Monday 31 July 2017

Amazon QuickSight Now Supports Amazon Athena in EU (Ireland), Count Distinct, and Weekly Aggregation

Starting today, Amazon QuickSight customers can now connect to Amazon Athena, our serverless, interactive query engine to analyze and visualize their data in Amazon S3 hosted in the EU (Ireland) Region. With this release, you can also use Count Distinct on your dimensions and metrics in the visualizations as well as aggregate date fields by week for SPICE data sets.

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Amazon Inspector and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager are now HIPAA eligible

Amazon Inspector and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager are now HIPAA eligible services. You can now run Amazon Inspector on your EC2 instances that contain protected health information (PHI) and use Systems Manager to manage the infrastructure that contains PHI data.

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AWS CloudTrail Adds the Ability to Download CloudTrail Account Activity History

AWS CloudTrail now enables you to download CloudTrail account activity history from within the CloudTrail console. Previously, you could only analyze or share account activity offline by using the CloudTrail LookupEvents API, copying and pasting relevant information directly from the CloudTrail console, or searching the CloudTrail S3 bucket for the correct log files. Now, you can download your account activity to a CSV or JSON formatted file. You can use the downloaded files to analyze account activity with 3rd party tools or to backup and store activity history offline. Please visit AWS CloudTrail documentation page for more information.

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

Even students set to feel the wallet burn from August

Cable giant Virgin is once again hiking up the price of its broadband and phone bundles, according to a list of new pricing arrangements seen by The Register.…

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Saturday 29 July 2017

Australia's .au internet registry chair quits amid no-confidence vote

Peculiar goings-on at auDA – we look under the covers and follow the money

Analysis  The chair of Australia's .au internet registry has resigned just days before a vote of no confidence in his leadership.…

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Friday 28 July 2017

AWS CloudFormation Supports Amazon Kinesis Analytics Applications

You can now provision and manage resources for Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications using AWS CloudFormation. With AWS CloudFormation, you can easily provision and update a set of related AWS resources in an orderly and predictable fashion.

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CloudWatch Events increases Rules and API requests limits

We are excited to announce that CloudWatch Events has increased following limits.

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

70% of IT workers risk burnout: Don't let that be you. Pub. Now!

It's that time of year again, dear readers: it's Sysadmin Day 2017. Today is that one day a year where employers and coworkers are expected to give a token acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations of their overworked IT staffs and usually fail to do so.…

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After we ran our article about the fate of .sk, the nation of Slovakia flew into a rage. And now, here's part two...

Inside the ongoing war to control a ccTLD

Analysis  A campaign to convince the Slovakian government to halt the sale of the .sk registry has nothing to do with money or politics, it is claimed.…

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Create a New Default VPC using AWS Console or CLI

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to create a new default VPC directly from the console or by using the CLI. With this release, customers no longer need to contact AWS support if the default VPC has been deleted, as they can create a new default VPC by using this self-service feature. Customers can also take remedial actions against accidental deletion of default VPCs, by automating creation of a new default VPC using the API. 

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AWS CodePipeline is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions

AWS CodePipeline is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

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Thursday 27 July 2017

Amazon Inspector adds event triggers to automatically run assessments

Amazon Inspector is excited to announce the launch of Assessment Events. Through an integration with Amazon CloudWatch Events, customers can now create events that automatically trigger Amazon Inspector assessments to run against your environments. Within Amazon CloudWatch Events, you can now create event rules that target your Amazon Inspector assessment templates. When that CloudWatch Event occurs, Amazon Inspector will automatically be notified to run the specified assessment. 

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Cisco bugs leave network automation vulnerable to attack

Packet snooping, certificate slip, and denial-of-service

A slip in certificate handling is one of three bugs in Cisco's Autonomic Networking software.…

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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Amazon CloudWatch introduces High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms

We are excited to announce that CloudWatch now supports High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms, enabling you to monitor custom applications and infrastructure in near real-time, down to per-second resolution. 

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Introducing AWS Config Dashboard

AWS Config now provides a dashboard with a summarized view of resources in your account. With the AWS Config Dashboard, you can view the total number of resources being recorded in your account and the count of resources by type to easily access the configuration history of a resource. You can also quickly spot the number of resources that are non-compliant with your Config rules in each region, view the Config rules with the most non-compliant resources, and drill down to view the resources that are non-compliant with a particular Config rule. 

