Showing posts with label AWS. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

AWS continues to grow at 41% clip, profitability increases

Amazon Web Services (AWS) generated revenue of $7.696 billion in Q1 2019, up 41% over the same period last year.  Operating income for the business was $2.223 billion, up 59% year over year.

On a trailing 12 months (TTM) basis, AWS represents about 11% of Amazon's net sales on a global basis,
https://ir.aboutamazon.com/static-files/ade0787c-6617-4f69-8147-5d00ff0eb0bb

Some additional AWS highlights for the quarter:

  • Amazon announced renewable energy projects in Ireland, Sweden, and the U.S. totaling over 670,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually, as part of its long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy powering the AWS global infrastructure.
  • AWS announced several new customer commitments and major migrations during the quarter: Gogo and Lyft are going all-in on AWS; Second Spectrum and the L.A. Clippers named AWS their official cloud and machine learning provider; Standard Bank Group and Vertafore selected AWS as their preferred cloud provider; the Guinness Six Nations Championship named AWS as their official technology provider; Volkswagen is joining forces with AWS to transform automotive manufacturing, powering the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, and integrating more than 30,000 facilities and 1,500 suppliers and partners in Volkswagen’s global supply chain over time; and Ford and Autonomic, creators of the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), selected AWS to power TMC and become the standard connected car solution for Ford vehicles, giving automotive manufacturers and software developers the cloud infrastructure needed to build innovative connected vehicle services at scale.
  • AWS continued to expand its infrastructure to best serve customers, launching the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region, and announcing plans for the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region. AWS now provides 64 Availability Zones across 21 infrastructure regions globally, with announced plans for another 12 Availability Zones and four regions in Bahrain, Indonesia, Italy, and South Africa.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, a new storage class that provides secure, durable object storage for long-term retention of data that is rarely accessed, and priced at $0.00099 per GB-month (less than one-tenth of one cent, or $1 per TB-month).
  • AWS announced the general availability of Concurrency Scaling for Amazon Redshift, a new Amazon Redshift feature that automatically adds and removes capacity to handle unpredictable demand from thousands of concurrent users. With more than 200 new features and enhancements in the last two years, Amazon Redshift is delivering an average of 10x faster query times. Pfizer, McDonald’s, Hilton Hotels Worldwide, Yelp, Intuit, Redfin, FOX Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, Equinox Fitness, and Edmunds are among the more than 10,000 customers collectively processing more than two exabytes with Amazon Redshift every day.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon EFS Infrequent Access (IA), a new storage class for Amazon EFS that is designed for files accessed less frequently, enabling customers to reduce storage costs by up to 85% compared to the Amazon EFS Standard storage class. With EFS IA, Amazon EFS customers simply enable Lifecycle Management, and any file not accessed after 30 days gets automatically moved to the EFS IA storage class.
  • AWS announced Open Distro for Elasticsearch, a 100% open source distribution of the Elasticsearch analytics engine that includes features like security, alerting, cluster diagnostics, and SQL support. With all of the features of Open Distro for Elasticsearch licensed under Apache 2.0, developers can use it without any commercial use restrictions, providing customers a fully-featured, completely open source distribution that makes it easy for everyone to use, collaborate, and contribute.
  • AWS announced the general availability of Amazon WorkLink, a fully-managed service that enables companies to provide their workforce with secure one-click access to internal websites and web applications from their mobile devices without connecting to VPNs or using custom browsers. Amazon WorkLink removes the need to build and maintain complicated infrastructure and software deployments to secure mobile access to internal content while also reducing the risk of information loss or theft because content is never stored or cached on devices.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

AWS activates Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

Amazon Web Services activated a new AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region, its eighth active AWS Region in Asia Pacific and mainland China along with Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

The AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region offers three Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which are technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.

AWS now operates 64 Availability Zones within 21 geographic regions around the world, and has announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Bahrain, Cape Town, Jakarta, and Milan.

