this update, we are maintaining full HIPAA eligibility for all Amazon RDS database engines. 

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OVH goes TITSUP again by trying to fix its last TITSUP

Attempt to harden network failed, badly, so the call's gone out to Cisco for help

European web hosting outfit OVH has reported its second major outage and Total Inability To Support Usual Performance* in a month and admitted the new outage was caused by its attempts to fix the cause of the last one.…

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New Quick Start Deploys Security-Focused, Standardized Environment for CJIS Security Policy 5.6

This new Quick Start deploys a standardized environment that helps support the requirements for the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy version 5.6. These requirements typically apply to systems that must go through a formal assessment and authorization process to ensure sufficient protection of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and information systems, based on the security category and impact level of the system (low, moderate, or high), and a risk determination. Note that this Quick Start will help organizations get started, but additional effort will be needed for full alignment to the CJIS Security Policy. 

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Elasticsearch 6.0 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Elasticsearch 6.0 and Kibana 6.0 on Amazon Elasticsearch Service. Elasticsearch is a popular open source analytics and search engine for log analytics, full text search, application monitoring, and more. Amazon Elasticsearch Service delivers Elasticsearch’s easy-to-use APIs and real-time capabilities along with the availability, scalability, and security required by production workloads. 

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Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) Volumes now support 32,000 IOPS and 500 MB/s per volume.

Today we are announcing an improvement in performance of Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) Volumes from 20,000 IOPS to 32,000 IOPS and from 320 MB/s to 500 MB/s of throughput per volume.

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AWS Free Tier usage alerts automatically notify you when you are forecasted to exceed your AWS service usage limits

AWS Free Tier enables you to gain free, hands-on experience with the AWS platform, products, and services. AWS Budgets allows you to manage your AWS costs and usage by creating custom budgets that alert you if your user-defined thresholds are breached. 

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Easily Apply Amazon Cloud Directory Schema Changes with In-Place Schema Upgrades

Now, Amazon Cloud Directory makes it easier for you to apply schema changes across your directories with in-place schema upgrades. Your directories now remain available while backward-compatible schema changes are being applied, such as the addition of new fields. This means you can upgrade your schemas without migrating data between directories or applying code changes to your applications. You also can view the history of your schema changes in Cloud Directory by using both major and minor version identifiers, which can help you track and audit schema versions across directories.  

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Wednesday 6 December 2017

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

Subscribe, or record nothing after a year, customers told

Home security company Y-Cam has enraged its users after pulling its free lifetime cloud storage for its cameras.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' WiFi

Schools left without WiFi! How will the kids learn?

A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass SSID amnesia.…

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Tuesday 5 December 2017

nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual

'Every time we launch a new platform we got through process learning how to do it well'

nbn™ chairman Ziggy Switkowski last night told a Senate Estimates hearing that problems with the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network it bought from Telstra first emerged in July.…

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Amazon Inspector Announces AWS Cloudformation Support, a New AMI Pre-Installed with the Inspector Agent, and Use of Service-Linked Roles

AWS is announcing three new enhancements that make it easier to get started with Amazon Inspector and to run security assessments. You can now automatically configure Inspector assessments through AWS CloudFormation as your Amazon EC2 instances are deployed. Next, you can now select an Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI) pre-installed with the Inspector Agent and run security assessments without having to manually install the agent. Finally, Inspector now uses AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles, which means you can leave the registration and management of IAM roles for Inspector to us.

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Google has but one burning desire: let them ban access to Fire

Oh move over rover, and let Mountain View take over…

Google has cut rival Amazon's access to its streaming media service in an apparent response to the banning of YouTube on Amazon Fire devices.…

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Amazon Route 53 Releases Auto Naming API for Service Name Management and Discovery

Beginning today, you can use the Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming API to automate the registration of microservices in DNS. The new API simplifies the management of DNS names and health checks for microservices that run on top of AWS when microservices scale up and down.

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Amazon IoT Rules Engine Now Supports Error Actions

You can now harden your IoT applications by configuring a back-up action to perform in the event your primary rule action(s) fail. Amazon IoT Rules Engine also attaches the error information to the message payload affected. You can use this feature to ensure that message data is handled in context of the error or routed to a back-up resource. Error Actions may be used to handle a range of user and service error conditions such as insufficiently provisioned downstream services, or unavailability of services.

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Amazon ECS Support for Windows Server Containers is Generally Available

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports running Windows Server containers for production workloads. 

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Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose announces the general availability of Splunk as a destination

Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, the easiest way to load streaming data into data stores and analytics tools, now supports Splunk as a delivery destination. Splunk is an operational intelligence tool for analyzing machine-generated data in real-time. You can now use Kinesis Data Firehose to stream data to your Splunk cluster in real-time at any scale. This integration supports Splunk versions with HTTP Event Collector (HEC), including Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud. 

