Friday 29 September 2017

Amazon AppStream 2.0 APIs can now programmatically manage your image builders.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 APIs now support programmatic access to image builder actions. The image builder APIs enable you to create, delete, start, and stop image builders, and generate URLs for AppStream 2.0 administrators to log in and install their apps. Now, AppStream 2.0 administrators can build or use existing workflow automation solutions to simplify application onboarding.

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Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.11 Now Available, Adds New Animation and Visual Scripting Tools, New Cloud Gems, and More

We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.11. With over 412 improvements, fixes, and features, this release introduces two new tools to help game teams create high quality and complex gameplay with less engineering resources. Additionally, Lumberyard Beta 1.11 adds new AWS integrations so game developers can add text-to-speech and speech recognition to their game experiences. Some highlights include:  

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AWS Glue now supports Filter and Map transforms

AWS Glue now supports Filter and Map as part of the built-in transforms it provides for your extract, transform, and load (ETL) jobs. You can use the Filter transform to remove rows that do not meet a specified condition and quickly refine your dataset. You can combine multiple fields in a dataset into a single field using the Map transform. You can also use the Map transform to do a lookup. To learn more, please visit the Filter and Map documentation. 

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WTH is my domain? OpenSRS and Hover DOWN and OUT

Network failure forces punters' websites offline

The domain name server "OpenSRS" crashed and burned during the dead of night following a network failure, taking down scores of customers' portals with it. Normal service has yet to resume.…

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From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

And is this the beginning of the end for System Center?

Ignite  What’s new for Azure at Microsoft Ignite? The key point is not so much the list of new features, but the direction the company is taking with its cloud platform, which is to make it pervasive even for customers working mainly on premises.…

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Thursday 28 September 2017

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment emails to women techies

Attempt to lure more diverse workers backfires spectacularly

In its effort to attract a more diverse workforce, Amazon is sending mixed messages.…

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Scale slaps hybrid cloud in hyper-converged kit

On-premises to Google Cloud platform 2-way interchange speedway

Scale Computing has replicated its HC3 hyper-converged platform in Google's cloud and provided app and data interchange between the on-premises and public cloud worlds in its very own data fabric.…

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AD Connector, part of AWS Directory Service, is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) and South America (São Paulo) Regions

AD Connector enables you to use your existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory (AD) identities to access the AWS Management Console and compatible AWS applications, such as Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Connect, and Amazon Chime. With AD Connector, you can enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for AWS applications users and use your existing RADIUS-based infrastructure for an additional layer of security. You also can join Amazon EC2 Windows instances to your on-premises AD domain and manage the instances using group policy objects.

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Amazon Pinpoint broadens reach of multi-channel messaging with new support for Amazon Device Messaging, Baidu Cloud Push, and APNs Sandbox and .p8 token authentication for APNs

Amazon Pinpoint now supports Amazon Device Messaging (ADM), Baidu Cloud Push (Baidu), as well as additional options for using Apple Push Notification service (APNs). These changes help Amazon Pinpoint customers reach more customers on more devices around the world using push notifications, one of the most effective channels for increasing customer engagement with applications.

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Business hunches are so 1977. Proper data's a lot more grown-up

Fighting the instinct vs analytics wars

Sponsored  In business, should you trust your gut, or go by the numbers? Business mythology and Hollywood favour the gut. Both cite stories about maverick geniuses that ignored everyone’s advice and won big.…

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Cloudera serves up 'secret sauce' for unified data management

CTO: Engineers spend half their time on this, customers need educating on the ingredient list

Cloudera has become the latest company to offer up a set of tools to unify data management, with its SDX framework, which it describes as the platform's "secret sauce".…

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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

Firm won't explain network failure

A network failure affecting the Amadeus online booking platform is continuing to delay check-ins for passengers around the world, although the firm won't disclose the cause.…

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'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

But elsewhere experiences contract delays

Broadband pusher CityFibre has posted a sales increase of 36 per cent for its half-year results, but has also reported delays to a number of its public sector contracts.…

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Amazon CloudFront now lets you select a security policy with minimum TLS v1.1, v1.2, and security ciphers for viewer connections!

Starting today, you can further improve security for your web applications on Amazon CloudFront by selecting a pre-defined security policy that enforces TLS version 1.1 or 1.2 as the minimum protocol version. Amazon CloudFront will automatically select the cipher suite for your selected security policy which it will use to encrypt your content before returning it to viewers over HTTPS. For instance, with this feature, you can select the security policy that enforces TLS version 1.1 and weak ciphers such as RC4 and 3DES will automatically be excluded. This feature is available when you use custom SSL certificates to serve HTTPS requests using SNI. 

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Wednesday 27 September 2017

AWS CloudTrail Adds S3 Data Events in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

AWS CloudTrail S3 Data Events allow you to record API actions on Amazon S3 objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account, IAM user role, and IP address of the caller, time of the API call, 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 CodeBuild Now Supports Building GitHub Pull Requests

AWS CodeBuild now allows you to build GitHub pull requests, making it easier to collaborate across your team while editing and building your application code with CodeBuild.  

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Amazon Chime Now Allows You to Log Console Actions Using AWS CloudTrail

Starting today you can log, continuously monitor, and record account activity related to actions taken in the Amazon Chime console, using AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail is an AWS service that helps you enable governance, compliance, and operational and risk auditing of your AWS account. Using the information collected by CloudTrail, you can track Amazon Chime console actions related to your team or enterprise account, as well as user account administration and license management. CloudTrail allows you to record the action taken, as well as the source IP address, who took the action, and when it was taken.

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Alibaba beats Google for IaaS market share, with IBM out of sight

AWS is way in front, Azure a solid second, server-makers in trouble

Google is the world's number four infrastructure-as-a-service vendor, according to analyst outfit Gartner's first ever attempt at calculating market share in the field.…

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nbn™ sweetens the deal for business and its own bottom line

Mirrors price relief offered to consumer market

nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Networ (NBN), has adjusted its wholesale prices so that retailers offering business plans get the same price relief as previously offered for the consumer market.…

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Google slurps cloudy single-sign-on concern Bitium

Ad giant has an 'Identity Vision' and now sees it more clearly

Google's acquired cloudy single-sign-on outfit Bitium for the usual undisclosed sum.…

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Tuesday 26 September 2017

AWS CloudFormation Now Provides Stack Termination Protection

AWS CloudFormation now allows you to protect a stack from being accidently deleted. You can enable termination protection on a stack when you create it. If you attempt to delete a stack with termination protection enabled, the deletion fails and the stack, including its status, will remain unchanged. To delete a stack you need to first disable termination protection. 