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Amazon WorkDocs Achieves HIPAA Eligibility and PCI DSS Compliance

Amazon WorkDocs is now HIPAA eligible and is PCI DSS compliant. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can now use Amazon WorkDocs for HIPAA-compliant file storage and collaboration, including files that contain protected health information (PHI). With PCI DSS compliance, you can now use Amazon WorkDocs to store and collaborate on files that contain sensitive card holder data (CHD). 

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

Cook, Pass, Mockridge

The mere mention of Virgin Media's chief exec Tom Mockridge is enough to trigger the profanity filter in the firm's customer forum, El Reg has discovered.…

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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

Naughty text still online days after they were told to kill it

Currys PC World has been ordered not to "exaggerate the capability" of its Knowhow Cloud backup after an aggrieved buyer found out the hard way that he had to restore each individual file one by one.…

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

'Temporary measure' to cope with demand, apparently

O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad.…

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IBM killing off its first go at cloud object storage – 20 months after launch

Move your data or lose it by August 24th or lose it, then ask if this would happen on-prem

We all know cloud is evolving fast, but IBM's just given us the downside of that speed: a service it switched on in December 2015 will be switched off in August 2017.…

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The drinks are on Juniper: Revenue and profits up in Q2 2017

It woz the switches and the cloud wot done it – sales of both soared

Juniper Networks has turned in a solid second quarter, reporting growth in revenue and profitability.…

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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Graphics Applications

Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing Graphics Desktop and Graphics Pro instance families to deliver high performance graphics applications from AWS. These new graphics instance families allow you to stream powerful graphics applications to a web browser on any desktop, eliminating the need for expensive and bulky workstations. Applications are delivered remotely using NICE DCV, a secure hi-fidelity streaming protocol that is specially tuned for graphics workloads. Since graphics applications can now be run next to data that is stored on AWS, designers, engineers, and analysts using AppStream 2.0 can benefit from a high quality, low latency visualization experience for their 2D and 3D workloads. AppStream 2.0 provides secure, anywhere, anytime access, so your users can use the software and data they need to be productive, wherever there is a web connection. In addition, software developers can move their desktop applications to the cloud without rewriting code, creating new distribution channels and subscription services. 

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AWS CodeStar is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), & Europe (Frankfurt) Regions

AWS CodeStar is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), & Europe (Frankfurt) Regions.

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AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF now avaibale in US West (N. California) Region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the availability of AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF in the US West (N. California) Region.

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AWS CloudFormation Supports Multiple Account and Region Provisioning with StackSet

AWS CloudFormation has launched a new feature called StackSet that lets you provision a common set of AWS resources across multiple accounts and regions with a single CloudFormation template. 

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Mozilla runs counter to Valley narrative

Open Source Insider  Just in case you didn't believe Firefox was on a trajectory that should have it crash and burn into extinction in the next couple of years, former chief technology officer Andreas Gal has usage stats that confirm it. To use Gal's words: "Firefox market share is falling off a cliff." The same could be said of Firefox itself.…

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Alphabet takes Euro antitrust fine in stride, spooks investors with rising Google ad costs

Meanwhile, 'Other Bets' group hemorrhages less than before

Google parent company Alphabet says that its revenues in the past three months have grown by 21 per cent – while the European Commission's $2.7bn fine took a big bite out of its net income.…

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Tag Your Spot Fleet EC2 Instances

Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet now supports user tags that will automatically propagate to instances launched by your Fleets. This makes it easier for Spot Fleet customers to track ownership, drive their cost accounting processes, implement compliance protocols, and to control access to Spot instances via IAM policies.

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Monday 24 July 2017

Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Microsoft Active Directory Domains

Starting today you can connect your Amazon AppStream 2.0 streaming instances to your Microsoft Active Directory (AD) domain. This new feature allows you to apply your existing AD policies to your streaming instances, and provides your users with single sign on access to Intranet sites, file shares, and network printers from within their applications. Your users are authenticated using a SAML 2.0 provider of your choice, and can access applications that require a connection to your AD domain.

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Amazon RDS for SQL Server Supports Windows Authentication in Additional Regions

Amazon RDS for SQL Server is expanding the availability of Windows Authentication support to the Canada (Central), EU (London), and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions. 