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EE drops packets but retains UK network champ's title

Surprise findings

EE’s dominance as the best-performing UK mobile network has one or two surprising short comings in the No.1’s performance. Real-world data suggests Vodafone has the best network for 4G packet loss and EE the worst.…

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Storage and network prodder Virtual Instruments climbs up stack to apps

Says VirtualWisdom makes it wiser about apps

Virtual Instruments has said it is getting more application-centric with its v5.4 release of VirtualWisdom, its infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform, which builds on its Xangati acquisition.…

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AWS Contributes to Milestone Apache MXNet 1.0 Release and Adds Model Serving Capability

Today AWS announced contributions to the milestone 1.0 release of the Apache MXNet deep learning framework, as well as the introduction of a new model serving capability. 

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New Quick Start Implements Security Configurations to Support CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark

This new Quick Start deploys a standardized environment that supports compliance with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark for AWS Foundations. The Quick Start was built by AWS solutions architects and compliance experts in collaboration with Accenture, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner. 

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Monday 4 December 2017

China reboots internet conference with keynote from Cook

Apple CEO lends credibility, kills VPN apps

China's efforts to reboot an annual internet conference have received a big boost with a keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook and the attendance of Google CEO Sundar Pichai.…

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Sprint calls out Charter with chat-patent sueball

Once more, into the VoIP

Stop us if you've heard this one; two telecoms heavyweights are headed to court over allegations of patent infringement.…

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Saturday 2 December 2017

US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder

Oh look, another AWS misconfiguration spillage

The National Credit Federation, a US credit repair biz, left 111GB of thousands of folks' highly sensitive personal details exposed to the public internet, according to security researchers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 1 December 2017

Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

Tackles former state monopoly's 'significant market power'

Ofcom wants to slap new measures on BT to prevent it from undercutting rivals investing in super and ultrafast broadband.…

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

El Reg dives into global DNS split threat

Analysis  Russia is intending to set up its "own internet" according to a number of Russian news sources citing a document signed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.…

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Will you be on Cloud9? AWS emits cloudy code editor it nabbed last year

Software dev tool relaunched with Amazon branding – plus other stuff

AWS re:Invent  Amid its torrent of product announcements tied to its re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services on Thursday introduced AWS Cloud9, a browser-based code editor with AWS integration.…

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Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service

AWS Server Migration Service now supports the ability to migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS. With this launch, you can now migrate virtual machines running in on-premises virtualization stacks from both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX/ESXi environments. AWS Server Migration Service is an agentless service that makes it easier to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. It allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations. Automating incremental replication, Server Migration Service helps you speed up your migration process and reduce the operational cost of migration. It’s easy to get started with AWS Server Migration Service either using the AWS Console, or CLI and is available at no cost to you in the following AWS regions. To learn more about Hyper-V support for AWS Server Migration Service, click here

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Announcing New AWS Deep Learning AMI for Microsoft Windows

Amazon Web Services now offers an AWS Deep Learning AMI  for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016. These new Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) contain all the necessary pre-built packages, libraries, and frameworks you need to start building AI systems using deep learning on Microsoft Windows. The AMIs also include popular deep learning frameworks such as Apache MXNet, Caffe and Tensorflow, as well as packages that enable easy integration with AWS, including launch configuration tools and many popular AWS libraries and tools. The AMIs come prepackaged with Nvidia CUDA 9, cuDNN 7, and Nvidia 385.54 drivers, and contain the Anaconda platform (supports Python versions 2.7 and 3.5).

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Thursday 30 November 2017

AWS CloudTrail Adds Logging of Execution Activity for AWS Lambda Functions

You can now log the execution activity of your AWS Lambda functions with AWS CloudTrail Lambda data events. Previously, you could only log Lambda management events, which provide information on when and by whom a function was created, modified, or deleted. Now, you can also record Lambda data events and get additional details on when and by whom an Invoke API call was made and which Lambda function was executed. All Lambda data events are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket and Amazon CloudWatch Events, which allows you to respond to events recorded by CloudTrail. For example, you can quickly determine which Lambda functions were executed in the past three days and identify the source of the Invoke API calls. You can take immediate action to restrict Invoke API calls to known users or roles if you detect inappropriate Lambda activity.

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AWS Lambda Doubles Maximum Memory Capacity for Lambda Functions

You can now allocate 3008MB of memory to your AWS Lambda functions. Previously, the maximum amount of memory available to your functions was 1536MB. Now, it's easier to process workloads with higher memory or denser compute requirements, such as big data analysis, large file processing, and statistical computations.

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AWS Lambda Introduces Enhanced Console Experience

The AWS Lambda console has been updated with enhancements and new features that improve the experience of creating, configuring, testing, and monitoring your Lambda functions. 

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Set Concurrency Limits on Individual AWS Lambda Functions

You can now set a concurrency limit on individual AWS Lambda functions. The concurrency limit you set will reserve a portion of your account level concurrency limit for a given function. This feature allows you to throttle a given function if it reaches a maximum number of concurrent executions allowed, which you can choose to set. This is useful when you want to limit traffic rates to downstream resources called by Lambda (e.g. databases) or if you want to control the consumption of elastic network interfaces (ENI) and IP addresses for functions accessing a private VPC. 

