Cloud Computing

Simply put, Cloud Computing is where applications, storage and computing power are provided over the Internet instead of locally on a single computer or network and are utilized as a service rather than a product—like electricity, you use what you need and pay by the meter. Broadly speaking, to be considered Cloud Computing an application’s data and core processing functions would be hosted/stored and managed online ("in the cloud") and accessible from any PC, laptop or mobile device with a network connection in real-time; and you would pay for computing resources as you utilize them. So, in short, Cloud services are provided via the Internet and on a consumption-based pay-as-you-use model. These services are typically established with short-term contracts and without up-front expenditure. However, Cloud Computing can be private and therefore internal in nature such as when a large enterprise builds its own Private Cloud.

More eruditely it is defined by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as "a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” NIST's working definition of cloud computing has long been the de facto definition.

Cloud Computing has become a viable option because large amounts of storage and processing power have become ubiquitous and cheap—it's now cost-effective for companies ("Cloud providers") to build huge data centers where computing and software can be provided remotely on an enormous scale and rented out like a utility service. Thus, "in the cloud" actually means that within these huge data centers applications and associated data are installed on one or many powerful computers called servers that reside within specially adapted buildings. The facilities that house these data centers are like warehouses filled with banks of servers in cabinets called racks that have powerful air conditioning systems to keep the servers cool and highly resilient power and Internet connections. And the biggest beneficiary is the small and medium business sector which now has access to the same expensive technologies as enterprises, without owning them, but simply paying for them according to use.

Lastly, companies that implement the Cloud effectively gain a faster time to market for applications, the flexibility to deal with changes in business demand and a friendlier environment for testing new initiatives, as software and infrastructure can be scaled up or down depending on changing needs and requirements. Cloud computing can help businesses optimize the resources they have at hand, reducing the cost and complexity of their data center, while putting the right amount of computing power at the fingertips of every employee, no matter where they are or when they need it. Cloud-enabled companies can achieve strong efficiency gains because the Cloud's inherently open architecture gives them the ability to add new features and functions quickly and easily, and to reduce the maintenance costs for their IT architecture; consequently, this allows them to focus more on their primary business objectives and to compete in new and innovative ways. Moreover, the absence of initial capital expenditure allows companies to much more freely move to alternative Cloud solutions if the current one is found not to be the best fit.

The cloud offers a myriad of capabilities and benefits that meet business and computing challenges across a spectrum of companies and user groups. However, all clouds share the following:

Pooled Computing Resources – Every cloud pools physical and virtual resources -- notably storage, processing, memory, network bandwidth, and virtual machines -- enabling resources to be dynamically activated and de-activated on demand. Generally, users don’t control or even know the exact location of the resources. However, they can often choose a deep level of abstraction -- such as a high-availability domain or a service that meets regulatory requirements around data location.

Network-Centric – Regardless of its flavor, each implementation of cloud computing is network-centric. All services are delivered over a network and accessed through such basic tools as lightweight web protocols.

Agile Provisioning of Resources – Every cloud is able to activate or deactivate resources quickly and easily. In some cases, users enjoy self-service, enabling them to provision such capabilities as server capacity and storage over the Internet, via web applications or web services.

Rapid Allocation of Resources – Resources are rapidly and elastically allocated to meet computing demands – meaning they can be scaled up or down in minutes for maximum efficiency. All clouds use pre-set policies to manage the allocation, while the best ones adjust resources automatically.

Pay-Per-Use Pricing and Metering – Public cloud providers charge on a pay-per-use basis, also known as utility pricing. Such metering of services (notably storage, CPU usage, bandwidth, and so on) is also used by private and hybrid clouds, although those clouds typically do not charge users but leverage metering to gain insight into usage patterns, capacity planning, and other purposes.

Also referred to as the three major layers, here are the three primary types of Cloud Computing —

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

In the IaaS model, a provider delivers a computer infrastructure (typically a heavily virtualized environment) as a service. Clients pay a metered rate for servers, software, data-center space and network equipment. IaaS is at the other end of the cloud spectrum from SaaS . In this scenario, you want to maintain control of your software environment, but you don't want to maintain any equipment. You don't want to have to buy servers and put them in a climate-controlled room or any of that. Instead, you go to an IaaS provider and request a virtual machine.

Notable examples:  Amazon Web Services, HP CloudSystem, AirVM, CloudBasic, Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

The PaaS model provides services -- middleware, such as application servers and databases -- layered on top of an IaaS foundation. Typically, PaaS adds another level of abstraction that unburdens developers and operators of certain tasks. Developers write their application to a more or less open specification and then upload their code into the cloud where the application is hosted and automatically scaled without the developer having to worry about it overly.

Notable examples:  IBM Cloud, VMWare vCloud, Microsoft Azure

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

SaaS is probably the best known and easiest-to-grasp model of cloud computing as it involves the direct consumption of an application by end-users rather than by developers or operators. There is no inherent relationship between a hosted application and the nature of the infrastructure on which it runs. However, SaaS applications can and often do run on cloud infrastructure and middleware. As alluded to, SaaS is really geared toward the end users in your organization and doesn't take much to get started. The provider figures out how many resources to devote to your use of the application. The provider figures out the servers, the virtual machines, the network equipment, everything. You just point your browser at it.

Notable examples: PGi GlobalMeet, HyperOffice, Intermedia, Mailprotector, Microsoft Office 365, Carbonite, Mozy

Cloud computing comes in three main deployment models: public, private, and hybrid. However, there are also community and combined models.

Public Cloud: Here, a company owns and operates the cloud infrastructure or platform, and sells cloud services to the general public and organizations. Customers access the services via the Internet and are billed on pay-per-use basis. Well-known examples of public cloud services are Google Mail & Apps and Amazon Web Services.

Private Cloud: In this case, an organization owns its own cloud and uses resources which are dedicated to that organization. The operation of the cloud takes place behind the internal firewall or behind a third-party’s firewall. This type of cloud is managed by the organization or a third-party, and can exist on-premises or off-premises. A private cloud shares many of the characteristics of public cloud computing including resource pooling, self-service, elasticity and pay-by-use delivered in a standardized manner with the additional control and customization available from dedicated resources.

Hybrid Cloud: As its name suggest, a hybrid cloud blends the public and private cloud models, and provides a high degree of interoperability between a private cloud and a public cloud implementation. The hybrid model is favored by companies that want to own and operate a cloud infrastructure sized for routine loads but like the flexibility of renting extra capacity to handle load spikes.

Community Cloud: In this deployment, several organizations with similar requirements and issues share the infrastructure and its cost. Common issues are security, compliance, and industry-specific concerns.

Cloud Awareness Course eLearning by ITpreneurs

The Cloud Awareness eLearning Course is a 4 hour interactive experience for those who require a basic understanding of cloud computing and cloud computing concepts.

Description:

The Cloud Awareness course provides a 4 hour, interactive, online learning experience. This self-paced elearning course is ideal for those who require a basic understanding of the virtualization and cloud computing concepts in a time-efficient manner. The course has been designed for learners who need this basic awareness as a general interest — as part of a larger program initiative — as opposed to the full certification Virtualization and Cloud Essentials courses.

Audience:

The Cloud Awareness course will be of interest to:
• IT and business executives who want to receive an overview of the concepts and the significance of virtualization and cloud computing.
• IT and business staff who need a brief overview and awareness of the virtualization and cloud computing concepts.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the common terms and definitions of virtualization and cloud computing and be able to give examples.
• Understand the technical capabilities and business benefits of virtualization and cloud computing and how to measure these benefits.
• Describe the landscape of different types of virtualization and understand the different types of clouds.
• Illustrate how key application features can be delivered on virtual infrastructures.
• Explain typical steps that lead to the successful adoption of virtualization technologies.
• Understand the similarities and differences between cloud computing and outsourcing.

Course Student Material: Online, self-paced instructional material available for 90 days.


This excellent eLearning course is available from us (SCR) for $99. Please call us or email sales@sitescomputer.com if you are interested in buying one or more licenses.


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Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Atlassian success should be a call to arms for Oz  The Australian Financial Review

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Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:01:00 GMT

Massive protest in Baghdad calls for America to leave Iraq, as Iran works in the shadows to push for US ouster  Washington Examiner

Announcing Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) Snapshot Export to S3

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:52:43 +0000

You can now export Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) or Amazon Aurora snapshots to Amazon S3 as Apache Parquet, an efficient open columnar storage format for analytics. The Parquet format is up to 2x faster to export and consumes up to 6x less storage in Amazon S3, compared to text formats. You can analyze the exported data with other AWS services such as Amazon Athena, Amazon EMR, and Amazon SageMaker.

AWS IAM policy simulator now simulates permissions boundary policies

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:57:17 +0000

With the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy simulator, administrators can now simulate permissions boundary policies along with other permissions policies to better understand the effective permissions for IAM principals (users and roles) in their AWS environment. Additionally, developers can now use the policy simulator to debug issues related to permissions boundary policies.