“Hong Kong is globally recognized as a leading financial tech hub and one of the top places where startups build their businesses, so we’ve had many customers asking us for an AWS Region in Hong Kong so they can build their businesses on the world’s leading cloud with the broadest and deepest feature set,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services. “The dynamic business environment that exists in Hong Kong – among startups, enterprises, and government organizations – is pushing them to be one of the foremost digital areas in Asia. By providing an AWS Region in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, we hope this enables more customers to be more agile, innovate, and transform their end-users’ experience for decades to come.”

https://aws.amazon.com/local/hongkong/

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ford signs multiyear car connectivity deal with AWS

Ford Motor Company and Autonomic have signed a multi-year, global agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud connectivity services and connected car application development services for the transportation industry.

Autonomic is developing a Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) powered by AWS that will become the standard connected car solution for Ford vehicles.

The solution will use the breadth and depth of AWS’ portfolio of services, including Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, analytics, and compute services.

“This collaboration will significantly expand our opportunity to deliver the very best experiences to Ford vehicle and mobility customers,” said Marcy Klevorn, president of Ford Mobility. “I am excited that our future cloud standard for connected vehicle solutions will be powered by AWS in addition to Autonomic’s Transportation Mobility Cloud. Working with AWS and Autonomic, Ford and our mobility partners will have access to the industry-leading mobility platform.”

“The collaboration with Ford and Autonomic transforms the way automotive customers and partners develop connected vehicle cloud services,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. “Autonomic customers will be able to bring innovative mobility services and differentiated customer experiences to their customers worldwide, by integrating TMC with AWS, the industry’s broadest and deepest cloud platform. Such capabilities, together with AWS’s Partner Network community and broad customer base in Automotive, will help reimagine the future of the automobile industry.”

Ford acquires Palo Alto-based Autonomic for cloud platform for mobility apps

Ford Motor Company announced its acquisition of Autonomic, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California that is developing an open cloud-based platform "for connecting and empowering tomorrow’s mobility systems." Financial terms were not disclosed.

Autonomic said it is working on building blocks for smart mobility applications and services. Ford said the acquisition will accelerate the automaker’s mission to establish the Transportation Mobility Cloud platform and support its plans to scale up other key mobility initiatives, including the drive toward full connectivity, Chariot and non-emergency medical transportation.

Ford also announced the acquisition of TransLoc, a Durham, North Carolina-based provider of demand-response technology for city-owned microtransit solutions.

Monday, April 8, 2019

AWS backs renewables in California, Ireland, Sweden

Amazon Web Services has signed three more renewable energy contracts for powering its global infrastructure: one in Ireland, one in Sweden, and one in the United States. Together, the three projects will deliver wind-generated energy that will total over 229 megawatts (MW) of power, with expected generation of over 670,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually.

In 2018, AWS exceeded 50 percent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. The long-term commitment is to reach 100%.

“Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services. “These projects are well-positioned to serve AWS data centers in Ireland, Sweden, and the US. We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy.”

  • In Ireland, AWS is backing a 91.2 MW wind farm in Donegal, which is expected to deliver clean energy no later than the end of 2021.
  • In Sweden, AWS will purchase 91 MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, which is expected to deliver renewable energy by the end of 2020.
  • In California, AWS is backing a windfarm in the Tehachapi Mountains, which is expected to bring up to 47 MW of new renewable energy capacity by the end of 2020.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/




Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AWS to Open New Region in Indonesia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will open an infrastructure region in Indonesia by the end of 2021 / early 2022, its ninth in Asia Pacific including Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and an upcoming region in Hong Kong SAR.

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch.

“The cloud has the power to transform businesses, educational institutions, and entire government agencies across Indonesia, and with another AWS infrastructure region coming to Asia Pacific, we look forward to helping accelerate this transformation,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services. “Opening an AWS Region in Indonesia will support the country’s fast-growing startup ecosystem, large Indonesian enterprises, and government agencies by helping drive more technology jobs and businesses, boosting the local economy, and enabling organizations across all verticals to lower costs, increase agility, and improve flexibility. We’re excited about AWS being a meaningful part of this journey.”

Currently, AWS provides 61 Availability Zones across 20 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 12 Availability Zones across four AWS Regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, and South Africa expected to come online by the first half of 2020.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

AWS announces lowest cost storage in the cloud -- S3 Glacier Deep Archive

Amazon Web Services announced general availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, a new durable object storage for long-term retention of data that is rarely accessed.

AWS said the new S3 Glacier Deep Archive is the lowest cost storage in the cloud: just $0.00099 per GB-month (less than one-tenth of one cent, or $1 per TB-month). This is significantly lower than storing and maintaining data in on-premises magnetic tape libraries or archiving data off-site.

The AWS S3 Glacier service provivdes retrieval options in minutes for archive data, while the new S3 Glacier Deep Archive is ideal for customers who want the lowest cost for archive data that is rarely accessed. In the event that recovery becomes necessary, the objects can be recovered in as little as 12 hours with S3 Glacier Deep Archive versus days or weeks with off-site tape.

“We have customers who have exabytes of storage locked away on tape, who are stuck managing tape infrastructure for the rare event of data retrieval. It’s hard to do and that data is not close to the rest of their data if they want to do analytics and machine learning on it,” said Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, Vice President, Amazon S3, AWS. “S3 Glacier Deep Archive costs just a dollar per terabyte per month and opens up rarely accessed storage for analysis whenever the business needs it, without having to deal with the infrastructure or logistics of tape access.”

https://aws.amazon.com/s3/storage-classes/




Volkswagen looks to AWS to build its Industrial Cloud

Amazon Web Services has been awarded a multi-year, global agreement to build the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, a cloud-based Industrial digital production platform that will transform the automotive company’s manufacturing and logistics processes.

Volkswagen will rely upon the breadth and depth of AWS’s portfolio of services, including IoT, machine learning, analytics, and compute services to increase plant efficiency and uptime, improve production flexibility, and increase vehicle quality.

The Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will bring together real-time data from all of the Volkswagen Group’s 122 manufacturing plants to manage the overall effectiveness of assembly equipment, as well as track parts and vehicles.

Volkswagen will use the suite of AWS IoT services, including AWS IoT Greengrass, AWS IoT Core, AWS IoT Analytics, and AWS IoT SiteWise, to detect, collect, organize, and run sophisticated analytics on data from the plant floor.

A key idea is to assemble a company-wide Data Lake built on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to analyze the data.  Volkswagen will use Amazon SageMaker, a fully-managed service that provides developers and data scientists with the ability to build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly, to optimize the operation of machinery and equipment in all of its plants. Additionally, Volkswagen plans to use AWS Outposts, which bring native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models on-premises, providing seamless functionality between the factory floor and the cloud for latency sensitive applications, offering a consistent hybrid experience.

Monday, March 18, 2019

AWS to offer NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs

Amazon Web Services will begin offering NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs as part of its Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) G4 instances.

The new G4 instances are aimed at AI services. Through AWS Marketplace, customers will be able to pair the G4 instances with NVIDIA GPU acceleration software, including NVIDIA CUDA-X AI libraries for accelerating deep learning, machine learning and data analytics.

T4 will also be supported by Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes, making it possible to deploy, manage and scale containerized applications on EC2 G4 GPU instances using Kubernetes.

“NVIDIA and AWS have worked together for a long time to help customers run compute-intensive AI workloads in the cloud and create incredible new AI solutions,” said Matt Garman, vice president of Compute Services at AWS. “With our new T4-based G4 instances, we’re making it even easier and more cost-effective for customers to accelerate their machine learning inference and graphics-intensive applications.”

T4 will join other Amazon EC2 instances featuring NVIDIA GPUs, providing developers and data scientists with the most sophisticated compute resources available to support a variety of customer needs.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

AWS hits Q4 sales of $7.43 billion, up 45% yoy

In its quarterly financial report, Amazon disclosed that AWS generated sales of $7.43 billion, up 45% over the same period last year, and operating income of $2.177 billion, up 61% year over year. AWS now represents about 10% of Amazon's overall revenue and about 58% of its overall operating income.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced several enterprise customers during the quarter: Ellie Mae, Korean Air, Santander’s Openbank, and Pac-12 are going all-in on AWS; Mobileye and Guardian Life Insurance named AWS their preferred public cloud provider; Amgen will leverage AWS as its strategic infrastructure provider for the vast majority of its cloud infrastructure; and National Australia Bank announced they’ve chosen AWS as their long-term strategic cloud provider.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

AWS to lease fiber pair on Marea's transatlantic cable

Amazon Web Services (AWS) signed an IRU agreement for the use of a fiber pair on MAREA, the transatlantic submarine cable partially owned by Telxius.

