Showing posts with label AWS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AWS. Show all posts

Thursday, October 12, 2017

AWS and Microsoft collaborate on deep learning library

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon,for prototyping, building, training and deploying sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps.

"The potential of machine learning can only be realized if it is accessible to all developers. Today’s reality is that building and training machine learning models requires a great deal of heavy lifting and specialized expertise,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of Amazon AI. “We created the Gluon interface so building neural networks and training models can be as easy as building an app. We look forward to our collaboration with Microsoft on continuing to evolve the Gluon interface for developers interested in making machine learning easier to use.”

“We believe it is important for the industry to work together and pool resources to build technology that benefits the broader community,” said Eric Boyd, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft AI and Research. “This is why Microsoft has collaborated with AWS to create the Gluon interface and enable an open AI ecosystem where developers have freedom of choice. Machine learning has the ability to transform the way we work, interact and communicate. To make this happen we need to put the right tools in the right hands, and the Gluon interface is a step in this direction.”

Key facts on the Gluon interface:

  • Provides an easy-to-understand programming interface that enables developers to quickly prototype and experiment with neural network models
  • Can be used to create neural networks on the fly, and to change their size and shape dynamically. 
  • Currently works with Apache MXNet and will support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) in an upcoming release
  • Can be used to build machine learning models using a simple Python API and a range of pre-built, optimized neural network components. 


https://github.com/gluon-api/gluon-api/.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

General Electric picks AWS as its preferred cloud

General Electric has named Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies said that GE has been migrating thousands of its core applications to AWS in process that began in 2014. So far, more than 2,000 applications have been migrated to AWS, including several that leverage AWS’s analytics and machine learning services. Business units with applications on AWS include GE Power, GE Aviation, GE Healthcare, GE Transportation, and GE Digital.

“Adopting a cloud-first strategy with AWS is helping our IT teams get out of the business of building and running data centers and refocus our resources on innovation as we undergo one of the largest and most important transformations in GE’s history,” said Chris Drumgoole, Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Vice President at General Electric. “We chose AWS as the preferred cloud provider for GE because AWS’s industry leading cloud services have allowed us to push the boundaries, think big, and deliver better outcomes for GE.”

“Enterprises across industries are migrating to AWS in droves, and in the process are discovering the wealth of new opportunities that open up when they have the most comprehensive menu of cloud capabilities–which is growing daily–at their fingertips,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “GE has been at the forefront of cloud adoption, and we’ve been impressed with the pace, scope, and innovative approach they’ve taken in their journey to AWS. We are honored that GE has chosen AWS as their preferred cloud provider, and we’re looking forward to helping them as they continue their digital industrial transformation.”

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Toyota Racing's in-house engineering goes All-in on AWS

Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the in-house engineering division for Toyota and Lexus motorsports programs, has gone all-in on AWS.

AWS said its cloud services now support mission-critical applications that enable Toyota Racing crews to improve precision, consistency, and speed during practice runs and in competition. These race intelligence applications collect data from vehicles and their environments and apply real-time analytics and machine learning to better understand how a vehicle may handle on any track under any circumstance.

"We use AWS to do everything from setting up our cars in chassis tuning simulations to making fuel and tire strategy calls from the pit boxes during the races," stated Chris Andronaco, Technology Director at Toyota Racing Development.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Amazon Web Services plans data centre in Bahrain

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to open an infrastructure region in Bahrain by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world.

Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

AWS Cognito provides mobile app authentication

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced new capabilities to make it easier for mobile app developers to authenticate users and gain access to resources on the AWS cloud.

The new service features are part of AWS Cognito User Pools – App Integration and Federation, which is now in general availability release.

Amazon Cognito is a managed cloud service that provides authentication, authorization, and user management for web, mobile and even IoT applications. Some highlights:

  • Amazon Cognito User Pools: create and maintain a user directory in order to add sign-up and sign-in to your mobile app or web application. You can also sign in users to a user pool through social identity providers as well as, SAML-based providers
  • Amazon Cognito Federated Identities: enables the creation of unique identities for users and the ability to authenticate them with federated identity providers, such as Google or Facebook, for temporary, limited-privilege access to app resources
  • Amazon Cognito Sync: allows you to synchronize user profile data across mobile devices and the web without the need to build a backend. It supports offline access, cross-device synchronizing, and local data caching of application-related user data so the user app experience remains consistent regardless of the device.