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Network Load Balancer

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Quick Start Update: Deploy Splunk Enterprise on the AWS Cloud

AWS is pleased to release a major update to the Splunk Enterprise Quick Start, focused on high availability and ease of use. 

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Amazon QuickSight now allows users to create analyses from dashboards and import custom date formats

Amazon QuickSight users can now create analyses from dashboards within their account. This allows users to quickly create customized views of dashboard content by modifying existing visuals or adding new visuals. New users may utilize this capability to get started quickly by creating QuickSight analyses from dashboards shared with them. For data administrators, this capability reduces requests for customizations of dashboards and enables faster onboarding of users to QuickSight. 

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Amazon Cognito Integrates with Amazon Pinpoint to Add Analytics for User Pools and Enrich Pinpoint Campaigns

Today, we added an integration between Amazon Cognito User Pools and Amazon Pinpoint to provide analytics for Cognito User Pools and to enrich the user data for Pinpoint campaigns. Amazon Cognito User Pools provide user directories that makes it easy to add sign-up and sign-in to your mobile or web application. Amazon Pinpoint provides analytics and targeted campaigns to drive user engagement in mobile apps using push notifications. Using Amazon Pinpoint Analytics, you can track User Pool sign-ups, sign-ins, failed authentications, daily active users (DAUs) and monthly active users (MAUs). This feature will thus enable user based analytics within Amazon Pinpoint. You can drill into the data for different date ranges or attributes like device platform, device locale, app version etc. You can also set up user attributes specific to your app using the Pinpoint SDK. These can then be used to segment your users on Pinpoint and send them targeted push notifications, emails, and SMS text messages. 

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Now You Can Encrypt LDAP Communication with AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

Starting today, you can encrypt Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) communication between your applications and AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Microsoft AD. Many Windows and Linux applications use LDAP to read and update information about users and devices, including personally identifiable information (PII). Now you can enable LDAP over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS), also called LDAPS, to encrypt your LDAP communications end to end. This helps you protect PII and other sensitive information exchanged with AWS Microsoft AD over untrusted networks.

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Amazon Chime Now Supports Quick Actions on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

Starting today, Amazon Chime users can perform a set of quick actions directly from the lock screen and the app icon when using iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. From the lock screen, users can quickly respond to messages, mute notifications, join or decline meetings, or notify participants that they are running late, without the need to unlock their devices and open the Amazon Chime app. By using 3D Touch with the Amazon Chime app icon, users can start a new conversation or an instant meeting. Quick actions allow users to respond to Amazon Chime activities with fewer interruptions. 

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Slap your apps on this Dell-flavoured testing server before tossing them on Azure Stack

Collaboration with NTT Comm creates data centre safe space

Dell and cloud managed services provider NTT Communications have launched a specialised server that lets IT departments test apps for Microsoft's Azure Stack.…

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Blighty third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

Openreach stuck on upgrading legacy copper-based network

The UK has been ranked the third-worst country in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage, according to a comprehensive study of speeds from 28 countries across the continent.…

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Fog lifts as standards bodies agree on fog compute interoperability

ETSI and OpenFog agree not to disagree, or overlap

Telcos looking at “fog computing” will have fewer standards to contemplate if a cooperation between the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenFog Consortium delivers on its promise.…

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Monday 25 September 2017

Now view Apache Spark application history and YARN application status in the Amazon EMR console

You can now view Apache Spark application history and YARN application status in the Amazon EMR console. Application history is updated throughout runtime, and the history is available for up to seven days after the application is complete. Additionally, application history is still viewable after you terminate your Amazon EMR cluster. The console now includes the list of running and completed YARN applications on your Amazon EMR cluster. For each Spark application, you can drill down into granular information and easily view logs in Amazon S3 for each Spark job, task, stage, and executor. 

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Amazon Athena is now available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries that you run.

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Deploy Qubole Data Service on a Data Lake Foundation in the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This Quick Start configures a production-ready Qubole Data Service (QDS) environment that is built on a data lake foundation in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. You can use this Qubole environment to process and analyze your own datasets, and extend it for your specific use cases. The Quick Start also deploys an optional environment with prepopulated data, notebooks, and queries to analyze structured and semi-structured data, in order to gain key business insights into product sales performance. 

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Microsoft sparks up Ignite conference with new Azure and Office 365 features

Redmond also shows off SQL Server 2017 and internal Bing

Microsoft has kicked off its annual Ignite conference with a fresh crop of products and services for the enterprise.…

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Friday 22 September 2017

Amazon ECS Adds Support for Adding or Dropping Linux Capabilities to Containers

Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now allows you to add or drop Linux capabilities to containers through the use of Docker’s cap-add and cap-drop flags. Linux capabilities give fine grained access control to processes without granting them root access to a system. 

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Coast to coast, today Amazon CloudFront launches its first Edge location in Boston, MA and a third in Seattle, Washington!

The Amazon CloudFront team is excited to announce the expansion of their Edge locations into a new city, Boston, MA! In addition to this new city, a third Edge location is now live in Seattle, Washington. Both of these new Edge locations continue to improve CloudFront’s performance making your end user’s experience faster and more reliable. 

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Two other big brands, Sky and BT, also in the naughty corner

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk has once again been named worst ISP in a biannual survey of providers by consumer charity Which?…

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

In 2018 'MAREA' will move ads and Azure from USA to Spain at 160 terabits per second

Construction of Microsoft and Facebook's jointly-funded submarine cable has ended.…

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Thursday 21 September 2017

New Amazon Lex Built-in Slot Types for Phone numbers, Speed, and Weight, Available in Preview

You can now use additional built-in slot types for phone numbers, speed and weight with your Amazon Lex chatbot.