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The AWS Deep Learning AMI for Ubuntu is now available with CUDA 8, Ubuntu 16, and the latest versions of deep learning frameworks

The latest release of the AWS Deep Learning AMI Ubuntu Version includes several notable updates that help accelerate development of high-performance algorithms. The AMI now comes bundled with the Ubuntu 16.04 base image, NVIDIA CUDA 8 drivers, and the following deep learning framework versions:

  • MXNet v0.10.0.post1
  • TensorFlow v1.2.0
  • Theano 0.9.0
  • Caffe v1.0
  • Caffe2 v0.7.0
  • Keras 1.2.2
  • CNTK v2.0
  • Torch (master branch)

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Broadband report confuses superfast with 10Mbps, slammed for doing more harm than good

Availability is not take-up. Must do better. See us after class

A report by MP Grant Shapps into the state of broadband in Blighty has been criticised for doing more harm than good, as the research appears to conflate superfast broadband (24 Mbps) with 10Mbps broadband – the Universal Service Obligation goal.…

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Gone daddy gone: GoDaddy offloads its cloud businesses

PlusServer sold after eight months, Cloud Servers service snuffed after 16

GoDaddy's killing its clouds.…

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Friday 21 July 2017

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Go 1.8 and Node.js version 8.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Go 1.8 and Node.js version 8.  

Upgrading to latest platform version is easy with Managed Platform Updates. You can learn more here about how to leverage managed updates to automatically upgrade to the latest version during weekly maintenance window. To update your existing environment to the latest platform version visit Updating your Elastic Beanstalk Environment’s Platform version

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Amazon Connect is Now PCI DSS Compliant

Amazon Connect is now certified as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant. Amazon Connect is a simple to use, self-service, cloud-based contact center offering you can use to deliver more engaging customer service experiences. Now you can use Amazon Connect when you need to store, process or transmit cardholder data as part of customer service.  

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Announcing Second Edge Location in Stockholm, Sweden for Amazon CloudFront

We are excited to announce a new edge location for Amazon CloudFront in Stockholm, Sweden. Each new edge location helps improve performance and availability for end users of your application. 

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Amazon WorkSpaces Achieves HIPAA Eligibility and PCI Compliance

Amazon WorkSpaces is now HIPAA-eligible and is PCI compliant. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS, you can start using Amazon WorkSpaces to deploy HIPAA-compliant cloud desktops that access Protected Health Information (PHI). With PCI compliance, Amazon WorkSpaces has been verified to conform to Payment Card Industry Security Standards and can now be used to utilize applications and files that contain sensitive Card Holder Data (CHD). For more information about HIPAA-eligible and PCI compliant services on AWS, see AWS Service in Scope by Compliance Program. If you don’t have an executed BAA with AWS, contact us and we will put you in touch with a representative from our AWS sales team.

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Bluetooth makes a mesh of itself with new spec

Up to 32,000 nodes without routers in the middle and battery life measured in years

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the spec for Bluetooth Mesh, a many-to-many extension of the technology.…

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Amazon EC2 X1 Instances are now available in China (Beijing) and South America (São Paulo) Regions

Amazon EC2 X1 instances are now available for use in China (Beijing) and South America (São Paulo) Regions. 

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

Paid -17% tax rate for Q4 despite making $72m every day

In its final quarter of its fiscal 2017, Microsoft more than doubled its profits, saw massive cloud growth, and managed to get a rebate from US taxpayers at the same time.…

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Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Available in EU (Frankfurt) Region

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region. 

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Announcing New Edge Location in Kuala Lumpur, Our First in Malaysia

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest edge location in Kuala Lumpur, our first edge location in Malaysia. Each new edge location helps improve performance, and availability for end users of your application.

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Thursday 20 July 2017

Amazon EMR now supports launching clusters with custom Amazon Linux AMIs

You can now create Amazon EMR clusters with custom Amazon Machine Images (AMI) running Amazon Linux. This enables you to preload additional software on your AMI and use AMIs that you customize and control. You can also encrypt the Amazon EBS root volume of your AMIs with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys. Additionally, you can now adjust the Amazon EBS root volume size for instances in your Amazon EMR cluster. Previously, this was fixed at 10 GiB.  

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Amazon SNS Console Improvements Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Several enhancements have been made to the functionality and user experience of the Amazon SNS console in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a flexible, fully managed pub/sub messaging and mobile notifications service for coordinating the delivery of messages to subscribing endpoints and clients. These improvements to the SNS console have made navigation and categorization of information easier, and allow you to now view up to 100,000 SNS topics, subscriptions and endpoints. You also can now run data validation for items such as resource names, ARNs and policies.

