Wednesday 31 January 2018

Heart Internet outage... three days and counting

Array with you! Biz still fixing failed drives

A number of Heart Internet customers remain unable to get online for three days thanks to a hosting failure.…

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Cisco throws everything it has at containers, hybrid cloud

Container Platform hooks Kubernetes to all the Borg's bits

Cisco has decided to throw everything it has at containers by releasing its very own “Container Platform”.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Azure Event Grid goes live, gives world cloudy publish-subscribe model

Think of it as CORBA brought screaming into the 21st century and you'll begin to understand

Microsoft's Azure Event Grid, a service launched as preview last August, has attracted enough fans for Redmond to push it into general availability.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 30 January 2018

California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

F U FCC say lawmakers as bill passes to Assembly

California has moved one step closer to passing net neutrality legislation in defiance of a decision by America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, to scrap the protections nationwide.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Kaminario flings pay-as-you-go storage software suite at cloudy providers

First output since sealing hardware deal with Tech Data

Kaminario is selling its composable flash array storage software to cloud service providers.…

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Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

This is the art of disaster capitalism

Comment  The cloud has not been kind to legacy tech vendors like IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. With their enterprise software and hardware businesses ravaged by cloud alternatives, and their efforts to get into cloud stumbling, it's not surprising that these erstwhile bellwethers would shed employees as they seek out profitable pastures.…

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Monday 29 January 2018

Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G. An idea that went down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

Make America Socialist Again?

A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Well done, You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

95% of UK penetrated = feat of engineering, hoots Openreach

The UK government has today hailed the completion of its superfast broadband project as a success – the scheme that has now brought 24Mbps to 95 per cent of the country by almost entirely handing the contracts to monopoly provider BT.…

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Friday 26 January 2018

AWS Serverless Application Model is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) and AWS China (Beijing) Region

AWS SAM extends AWS CloudFormation to provide a simplified way of defining the Amazon API Gateway APIs, AWS Lambda functions, and Amazon DynamoDB tables needed by your serverless application. Now, you can use new resource types to write CloudFormation templates that are optimized for defining serverless applications with only a few lines of text. 

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Announcing Network Performance Improvements for Amazon EC2 Instances

Amazon EC2 customers can now utilize up to five times higher bandwidth when sending or receiving network traffic between an instance and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) within the same region. They can also utilize higher bandwidth for traffic between instances in different Availability Zones.  

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Amazon Connect Adds Federated Single Sign-On Using SAML 2.0 Available in Preview

Amazon Connect customers can now use federated single sign-on (SSO) using SAML 2.0 to access Amazon Connect. This allows contact center agents and managers to access Amazon Connect with their existing corporate credentials. As an administrator, you can enforce password policies, and use your existing SAML 2.0 user directory to control access to Amazon Connect, based on location, the device they are using, or their role. 

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Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

Plus old churches – and even school playing fields

Virgin Media has resorted to hiding in disused public toilets as Britain's demand for ever-fatter pipes to channel digital detritus into the home grows.…

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AWS Deep Learning AMIs now come with TensorFlow 1.5.0 and new Model Serving Capabilities

The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are a quick and easy way to get started with machine learning. The AMIs with Source Code now come with TensorFlow 1.5.0-rc1 which supports NVidia CUDA 9 and cuDNN 7 drivers that take advantage of the V100 Volta GPUs powering the EC2 P3 instances. The Conda-based Deep Learning AMIs now come with the latest framework versions of Caffe, Keras 2.1.3, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.3.1, and Theano 1.0. The Conda-based AMIs also include TensorBoard for monitoring and debugging a TensorFlow model, and TensorFlow Serving to export TensorFlow models and create a server running a gRPC service for serving the model. Apache MXNet users can now benefit from the MXNet Model Server to quickly deploy an HTTP-based inference API for their models.

