Friday 28 April 2017

Amazon Cognito Now Supported by AWS CloudFormation

Starting today you can provision Amazon Cognito resources using AWS CloudFormation.

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AWS CloudFormation adds support for Amazon Cognito, EBS Elastic Volumes and updates resource coverage

CloudFormation updated support for new resources:

  • AWS::Cognito::IdentityPool
    • Create an Amazon Cognito identity pool.
  • AWS::Cognito::IdentityPoolRoleAttachment
    • Manage the role configuration for an Amazon Cognito identity pool.
  • AWS::Cognito::UserPool
    • Create an Amazon Cognito user pool.
  • AWS::Cognito::UserPoolClient
    • Create an Amazon Cognito user pool client.
  • AWS::Cognito::UserPoolGroup
    • Create a user group in an Amazon Cognito user pool.
  • AWS::Cognito::UserPoolUser
    • Create an Amazon Cognito user pool user.
  • AWS::Cognito::UserPoolUserToGroupAttachment
    • Attach a user to an Amazon Cognito user pool group.

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Amazon QuickSight now supports audit logging with AWS CloudTrail

Starting today, Amazon QuickSight customers can log user actions within their QuickSight accounts using AWS CloudTrail for governance, compliance and auditing purposes. With this feature, customers can continuously log, monitor and retain events associated with Amazon QuickSight, and answer questions on Who, When and What with regards to data access in QuickSight, to comply with corporate policies.

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Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) Introduces Server-Side Encryption for Queues

You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) to exchange sensitive data between applications using server-side encryption (SSE) integrated with the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service for reliably communicating between distributed software components and microservices – at any scale. You can use Amazon SQS to take advantage of the scale, cost, and operational benefits of a managed messaging service. The addition of server-side encryption allows you to transmit sensitive data with the increased security of using encrypted queues.

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Updates to Presto, Apache Zeppelin, Apache Flink, and Hue now available on Amazon EMR release 5.5.0

You can now use upgraded versions of Presto (0.170), Apache Zeppelin (0.7.1), and Hue (3.12.0) on Amazon EMR release 5.5.0. Presto 0.170 includes support for LDAP authentication and various improvements and bug fixes. Hue 3.12.0 adds new features to the SQL editor, timeline and pivot graphing for visualization, and email notifications for Apache Oozie workflow completion. Additionally, we incorporated several improvements for Apache Flink and resiliency for Apache Spark, and we backported a bug fix for Spark 2.1.0 integration in Oozie.

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Microsoft's cloud feels the pinch in price war with AWS

Ah, the old 'Windows upsell' one-two

Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period.…

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Amid all the fanfare and cheerleading, Amazon's AWS growth is slowing

'Meteoric' success downgraded to mere 'rocketing'

Amazon Web Services growth slowed down a bit, but still brought Amazon cash at a record clip in the first three months of 2017.…

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Thursday 27 April 2017

AWS Config Supports Rules in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

AWS Config now supports pre-built and custom rules in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region.

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AWS Mobile Hub Adds Export/Import for Snapshotting and Repeatable Deployment of Projects Through the Development Lifecycle

Starting today you can import and export AWS Mobile Hub projects with their associated AWS resources. This feature will allow developers to export, import and share their project configurations in an easily editable text file format (YAML). They can duplicate projects in the same AWS account or across accounts, for easier team collaboration and sharing. Each import of an exported project creates an identical isolated stack of AWS resources that provides a separate, independent, consistent development and testing environment.

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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Now Available: Hardware MFA for GovCloud

We are excited to announce the availability of Hardware Multi-Factor Authentication (HW MFA) in AWS GovCloud (US). The GovCloud-specific tokens are distributed by SurePassID, a third-party digital security company, and implement the OATH TOTP standard. Hardware MFA provides an extra level of security for GovCloud accounts, by prompting users for a token-based authentication code in addition to their username and password, before they can sign in. The MFA token keys are stored in GovCloud with the separate Identity and Access Management (IAM) stack to ensure logical isolation from other regions during authentication.  Tokens are available for purchase on

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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Amazon WorkDocs iOS App Now Lets You Save Files Directly to WorkDocs, and Open Files Stored in Your WorkDocs Account Using Other Apps on Your Device

The Amazon WorkDocs iOS app now supports file sharing between the WorkDocs app and other apps on your iPhone or iPad, provided they also support file sharing across apps. You can send files from the app you’re using to your WorkDocs app so you can store them in your WorkDocs account. You can save photos from your Camera Roll into WorkDocs, making it easy to capture and store whiteboard content and handwritten notes. Using the share button in the WorkDocs app, you can send files to other apps on your device, which allows you to open files for editing using applications like Microsoft Word and Apple Keynote (and save the changes back to WorkDocs), send files stored in WorkDocs using email and other popular messaging apps, and save email attachments directly to WorkDocs.