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Now Use AWS IAM to Delete a Service-Linked Role When You No Longer Require an AWS Service to Perform Actions on Your Behalf

Earlier this year, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) introduced service-linked roles, which provide you an easy and secure way to delegate permissions to many AWS services. Today, AWS IAM added support for deletion of service-linked roles through the AWS IAM console and API/CLI. This will enable you to revoke permissions from an AWS service to create and manage AWS resources in your account.

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AWS CloudTrail Enables Option to Add All Amazon S3 Buckets to Data Events

AWS CloudTrail now allows you to automatically add your new and existing Amazon S3 buckets to S3 Data Events. S3 Data Events allow you to record API actions on Amazon S3 objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account, IAM user role, and IP address of the caller, time of the API call, and other details. Previously, you had to manually add individual S3 buckets in your account to track S3 object-level operations, and repeat the process for each new S3 bucket. Now, you can automatically log S3 Data Events for all of your new and existing S3 buckets with a few clicks. This ensures that all S3 object-level API activity in your account is recorded to help with your data exfiltration and S3 objects usage analysis.

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Elastic Load Balancing: Network Load Balancer now supports load balancing to IP addresses as targets for AWS and on-premises resources

We are pleased to announce that Network Load Balancers can now distribute traffic to AWS resources using their IP addresses as targets in addition to the instance IDs. You can now also load balance to resources in on-premises locations reachable over AWS Direct Connect and resources in EC2-Classic. Load balancing across AWS and on-premises resources using the same load balancer makes it easy for you to migrate-to-cloud, burst-to-cloud, or failover-to-cloud.

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Now Reset Your AWS Root Account’s Lost MFA Device Faster by Using the AWS Management Console

Now, you can reset your AWS root account’s lost multi-factor authentication (MFA) device faster by using the AWS Management Console. To reset your device, you first sign in with your root account’s user name and password, and then follow the steps to verify the email address and phone number associated with your root account. After you have signed in with these alternative factors of authentication, you can access your AWS account to reset your lost MFA device. To reset your device, you must deactivate your MFA device and enable a new MFA device. For more information, see What If an MFA Device Is Lost or Stops Working.

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Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

Builds yanked offline for a week in bug riddle

Citrix has temporarily suspended its NetScaler downloads due to an unspecified, and possibly security-related, issue.…

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Data-wranglers Trifacta go public with Google Cloud collaboration

Pair takes aim at $20bn analytics market

California-based self-service data biz Trifacta has today launched its Google-friendly data preparation service into public beta.…

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Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms provider O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

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AWS Greengrass is available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region.

AWS Greengrass now supports Java 8 and Node.JS 6.10 Lambda runtimes. Also, AWS Greengrass now allows already-deployed Greengrass Groups to be reset by deleting Lambdas, subscriptions, and configurations.

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Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Customer-Initiated Snapshot Upgrades for Deprecated Oracle Database Versions

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports customer-initiated upgrade of snapshots for deprecated Oracle Database versions,, and to supported database versions and

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Wednesday 20 September 2017

New Kinesis Analytics stream processing functions for time series analytics, real time sessionization, and more

You can now use 6 new stream processing functions in your Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications to process streaming data in real-time.

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Now Specify Request Level Attributes with Amazon Lex

You can now use Request Attributes on Amazon Lex to pass specific information from the client to Amazon Lex as part of each request.

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Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

Larry Ellison also pledges 'Autonomous Database' to cut the cost of – gulp – the people who run databases

Oracle chair and chief technology officer has pledged to undercut Amazon Web Services pricing by 50 per cent for infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, in part by increasing use of automation.…

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Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Offers On-Demand Fleets to Help You Optimize Your Streaming Costs

Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing On-Demand fleets, a new type of fleet that can help you optimize your streaming costs. With this addition, you can now select between two different types of fleets when building your AppStream 2.0 streaming environment. With Always-On fleets, users get instant-on access to their applications, but you are charged streaming fees for all instances in the fleet, even if no users are connected. With On-Demand fleets, users experience a small delay accessing their first application. However, you are only charged streaming fees for instances when users are connected, and a small, fixed hourly fee for instances in your fleet that are not being used. On-Demand fleets provide an additional way to help you reduce your streaming costs while retaining the capability to use features such as auto-scaling your fleet size based on user demand, monitoring, and easy updates to your applications. 

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AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

AWS Snowball and Snowball Edge are now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. 

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Tuesday 19 September 2017

AWS Mobile Hub releases React Native starter project with helper code to GitHub

AWS Mobile Hub has released a React Native starter project with a Deploy to Mobile Hub button that leverages recently released functionality to configure an entire backend for mobile applications with a single click.

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Amazon EC2 Spot Can Now Stop and Start Your Spot Instances

Amazon EC2 Spot now allows Amazon EBS-backed instances to be stopped in the event of interruption, instead of being terminated when capacity is no longer available at your preferred price. Spot can then fulfill your request by restarting instances from a stopped state when capacity is available within your price and time requirements. To use this new feature, choose “stop” instead of “terminate” as the interruption behavior when submitting a persistent Spot request. When you choose “stop”, Spot will shut down your instance upon interruption. The EBS root device and attached EBS volumes are saved, and their data persists. When capacity is available again within your price and time requirements, Spot will restart your instance. Upon restart, the EBS root device is restored from its prior state, previously attached data volumes are reattached, and the instance retains its instance ID.  

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Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

Also wants to extend consumer protection to cover more broadband services

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is to introduce a series of measures to clamp down on providers' handling of nuisance calls, billing accuracy, general complaints handling and support for vulnerable customers.…

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Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

Joins Three in telling Ofcom: See you in court

EE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month.…

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AWS can now bill you for reading this far. This bit will cost you, too

Servers-by-the-second is now a thing, but you pay for the whole first minute!

Amazon Web Services has switched on per-second billing for EC2 Instances and elastic block store volumes.…

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Monday 18 September 2017

New Quick Start: Build a hybrid data lake on the AWS Cloud with WANdisco Fusion and AWS services

This Quick Start deploys a hybrid architecture that integrates on-premises Hadoop clusters with a data lake environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The deployment takes about 15 minutes and includes WANdisco Fusion, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Athena, and supports cloud migration and burst-out processing scenarios. 