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Amazon SageMaker Achieves PCI DSS Compliance

You can now use Amazon SageMaker to build, train, and deploy models for applications in the AWS Cloud that are subject to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. PCI DSS is a proprietary information security standard administered by the PCI Security Standards Council and applies to all entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data and/or sensitive authentication data including merchants, processors, acquirers, issuers, and service providers.

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AWS Config Supports New Managed Rules

AWS Config now supports seven new managed rules, which are predefined rules that AWS Config uses to evaluate whether your AWS resource configurations comply with common best practices.

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Thursday 25 January 2018

Amazon Connect is Now Available in the US West (Oregon) AWS Region

Amazon Connect is now available in the US West (Oregon) AWS Region, increasing the number of AWS Regions where Amazon Connect is available to four. The expansion into a new AWS Region provides you more options to provision your Amazon Connect cloud contact center with the other AWS services you use. 

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New Quick Start: Build a Data Lake on the AWS Cloud with Informatica Data Lake Management and AWS Services

This Quick Start reference deployment automatically deploys the Informatica Data Lake Management solution on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. 

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Amazon EC2 Spot Now Lets you Pause and Resume Your Workloads on C5 and M5 Instances

Amazon EC2 Spot can now hibernate EBS-backed Amazon EC2 C5 and M5 instances in the event of an interruption. Spot instances can fulfill your request by resuming instances from a hibernated state when capacity is available. Hibernate is just like closing and opening your laptop lid, with your application starting up right where it left off.

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AWS CodeBuild Integrates with GitHub Enterprise and Supports Shallow Git Clones

AWS CodeBuild now supports GitHub Enterprise as the source control provider. This enables GitHub Enterprise customers to use CodeBuild’s managed build service to automatically build pull requests and commits. CodeBuild also supports access to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud resources as an existing feature, so enterprise customers can use CodeBuild without being exposed to the public internet.

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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

You can now deploy Amazon AppStream 2.0 in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions. This increases the number of AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 available to six. This expansion into two new AWS Regions enables you to deploy AppStream 2.0 closer to your users, providing them with a more responsive experience.

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AWS Step Functions Now Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Canada (Central) Regions

AWS Step Functions is now available in two additional AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Canada (Central). Step Functions makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed systems, serverless applications, and microservices using visual workflows. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function lets you scale and change applications quickly.

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Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR Are Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a highly scalable, high-performance container orchestration service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run and scale containerized applications on AWS. Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) is a fully-managed Docker container registry that makes it easy for developers to store, manage, and deploy Docker container images.

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

AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service. It lets you create high-quality video streams for delivery to broadcast televisions and internet-connected multiscreen devices, like connected TVs, tablets, smart phones, and set-top boxes. The service functions independently or as part of AWS Media Services, a family of services that form the foundation of cloud-based workflows and offer you the capabilities you need to create, package, and deliver video.

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You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality

Yes, you read that right

Vid  It is possible for a policy issue to jump the shark?…

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White box, anyone? Big Switch pumps Big Cloud Fabric updates as pretty Big Deal

Polishes off hyperconverged and software-defined support

Big Switch Networks has updated its Big Cloud Fabric to support hyperconverged (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) products so they don't need to use shonky old proprietary networking hardware.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

A 'great' deal - as long as you stay with their crummy broadband

TalkTalk has started offering customers the option of moving onto O2 when their contracts expire, as part of the beleaguered firm's plans to ditch mobile.…

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Linux Foundation puts all its networking eggs in one basket

‘LF Networking Fund' is like the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, but for SDN

The Linux Foundation has decided the time is right for one administrative structure to cover all of its networking efforts, so has created the “LF Networking Fund ” to oversee them all.…

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Just in the NIC of time, Dell and Netronome enter NFV pact

More functions, fewer servers - and Dell is good with this!