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Amazon Inspector announces availability of Assessment Reports, and the launch of support for Amazon Linux 2017.03

Today, Amazon Inspector has announced availability of assessment reports for all security assessments. Starting today, you will have the ability to view and download assessment reports, which document the details of what was tested as part of the assessment run, and the specific results for each rules package assessed. The report contains an executive summary of the assessment, the list of instances targeted, the rules packages tested, the rules that generated findings, details of findings, and optionally the list of rules that passed without any findings. Assessment reports can be viewed and downloaded from the “Assessment Runs” tab of the Inspector console. Reports are available in html and pdf format, and are also available through the Inspector API and CLI.

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Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.9 Now Available, Adds Player Account Cloud Gem, Improved Component Entity System, Particle Editor Updates, and More

We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.9, the biggest release yet for Amazon’s free AAA game engine. This release is a direct result of customer feedback, with over 473 improvements, fixes, and features. Some highlights include:

• A new Player Account Cloud Gem that provides a customizable, stand-alone solution for player authentication and management. In as little as 30 minutes, an engineer can build and launch a player account system in their game—a task that would typically take 2-3 engineers several months to accomplish.
• A new Component Entity system that helps developers create complex, working entities faster and with minimal effort. This update includes automatic exposure of component features to designers, a new warning system for missing or mistaken configurations, usability improvements to the Entity Inspector, and more.
• New GPU features and emitter types for the particle editor, so you can fill game worlds with visually stunning effects. New emitter types include point, sphere, circle, box, and beam.
• Much more, including a new one-step, express installation process, support for both Z-up and Y-up world coordinates in the FBX importer, improved search functionality for the Asset Browser, Component Entity and Lua support for the UI Editor and Twitch Metastream, and support for versioned Gems. 

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Monday 24 April 2017

Manage access to your RDS for MySQL and Amazon Aurora databases using AWS IAM

Starting today, Amazon RDS enables you to use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage database access for Amazon RDS for MySQL DB instances and Amazon Aurora DB clusters. Database administrators can now associate database users with IAM users and roles. By using IAM, you can manage user access to all AWS resources from a single location, avoiding issues caused by permissions that are out of sync on different AWS resources.

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The Amazon SQS Java Messaging Library for JMS now supports FIFO Queues

You can now send messages to and receive messages from Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) FIFO (first-in-first-out) queues with applications that use the Java Message Service (JMS). Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service that enables reliable communication between distributed software components and microservices at any scale. Amazon SQS FIFO queues, the newest queue type, are designed to ensure that the order in which messages are sent and received is strictly preserved, and that each message is processed exactly once.  

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Huawei to build global cloud with bit barns run by different operators

They'll all look and behave the same, but you won't get one console to rule them all

Huawei's going to build a global cloud based on its cut of OpenStack, but it's going to be a patchwork quilt of clouds it builds and runs by itself and clouds it builds but which its telco mates run.…

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Friday 21 April 2017

Announcing Third Edge Location in Atlanta, Georgia for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce a new edge location for Amazon CloudFront in Atlanta, Georgia. Each new edge location helps improve performance and availability for end users of your application. This is our third edge location in the Atlanta area, bringing the total number of CloudFront locations to 85 (including 74 points of presence and 11 regional edge cache locations). To see a full list of all Amazon CloudFront locations, please visit our website here. Meet with the CloudFront team at one of our upcoming webinars.