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AWS Deep Learning AMI Now Includes Apache MXNet 0.11 and TensorFlow 1.3.0

The AWS Deep Learning Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is designed to help you build stable, secure, and scalable deep learning applications on AWS. The AMI comes pre-installed with popular deep learning frameworks. It has GPU drivers and libraries that let you train sophisticated AI models and scale them in the cloud. 

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AWS Config Adds Support for Auto Scaling Groups

You can now record configuration changes to the following resource types using AWS Config. 

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AWS Device Farm Launches ‘Custom Artifacts’ to Give Developers Flexibility in Customized Logs/Reports.

Delivering quality mobile applications is a key issue for mobile developers as mobile application users are becoming more demanding and their attention is increasingly divided. 

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Run Command Adds Tag-Based Permissions and Multi-Tag Support

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Run Command now supports additional access control with tag-based permissions and multi-tag targeting. 

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AWS CodeDeploy Now Supports Using Network Load Balancers

AWS CodeDeploy now supports using Network Load Balancers for both blue/green and in-place deployments. With this new update, you can now choose between a Classic Load Balancer, an Application Load Balancer, and a Network Load Balancer for your deployment groups. For more information read here.

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Cisco's John Chambers to quit as exec chair

Southern belle to fly off into the sunset on the back of a drone

Cisco's exec chair and former CEO of ten-years, John Chambers, will not stand for re-election to the board of directors in December.…

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Soothe your boobs, Microsoft is, er, on the case

Microsoft's email services got hit with not one but two bugs today: in addition to an earlier blip with Exchange Online, Microsoft confirmed it is now probing "issues" with "some" users in Europe.…

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Friday 15 September 2017

Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

IN ALL CAPS, no less

It has long been a frustrating marketing ploy pushed by mobile phone operators: claiming that they offer better network coverage and speeds than their competitors.…

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AWS IAM Policy Summaries Now Help You Identify Errors and Correct Permissions in Your IAM Policies

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy summaries make it easier to view and understand the permissions in your policies when using the IAM console. Today, we updated policy summaries to help you identify and correct errors in your IAM policies. When you set permissions using policies, for each action you specify, you must match that action to supported resources or conditions. Now, you will see a warning if these policy elements (actions, resources, and conditions) defined in an IAM policy do not match. With this update, policy summaries make it easy to detect if a policy includes an action that does not support the resource or condition specified.

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Deploy StorReduce on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically deploys a secure, performant, and fault-tolerant StorReduce cluster on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, into a configuration of your choice. 

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Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Multimedia, Spatial, and Locator Options

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports several additional Oracle Database features: Oracle Multimedia, Oracle Spatial, and Oracle Locator.

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Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Enhanced Request Authorizers

You can now pass information to your Amazon API Gateway custom authorizers via request parameters including headers, paths, query strings, stage variables, or context variables. An API Gateway custom authorizer is an AWS Lambda function that you provide to control access to your APIs using bearer token authentication strategies, such as OAuth or SAML.  

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Amazon Inspector expands security assessment support for RHEL 7.4

Amazon Inspector is pleased to announce expanded support for security assessments on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 within Amazon EC2. You can now run assessments for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), Amazon Security Best Practices, and Runtime Behavior Analysis on the most recent version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector AWS Agent on the desired EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Amazon Inspector console, and run your assessment. 

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Amazon Aurora Enables Database Activity Monitoring with CloudWatch Logs

Starting today, you can send events recorded in Amazon Aurora audit logs to CloudWatch Logs. Audit logs include events such as database logins, user information, details of queries executed, and impacted tables. With these events tracked in CloudWatch Logs, you can create CloudWatch Metrics and Alarms to continuously monitor activity in your Aurora database. For example, you can define metrics for DML (Data Manipulation Language) queries performed on critical tables, and set up alarms. These alarms can alert you whenever undesired changes are made to your tables. Additionally, you can create graphs and dashboards with CloudWatch to visualize activity in your database, detect patterns, and identify issues at a glance.

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AWS CodeBuild Now Provides Ability To Manage Secrets

AWS CodeBuild now further enhances securing your build environment. CodeBuild can now store sensitive information as secrets, which can now get directly passed to your build jobs. This can be achieved by modifying the parameter store directly in your buildspec.yml, or via the CodeBuild console. Learn more :

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The Amazon WorkDocs Activity Feed Now Allows Administrators to Track Actions in their WorkDocs Site

The Amazon WorkDocs Activity Feed now allows administrators to track actions on their Amazon WorkDocs site in near real time. This makes it easy for administrators to review file and user activities for legal, regulatory, compliance, or internal inquiries.

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Amazon Redshift now supports late-binding views referencing Amazon Redshift and Redshift Spectrum external tables

You can now create a view that spans Amazon Redshift and Redshift Spectrum external tables. With late-binding views, table binding will take place at runtime, providing your users and applications with seamless access to query data. Late-binding views allows you to drop and make changes to referenced tables without affecting the views. With this feature, you can query frequently accessed data in your Amazon Redshift cluster and less-frequently accessed data in Amazon S3, using a single view. Simply archive historical data to Amazon S3, create an external table referencing the relevant files, and then create a view referencing both the Amazon Redshift and the Redshift Spectrum external tables.

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Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Versions 5.0.4 and 5.1.2

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports multiple Oracle Application Express (APEX) versions, including versions 5.0.4 and 5.1.2 for Oracle Database 12c and 11g. Using APEX, developers can build applications entirely within their web browser.

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Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This Quick Start automates the deployment of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a platform as a service (PaaS) solution, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. OpenShift Container Platform uses Docker containers, Google Kubernetes orchestration, and the container-optimized Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system to help developers and IT create and deploy their apps.

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Deploy IBM Spectrum Scale on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically deploys a highly available IBM Spectrum Scale cluster with replication on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, into a configuration of your choice. (A small cluster can be deployed in about 25 minutes.)