MAREA is the highest capacity submarine cable in the world and provides the lowest latency route between the U.S. and Southern Europe. The route is further south than other transatlantic cables, with landing points in Virginia Beach and Sopelana, Spain.

“We have developed a deep relationship with Amazon Web Services across the geographies we serve and are excited by their long-term commitment with the MAREA submarine system. As the market pioneer and leader in cloud IaaS for over 10 years, it’s encouraging to see AWS active in the subsea cable market. Cloud providers increased activity in the cable business is now a major driver of the submarine telecom industry,” says Rafael Arranz, Chief Operating Officer of Telxius, Cable Business.

https://telxius.com/en/amazon-web-services-agreement/

Microsoft and Facebook test 400G on trans-Atlantic cable

A field demonstration conducted by Acacia Communications, in collaboration with Microsoft and Facebook, achieved the first 400G single carrier DWDM transmission over the 6,600 km Marea submarine cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Bilbao, Spain. The transmission employed Acacia’s AC1200 coherent module, which is powered by its Pico digital signal processor.  Utilizing Acacia’s patented Fractional QAM modulation, the field demonstration achieved 400G transmission using approximately 4 bits/symbol, with a baud rate of nearly 70Gbaud. Additionally, modulation formats greater than 4 bits/symbol were utilized to achieve a spectral efficiency of 6.41 b/s/Hz on the same 6,600 km cable.

The Marea submarine cable, a joint project between Microsoft, Facebook, and global telecommunications infrastructure company Telxius, features an “open” design that allows it to evolve with technology and enables adoption of new technologies, such as the Acacia AC1200 coherent module.

http://www.acacia-inc.com


MAREA redefines the transAtlantic subsea bandwidth equation

Construction of the highest-capacity subsea cable to cross the Atlantic is now complete.

The 6,600 km MAREA subsea cable, which was jointly funded by Microsoft and Facebook, links Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable will be managed by Telxius, Telefónica’s new infrastructure company. The cable features eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160 Tbps.

The cable takes a more southern route than other transatlantic cables, which mostly connect northern Europe to the New York/New Jersey region.

  • TE SubCom served as the system supply partner for MAREA.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Amazon announces centralized AWS Backup

Amazon Web Services introduced a fully-managed, centralized backup service for data across AWS services and on-premise.

AWS Backup gives customers a single service to configure and audit the AWS resources they backup, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor recent backups and restores in one place. Initially, AWS Backup is integrated with Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and AWS Storage Gateway.

“As the cloud has become the default choice for customers of all sizes, it has attracted two distinct types of builders. Some are tinkerers who want to tweak and fine tune the full range of AWS services into a desired architecture, and other builders are drawn to the same breadth and depth of functionality in AWS, but are willing to trade some of the service granularity to start at a higher abstraction layer, so they can build even faster,” said Bill Vass, VP of Storage, Automation, and Management Services, AWS. “We designed AWS Backup for this second type of builder who has told us that they want one place to go for backups versus having to do it across multiple, individual services. Today, we are proud to make AWS Backup available with support for block storage volumes, databases, and file systems, and over time, we plan to support additional AWS services."

http://aws.amazon.com/backup

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

AWS acquires TSO Logic for data-driven analytics

Amazon Web Services has acquired TSO Logic, a start-up based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TSO Logic has built an automated, data-driven analytics solution for large workloads. The tool helps organizations plan the best fit for each workload across public and private clouds.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Choice Hotels goes all-in with AWS

Choice Hotels International is going all-in moving its infrastructure to AWS. Specifically, Choice Hotels will migrate over 1,000 applications to AWS, moving off legacy systems to help improve performance, scalability, and reliability.

AWS noted that it is already hosting some of Choice Hotels’ primary business applications, including its global reservation system (GRS) and distribution platform, property-management system, and data analytics platform.

“Choice began working with AWS in 2014. Shortly after, we embarked on the largest IT project in the company’s history to replace our central reservation system and distribution platform with a new cloud-based global solution – choiceEDGE, the industry’s first new GRS from a hotel company in over 30 years. We have continued to expand our strategic relationship with AWS ever since,” said Brian Kirkland, Chief Technology Officer at Choice Hotels.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

AWS acquires CloudEndure for cloud migration and back-up tools

Amazon Web Services has acquired CloudEndure, a start-up based in Israel that specializes in cloud migration and back-up. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CloudEndure's IT Resilience Suite for the Hybrid Cloud provides disaster recovery, continuous backup, and migration of any application from any physical, virtual, or cloud-based source to cloud infrastructure.

CloudEndure, which was established in 2012, raised over $18 million from Dell Technologies Capital, VMware, Mitsui, Infosys, and Magma Venture Partners. Founders included Ofer Gadish, Ofir Ehrlich, Gil Shai, and Leonid Feinberg.

https://www.cloudendure.com/

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Amazon DocumentDB brings MongoDB compatibility

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced Amazon DocumentDB, a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads.

The implementation allows developers to reuse existing MongoDB application code, drivers, and tools. This enables AWS customers to migrate their on-premises or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) MongoDB databases to Amazon DocumentDB.

“While other companies have taken the same emulation approach we have to providing a MongoDB compatible service, nobody has built the unique, distributed, fault-tolerant, highly scalable, self-healing storage system that AWS has to work seamlessly with MongoDB,” said Shawn Bice, Vice President, Non-Relational Databases at AWS. “To meet developers’ needs, we looked at multiple different approaches to supporting MongoDB workloads and concluded that the best way to improve the customer experience was to build a new purpose-built document database from the ground up, while supporting the same MongoDB APIs that our customers currently use and like. This effort took more than two years of development, and we’re excited to make this available to our customers today.”

https://aws.amazon.com/documentd

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Amazon activates AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

Amazon announced the opening of the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region with three Availability Zones.

AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which are technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and are connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.

With Stockholm online, AWS now provides 60 Availability Zones across 20 infrastructure regions globally, with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, and South Africa all coming online by the first half of 2020.

The AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region is AWS’s fifth in Europe, joining existing regions in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK.

“Since the early days of AWS, Nordic organizations have been using AWS’s cloud technologies to help reinvent entire industries, such as Supercell and Rovio in gaming, Scania and Volvo in automotive, and Nokia and Telenor in telecommunications,” said Andy Jassy, Chief Executive Officer, Amazon Web Services. “Tens of thousands of Nordic customers have been using AWS from regions around the world, but many have shared that they also wanted an AWS Region in the Nordics so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads for end-users in the Nordics while meeting any data sovereignty requirements. We’re excited to deliver our AWS Stockholm Region today to meet these customer requests.”

https://aws.amazon.com/local/nordics/

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

AWS re:Invent: Highlights from Day 3

In perhaps its most significant announcement at this week's re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services unveiled plans to offer pre-configured compute & storage hardware racks for deployment in customers' private data centers. The hardware will be fully managed by AWS, allowng customers to run compute and storage on-premises, while seamlessly connecting to the rest of AWS’s broad array of services in the cloud.  The service is currently in private preview and AWS expects it will be widely available in the second half of 2019.


AWS Outposts come in two variants; first, an extension of the fast-growing VMware Cloud on AWS service that runs on AWS Outposts; second, AWS Outposts that allow customers to run compute and storage on-premises using the same native AWS APIs used in the AWS cloud.

VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, delivers the entire VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) - compute, storage, and networking infrastructure - to run on-premises and managed as a Service from the same console as VMware Cloud on AWS, using AWS Outposts and enables customers to take advantage of the ease of management and integration with AWS services.