NIC vendor Netronome and Dell have inked a deal targeting the network function virtualization market.…

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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Under fire for its shoddy response, FCC finally wakes up to Puerto Rico

But recovery on the island still sluggish

Analysis  America's comms watchdog has finally started reacting to the dire situation in Puerto Rico, months after it was hit by a hurricane.…

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View and monitor your amortized reservation costs using AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Cost & Usage Reports, and AWS Budgets

Starting today, you can view your amortized reservation costs in AWS Cost Explorer and AWS Cost & Usage Reports, as well as monitor those costs via AWS Budgets. This makes it easier to understand and control the comprehensive costs of workloads covered by your Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon DynamoDB reservations. 

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Amazon Chime Now Supports SIP-Based In-Room Video Conference Systems

Starting today, you can use Amazon Chime with video conferencing systems that support Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for high quality online meetings. With this update, you can join Amazon Chime meetings using your existing video teleconferencing (VTC) systems that support either SIP or H.323 without the need to purchase new equipment.

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Amazon EC2 Spot Two-Minute Warning is Now Available via Amazon CloudWatch Events

Amazon EC2 Spot instances receive a two-minute warning when these instances are about to be reclaimed by Amazon EC2. Starting today, the two-minute warning for Spot instances is available via Amazon CloudWatch Events CLI and will continue to be available by accessing the Instance Metadata service.

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Multi-cloud Cloudian controllers now run in AWS, Azure and Google

One namespace to rule them all

Cloudian's latest version of its object storage software can run native inside AWS, Google and Azure clouds, enabling a single object store namespace across the on-premises and major public cloud worlds.…

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Monday 22 January 2018

OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations

Big Sky state first to pass mandate to bar throttling

Montana has become the first US state to lay down its own net neutrality protections.…

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Announcing Encrypted Snapshot Import for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL

You can now import snapshots of encrypted instances of Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL into Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, allowing you to maintain encryption of your data while moving it from Amazon RDS into Amazon Aurora. 

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Announcing Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Read Replica for Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

You can now create an Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL read replica for an Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL instance, allowing you to continuously replicate to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL. This helps you minimize downtime when migrating a live workload from Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, by keeping the instances in sync until you're ready to move your applications and users to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL.

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AWS Key Management Service now Supports AWS PrivateLink

Starting today, AWS Key Management Service (KMS) supports AWS PrivateLink, enabling you to use KMS APIs inside of your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and route data between your VPC and KMS entirely within the AWS network. 

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

It's up to you but the fluffy stuff is awesome, beams guidance

The NHS has said that patient data can be stored in the cloud – and has given US data centres party to Privacy Shield the thumbs-up.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Saturday 20 January 2018

FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

US regulator won't pretend that mobile networks are equivalent to landlines

Analysis  America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 19 January 2018

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.6, 9.5.10, 9.4.15, and 9.3.20

Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 9.6.6, 9.5.10, 9.4.15, and 9.3.20. This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

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Amazon ECS Now Supports Docker 17.09

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports Docker version 17.09.01-ce. The Amazon ECS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) now includes the ECS Agent 1.16.2 as well as Docker version 17.09.01-ce. 

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Deploy TIBCO Enterprise Message Service (EMS) on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically deploys TIBCO Enterprise Message Service (EMS) into a customizable environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, using Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) for shared storage. 

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Amazon Athena Engine Upgrades, Support for Lambda Expressions, and Ability to Skip Headers

Amazon Athena uses Presto, an open source distributed query engine, to run SQL queries against data in Amazon S3. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries you run. We are happy to announce that we have transparently updated Athena's underlying engine to a version based on Presto 0.172.  

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Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

Suppliers, time to consider that SaaS and/or public cloud angle

Research outfit 451 has run a survey that should get the pulses of on-premises IT suppliers beating faster.…

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Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award

Regulator figures show Sky, Tesco users as most content

TalkTalk, Post Office and Vodafone were the most-complained-about telecoms service providers between July and September 2017, according to an Ofcom report released today.…

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Make it rain: NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit

Stuffs portfolio with CI, flash and converged solutions

NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 18 January 2018

BlazingText implementation now available for scaling and accelerating Word2Vec Algorithm in Amazon SageMaker