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Alexa for Business Is Now Generally Available

Alexa for Business is now generally available for all customers. Alexa for Business makes it easy for you to introduce Alexa to your organization, providing the tools you need to set-up and manage Alexa-enabled devices, enroll users, and assign skills at scale.

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AWS Serverless Application Repository Enables Customers to Discover, Deploy, and Publish Serverless Applications

The AWS Serverless Application Repository is a collection of serverless applications published by developers, companies, and partners in the serverless community.

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Introducing AWS Cloud9

AWS Cloud9 is a cloud based IDE for writing, running, and debugging your code.

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Endpoint Integrations with Private VPCs

You can now provide access to HTTP(S) resources within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without exposing them directly to the public Internet. You can use API Gateway to create an API endpoint that is integrated with your VPC. You create an endpoint to your VPC by setting up a VPC link between your VPC and a Network Load Balancer (NLB), which is provided by Elastic Load Balancing. The NLB send requests to multiple destinations in your VPC such as Amazon EC2 instances, Auto Scaling groups, or Amazon ECS services. NLBs also support private connectivity over AWS Direct Connect, so that applications in your own data centers will be able to connect to your VPC via the Amazon private network.

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A day will come when Azure Active Directory 'classic' portal is killed. But it is not this day

Microsoft extends end-of-life till January 8. Why? Uh, Microsoft

For reasons unknown, Microsoft has decided at the last minute not to pull the plug on the old Azure Active Directory portal just yet.…

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Amazon Lightsail adds load balancers with integrated certificate management

Amazon Lightsail has added load balancers to its easy-to-use cloud platform, enabling developers to build scalable, highly available websites and applications easily and quickly. Load balancers can be launched in minutes, fully configured and ready to route traffic to Lightsail instances for a low, predictable price of $18 per month. Lightsail load balancers also allow customers to easily build and maintain secure applications that accept HTTPS traffic with free SSL/TLS certificates and intuitive, built-in certificate management. 

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Nokia 'not currently' talking about or arranging Juniper buy

Note the 'currently' because something just made the Gin Palace's shares pop 20 per cent

Nokia Networks has denied a rumour that it's planning to make an offer for Juniper Networks.…

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Introducing the Amazon Time Sync Service

The Amazon Time Sync Service provides a highly accurate and reliable time reference that is natively accessible from Amazon EC2 instances.

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Announcing Amazon EC2 T2 Unlimited for Sustained High CPU Performance

Amazon EC2 T2 instances can now deliver high CPU performance for as long as a workload needs it. T2 instances have previously enabled customers to optimize costs for their workloads with a generous baseline CPU performance and the ability to burst above baseline for short periods. With T2 Unlimited, workloads can now burst beyond the baseline for as long as required. This enables customers to enjoy the low T2 instance hourly price for a wide variety of general purpose applications, and ensure that their instances are never constrained to the baseline. Common general-purpose workloads on T2 instances include micro-services, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development, build and stage environments, code repositories, and product prototypes.

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Introducing Spread Placement Groups for Amazon EC2

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Introducing Launch Templates for Amazon EC2 instances

Launch Templates is a new capability that enables a new way to templatize your launch requests. Launch Templates streamline and simplify the launch process for Auto Scaling, Spot Fleet, Spot, and On-Demand instances.

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Ready-to-Use Managed Rules Now Available on AWS WAF

Managed Rules for AWS WAF, available today, enable you to easily protect your web applications and APIs from Internet threats. Choose from preconfigured RuleGroups provided in the AWS Marketplace by industry leading security experts: Alert Logic, Fortinet, Imperva, Trend Micro and TrustWave. Rules are automatically updated as new threats emerge and offer a wide range of protections, including OWASP Top 10 mitigations, bad-bot defenses, and virtual patching against recent CVE’s. Other, more specialized managed RuleGroups protect application platforms including content management systems like WordPress or Drupal. Each RuleGroup is the product of a Seller’s unique expertise, made available to you at an affordable pay-as-you-go price. Managed Rules for AWS WAF are designed to help you spend less time writing security rules and maintaining servers, and more time building applications for your customers.

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Announcing Support for Inter-Region VPC Peering

Amazon EC2 now allows peering relationships to be established between Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) across different AWS regions. Inter-Region VPC Peering allows VPC resources like EC2 instances, RDS databases and Lambda functions running in different AWS regions to communicate with each other using private IP addresses, without requiring gateways, VPN connections or separate network appliances.

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Introducing AWS Systems Manager

AWS Systems Manager provides a unified user interface that allows you to view operational data from multiple AWS services and automate operational tasks across your AWS resources.

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Wednesday 29 November 2017

AWS Greengrass adds feature for Machine Learning Inference

AWS Greengrass Machine Learning (ML) Inference makes it easy to perform ML inference locally on AWS Greengrass devices using models that are built and trained in the cloud.  Until now, building and training ML models and running ML inference was done almost exclusively in the cloud.  Training ML models requires massive computing resources so it is a natural fit for the cloud.  With AWS Greengrass ML Inference your AWS Greengrass devices can make smart decisions quickly as data is being generated, even when they are disconnected.

The capability simplifies each step of deploying ML, including accessing ML models, deploying models to devices, building and deploying ML frameworks, creating inference apps, and utilizing on device accelerators such as GPUs and FPGAs.  For example, you can access a deep learning model built and trained in Amazon SageMaker directly from the AWS Greengrass console and then download it to your device as part of an AWS Greengrass group.  AWS Greengrass ML Inference includes a prebuilt Apache MXNet framework to install on AWS Greengrass devices so you don't have to create this from scratch.  The pre-built Apache MXNet package for NVIDIA Jetson, Intel Apollo Lake, and Raspberry Pi devices can be downloaded directly from the cloud or can be included as part of the software in your AWS Greengrass group.

AWS Greengrass ML Inference also includes prebuilt AWS Lambda templates that you use to create an inference app quickly.  The provided Lambda blueprint shows you common tasks such as loading models, importing Apache MXNet, and taking actions based on predictions.

In many applications, your ML model will perform better when you fully utilize all the hardware resources available on the device, and AWS Greengrass ML Inference helps with this. To let your application access the hardware resources on your device, you declare them as a local resource in your AWS Greengrass group in the AWS Greengrass console.

To use these features, please sign up for the preview.

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AWS IoT Core Adds Enhanced Authentication Features

Starting today, AWS IoT Core is providing new authentication mechanisms that allow you to connect your devices to AWS. Using the custom authentication feature, customers can utilize bearer token authentication strategies, such as OAuth, to connect to AWS without using a X.509 certificate on their devices. With this, customers can reuse their existing authentication mechanism that they have already invested in.

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Introducing Amazon Translate – Now in Preview

Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Neural machine translation uses deep learning to deliver more accurate and more natural sounding translation than older statistical and rule-based translation algorithms. Amazon Translate enables translation at scale so that you can easily translate large volumes of text efficiently to handle tasks like localizing content for international users and facilitating real-time cross-lingual communication.

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Amazon FreeRTOS: IoT Operating System for Microcontrollers

Amazon FreeRTOS is an IoT operatin system for microcontrollers that makes small, low-powered edge devices easy to program, deploy, secure, connect, and maintain. Amazon FreeRTOS extends the FreeRTOS kernel, a popular open source real-time operating system for microcontrollers, and includes software libraries for security, connectivity, and updateability. Amazon FreeRTOS provides everything you need to easily program connected microcontroller-based devices and collect data from them for IoT applications, and helps you scale those applications across millions of devices. Amazon FreeRTOS is free of charge, open source, and available to all today. To learn more and get stared, click here.

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Introducing Amazon Kinesis Video Streams

Customers use Amazon Kinesis to run real-time analytics using data streams. Today, we are adding video streams to Kinesis. We are announcing Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, a fully managed video ingestion and storage service. Kinesis Video Streams makes it easy to securely stream video from connected devices to AWS for machine learning, analytics, and processing. You can also stream other time-encoded data like RADAR and LIDAR signals using Kinesis Video Streams.

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Announcing AWS IoT Analytics

You can now use AWS IoT Analytics to cleanse, process, enrich, store, and analyze IoT data at scale. It is the easiest way to run analytics on IoT data and get insights that help you make better and more accurate decisions for IoT applications and machine learning use cases.  

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Amazon Glacier Select Makes Big Data Analytics of Archive Data Possible

Amazon Glacier Select is a new way to query archived data in Amazon Glacier. Glacier Select allows queries to run directly on data stored in Amazon Glacier, retrieving only the data you need out of your archives to use for analytics. This allows you to reduce total cost of ownership while massively extending your data lake into cost-effective archive storage.

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Introducing Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Preview)

Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate, and maintain your own Kubernetes clusters.

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AWS IoT Device Defender Helps You Manage Device Security

AWS is pleased to announce AWS IoT Device Defender, a fully managed service that allows you to secure your fleet of IoT devices on an ongoing basis. AWS IoT Device Defender audits your fleet to ensure it adheres to security best practices, detects abnormal device behavior, alerts you to security issues, and recommends mitigation actions for these security issues. AWS IoT Device Defender is current not generally available. In order to learn more about AWS IoT Device Defender and to express your interest in the service, please sign up here.  

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AWS Launches Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables

Global Tables builds upon DynamoDB’s global footprint to provide you with a fully managed, multi-region, and multi-master database that provides fast, local, read and write performance for massively scaled, global applications. Global Tables replicates your Amazon DynamoDB tables automatically across your choice of AWS regions.

Global Tables eliminates the difficult work of replicating data between regions and resolving update conflicts, enabling you to focus on your application’s business logic. In addition, Global Tables enables your applications to stay highly available even in the unlikely event of isolation or degradation of an entire region.

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Introducing Amazon Comprehend – Discover Insights from Text

Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to analyze your text. Amazon Comprehend identifies the language of the text, extracts key phrases, places, people, brands, or events, understands sentiment about products or services, and identifies the main topics from a library of documents. The service learns from a variety of information sources, including product descriptions and consumer reviews and it retrains against new data constantly to keep pace with the evolution of language. Because of the depth and breadth of this training approach, it is able to provide accurate coverage for a wide range of scenarios like analyzing customer feedback, intelligent document search, and automatically organizing content.

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Introducing Amazon SageMaker

Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed service that enables data scientists and developers to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale. Amazon SageMaker includes modules that can be used together or independently to build, train, and deploy your machine learning models.

Amazon SageMaker makes it easy to build ML models and get them ready for training by providing everything you need to quickly connect to your training data, and to select and optimize the best algorithm and framework for your application. Amazon SageMaker includes hosted Jupyter notebooks that make it is easy to explore and visualize your training data stored in Amazon S3. You can connect directly to data in S3, or use AWS Glue to move data from Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Redshift into S3 for analysis in your notebook.

To help you select your algorithm, Amazon SageMaker includes the 10 most common machine learning algorithms which have been pre-installed and optimized to deliver up to 10 times the performance you’ll find running these algorithms anywhere else. Amazon SageMaker also comes pre-configured to run TensorFlow and Apache MXNet, two of the most popular open source frameworks. You also have the option of using your own framework.

You can begin training your model with a single click in the Amazon SageMaker console. Amazon SageMaker manages all of the underlying infrastructure for you and can easily scale to train models at petabyte scale. To make the training process even faster and easier, AmazonSageMaker can automatically tune your model to achieve the highest possible accuracy.

Once your model is trained and tuned, Amazon SageMaker makes it easy to deploy in production so you can start running generating predictions on new data (a process called inference). Amazon SageMaker deploys your model on an auto-scaling cluster of Amazon EC2 instances that are spread across multiple availability zones to deliver both high performance and high availability. Amazon SageMaker also includes built-in A/B testing capabilities to help you test your model and experiment with different versions to achieve the best results.

Amazon SageMaker takes away the heavy lifting of machine learning, so you can build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly and easily.

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Introducing Amazon Transcribe – Now in Preview

Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for developers to add speech to text capability to their applications. Amazon Transcribe can analyze audio files stored in Amazon S3 and return a text file of the transcribed speech with time stamps for every word so you can easily locate the audio in the original source by searching for the text.

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Amazon ECS CLI Version 1.1.0 adds AWS Fargate Support

The Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) command line interface (CLI) is now available as version 1.1.0.

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Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Multi-Master

Amazon Aurora Multi-Master allows you to create multiple read/write master instances across multiple Availability Zones. This enables applications to read and write data to multiple database instances in a cluster, just as you can read across Read Replicas today.

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Introducing AWS DeepLens, the World’s First Deep-Learning Enabled Video Camera for Developers

AWS DeepLens is a deep learning enabled wireless video camera specifically designed to help developers of all skill levels grow their machine learning skills through hands-on computer vision tutorials, example code, and pre-built models. DeepCam includes an HD video camera with on-board compute optimized for deep learning, which is fully programmable using AWS Lambda. Developers are free to focus on their machine learning skills, while DeepCam automatically optimizes and deploys models to the device and connects to the cloud for more advanced capabilities. DeepCam integrates with Amazon SageMaker giving developers an end-to-end solution to learn, develop, and test machine learning applications both in the cloud and at the edge, for the very first time.


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Amazon Neptune: Fast, reliable graph database built for the cloud

Amazon Neptune is a fast, reliable, fully-managed graph database service that makes it easy to build and run applications that work with highly connected datasets. The core of Amazon Neptune is a purpose-built, high-performance graph database engine optimized for storing billions of relationships and querying the graph with milliseconds latency. Amazon Neptune supports popular graph models Apache TinkerPop and W3C's RDF, and their associated query languages TinkerPop Gremlin and RDF SPARQL, allowing you to easily build queries that efficiently navigate highly connected datasets. Neptune powers graph use cases such as recommendation engines, fraud detection, knowledge graphs, drug discovery, and network security.

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AWS IoT One Click, Now in Preview

AWS IoT 1-Click is a service that makes it easy for simple devices to trigger AWS Lambda functions that execute a specific action. With AWS IoT 1-Click, simple devices such as the AWS IoT Enterprise Button and the AT&T LTE-M Button are ready to securely connect to AWS IoT right out of the box, making it easy to deploy these devices. You can activate devices by associating them to actions such as Lambda functions with a single click.

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Announcing AWS IoT Device Management

You can now use AWS IoT Device Management to securely onboard, organize, monitor, and remotely manage your IoT devices at scale throughout their lifecycle. With IoT Device Management, you can upload device information and configuration, organize your device inventory, monitor your fleet of devices, and remotely manage devices deployed across many locations including updating device software over-the-air (OTA). This helps you scale your device fleets and reduce the cost and effort of managing large IoT device deployments.

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Over-the-air updates, access to local resources, and OPC-UA industrial protocol adapter now available on AWS Greengrass

AWS Greengrass is a software that lets you run local compute, messaging, data caching, and sync capabilities for connected devices in a secure way. AWS Greengrass has three new features. First, AWS Lambda functions running on Greengrass Core devices can natively interact with the capabilities of the underlying host device, such as a camera, serial bus, or GPU so that Greengrass devices can more easily interact with their physical environments. Second, Greengrass can now use the popular industrial messaging protocol OPC-UA to communicate with other equipment, and customers can also easily create their own protocol adapters. Third, you can now remotely update the Greengrass Core software to take advantage of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements.

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Introducing Amazon Rekognition Video

Amazon Rekognition Video is a deep learning powered video analysis service that tracks people, detects activities, and recognizes objects, celebrities, and inappropriate content. Amazon Rekognition Video can detect and recognize faces in live streams. Rekognition Video can also analyze existing video stored in Amazon S3. It returns specific labels of activities, people and faces, and objects with time stamps so you can easily locate the scene. For people and faces, it also returns the bounding box, which is the specific location of the person or face in the frame. Rekognition Video’s easy-to-use APIs are ideal for immediate response for public safety customers, generating search index for media and entertainment customers, and monitoring for smart homes.

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Introducing AWS Fargate

AWS Fargate is a technology for deploying and managing containers without having to manage any of the underlying infrastructure. Fargate makes it easy to scale your applications. You no longer have to worry about provisioning enough compute resources for your container applications. You can launch tens or tens of thousands of containers in seconds.

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Amazon S3 Select Is Now Available in Preview

Amazon S3 Select is now available in Preview. S3 Select is a new Amazon S3 capability designed to pull out only the data you need from an object, dramatically improving the performance and reducing the cost of applications that need to access data in S3.

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Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Serverless

Amazon Aurora Serverless is an on-demand auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora, where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale up or down capacity based on your application's needs. Aurora Serverless enables you to run your relational database in the cloud without managing any database instances or clusters.

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AWS Launches Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore

On-Demand Backup allows you to create full backups of your DynamoDB tables data for data archival, helping you meet your corporate and governmental regulatory requirements. You can backup tables from a few megabytes to hundreds of terabytes of data, with no impact on performance and availability to your production applications.

On-Demand Backup processes back up requests in seconds regardless of the size of your tables, so you don’t have to worry about backup schedules or long-running processes. All backups are automatically encrypted, cataloged, easily discoverable, and retained until you explicitly delete them. You can execute backup and restore operations with a single-click in the AWS Management Console or a single API call.

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Max Schrems launches privacy NGO, wins €60k within first 24 hours

'None of Your Business' to help bring consumer cases to court

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is crowdfunding a nonprofit that will bring consumer privacy cases to court in a bid to enforce European data protection laws.…

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Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

Yes, it's real

While 5G suffers the usual, protracted birth pangs, unfashionable Gigabit LTE is going to be how your mobile bits are delivered for ages.…

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IBM figures out it takes longer than a week to re-wire software

New TLS 1.0 turnoff offers three months warning, reprieve if you'd rather remain insecure

IBM has announced it will again try to wean its cloud off the known-to-be-insecure TLS 1.0 and 1.1, but will also keep them available for some services.…

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£160m ploughed into 5G is a fair sum. Shame the tech doesn't really exist insiders fairly certain cash won't be spent that way

Going by last week's Budget, it looks like the only ones still drinking the 5G Kool-Aid are senior politicians. Perhaps they think it will make them look visionary.…

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Introducing Amazon EC2 H1 Instances, the latest generation of Storage Optimized instances for high performance big data workloads

Amazon EC2 H1 instances are the latest generation of Amazon EC2’s Storage Optimized instances, which are powered by 2.3 GHz Intel® Xeon® E5 2686 v4 processors (codenamed Broadwell), offer more vCPUs and more memory per terabyte of local magnetic storage compared to D2 instances. The largest instance size, h1.16xlarge, provides 64vCPUs and 16TB of HDD-based instance storage. H1 instances are designed for applications that need low cost storage, high disk throughput, and high sequential disk I/O access to large data sets. H1 instances are ideal for data-intensive workloads such as MapReduce-based workloads, distributed file systems such as HDFS and MapR-FS, network file systems, log or data processing applications such as Apache Kafka, and big data workload clusters.

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Amazon EC2 Spot Lets you Pause and Resume Your Workloads

Amazon EC2 Spot can now hibernate Amazon EBS-backed instances in the event of an interruption. Spot can fulfill your request by resuming instances from a hibernated state when capacity is available. Hibernate is just like closing and opening your laptop lid, with your application starting up right where it left off.