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IBM SoftLayer plays hardball in object storage price cuts

Cloud object storage pricing tumbling downhill

+Comment  Research house 451 says the cloud price struggle has moved away from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage, and fingers IBM for initiating the round of price cutting.…

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New Quick Start deploys NetApp ONTAP Cloud with SQL Server on the AWS Cloud

This new Quick Start automatically deploys a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 environment that receives its storage and data management capabilities from a NetApp ONTAP Cloud system running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Amazon AppStream 2.0 Adds Simple Network Setup for Internet Access

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now allows you to enable Internet access for your image builder and fleet instances without the need for advanced network configuration. Providing Internet access to your instances allows your applications to access online resources such as application updates and licensing services, and your users to access documents, tutorials, and other information from the Internet.

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Amazon AppStream 2.0 Adds Simple Network Setup for Internet Access

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now allows you to enable Internet access for your image builder and fleet instances without the need for advanced network configuration. Providing Internet access to your instances allows your applications to access online resources such as application updates and licensing services, and your users to access documents, tutorials, and other information from the Internet.

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Amazon Redshift announces query monitoring rules (QMR), a new feature that automates workload management, and a new function to calculate percentiles

You can use the new Amazon Redshift query monitoring rules feature to set metrics-based performance boundaries for workload management (WLM) queues, and specify what action to take when a query goes beyond those boundaries. For example, for a queue that’s dedicated to short running queries, you might create a rule that aborts queries that run for more than 60 seconds. To track poorly designed queries, you might have another rule that logs queries that contain nested loops. We also provide pre-defined rule templates in the Amazon Redshift management console to get you started.

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Dell backs out of in-cloud backup business by selling Spanning

Another EMC acquisition let go

Dell has sold its in-cloud backup SW biz Spanning to private equity house Insight Venture Partners, ending just four years of ownership.…

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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Going native

Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed.…

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Thursday 20 April 2017

Use the Enhanced AWS Price List API to Access AWS Service- and Region-Specific Product and Pricing Information

Starting today, the AWS Price List API can return product and pricing information for specific AWS services and regions. Previously, the API returned product and pricing information for a service for all AWS regions at once. You can now create more precise requests that return product and pricing information for the AWS service and region of interest.

For example, using this API you can get the product and pricing information for Amazon S3 in the us-east-1 region: or

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Attach an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role to your existing Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS GovCloud region

You can now attach or replace an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role to your existing Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS GovCloud region. 

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Announcing APN Service Delivery Program for AWS Partners with Service Catalog Expertise

The AWS Service Delivery Program helps AWS customers find qualified APN Partners that have demonstrated the ability to provide expertise in a specific service or skill area. AWS Service Catalog partners help create catalogs of IT services that are approved by the customer’s organization for use on AWS. With AWS Service Catalog, customers and partners can centrally manage commonly deployed IT services to help achieve consistent governance and meet compliance requirements while enabling users to self-provision approved services.

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

Amazon VP takes Big Red's co-CEO to task over server boast

Amazon's AWS infrastructure boss has slapped down Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd after the latter boasted that Big Red needs fewer data centers because its systems are, apparently, twice as good.…

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Wednesday 19 April 2017

Amazon Lex Now Generally Available

Amazon Lex is now generally available for all customers. Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into your application using voice and text. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are now available to developers, enabling you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language conversational bots.

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Detect explicit or suggestive adult content using Amazon Rekognition

Amazon Rekognition can now detect explicit and suggestive adult content in images, enabling you to protect users from inappropriate content. Beyond flagging an image based on presence of adult content, Image Moderation also returns a hierarchical list of labels with confidence scores. These labels indicate specific categories of adult content, thus providing more granular control to developers to filter and manage large volumes of user generated content (UGC).

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Introducing Amazon Redshift Spectrum: Run Amazon Redshift Queries directly on Datasets as Large as an Exabyte in Amazon S3

Today we announced the general availability of Amazon Redshift Spectrum, a new feature that allows you to run SQL queries against exabytes of data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). With Redshift Spectrum, you can extend the analytic power of Amazon Redshift beyond data stored on local disks in your data warehouse to query vast amounts of unstructured data in your Amazon S3 “data lake” — without having to load or transform any data. Redshift Spectrum applies sophisticated query optimization, scaling processing across thousands of nodes so results are fast – even with large data sets and complex queries.