You can now use Amazon SageMaker’s BlazingText implementation of the Word2Vec algorithm to generate word embeddings from a large number of documents. Word embeddings represent each unique word in the entire collection of text documents as a vector of numbers. Words that are similar will have similar vectors – that is, they will be close in the low-dimensional space of the embeddings – while words that are less similar will be further apart. This algorithm is used in a variety of Natural Language Understanding (NLU) tasks, such as semantic similarity, sentiment analysis, machine translation, and question-answering. Word2Vec has also recently been used successfully in tasks like recommendation and segmentation, where similar embeddings may denote that, by example, two movies tend to be watched by similar users at similar times. Amazon SageMaker’s BlazingText implementation has been engineered with speed and scale in mind to produce embeddings extremely fast using either GPU or CPU hardware.

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Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

Bezos narrows down search for new base to 20 cities, mostly on East Coast

Amazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada.…

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Poison ping pong prompts patch from Cisco

Switchzilla has fixes for appliances, voice portal, Nexus switch OS

Cisco admins, it's your weekly patch notice.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Now Publish Log Files from Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

You can now publish logs from your RDS for MySQL and MariaDB databases to CloudWatch Logs. Supported logs include general log, slow query log, audit log, and error log. Publishing these logs to CloudWatch Logs allows you to maintain continuous visibility into database activity, query performance, and errors in your RDS for MySQL and MariaDB databases. For example, you can set up CloudWatch Alarms to notify you on frequent restarts which are recorded in the error log. Similarly, alarms for events recorded in general or audit logs can be created to alert on unwanted changes made to your databases. You may also create alarms to monitor the slow query log and enable timely detection of long-running queries. 

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Amazon EC2 M5 Instances Are Now Available in US West (N. California) and Europe (London)

M5 Instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances, were introduced in November 2017 to offer a balance of compute, memory, storage and networking resources for a broad range of customer workloads.  

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Amazon EC2 C5 Instances Are Now Available in US West (N. California) and Europe (London)

C5 Instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 Compute Optimized instances powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake), were introduced in November 2017. C5 instances are built using a new light-weight hypervisor, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customer’s workloads. 

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Introducing the Gaming Analytics Pipeline on AWS

To help make it easier for game developers to consistently track, analyze, and archive gameplay data on the AWS Cloud, AWS offers the Gaming Analytics Pipeline, a solution that automatically provisions and configures the services necessary to consume and analyze gameplay telemetry in minutes. 

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AWS KMS-based Encryption is Now Available in Amazon SageMaker Training and Hosting

You can now encrypt your Amazon SageMaker storage volumes used for Training and Hosting with AWS Key Management Service (KMS)

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Amazon WorkSpaces is Now Available in the South America (Sao Paulo) Region

Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the South America (Sao Paulo) region, increasing the number of AWS Regions where WorkSpaces is available to nine. This expansion into a new AWS Region allows you to provision WorkSpaces closer to your users and data in the cloud, providing a more responsive experience. 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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Introducing AWS Auto Scaling

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Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now Available in Three More Regions

Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into data stores and analytics tools. It can capture, transform, and load streaming data into Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, and Splunk, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools you are already using today. 

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CloudWatch Introduces Tiered Pricing With up to 90% Discount for VPC Flow Logs and Other Vended Logs

Today, we are introducing volume-based tiered pricing for Vended logs in CloudWatch Logs, effective January 1, 2018. Vended logs are logs that are natively published by AWS services on behalf of the customer. VPC Flow logs is the first Vended log type that will benefit from this tiered model. However, more AWS Service log types will be added to Vended Logs in the future. 

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Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.3

We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs now support OpenGL 4.3. To activate OpenGL 4.3 support for existing Elastic GPUs, simply stop and start your instances, and a new driver will be automatically installed in your instance to support OpenGL 4.3. 