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Amazon Connect Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud-based contact center, is now HIPAA eligible. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can now use Amazon Connect to handle contacts containing protected health information (PHI).

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Auto Scaling Lifecycle Hooks Enhancements

You can now create and manage lifecycle hooks for Auto Scaling Groups using the AWS management console. Previously, this functionality was only available through the AWS Application Programming Interface (API), Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS CloudFormation. In addition, creating lifecycle hooks is now more convenient as it can be done in the same step as creating your Auto Scaling Group using the ‘CreateAutoScalingGroup’ call through the AWS API and CLI.

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Amazon Kinesis Analytics improves application performance for high volume data streams

You can now process higher volume streams of data with Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications by increasing parallelism and removing default processing limits.

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Amazon WorkMail Adds Two New Features: Send as Aliases and support for S/MIME Signing and Encryption

Amazon WorkMail now supports sending with aliases. Sending with aliases allows users to send email using an alternative email address. With this feature, users can easily assume different roles when communicating with external parties. The new alias functionality is available in the Amazon WorkMail web application and other supported clients. To use this feature, visit Send as an Alias.

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Announcing enhancements to the Amazon Lex test console

Building your chatbot in the Amazon Lex console takes just a few steps, and now enhancements to the test console provide more details, for easy troubleshooting. The test console dynamically displays information related to dialog state as you interact with your bot. In the “Summary” view, you can review the slot values for the intent being fulfilled. This allows you to keep track of the conversation flow. In the “Detail” view, you can review the parsed response from the chatbot. The response detail gives you deeper visibility into the bot interaction and the current state of the dialog as you troubleshoot and debug your chatbot.

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General Availability: A new addition to the Amazon EC2 memory-optimized X1 Instance family – x1e.32xlarge

Amazon EC2 X1 instances were launched to extend the elasticity, simplicity, and cost savings of the AWS cloud to enterprise-grade applications with the largest dataset requirements for our customers. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of a new EC2 instance in the X1 family – x1e.32xlarge – to take those benefits further for our customers. x1e.32xlarge offers 3,904 GiB of DDR4 instance memory, the most memory offered by any EC2 instance. This new instance enables customers to run larger in-memory databases, such as SAP HANA, and other memory-intensive and latency sensitive workloads compared to the previously available X1 instances.

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AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as S3 cried out in terror

S3izure made things tricky for an hour, but was no apocalypS3 to match March mess

The world received an unpleasant reminder of what it's like to live without the cloud on Thursday, after Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service fluttered for an hour or so.…

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AWS: Don't be a SAP, get one of our massive HANA boxes

Cloud-slinger trots out 4TB instances for in-memory databases

Amazon Web Services has released a new line of server options aimed at companies looking to run in-memory databases like SAP HANA in its cloud.…

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Thursday 14 September 2017

How to stop Facebook and Apple taking over the mobile phone industry

Streaming operating systems, virtualizing base stations

Cloudflare Internet Summit  At the launch of the Mobile World Congress earlier this week, the mobile industry begrudgingly accepted that tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Google were increasingly influencing its business.…

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Microsoft pitches encrypted Azure to keep cloud data secret

Joins the blockchain bandwagon

Microsoft has a unveiled a set of services it hopes will alleviate security concerns with its public cloud service.…

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration, .uk, ... nope

Customers of 123-Reg are experiencing a familiar feeling of annoyance, this time over a decision to automatically register them for .UK domains, which they will then have to pay for after two years.…

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Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

Backscatter boffins get Things talking over kilometres

One of the favourite low-power radio techniques in Internet of Things research is “backscatter communications”: the transmitter sends a signal to a Thing, and the Thing modulates its data onto the reflection, and that's decoded by a receiver.…

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

Distributed cloud company now working on Ryzens that warm your shower

French cloud concern Qarnot wants to use AMD processors to heat water.…

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Wednesday 13 September 2017

Boffins' satcomms rig uses earthly LEDs to talk to orbiting PV panels

Lasers are too pricy, so we're using BLINKENLIGHTS instead

As low-cost satellites become more common, researchers are turning their attention to improving their communications capabilities without adding crushing costs.…

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Deploy Solace VMR on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically deploys Solace Virtual Message Router (VMR) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 20 minutes, into a configuration of your choice.

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Chill out about net neutrality, says FCC head, because mobile phones are great

All just part of a broader strategy

Mobile World Congress  The head of America's telecom watchdog the FCC, Ajit Pai, didn't mention net neutrality by name once during his keynote at the Mobile World Congress in San Francisco.…

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Tuesday 12 September 2017

Announcing New AWS Direct Connect Location in Houston, TX

AWS Direct Connect has now landed in Houston, TX at CyrusOne West I-III data center supporting the US East (Ohio) AWS Region. Customers in Houston can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

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Announcing New AWS Direct Connect Location in Canberra, Australia

AWS Direct Connect has now landed in Canberra, Australia at NEXTDC C1 Canberra data center supporting the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region. Customers in Canberra can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

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Amazon Pinpoint Introduces Two-Way Text Messaging

Amazon Pinpoint now supports two-way text messaging which enables Amazon Pinpoint customers to receive text messages from their users. When a user replies back to a text message, Amazon Pinpoint will pass that text message to the customer who can programmatically respond back to that text message.

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AWS GovCloud (US) Receives an Impact Level 5 (IL5) Department of Defense Provisional Authorization to Support Mission-Critical Systems

Amazon’s AWS GovCloud (US) has achieved a Provisional Authorization (PA) by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Impact Level (IL) 5, as defined in the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing (CC) Security Requirements Guide (SRG) v. 1, Release 3.

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Backup to AWS with Commvault V11 and the AWS Storage Gateway virtual tape library (VTL)

AWS Storage Gateway has added Commvault V11 as a supported backup application for use with its virtual tape library (VTL), the Tape Gateway. You can now use Commvault V11 and the Storage Gateway VTL to backup and archive application data to scalable, cost-effective, and secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage, while preserving established tape management processes.