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The AWS IAM Console Now Remembers Your Preferences for Table Column Selections and Policy Viewing and Editing

Two weeks ago, we launched updates to the user list page by adding new information that helps you adhere to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices. In March, we introduced policy summaries, which make it easier for you to understand the permissions in your IAM policies. 

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AWS Mobile Hub enhances Cloud Logic import capabilities and releases React starter project to GitHub

AWS Mobile Hub released enhancements to the project import feature today, allowing a developer to import Cloud Logic functions through the one-click import from GitHub feature.  With the Cloud Logic import feature, developers can also specify environment variables and CORS settings, allowing for the same code to be used for multiple functions with different settings (for example, test vs. production workloads or CRUD API for different tables within a DynamoDB database). The Cloud Logic import feature will also provide appropriate authorization for a linked Amazon DynamoDB database and Amazon API gateway, taking care of all resource deployments, service connections and IAM configuration with a single command. 

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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.3, 9.5.7, 9.4.12 and 9.3.17

Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support minor versions 9.6.3, 9.5.7, 9.4.12 and 9.3.17. This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains other bug fixes and improvements. 

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

Any, sorry, many ports in a storm...

Comment  Problems with the way the UK has implemented mobile phone call routing are emerging as an architecture designed for a small volume of calls struggles under the weight of usage.…

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Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain

Big Red vapourises SAN tower, wants clients to do the same

+Comment  Oracle is refocusing its FS1 storage array into its own public cloud away from on-premises sales.…

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Deutsche Telekom demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

Interview: Sckipio explains what carriers will like about cDTA

Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN have showed off an emerging G.Fast technology called cDTA which, along with 212 MHz carrier spectrum, ramps system performance well into the gigabit range.…

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Sixth AZ in US East (N. Virginia) Region

Six Availability Zones (AZs) are now available for customers in the US East (N. Virginia) Region. As customers in the US and across the globe continue to grow their usage of AWS, we will continue to expand our infrastructure to meet their needs. This launch brings AWS’s global AZ total to 44 AZs within 16 geographic Regions around the world, with announced plans for 14 more AZs and five more Regions.

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Wednesday 19 July 2017

Announcing the new Amazon Kinesis Firehose management console

Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to prepare and load real-time streaming data into AWS. The Kinesis Firehose management console is the primary tool for creating and managing Kinesis Firehose delivery streams. Today we have launched the redesigned Kinesis Firehose management console to make it even easier to use.

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AWS CloudTrail Adds S3 Data Events in Canada (Central) and EU (London) Regions

AWS CloudTrail S3 Data Events allow you to record API actions on Amazon S3 objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account of the caller, IAM user role of the caller, time of the API call, IP address of the API, and other details. You can programmatically access and act upon the Data Events after they are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket or to Amazon CloudWatch Events. For example, you can quickly reapply the original Access Control List (ACL) on an object if the ACL of an object is modified. 

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AWS Marketplace announces enhancements to the Product Support Connection

AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,800 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced an update to the Product Support Connection “PSC”, which allows customers to optionally provide identifying information (name, contact details, location, job title, and company name) in the AWS Marketplace website for product support purposes to help get better support by letting sellers more easily verify your identity. In this updated feature release, customers will see the new seller support ID field, if the seller is enrolled in PSC and has chosen to enable that field, as an additional piece of data that can be entered, edited, or deleted when filling out their contact details.  

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Head in the clouds? Apparently there's now space on Oracle's sales team

Big Red to lure 1,000 bods, expands cloud-in-a-box services

Oracle is continuing to head into the cloud, kicking off another recruitment drive for 1,000 fluffy white services sales people – but the news comes amid talk of reorganisation and layoffs elsewhere.…

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IBM signs up for EU Cloud COC, opens 4 new data centres

Big Blue's public cloud reaches nearly 60 DCs worldwide

IBM has signed up to an EU Cloud COC initiative and is announcing four new data centres in the UK, Australia and Silicon Valley for the IBM Cloud.…

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TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

Will 'engage practically' with former BT arm

Sales at broadband provider TalkTalk dropped by 3 per cent in the company's first quarter, with an extra 20,000 new customers failing to offset the drop.…

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4G: Tube comms trials for emergency crews

But bosses can't promise it will be fully complete on time

Transport for London has tentatively started testing 4G on the Tube for emergency services. TfL's CTO said he was not "absolutely confident" it would be complete by January, 2019, however.…

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Tuesday 18 July 2017

Amazon Kinesis Streams Server-Side Encryption Now Available Broadly

Earlier this month, we announced support for Server-Side Encryption in Kinesis Streams in select AWS regions. Today, we are expanding the availability of this feature to all public AWS regions except the China (Beijing) region, and to the AWS GovCloud region. Server-side encryption makes it easy to meet strict data management requirements by encrypting your data at rest within Kinesis Streams. For more information, see the Kinesis Streams FAQ page and Server-Side Encryption in the Kinesis Streams Developer Guide.