AWS also noted that the mobile client login can now provide a sign-up and sign-in for social identity providers including Facebook, Google, Login with Amazon, as well as through SAML with corporate identity providers such as Microsoft Active Directory.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Level 3 enables multiple VLANs on single Ethernet to AWS Direct Connect

Level 3 Communications is introducing a new self-serve capability as part of its Cloud Connect Solutions that provides customers with more flexibility for optimizing their cloud-based workloads.

The new Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions feature is a scalable Ethernet offering enabling customers to host multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs) on a single Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC) from their data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the AWS Direct Connect service.

Key Facts:

  • Level 3 is an AWS Direct Connect partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions leverages AWS Direct Connect to provide private connection to AWS cloud.
  • Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions give customers the ability to add and remove VLANs to AWS, including the connections to their virtual private clouds in near real-time via the MyLevel3 portal or API.
  • Customers can also share bandwidth across their Amazon virtual private cloud (Amazon VPC) instances.
  • As a private, direct connection to the cloud, Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions provide an additional layer of security for customers' multi-cloud environments.
  • When combined with Level 3 Adaptive Network Control Solutions, customers gain increased visibility and control, including granular, real-time reporting and the ability scale bandwidth up and down as business demands shift.
  • Customers can access this scalable Ethernet offering across Level 3's Metro 2.0 Ethernet footprint of nearly 290 markets in North America, EMEA and APAC.


http://www.level3.com/-/media/files/brochures/en_dataserv_br_elynk.pdf
http://www.level3.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Equinix brings AWS Direct Connect to NY

Equinix has established connectivity into Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect service in the New York region, enabling all Equinix customers in the New York metro the ability to access AWS Direct Connect at all available speeds via Equinix Cloud Exchange or Equinix-provided metro connectivity options.

The Equinix New York campus consists of eight data centers that serve as business hubs for approximately 825 companies across multiple industries, with a high concentration of financial services and media firms. In addition to directly connecting to AWS, Equinix New York customers can choose from a broad range of network services from 125 providers.  Equinix New York data centers are also home to the Equinix Financial eXchange, a large community of financial market participants that exchange data in close proximity to each other to optimize their electronic trading operations.

The addition of New York brings the total number of Equinix metros offering AWS Direct Connect service to seventeen: Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Osaka, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia.

http://www.equinix.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Verizon Offers Virtual Network Services on AWS

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has extended its Virtual Network Services (VNS) onto the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud,

Verizon said its VNS service on AWS will provide customers with the end-to-end visibility and the control needed to effectively manage mobile-to-cloud transactions.

Verizon VNS on AWS, which is now commercially available, lets AWS users control network and security policy from the enterprise edge directly into their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) instance. Enterprise customers leveraging AWS will be able to operate an “elastic” hybrid network that can be altered to meet dynamic business requirements – such as the number of company locations and users, bandwidth required by application, storage and backup requirements, and application use by employee – all through Verizon and AWS.

“With this enhancement, Verizon will help enterprise and government organizations to confidently implement mission critical solutions in the cloud,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation, Verizon. “This offering will help our enterprise customers be able to balance agility, performance, cost and security necessitated by the growth of mobile-to-cloud applications and the Internet of Things.”

"Global businesses trust Verizon to help them implement the right technology strategy to achieve their goals," said Joshua Hofmann, global lead partner ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Verizon’s deep networking and services experience, as well as the scale and flexibility of AWS, provide an invaluable combination for enterprises looking to become more agile, create new efficiencies and grow their business into the future.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-enterprise-solutions-extends-networking-service-cloud

Amazon Macie protects sensitive cloud data

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced Amazon Macie, a new security service that uses machine learning to help customers prevent data loss by automatically discovering, classifying, and protecting sensitive data in AWS. The service protects data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), with support for additional AWS data stores coming later this year.