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Amazon Polly Introduces a new Whispered Voice Tag, and Speech Marks for Synchronization with Visual Animation

You can now add a whispered speech effect in your Text-to-Speech output with Amazon Polly, and synchronize speech with visual animation using Speech Marks. To create voices with a whispered effect, you simply use the SSML tag “whispered” to mark the text input to be spoken in a hushed or whispered voice. This tag can be applied to any of the 47 voices in Amazon Polly’s Text-to-Speech portfolio. Visit the Amazon Polly documentation for more information on how to use the new “whispered” SSML tag.

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AWS IAM Makes It Easier to Delegate Permissions to AWS Services with Service-Linked Roles

Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) added support for service-linked roles, a new type of role that gives you an easier and more secure way to delegate permissions to AWS services. You can start by using service-linked roles with Amazon Lex, a service that enables you to build conversational interfaces in any application using voice and text.

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Announcing VPC Endpoints for Amazon DynamoDB, Now in Public Preview

You can now access Amazon DynamoDB from your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using VPC endpoints, enabling you to have all network traffic between your application and DynamoDB traverse the public Internet or stay within the AWS cloud.

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Amazon EC2 F1 Instances, Customizable FPGAs for Hardware Acceleration Are Now Generally Available

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

Amazon EC2 F1 instances are now available in two different instance sizes that include up to eight FPGAs per instance. F1 instances include the latest 16 nm Xilinx UltraScale Plus FPGA with local 64 GiB DDR4 ECC protected memory, with a dedicated PCI-e x16 connection to the instance. For F1.16xlarge instances, the dedicated PCI-e fabric lets the FPGAs share the same memory space and communicate with each other across the fabric at up to 12 GBps in each direction. The FPGAs within the F1.16xlarge share access to a 400 Gbps bidirectional ring for low-latency, high bandwidth communication.

F1 instances are available now with the following specifications:

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AWS Marketplace Copy to Service Catalog is Now Available

Today, AWS is announcing a new feature that enables customers to copy AWS Marketplace products directly into AWS Service Catalog. This simplifies the process by which customers can organize and control access to software they have procured or fulfilled through AWS Marketplace.

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Announcing Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX), Delivering up to 10X Faster Query Performance

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for DynamoDB that delivers up to a 10x performance improvement – from milliseconds to microseconds – even at millions of requests per second. DAX does all the heavy lifting required to add in-memory acceleration to your DynamoDB tables, without requiring developers to manage cache invalidation, data population, or cluster management. Now you can focus on building great applications for your customers without worrying about performance at scale. You do not need to modify application logic, since DAX is compatible with existing DynamoDB API calls. You can enable DAX with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console or using the AWS SDK. Just as with DynamoDB, you only pay for the capacity you provision.

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Introducing AWS CodeStar

AWS CodeStar enables you to quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS.

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Announcing Open Preview of Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility

Amazon Aurora is a fully managed relational database that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. In November 2016, we announced a limited preview of the PostgreSQL-compatible version. Since then, we’ve received valuable feedback from early adopters.

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AWS X-Ray Now Supports Tracing for AWS Lambda (Preview)

You can now use AWS X-Ray to trace requests made to your serverless applications built using AWS Lambda. This enables you to gain insights into the performance of serverless applications, allowing you to pinpoint the root cause of issues so that you can address them. This feature is available now in Preview.

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AWS Mobile Hub Integration With Amazon Lex is Now GA

AWS Mobile Hub integration with Amazon Lex previously announced in preview is now generally available (GA).

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AWS X-Ray Now Generally Available

AWS X-Ray is now available for all customers. AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. X-Ray provides an end-to-end view of requests as they travel through your application, and shows a map of your application’s underlying components. You can use X-Ray to analyze both applications in development and in production, from simple three-tier applications to complex microservices applications consisting of thousands of services.

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SaaS Contracts Simplifies Software Procurement on AWS Marketplace

AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,800 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced that customers can now contract for one, two, or three year terms for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Application Programming Interface (API) products directly through AWS Marketplace with SaaS Contracts. With this feature, buyers use a shopping-cart like experience to determine the size (number of units) and duration (length of time) for their contract. For example, they can enter how many users they want and can choose if they want to make a multi-year commitment. Buyers also have the ability to increase the size of their contract at any time, and can upgrade from a monthly term to a one, two, or three year term when needed. With the launch of SaaS Contracts on AWS Marketplace, customers can choose from more products than ever before- and sellers can offer better discounts for longer commitments.