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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

One step back – but several steps forward possible in battle against NSL gagging orders

Gagging orders in the FBI's National Security Letters, sent to companies demanding suspects' personal information, are constitutional, a California court has ruled.…

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5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

To succeed, operators need fibre, NFV, legacy kit and radio

Analysis  When an executive from Nokia, of all companies, said 5G was as much about fibre as wireless, it was clear this was going to be different from previous mobile standards generations. 5G will not be driven by mobile broadband speeds as 4G was.…

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Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

Regulator given compo demands for tens of millions

A former GSM gateway operator is threatening to reactivate a £20m legal claim against Ofcom after the regulator's past policies killed his company, according to documents seen by The Register.…

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Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

Friendly near-monopoly wants to work with industry, honest

Openreach has launched a consultation seeking input from industry to create "full fibre" broadband in Blighty - part of its new cuddly, collaborative approach post legal separation from BT.…

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Monday 17 July 2017

Lambda@Edge now Generally Available

Lambda@Edge is now generally available for all customers. You can use this new AWS Lambda feature to run Node.js functions across AWS locations globally without provisioning or managing servers, allowing you to deliver richer, more personalized content with low latency to your customers. 

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Now You Can Use AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory to Help Maintain HIPAA and PCI Compliance in the AWS Cloud

Now you can use AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, to build and run Active Directory (AD)–aware applications in the AWS Cloud that are subject to U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. AWS Microsoft AD reduces the effort required of you to deploy compliant AD infrastructure for your cloud-based applications, as you manage your own HIPAA risk management programs or PCI DSS compliance certification. 

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Home Office happy as Larry

Analysis  Oracle recently launched its dedicated Government Cloud in the UK - duly wheeling out the Home Office as an example of an early adopter. But to what extent are its new services just vendor lock-in under a cloudwash veneer or a change for the better?…

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Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon

Five vendors help virtualise access network functions

Verizon is ramping up its multi-gigabit optical broadband work with interop tests for its implementation of the OpenOMCI specification.…

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Saturday 15 July 2017

AWS Updated the AWS Customer Agreement

The AWS Customer Agreement was updated on June 28, 2017.

In this update we are improving the terms of the AWS Customer Agreement related to intellectual property rights. These changes include offering uncapped IP infringement protection and removing the patent non-assert clause. AWS customers do not need to take any action to get the benefit of the updates to the online AWS Customer Agreement. The updates took effect on June 28, 2017, and apply to all customers who use the Services under the online AWS Customer Agreement. AWS Customer Agreement.  

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Amazon RDS Adds Oracle SE2 License Included Option in AWS GovCloud

Amazon RDS for Oracle now offers Oracle Standard Edition Two (SE2) as a License Included option in the AWS GovCloud Region. You can also move existing Oracle SE and Oracle SE1 instances to Oracle SE2.

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Friday 14 July 2017

US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

Uncle Sam says it won't trawl through travelers' phones

Border searches of US citizens' mobile devices do not extend to data stored solely on remote servers, according to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency.…

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AWS CloudFormation adds two new features: Client Request Token and support for Quick-Create links in the CloudFormation console

A Client Request Token will now be assigned to each event triggered by a given stack operation performed in the CloudFormation management console. You can easily identify and track the stack operations using the assigned Client Request Token.

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Read-replica support for Apache HBase on S3 and Apache Flink 1.3.0 in Amazon EMR release 5.7.0

You can now create read-replica Apache HBase clusters pointed to the same underlying HBase tables in Amazon S3 on Amazon EMR release 5.7.0. Apache HBase is a distributed, non-relational database built for random, strictly consistent realtime access for tables with billions of rows and millions of columns. By using read-replicas, you can increase availability by creating HBase clusters in different Amazon EC2 Availability Zones that read from the same dataset in Amazon S3.

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Introducing Amazon EC2 G3 Instances, the next-generation of GPU-powered instances for graphics-intensive applications

You can now launch G3 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Accelerated Compute Instances. G3 instances make it easy to procure a powerful combination of GPU, CPU, and host memory for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.