The AWS native variant of AWS Outposts is aimed at customers who prefer the same exact APIs and control plane they’re used to running in AWS’s cloud, but on-premises. This variant allows customers to run other software with native AWS Outposts, starting with a new integrated offering from VMware called VMware Cloud Foundation for EC2, which will feature VMware technologies and services that work across VMware and Amazon EC2 environments, like NSX (to help bridge AWS Outposts to local data center networks), VMware AppDefense (to protect known good applications), and VMware vRealize Automation (for workload provisioning).

“Customers are telling us that they don’t want a hybrid experience that attempts to recreate a stunted version of a cloud on-premises, because it’s perpetually out of sync with the cloud version and requires a lot of heavy lifting, managing custom hardware, different control planes, different tooling, and manual software updates. There just isn’t a lot of value in that type of on-premises offering and that’s why these solutions aren’t getting much traction,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. “So we started with what our customers were asking for and worked backwards. They told us they want an extension of their AWS or VMware Cloud on AWS environment on-premises, using the same hardware we’re using, the same interfaces, the same APIs, the same instant access to the latest AWS capabilities the minute they become available, and they don’t want to manage hardware or software. So, we tried to reimagine what customers really wanted when running in hybrid mode, and developed AWS Outposts.”

“VMware Cloud on AWS broke the barriers between the data center and the cloud by combining the best of the private cloud and public cloud in the AWS cloud,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “Today we expand our strategic collaboration with AWS to provide our mutual enterprise customers with more choice and options as they extend their hybrid cloud environments to drive agility, simplicity, security, and full infrastructure interoperability.

Other highlights from Day 3:

  • AWS announced 13 new machine learning capabilities and services, across all layers in the machine learning stack.
  • 85% of TensorFlow workloads are already on AWS
  • AWS has significatly improved the way in which TensorFlow distributes training tasks across GPUs, enabling close to linear scalability when training multiple types of neural networks (90 percent efficiency across 256 GPUs, compared to the prior norm of 65 percent). U
  • AWS announced its own high performance machine learning inference chip called AWS Inferentia. It was developed by the Annapurna team. The new inference processor provides hundreds of teraflops per chip and thousands of teraflops per Amazon EC2 instance for multiple frameworks (including TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, and PyTorch), and multiple data types (including INT-8 and mixed precision FP-16 and bfloat16)
  • Hundreds of companies are standardizing their machine learning workloads on AWS SageMaker. Customers include Adobe, BMW, Cathay Pacific, Dow Jones, Expedia, Formula 1, GE Healthcare, HERE, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Kia Motors, Lionbridge, Major League Baseball, NASA JPL, Politico.eu, Ryanair, Shell, Tinder, United Nations, Vonage, the World Bank, and Zillow.  

  • Amazon SageMaker Neo (generally available now) is new deep learning model compiler that supports hardware platforms from NVIDIA, Intel, Xilinx, Cadence, and Arm, and popular frameworks such as TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, and PyTorch. AWS will also make Neo available as an open source project.
  • Introduced an AWS Marketplace for machine learning -- 3rd party algorithms and tools that plug into SageMaker
  • The Amazon Aurora database is the fastest growing service in the history of AWS and now tens of thousands of customers
  • AWS announced two new purpose-built database services, Amazon Timestream, a fast, scalable, and fully managed time series database for IoT and operational applications and, Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB), a highly scalable, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable ledger.
  • A new AWS Control Tower gives customers an automated “landing zone” for setting up their multi-account environment and continuously govern their AWS workloads with rules for security, operations, and compliance. 
  • A new AWS Security Hub wil provides centralized management for security and compliance. It will be open for 3rd party add-ons.
  • A new AWS Lake Formation service will make it easier to set up a secure data lake
  • New Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering optimizes storage costs by automatically selecting the most cost-effective storage tier based on usage patterns.
  • Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive is a new storage class priced at just $0.00099 per GB-month (less than one-tenth of one cent, or $1 per TB-month)
  • Guardian Life Insurance has gone all-in with public cloud and closed its last data center. Guardian named AWS as its preferred cloud provider.
  • Open Bank, a subsidiary of Santander Group with 1.3 million customers in Spain, has gone all-in on AWS.



