Monday 30 April 2018

More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report

Both stats still pretty piss poor

For the first time, the number of folk in the UK accessing speeds of 1Gbps is greater than those poor souls unable to get a meagre 10Mbps, according to an Ofcom report today.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Saturday 28 April 2018

AWS Elemental MediaPackage Adds Support for CMAF HLS Endpoints, with Content Protection and HDR

With AWS Elemental MediaPackage, you can now add Common Media Application Format (CMAF) fragmented MP4 HLS endpoints to live channels. This is in addition to the Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and DASH endpoints already supported. Support for CMAF HLS endpoints allows you to ingest a single live stream and format it to play on connected TVs, mobile phones, computers, tablets, and game consoles while also sending High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) content to Apple devices with improved video quality, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) and content protection with the potential to reduce distribution costs.

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AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Available in 5 New Regions

The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are now available in 5 additional regions: US West (N. California), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (London), and EU (Paris). The AMIs are now globally available in 16 AWS regions.

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Amazon Aurora Supports Encrypted Migration from Self-Managed MySQL Databases

Your self-managed MySQL database, located on premises or in the cloud, can now be securely migrated to Amazon Aurora. You can migrate a large database by creating an encrypted database backup file in Amazon S3 and restoring it to Aurora, or replicate your data over an encrypted connection.

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AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Optimized Chainer 4 and CNTK 2.5.1 to Accelerate Deep Learning on Amazon EC2 Instances

The AWS Deep Learning AMIs now include advanced optimizations for Chainer 4 and Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) 2.5.1 that are tailored to deliver higher-performance training across Amazon EC2 instances.  

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AWS Fargate now available in Ohio, Oregon, and Ireland Regions

You can now launch containers using AWS Fargate in three new AWS Regions: Ohio (us-east-2), Oregon (us-west-2), and Ireland (eu-west-1).

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Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports R4 and T2.xl, T2.2xl Instance Types in AWS GovCloud (US)

You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge and db.t2.2xlarge instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

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Friday 27 April 2018

Penguins in a sandbox: Google gears up to bring Linux to Chrome OS

While keeping things safe

Sleuthing has revealed more details about Google's project to allow its locked-down Chrome OS to run Linux applications – and well-informed speculation on its architecture.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Amazon: For every dollar of op. profit going into Bezos' pockets, 73 cents came from AWS

It's pretty much a cloud provider with a gift shop on the side on Thursday reported $51bn in sales for its Q1 2018, an increase of 43 per cent from $35.7bn in the year-ago quarter.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

If you're looking for bad news about Microsoft, top tip: look away now

Satya's on several cloud nines – as in, billions of dollars

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella march into the cloud seems to be paying off for the Windows 10 and Office 365 giant: on Thursday, the biz announced its sales for Q3 2018 jumped 16 per cent.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 26 April 2018

O2 UK wafts 4G coverage over 1,000 new Brit sites

Small operator starts LTE building following spectrum splurge

O2 is enlarging its 4G footprint across Blighty to an extra 1,000 sites, after splurging £205m gobbling up all the available LTE spectrum at Ofcom's recent auction.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

Plus: CEO waives overdraft fees to keep customers on side

In the midst of its six-day online banking meltdown, which is showing no sign of letting up, TSB has hauled in the systems integration big gun or as it is otherwise known, IBM.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

In a touching Monty Python tribute today, Microsoft's Office 365 makes everything spam

Punters less amused by inbox-clearing glitch

A gremlin within the spam filters in Microsoft's Office 365 today caused the cloud-based service to toss all incoming emails into the junk folder.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 25 April 2018

US schools' IT systems drop out after weekend firmware update misery

Three-day outage sparked by bungled software rollout for data-center gear

A botched network switch firmware update caused school IT systems to fall over in the US state of Washington, it is claimed.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

AWS X-Ray Adds Support for Customer Managed AWS KMS Keys

You can now encrypt AWS X-Ray data with your own keys that you manage through AWS Key Management Service (KMS).

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Amazon CloudFront launches a third Edge location in Singapore and second Edge location in Taipei


Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of a third Edge Location in Singapore and second Edge location in Taipei, Taiwan. Every Edge Location that we add to the AWS infrastructure increases CloudFront's capacity to serve secure content with low latency and high availability, around the world. A full list of CloudFront’s global infrastructure can be seen on the CloudFront Details webpage. 


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AWS Config Adds Support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

You can now record configuration changes to AWS Elastic Beanstalk resource types using AWS Config. AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a service for deploying and scaling web applications and services developed in multiple languages. You upload your code and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment from capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling to application health monitoring. With Config, you can track changes to Elastic Beanstalk applications, application versions, environments, and all the resources configured within that environment. For example, you can view changes to your environment platform version, deployment and scaling policies, health policies, and tags. This information is useful for audit and compliance use cases in enterprises.

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Announcing Enhancements to AWS Auto Scaling

Today, AWS Auto Scaling is introducing two enhancements to provide more flexibility and visibility when you scale application resources: scaling plans based on resource tags and a new scaling dashboard.