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Microsoft adds nested virtualization to Azure

Inception fans can have fun with VMs-inside-VMs inside a cloud, all on Windows Server 2016

Microsoft’s added a new instance type to Azure and the ability to run nested virtualization.…

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Elastic Load Balancing: Support for LCU metrics on Classic Load Balancer

The Classic Load Balancers now support four new metrics in CloudWatch. The metrics allow you to infer your bill if you used the Application Load Balancer for the same traffic profile instead of the Classic Load Balancer. This makes it easy for you to migrate from Classic to the Application Load Balancer.

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Amazon RDS for SQL Server Enterprise Edition with License Included Announces Expanded Availability

Amazon RDS now offers SQL Server Enterprise Edition License Included in all AWS commercial regions (non-governmental regions) and on additional instance types, R3 and M4, with a minimum of 4 vCPUs.

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The AWS IoT console is now available in Simplified Chinese, French, and Japanese

You can now use the AWS IoT console in English, Simplified Chinese, French, and Japanese. The AWS IoT console is the primary tool for interacting with and monitoring AWS IoT. This includes connecting your devices, diving into thing details, finding key resources, and testing with the MQTT client.

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Thursday 13 July 2017

Amazon mumbles into its coffee when asked: Will you give app devs people's Alexa chats?

Cloud giant worryingly coy about its intentions

Amazon is apparently considering a plan to provide app developers with transcripts of people's conversations with their Alexa boxes.…

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Cisco gobbles up security cloud upstart Observable Networks

Switchzilla needs its five startups a day

Cisco hopes to boost its enterprise security gear by snapping up real-time network behavior monitoring startup Observable Networks.…

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Google serves up cloudy services from London

All to do with lowering latency, not Brexit. Got that?

Google today cut the ribbon on a bunch of cloud services for UK customers that will be served up by racks rented from a data centre provider in Blighty's capital.…

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Ofcom creates watchdog specifically to make sure Openreach is behaving

'We're watching you,' warns regulator

Regulator Ofcom has created a dedicated Openreach Monitoring Unit, in a move reminiscent of the naughty kid at school being forced to sit next to the teacher.…

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Juniper admins: Grab your bug-zappers and load 22 rounds

Patch flood includes fix for hard-coded creds and access-all-areas XSS firewall flaw

Juniper Networks has released 22 patches and security notices.…

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Wednesday 12 July 2017

Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports AWS CodePipeline as a target

We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports AWS CodePipeline as a 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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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Cross-Platform and Multi-Step Document Support

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports cross-platform documents, and now you can use multiple steps of the same type in the same document.

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Introducing Target Tracking Scaling Policies for Auto Scaling

Auto Scaling now supports a new type of scaling policy called target tracking scaling policies that you can use to set up dynamic scaling for your application in just a few simple steps. Adding Auto Scaling to your application is one way to maximize the benefits of AWS. Auto Scaling helps you build systems that respond to changes in demand by automatically launching or terminating Amazon EC2 instances based on conditions that you define. This dynamic scaling helps to improve application availability and reduce costs. For example, you can use Auto Scaling to automatically launch EC2 instances for your Auto Scaling group when demand increases to help maintain performance, and terminate instances when demand drops to save money.

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Application Load Balancer Adds Support for New RequestCountPerTarget CloudWatch Metric

We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing now supports a new CloudWatch metric called RequestCountPerTarget for Application Load Balancers. The RequestCountPerTarget metric value indicates the average number of requests received by each target in a target group associated with an Application Load Balancer during a specified time period.

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AWS Database Migration Service Adds Support for AWS CloudFormation

You can now provision AWS Database Migration Service resources using AWS CloudFormation, a service that gives you an easy way to provision and update resources in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS CloudFormation can save you time, money and frustration during database migrations.

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AWS Device Farm Announces Enhanced Jenkins Support for Web Applications Testing and Additional Features

The AWS Device Farm Jenkins plugin provides developers with a mechanism for integrating the Device Farm testing service into continuous integration workflows, enabling build, test, and deployment on real devices, which is critical to delivering high quality applications that delight customers. The plugin is now compatible with the latest version of Jenkins.

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AWS Device Farm Announces Appium 1.6.5 Support

The AWS Device Farm service now supports Appium version 1.6.5. This latest version now includes: complete support of W3C specification’s capability handling; latest Android SDK directory support; faster screenshot capture on Android 5.0 and higher devices; running tests with iOS 10.3.x and Android 7.x devices; setting the url in native context for opening deep links in iOS.