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of users with 'ideas'... 1 deadline

Learn from 'Bob'. RUN! As fast as your £$% legs will take you

Sure, the future is cloud. But it’s not that simple. The days where you could "just swipe a credit card and go" never existed – not at enterprise scale. Legacy applications and data need to be lifted and shifted, new services instantiated, virtual infrastructures architected, networks bolstered, and security scrutinised, adapted and reinforced for the new way of working.…

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Monday 11 September 2017

Rackspace sucks up Datapipe, swallows 29 data centres

Financial details undisclosed, but it's big, ya hear, says Rackspace

Private equity-backed Rackspace is planning to use some of its owner’s cash to hoover up managed services, hosting and colo outfit Datapipe.…

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UK Home Office finds £20m to throw at Oracle cloudy ERP

30,000 users, 2-year contract. What could go wrong? Nail-biting time

The Home Office has tossed a paltry £20m of taxpayers' cash at Accenture and Oracle implementation outfit Certus Solutions to deploy a cloudy ERP system that hopefully works overhauls the way back-office services are provided.…

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

What councils spend it on is another matter

The government has clawed back £645m from BT under its state-subsidised superfast broadband contracts tendered in 2012.…

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Businesses to get 'File Stream', great unwashed get 'Backup and Sync'

Google's killing its “Drive” sync 'n' share file locker, two ways.…

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Saturday 9 September 2017

Create and Manage AWS IAM Roles More Easily with the Updated IAM Console

Today, we updated the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to make it easier for you to create and manage IAM roles. Roles help you manage access to your AWS resources for trusted users, applications, and AWS services. The new IAM console role-creation wizard helps you create the correct type of role with the right permissions with a better organized role creation workflow. The updated IAM console also provides you policy summaries for each role in your AWS account to help you view and manage your role permissions. 

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Friday 8 September 2017

AWS Config Adds Support for Amazon DynamoDB Tables

You can now record configuration changes to the following resource types using AWS Config.

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New Quick Start: Build a Data Lake Foundation on the AWS Cloud with AWS Services

This Quick Start deploys a data lake foundation that integrates Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Redshift, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Athena, Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), and Amazon QuickSight.  

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AWS Glue is Now Available in the US West (Oregon) and US East (Ohio) regions

AWS Glue is a fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service that makes it easy for customers to prepare and load their data for analytics. AWS Glue is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to set up or manage. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create and run an ETL job. You simply point AWS Glue to your data stored on AWS, and AWS Glue discovers your data and stores associated metadata (e.g. table definition and schema) in the AWS Glue Data Catalog. Once cataloged, your data is immediately searchable, queryable, and available for ETL. With AWS Glue, data can be available for analytics in minutes. 

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AWS CodePipeline now provides notifications on pipeline, stage, and action status changes

Now, you can get notified whenever there is a pipeline, stage, or action status change in AWS CodePipeline. This makes it easy for you to track, manage, and react to any changes during a pipeline execution. CodePipeline now integrates with Amazon Cloudwatch and enables you to receive notifications with Amazon Simple Notification Service or invoke an AWS Lambda function on a status change. Learn how to configure CodePipeline notifications by visiting here. You can also follow our step by step tutorial to receive a notification on pipeline state change here

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IoT Device SDK For Python - Now With Greengrass Discovery

We are pleased to announce an updated IoT Device SDK for Python, now including group discovery for Greengrass. With Greengrass Discovery, the Python SDK makes it easier for your device to interact locally with another device running Greengrass Core. The updated SDK package includes a full changelog. You can download each of the IoT Device SDKs here: 

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Look! We have direct fibre connection too, wails Google Cloud

But it's still behind the curve compared to Azure and AWS

In a bid to attract large enterprise clientele shackled to Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure, Google Cloud has announced a direct connection offering.…

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When one size doesn't fit all in cloud security

'You can have any colour you want, as long as it's ours'

Sponsored  You want to move from an on-premises Office suite to Office 365 in the cloud. It'll save you money in the short term and free you from providing local infrastructure. That's nice. But whoa – not so fast there. Securing cloud-based productivity systems like Office 365 takes a little forethought.…

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Arista describes Cisco's IP defence in antitrust case as 'insane'

Judge mulls whether to dismiss suit after ITC ruling

Arista Networks has called its long-running patent dispute with Cisco "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane" in a hearing regarding an antitrust suit against Switchzilla.…

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Huawei claims shooting mission-critical apps to its cloud will be a cinch

Bare-bones offerings from AmAzureGoog don't compute

Huawei is delivering an enterprise storage service in its public cloud to which enterprises can transfer mission-critical apps from on-premises without changing their applications or processes at all.…

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IBM's global load balancer and reverse DNS degraded by domain transfer mess

Registrar put crucial domains in limbo. Is that good enough for a big cloud?

IBM's cloudy global load balancer and reverse DNS services have been impacted by a DNS mess inflicted on Big Blue by a domain name registrar.…

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Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Integrated with Network Load Balancer to Support High-Throughput and Direct TCP Connections with Containers

Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports the Network Load Balancer for load balancing TCP traffic to container tasks and services.

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Amazon Polly Adds Dynamic Range Compression (DRC) Tag

You can now use the new dynamic range compression (DRC) tag to enhance the volume of certain sounds in your audio file. The sounds in an audio file range from softer sounds to louder, depending on the text, the language, and the voice. For example, conflicting ambient sounds such as those of a moving vehicle can often mask the softer sounds, making the audio track difficult to hear clearly. To enhance the clarity of the Text-to-Speech output, simply use the SSML tag “DRC” to mark the text input. This is especially suitable for audio to be used in noisy environments. DRC is a boolean parameter (meaning that it's either on or off) that can be used with any Amazon Polly supported voice or language. It can be used for an entire section of text, or only for a few words, based on your needs. 

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Amazon Route 53 Announces Support For DNS Query Logging

If you are using Amazon Route 53 as your public, authoritative DNS, you will now have the capability to easily log DNS queries received by Amazon Route 53 through integration with CloudWatch Logs. This capability makes it easier to debug issues, conduct security audits, and run business analytics. With near real-time log delivery, customers can react quickly to events, and the power of CloudWatch Logs makes it easy to search, export, or archive your query logs. 