Amazon MSK is now available in Middle East (Bahrain)

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:59:24 +0000

You can now connect your Apache Kafka applications to Amazon MSK in the Middle East (Bahrain) AWS Region.  

AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds support for Windows Server 2019 and .NET Core 3.1

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:51:02 +0000

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Windows Server 2019, Windows Server Core 2019, and .NET Core 3.1.  

Deep Learning Containers Updates for SageMaker Debugger and Tensorflow Serving

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:45:49 +0000

The AWS Deep Learning Containers are available today with bug fixes to the SageMaker integration with Tensorflow Server and the latest version of SageMaker Debugger. You can launch the new versions of Deep Learning Container on Amazon SageMaker, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), self-managed Kubernetes on Amazon EC2, and Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS). For a complete list of frameworks and versions supported by the AWS Deep Learning Containers, see release notes

HOW ARE BUSINESSES RESPONDING TO SKILLS GAPS? - TrainingZone.co.uk

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:56:15 GMT

HOW ARE BUSINESSES RESPONDING TO SKILLS GAPS?  TrainingZone.co.uk

Amazon Personalize is now available in Asia Pacific (Seoul)

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:01:17 +0000

Amazon Personalize is now available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. Amazon Personalize is a machine learning service which enables you to personalize your website, app, ads, emails, and more, with custom machine learning models which can be created in Amazon Personalize, with no prior machine learning experience.  

Amazon Neptune provides database deletion protection

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 23:13:12 +0000

You can now enable deletion protection for your Amazon Neptune database clusters. When a database cluster is configured with deletion protection, the database cannot be deleted by any user.

Quick Start Update: HashiCorp Consul on the AWS Cloud

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:16:00 +0000

HashiCorp and AWS are pleased to release a major update to the HashiCorp Consul Quick Start, which deploys HashiCorp Consul on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. HashiCorp Consul is a tool that provides a foundation for cloud networking automation by using a central registry for service-based networking. 

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:08:29 +0000

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD and the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet.

Amazon MQ now supports ActiveMQ Version 5.15.10

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:36:55 +0000

You can now launch Apache ActiveMQ 5.15.10 brokers on Amazon MQ. This patch update to ActiveMQ contains several fixes and new features compared to the previously supported version, ActiveMQ 5.15.9. 

AWS Auto Scaling now available in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:36:44 +0000

AWS Auto Scaling is now available in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. AWS GovCloud (US) customers can now use AWS Auto Scaling to manage dynamic scaling configuration for multiple resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon ECS tasks, Amazon DynamoDB tables and indexes, and Amazon Aurora read replicas with a single scaling plan. 

Nine Network Monitoring and Management Blogs to Follow in 2020 - Solutions Review

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:33:00 GMT

Nine Network Monitoring and Management Blogs to Follow in 2020  Solutions Review

Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics is now available in 13 additional regions

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:07:46 +0000

Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics is now available in 13 additional regions - US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), EU (Paris), EU (Stockholm), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and South America (Sao Paulo). Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics enables you to create canaries to monitor your endpoints and APIs. 

What is the difference between SaaS and Cloud Computing - WhaTech

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:32:47 GMT

What is the difference between SaaS and Cloud Computing  WhaTech

Amazon EBS direct APIs for Snapshots Now Available in Ten Additional Regions

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:49:21 +0000

EBS direct APIs for Snapshots are now available in ten additional regions: US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), Canada (Central), Europe (London), Europe (Stockholm), Europe (Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and South America (São Paulo).

AWS Control Tower introduces lifecycle event notifications

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:25:26 +0000

AWS Control Tower announces the availability of lifecycle event notifications. A lifecycle event marks the completion of a Control Tower action that can change the state of resources such as organizational units (OUs), accounts and guardrails that are created and managed by Control Tower. Lifecycle events are recorded as AWS CloudTrail events and delivered to Amazon EventBridge as events, and the event log states if the Control Tower action completed successfully or not.

Blog Review: Jan. 22 - SemiEngineering

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:02:55 GMT

Blog Review: Jan. 22  SemiEngineering

AWS CodePipeline Enables Stopping Pipeline Executions

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:23:15 +0000

You can now easily stop a pipeline execution in CodePipeline. Previously, you had to either (a) disable transitions between stages and wait for a new pipeline execution to supersede the current pipeline execution; or (b) wait for active action executions to time out.  

AWS Key Management Service expands support for asymmetric keys

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:09:46 +0000

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) now enables customers to create asymmetric customer master keys (CMKs) and generate data key pairs in all regions where AWS KMS is available, except in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.  

Query Volume Metrics Now Available for Amazon Route 53 Resolver Endpoints

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:59:00 +0000

You can now use Amazon CloudWatch to see query volume metrics for Amazon Route 53 Resolver endpoints, including the aggregate number of queries that are handled by an outbound Resolver endpoint. This aggregate metric combines query counts from all accounts that are using shared conditional forwarding rules associated with the outbound Resolver endpoint. Additionally, you can view query volume metrics for each IP address that is associated with an inbound or outbound Resolver endpoint. This gives you an even more granular view of how query traffic is flowing amongst the IP addresses that are associated with a given Resolver endpoint. With these metrics, you can see at a glance the activity level for inbound and outbound queries going to and coming from your on-premises networks. 

Amazon EKS Announces a 50% Price Reduction

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:00:07 +0000

Today, we’re reducing the price for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) by 50% to $0.10 per hour for each Kubernetes cluster that you run.  

AWS Outposts is now available in seven new regions and additional countries

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:33:19 +0000

AWS Outposts is now available in the following seven new regions:

Amazon SageMaker Now Supports TensorFlow 2.0

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:27:46 +0000

Amazon SageMaker now supports Tensorflow 2.0 as a pre-built deep learning container. This latest version provides significant updates to the existing API, simplifies eager execution, offers a new dataset manager, and more.  

Amazon VPC Ingress Routing Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:13:39 +0000

You can now create AWS CloudFormation templates to provision and configure Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) ingress routing infrastructures predictably and repeatedly. Amazon VPC ingress routing allows you to route ingress and egress traffic to and from internet gateways and virtual private gateways through networking and security virtual appliances in your VPCs. 

AWS to Launch Standard AWS Region in Osaka in Early 2021

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:11:57 +0000

Today, AWS announced plans to open a full AWS Region in Osaka, Japan. Expected in early 2021, the Asia Pacific (Osaka) Region will be launched by expanding the existing AWS (Osaka) Local Region with the addition of two new Availability Zones and an increased service portfolio. 

AWS IoT Greengrass Core SDK for Node.js (v1.6.0) now supports Greengrass Stream Manager

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:57:06 +0000

AWS IoT Greengrass released an AWS IoT Greengrass Core SDK for Node.js v1.6.0, which provides support for Greengrass Stream Manager.

New Classroom Course: Planning and Designing Databases on AWS

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:47:08 +0000

We are excited to announce the launch of Planning and Designing Databases on AWS, a new three-day, instructor-led classroom course.

New Digital Course on edX: Building Containerized Applications on AWS

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:30:34 +0000

We’re excited to announce the launch of Building Containerized Applications on AWS, a new self-paced digital course available exclusively on edX. Using video lectures, hands-on exercise guides, demonstrations, and quizzes, the course explains what containers are, as well as the differences between containers and virtual machines. It also covers how to use AWS services to build and deploy microservices-based applications, and which AWS services to use to simplify container management.

Announcing the AWS Game Tech Starter Pack Digital Training Curriculum

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:30:14 +0000

We’re excited to announce the launch of the new AWS Game Tech Starter Pack. This digital training curriculum covers key features of Amazon GameLift and Amazon Lumberyard, as well as how AWS analytics solutions, such as Amazon Kinesis and Amazon EMR, can lead to insights to solve real-world problems with games. The curriculum features four courses: Amazon GameLift Primer, Amazon Lumberyard Primer, Data Analytics Fundamentals, and Why Analytics for Games. They feature a combined eight hours of digital video content intended for back-end game developers, operation engineers, architects, designers, producers, artists, data scientists, analysts, and business leaders.

AWS announces 80% price reduction for CloudEndure Disaster Recovery

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:13:34 +0000

Today, we are reducing the price of CloudEndure Disaster Recovery by 80% to $0.028 per hour per server, or an estimated $20 per month per server. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery minimizes downtime and data loss by providing fast, reliable recovery of physical, virtual, and cloud-based servers to AWS. 

MP3 Audio Output Now Available with AWS Elemental MediaConvert

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:17:54 +0000

AWS Elemental MediaConvert now offers expanded support for audio-only workflows with the ability to create MP3 audio files. With MediaConvert, you can easily produce MP3 audio for devices and services that use this format with a simple selection from the console. Create MP3 files in standalone audio conversion jobs, extracted from video files, or as supplementary outputs produced during the video transcoding process. To learn more about supported audio formats, please see the documentation pages.

Amazon ECS Preview Support for EFS file systems Now Available

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:41:06 +0000

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now supports Amazon Elastic Filesystem (EFS) filesystems in ECS task definitions (in preview). When using ECS task definitions compatible with the EC2 launch type, customers can add EFS filesystems to their task definitions. This enables persistent, shared storage to be defined and used at the task and container level in ECS. 

AWS Direct Connect supports AWS Transit Gateway for AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:02:32 +0000

AWS Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway is now available in AWS AWS Middle East (Bahrain) region. With this feature, customers can connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) in multiple AWS Regions to their on-premises networks using 1/2/5/10 Gbps AWS Direct Connect connections.  

Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Middle East (Bahrain) Region

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:49:13 +0000

Starting today, Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (Amazon DLM) for EBS Snapshots is available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Middle East (Bahrain) region. Amazon DLM provides a simple, automated way to back up data stored on Amazon EBS volumes. With this feature, you no longer have to rely on custom scripts to create and manage your EBS volume backups.  

AWS Health enables aggregation of health events across AWS Organizations

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:17:49 +0000

You can now centrally aggregate your AWS Health events from all accounts in your organization. AWS Organizations enables you to centrally govern and manage across multiple AWS accounts. The new AWS Health Organizational View provides centralized and real-time access to all AWS Health events posted to individual accounts in your organization, including operational issues, scheduled maintenance, and account notifications. You can start using Organizational View today via the AWS Health API.

AWS Systems Manager now provides flexible reboot options for patching

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:58:18 +0000

Patch Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, now gives you the option to defer rebooting after patch installation to a later time. You can choose this option if you have applications or processes running on the instance that cannot be disrupted during the patching operation. 

AWS Client VPN now Supports Port Configuration

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:42:16 +0000

You can now configure your AWS Client VPN endpoint to use either the port 443 or the port 1194, with support for both TCP and UDP transmissions. New and existing endpoints are defaulted to use the port 443. However, you can now modify these endpoints to use the port 1194. If you cannot use the port 443, such as for security reasons, using the port 1194 gives you more flexibility. 

AWS Glue adds new transforms (Purge, Transition and Merge) for Apache Spark applications to work with datasets in Amazon S3

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:42:50 +0000

AWS Glue now supports three new transforms - Purge, Transition, Merge - that can help you extend your extract, transform, and load (ETL) logic in Apache Spark applications. You can use the Purge transform to remove files, partitions or tables, and quickly refine your datasets on S3.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (EBCLI) is now open source

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:04:20 +0000

You can now access the source code of AWS Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (EBCLI) on Github. You can contribute to the development of EBCLI by making suggestions, reporting issues, and submitting pull requests. Visit the EBCLI source code in the Github repository to find more details. For more information about the EB CLI, see Using the Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (EB CLI) in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

Amazon Neptune is now available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:31:45 +0000

Amazon Neptune is now available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD. You can now create Neptune clusters using R5 instance types in this AWS Region for your graph applications.

Amazon Aurora Supports the READ COMMITTED Isolation Level on Read Replicas

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:29:06 +0000

Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility supports the ANSI READ COMMITTED isolation level on read replicas. This isolation level enables long-running queries on an Aurora read replica to execute without impacting the throughput of writes on the writer node.

R5 instance family is now available in the South America (Sao Paulo) Region

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:42:18 +0000

Amazon ElastiCache now offers R5 nodes, the next generation memory and performance optimized nodes to maximize network performance and CPU utilization in the South America (São Paulo) AWS Region. R5 nodes feature the AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor that delivers nearly all of the compute and memory resources to the guest VMs.

Amazon Connect Now Supports Amazon Lex in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:34:37 +0000

You can now use Amazon Lex chatbots in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS region. Amazon Lex allows you to create intelligent conversational chatbots that turn your Amazon Connect contact flows into natural conversations. These can be used to automate high volume interactions without compromising customer experience. Customers connecting to your Amazon Connect contact center can interact with an Amazon Lex chatbot to perform tasks such as changing a password, requesting a balance on an account, or scheduling an appointment using natural conversational language. Customers can say things like “I need help with my device” instead of having to listen through and remember a list of options like 1 for sales, or 2 for appointments.

New Quick Start deploys IBM FileNet Content Manager on AWS

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:31:37 +0000

This Quick Start automatically deploys a production-ready instance of IBM FileNet Content Manager version 5.5.3 on the AWS Cloud into a virtual private cloud (VPC) that spans multiple Availability Zones.

AWS Security Hub releases integrations with 4 new partners

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:12:49 +0000

AWS Security Hub has added 4 new external partner integrations bringing its total 47 integrations, including 41 external partner integrations and 6 AWS service integrations. AWS Security Hub now supports integrations with IBM QRadar (a Security Information and Event Management or SIEM platform), Slack (a chat and instant messaging product), ServiceNow ITSM (a ticketing system), and ServiceNow SecOps (a Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response or SOAR system). Each of these integrations helps Security Hub customers take action on findings and provides a simple way to send findings from Security Hub to the partner’s product. Setting up the integration only requires deployment of a AWS CloudFormation template. The IBM QRadar integration with AWS Security Hub also supports sending findings from QRadar to Security Hub. To learn more, visit the Integration pages in the Security Hub console and click on the "Configuration" link for the partner to learn more about the integration and how to set it up.  

AWS Security Hub releases the ability to disable specific compliance controls

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:31:16 +0000

AWS Security Hub now allows you to disable specific compliance controls, if they are not relevant for you. For example, if the control 2.3 from the CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark (“Ensure that the S3 bucket used to store CloudTrail logs is not publicly accessible”) is not relevant in a particular account or region because you have a centralized logging bucket set up in another account or region, you can disable that control either via the Security Hub console or via the API. Disabled controls are not counted against your compliance readiness score for that standard, and they have a mandatory field to explain why the control has been disabled. Disablement actions are logged to AWS CloudTrail. Security Hub’s documentation provides specific examples of controls that you may want to disable depending on your account setup.  

Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Middle East (Bahrain)

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:20:34 +0000

Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in two additional AWS regions: Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Middle East (Bahrain). Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in seventeen AWS regions.  

Amazon Polly launches in Middle East (BAH) and Asia Pacific (HKG) regions

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:25:29 +0000

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Amazon Polly standard voices in the Middle East (BAH) and Asia Pacific (HKG) region. Customers in these regions can now synthesize 60+ standard voices available in 29 languages in the Polly portfolio.

Blog Review: Jan. 15 - SemiEngineering

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:10:48 GMT

Blog Review: Jan. 15  SemiEngineering

AWS Transit Gateway is Now Available in the Europe (Stockholm) AWS Region

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:36:01 +0000

AWS Transit Gateway is now available in the Europe (Stockholm) AWS Region along with the support for AWS Direct Connect. AWS Transit Gateway enables customers to connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) and their on-premises networks using a single gateway. As you grow the number of workloads across multiple AWS accounts, you need to scale your networks, better control your policies, and effectively monitor your resources.

AWS Now Offers NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstations for EC2 G4 Instances at No Additional Cost

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:33:42 +0000

We are pleased to announce that customers who require the world’s most powerful professional graphics can now use EC2 G4 instances to setup NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstations (Quadro vWS) at no additional cost.

AWS Device Farm announces Desktop Browser Testing using Selenium

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:41:37 +0000

AWS Device Farm now lets you test your web applications against different desktop versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers that are hosted in the AWS Cloud.  

New Quick Start deploys Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift on AWS

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:12:52 +0000

This Quick Start deploys Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in either a single instance with an Amazon Aurora database or a high availability (HA) cluster in about 20 minutes, following AWS best practices.

Quantum Computing and Israel's Growing Tech Role | Sam Bocetta - The Times of Israel

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Quantum Computing and Israel's Growing Tech Role | Sam Bocetta  The Times of Israel

AWS Backup Delivers Fast Restore Experience for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) Item-Level Recovery

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:04:03 +0000

AWS Backup now provides a streamlined experience for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) Item-Level Recovery. You can now use AWS Backup to perform granular recovery of individual files or folders from Amazon EFS backups using a centralized console, for a simplified and fast restore experience, to meet more stringent Recovery Time Objective (RTO) requirements. To get started, choose the “Item-level Restore” restore type and provide one or more paths you want to recover using the AWS Backup console, SDK or CLI. This release is a continuation of our commitment to make data protection as streamlined and scalable as possible for our customers.

Amazon Lightsail expands selection of instance blueprints

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:03:55 +0000

Amazon Lightsail now offers Ghost and Django blueprints. With these additions, Amazon Lightsail expands its selection of blueprints and makes it easier to create blogs and web applications with just a few clicks. Lightsail offers a curated selection of preconfigured application stacks so you can easily find the software you need for your project.  

AWS Backup supports Cross-Region Backup

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:38:49 +0000

AWS Backup now supports cross-region backup, enabling AWS customers to copy backups across multiple services to different regions. Cross-region backup offers a centralized solution to store a copy of backup data more than a region away from production data, helping you to more easily meet business continuity, disaster recovery, and compliance requirements.  

AWS Backup adds support for Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instance backup

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:38:34 +0000

AWS Backup automates backup and recovery jobs for Amazon EC2 instances without the need for custom scripts or third-party solutions, saving time and simplifying the backup process. Customers that use EC2 instances will now be able to perform their data protection requirements at the EC2 level, backing up both the Amazon Machine Instance (AMI) and the attached Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes. You can now select an EC2 instance from the AWS Backup console, take an on-demand backup, or assign EC2 instances to a backup plan.  

Amazon EC2 Spot instances can now be stopped and started similar to On-Demand instances

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:18:30 +0000

You can now stop your Amazon EC2 Spot Instances backed by Amazon EBS and start them at will, instead of relying on the “Stop” interruption behavior to stop your Spot Instances when interrupted. Earlier, you could only terminate your Spot Instances but now you can stop your Spot Instances and start them from the user initiated stop state provided Spot capacity is available within your maximum price requirements.  

Amazon Elastic File System now supports AWS Identity and Access Management for Network File System clients

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 21:19:38 +0000

You can now use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage Network File System (NFS) access for Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS). You can use IAM roles to identify NFS clients with cryptographic security and use IAM policies to manage client-specific permissions. This new capability provides a simplified way to manage access at scale in NFS environments and is complementary to network-based security controls. With IAM for NFS clients you can use the same tools and processes you use today for managing access to other AWS resources. Permission checks are logged to AWS CloudTrail so you can audit client access to your file system. 

Amazon Elastic File System introduces EFS Access Points

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:59:47 +0000

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Access Points is a new EFS feature that simplifies providing applications access to shared data sets in an EFS file system. EFS Access Points work together with AWS IAM and enforce an operating system user and group, and a directory for every file system request made through the access point.  

AWS Marketplace Offers New Pricing options for Container-based Software

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:11:34 +0000

AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog with over 230,000 active customers, has announced more pricing options for Container-based software. Starting today, you can find software that is billed on-demand based on new consumption units, such as the number of worker nodes managed. You can also purchase contracts for 1 year or longer to secure the best price for your commitment.

Amazon CloudFront launches in five new countries - Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kenya, and Romania

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 21:30:17 +0000

Amazon CloudFront announces its first Edge Locations in five new countries: Sofia (Bulgaria), Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Nairobi (Kenya), and Bucharest (Romania). Viewers in these countries will now see, on average, up to a 50% reduction in first-byte latency when accessing content through CloudFront. In addition to these new countries, CloudFront also launched its first Edge location in Dusseldorf, Germany. With these new locations, CloudFront now has 216 Points of Presence in 84 cities across 42 countries. For more information about CloudFront’s global infrastructure, see Amazon CloudFront Infrastructure.

Amazon Cognito now supports CloudWatch Usage Metrics

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 21:22:29 +0000

Amazon Cognito now supports CloudWatch Usage Metrics, making it easier for administrators to monitor, report and take automatic actions in case of an event in near real time. AWS customers can create CloudWatch dashboards for Amazon Cognito sign in and sign up metrics, and they can create CloudWatch alarms to watch specific metrics. This feature is available now in Amazon Cognito User Pools at no additional cost. 

The Amazon Builders’ Library is Now Available in 16 Languages

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 21:03:52 +0000

You can now read The Amazon Builders’ Library in 16 different languages: Arabic, Indonesian, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, Vietnamese, Turkish, Russian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, and the original English. To change to your preferred language, select the language in the upper right hand corner of your screen. 

Introducing Workload Shares in AWS Well-Architected Tool

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:24:31 +0000

The AWS Well-Architected Tool now offers you a simple way to share workloads with other AWS accounts. Many customers use multiple AWS accounts to provide administrative autonomy for their teams. With Workload Shares, you can now create workloads in the AWS account of your choice and share them with AWS accounts used by other members of your review team or with a centralized AWS account. This feature enables shared visibility into High Risk Issues (HRIs) identified in workloads and streamlines collaboration with other workload reviewers, such as a Cloud Center of Excellence Lead, a member of your AWS account team or an AWS Well-Architected Partner Program member. The Workload Shares feature can help you manage and drive down HRIs over time without requiring direct access to the AWS account where the workload is defined. 

Access Resources within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud using Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:01:29 +0000

You can now enable your Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics for Java applications to access resources within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). This feature was previously announced in four regions on November 25th, 2019 and is now available in all regions where Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is available. For a list of where Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is available, please see the AWS Region Table.

AWS Transfer for SFTP supports VPC Security Groups and Elastic IP addresses

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:25:00 +0000

AWS Transfer for SFTP (AWS SFTP) customers can now whitelist client IP addresses using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Security Groups, providing an additional layer of security to their SFTP servers. Customers can also associate Elastic IP addresses with their server’s endpoint, enabling end users behind firewalls to whitelist access to the endpoint. 

The AWS Well-Architected Tool is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:05:20 +0000

The AWS Well-Architected Tool is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region and the tool has been localized into Korean. The AWS Well-Architected Tool helps you review your workloads against AWS architectural best practices, and provides guidance on improving your cloud architectures. 

Amazon Redshift Spectrum launches in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:55:46 +0000

Amazon Redshift Spectrum is now available in AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. 

Amazon Route 53 Resolver Endpoints for Hybrid Cloud Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS Region

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:08:43 +0000

You can now use Amazon Route 53 Resolver endpoints for hybrid cloud configurations in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS Region. 

Amazon FSx for Lustre Announces AWS Repository for Lustre Clients

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 21:59:48 +0000

Amazon FSx for Lustre is making it even easier to access high-performance FSx for Lustre file systems from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Ubuntu with Lustre clients that are distributed from AWS repositories.

Amazon SQS Now Supports 1-Minute CloudWatch Metrics In All Commercial Regions

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 21:43:24 +0000

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) launched support for 1-minute Amazon CloudWatch metrics on Dec 11, 2019 in US East (Ohio), EU (Ireland), EU (Stockholm), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. Starting today, you can set up Amazon CloudWatch metrics at 1-minute interval at no additional cost in all commercial regions.  

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Launches Public Roadmap

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 21:31:12 +0000

You can now follow the public AWS Elastic Beanstalk roadmap on GitHub to get updates on recently launched features, upcoming features, and to provide feedback on what you want us to support. You can create new issues to propose features or changes you would like to see, or comment on existing issues with feedback and suggestions. Visit Elastic Beanstalk roadmap to see several upcoming and just shipped features of Elastic Beanstalk. 

Amazon WorkSpaces Migrate Enables Migration to the Windows 10 Desktop Experience and the New WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol in Beta

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 21:31:08 +0000

We are excited to introduce the Amazon WorkSpaces migrate feature that enables you to bring your user volume data to a new bundle. You can leverage this feature to migrate your WorkSpaces from the Windows 7 Experience to the Windows 10 Desktop Experience, as well as from a PCoIP WorkSpace to a WSP-powered WorkSpace (WSP, WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol, is currently available in beta).

Brinqa Cyber Risk Management Platform Receives Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award - Associated Press

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Brinqa Cyber Risk Management Platform Receives Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award  Associated Press

Amazon Translate introduces Batch Translation

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 23:07:22 +0000

Amazon Translate a fully managed neural machine translation service that delivers high-quality, and affordable language translation in fifty-four languages – is now introducing Batch Translation. Starting today, customers have the option to translate a large collection of text or HTML documents stored in a folder in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket using the new asynchronous Batch Translation service. This is in addition to the real-time (synchronous) translation service that is already available, giving you options that best fit your needs.

AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup now supports targeting all instances

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:59:24 +0000

AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup now enables you to target all instances in an account. Now, with a single click you can enable operational actions, like patch compliance scanning and instance inventory collection, across all instances in an account within an AWS Region.  

Updated Quick Start deploys IBM Cloud Pak for Data on a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform cluster on AWS

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:37:30 +0000

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM are pleased to release a major update to the IBM Cloud Pak for Data on AWS Quick Start. This updated Quick Start automatically deploys a multi-master, production instance of IBM Cloud Pak for Data on a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.11 cluster on the AWS Cloud. The cluster is created in a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.7 instances, using the Red Hat OpenShift on AWS Quick Start.

Data Theorem Earns Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award - Business Wire

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Data Theorem Earns Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award  Business Wire

New Quick Start deploys iBASEt Solumina on the AWS Cloud

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:25:03 +0000

This Quick Start deploys iBASEt Solumina Manufacturing Execution System (MES) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 1.5–2 hours. 

Introducing AWS Systems Manager Change Calendar

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 23:02:10 +0000

Today, AWS announces Systems Manager Change Calendar, a new capability that helps you prevent changes to your AWS resources during important business events. Using Change Calendar, you can schedule calendar events to control the changes made to your AWS resources during events, such as public marketing promotions, when you expect high demand on your resources. 

AWS PrivateLink now supports Private DNS names for internal and 3rd party services

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:57:56 +0000

You can now access AWS PrivateLink based services privately from within your VPC using Private DNS names like ‘myinternalservice.mycompany.com’. With this announcement, you can access your internal / 3rd party AWS PrivateLink based services, without making changes in your application to use the AWS specified public DNS Name or managing private DNS Names your own Route 53 Private Hosted Zones.

AWS Direct Connect supports AWS Transit Gateway for AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:03:00 +0000

AWS Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway is now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) region. With this feature, customers can connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) in multiple AWS Regions to their on-premises networks using 1/2/5/10 Gbps AWS Direct Connect connections.

Amazon Comprehend launches multi-label custom classification

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 18:58:45 +0000

Amazon Comprehend now supports multi-label custom classification. With multi-label classification you can train models and classify your documents with more than one label. Prior to this launch, custom classification supported multi-class classification, which is used to assign a single unique label to your documents. You now have additional options to meet the needs of your application. 

Amazon SES now lets you use your existing IP address ranges to send email

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 18:00:47 +0000

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now includes a feature called Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP), which makes it possible to use Amazon SES to send email through publicly-routable IP addresses that you already own.

Ben Weber's Blog - Book Launch: Data Science in Production - Gamasutra

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Ben Weber's Blog - Book Launch: Data Science in Production  Gamasutra

Amazon QuickSight launches new analytical functions, Athena Workgroup and Presto VPC connector support

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 20:59:23 +0000

Amazon QuickSight makes available new math functions to perform advanced statistical calculations. These functions include logarithms (log()), natural logarithm (ln()), expotent (exp()), square root (sqrt()) and absolute (abs()). Additionally, QuickSight now supports level aware aggregations on RANK, DENSE RANK and PERCENTILE RANK functions. With this, you can compute these functions on your business metrics irrespective of the filters applied and aggregations performed on your visuals. To learn more, see here.

Data Deduplication, user storage quotas, and other recently launched administration features are now available on all Amazon FSx file systems

Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:44:03 +0000

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, a service that provides fully managed native Microsoft Windows file systems, has now made Data Deduplication, user storage quotas, and other administration features launched on November 20, 2019 available to all file systems. Until today, these features were available only on file systems created since November 20. Now, storage administrators can use these features on any existing Amazon FSx file system.

Secure AWS Elemental MediaPackage Live Endpoints Using CDN Authorization

Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:28:21 +0000

You can now restrict direct access to AWS Elemental MediaPackage by securing requests for live content using CDN authorization. With CDN authorization, content requests require a specific HTTP origin header and authorization code. MediaPackage verifies this code before it serves any content. For instructions on how to configure CDN authorization for live endpoints, please refer to the documentation pages.

10 Most Popular Blogs of 2019 - Security Boulevard

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

10 Most Popular Blogs of 2019  Security Boulevard

Amazon Aurora is Available in the AWS Americas (São Paulo) region

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 22:00:14 +0000

Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility and Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility are now available to customers in the AWS Americas (São Paulo) region. Aurora is a MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database built for the cloud, that combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.

Expert Predictions for 2020, Part 2: IoT and the Cloud - Embedded Computing Design

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Expert Predictions for 2020, Part 2: IoT and the Cloud  Embedded Computing Design

New enhancements for moving data between Amazon FSx for Lustre and Amazon S3

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 01:28:25 +0000

Amazon FSx for Lustre, a high performance file system optimized for workloads such as machine learning, high performance computing, video processing, financial modeling, electronic design automation, and analytics, has added functionality that makes it easier to synchronize file data and file permissions between Amazon FSx and Amazon S3. Additionally, Amazon FSx has quadrupled the speed of launching FSx file systems that are linked to S3 buckets.

Amazon EKS Announces Beta Release of Amazon FSx for Lustre CSI Driver

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 23:09:41 +0000

The Amazon FSx for Lustre CSI driver has reached beta status and is now supported by Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). The CSI driver makes it simple to configure and use FSx for Lustre high performance file systems with containers on EKS and self-managed Kubernetes clusters running on AWS. 

New AWS Deep Learning Containers with Tensorflow 2.0 Support

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 21:03:22 +0000

The AWS Deep Learning Containers are available today with Tensorflow 2.0. This latest version provides significant updates to the existing API, simplifies eager execution, offers a new dataset manager, and more. You can launch the new versions of Deep Learning Container on Amazon SageMaker, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), self-managed Kubernetes on Amazon EC2, and Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS). For a complete list of frameworks and versions supported by the AWS Deep Learning Containers, see release notes.

AWS Step Functions now supports AWS PrivateLink

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 20:58:16 +0000

AWS Step Functions now supports AWS PrivateLink allowing you to access AWS Step Functions from VPC-enabled AWS Lambda functions and other AWS services without traversing the public internet. By using AWS PrivateLink, you can access Step Functions while keeping your network traffic within the Amazon network using interface VPC endpoints. Your network architecture is significantly simplified as you no longer need to use an Internet Gateway, Network Address Translation (NAT) devices, or firewall proxies to connect to AWS Step Functions.

Security Hub releases updates and additions to the AWS Security Finding Format (ASFF)

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:32:51 +0000

AWS Security Hub today released updates and additions to AWS Security Finding Format (ASFF). It now supports additional resource types and these include AwsElbv2LoadBalancer, AwsKmsKey, AwsIamRole, AwsSqsQueue, AwsLambdaFunction, AwsSnsTopic, and AwsCloudFrontDistribution. Each of these resource types also includes an accompanying resource details object that identifies recommended fields for findings providers to populate. Updates were also made to the AwsAccessKey resource details object to include information on principal ID and name.

Amazon Lex achieves ISO Compliance

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:29:04 +0000

Amazon Lex is now one of the AWS services under ISO Compliance for the ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, and ISO 27018 standards. AWS maintains certifications through extensive audits of its controls to ensure that information security risks that affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of company and customer information are appropriately managed. You can download copies of the AWS ISO certificates and use them to jump-start your own certification efforts: AWS ISO 9001 certificate, AWS ISO 27001 certificate, AWS ISO 27017 certificate, and AWS ISO 27018 certificate. 

AWS Global Accelerator now supports Amazon CloudWatch metrics

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:14:11 +0000

Starting today you can monitor the traffic processed by AWS Global Accelerator via Amazon CloudWatch metrics. You can now view the total number of incoming and outgoing bytes processed by your accelerator. In addition, you can view the total number of new TCP or UDP flows from clients to your application endpoints every minute. This allows you, for example, to view the geographical distribution of your user traffic and monitor how much of it is local (e.g., North America to North America) or global (e.g., Australia or India to North America). Amazon CloudWatch metrics enable you to set alarms or automate actions based on predefined thresholds and to easily build dashboards that overlay different metrics.

Application Auto Scaling now provides scaling activity updates via Amazon EventBridge

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:01:22 +0000

Application Auto Scaling now publishes to Amazon EventBridge when a scaling policy scales your resource to the configured maximum. You may have set a maximum bound for cost control, this event notification gives you the visibility to check in and ensure that operating at maximum bound does not pose an availability risk for your application. This notification is available for all resource types that are supported for automatic scaling by Application Auto Scaling, including Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet requests, ECS services, DynamoDB tables and global secondary indexes, Aurora replicas, EMR clusters, Sagemaker endpoint variants, AppStream 2.0 fleets, Comprehend document classification endpoints, and AWS Lambda functions with provisioned concurrency.

Application Auto Scaling now provides notifications via the AWS Health Service

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:00:56 +0000

Application Auto Scaling now publishes notifications to the AWS Personal Health Dashboard and AWS Health API when a scale-out operation for one of your Amazon DynamoDB Tables or Global Secondary Indexes is prevented because a DynamoDB throughput service limit has been reached. This gives you actionable feedback to request a service-limit increase.

Amazon Personalize is now available in three new regions - Asia Pacific (Sydney, Mumbai) and Canada (Central)

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 20:43:42 +0000

Amazon Personalize is now available in 3 additional regions - Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Canada (Central). Amazon Personalize is a machine learning service which enables you to personalize your website, app, ads, emails, and more, with custom machine learning models which can be created in Amazon Personalize, with no prior machine learning experience. 

Amazon Route 53 Resolver Endpoints for Hybrid Cloud Now Available in the Europe (Stockholm) AWS Region

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 20:12:19 +0000

You can now use Amazon Route 53 Resolver endpoints for hybrid cloud configurations in the Europe (Stockholm) AWS Region.

AWS IoT Greengrass Now Supports Node.js 12 and Offers a New Tool for Device Setup

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 19:26:16 +0000

AWS IoT Greengrass expands its language support to include Node.js 12, enabling you to deploy Lambda functions written using this language version to IoT Greengrass cores.  

Amazon Personalize now supports contextual recommendations

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:48:15 +0000

Amazon Personalize is a machine learning service which enables you to personalize your website, app, ads, emails, and more, with custom machine learning models which can be created in Amazon Personalize, with no prior machine learning experience. Today, we’re pleased to announce support for contextual recommendations, through which you can improve relevance of recommendations by generating them within a context, for instance device type, location, time of day, etc. Contextual information is also useful in personalization for new/unidentified users even when the past interactions of these users are not known.

Amazon MQ is Now Available in the Europe (Stockholm) and South America (São Paulo) regions

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:29:32 +0000

Amazon MQ is now available in a total of 16 regions, with the addition of the Europe (Stockholm) and South America (São Paulo) regions.

Amazon Lex announces support for Conversation Logs

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:02:18 +0000

Amazon Lex now supports the ability to store chat history. Starting today, you can configure logging of audio input to an S3 bucket and text input to CloudWatch Logs.  

AWS Systems Manager Automation now supports targeting all instances in the account and Region

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:00:52 +0000

Automation, a feature of Systems Manager, now supports running an Automation execution that targets all instances in the account and Region. This support makes it easier to maintain consistency in your fleet when you make configuration changes or run a specific set of commands.  

AWS IoT Device Tester v1.6.0 for Amazon FreeRTOS is now available

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:37:46 +0000

AWS IoT Device Tester for Amazon FreeRTOS now supports Amazon FreeRTOS 201912.00.  The latest version of device tester includes optional tests for OTA (Over-the-air) over https to qualify your Amazon FreeRTOS development boards.

Cloud computing in 2020: Predictions about security, AI, Kubernetes, more - TechRepublic

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud computing in 2020: Predictions about security, AI, Kubernetes, more  TechRepublic

The Top 20 Security Predictions for 2020 - Government Technology

Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Top 20 Security Predictions for 2020  Government Technology

Industry Insights: 2019's Most-Read AEM Advisor Blogs - Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Wed, 18 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Industry Insights: 2019's Most-Read AEM Advisor Blogs  Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Google Cloud partners with Palo Alto, McAfee, and others to bolster security - Cloud Tech

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Google Cloud partners with Palo Alto, McAfee, and others to bolster security  Cloud Tech

The Top Six Cloud Computing Trends of 2019 - DevOps.com

Mon, 16 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Top Six Cloud Computing Trends of 2019  DevOps.com

Infosys: One-Fourth of Enterprises Have Not Moved Any Apps to the Cloud - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Infosys: One-Fourth of Enterprises Have Not Moved Any Apps to the Cloud  Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

IDC picks Trend Micro as the top vendor in SDC workload protection - Cloud Tech

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

IDC picks Trend Micro as the top vendor in SDC workload protection  Cloud Tech

What’s hot for Cisco in 2020 - Network World

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

What’s hot for Cisco in 2020  Network World

AWS re:Invent 2019 Live Blog: Amazon Cloud Partner News - Day Four - ChannelE2E

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

AWS re:Invent 2019 Live Blog: Amazon Cloud Partner News - Day Four  ChannelE2E

Migrating Microsoft Access Online

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 18:38:43 +0000

Besides other limitations, the main disadvantage of Microsoft Access is that it is not available online. Inspite of the power Access brings, this imposes severe restrictions unpalatable to users who … Continue readingMigrating Microsoft Access Online

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Dear Pan….The collaboration agony column #1 – A team torn by email addiction.

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:26:06 +0000

In offering collaboration software for years and years, we tends to see recurring themes in the problems around collaboration that organizations are looking to solve. As a result, we have … Continue readingDear Pan….The collaboration agony column #1 – A team torn by email addiction.

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Rackspace Expands Professional and Managed Services for AWS - Solutions Review

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Rackspace Expands Professional and Managed Services for AWS  Solutions Review

How Cloud Computing Became a Big Tech Battleground - Wall Street Journal

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How Cloud Computing Became a Big Tech Battleground  Wall Street Journal

What's Happening at the Cloud Insight Jam on December 19th? - Solutions Review

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

What's Happening at the Cloud Insight Jam on December 19th?  Solutions Review

30 Must-Follow Small Business IT Influencers - BizTech Magazine

Sat, 30 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

30 Must-Follow Small Business IT Influencers  BizTech Magazine

The cloud property in business - Economic Times

Sat, 23 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The cloud property in business  Economic Times

The Top Cloud Computing Books You Need to Read in 2020 - Solutions Review

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Top Cloud Computing Books You Need to Read in 2020  Solutions Review

In the blogs: Billing me softly - Accounting Today

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

In the blogs: Billing me softly  Accounting Today

5 Best Intranet Platforms for Small and Medium Businesses

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:23:54 +0000

Selecting an Intranet solution can be a daunting task. Various vendors offer a diverse set of capabilities under the umbrella of the term “Intranet”. The following list presents the most … Continue reading5 Best Intranet Platforms for Small and Medium Businesses

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How to Close the Tech Skills Gap - Scientific American

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How to Close the Tech Skills Gap  Scientific American

Plan Well for a Hybrid Cloud Environment and See Efficiencies - FedTech Magazine

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Plan Well for a Hybrid Cloud Environment and See Efficiencies  FedTech Magazine

Global public cloud services market expected to grow 17% in 2020 - TechRepublic

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Global public cloud services market expected to grow 17% in 2020  TechRepublic

Why businesses fail to maximise the value of data visualisation - Cloud Tech

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Why businesses fail to maximise the value of data visualisation  Cloud Tech

Azure Services Can Now Run on AWS and Google Cloud with Azure Arc - Solutions Review

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Azure Services Can Now Run on AWS and Google Cloud with Azure Arc  Solutions Review

Forrester: The 5 ways cloud computing will change in 2020 - TechRepublic

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Forrester: The 5 ways cloud computing will change in 2020  TechRepublic

How autonomous systems use AI that learns from the world around it - Microsoft

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How autonomous systems use AI that learns from the world around it  Microsoft

The changing language of collaboration

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 19:38:39 +0000

In all spheres of human life, the language of discourse is constantly shifting. Those of us who thought we were at the cutting edge of culture in our prime, have … Continue readingThe changing language of collaboration

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What to Expect from Microsoft Ignite 2019 - BizTech Magazine

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What to Expect from Microsoft Ignite 2019  BizTech Magazine

Sharepoint 101 – the Basics of Sharepoint

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 18:52:22 +0000

Sharepoint can be likened to an organizational swiss-knife. It covers diverse organizational requirements – productivity, collaboration, workflows, knowledge management, search, business intelligence etc. The natural consequence of this depth is … Continue readingSharepoint 101 – the Basics of Sharepoint

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What surgery taught me about the cloud - InfoWorld

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What surgery taught me about the cloud  InfoWorld

The how and the why of law blogs - ABA Journal

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

The how and the why of law blogs  ABA Journal

A 3D View of How We Got Here - Gamasutra

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

A 3D View of How We Got Here  Gamasutra

JEDI cloud procurement looks back on track - Washington Technology

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

JEDI cloud procurement looks back on track  Washington Technology

5 PowerApps Alternatives

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:12:22 +0000

After retiring Access Web Apps, Microsoft has been pushing users towards Powerapps as an MS Access online alternative. However, many MS Access users have complained about Powerapps’ vastly different structure, … Continue reading5 PowerApps Alternatives

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How to Prepare Your Company's Employees for the Cloud - Solutions Review

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How to Prepare Your Company's Employees for the Cloud  Solutions Review

EDUCAUSE 2019: Tips for a Cloud Implementation in Higher Education - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

EDUCAUSE 2019: Tips for a Cloud Implementation in Higher Education  EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

Quantum Computing Is Poised to Change Everything - Inside Higher Ed

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Quantum Computing Is Poised to Change Everything  Inside Higher Ed

Cloud is now one-quarter of IT spending—and rising fast - InfoWorld

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud is now one-quarter of IT spending—and rising fast  InfoWorld

Is Microsoft Access in the Cloud a Dream?

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:04:24 +0000

The short answer is yes. MS Access ruled the world of do-it-yourself database applications for two decades since its inception in the early 90s. However, around 2010, when cloud computing … Continue readingIs Microsoft Access in the Cloud a Dream?

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Penn Medicine's experience moving to cloud: Don't bite off more than you can chew - Healthcare IT News

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Penn Medicine's experience moving to cloud: Don't bite off more than you can chew  Healthcare IT News

The Rise of Cloud Computing Threats: How to protect your cloud customers from security risks - Customer Think

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

The Rise of Cloud Computing Threats: How to protect your cloud customers from security risks  Customer Think

5 things that make HyperOffice the most complete among Sharepoint Alternatives

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:31:27 +0000

As more and more teams collaborate digitally, Sharepoint is one of the fastest growing collaboration solutions around, given Microsoft’s marketing might. However, the demand for “Sharepoint alternatives” has also grown … Continue reading5 things that make HyperOffice the most complete among Sharepoint Alternatives

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5 Database Form Examples

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:02:20 +0000

A Database Form is a window with information fields that help gather information to be stored in a database or trigger a process. All relational database systems worth their salt … Continue reading5 Database Form Examples

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BLOG: How Healthcare Can Benefit From the Cloud - Imaging Technology News

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

BLOG: How Healthcare Can Benefit From the Cloud  Imaging Technology News

How AI is transforming education and skills development - Microsoft

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How AI is transforming education and skills development  Microsoft

5 Key Considerations for Successful Cloud Migration - Solutions Review

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

5 Key Considerations for Successful Cloud Migration  Solutions Review

What is cloud computing? - HostReview.com

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What is cloud computing?  HostReview.com

In 2019, lawyers are using mobile and cloud computing more than ever - Idaho Business Review

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

In 2019, lawyers are using mobile and cloud computing more than ever  Idaho Business Review

9 key takeaways from SAP TechEd Las Vegas - CIO

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

9 key takeaways from SAP TechEd Las Vegas  CIO

5 limitations of Microsoft Access

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:36:55 +0000

. Though the popularity of Microsoft Access is undeniable, it suffers from some shortcomings that prompt people to consider MS Access Alternatives. Broadly, the limitations are a problem of legacy … Continue reading5 limitations of Microsoft Access

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Cloud Computing - The Basics - Finextra

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Computing - The Basics  Finextra

Defining the Next Chapter for the IT Industry: On-Premises IT-as-a-Service - Computerworld

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Defining the Next Chapter for the IT Industry: On-Premises IT-as-a-Service  Computerworld

11 key takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld 2019 - CIO

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

11 key takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld 2019  CIO

Neil Schneider's Blog - What Client-to-Cloud REALLY Means - Gamasutra

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Neil Schneider's Blog - What Client-to-Cloud REALLY Means  Gamasutra

Cloud Computing and the School Bus Industry - STN Media - School Transportation News

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Computing and the School Bus Industry - STN Media  School Transportation News

National Science Foundation awards Jianli Pan $500K to research edge cloud computing - UMSL Daily

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

National Science Foundation awards Jianli Pan $500K to research edge cloud computing  UMSL Daily

Quantum computers in telecom infrastructure - Ericsson

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Quantum computers in telecom infrastructure  Ericsson

5 Things Made Possible in Healthcare Thanks to the Cloud - HealthTech Magazine

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

5 Things Made Possible in Healthcare Thanks to the Cloud  HealthTech Magazine

Ask the experts: What’s the top security risk during cloud migration? - Security Boulevard

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Ask the experts: What’s the top security risk during cloud migration?  Security Boulevard

5 Tips for Creating a Successful Cloud Adoption Strategy - Solutions Review

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

5 Tips for Creating a Successful Cloud Adoption Strategy  Solutions Review

What is confidential computing? - ComputerWeekly.com

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What is confidential computing?  ComputerWeekly.com

4 Tips for Creating a Successful Multicloud Strategy - Solutions Review

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

4 Tips for Creating a Successful Multicloud Strategy  Solutions Review

How to Design a Flawless Cloud Security Strategy - Solutions Review

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How to Design a Flawless Cloud Security Strategy  Solutions Review

Connecting IoT Devices to Cloud Services - Embedded Computing Design

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Connecting IoT Devices to Cloud Services  Embedded Computing Design

The Quantum Computing Party Hasn't Even Started Yet - Scientific American

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

The Quantum Computing Party Hasn't Even Started Yet  Scientific American

[VIDEO - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

[VIDEO  Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

How to prevent the top 11 threats in cloud computing - TechRepublic

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How to prevent the top 11 threats in cloud computing  TechRepublic

Lack of Technical Expertise Is the Biggest Hurdle for IoT Adoption - Solutions Review

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Lack of Technical Expertise Is the Biggest Hurdle for IoT Adoption  Solutions Review

What Is Software as a Service? A Beginner's Guide to SaaS - Solutions Review

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What Is Software as a Service? A Beginner's Guide to SaaS  Solutions Review

Hands off JEDI, Mr. President - FCW.com

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Hands off JEDI, Mr. President  FCW.com

Enabling Breakthrough Innovations in the Client-to-Cloud Revolution - Gamasutra

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Enabling Breakthrough Innovations in the Client-to-Cloud Revolution  Gamasutra

How to Build a Successful Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure - Solutions Review

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How to Build a Successful Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure  Solutions Review

7 Fundamental AWS Services Your Business Needs to Use - Solutions Review

Mon, 08 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

7 Fundamental AWS Services Your Business Needs to Use  Solutions Review

IDC: Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure to reach £398bn in 2023 - Cloud Tech

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

IDC: Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure to reach £398bn in 2023  Cloud Tech

Open Cloud: Making the Case for Interoperability in Cloud Computing - Solutions Review

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Open Cloud: Making the Case for Interoperability in Cloud Computing  Solutions Review

Computing Biology's Future - Scientific American

Thu, 04 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Computing Biology's Future  Scientific American

Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud: What's the Difference? - Solutions Review

Fri, 28 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud: What's the Difference?  Solutions Review

Consoles are resilient for now, but cloud gaming will create new dynamics and competition - Gamasutra

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Consoles are resilient for now, but cloud gaming will create new dynamics and competition  Gamasutra

Why cloud computing could be the key to education's retention crisis - Education Technology

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Why cloud computing could be the key to education's retention crisis  Education Technology

HPE Extends Hybrid Cloud Computing Strategy - DevOps.com

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

HPE Extends Hybrid Cloud Computing Strategy  DevOps.com

How to get your data scientist career up and running: A guide - Cloud Tech

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How to get your data scientist career up and running: A guide  Cloud Tech

How 5 Industries Utilize Cloud Computing Solutions - Solutions Review

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How 5 Industries Utilize Cloud Computing Solutions  Solutions Review

Learn what it takes to become a cloud computing architect with this $39 bundle - Computerworld

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Learn what it takes to become a cloud computing architect with this $39 bundle  Computerworld

Cloud Transition – 5 Best Practices to Follow - CIO

Thu, 23 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Transition – 5 Best Practices to Follow  CIO

4 Tips on How to Improve Your Enterprise's Cloud Security - Solutions Review

Tue, 14 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

4 Tips on How to Improve Your Enterprise's Cloud Security  Solutions Review

AWS announces availability of Amazon Managed Blockchain service - Cloud Tech

Thu, 02 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

AWS announces availability of Amazon Managed Blockchain service  Cloud Tech

Cloud Automation: Automating Workloads in the Cloud - Solutions Review

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Automation: Automating Workloads in the Cloud  Solutions Review

Hybrid Multicloud: The Future of Cloud Computing? - Solutions Review

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Hybrid Multicloud: The Future of Cloud Computing?  Solutions Review

Cloud Monitoring: How to Evaluate Your Cloud's Performance - Solutions Review

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Monitoring: How to Evaluate Your Cloud's Performance  Solutions Review

5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Change This Year - BizTech Magazine

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Change This Year  BizTech Magazine

Only 15% of Companies Properly Monitor Public Cloud Environments - Solutions Review

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Only 15% of Companies Properly Monitor Public Cloud Environments  Solutions Review

Should Your Enterprise Adopt a Cloud-First Strategy in 2019? - Solutions Review

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Should Your Enterprise Adopt a Cloud-First Strategy in 2019?  Solutions Review

5 Benefits of Public Cloud Services You Might Not Know About - Solutions Review

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

5 Benefits of Public Cloud Services You Might Not Know About  Solutions Review

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game - Cloud Tech

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game  Cloud Tech

7 Cloud Computing Blogs You Should Be Following in 2019 - Solutions Review

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

7 Cloud Computing Blogs You Should Be Following in 2019  Solutions Review

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Cloud Computing - Solutions Review

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Cloud Computing  Solutions Review

Floating Software Licensing Virtual Machines and the Cloud - Enterprise License Optimization Blog

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:00:00 GMT

Floating Software Licensing Virtual Machines and the Cloud  Enterprise License Optimization Blog

The “Cloud” is changing the way we consume, share and use digital information because it makes access to information and computing power easier, faster and more affordable. We can help you understand and benefit from this rapidly growing and evolving IT transformation. As a broker of Cloud services, we offer sound advice on Cloud solutions and Cloud migration services, management of Cloud systems and Cloud provider relationships, and of course, procurement. The many excellent vendors of Cloud Computing services that we can help you utilize are shown below. Click on any scrolling icon to learn more about the solutions they provide. And be sure to check with us for best pricing; we are able to provide you with better pricing than the full retail prices you will see on many of these vendors' web sites.

Cloud Computing Vendors
  • 2X
    2X

    [Saas] The 2X LoadBalancer allows you to easily load balance RDP/ICA sessions between Windows Remote Desktop Services/Windows Terminal Services or Citrix terminal servers and provide fault tolerance. In addition, for remote users, back-end terminal servers can be hidden, only allowing access to the gateway machine(s), significantly increasing terminal server security.

  • Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services

    [IaaS/PaaS/SaaS] Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. AWS provides a massive global cloud infrastructure that allows you to quickly innovate, experiment and iterate. Instead of waiting weeks or months for hardware, AWS can instantly deploy new applications, instantly scale up as your workload grows, and instantly scale down based on demand.

  • aplicor
    aplicor

    [SaaS: CRM/ERP] Aplicor offers a hosted, integrated, wireless and CLOUD-based CRM software suite which includes Sales Force Automation, Marketing Automation, Project Office and Customer Support. They also offer a full cloud business suite by combining full CRM functionality with ERP for financial management – all in a seamless CLOUD business suite.

  • Awareness Technologies
    Awareness Technologies

    [SaaS: device monitoring] Awareness Technologies was founded in 2002, originally to provide software tools for national intelligence agencies, but shifted its focus five years ago to building the most practical and powerful security software for businesses and consumers including laptop theft protection software, web-filtering software and computer-usage monitoring software.

  • Bitdefender
    Bitdefender

    [SaaS: security] Security for Virtualized Environments by Bitdefender is the first comprehensive security solution for virtualized datacenters. The solution protects virtualized Windows, Linux, and Solaris systems. Its unique architecture enables it to be leveraged in any virtualization offering.

  • CGS
    CGS

    [SaaS: email archiving] Unlimited Mailbox from Computer Generated Solutions (CGS) is a powerful and flexible policy-based archive system that leverages your existing email storage environment and offers a better way to lower costs, reduce complexity, boost user productivity and meet regulatory requirements.

  • CloudProviderUSA
    CloudProviderUSA

    [IaaS] CloudProviderUSA's infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud solution provides organizations with the flexibility to establish and scale server resources instantly. Create, scale and delete cloud servers on-demand on with their secure, high performance and easy-to-use cloud platform. Server usage is charged per hour, and is billed monthly in arrears.

  • DocumentLogistix
    DocumentLogistix

    [SaaS: document management] Document Logistix helps companies to understand and implement document management strategies. Integrate all your existing document management systems with Document Manager. Their document management solutions range from bulk document scanning and imaging systems to workflow and secure archiving software.

  • HyperOffice
    HyperOffice

    [SaaS: collaboration] A comprehensive cloud collaboration toolset - business email, document management, intranet/extranet workspaces, shared calendars/contacts, project management, web forms, database apps, Outlook integration, and mobile sync.

  • Intermedia
    Intermedia

    [SaaS: hosted Exchange/collaboration/VoIP] Intermedia is the premier provider of cloud services to small and mid-sized businesses. Delivered from Intermedia secure datacenters, these services include hosted Microsoft Exchange email, VoIP telephony, instant messaging, file management, security, backup, support for the full range of smartphones and tablets, and more. The company's proprietary cloud infrastructure assures high reliability, and a certified support team is available around the clock.

  • ipConfigure
    ipConfigure

    [SaaS: surveillance] A leading developer of enterprise IP video surveillance solutions, ipConfigure offers a variety of products - all of which leverage a browser-based interface and are capable of seamlessly supporting unlimited cameras, locations and users in a centralized or distributed architecture. ipConfigure offers Enterprise Surveillance Manager, License Plate Recognition and Gigapixel Wide Area Surveillance solutions.

  • ITpreneurs
    ITpreneurs

    [SaaS: Cloud training] The ITpreneurs cloud computing curriculum supports knowledge transfer of the latest cloud terminology and trends. From Cloud Awareness that provides a high-level overview of Cloud Computing to the Cloud Essentials and Virtualization Essentials courses which are more in-depth, to the Cloud Challenge business simulation.

  • LEADMASTER
    LEADMASTER

    [SaaS: CRM] LeadMaster is an affordable web-based lead management system that provides sales and marketing solutions which enable companies to close the loop between marketing and sales and provide top-notch Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

  • mailprotector
    mailprotector

    [SaaS: email] Mailprotector offers Cloud-based email security, management and hosting including hosted Exchange. Their solutions are simple, effective and affordable.

  • MessageSolution
    MessageSolution

    [SaaS: email/file archiving] MessageSolution empowers today's organizations to effectively manage electronically stored information (ESI) and corporate intelligence where the ultimate goal is to comply with industry and government regulations, respond more quickly to electronic discovery, reduce storage costs, optimize email server functioning, or prepare for disaster recovery.

  • Microsoft Office 365
    Microsoft Office 365

    [SaaS] With Microsoft Office 365, you can get your work done securely and communicate real-time from almost anywhere. Combining Office with Office 365 unlocks the full potential of Office 365 as the best solution for productivity, collaboration, communication, and worry-free IT. Includes world-class, familiar tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote on your computer.

  • Mozy
    Mozy

    [SaaS: offsite backup] Mozy is the world's most trusted online backup service for consumers and businesses with more than 3 million customers and 80,000 business customers backing up 90 petabytes of information to multiple data centers around the globe. Mozy is backed by VMware and EMC Corporation.

  • NetLib
    NetLib

    [SaaS: SQL security] NetLib is a leading provider in database security for large, medium and small businesses, organizations and agencies. Protecting valuable databases and sensitive data is important to maintain business stability for our customers, as well as for the growing areas of compliance.

  • OC4
    OC4

    [SaaS: enterprise email] OC4 offes a fully managed enterprise eMail offering that is secure, fast, and reliable. Their offering includes integration with corporate directory, anti-spam / anti-virus, encryption (network and data), 24X7 Help Desk, and Service Level Agreements of 99.9%.

  • Reflexion
    Reflexion

    [SaaS: email/collaboration] Reflexion provides a range of hosted email services that are differentiated by their ease of implementation and use, their unique features and effectiveness and their affordability. Reflexion Total Control (RTC) is a hosted email security service that blocks spam, viruses and volume-based attacks before it reaches the corporate network. Reflexion Archiving, Discovery and Recovery (RADAR) provides businesses with a complete, searchable email archive.

  • Saddle Ranch Digtal
    Saddle Ranch Digtal

    [SaaS: digital signage content] Saddle Ranch Digital provides interactive and dynamic digital signage. Their process allows them to focus on your specific objectives and goals to build a fully optimized solution. With the combination of cutting edge software and hardware technologies, award winning customized content, complete content management and a team of experienced professionals, we can help you get the most return out of your digital signage investment.

  • SEEBURGER
    SEEBURGER

    [SaaS: large file transfer] SEE FX is a secure Web portal that empowers business people to transmit large and/or sensitive files. Business people create, manage and track secure files of any type and size, inside/outside the company firewall. IT has centralized control for compliance, audit, security purposes.

  • SiteLock
    SiteLock

    [SaaS: website security] SiteLock helps online business combat malware, hackers, and blacklisting with comprehensive website security. SiteLock makes website protection and business reputation management easy.

  • Sonian
    Sonian

    [SaaS: email/file archiving] Sonian, the pioneer in Cloud Powered Archiving and Search, offers it's archiving solutions at a fraction of the cost and complexity of other approaches. With over 11,000 customers across diverse industries and embedded into offerings from other cloud innovators; Sonian is the future of Archive and Search in the Cloud.

  • Storage Online
    Storage Online


  • ThinkGrid
    ThinkGrid

    [SaaS: e-mail/IaaS] ThinkGrid Hosted E-mail solution allows businesses to use Microsoft Exchange with no on-premise technology investment and provides enhanced redundancy, anti-spam, anti-virus and ease of management. Their cloud platform, the "ThinkGrid", is a scalable, redundant and geographically balanced infrastructure which underpins all of their service offerings, and is managed by their leading control panel technology.

  • Trend Micro
    Trend Micro

    [SaaS: security] As a global leader in cloud security, Trend Micro develops Internet content security and threat management solutions that make the world safe for businesses and consumers to exchange digital information. With more than 20 years of experience, they are recognized as the market leader in server security for delivering top-ranked client, server, and cloud-based security solutions that stop threats faster and protect data in physical, virtualized, and cloud environments.

  • Viewpath
    Viewpath

    [SaaS: project management] Viewpath's primary product is an online project management solution developed to provide anywhere-access to projects and dramatically simplify the day-to-day management of projects and events. Viewpath was designed to bridge the gap between complexities of Microsoft Project and makeshift solutions like spreadsheets to make it easier than ever for businesses of all sizes to manage projects, events and activities efficiently.

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