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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz

Swallows N2WS so it can stick oar deeper in Amazon cloud

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, an IaaS startup, whose board includes Veeam co-founder and President Ratmir Timashev, for $42.5mn cash.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises

Azure Stack users invited under ‘IP Advantage’ umbrella

Microsoft’s extended its “Azure IP Advantage” litigation protection shield to on-premises technology, by applying it to the Azure Stack hybrid-cloud-in-a-box systems.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 15 January 2018

AWS Lambda Supports Go

You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code using Go. Lambda lets you run code without provisioning and managing servers. You simply upload your Go executable artifact as a ZIP file through the AWS CLI or Lambda console and select the go1.x runtime. With Lambda, you can use Go's native tools to build and package your code. Read our documentation for more details. 

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AWS Lambda Supports C# (.NET Core 2.0)

You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code in C# using the .NET Core 2.0. Lambda lets you run code without provisioning and managing servers. You can use any of the .NET Core 2.0 libraries or frameworks when authoring your functions in Lambda. Read our documentation for more details.

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Lenovo inherited a switch authentication bypass - from Nortel

A long time ago, in a company far, far away …

Lenovo has patched an ancient vulnerability in switches that it acquired along with IBM's hardware businesses and which Big Blue itself acquired when it slurped parts of Nortel.…

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Okay, Google: why does Chromecast clobber WiFi connections?

Router vendors sling firnware to protect users from packet floods

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

Keeping geostationary sats chatting is simple. Low-Earth sats need more brains

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Sunday 14 January 2018

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

Yup: and all its records of the planet's most-used OS were on one disk

Spare a thought for Jasper Spaans, who hosts the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive from a single PC that lives in his home. And since things always happen this way the home machine died while he was on holiday.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 12 January 2018

Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

Fake tech support mails used to phish for photo album logins

A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Deploy IBM WebSphere Liberty on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

This new Quick Start automatically creates a secure deployment of IBM WebSphere Liberty into a customizable environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 40 minutes.  

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AWS Glue Now Supports Scala in Addition to Python

AWS Glue now supports the Scala programming language, in addition to Python, to give you choice and flexibility when writing your AWS Glue ETL scripts. 

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AWS Glue Now Supports Additional Job Events as Trigger Conditions

AWS Glue now provides customers more control over ETL jobs by supporting additional trigger conditions. 

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Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

This is Switchzilla’s kit-plus-cloud plan in action

Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 11 January 2018

Amazon Inspector no Longer Requires a Compatible Kernel for Rules Packages like Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)

Amazon Inspector has released an enhancement to the Inspector Agent that will allow it to perform assessments for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmarks, and AWS Security Best Practices on supported operating systems, regardless of the kernel version installed. Prior to this release, the Inspector Agent was dependent on an internal kernel module that supported specific Linux OS kernel versions. The Inspector Agent could not be installed or used to run any security assessments for supported Linux operating systems that were using non-default, older, or custom kernels. With this update, you can use any kernel and run those assessments. 

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Amazon RDS Read Replicas Now Support Multi-AZ Deployments

Starting today, Amazon RDS Read Replicas for MySQL and MariaDB now support Multi-AZ deployments. Combining Read Replicas with Multi-AZ enables you to build a resilient disaster recovery strategy and simplify your database engine upgrade process. 

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AWS CloudTrail Integration is Now Available in Amazon SageMaker

You can now log your Amazon SageMaker API calls with AWS CloudTrail.  

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Shared services plan: hitches wagon to cloudy Oracle offering

What – no bonkers projected cost savings? You disappoint us,

Another year, another government shared services strategy. This time Whitehall wants to roll out Oracle Cloud across departments - a move it says will require "substantive negotiations" with the Sopra Steria-run joint venture.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

This is Switchzilla’s kit-plus-cloud plan in action

Cisco’s switched on latent features in its recent routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Juniper scores dubious honour of owning CVE-2018-0001

Ten bug-berries fall from the bush, including the return of 2003's Etherleak

Juniper Networks, come on down: you have won the dubious honour of being responsible for CVE-2018-0001.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

But a big question remains: how fast will it actually be?