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Elasticsearch 5.5 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Your analytics and search applications can now benefit from support for Elasticsearch 5.5 and Kibana 5.5 in Amazon Elasticsearch ServiceElasticsearch is a popular search and analytics engine for log analytics, full text search, application monitoring, and more. Amazon Elasticsearch Service delivers Elasticsearch’s easy-to-use APIs and real-time capabilities along with the availability, scalability, and security required by production workloads. 

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The Amazon Glacier console is now available in Japanese and Korean languages

Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost storage service for data archiving and online backup. Today, AWS made the Amazon Glacier console available in Japanese and Korean languages. The availability of Glacier console in five languages—it was already available in English, French, and Chinese—reduces the need to have multilingual staff that can manage and administer Glacier vaults and archives. 

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Announcing Network Load Balancer for Elastic Load Balancing

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Network Load Balancer for the Elastic Load Balancing service designed to handle millions of requests per second while maintaining ultra-low latencies. This new load balancer is optimized to handle volatile traffic patterns while using a single static IP address per Availability Zone. Network Load Balancer operates at the connection level (Layer 4), routing connections to Amazon EC2 instances and containers within Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) based on IP protocol data. It also preserves the client side source IP, allowing applications to see the IP address of the client that can then be used by applications for further processing. 

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Thursday 7 September 2017

AWS Batch is Now a HIPAA Eligible Service

AWS has expanded its HIPAA Compliance Program to include AWS Batch. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS, you can now use AWS Batch to build HIPAA-compliant applications and run batch processing workloads that contain protected health information (PHI). AWS Batch is a fully-managed service that enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters that you use to run your jobs, allowing you to focus on analyzing results and solving problems. Information about HIPAA eligible services on AWS can be found at our HIPAA Compliance page.

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Amazon VPC NAT Gateways now support Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring and  Resource Tagging

You can now monitor bytes, packets, active connections and several other metrics for NAT Gateways via CloudWatch console and AWS CLI. You can setup CloudWatch Alarms to notify you of crossing thresholds. All metrics are provided with a 1 min frequency. For more information about the metrics, see  Monitoring Your NAT Gateway with Amazon CloudWatch.

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Raspbian OS and Raspberry Pi Support

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports the Raspbian operating system. Customers can now manage Raspberry Pi devices just like any other Linux server.

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Connect Your Git Repository to Amazon S3 and AWS Services Using Webhooks and New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically deploys HTTPS endpoints and AWS Lambda functions for implementing webhooks, to enable event-driven integration between Git services and Amazon Web Services (AWS) services on the AWS Cloud. 

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Export your Amazon Lex chatbot to the Alexa Skills Kit

You can now export your Amazon Lex chatbot schema into the Alexa Skills Kit to simplify the process of creating an Alexa skill. 

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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 in AWS GovCloud (US)

We have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support minor versions 9.6.3, 9.5.7, 9.4.12 and 9.3.17 in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains other bug fixes and improvements.

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Apache MXNet Version 0.11 Now Supports Apple Core ML and Keras

We’re excited about the availability of Apache MXNet version 0.11. With this release, MXNet hit major milestones, both in terms of community development and as an incubating Apache project. Contributors—including developers from Apple, Samsung and Microsoft—committed code to this release. There are over 400 contributors on the project so far. The project has now fully migrated its codebase to Apache and has made its first official release as an incubating project. This post covers some of the key features included with this release.

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

Thousands unable to load app or access and sync files

Many users are experiencing disruption with Google Drive cloud storage and file backup today.…

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Who needs sunlight when you've got Netflix?

Scottish pensioners are up in arms that Virgin Media has had the audacity to build a huge cabinet outside their homes in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, which is reported to be blocking their light.…

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Wednesday 6 September 2017

Amazon RDS for SQL Server and Amazon RDS for MariaDB Achieve HIPAA Eligibility

The AWS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance program has been expanded to include Amazon RDS for SQL Server and Amazon RDS for MariaDB. All Amazon RDS database engines are now HIPAA-eligible. 

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The Amazon WorkDocs SDK now supports OAuth 2.0 for user authorization in third party applications

The Amazon WorkDocs SDK now supports OAuth 2.0 for user authorization in third-party applications. OAuth 2.0 allows users to access content and feedback on Amazon WorkDocs through third-party applications. Using the Amazon WorkDocs API, these applications can programmatically manage user content, feedback, metadata, labels, permission, activity tracking, and notifications at a user level. You can easily build or integrate security, enterprise content management systems, productivity, project management, and other applications with Amazon WorkDocs.  

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Introducing Amazon AppStream 2.0 Graphics Design, a New, Lower Cost Instance Type for Streaming Graphics Applications

Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing a new GPU instance type, called Graphics Design. This new Graphics Design instance type allows you to run graphics applications at a fraction of the cost of using graphics workstations, and reduces the cost of streaming graphics applications with AppStream 2.0 by up to 50%. Graphics Design instances are ideal for delivering applications that rely on hardware acceleration of DirectX, OpenGL, or OpenCL, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk Revit, and Siemens NX. With this launch, AppStream 2.0 now offers three graphics instance types – Graphics Design, Graphics Desktop, and Graphics Pro – optimized to support a broad selection of graphics workloads.

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Amazon GameLift available in 5 more regions across Australia, Europe and North America, now with R4 instance support and VPC peering capabilities

Starting today, Amazon GameLift supports game deployment to five additional regions. New regions Asia Pacific (Sydney), EU West (London), US West (San Francisco), US East (Ohio) and Canada (Montreal) join US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU West (Ireland), EU Central (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and South America (São Paulo) to make Amazon GameLift available in 14 regions worldwide. 

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Amazon WorkSpaces users can now use Amazon WorkDocs Drive

Amazon WorkSpaces users can now use Amazon WorkDocs Drive, a new way to access your files. With Amazon WorkDocs Drive, all of your Amazon WorkDocs files are streamed to your WorkSpace desktop on demand. You can easily access any file on Amazon WorkDocs through Windows File Explorer without needing to keep a local copy.  

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Announcing improved networking performance for Amazon EC2 instances

Amazon EC2 instances now provide a maximum bandwidth of 25 Gbps. This feature is available on the largest instance sizes of the M4, X1, P2, R4, I3, F1, and G3 instance types. Using Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) based Enhanced Networking, customers can utilize up to 25 Gbps of bandwidth. All of these instances, including those already running, can take advantage of the additional network bandwidth without any additional steps. 

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Use OpenCL Development Environment with Amazon EC2 F1 FPGA Instances to accelerate your C/C++ applications, also F1 instances are now available in US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) Regions

Since we made Amazon EC2 F1 instances generally available earlier this year, we have seen exciting adoption by customers, partners and the developer and research community. Customers are using F1 for accelerating a diverse set of applications such as genomic processing, data analytics, security, image and video processing and machine learning. F1 Partners and developers are taking advantage of AWS Marketplace to make their innovations available to the broader community of AWS customers.

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Amazon Aurora Can Migrate Encrypted Databases from Amazon RDS for MySQL

You can now migrate encrypted databases from Amazon RDS for MySQL to Amazon Aurora. Previously, only unencrypted databases were supported. Migration can be done either by restoring an RDS MySQL snapshot to Aurora, or by creating an Aurora Read Replica, which has the advantage of automating the copying and replication and minimizing downtime. 

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Amazon WorkSpaces is Available in the EU (London) Region

Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the EU (London) region, increasing the number of AWS Regions WorkSpaces is available to eight. This expansion into a new AWS Region allows you to provision WorkSpaces closer to your users, providing a more responsive experience. Additionally, you can quickly add or remove WorkSpaces to meet changing demand, without the added cost and complexity of on-premises VDI infrastructure.

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TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

Three reported to be 'interested' in a deal

Beleaguered comms provider TalkTalk is set to go against the received "wisdom" of having multiple services to flog as it plans to pull out of the mobile market entirely.…

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Huawei's many-headed beast of a cloud wants a serious bite of the action

More details emerge on how they plan to compete with the big industry players

Analysis  More details have emerged about Huawei's public cloud. It is like a hydra, a creature with many heads.…

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

In some cases fraudsters knew their mark's personal details

BT customers in the UK have been targeted by scammers in India – with one person reporting they were defrauded for thousands of pounds this week.…

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Australia-to-Asia traffic slows as typhoons cut submarine cables

I've been to Bali, via California

Typhoons have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes, with a knock-on impact for Australian ISPs iiNet and Internode.…

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Tuesday 5 September 2017

Three formally submits legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum rules

Your move, EE

Mobile operator Three has formally filed its legal challenge to cap the forthcoming spectrum auction at 37 per cent, prompting fears that extra 4G airwave capacity and the rollout of 5G could be delayed.…

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

Electronic Arts tech director thinks tech-agnostic developers can build better networks than slave-to-vendor NetAdmins

Fire your network administrators, hire developers instead, and stop expecting networking equipment vendors to provide anything more valuable than free lunches.…

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Solaris' update plan is real, but its future looks cloudy by design

Oracle OpenWorld catalog mentions virtual SPARC on cloudy x86, migratory motions

Oracle looks like it's going to suggest Solaris users move to its SPARC-powered cloud.…

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Monday 4 September 2017

Can your complex distributed systems take the weight?

Learn how to stay strong

Promo  There’s not much that can go wrong with the back of an envelope. Not so with modern systems: they become increasingly complicated as they take on more tasks, often spanning multiple technologies, groups and different organisations - and are liable to fail in unexpected and spectacular ways.…

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Scatters £10m across country out of £200m pot

Government has revealed the first six areas in Blighty to trial speeds of 1Gbps in a £10m pilot, as previously revealed by The Register.…

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Saturday 2 September 2017

Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow Announces Support For Geoproximity Routing With Traffic Biasing

If you're using Route 53 traffic flow, you can now use geoproximity routing, which lets you route traffic based on the physical distance between your users and your resources. You can also route more or less traffic to each resource by specifying a positive or negative bias. 

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Amazon QuickSight now supports Search, Filter Groups and Amazon S3 Analytics Connector

Starting today, you can search for your data sets, analyses and dashboards in QuickSight using the unified search box, making it faster and easier for find and access your data. Additionally, we are introducing Filter Groups. You can now create a filter group in QuickSight with multiple filter conditions that are evaluated together using the OR operation. Across filter groups, the AND operation is applied. This provides you with more flexibility to apply advanced filtering criteria to your data. Finally, we releasing the Amazon S3 Analytics Connector in QuickSight. Amazon S3 customers can now create data sets and analyses of their S3 Analytics data that spans across multiple S3 buckets and configs. This allows you to analyze and optimize your S3 usage using a single comprehensive QuickSight dashboard. 

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Amazon CloudWatch adds Horizontal Annotations for Metrics and Dashboards

We are excited to announce that you can now add horizontal annotations to your graphs and dashboards in CloudWatch. 

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Amazon Redshift Introduces SQL Scalar User-Defined Functions

You can now create and run scalar user-defined functions (UDFs) using SQL in Amazon Redshift.  

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AWS CloudFormation adds Rollback Triggers Feature

Use Rollback Triggers to monitor the state of your application during the stack creation and update process. You can specify the alarms and the thresholds you want AWS CloudFormation to monitor, and if any of the alarms are breached, CloudFormation rolls back the entire stack operation to the previous deployed state.

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Elastic Load Balancing: Application Load Balancer now supports load balancing to IP addresses as targets for AWS and on-premises resources

We are pleased to announce that Application Load Balancers can now distribute traffic to AWS resources using their IP addresses as targets in addition to the instance IDs. You can also load balance to resources outside the VPC hosting the load balancer using their IP addresses as targets. This includes resources in peered VPCs, EC2-Classic, and on-premises locations reachable over AWS Direct Connect or a VPN connection. Load balancing across AWS and on-premises resources using the same load balancer makes it easy for you to migrate-to-cloud, burst-to-cloud, or failover-to-cloud.

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Friday 1 September 2017

nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

Build will end in 2020, stay in the financial envelope.
We promise, really, truly

There's nothing wrong with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), nothing at all – but nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to move more than a million premises onto other technologies.…

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