AWS said its fully managed service continuously monitors data access activity for anomalies, and generates detailed alerts when it detects risk of unauthorized access or inadvertent data leaks. Amazon Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property, and provides customers with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved. Customers pay only for the GBs of Amazon S3 content classified and the AWS CloudTrail events analyzed,.

https://aws.amazon.com/macie

Hulu Uses AWS for new live TV service

Hulu has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) to launch its new, over-the-top (OTT) Live TV service, which launched in May 2017.

AWS said its list of media companies and broadcasters running their media supply chains and OTT delivery pipelines now includes Amazon Video, AOL, BBC, Channel 4, C-SPAN, Daily Voice, Discovery Communications, Flipboard, GoPro, Guardian News & Media, Hearst Corporation, LIONSGATE, NDTV, Netflix, News International, News UK, Newsweek, PBS, Simfy Africa, Sony DADC, SoundCloud, Spotify, Time Inc., and United Daily News.

“Hulu is redefining the television experience for viewers and we have set the technical bar much higher by bringing live TV into the mix,” said Rafael Soltanovich, Vice President, Software development at Hulu. “We selected AWS as our cloud provider because of its leading breadth and depth of capabilities. The elasticity, agility, and security they provide were key to deploying our new service. Putting our stream ingest, repackaging, DVR storage, and origin serving on AWS freed us from having to build out data centers and led to a faster time to market with higher availability.”

http://www.aws.amazon.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

AWS Racks Up Q1 Sales of $3.661 Billion, up 43%

Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivered Q1 2017 sales of $3.661 billion, up 43% year over year. Quarterly operating income was $890 million, up 48% year over year.

Some additional AWS highlights from the quarterly report:

  • AWS announced it will open an infrastructure region with three Availability Zones in Sweden in 2018. AWS currently operates 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another five Availability Zones across two AWS Regions in France and China expected to come online this year.
  • Recent AWS enterprise customer highlights include: Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company, announced it is going “all-in” on AWS; Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, migrated their business-critical mobile applications, e-commerce websites, and key corporate IT infrastructure applications to AWS; HERE Technologies, a leading global provider of maps and location services, disclosed that AWS is its preferred cloud infrastructure provider and continues to expand its use of AWS to power its new Open Location Platform services; Liberty Mutual announced it is using AWS to speed implementation of a new state-of-the-art business platform to quickly bring new products and capabilities to their customers and operations; and Snap, Inc. expanded their use of AWS and announced a new, enterprise agreement to use $1 billion of AWS services over the next five years.
  • AWS announced that customers have migrated more than 23,000 databases using the AWS Database Migration Service since it became generally available in 2016.


http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-presentations

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AWS Launches Contact Center Service

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) introduced Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud-based contact center service with no up-front costs, long-term commitment or infrastructure.

The service is based on the same contact center technology used by Amazon customer service associates, who are handling millions of customer conversations.  Customers pay by the minute for Amazon Connect usage plus any associated telephony services.



AWS said its service makes it possible to design contact flows that adapt based on information from AWS services (e.g. Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Redshift, or Amazon Aurora) or third-party systems (e.g. CRM or analytics solutions). For example, an airline could design an Amazon Connect contact flow to recognize a caller’s phone number, look up their travel schedule in a booking database, and present options like “rebook,” or “cancel” if the caller just missed a flight. And, customers can build natural language contact flows using Amazon Lex, an AI service that has the same automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology and natural language understanding (NLU) that powers Amazon Alexa, so callers can simply say what they want instead of having to listen to long lists of menu options and guess which one is most closely related to what they want to do.

“Ten years ago, we made the decision to build our own customer contact center technology from scratch because legacy solutions did not provide the scale, cost structure, and features we needed to deliver excellent customer service for our customers around the world,” said Tom Weiland, Vice President of Worldwide Customer Service, Amazon. “This choice has been a differentiator for us, as it is used today by our agents around the world in the millions of interactions they have with our customers. We’re excited to offer this technology to customers as an AWS service – with all of the simplicity, flexibility, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of the cloud.”

https://aws.amazon.com/connect/

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

AWS Gears Up Massive Multiplayer Games

Amazon Web Services' GameLift service has added support for games built with any C++ or C# game engine, including Amazon Lumberyard, Unreal Engine, Unity, and custom developed engines.

Amazon GameLift enables developers to scale their dedicated multiplayer game servers to support millions of players using AWS’s highly available cloud infrastructure, without investing thousands of hours in upfront engineering.

AWS also announced that Amazon GameLift includes new matchmaking functionality that intelligently selects the closest available game server based on each player’s location, giving players the lowest possible latency by leveraging AWS’s broad global footprint. Game developers only pay for the compute, storage, and bandwidth resources their games use, with no upfront commitments or monthly contracts. To get started with Amazon GameLift, visit

“The majority of leading game companies use AWS, and our customers have consistently asked us for an easier way to deploy, operate, and scale dedicated game servers for their multiplayer games,” said Chris Dury, General Manager, Amazon GameLift. “We built Amazon GameLift to save developers time and money while delivering world-class experiences for their players. We are excited to now offer Amazon GameLift’s benefits to more game developers by adding support for any C++ and C# game engine.”

http://aws.amazon.com/gamelift

Thursday, February 2, 2017

AWS Sales Rocketed 47% YoY in Q4 2016

In its financial report for Q4 2016, Amazon noted that sales for AWS rose 47% YoY to reach #3.546 billion.  Operating income rose 60% YoY to reach $923 million.

Some AWS highlights for the quarter:

  • AWS accelerated its infrastructure expansion in 2016, opening eleven Availability Zones across five geographic regions in the U.S., Korea, India, and most recently, Canada and the U.K. AWS now operates 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions globally and plans to open an additional five Availability Zones in two regions (France and a second region in China) in the coming months.
  • AWS announced that customers migrated more than 18,000 databases using the AWS Database Migration Service in 2016.
  • AWS continues to accelerate its pace of innovation with the release of 308 significant new services and features in the fourth quarter, bringing the total number of launches in 2016 to 1,017.
  • AWS announced three Artificial Intelligence (AI) services that make it easy for any developer to build apps that can understand natural language, turn text into lifelike speech, have conversations using voice or text, analyze images and recognize faces, objects, and scenes. Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, and Amazon Rekognition are based on the same proven, highly scalable AI technology built by the thousands of deep learning and machine learning experts across Amazon. AWS also announced a significant investment in MXNet, an open source distributed deep learning framework. AWS will contribute code and improve the MXNet developer experience to enable machine learning scientists to build scalable deep learning models that can significantly reduce the training time for their applications.
  • AWS announced Amazon Athena, a pay-as-you-go, interactive query service that makes it easy for customers to analyze data directly in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) using standard SQL. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can point Amazon Athena at their data stored in Amazon S3 and begin using standard SQL to run queries and get results in seconds. With Amazon Athena there are no clusters to manage and tune, no infrastructure to setup or manage, and customers pay only for the queries they run.
  • AWS announced AWS Greengrass and AWS Snowball Edge, hybrid services that help customers extend the power of the AWS Cloud to connected devices and other environments that exist beyond the network edge.
  • AWS announced AWS Snowmobile, an Exabyte-scale data transfer service that customers can use to move extremely large amounts of data to AWS. Each Snowmobile is a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container pulled by a semi-trailer truck that is capable of moving up to 100 PB of data — from video libraries and image repositories to entire data centers — to the AWS Cloud in as little as a few weeks.
  • AWS announced seven new compute services and capabilities to support an even wider range of applications, introducing the next generations of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Memory Optimized, Compute Optimized, and High input/output (I/O) instances, adding a way for customers to get started quickly with virtual private servers (VPS) through Amazon Lightsail, and delivering hardware acceleration with Elastic GPUs and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-enabled F1 instances.
  • AWS announced the expansion of Amazon Aurora to include full PostgreSQL compatibility. With Amazon Aurora’s new PostgreSQL support, customers can get up to several times better performance than the typical PostgreSQL database and take advantage of the scalability, durability, and security capabilities of Amazon Aurora — all for one-tenth the cost of commercial grade databases.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon QuickSight, a very fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy for all employees, regardless of their technical skill, to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data at one-tenth the cost of traditional solutions.


http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2241835

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

AWS London Opens for Business

Amazon Web Services officially launched its AWS London Region, offering two availability zones (data centers).  The new London Region is currently available for multiple services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

The London Region joins Ireland and Frankfurt as AWS’ third European location. This brings the number of AWS Regions worldwide to sixteen, and the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 42.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2016/12/announcing-the-aws-europe-london-region/

Monday, December 12, 2016

Stratoscale Cloud Infrastructure Software Supports AWS + On-Prem Strategies

Stratoscale released the latest version of its cloud infrastructure software, enabling enterprises to transition towards a hybrid and AWS-based strategy. Stratoscale's Symphony transforms any x86 server into elastic, usable and consumable cloud capacity that is AWS compatible.

“Cloud-native applications are rapidly becoming the standard, driving enterprises to build AWS-driven strategies for applications and data. The adoption of an ‘all-in’ cloud strategy, however, presents significant challenges as enterprises re-evaluate existing infrastructure and applications. Moving workloads between environments requires a detailed long-term plan and significant investments and adjustments,” explained Ariel Maislos, Stratoscale’s founder and CEO. “As a part of this migration process, Stratoscale Symphony 3 offers a unique value by transforming the data center into a hybrid and AWS-compatible environment.”

Highlights of Stratoscale Symphony 3:

Object Store
Stratoscale Symphony 3 now offers unified and durable cloud-driven storage in which object storage resides side by side with block storage on the same hyperconverged infrastructure. Symphony’s software-defined storage allows admins to shift resources between the different storage types without the need to manage multiple siloed storage solutions, offering the sought-after scalability, agility and flexibility.

Kubernetes-as-a-Service
Symphony’s container service now offers a fully managed Kubernetes-as-a-Service that removes the operational barriers of adopting a container-based strategy by reducing the need for skilled and experienced talent as well as the life-cycle overhead of Kubernetes. Symphony’s Kubernetes services offer direct access to Kubernetes GUI, enabling enterprises to leverage existing practices and minimize the learning curve.
Symphony is responsible for keeping the cluster up and running according to the defined size and providing network access to the cluster endpoints and nodes maintenance. Administrators can now easily monitor their cluster health and usage.

AWS Region
Symphony now enables business units to leverage the same AWS DevOps tools they adopted for cloud-native application and implement them for on-premises workloads. By creating an AWS Region in the enterprise data center, teams can modernize apps and deliver them in a short time, ensuring a high level of portability and alignment with the AWS cloud vision.
Symphony offers EC2, EBS, S3 and VPC services with additional AWS compatible services to be introduced in the near future.

Application Catalog
Symphony’s application marketplace includes more than 130 pre-packaged stacks of a wide variety of enterprise applications. With a single click users can install and deploy the entire application stack. Pre-set automated configurations reduce the operational complexity, boosting agility and shortening time-to-market.

http://www.stratoscale.com

Stratoscale Secures $27M for Hyperconverged Software

Stratoscale, a start-up based in Herzeliya, Israel, secured $27 million in Series C financing for its distributed data center operating system.

Stratoscale's hardware-agnostic Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution that offers a holistic data center experience. Its rack-scale architecture aims to transform standard x86 servers into a hyper-converged infrastructure for cloud services while supporting both containers and virtualization on the same platform.  Stratoscale’s true “plug and play” architecture supports OpenStack and Docker.

Qualcomm Ventures joined the Series C financing round with participation from all existing investors. Stratoscale has now raised over $70 million in funding over the past three years that is dedicated to support global expansion of the company.

“Today’s data center managers are looking to Stratoscale to help them more effectively manage their technology infrastructure. To help us scale globally, we are proud to have the support and investment from Qualcomm Ventures,” said Ariel Maislos, CEO of Stratoscale. “This investment enables us to accelerate our adoption in the market and expand operations more quickly to meet the demand for an all-inclusive data center cloud offering that is scalable and efficient. We continue to deliver on the promise of what data centers should be without the burden of being locked into legacy infrastructure that doesn’t grow with your business.”

http://www.stratoscale.com

Thursday, December 8, 2016

AWS Canada Opens with Two Data Centers in Quebec

A new AWS Canada (Central) Region is now available for customers to store their data and run their cloud applications in Canada.

The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones (data centers) at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.

Amazon Web Services noted that its data centers in Quebec will draw from a regional electricity grid that is 99 percent powered by hydropower.

AWS now has 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally. Another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months.

“For many years, we’ve had an enthusiastic base of customers in Canada choosing the AWS Cloud because it has more functionality than other cloud platforms, an extensive APN Partner and customer ecosystem, as well as unmatched maturity, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “Our Canadian customers and APN Partners asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Canada, so they can run their mission-critical workloads and store sensitive data on AWS infrastructure located in Canada. A local AWS Region will serve as the foundation for new cloud initiatives in Canada that can transform business, customer experiences, and enhance the local economy.”

“Significant projects like the one being realized by Amazon Web Services represent the kind of large-scale investment that take Quebec a long way toward its goals in the digital world. Indeed, this initiative will stimulate the development of cloud computing in Quebec, a key area that can be an engine for our province's information technology and communication sector,” declared Dominique Anglade, Minister of the Economy, Science, and Innovation in Quebec, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy.

https://aws.amazon.com/

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Palo Alto Networks Offers AutoScaling Firewalls on AWS

Palo Alto Networks has integrated its VM-Series virtualized next-generation firewalls with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). This allows enterprise customers to automatically scale the cyber breach prevention capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform as their AWS workload demands fluctuate.

Additionally, Palo Alto Networks joins the AWS Competency Program for Security, which highlights partners who have demonstrated success in building products and solutions on AWS to support customers in multiple areas, including infrastructure security, policy management, identity management, security monitoring, vulnerability management, and data protection.

"Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform provides customers with superior cyber breach prevention capabilities, including security for cloud-based applications. Through our close integration with AWS, customers can now grow and scale their cloud environments with even greater ease and automation while enhancing and maintaining their security posture across public cloud and hybrid environments," stated Lee Klarich, executive vice president, Product Management, Palo Alto Networks.

http://www.paloaltonetworks.com

Barracuda Adds Metered Billing for Application Firewall on AWS

Barracuda announced a new metered billing option for its Web Application Firewall on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The metered billing option enables customers to deploy an unlimited number of Web Application Firewalls and only pay for what they consume.

The company said its Web Application Firewall is the first third-party web application security solution available on the AWS Marketplace where customer usage is aggregated and charged as part of an existing AWS bill, regardless of the number of the Barracuda Web Application Firewalls deployed.

Barracuda also announced an API integration between Barracuda's Web Application Firewall and NextGen Firewall solutions, helping customers simplify the way application security is deployed and managed.

"Barracuda and AWS actively embrace the shared responsibility model to ensure our customers are able to maximize their cloud investments," said Nicole Napiltonia, vice president, Alliances at Barracuda. "The current threat landscape has proven the importance of web application security and extending that to the cloud. As a long-time AWS partner, we are excited to be the first ISV to roll out web application firewall metered billing to our customers, giving them more choice and flexibility in how they secure their AWS environment."

http://www.barracuda.com


Chef Launches as Fully Managed Service on AWS

Chef's commercial platform have been integrated into a new managed service provided, supported, and backed by Amazon Web Service (AWS).

Chef's tools aid in configuring, deploying, and scaling cloud and on-premises infrastructure automating infrastructure as code.

The cloud version provides access to Chef's entire platform, while also taking care of all Chef maintenance, from provisioning environments to backups.

"Many of our customers have been using Chef for years to easily manage their cloud infrastructure. This new solution delivers robust automation capabilities with almost no setup or maintenance required," said Scott Wiltamuth, VP of Developer and Productivity Tools, AWS. "AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate makes it even easier for customers to ensure their cloud and on-premises resources are fast and secure. Development and operations teams have a strong foundation for leveraging DevOps practices in AWS or on-premises to turbocharge software delivery."

https://www.chef.io/opsworks/

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