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New Azure servers to pack Intel FPGAs as Microsoft ARM-lessly embraces Xeon

'Intel Xeon Scalable Processor' hailed as 'cornerstone for new platform' with servers customised for different roles

Microsoft may have said ARM servers provide the most value for its cloud services back in March, but today it's given Intel's new Xeons a big ARM-less hug by revealing the hyperscale servers it uses in Azure are ready to roll with Chipzilla's latest silicon and will all use Chipzilla's field programmable gate arrays.…

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Tuesday 11 July 2017

Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

Full transition to take four years

Openreach has finally started removing BT's logo from its 22,000 vans, "unveiling its new branding" four months after the former state monopoly agreed to a legal separation of its broadband division.…

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Ex-GDS man to pluck tech strings at UKCloud

Public sector big hitter to persuade G-cloud bods to inhale its product

Former director of Common Technology Services at the Government Digital Service, Iain Patterson, has rocked up at UKCloud as chief digital officer. Notably, he's one of the few ex-GDS crew not to have left for the Co-op.…

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Amazon Cognito Achieves HIPAA Eligibility and PCI Compliance, Adds a Simple Way to Sign in Users by Email Address or Phone Number, and Localizes the Management Console

We are pleased to announce that Amazon Cognito is now HIPAA eligible, has been added to the AWS Business Associate Agreement (BAA), and is PCI compliant. With HIPAA eligibility, Protected Health Information (PHI) can now be used with Amazon Cognito. Our PCI compliance means that merchants and other service providers now have access to an identity platform that has been verified to conform to PCI standards. 

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Monday 10 July 2017

Azure stacks, Office packs – and VR flacks: Here's Microsoft's Inspire news dump

Your quick guide to today's Redmond info blurt

Microsoft did more than just mash up Office and Windows on Monday at its Inspire conference in the US.…

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Microsoft's Azure chief: What's good for cloud is good for on-premises too

Scott Guthrie talks to The Reg about Azure Stack and the changing developer platform

Exclusive  Microsoft’s investment in cloud services is also improving its on-premises software, claims Azure and SQL Server boss Scott Guthrie.…

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European Telecoms Standards Institute emits mobile edge APIs

Mobile base stations have compute. These APIs will let you tap it

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has unveiled the first APIs created under its Multi-Access Edge Computing project.…

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Saturday 8 July 2017

Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports HugePages

Starting today, RDS for Oracle supports HugePages for large database instances. The use of HugePages improves performance of large databases by reducing CPU time spent on memory management and decreasing the size of page tables.

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Friday 7 July 2017

Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

Old-skool addresses worth about $400,000 at auction

Collapsed retail store RadioShack will auction off its public IPv4 addresses as part of its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.…

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Now Supports Linux Patching

Patch Manager, part of Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, can now patch Amazon Linux, RHEL, and Ubuntu distributions on your managed instances.

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

Borough councils hit due to a 'fibre break'

A London-wide Virgin Media outage caused by a "fibre break" has left business customers across the capital without broadband - including a number of borough councils.…

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Gov hands £16m to universities for 5G test

Part of £700m investment pot that will also go on 'full fibre'

The government has handed £16m to King's College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to test 5G technology.…

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Increase the Redundancy and Performance of Your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory by Deploying Additional Domain Controllers

Starting today, you can increase the redundancy and performance of your directory managed by AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, by deploying additional domain controllers.

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AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) is now available in the South America (São Paulo) Region

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, is now available in the South America (São Paulo) Region. 

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Amazon QuickSight now supports visualizing S3 Analytics data with 1-click

When S3 Analytics was released in Nov 2016, it gave customers the ability to analyze storage access patterns and transition the right data to the right storage class. Customers could also manually export the data to an S3 bucket to analyze using the business intelligence tool of their choice and gather deeper insights on usage and growth patterns. This helped customers reduce storage costs while optimizing performance based on usage patterns.

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Thursday 6 July 2017

Use AWS WAF to Mitigate OWASP’s Top 10 Web Application Vulnerabilities

Today, AWS WAF released a new security whitepaper: Use AWS WAF to Mitigate OWASP’s Top 10 Web Application Vulnerabilities. This whitepaper describes how you can use AWS WAF, a web application firewall, to address the top application security flaws as named by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Using AWS WAF, you can write rules to match patterns of exploitation attempts in HTTP/S requests and block requests from reaching your web servers. This whitepaper discusses manifestations of these security vulnerabilities, AWS WAF–based mitigation strategies, and other AWS services or solutions that can help address these threats.

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AWS Config Tracks Changes to AWS CloudFormation Stacks

AWS Config now supports tracking changes to AWS CloudFormation stacks. A CloudFormation stack is a collection of AWS resources that you can manage as a single unit. With this release, you can now deep dive into the historical configuration of your CloudFormation stacks and review all changes that occurred to them. For example, you can now determine how your stack policies were changed or what updates were made to the resources within the stack. You can also receive Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) notifications when those changes occur. In addition, you can run a new managed Config rule to check whether your CloudFormation stacks are sending event notifications to an Amazon SNS topic.

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Amazon Kinesis Streams Introduces Server-Side Encryption

You can now encrypt data in your Amazon Kinesis streams using server-side encryption and AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys. Server-side encryption makes it easy to meet strict data management requirements by encrypting your data at rest within Kinesis Streams.

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Deploy DataStax Enterprise (DSE) on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically deploys DataStax Enterprise (DSE) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in 30 minutes or less, into a configuration of your choice.

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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff

Why employ people to flog software when you can just force feed people's computers with code anyway?

Microsoft today announced it is dumping 3,000 workers.…

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Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards adds APIs and CloudFormation support

We are excited to announce the availability of APIs and CloudFormation support for Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards. You can use the new dashboard APIs or CloudFormation templates to dynamically build and maintain dashboards to monitor your infrastructure and applications.

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Wednesday 5 July 2017

Now You Can Configure Password Policies to Help Meet Your Security Standards with AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

Starting today, you can use AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, to help enforce password policies that meet your security standards. AWS has added five password policies to your AWS Microsoft AD directory, and you can configure and manage these policies to enforce different security requirements for different user groups.

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New Information in the AWS IAM Console Helps You Adhere to IAM Best Practices

Today, we made it easier for you to follow AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices by adding additional information in the Users section of the IAM console. This new information in the IAM user table helps you monitor user activity in your AWS account and identify access keys and passwords that should be rotated regularly. It also enables you to better audit users’ MFA device usage, and gives you better visibility into users’ group memberships. This information is available in all AWS regions today.

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AWS CloudFormation coverage updates for Amazon API Gateway, Amazon EC2, Amazon EMR, Amazon DynamoDB and more

You can now provision the following AWS resources using CloudFormation.

  • AWS::ApiGateway::DomainName
  • AWS::EC2::EgressOnlyInternetGateway
  • AWS::EMR::InstanceFleetConfig
    • Configure a spot instance fleet for an Amazon EMR cluster using the InstanceFleetConfig resource.

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AWS Config Supports Rules in South America (Sao Paulo) and Canada (Central) regions

AWS Config now supports pre-built and custom rules in South America (Sao Paulo) and Canada (Central) regions.

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Amazon WorkMail Now Allows You to Configure Email Flow Rules

Starting today, you can now use email flow rules to filter inbound email traffic for your Amazon WorkMail organizations. This helps you reduce email from unwanted senders, route suspicious mail to junk folders, and make sure important messages are successfully delivered.

Email flow rules can be applied based on specific email addresses, or entire email domains. You can configure email flow rules from the Amazon WorkMail console.

You can use email flow rules in all AWS Regions where WorkMail is offered, and at no additional charge. To learn more, please see Managing Email Flows.

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

And staff on chopping block unhappy with internal comms

Virgin Media has admitted it "fell short" in delivering broadband speeds ahead of a BBC Watchdog report due to air tonight which found customers in some areas receive 3 per cent of the 200Mbps speed they were originally sold.…

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Tuesday 4 July 2017

Approaches to building the enterprise cloud

Ok, we are going to say that 'agility' word

Sysadmin blog  Data center technologies are constantly evolving, displacing their predecessors. Data center storage, and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) in particular, make for a good example.…

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Monday 3 July 2017

What does an enterprise cloud look like?

Sysadmin blog  In late 2014 I wrote about Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI). I revisited this early last year. This year I expect the first mainstream SDI blocks to emerge, likely under the moniker "Enterprise Cloud". So what does the enterprise cloud of 2017 look like?…

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'Now you can watch Game of Thrones in peace'

The UK government has today launched its £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, aimed at boosting Blighty's full-fibre infrastructure.…

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Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

Red Hat abstains but doesn't spoil the party

Java 9's Java Platform Modular System, that's caused Oracle so much trouble has passed the community vote and will ship in September.…

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