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

Users report creaky systems, load balancer errors

Embattled bank TSB has claimed its IT systems are now "up and running" – despite many users still reporting they can’t get into their accounts.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Oracle snaffles 'don't seat us next to that smelly brand' Brit adtech firm Grapeshot

Acquisition for undisclosed sum latest in Big Red's foray into marketing

Oracle has bought a UK biz that claims to help firms avoid putting their ads next to dodgy images or content – just as the marketing tech industry faces increased scrutiny and uncertainty.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Amazon Polly Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. The Text-to-Speech API is now an AWS HIPAA Eligible Service

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AWS Glue is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

You can now use AWS Glue in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS region.

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Bargain-happy Brits snub big four mobile network operators

Plucky MVNOs snag top five spots for customer satisfaction

You can stuff your VoLTE and Notched iPhones – bargain-conscious Brits are shunning the big mobile operators for cheap-as-chips virtual network operators instead.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

Spanish daddy Sabadell talks up 'international integrations'

TSB's Spanish owner Sabadell has proudly boasted about the success of its IT integration - amid widespread chaos for customers in Britain still grappling with the fallout out of a botched systems upgrade.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

'Failure of in-branch services have all the hallmarks of an IT meltdown,' says Nicky Morgan

The government is demanding urgent answers over a botched systems upgrade at TSB that has locked out up to 1.9 million customers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 23 April 2018

DON'T PANIC! American Net neutrality won't be ending today after all

You'll have to wait until, well, next month, for the end of the internet as we know it

Today, Monday April 23, 2018 is 60 days since the FCC's net neutrality repeal rules were published in the Federal Register and so it is the END OF THE INTERNET FOREVER!…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Announcing the AWS Certified Security - Specialty Exam

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam is here. This new exam allows experienced cloud security professionals to demonstrate and validate their knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform.

About the exam
The security exam covers incident response, logging and monitoring, infrastructure security, identity and access management, and data protection. It validates understanding of specialized data classifications, data encryption methods, and secure Internet protocol, and the AWS mechanisms to implement them.

The exam is open to anyone who currently holds a Cloud Practitioner or Associate-level certification. We recommend candidates have five years of IT security experience designing and implementing security solutions, and at least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads.

Learn more and register >>

Please contact us if you have questions about exam registration.

Good luck!

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Community Fibre wins £18m from infrastructure fund

Plans to hook up 500k Londoners to 1Gbps speeds in 4 years

Community Fibre has won £18m from the UK government's broadband fund – the first outfit to do so since the cash pot was announced back in 2016.…

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

Users continue to report issues despite claims it's fixed

UK bank TSB's efforts to upgrade its systems has left numerous customers without online banking services – and some report having the wrong account details.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 20 April 2018

Amazon EC2 now Offers Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu and Amazon Linux 2 AMIs

Amazon EC2 now offers License Included (LI) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for Microsoft SQL Server 2017 with Ubuntu and Amazon Linux 2. These AMIs add to the list of previously launched SQL Server 2017 AMIs with Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, giving you more flexibility to run SQL Server workloads on your preferred operating system in Amazon EC2. To get started with SQL Server on Linux, you can follow the steps listed here

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

Now for the last time, will you all please shift to IPv6?!

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of public IPv4 address blocks.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Introducing AWS Blockchain Templates for Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric

AWS Blockchain Templates provide a fast and easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks using open source frameworks. Blockchain is a technology that makes it possible to build applications where multiple parties can record transactions without the need for a trusted, central authority to ensure that transactions are verified and secure. Blockchain enables this by establishing a peer-to-peer network where each participant in the network has access to a shared ledger where the transactions are recorded. These transactions are by design, immutable and independently verifiable.

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Thursday 19 April 2018

AWS CloudHSM is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

AWS CloudHSM is a cloud-based hardware security module (HSM) that enables you to easily generate and use your own encryption keys on the AWS Cloud. With this launch, CloudHSM is now available in AWS GovCloud (US). With CloudHSM, you can manage your own encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs.

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Amazon Athena releases an updated JDBC driver with support for Array data types

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. Today, we are releasing a new JDBC driver with features such as Array data type support, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

The 2.x version of the driver is a major version upgrade from the last version. A complete list of enhancements is available in the release notes. We recommend that you review the changes between the old (1.x) and the new (2.x) driver documented in the migration guide before using it on production systems. In addition to the JDBC driver, customers can connect to Amazon Athena using an ODBC Driver, an API, or via the AWS Console.


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Identify Opportunities for Amazon RDS Cost Savings Using AWS Cost Explorer's Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations

Starting today, you can access custom Amazon RDS RI purchase recommendations via AWS Cost Explorer, in addition to Amazon EC2 recommendations.

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Amazon DynamoDB Encryption at Rest Now Available in Additional Regions

Starting today, Amazon DynamoDB encryption at rest is available in 10 additional regions: US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), and South America (Sao Paulo). With the latest release, DynamoDB encryption at rest is now available in 14 regions including EU (Ireland), US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), and US West (Oregon).

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Troubleshoot Domain Name System (DNS) Easily in AWS Managed Microsoft AD

Starting today, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, simplifies Domain Name System (DNS) troubleshooting by enabling access to its DNS Audit event logs. You can now audit your AWS Managed Microsoft AD DNS events, making it easier to identify and troubleshoot DNS issues.

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New AWS Services Enable Multi-account Capabilities Through AWS Organizations

AWS Config and AWS Firewall Manager now support new multi-account features by integrating with AWS Organizations. With the new AWS Config multi-account data aggregation capability, Organizations administrators can now get an organization-wide view of their compliance status. AWS Firewall Manager enables Organizations administrators to centrally configure and manage AWS WAF rules across accounts in their organization.

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Amazon Redshift announces Dense Compute (DC2) nodes in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region with twice the performance as DC1 at the same price

You can now launch Amazon Redshift clusters on our second-generation Dense Compute (DC2) nodes in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. DC2 nodes deliver up to twice the performance as the previous generation DC1 nodes, at the same price.

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Google kills off domain fronting and chatting just got less secure

Cloud tech tweaks end anti-censorship workaround

Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Nominet reveals its plans to make Whois GDPR compliant

.UK registry not entirely sure what the fuss is about

The operator of the .uk internet registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system in order to bring it in line with new European privacy legislation.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Consultation next month following plan to shift all punters to VoIP

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'

And Huawei's given carriers a 14G network (it does 2G to 5G and we did the sums)

Roundup  Cisco leads the networking roundup this week, with news that there's one fewer way to avoid its WebEx brand: as part of a product reorganisation, what was Cisco Spark is to become WebEx Teams.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Ok, this time it's for real: the last IPv4 address block has gone

Now for the last time, will you all please shift to IPv6?!

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of IPv4 address blocks.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Introducing the Registry of Open Data on AWS (RODA)

The Registry of Open Data on AWS (RODA) makes it easy for people to find datasets that are publicly available through AWS. When data is shared on AWS, anyone can analyze it without needing to download or store it, which allows users to spend more time on analysis rather than acquisition. RODA is available now at

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Running on-premises Dynamics 365? Think you're immune to cloud outages? Think again

Skype's tendrils spread to unexpected places

Hidden dependencies in Microsoft's on-premises Dynamics 365 can leave users open to cloudy outages.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Hortonworks unfurls tool to cut grunt work, let firms spend more time rolling in juicy data

And *checks watch* of course it'll be really useful for GDPR

Data management biz Hortonworks has lifted the covers off a service that aims to make it easier for enterprises to identify, secure and connect data stored both on-premises and in the cloud.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tuesday 17 April 2018

US government weighs in on Whois debacle as IP lawyers go wild

Orders ICANN to investigate GoDaddy and look at changing the registrar market

The US government has weighed in on the omni-shambles that is the internet infrastructure industry's failed effort to comply with European privacy laws.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Support for RTMP and RTMPS Outputs

With AWS Elemental MediaLive you can now output live channels as RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) and RTMPS, which is the encrypted version of the protocol (Secure, over SSL/TLS). RTMP is the preferred protocol for sending live streams to popular social platforms which means you can send live channel content to social and sharing platforms in a secure and reliable way while continuing to stream to your own website, app or network.

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Announcing 4 Free Digital Training Courses on New AWS Services

We are excited to announce the addition of four new free digital courses to our online training portfolio. These courses introduce security and machine learning services launched at April's AWS Summit in San Francisco. 

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Supreme Court punts on Microsoft email seizure decision after Cloud Act passes US Congress

Dublin case closed but very big legal question remains

The US Supreme Court has dodged a critical legal question about the reach of America's courts in the internet era, deciding to drop a test case between Microsoft and the Department of Justice.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

Oracle's Catz: I chatted to Trump about plan, it 'makes no sense'

The US Department of Defense (DoD) still intends to choose just one vendor for its multibillion-dollar cloud contract – amid complaints from Oracle's co-CEO that such a plan "makes no sense".…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

T-Mobile to un-carry $40m for disconnecting rural America

FCC levies fine equivalent to 32 hours of profits, such a penalty

T-Mobile US will be a bit lighter in the wallet today thanks to a $40m penalty the carrier has been served by the FCC.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Monday 16 April 2018

Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists undermine California bill

Legislation 'could have been written by AT&T and Comcast'

An effort to pass net neutrality legislation at the California state level is in doubt after an official analysis of the proposed bill recommend pulling out two key measures.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Saturday 14 April 2018

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

Can we still have a GDPR moratorium, asks US domain-name body

The Whois public database of domain name registration details is dead.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Having ended America's broadband woes, the FCC now looks to space

Satellite operators reminded they need permission to relay broadband internet. Looking at you, Swarm…

America's comms watchdog has served notice to would-be satellite network providers that it won't abide any more unauthorized launches.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 13 April 2018

AWS Amplify Adds Support for GraphQL and AWS AppSync Enabling Real-time Data Capabilities in JavaScript Applications

The AWS Amplify JavaScript Library introduces GraphQL support and a new set of data capabilities with AWS AppSync integration.

Web and React Native developers can now easily integrate multiple AWS data sources into their apps via AWS AppSync, and utilize real-time data synchronization capabilities in their apps using the new GraphQL capabilities of the API category in AWS Amplify.

GraphQL is a descriptive data query language for APIs, and it simplifies creating frontend applications that interact with backend services. AWS Amplify can integrate with any GraphQL provider to perform queries and real-time data subscriptions via it's easy to use GraphQL client.

AWS AppSync extends GraphQL's capabilities even more by offering enterprise-level security, real-time data synchronization, and orchestration of backend data resources. AWS Amplify's built-in support for AWS AppSync comes with new React components for working with GraphQL data, and an update to the AWS Mobile CLI which enables configuring AWS AppSync for JavaScript apps with a single command.

GraphQL support is the latest addition to AWS Amplify's service categories, which help developers to build cloud-connected apps easily, iterate quickly and deliver world-class user experiences.

Read more about AWS Amplify GraphQL support in the AWS Amplify Developer Guide.

AWS Amplify is a Javascript library that can be used from any region where there is availability of the AWS services that are invoked through the library. For more information on AWS service region availability, please see the region table.

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AWS AppSync now Generally Available (GA) with new GraphQL Features

Starting today, AWS AppSync is generally available (GA). AWS AppSync is an enterprise ready GraphQL service with realtime data and offline programming capabilities.  

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UK's fibre minnows put BT's Openreach to shame – report

But former state monopoly still the biggest single investor

Fibre-building minnows passed nearly one million FTTP connections last year – more than double the amount BT's Openreach managed, according to a report from an industry body.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 12 April 2018

Public cloud services could be worth $302 BEEELLION by 2021

And just a handful of vendors will run the show

Public cloud services will be a $302bn-plus global market by 2021 and ten vendors will account for nearly three-quarters of those sales, if the mystics at Gartner have read those tea leaves correctly.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Defence of the Dark Fibre Arts: Ofcom delays plans to force BT to open its network

None of the ISPs wanted the 'remedy'

Ofcom has delayed plans to force incumbent telco BT's Openreach to open up its dark fibre network. For now.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

Whopping 82% have never changed theirs – survey

The vast majority of punters are potentially leaving themselves exposed to miscreants by failing to change the password and security setting on their routers - according to a survey.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Fast Database Cloning

Users of the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora users can now create quick, efficient database clones. Cloning is useful for a number of purposes including application development, testing, database updates, and running analytical queries.

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AWS Glue now supports Timeout Values for ETL jobs

AWS Glue now enables you to set a timeout value on extract, transform, and load (ETL) jobs as a safeguard against runaway jobs.

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AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Optimized TensorFlow 1.7 for Faster Training on Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 Instances

The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with advanced optimizations for TensorFlow 1.7 tailored to deliver higher-performance training across Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 instances. 

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Support for Spark 2.3.0 on Amazon EMR Release 5.13.0

You can now use Apache Spark 2.3.0, Apache HBase 1.4.2, and Presto 0.194 on Amazon EMR release 5.13.0. Spark 2.3.0 adds several new features and updates, including continuous processing mode in Structured Streaming for lower end-to-end latency, an improved ORC file format reader that supports vectorized reads and improves scan throughput, PySpark and Pandas interoperability improvements. improvements. HBase 1.4.2 and Presto 0.194 includes various bug fixes and improvements. Additionally, the AWS SDK included on your Amazon EMR clusters is now updated to 1.11.297. 

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Angry Aussies call for ousting of .au execs

Ongoing problems at Oz internet registry come to a head

Angry members of Australia's .au internet registry have called for the scalps of its CEO and three Board members as part of an ongoing dispute over how the organization is being run.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Google wants to gobble up Nokia's airborne broadband biz – reports

Potential deal said to be at an 'advanced stage'

Google looks set to expand its horizon according to reports that claim the ad giant is in talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband biz.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

Internet registries and registrars provide terrible timeline

The internet's domain name system is going to miss a May 25 deadline to become complaint with new European privacy legislation by, um, a year or so.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

So that GDRP deadline for Whois? Yeah, we're going to miss it by, you know, a year or so

Internet registries and registrars provide terrible timeline

The internet's domain name system is going to miss a May 25 deadline to become complaint with new European privacy legislation by, um, a year or so.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

AWS Glue now supports Apache Spark 2.2.1

AWS Glue updated its Apache Spark infrastructure to support Apache Spark 2.2.1. This allows you to take advantage of stability fixes and new features available in this version of Apache Spark.

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Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) now Supports AWS PrivateLink

Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) now supports AWS PrivateLink. This feature helps to protect your messages from internet traffic by enabling you to use Amazon SNS inside your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

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Amazon ECS provides ECS-Optimized AMI metadata via SSM Parameters

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now allows you to dynamically get the latest ECS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) ID when creating a cluster made up of EC2 instances.

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AWS CloudFormation StackSet Supports Multiple User Roles and Stack Set Level Access Controls

AWS CloudFormation StackSets now allows you to create multiple roles in which your users can perform stack set operations in target accounts. This allows you to restrict specific sets of users from using stack set operations such as creating or updating stack sets in specific target accounts. Please see the documentation to learn more about creating multiple roles.

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Amazon EC2 M5 Instances Are Now Available in Tokyo and São Paulo Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 M5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo) Regions. 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 customers' workloads.

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Amazon EC2 C5 Instances Are Now Available in Seoul and Tokyo Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) and AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. 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, Nitro Hypervisor, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customers’ workloads.

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HPE swallows cloud consultancy Red Pixie

Well, if you can't beat rivals at public cloud, advise....

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has gobbled Brit cloud consultancy and app developer Red Pixie for an undisclosed sum.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

Signal still off the rails

The London Waterloo to Southampton train line is today named the worst major commuting route for frustrated wage slaves desperate to get a signal on their way to and from the office.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Microsoft’s new gov cloud needs extra security, says Australia

Azure’s ‘Australia Central’ keeps certification, but agencies told to await ‘compensating security controls’ before using it

So this is awkward: last week Microsoft trumpeted its new Australian Azure region for government clients. But a couple of days later Australian authorities said it needs extra security controls before it’s sufficiently secure.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 9 April 2018

Amazon CloudWatch Events Adds Amazon SQS FIFO as an Event Target

CloudWatch Events now supports Amazon SQS FIFO enabling you to natively route events to SQS FIFO queues. To learn more about using Targets with CloudWatch Events, please visit documentation here

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Console Supports Application Load Balancer

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports creating Application Load Balancers through the AWS Elastic Beanstalk console. Previously, you could only create an Application Load Balancer using AWS SDKs, AWS CLI, and EB CLI. In the Elastic Beanstalk console, you can now choose Application Load Balancer in addition to Classic Load Balancer when you configure your environment. To learn more about configuring an Application Load Balancer on Elastic Beanstalk console, please see the documentation.   

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Amazon ElastiCache for Redis Introduces New CPU Utilization Metric For Better Visibility Into Redis Workloads

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, today announced the availability of a new metric - EngineCPUUtilization which provides access to the Redis process CPU utilization to gain better insights into your Redis workloads. As Redis is single threaded and uses just one CPU core at any given point in time, the new metric provides more precise visibility into the load of the Redis process itself.

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Introducing AWS PrivateLink in the EU (Paris) Region

You can now use AWS PrivateLink in the EU (Paris) Region. AWS PrivateLink allows customers to securely and privately access services hosted on AWS from their Virtual Private Cloud and from on-premises. AWS PrivateLink also allows customers and partners to share services with other accounts and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks in an easy and scalable way.  

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Announcing Amazon Linux 2 LTS Candidate 2

Amazon Linux 2 LTS Candidate 2 is the latest release candidate of the next generation Amazon Linux operating system. It incorporates feedback received for the first LTS Candidate (2017.12 build) that was released on December 13, 2017. LTS Candidate 2 provides an updated version of the Linux Kernel (4.14) tuned for optimal performance on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), systemd support, a newer compiler (gcc 7.3), an updated C runtime (glibc 2.26), newer tooling (binutils 2.29.1), and the latest software packages through the extras mechanism.

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Amazon WorkMail Introduces New Ways to Share Mailboxes

You can now share mailboxes among your team members. All users that have been granted access to a shared mailbox can send and receive emails using this mailbox without the need to manually share access credentials. Shared mailboxes make it easy to use email addresses that need to be monitored and used by multiple people. For example, a company could create a single email address for sales inquiries (such as, and provide access to all sales people so that they can respond.

To create a shared mailbox, create a mailbox in the Amazon WorkMail management console and select the Permissions tab. Then, add users and groups, and select whether they have Full Access, Send As, or Send on Behalf permissions for the mailbox. Full Access allows a user or group to access the entire mailbox, and create folders that only certain users can access. Send As allows users to send emails using the mailbox's email alias, and Send on Behalf allows users to send emails using the mailbox’s email alias but still be identified as the actual sender. Visit our documentation for more information. 

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Amazon Polly Increases Character Limits

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. To more easily enable the voicing of longer text input, Amazon Polly has doubled its character limit for the SynthesizeSpeech API operation. The maximum length of input text can be up to 3000 billed characters, or 6000 total characters including non-billed SSML tags.

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Announcing latest release of Thinkbox Deadline delivering greater control of Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet Instances

We are pleased to announce the general availability of the latest release of Thinkbox Deadline, v10.0.13.6. This maintenance release includes greater control over Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet instances as well as bug fixes. With Deadline, customers have greater control over their Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet instances, with the option to either maintain the number of instances you’ve requested, or to automatically shut them down when they’ve been idle for a period of time. This option can be found under the Settings tab in the Spot Fleet Configuration window.

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Amazon Web Services best practices: Webinar series just for you

Get insight and strategy for cloud giant's Well-Architected Framework

Promo  Amazon Web Services (AWS) has spent years working with thousands of companies across all industries to create the most comprehensive collection of best-practices and guidance known as the Well-Architected Framework.…

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NationBuilder outage: UK Lib Dems' website goes TITSUP* on local election launch day

Political parties, candidates across world affected

Several political websites using the NationBuilder platform have been down for almost 24 hours – perfect timing for the launch of the UK’s local election campaign.…

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Friday 6 April 2018

AWS Batch Adds Support for Automatic Termination with Job Execution Timeout

AWS Batch now supports the ability to automatically terminate your jobs at execution level. With job execution timeout, you can set a timeout duration per retry attempt in your job definition or provide it as an override when you submit the job, and AWS Batch will terminate your job once the job has been running for the specified duration. Note that the time out duration must be at least 60 seconds and the timer will start when the job reaches a running state. 

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Amazon QuickSight Adds New Data Connectors to Popular Business Apps and JSON

Now you can use QuickSight to directly connect to, analyze and report on data from popular business applications such JIRA, GitHub, ServiceNow, Adobe Analytics, and Twitter. For example, engineering teams using JIRA to track issues such as tasks and bugs can now use QuickSight to report on developer efficiency and bug burndown. Marketing organizations can integrate QuickSight with Adobe Analytics to build consolidated dashboards on their online and web marketing data. Brands can plug in to Twitter to analyze and understand their customers’ sentiment. These connectors make it easy for non-technical business users to easily connect to the 3rd party application sources using OAuth, easily ingest and report on the data with a few simple clicks and eliminates the need to export the data to an intermediate store.

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Twitter whacks 270,000 terror accounts, majority flagged by internal tools

But warns political meddling risks damaging free speech

Twitter removed more than 270,000 accounts for terrorism-related violations in the last six months of 2017 – and most of these were detected by internal tools.…

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Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

Multiple regions report mass outage

It seems Microsoft's Office 365 is having an unscheduled nap as users across the world report difficulties logging into the administration portal.…

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Thursday 5 April 2018

AWSome, S3 storage literally costs pennies

Just ignore the retrieval fees and relatively lower resilience

Amazon Web Services is letting punters store objects in S3 for $0.01 per GB per month. The catch? The data will be held in one region, meaning there is less resiliency baked into the service in the event of an outage.…

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O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

UK mobe operators fling £1.3bn at Ofcom auction

UK mobile operators have collectively forked out £1.3bn on boosting spectrum following regulator Ofcom's latest auction.…

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Tape Gateway in Singapore

You can now backup to AWS in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region using the Tape Gateway virtual tape library (VTL) configuration of AWS Storage Gateway. Tape Gateway emulates a physical tape library, so instead of backing up to physical tapes, you can backup to virtual tapes stored in Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier, using common backup applications such as Veeam, Veritas Backup Exec and NetBackup, Dell EMC NetWorker and Commvault.

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File Gateway Supports S3 One Zone-IA

The AWS Storage Gateway service expanded the list of Amazon S3 storage classes supported by File Gateway to include S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA). With this addition, you can now store and access your files as objects through the File Gateway using the S3 Standard, S3 Standard-IA and S3 One Zone-IA storage classes.

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Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math

You can now use Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math to perform calculations across multiple metrics for real-time analysis. You can visualize these computed metrics through the console, add them to CloudWatch Dashboards, or retrieve through the newly launched GetMetricData API. Metric Math enables you to easily derive insights from your existing CloudWatch metrics and better understand the operational health and performance of your infrastructure.  

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Apache MXNet Model Server Adds Container Support for Scalable Model Serving

Apache MXNet Model Server (MMS) is an open source model-serving tool designed to simplify the deployment of deep learning models at scale. MMS version 0.3 allows developers to set up a scalable serving infrastructure for production, using pre-built container images pre-configured and optimized for deep learning workloads on Amazon EC2 instances. 

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Amazon EFS Now Supports Encryption of Data in Transit

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) now allows you to encrypt data in transit between your file system and its clients. The Amazon EFS encryption of data in transit feature uses industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 to encrypt all data sent to and from connected clients. To further simplify using EFS, a new mount helper utility is available that can be used to establish encrypted client connections to either encrypted at rest or unencrypted file systems. With this launch, Amazon EFS now offers a comprehensive encryption solution, allowing customers to encrypt their data both at rest and in transit.

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AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Implementation is Now Open-source

The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) implementation is now available under the Apache 2.0 license. AWS SAM extends AWS CloudFormation to provide a simplified way of defining the resources needed by your serverless application. The SAM implementation is the code that translates SAM templates into AWS CloudFormation stacks. Previously, you could submit feature requests to the SAM specification and AWS would need to make corresponding updates to the SAM implementation. Now, you can contribute new features and enhancements to all of SAM. You can fork the SAM repository and propose changes to the implementation by creating a pull request.

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Wednesday 4 April 2018

nbn™ CEO pleads with staff to control costs in ‘seeya later’ letter

Teases research showing the NBN is creating jobs, especially for self-employed women

The outgoing CEO of nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has implored the company’s staff to “keep our costs down” in the “note to employees” announcing his departure.…

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AWS Summit SF, definitely not a sales event - honestly

Let CTO Werner Vogels guide you through the AWS cloud maze, young Jedi

The 2018 AWS Summit in San Francisco began on Wednesday with shock and awe, a chest-thumping bass beat accompanying a fusillade of testimonials from business customers that have cozied up to Amazon's cloud infrastructure.…

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AWS Snowball Edge Now Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

You can now order and deploy AWS Snowball Edge in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. This expansion enables you to put a Snowball Edge cluster onsite in remote locations for data collection and analysis. 

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Amazon Transcribe is Now Generally Available

Amazon Transcribe is available for all customers. Powered by deep learning technologies, Amazon Transcribe is a fully managed and continuously trained automatic speech recognition service that automatically generates time-stamped text transcripts.

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Amazon Translate is Now Generally Available

Amazon Translate is now available for all customers. Powered by deep-learning technologies, Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation.

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Introducing AWS Secrets Manager

AWS Secrets Manager is a secrets management service that helps you protect access to your applications, services, and IT resources. This service enables you to easily rotate, manage, and retrieve database credentials, API keys, and other secrets throughout their lifecycle. Using Secrets Manager, you can secure, audit, and manage secrets used to access resources in the AWS Cloud, on third-party services, and on-premises.  

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Introducing AWS Firewall Manager

AWS Firewall Manager is a security management tool to centrally configure and manage AWS WAF rules across your accounts and applications. Using Firewall Manager, you can roll out WAF rules all at once for your Application Load Balancers and Amazon CloudFront distributions and also ensure new applications and resources comply with a common set of security rules from day one. 

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Amazon S3 Select Is Now Generally Available

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Announcing S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access, a New Amazon S3 Storage Class

S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA; Z-IA) is a new storage class designed for customers who want a lower-cost option for infrequently accessed data, but do not require the multiple Availability Zone data resilience model of the S3 Standard and S3 Standard-Infrequent Access (S3 Standard-IA; S-IA) storage classes. S3 One Zone-IA is intended for use cases with infrequently accessed data that is re-creatable, such as storing secondary backup copies of on-premises data or for storage that is already replicated in another AWS Region for compliance or disaster recovery purposes. With S3 One Zone-IA, customers can now store infrequently accessed data within a single Availability Zone at 20% lower cost than S3 Standard-IA. In addition, S3 One Zone-IA can offer customers higher availability and durability than self-managed physical data centers, with the added benefit of having to pay only for what they use.

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New Multi-Account, Multi-Region Data Aggregation Capability in AWS Config

AWS Config now includes multi-account, multi-region data aggregation, enabling centralized auditing and governance. This feature reduces the time and overhead needed to gather an enterprise-wide view of your compliance status.

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Amazon SageMaker has Open Sourced TensorFlow 1.6 and Apache MXNet 1.1 Docker Containers with Support for Local Mode, and More Instance Types Across All Modules

You can now use TensorFlow version 1.6 and Apache MXNet version 1.1 with the Amazon SageMaker pre-built deep learning framework containers. Now released as open source on GitHub, these containers can now be downloaded to your local environment for testing before deployment. You can also now use more instance types in Amazon SageMaker, including all Amazon EC2 M5 instance types for training and hosting, 11 more instance types for notebook instances, 3 more instance types for model training, and 16 more instance types for model hosting. 

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Introducing AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority

AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) is a managed private CA service that enables you to easily and securely manage the lifecycle of your private certificates. ACM Private CA provides you a highly-available private CA service without the upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs of operating your own private CA. You can now use ACM’s certificate management capabilities to manage public and private certificates centrally. With ACM Private CA developers can now deploy private certificates for internal resources programmatically using APIs. You get the flexibility to create private certificates for applications that require custom certificate lifetimes or resource names.

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Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports

AWS bashing and cloud contracts on the menu?

Oracle’s co-CEO Safra Catz was reportedly set to enjoy a slap-up meal with US president mop-haired windbag Donald Trump last night, giving the pair a chance to compare Amazon-bashing notes.…

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

Redmond backs down without actually backing down

The four-year court battle between the US government and Microsoft over the release of emails held in the software giant's data centre in Ireland has finally come to an end – of sorts.…

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Amazon EBS Adds Support for Tagging EBS Snapshots Upon Creation and Resource-Level Permissions

You can now tag your Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Snapshots at the time of creation. You can do this from the Amazon EC2 console or through the CreateSnapshot API. By tagging resources at the time of creation, you can eliminate the need to run custom tagging scripts after resource creation.

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AWS Lambda Supports Node.js v8.10

You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js v8.10. In addition to the leveraging new features in Node.js v8.10 such as the new V8 6.0 engine, Lambda functions written in Node.js 8.10 can now use the async/await pattern to specify error or return values for the function execution. 

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Tuesday 3 April 2018

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

Forget the old case, DoJ tells Supremes, all hail CLOUD Act

The US government has issued Microsoft with a new warrant to get access to emails held on the firm's Irish servers, while asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the existing legal battle.…

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Citrix opens its third cloud region, this time in Australia

Co-incidence much that it’ll run in Azure, and Microsoft just scored better security creds down under?

Citrix has extended its cloud to Australia, with a new “Asia-Pacific South” region joining its US-based and EMEA efforts as of April 4th, Sydney time.…

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Microsoft re-inventing Massive Arrays of Idle Disks for Azure, 'cos IBM tape ain't enough

Redmond claims to be world’s biggest tape user, but wants a faster alternative for AI data

Microsoft is working on a new class of disk-based storage appliance for its Azure cloud service, because tape is proving too hard and too slow to use in some situations.…

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Monday 2 April 2018

Amazon Rekognition Improves Accuracy of Real-Time Face Recognition and Verification

Amazon Rekognition has improved real-time facial recognition and verification accuracy for even more accurate facial authentication and people search use cases. For face verification applications, Rekognition is now up to 80% more accurate in distinguishing between people who look very similar to each other, and up to 35% more accurate in recognizing the same person with substantial changes in their appearance (hairstyle, hair color, facial hair, glasses, etc.). This reduces both false accepts and false rejects when matching pairs of faces.

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Amazon WorkDocs Drive Is Now Available for Microsoft Windows Users

Amazon WorkDocs Drive is now available for Microsoft Windows PC users. Amazon WorkDocs Drive is a native desktop application that combines the ease of working in Windows File Explorer with the scale of Amazon WorkDocs. With Amazon WorkDocs Drive, all of your files are available on-demand from your device without consuming valuable disk space on your PC. You can use Amazon WorkDocs Drive as your user drive, and no longer need to use network shares to store your content.

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Resource Policies for APIs

You can now attach resource policies to APIs in Amazon API Gateway, making it easier to set access controls for invoking your APIs.

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Amazon API Gateway Supports Cross-Account AWS Lambda Authorizers and Integrations

You can now use an AWS Lambda function from a different AWS account as the Lambda Authorizer or Integration backend for your Amazon API Gateway API Methods. This allows for better management and security controls when working across different teams that may have their own AWS accounts.

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Amazon CloudWatch Adds Route 53 Logs to Vended Logs

Amazon CloudWatch Vended logs now support Route 53 logs. Vended logs are logs that are natively published by AWS services on behalf of our customers.  

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AWS Glue is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS region

You can now use AWS Glue in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS region.

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Amazon Elasticsearch Service Simplifies User Authentication and Access for Kibana with Amazon Cognito

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now integrates with Amazon Cognito to provide user-level authentication for Kibana, without the need to configure and manage a proxy server. With today’s release, you can sign-in to the service through enterprise identity providers such as Microsoft Active Directory using SAML 2.0, and through social identity providers such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. You can also set up a secure, scalable, and simplified sign-up experience using Amazon Cognito User Pools. Once you sign-in, Amazon Cognito establishes a session using the appropriate AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role, which provides access to the Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain. 

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Amazon Connect Federated Single Sign-On Using SAML 2.0 is Generally Available

Amazon Connect federated single sign-on using SAML 2.0 is now generally available. This allows contact center agents and managers to access Amazon Connect using 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 your agents’ location, the device they are using, and their role.

You can enable federated access and controls via any SAML 2.0 compliant identity provider, such as Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services, Okta, Ping Identity, and Shibboleth. Once this is done, agents and managers can sign in to Amazon Connect through your identity provider portal with a single click, and without a separate username and password for Amazon Connect. To learn more, see Configure SAML for Identity Management in Amazon Connect.  

You can use federated single sign-on using SAML 2.0 in all AWS regions where Amazon Connect is offered, and there are no additional Amazon Connect charges for using SAML 2.0. To learn more about Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud contact center, please visit the Amazon Connect website.

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Amazon Connect Automated Outbound Calling is Now Generally Available

The Amazon Connect outbound contact API for automating calls to customers is now generally available. You can schedule automated calls for appointment reminders, like doctor appointments and payment due notifications. You can also trigger automated notification calls in response to events, like notifying a customer about credit card fraud on their account. In addition, you can use the outbound contact API to initiate calls from other applications, such as CRM systems, using specific contact flows to inform customers about important information, such as when a service outage occurs. To learn more, see the outbound contact API documentation.  

You can use the Amazon Connect outbound contact API in all AWS regions where Amazon Connect is offered. There is no additional charge for using the outbound contact API, but standard pricing for service usage and associated telephony rates do apply. Please see Amazon Connect Pricing for more information. To learn more about Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud contact center, please visit the Amazon Connect website.

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Amazon Chime Provides Service Usage Reporting for Admins

AWS Systems Manager Adds Patch Management for CentOS Linux

AWS Systems Manager now allows you to select and deploy patches automatically for instances running CentOS Linux version 6.5 and higher.

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AWS CloudFormation Now Supports Launch Templates

You can now use launch templates with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling and Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet in your AWS CloudFormation templates. Launch templates are a new capability for templatizing your EC2 instance launch requests. 

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