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Sending data to the cloud is our business and business is GOOD

Nasuni, Panzura and Avere all set for accelerated growth

Helping organisations send and access stored data in the public cloud is good business for gateway supplier Nasuni, which is expanding its corporate waistline. As are competitors Avere and Panzura.…

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AWS Lambda Supports Tagging and Cost Allocations

You can now add tags to your AWS Lambda functions. Using tags, you can now add metadata to each of your functions. Each tag consists of a key and value. You can use these tags to allocate costs from your AWS bill to individual functions. There is no additional charge for tagging your Lambda functions. 

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AWS Lambda Supports Python 3.6

You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Python 3.6. This feature will become available in all AWS Lambda regions within 24 hours.

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Tuesday 18 April 2017

AWS Schema Conversion Tool Exports Vertica, Greenplum and Netezza Data Warehouses to Amazon Redshift

AWS Database Migration Service and AWS Schema Conversion Tool continue to simplify the migration of relational databases, NoSQL databases and data warehouses to the cloud. You can now convert your schemas, extract your data and migrate it from additional data warehouses to Amazon Redshift, a data warehouse designed for the cloud from the ground up.

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Deep Learning AMI for Ubuntu v1.3_Apr2017 now Supports Caffe2

You can now use Caffe2 with the AWS Deep Learning AMI for Ubuntu, available on the AWS Marketplace. The addition of Caffe2, a project led by Facebook, allows developers another choice of deep learning frameworks on the AWS platform. To learn more about Caffe2, you can check out the GitHub repository.

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Barracuda looks more like a flatfish in face of renewal period volatility

Growth slows as subs replace boxes and renewals fluctuate

Renewal period volatility is giving Barracuda a headache as the cloud-focussed protection and security outfit follows its customers away from box sales towards annual subscriptions. Growth has been, well, moderate.…

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OpenStack: Pleeeeease stop panicking, Intel and Rackspace still love us

Also, er, yeah, Chipzilla pulled the plug on that big project

Intel has walked out of a major OpenStack collaboration with Rackspace – but both companies and the OpenStack Foundation insist everything's fine. There's nothing to worry about. We're all good. Allegedly.…

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Thursday 13 April 2017

Amazon EC2 P2 Instances are now available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and US East (Ohio) Regions

We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 P2 instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and US East (Ohio) Regions. 

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Embrace our cloud, damn you: Microsoft dangles 40% discount on Azure instances

Embrace it! *shakes fist*

Microsoft has started offering substantial Windows Server licence discounts as an incentive to embrace its cloud.…

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Cloud computing is bigger than AWS and Azure

Reg readers look forward to a hybrid reality

Research  To some, cloud computing is synonymous with so-called ‘public cloud’ services such as AWS and Azure, but this isn’t the view of Reg readers. When 668 of you provided feedback during a recent survey on meeting infrastructure-level needs, the adoption of ‘private cloud’ (defined as ‘cloudy architecture running in your own datacentre’) was what came through most prominently:…

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Wednesday 12 April 2017

Deploy Remote Desktops More Easily on EC2 Windows with AWS Microsoft AD

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, now supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Licensing Manager (RD Licensing). With the new release you can now enable RD Licensing in your AWS Microsoft AD domain. This reduces the effort to deploy and manage infrastructure for Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services in the AWS Cloud. 

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Microsoft opens Azure India to the world, not just Indian users

Those of you targeting Indian users can now do so with lower latency and local data storage

Microsoft's opened its three Indian Azure data centres to the world.…

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Amazon GameLift Local and Game Session Queue Improvements

Amazon GameLift Local is a client-side debugging tool that emulates a subset of the Amazon GameLift API on your local development machine. With Amazon GameLift Local, you can verify code changes in seconds, without incurring any usage charges. Amazon GameLift Local is available for Windows and Linux desktops and does not require a network connection to use. 

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Tuesday 11 April 2017

AWS CloudTrail Enhances Configuration Setup

AWS CloudTrail now allows you to add data events, management events, and activity filters during the CloudTrail configuration setup in the console. With data events logging, you can record all API actions on Amazon S3 objects and receive detailed information, such as the S3 object level API activity, AWS account of the caller, and time of the API call. With management events logging, you can record operations that occur on your AWS accounts and resources, such as administrative actions to create, delete, and modify EC2 instances or user access activities. Activity filters allow you to specify read-only, write-only, or read/write account activity collection for management and data events. 

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Amazon QuickSight now available in US East (Ohio)

Amazon QuickSight is now available in US East (Ohio). New users can sign up for QuickSight with US East (Ohio) as their home region, making SPICE capacity available in the region and ensuring proximity to AWS and on-premises data sources. Existing QuickSight users can switch to US East (Ohio) via the region switcher in the User Interface to provision SPICE capacity, and to enable faster and cheaper connectivity to data sources in the region. With this launch, QuickSight is now available in US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) regions.

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AWS Config Improves Discovery of Managed Rules

AWS Config now has a redesigned experience for discovering and setting up AWS-managed Config rules. You can now search managed rules by name, label, or description. This allows you to quickly filter rules based on services and rule descriptions. For example, you can type "EC2" in the search field to display all rules that apply to your Amazon EC2 resources. 

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AWS Batch Managed Compute Environments Support Customer Provided AMIs

AWS Batch now supports customer provided AMIs. Previously, Managed Compute Environments launched instances of the ECS Optimized AMI. Now, when creating Managed Compute Environments, you can choose the specific AMI used by specifying the imageId. This makes it possible to change your EBS configuration, automatically mount EFS filesystems for shared storage among jobs, use local instance storage for scratch space, or configure drivers for GPU-accelerated jobs. 

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Jump-start your mobile app testing on AWS Device Farm with increased free trial minutes and discounted device slots

For a limited time, get 1000 device minutes as part of your one-time free trial on AWS Device Farm, four times more than the usual 250. Furthermore, get 3 months for the price of 1 on your first device slot purchase, giving you additional time to set-up, tune, integrate, and ramp your testing efforts into your release cycle at a lower introductory cost.

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Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports search templates with Mustache

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now provides built-in support for search templates using Mustache on all Elasticsearch 5 domains. Mustache is an open-source logic-less templating engine. You can now use Mustache to build search templates, which make it easy to dynamically generate your Elasticsearch queries. Search templates can help reduce errors and save time when constructing queries. Mustache is now enabled by default on all Amazon Elasticsearch Service 5.1 domains. 

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Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Automatic Request Validation

You can now configure Amazon API Gateway to automatically perform basic request validation for your APIs. This reduces the burden of needing to check for required parameters in requests made to your API and instead allows you to focus on application-specific validation efforts. Previously, you needed to manually implement basic validation of input data in your API backends, making it more likely to introduce conflicts between your validation logic and API models. 

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AWS squares up to Microsoft in chase for MongoDB cloud budgets

Whatever DB will be, devs can choose from 3

Amazon Web Services has joined the chase for MongoDB developers' cloud budgets, announcing new support for NoSQL databases being added to its prize-pony Database Migration Service.…

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Can sync-n-sharer Egnyte's foray into datagov fuel growth?

Firm seeks workaround to more VC cash

Analysis  File sync and sharer Egnyte expanded into content governance midway through last year as the collaborative file access market's maturity came into view. But the now-profitable company is not looking to make a debt-fuelled dash for growth.…

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Monday 10 April 2017

Amazon ElastiCache now supports Memcached version 1.4.34

We are pleased to announce that Amazon ElastiCache now supports Memcached version 1.4.34. You can now launch new clusters with Memcached 1.4.34, as well as upgrade existing ones to the new version. Compared to version 1.4.33 (previous version supported by ElastiCache for Memcached), this version includes bug fixes for improved metadata dump, logging and LRU crawler and miscellaneous enhancements. 

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The New AWS Organizations UI Makes Organizing Your AWS Accounts Easier

Today, we made it easier for you to organize your AWS accounts in AWS Organizations by using a new tree view and additional UI improvements. The new tree view enables you to browse the accounts and organizational units (OUs) in your organization and apply service control policies (SCPs) from the Organizations console. For example, you can use the tree view to see the hierarchy of OUs in your organization. You can then select a specific OU to see all its AWS accounts and then apply an SCP to those accounts. 

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AWS OpsWorks Stacks Supports Amazon CloudWatch Logs

AWS OpsWorks Stacks now supports integration with Amazon CloudWatch Logs. With CloudWatch Logs, you can monitor your logs, in near real-time, for specific phrases, values or metrics. Previously, you had to manually install and configure the CloudWatch Logs agents directly on your Amazon EC2 instances. Now, you can leverage the built-in integration with CloudWatch Logs to simplify multi-instance log monitoring. For example, you can now monitor your Rails logs for exceptions across your instances. After you enable CloudWatch Logs in OpsWorks Stacks, the logs will be automatically sent to CloudWatch Logs where you can set up filters to extract metrics, and generate alarms based on those metrics. To learn more about this feature, visit our documentation.

For more information on AWS OpsWorks Stacks:

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AWS Database Migration Service Adds Support for MongoDB and Amazon DynamoDB

AWS Database Migration Service has expanded its functionality to support migration of NoSQL databases. This gives you significant new migration options in addition to its existing relational database and data warehouse migration capabilities.

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Alfresco Content Services on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This new Quick Start automatically deploys an Alfresco Content Services cluster on the AWS Cloud. It replaces the Quick Start for Alfresco One with Alfresco Content Services 5.2 and adds Amazon Aurora support. 

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Saturday 8 April 2017

AWS CodePipeline pricing update; each new pipeline will not be charged for first 30 days

AWS CodePipeline  will now enable customers to experiment at a lower cost. Customers can create new pipelines without incurring any charges on that pipeline for the first thirty calendar days. After that period, the new pipelines will be charged at the existing rate of $1 per active pipeline per month. The new pricing is available in all regions in which CodePipeline is available.

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Friday 7 April 2017

Open source Elastic analytics snaps into Google's Cloud Platform

"Openness a driving force" says Google

Open-source search analytics are coming to Google's Cloud Platform courtesty of Elastic.…

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AWS CloudFormation Supports YAML in CloudFormation Designer

You can now create and edit AWS CloudFormation templates in CloudFormation Designer using YAML. CloudFormation Designer allows you to create and modify CloudFormation templates using a drag-and-drop interface which automatically updates the underlying template. Previously, you could only create or edit your CloudFormation templates in JSON. Now, you can create and edit templates in both JSON and YAML using the integrated editor. You can also convert JSON templates to YAML and vice-versa. Visit here to learn more.

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Thursday 6 April 2017

Amazon QuickSight now supports KPI charts, Export to CSV and AD Connector

You can now create charts to track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), export data from analyses as CSV files, define custom ranges when importing Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and create aggregate filters for SPICE (Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory, Calculation, Engine) data sets. In Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition we’ve added support for AD Connector, providing another option for on-premises Active Directory connectivity. For more information, see the latest AWS Big Data Blog post on QuickSight.

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Amazon Kinesis Firehose announces price reduction and tiered pricing plan

We are excited to announce a 17% price reduction for Amazon Kinesis Firehose from $0.035 per GB to $0.029 per GB of data ingested. We have also introduced a tiered pricing plan to further reduce prices by an additional 26% to as low as $0.020 per GB of data ingested when your data volume reaches certain tier. With these two changes, you can now save up to 43% in costs when loading streaming data using Amazon Kinesis Firehose. For more information, see our pricing page.

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Pivotal imbues Cloud Foundry with Windows-wrangling powers

Also adds app tracing to stop code troubleshooting being a 'murder mystery'

Pivotal has popped out its quarterly Cloud Foundry update, and this time there's something notable: the ability to manage fleets of Windows Servers.…

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Elastic Load Balancing Adds Support for Host-based Routing and Increased Rules on its Application Load Balancer

We are pleased to announce support for Host-based routing on the Application Load Balancer. Host-based routing allows you to route a request based on host field in the HTTP header. To enable you to route to multiple services or containers using domain and path, we are also increasing the numbers of rules you can create on your Application Load Balancers to 75.

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Wednesday 5 April 2017

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports up to 100 nodes and 150 TB storage capacity per domain

Amazon Elasticsearch Service has increased the maximum number of instances supported in a single domain to 100, which increases the maximum storage capacity per domain to 150 TB on select instance types. This allows you to store and analyze up to five times more data for large analytic workloads and to horizontally scale search applications to meet the most demanding performance needs. To request an increase beyond the default per domain limit of 20 instances, simply submit a service limit increase request.

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Amazon Athena can now query encrypted data on Amazon S3; adds support for LZO-compression, and performance improvements to JDBC driver

You can now use Amazon Athena to query encrypted data stored in Amazon S3. You can query data that’s encrypted using Server-Side Encryption with Amazon S3-Managed Encryption Keys, Server-Side Encryption with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) – Managed Keys, and Client-Side Encryption with keys managed by KMS. Amazon Athena also integrates with KMS and provides you an option to encrypt your result sets. To use this feature via the JDBC driver, you will need to download the latest version of the driver. The new JDBC driver has improved performance, support for cancelling queries and several bug fixes.

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Amazon Aurora Supports Fast DDL Operations

Amazon Aurora can now execute one of the most common Data Definition Language (DDL) operations – an ALTER command to add a nullable column at the end of a table – nearly instantaneously. This capability, called fast DDL, is available in lab mode. Fast DDL doesn’t require a table copy and does not materially impact other DML statements. Since it doesn’t consume temporary storage for a table copy, it makes DDL statements practical even for large tables on small instance types. Take a look under the hood for how we accomplish this.

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OVH-VMware deal skips Australia, will snuff vCloud Air's public bits

Focus will be on Europe, US

French cloud computing giant OVH will operate recently inhaled vCloud Air solely as a private and hybrid cloud, a change from VMware's practice of offering a roll-up-roll-up-bring-your-credit-card cloud.…

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Theres's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

Cisco and HPE couldn't make it work and Virtzilla probably dodged a server refresh cycle

ANALYSIS  VMware quitting the public cloud by selling vCloud Air to OVH looks like failure, but is the best possible sort of failure because the company still has excellent prospects to turn a quid from the cloud, without having to operate one.…

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Tuesday 4 April 2017

New Quick Start deploys Confluent Platform on the AWS Cloud

This latest Quick Start from AWS automatically deploys Confluent Platform into a highly available, secure AWS Cloud environment in a few simple steps, in about 15 minutes.

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Amazon ElastiCache adds Support for Manual Triggering of Redis Automatic Failover to a Read Replica

We are happy to announce that ElastiCache for Redis now allows customer-triggered automatic failover. In clusters that have one or more read-replicas with Multi-AZ enabled, you can trigger a failover by manually failing the primary. This will initiate automatic failover, which will promote a read replica to primary, and replace the failed primary as a new read replica in place of the one promoted. Triggering auto failover can help with testing how your application responds to a failure of an ElastiCache primary.

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Adieu pour toujours! VMware flogs vCloud Air hosting biz to OVH

French corp catches Pat's hot potato

VMware is selling its core infrastructure-as-a-service hosting business vCloud Air to OVH, the French cloud computing company.…

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Google serves Espresso link-ups for Cloud

Chocolate Factory's SDN aims for better connections to hosted machines

Google has released another piece of its in-house software-defined networking (SDN) system for public use on the Google Cloud service.…

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Core Blimey! Azure moving from physical to virtual cores

Chases AWS prices with Broadwell E5-2673 v4 at 2.3GHZ with 64 vCPUs

Microsoft's revealed that virtual machines in its Azure cloud will soon be defined by virtual rather than physical cores.…

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Monday 3 April 2017

Quick Start Update: Deploying Linux Bastion Hosts on the AWS Cloud

AWS is pleased to release a major update to the Quick Start reference deployment for Linux bastion hosts.

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ECS CLI Version 0.5.0 Supports Application Load Balancer, EC2 Container Registry, and R4 EC2 Instance Types

The Amazon EC2 Container Service Command Line Interface (ECS CLI) has been updated to version 0.5.0. This update includes support for managing images in the Amazon EC2 Container Registry (ECR), support for existing ELB/ALBs using the CreateService command, as well as supporting the use of R4 EC2 instance types for container clusters.

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Rackspace launches cloud consultancy service while firing staff

Services services services

Hot on the heels of a global haircut of its workforce, Rackspace is moving into the professional services space as it chases those "digital transformation" pennies.…

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Oracle uses own public cloud as back-end storage shed for ZFS boxen

Obvious integration to boost Oracle's walled hybrid garden

+Comment  Oracle is using its in-house public cloud to provide back-end storage for its on-premises ZFS appliances, adding functionality to its walled hybrid cloud garden.…

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