Analysis  President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders aimed at pushing broadband internet into more remote parts of the US, capping a multi-year effort to get America online.…

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AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions

AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF have expanded their regional footprint to the Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions, making them available in 7 AWS Regions, and Amazon CloudFront.  

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AWS Batch Adds Support for AWS CloudTrail Audit Calls

AWS Batch now supports AWS CloudTrail audit calls to Batch APIs. AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. With AWS CloudTrail, customers can now audit calls to AWS Batch APIs, making it easier to ensure compliance with internal policies and regulatory standards.

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New AWS Identity and Access Management Console Language Support

Now, you can use the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console in Korean. The IAM console is also available in English, French, Japanese, and Chinese. 

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AWS X-Ray SDK for Ruby (Beta)

AWS X-Ray SDK for Ruby enables developers to record and emit information from within their applications to the AWS X-Ray service. You can get started in minutes using the repository on Github.  

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Tuesday 9 January 2018

Amazon Rekognition Now Available in AWS US-East (Ohio) Region

Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based service that makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications. Rekognition Image API allows you to detect objects, scenes, faces and inappropriate content; extract text; recognize celebrities; and search and compare faces, in images. Rekognition Video API for the AWS US-East (Ohio) region allows you to track people; detect objects, scenes, activities and inappropriate content; recognize celebrities; and search faces, in videos stored in Amazon S3. 

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Monday 8 January 2018

DeepAR Algorithm Now Available in Amazon SageMaker

You can now use the DeepAR forecasting algorithm for model training in Amazon SageMaker. 

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A drivers’ guide to upgrading your IT to a hybrid cloud engine

Balancing the workloads

Supported  You’re a business running on traditional IT, using banks of servers with monolithic applications and backed by traditional storage arrays as well. You’ve heard about a more modern way of doing things, using cloud services and hybrid IT to deliver greater flexibility and agility, but wonder how to get there.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

Staffers, 'guests' are also on network, mutters spokesbod

The Houses of Parliament's network was used to access pornographic material 30,876 times from March to October, it has been revealed today.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

'ARTEMIS' spots bad deliberately rotten routes and sets things to rights

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is one of the Internet's basic pieces of plumbing technologies, but it's also so old it was designed before the security needs of a multi-billion-user network were understood.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Microsoft offloads networking to FPGA-powered NICs

This is how Azure just hit 30Gbps of throughput – and how clouds are being built now

Microsoft’s switched on new network interface cards packing field-programmable gate arrays and announced that doing so has let it hit 30Gbps of throughput for servers in Azure.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up

Newly re-merged open router project goes live

The OpenWRT and LEDE open router projects have merged and promised a major release in the coming months.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 5 January 2018

Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge Locations, adding two more in Tokyo, JP, and its first location in Perth, AU

Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge Locations that are now part of its global network. These six new Edge Locations are located in the following cities:

Perth, Australia; Chennai, India; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Los Angeles, California; and two additional Edge Locations in Tokyo, Japan.

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MariaDB 10.2 now Supported on Amazon RDS

Starting today, you can launch MariaDB version 10.2 instances on Amazon RDS. You can also easily upgrade your existing Amazon RDS for MariaDB database instances from version 10.1 to 10.2.11.

from What's New (Thursday)

Thursday 4 January 2018

Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

Sysadmins notice performance drop amid security fix rollout. Not everyone hit. YMMV etc

Amazon AWS customers have complained of noticeable slowdowns on their cloud server instances – following the deployment of a security patch to counter the Intel processor design flaw dubbed Meltdown.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown

No ETA yet for West Europe machines

Microsoft Azure customers are reporting problems with their virtual machines, which are struggling to come back online after being updated with the Meltdown processor patch.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 2 January 2018

EEk! Mobe network's customer services down for more than 24 hours

Users can't pay bills or report phones lost in NYE revelry

Mobile network EE has had a poor start to 2018 – their customer service data centre has been down since yesterday.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks