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

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

IBM to deliver Software as-a-Service on AWS

IBM plans to offer a broad array of its software catalog as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) on AWS.

The companies said their strategic agreement will provide clients with quick and easy access to IBM Software that spans automation, data and AI, security and sustainability capabilities. The solution is built on Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA), and runs cloud-native on AWS. The two companies are also committing to a broad range of joint investments to make it easier for clients to consume IBM Software on AWS, including integrated go-to-market activities across sales and marketing, channel incentives, developer enablement and training, and solution development for key verticals and industries such as Oil and Gas, Travel and Transportation, and others.

The IBM Software catalog as cloud-native services on AWS will include: IBM API Connect, IBM Db2, IBM Observability by Instana APM, IBM Maximo Application Suite, IBM Security ReaQta, IBM Security Trusteer, IBM Security Verify, and IBM Watson Orchestrate, with others to follow later this year.

"Our collaboration with IBM allows joint customers to accelerate their modernization to the cloud and consume IBM services in a cloud native manner on AWS," said Matt Garman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AWS. "Through our multiyear agreement, AWS will work with IBM to offer a broad array of IBM Software as SaaS on AWS. In addition, we'll be working together on stronger joint marketing and co-selling programs for customers."

Thursday, May 5, 2022

BT signs 5-year preferred cloud deal with AWS

BT’s Digital unit announced a five-year deal naming Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud as it transforms legacy infrastructure and internal applications to a new cloud-first architecture. 

Over the next five years, BT intends to continue to make significant investments and use of AWS technology to accelerate its digital transformation with a particular focus on application workloads via containers and serverless technologies.

“We have a big opportunity when it comes to modernising our infrastructure, and our collaboration with AWS is a key one for us as we deliver the transformation needed to accelerate BT,” comments Thomas Dücke, Chief Operating Officer, BT Digital.

Adolfo Hernandez, Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Global Industry Business Unit, AWS, says: “BT’s move to cloud-first applications can help reduce IT maintenance costs, streamline operations and help it better adapt to evolving customer needs. Plus, the AWS pay-as-you-go model offers flexibility so BT only pays for the IT needed.”

BT and Google Cloud form strategic partnership

Google Cloud and BT announced a strategic, five-year partnership to accelerate BT’s company-wide digital transformation. The collaboration will involve BT using a suite of Google Cloud products and services—including cloud infrastructure, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, security, and API management—to deliver superior customer experiences, reduce costs and risk, and build new revenue streams. The companies...

BT to implement Rackspace Fabric for multi-cloud services

BT and Rackspace Technology announced a partnership focused on multicloud management and optimization. Under the terms of the agreement, BT hybrid cloud services will be based on Rackspace Technology’s solutions, including its Rackspace Fabric management layer.Rackspace supports four primary technology stacks: AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and VMware. Rackspace Fabric is a single platform for consistent, automated cloud services,...

BT confirms Ericsson for 5G core

BT signed a deal to deploy Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core (Evolved Packet Core and 5G Core), a fully container-based, cloud native Mobile Packet Core for 4G, 5G Non-standalone and 5G Standalone services as a single fully integrated core. The solution, delivered on BT’s Network Cloud, will form a key component in BT’s move to a single converged IP network. It will incorporate network orchestration and automation, including continuous delivery and integration...

BT picks Juniper for virtualized telco cloud

BT has selected Juniper Networks to power its Network Cloud roll-out and enable a more flexible, virtualized network infrastructure. The Network Cloud will enable BT to combine a range of currently discrete network functions and deploy them on a cloud infrastructure that is built to a common framework and shared across the organization, throughout the UK and globally. These include services across BT’s voice, mobile core and radio/access, global...

BT picks Ciena's Blue Planet for automation software

 BT has selected Ciena's Blue Planet automation software as part of its drive to deliver market-leading user experience for its multinational enterprise customers. Blue Planet software automates the design and activation of end-to-end network connectivity, helping BT to offer superior digital experience for its customers. Deployed in BT’s cloud, Blue Planet eliminates the need for manual processes to help optimize operations, reduce costs and...

Saturday, April 30, 2022

AWS Wavelength opens in Toronto

Amazon opened its first AWS Wavelength site in Toronto in partnership with Bell Canada.  

AWS Wavelength enables local deployment of AWS compute and storage services within telecommunications providers’ data centers at the edge of the 5G networks. The company cites single-digit millisecond latencies to mobile devices and end users. The local facilities also benefit from seamlessly access to AWS services in the closest AWS Region.

AWS Wavelength use cases include:

  • Delivery of high-resolution and high-fidelity live video streaming.
  • Improved experience for augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) applications.
  • Running machine learning (ML) inference at the edge for applications in medical diagnostics, retail, and factories.
  • Connected vehicle applications with near real-time connectivity with the cloud to improve driver assistance, autonomous driving, and in-vehicle entertainment experiences.

The first AWS Wavelength Zones in the U.S. opened in 2020 in the US. The service has since expanded to Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

AWS generates Q1 sales of $18.4 billion, up 37% yoy

In its quarterly financial report Amazon revealed that AWS generated Q1 sales of $18.441 billion, up 37% compared to the same period last year. AWS generated operating income for Q1 of $6.518 billion compared to $4.163 billion in Q1 2021.

 “The pandemic and subsequent war in Ukraine have brought unusual growth and challenges,” said Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO. “With AWS growing 34% annually over the last two years, and 37% year-over-year in the first quarter, AWS has been integral in helping companies weather the pandemic and move more of their workloads into the cloud. Our Consumer business has grown 23% annually over the past two years, with extraordinary growth in 2020 of 39% year-over-year that necessitated doubling the size of our fulfillment network that we’d built over Amazon’s first 25 years—and doing so in just 24 months. Today, as we’re no longer chasing physical or staffing capacity, our teams are squarely focused on improving productivity and cost efficiencies throughout our fulfillment network."

A few Q1 AWS highlights from Amazon:

  • T-Systems, a global service provider for information technologies and digital transformation, selected AWS to launch a managed service in the cloud to provide encryption and implement transparent residency controls for customers’ data in the EU. 
  • Verizon migrated its fleet management software platform, Verizon Connect, to AWS to help businesses of all sizes more effectively manage their commercial transportation needs. 
  • Telefónica expanded its strategic collaboration with AWS to invest in joint go-to-market activities, develop new cloud solutions, and increase AWS Cloud skills among the Telefónica workforce. Telefónica will use AWS to bring innovation to customers faster and help them better leverage the agility of the cloud by launching value-added solutions such as edge computing and built-for-the-cloud private 5G networks that run on AWS Outposts. 
  • Commnet Broadband, a broadband communications provider for tribal and rural communities in the U.S., is working with AWS to transform its network and bring AWS services to health care, education, tribal, government, mining, business, and carrier customers in the rural, southwest U.S. 
  • Etisalat UAE, a telecommunications provider based in the United Arab Emirates, announced a collaboration with AWS to use 5G private networks and mobile edge computing to build prepackaged solutions for industrial use cases including energy, manufacturing, and logistics.
  • Boeing selected AWS as a strategic cloud provider to deliver tools to support more powerful, sustainable, and efficient aerospace design, engineering, and management solutions. Boeing will run high-performance computing workloads on AWS and plans to move many of their most important applications to AWS. 
  • German national football league Bundesliga announced new Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS to give fans deeper insights into the action on the pitch, including Set Piece Threat, which provides information on a team’s scoring ability from plays such as free kicks and corner kicks, and Skill, which compares Bundesliga players to visualize the skills they bring to their teams and positions. 
  • The National Hockey League (NHL) and AWS announced Face-off Probability, a live in-game stat that instantly shows the odds of a player winning a face-off and possession of the puck. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owner of some of Canada’s best-known sports franchises, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Football Club, and Toronto Argonauts, selected AWS as its official cloud provider and official provider of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning cloud services to create and deliver extraordinary sports moments and enhanced fan engagement.
  • Amdocs, a provider of software and services to communications and media companies, used AWS to implement a program enabling 12 billion secure, real-time online and offline business transactions per day in the cloud. 
  • Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business reengineering solutions, selected AWS to power an automation platform designed to accelerate the adoption and deployment of 5G networks by telecommunications carriers.
  • AWS completed the launch of its first 16 Local Zones in the U.S. and announced plans for new Local Zones in 32 metropolitan areas in 26 countries around the world. AWS Local Zones is a type of infrastructure deployment that extends AWS Regions to place compute, storage, database, and other AWS services at the edge of the cloud near large population, industry, and information technology centers. These new Local Zones expand AWS’s infrastructure footprint globally beyond its existing 84 Availability Zones in 26 geographic regions, enabling AWS customers to build applications that deliver single-digit millisecond latency performance at the edge of the cloud to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Amazon Aurora Serverless delivers fast scaling for databases

Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless v2, the next generation of Amazon Aurora Serverless capable of scaling database workloads to hundreds of thousands of transactions in a fraction of a second. Instead of doubling capacity every time a workload must scale, Amazon Aurora Serverless v2 continuously monitors database activity and adjusts capacity in fine-grained increments to provide just the right amount of database resources an application needs. 

Customers  pay for the capacity they consume, which AWS says can save up to 90% of database costs when compared to the cost of provisioning for peak capacity. 

Amazon Aurora Serverless v2 inherits the previous version's capabilities for high availability, performance, and resiliency, with low latency and fast querying.

“Amazon Aurora is the first relational database built from the ground up for the cloud. Today, more than a hundred thousand customers choose to run their database workloads on Amazon Aurora because it delivers the performance and availability of the highest-grade commercial databases at one-tenth the cost,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning at AWS.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

AWS to build dozens of Local Zones around the world

Amazon Web Services plans to build AWS Local Zones in dozens of metropolitan areas around the world to support edge services.

The company has already completed its first 16 AWS Local Zones in the U.S. and over the next 2 years plans to launch new AWS Local Zones in 32 new metropolitan areas in 26 countries: Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Bangkok, Bengaluru, Berlin, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chennai, Copenhagen, Delhi, Hanoi, Helsinki, Johannesburg, Kolkata, Lima, Lisbon, Manila, Munich, Nairobi, Oslo, Perth, Prague, Querétaro, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, and Warsaw.

AWS Local Zones provide the infrastructure for delivering compute, storage, database, and other AWS services at the edge of the cloud while ensuring single-digit millisecond latency by being closer to end users than regional cloud on-premises data centers. AWS Local Zones allow customers to use core AWS services locally while seamlessly connecting to the rest of their workloads running in AWS Regions with the same elasticity, pay-as-you-go model, application programming interfaces (APIs), and toolsets. 

AWS said it has thousands of customers for its AWS Local Zones, including Netflix, Couchbase, Supercell, and FOX Corporation.

“The edge of the cloud is expanding and is now becoming available virtually everywhere,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “Thousands of AWS customers using U.S.-based AWS Local Zones are able to optimize low-latency applications designed specifically for their industries and the use cases of their customers. With the success of our first Local Zones in 16 U.S. cities, we are expanding to more locations for our customers around the world who have asked for these same capabilities to push the edge of cloud services to new places. AWS Local Zones will now be available in over 30 new locations globally, providing customers with a powerful new capability to leverage cloud services within a few milliseconds of hundreds of millions of end users around the world.”

Thursday, February 3, 2022

AWS hits a $71 billion annual revenue run rate

AWS net revenue for Q4 2021 reached $17.780 billion, up from $12.742 billion a year earlier. Operating income for the quarter reached $5.293 billion. For full year 2021, AWS net revenue amounted to $62.202 billion, with operating income of $18.532 billion. The company said AWS is now on a $71 billion per year revenue run rate.

During Q4, AWS continued to expand its infrastructure footprint, opening the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region and announcing plans to launch the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region in late 2023 or early 2024. Newly released AWS economic impact studies estimate that the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will create 24,700 direct and indirect jobs through a planned investment of $5 billion (IDR$71 trillion) in Indonesia over the next 15 years, and AWS will invest over $17 billion (CA$21 billion) in Canada by 2037 on the construction and operation of its two Canadian infrastructure Regions. 

Globally, AWS has 84 Availability Zones across 26 geographic Regions, with announced plans to launch 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Telenor teams with AWS, implements a mobile core in the cloud

Telenor and AWS announced a collaboration agreement focused on new 5G and edge services.

The companies plan joint go-to-market activities in select industries—such as manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, and automotive.

Telenor, which becomes a member of the AWS Partner Network, plans to scale its cloud footprint while innovating to develop new services that use a combination of the most advanced and secure cloud technologies from AWS.

Working with AWS, Telenor has already implemented an entire mobile core, running in the cloud, for Vimla—Telenor’s virtual mobile network operator brand in Sweden. Vimla uses a wide range of AWS services, including Amazon ElastiCache, AWS Lambda, AWS Transit Gateway, and others . The new cloud-based mobile core at Vimla is developed and managed as-a-service by Working Group Two, a company incubated by Telenor. 

“Working with AWS, we are continuing to advance and modernise the telecommunications industry—digitalising and expanding our offerings beyond connectivity. Together, we are building on our individual strengths and scaling secure, robust, and advanced cloud services, alongside the latest networking technology, for our customers much faster than we could ever do before. Our shared ambition is to use scalable and flexible building blocks from AWS to continuously raise the bar for what’s possible,” says Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

“Telenor is pushing the boundaries of innovation by running their Vimla core on AWS. Cloud technology is allowing Telenor to scale their network in a way that was not possible before and is allowing them to experiment and develop new experiences for customers to keep them engaged, entertained, and online. We are pleased to collaborate with Telenor as they continue to expand this innovative work to other parts of their business,” says Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS.

Amazon previews AWS Private 5G

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new managed service that helps enterprises set up and scale private 5G mobile networks using license-free CBRS spectrum.

Customers of the forthcoming AWS Private 5G service will be able to use the AWS console to specify where they want to build a mobile network and the network capacity needed for their devices. AWS will then deliver and maintain the small cell radio units, servers, 5G core and radio access network (RAN) software, and subscriber identity modules (SIM cards) required to set up a private 5G network and connect devices. AWS Private 5G automates the setup and deployment of the network and scales capacity on demand to support additional devices and increased network traffic. Pricing is based on network capacity and throughput. There are no upfront fees or per-device costs. 

“Many of our customers want to leverage the power of 5G to establish their own private networks on premises, but they tell us that the current approaches make it time-consuming, difficult, and expensive to set up and deploy private networks,” said David Brown, Vice President, EC2 at AWS. “With AWS Private 5G, we’re extending hybrid infrastructure to customers’ 5G networks to make it simple, quick, and inexpensive to set up a private 5G network. Customers can start small and scale on-demand, pay as they go, and monitor and manage their network from the AWS console.”

Monday, January 10, 2022

AWS adds EC2 instances for HPC workloads powered by AMD

AWS introduced new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Hpc6a instances, powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, for tightly coupled high performance computing (HPC) workloads. 

Hpc6a instances promise up to 65% better price performance compared to similar compute-optimized Amazon EC2 instances for HPC workloads and can be scaled to carry out complex calculations across a range of cluster sizes—up to tens of thousands of cores. 

Hpc6a instances are enabled with Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA)—a network interface for Amazon EC2 instances—by default. With EFA networking, customers benefit from low latency, low jitter, and up to 100 Gbps of EFA networking bandwidth to increase operational efficiency and drive faster time-to-results for workloads that rely on inter-instance communications. Hpc6a instances are powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors that run at frequencies up to 3.6 GHz and provide 384 GB of memory. Using Hpc6a instances, customers can more cost-effectively tackle their biggest and most difficult academic, scientific, and business problems with HPC, and realize the benefits of AWS with superior price performance.

“By consistently innovating and creating new purpose-built Amazon EC2 instances for virtually every type of workload, AWS customers have realized huge price performance benefits for some of today’s most business-critical applications. While high performance computing has helped solve some of the most difficult problems in science, engineering, and business, effectively running HPC workloads can be cost-prohibitive for many organizations,” said David Brown, Vice President of Amazon EC2 at AWS. “Purpose-built for HPC workloads, Hpc6a instances now help customers realize up to 65% better price performance for their HPC clusters at virtually any scale, so they can focus on solving the biggest problems that matter to them most without the cost barriers that exist today.”

“We are excited to continue our momentum with AWS and provide their customers with this new, powerful instance for high performance computing workloads,” said Dan McNamara, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Server Business at AMD. “AMD EPYC processors are helping customers of all sizes solve some of their biggest and most complex problems. From small universities to enterprises to large research facilities, Hpc6a instances powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors open up the world of powerful HPC performance with cloud scalability to more customers around the world.”

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

AWS hit by loss of power within a data center in US-EAST-1 Region

 At 4:35 AM PST on December 22, Amazon Web Services reported increased EC2 launch failures and networking connectivity issues for some instances in its US-EAST-1 Region. Shortly after, AWS confirmed a loss of power within a single data center within a single Availability Zone (USE1-AZ4) in its US-EAST-1 Region. 

The outage impacted availability and connectivity to EC2 instances that are part of the affected data center within the affected Availability Zone. AWS also reported elevated RunInstance API error rates for launches within the affected Availability Zone. 

By 5:39 AM PST, AWS restored power to all instances and network devices within the affected data center. Network connectivity within the affected Availability Zone returned to normal levels.

As of 9:28 AM PST, AWS was still working to restore connectivity issues between some remaining EC2 instances and EBS volumes in the affected data center. AWS also noted increased error rates for some customers using Directory Services AD Connector or Managed AD with Amazon SSO in US-EAST-1 Region.

AWS attributes outage to surge from automated scaling of internal network

At 7:30 AM PST on December 7th, 2021, an automated activity at AWS Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region that is used to scale capacity of services hosted in the main AWS network triggered an unexpected behavior from a large number of clients inside the internal network. The unexpected behavior resulted in a large surge of connection activity that overwhelmed the networking devices between the internal network and the main AWS network, resulting in...

AWS hit by outage in US-EAST-1 region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced an outage started on Dec 7, 2021 at approximately 15:40 UTC impacting various regions worldwide.The AWS status page reported API and console issues in the US-EAST-1 Region, which is used to host the AWS global console landing page. The trouble included elevated error rates for EC2 APIs in the US-EAST-1 region. At 12:34 EST, the company said the root cause was "impairment of several network devices," confirmed...

Monday, December 13, 2021

AWS Region opens in Jakarta

Amazon Web Services has activated AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region, providing its cloud services from data centers located in Indonesia. 

AWS estimates spending on the construction and operation of the new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will create 24,700 direct and indirect jobs with an estimated $5 billion (IDR$71 trillion) in planned investment in the local economy. The Region will also add an estimated $10.9 billion (IDR$155 trillion) over the next 15 years to Indonesia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region, AWS has 84 Availability Zones across 26 geographic regions globally, with announced plans to launch 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations. Availability Zones are located far enough from each other to support customers’ business continuity but near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. 

“The cloud provides organizations of all types and sizes—from businesses to educational institutions to government agencies—opportunities to transform their operations and reinvent experiences for their customers and end users,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “AWS is excited to announce our new Region in Asia Pacific and help Indonesian institutions, innovative startups, and world-leading companies deliver cloud-powered applications to fuel economic development across the country. Organizations across industries in Indonesia can now take advantage of the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region to lower costs, increase agility, and drive innovation.”

“Infrastructure from the world’s leading cloud provider plays a critical role in accelerating our digital economy,” said Perry Warjiyo, Governor of Bank Indonesia, the nation’s central bank. “We expect that AWS’s cloud technology will help us achieve our vision and goals outlined in the Indonesia Payment Systems 2045 blueprint, fully digitalizing the nation’s payment systems and integrating a multitude of stakeholders and economic activities under the guiding principles of security and data protection.”

Sunday, December 12, 2021

AWS attributes outage to surge from automated scaling of internal network

At 7:30 AM PST on December 7th, 2021, an automated activity at AWS Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region that is used to scale capacity of services hosted in the main AWS network triggered an unexpected behavior from a large number of clients inside the internal network. The unexpected behavior resulted in a large surge of connection activity that overwhelmed the networking devices between the internal network and the main AWS network, resulting in delays for communication between these networks. These delays increased latency and errors for services communicating between these networks, resulting in even more connection attempts and retries. This led to persistent congestion and performance issues on the devices connecting the two networks." The traffic surge impacted the control planes that are used for creating and managing AWS resources.  In particular, API Gateway servers were impacted by their inability to communicate with the internal network during the early part of this event. As a result of these errors, many API Gateway servers eventually got into a state where they needed to be replaced in order to serve requests successfully. 

In a blog posting, Amazon Web Services (AWS) apologized for the incident and said it has already taken several actions to prevent a recurrence of this event, including disabling of the automated scaling process until a remediation method is deployed.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

AWS hit by outage in US-EAST-1 region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced an outage started on Dec 7, 2021 at approximately 15:40 UTC impacting various regions worldwide.

The AWS status page reported API and console issues in the US-EAST-1 Region, which is used to host the AWS global console landing page. The trouble included elevated error rates for EC2 APIs in the US-EAST-1 region. 

At 12:34 EST, the company said the root cause was "impairment of several network devices," confirmed that recovery was underway, but could not provide an ETA for full recovery.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

AWS SiteLink bridges on-prem resources over global backbone

A new AWS Direct Connect SiteLink capability has been introduced to help enterprises create connections between  on-premises networks through the AWS global network backbone.

Amazon says its AWS global backbone can serves as an alternative to the public Internet or managed connectivity service for linking private data centers to branch office resources.

Previously, such connections required routing through an AWS Region and an AWS Transit Gateway.

Currently, AWS has 108 Direct Connect locations available in 32 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Traffic flows from one Direct Connect location to another following the shortest possible path. 

AWS Direct Connect SiteLink does not require a long-term contract. Service speed ranges from 50 Mbps to 100 Gbps. SiteLink also integrates with other AWS services, letting customers reach their VPCs, other AWS services, and  on-premises networks from your Direct Connect connections.

Once you connect your locations (NY1, AM3, Paris, and TY2 in the diagram) to a Direct Connect gateway, those connections can reach any AWS Region (except the two AWS China Regions). No peering between Regions is necessary, because Direct Connect gateways are global resources.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Meta deepens relationship with AWS as a strategic cloud provider

 Meta (formerly Facebook) has deepened its relationship with AWS as a strategic cloud provider to complement its existing on-premises infrastructure. 

Meta confirmed that it plans to broaden its use of AWS compute, storage, databases, and security services to provide privacy, reliability, and scale in the cloud. Meta will run third-party collaborations in AWS and use the cloud to support acquisitions of companies that are already powered by AWS. It will also use AWS’s compute services to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) research and development for its Meta AI group. In addition, Meta and AWS will work together to improve the performance for customers running PyTorch on AWS and accelerate how developers build, train, deploy, and operate artificial intelligence/machine learning models.

The companies will help machine learning researchers and developers by further optimizing PyTorch performance and its integration with core managed services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon SageMaker (AWS’s service that helps developers and data scientists build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly in the cloud and at the edge) for building, training, and deploying artificial intelligence models at scale. 

“Meta and AWS have been expanding our collaboration over the last five years,” said Kathrin Renz, Vice President of Business Development and Industries at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “With this agreement, AWS will continue to help Meta support research and development, drive innovation, and collaborate with third parties and the open-source community at scale. Customers can rely on Meta and AWS to collaborate on PyTorch, making it easier for them to build, train, and deploy deep learning models on AWS.”

“We are excited to extend our strategic relationship with AWS to help us innovate faster and expand the scale and scope of our research and development work,” said Jason Kalich, Vice President of Production Engineering at Meta. “The global reach and reliability of AWS will help us continue to deliver innovative experiences for the billions of people around the world that use Meta products and services and for customers running PyTorch on AWS.”

Monday, November 29, 2021

AWS launches Graviton2, NVIDIA T4G Tensor Core GPUs, Gen3 AMD EPYC

AWS announced the general availability of Amazon EC2 G5g instances that extend Graviton2 price-performance benefits to GPU-based workloads including graphics applications and machine learning inference. 

In addition to Graviton2 processors, G5g instances feature NVIDIA T4G Tensor Core GPUs to provide the best price performance for Android game streaming, with up to 25 Gbps of networking bandwidth and 19 Gbps of EBS bandwidth.

These instances provide up to 30 percent lower cost per stream per hour for Android game streaming than x86-based GPU instances. G5g instances are also ideal for machine learning developers who are looking for cost-effective inference, have ML models that are sensitive to CPU performance, and leverage NVIDIA’s AI libraries.

The new G5g instances are available now, and you can start using them today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Asia-Pacific (Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo) Regions in On-Demand, Spot, Savings Plan, and Reserved Instance form.

In addition, AWS announced general availability of Amazon EC2 M6a instances featuring the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, running at frequencies up to 3.6 GHz to offer up to 35 percent price performance versus the previous generation M5a instances. Compared to M5a instances, the new M6a instances offer larger instance size with 48xlarge with up to 192 vCPUs and 768 GiB of memory, enabling more workloads on a single instance. M6a also offers Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) support for workloads that benefit from lower network latency and highly scalable inter-node communication, such as HPC and video processing. Up to 35 percent higher price performance per vCPU versus comparable M5a instances, up to 50 Gbps of networking speed, and up to 40 Gbps bandwidth of Amazon EBS, more than twice that of M5a instances.  Instances powered by the AMD EPYC processors are now available in the AWS US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions as On-Demand, Spot, and Reserved Instance or as part of a Savings Plan.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

AWS re:Invent opens this week - Free Tier increases data transfer allowance

Ahead of this week's AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas,  AWS Free Tier has expanded the amount of outbound data transfers as follows:

Data Transfer from AWS Regions to the Internet is now free for up to 100 GB of data per month (up from 1 GB per region). This includes Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, and so forth. The expansion does not apply to the AWS GovCloud or AWS China Regions.

Data Transfer from Amazon CloudFront is now free for up to 1 TB of data per month (up from 50 GB), and is no longer limited to the first 12 months after signup. We are also raising the number of free HTTP and HTTPS requests from 2,000,000 to 10,000,000, and removing the 12 month limit on the 2,000,000 free CloudFront Function invocations per month. The expansion does not apply to data transfer from CloudFront PoPs in China.

AWS also made 2 other significant announcements ahead of its event.

AWS Graviton2 Support for AWS Fargate serverless containers: AWS Graviton2 processors, which are custom-built by AWS using 64-bit Arm Neoverse, are adding support for AWS Fargate with Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS). AWS Fargate is the serverless compute engine for containers on AWS that removes the need to provision, scale, and manage servers. AWS Fargate powered by AWS Graviton2 processors delivers up to 40 percent better price-performance at 20 percent lower cost over comparable Intel x86-based Fargate for containerized applications.

Release 3.0 of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF): Serves as a plan for enterprise digital transformation.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

AWS hits quarterly revenue of $16 billion, up 39% yoy

AWS highlighted significant customer momentum with new wins with NXP, Capgemini Engineering, CARIAD, and Continental, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Boingo Wireless, Arctic Wolf Networks.

AWS announced plans to open an infrastructure Region in New Zealand in 2024 that will consist of three Availability Zones. A newly released AWS economic impact study estimates that the new infrastructure Region will create 1,000 new jobs in New Zealand over the next 15 years through the investment of $5.3 billion (NZ$7.5 billion). 

Globally, AWS has 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic Regions, with plans to launch 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

NXP Semiconductors moves its design tools to AWS

NXP Semiconductors designated AWS as its preferred cloud provider and is migrating the vast majority of its electronic design automation (EDA) workloads from NXP data centers to AWS. 

NXP is using AWS’s  global infrastructure and capabilities in high performance computing (HPC), storage, analytics, and machine learning to enhance collaboration and EDA throughput across dozens of its worldwide design centers, as well as to reduce costs with elastic scaling of compute resources and minimize scheduling risks for design projects. In addition, thanks to AWS’s virtually unlimited scale, NXP engineers gain more time to focus on innovation rather than managing compute resources.

“We believe cloud-based EDA is critical to accelerating semiconductor innovation and getting new designs to market faster to power an increasingly digital world where more and more devices and infrastructure are connected. AWS gives us the best scale, global presence, and selection of compute and storage options, with continuous improvements in price performance, that we need,” said Olli Hyyppa, CIO and senior vice president, NXP Semiconductors N.V. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with AWS to power the next generation of EDA workloads in the cloud. This will give precious time back to our design engineers to focus on innovation and lead the transformation of the semiconductor industry.”

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

AWS to Open Data Centers in New Zealand

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2024. 

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) and join the existing 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions at launch. The Region will be owned and operated by a local AWS entity in New Zealand. 

Globally, AWS has announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the new AWS Region in New Zealand. 

AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to help support customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security, and is connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. 

“AWS supports thousands of organizations across New Zealand in their drive to innovate, succeed, and grow globally. AWS Cloud technology is providing new ways for government to further engage with citizens, for enterprises to innovate for their next phase of growth, and for entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete on a global scale,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services, AWS. “Our investments reflect AWS’s deep and long-term commitment to New Zealand. We are excited to build new world-class infrastructure locally, train New Zealanders with in-demand digital skills, and continue to help local organizations deliver applications that accelerate digital transformation and fuel economic growth.”