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Introducing Amazon EC2 M5 Instances

M5 Instances are the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances, powered by 2.5 GHz Intel® Xeon Platinum 8175 processors (formerly codenamed Skylake), and featuring Intel’s newest vector processing instruction set, Advanced Vector Extension 512 (AVX-512). M5 instances are based on the Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor, which delivers practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to your instances. They deliver up to 14% improvement in price/performance compared to M4 instances with the updated processor. The addition of new AVX-512 delivers 2x the performance per core for vector and floating point intensive workloads such as image and video processing, data compression, cryptography, and high-performance web serving.

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Announcing Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances (Preview)

Amazon EC2 Bare Metal instances provide your applications with direct access to the processor and memory of the underlying server. These instances are ideal for workloads that require access to hardware feature sets (such as Intel VT-x), or for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements.

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Amazon EC2 Spot introduces new pricing model and the ability to launch Spot instances via RunInstances API

Amazon EC2 simplified the Amazon EC2 Spot instance pricing by moving to a model that delivers low, predictable prices that adjust gradually based on long-term trends in supply and demand. You will continue to save up to 90% off the On-Demand instance price and you will continue to pay the Spot price that's in effect at the beginning of each instance-hour for your running instance.

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Announcing Amazon GuardDuty – Intelligent Threat Detection

Amazon GuardDuty is a threat detection service that provides you with an accurate and easy way to continuously monitor and protect your AWS accounts and the applications and services running within them. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, GuardDuty immediately begins analyzing billions of events from AWS CloudTrail, VPC Flow Logs, and other AWS data sources.

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AWS reveals 'Nitro'... Custom ASICs and boxes that do grunt work so EC2 hosts can just run instances

Also bare metal EC2, that KVM-based hypervisor and an entry to the security biz

AWS reveals 'Nitro' - custom ASICS and boxes that do grunt work so EC2 hosts can just run instances Also bare metal EC2 and a KVM-based hypervisor Amazon Web Services has revealed that it's spent four years working on a new architecture that offloads networking, storage and management tasks from EC2 host servers to dedicated hardware.…

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Introducing Amazon MQ

Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud. Message brokers allow different software systems–often using different programming languages, and on different platforms–to communicate and exchange information. Messaging is the communications backbone that connects and integrates the components of distributed applications, such as order processing, inventory management, and fullfillment for e-commerce. Amazon MQ manages the administration and maintenance of ActiveMQ, a popular open-source message broker. Amazon MQ takes care of time-consuming tasks such as provisioning the infrastructure, setting up the broker, updating the software, and managing security. Amazon MQ is designed to withstand failures so your messages are highly available. With Amazon MQ, you get direct access to the ActiveMQ console and industry standard APIs and protocols for messaging, including JMS, NMS, AMQP, STOMP, MQTT, and WebSocket. You can easily move from any message broker that uses these standards to Amazon MQ because you don’t have to rewrite any messaging code in your applications.

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AWS Batch Adds Support for Large-Scale Job Submissions with Array Jobs

AWS Batch now supports the submission of arrays of jobs with a single API call. With ArrayJobs, users can easily submit, with a single SubmitJob call, up to 10,000 copies of a job. Users can also express dependencies on Array Jobs, including 'N-to-N' dependencies between related elements across multiple Array Jobs. Array Jobs simplify the submission and management of large-scale Monte Carlo simulations, parametric sweeps, and jobs which need to perform the same operation on thousands of input files or objects. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters.

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Announcing Advanced Security Features (Beta) for Amazon Cognito

Now, you can use advanced security features (beta) for Amazon Cognito to help protect access to user accounts in your applications. These advanced security features provide risk-based adaptive authentication and protection from the use of compromised credentials.

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AWS Lambda Supports Traffic Shifting and AWS CodeDeploy Deployments

You can now shift incoming traffic between two AWS Lambda function versions based on pre-assigned weights. This allows you to gradually shift traffic between two versions, helping you reduce the risk and limit the blast radius of new Lambda deployments. You can now also use AWS CodeDeploy to automatically manage the rollout of new function versions. CodeDeploy is a service that automates software deployments to a variety of compute services like Lambda and Amazon EC2. CodeDeploy makes it easy to gradually and safely deploy updates to Lambda, and it is supported by the AWS Serverless Application Model.  

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Canary Release Deployments

You can now use canary release deployments to gradually roll out new APIs in Amazon API Gateway. This helps you more safely roll out API changes and limit the blast radius of new deployments.

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Introducing AWS AppSync, a managed GraphQL service with real-time data and offline programming

AWS AppSync is a new service in Public Preview that enables you to manage and update mobile app data in real-time between devices and the cloud, and allows apps to interact with the data on the mobile device when it is offline. With AWS AppSync, applications can easily access AWS services using a data language called GraphQL and an SDK that is optimized for mobile and web applications. GraphQL is an open standard that lets you request, change, and subscribe to the exact data you need in a single network request. This makes prototyping and building data intensive applications as simple as writing a few lines of code.

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Stock trader sues transatlantic ISP for spiteful cable cut

We were bought by your rival, but that doesn't mean we don't still need you (for a few months)

A New York investment firm is suing its ISP to keep its high-speed cable service going after it was acquired by a company that has a beef with the service provider.…

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FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

Pai puts in his thumb and pulls out a plum

Analysis  Ajit Pai – the head of America's broadband watchdog, the FCC – has responded to widespread criticism of his plan to tear up net neutrality safeguards by… mocking celebrity tweets.…

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Tuesday 28 November 2017

AWS PrivateLink Now Available for Customer and Partner Services

Earlier this month, we introduced AWS PrivateLink, a new service that allows customers to privately access select AWS services from their Virtual Private Cloud and from on-premises via AWS Direct Connect. We are now extending this capability to customer and partner services hosted on AWS.

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AWS PrivateLink on AWS Marketplace now available

AWS Marketplace is pleased to announce that customers can now discover Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications that are available on AWS PrivateLink, and connect to these applications using verified DNS names on the service endpoints. AWS PrivateLink enables customers to access services hosted on AWS in a highly available and scalable manner, while keeping the network traffic within the AWS network.

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AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, AWS Machine Learning Partner Solutions

The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Machine Learning 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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AWS Partner Network Launches New Networking Competency

The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Networking 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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One love, OneSphere: Let's give thanks to the cloud and HPE, all right?

From multi-cloud pain in the ass to a single pane of glass

Analysis  With OneSphere, HPE has attempted to take a multi-silo, on-premises, hybrid and public cloud pain in the proverbial and "fix it" through one pane of glass.…

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Navigating the hybrid cloud maze: Have you agreed on a cost of exit?

Once you're in...

How times change. When the Cloud Industry Forum first started surveying cloud take-up, about seven years ago, most businesses still weren’t using any cloud services. Its latest survey, published this spring, revealed that nearly 90 per cent of organisations are using cloud, each one deploying three cloud-based services.…

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Monday 27 November 2017

AWS Alexa Skill Now Available

You can now hear the latest launch announcements from AWS on your Alexa-enabled device with the AWS Alexa skill. The AWS skill augments the existing channels (Blog posts and What’s New posts) with a hands-free option for consuming information about new services and features from AWS. You can enable the skill on your Alexa-enabled device by filtering search results to Alexa Skills on and searching for “AWS”. After enabled, you can customize the skill to only hear about your favorite services (e.g. EC2) or categories (e.g. Compute) from AWS.

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AT&T, Comcast trash, kill Nashville's Googley broadband cable rules

City's attempt to foster competition shafted after taking pole position

An American city's efforts to make it easier for Google and upstart ISPs to compete against cable giants has been unceremoniously unplugged.…

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HPE GreenLake: Enterprise takes another splash at pay-as-you-go private cloud

Come on in, the water's... err... cloudy

Businesses want cloud-style IT, HPE declared as it pushed out GreenLake on-premises everything-as-a-service models – an evolution of its Flex Capacity pay-per-use infrastructure.…

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Another way to avoid eye contact: 4G on the Tube expected 'by 2019'

Summer tests show mobile signal on all trains is possible

Transport for London promises to have 4G mobile coverage on the London Underground by 2019 following successful tests this summer.…

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Introducing AWS Elemental MediaLive

Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaLive, a live video processing service that enables video providers to encode high-quality live video streams for broadcast television and multiscreen devices. It does all the heavy lifting behind the scenes for resource provisioning, service orchestration, scaling, healing, resiliency failover, monitoring, and reporting. With push-button deployment, customers can stand up live channels in minutes with resources that automatically scale up and down based on load and number of channels. To achieve the same result with on-premises solutions requires planning, procurement, installation, provisioning, configuration, setup, testing, and troubleshooting that can take weeks, months, or even years before going into production. The channel-based, pay-as-you-go service simplifies operational complexity, improves cost efficiency, and minimizes financial risk. AWS Elemental MediaLive enables customers to build flexible 24x7 live video workflows or deliver event-based live streams with full control over encoding parameters using a best-of-breed service with support for standard video players and CDNs.

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Introducing AWS Elemental MediaConvert

Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video processing service that allows video providers with any size content library to easily and reliably transcode on-demand content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery. You can build workflows to generate high-quality video outputs in minutes instead of weeks or months. With access to a comprehensive set of advanced transcoding features, workflows that in the past could only have been implemented on-premises can now be built in the cloud. Now you can focus on delivering compelling media experiences without having to manage the complexity of building and operating broadcast-grade video processing infrastructure. AWS Elemental MediaConvert is easy to use with a pay-as-you-go pricing model. It offers a high degree of availability, reliability, and scalability along with tight integration with other AWS services.

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Introducing AWS Elemental MediaStore

Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaStore, a video origination and storage service that offers the high performance, predictable low latency, and immediate consistency required for live and on-demand media combined with the security and durability of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The service provides an inexpensive method for simple pass-through content delivery with predictable pay-as-you-go pricing.

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