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

AWS re:Invent: Highlights from Day 2

AWS is launching a new Ground Station service allowing customers to purchase capacity at a satellite ground station on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The company says that while the cost of launching a satellite into low-earth orbit has come down, capturing data from the satellite and transmitting it to the cloud is more difficult and expensive than it should be.

The new AWS Ground Station service begins operations with a pair of ground stations, and plans to have 12 in operation by mid-2019. Each ground station is associated with a particular AWS Region; the raw analog data from the satellite is processed by our modem digitizer into a data stream (in what is formally known as VITA 49 baseband or VITA 49 RF over IP data streams) and routed to an EC2 instance that is responsible for doing the signal processing to turn it into a byte stream.

This means that customers don’t need to build or maintain antennas in order to capture data from satellite resources.



Amazon also announced a strategic collaboration to integrate the new AWS Ground Station service with Lockheed Martin’s new Verge antenna service, which is a distributed network of low-cost receivers. Each Verge antenna costs under $20,000 and uses common, readily-available parts (COTS hardware). Under4 the partnership, Lockheed Martin Verge customers benefit from being able to upload satellite commands and data through AWS Ground Station and to quickly download large amounts of data over the high-speed AWS Ground Station network.

“Together, AWS and Lockheed Martin are providing satellite operators increased flexibility, resiliency, and scale in a complete connectivity solution, ground architecture, and cloud environment for integrated satellite and data management operations,” said Rick Ambrose, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space. “Our collaboration with AWS allows us to deliver robust ground communications that will unlock new benefits for environmental research, scientific studies, security operations, and real-time news media. In time, with satellites built to take full advantage of the distributed Verge network, AWS and Lockheed Martin expect to see customers develop surprising new capabilities using the service.”

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-ground-station-ingest-and-process-data-from-orbiting-satellites/

Amazon is launching a private edition of AWS Marketplace that lets enterprises create a custom digital catalog of pre-approved software products for their employees. AWS Marketplace currently offers 35 categories and more than 4,500 software listings from more than 1,400 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). AWS says its customers use over 650 million hours a month of Amazon EC2 for products in AWS Marketplace and have more than 950,000 active software subscriptions. The new Private Marketplace makes it easier for enterprises to deliver licensed software to their employees.

Amazon Comprehend Medical is a new natural language processing service that uses real-time APIs forr language detection, entity categorization, sentiment analysis, and key phrase extraction.  The service could be used by medial organization to extract actionable data from patient records.

AWS is launching more powerful machine learning instances based on NVIDIA GPUs - Amazon EC2 P3 instances now offer up to 8 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs and up to 100 Gbps of networking throughput.

There are now 180 container software products on offer in the AWS Marketplace in categories such as high performance computing, security, and developer tools.

Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, has selected AWS for the vast majority of its cloud infrastructure. Amgen uses AWS’s compute, storage, database, analytics, and machine learning services, to support the development of new applications and to automate processes in the cloud.

Korean Air Lines Co. is going "all-in" of AWS and plans to shut down its private data centers over the next three years. Korean Air plans to leverage Amazon Simple Storage Services (Amazon S3) and AWS data warehousing and analytics services, such as Amazon Redshift and Amazon Athena, for its data lake project. As part of Korean Air’s all-in journey to AWS, the airline is migrating production workloads including its website, loyalty program, flight operations, and other mission-critical operations to AWS.

AWS IoT Events is a new, fully managed IoT service for detecting and responding to events from IoT sensors and applications. AWS says its service can detect events across thousands of IoT sensors sending telemetry data, such as temperature from a freezer, humidity from respiratory equipment, or belt speed on a motor.

AWS IoT Greengrass, which enables local compute, messaging, data caching, sync, and ML inference capabilities on edge devices, now supports connectors to third-party applications and AWS services, hardware root of trust private key storage, and isolation and permission settings.

Monday, November 26, 2018

AWS re:Invent: Highlights from Day 1

AWS re:Invent 2018 kicks off this week in Las Vegas. Once again the event is sold out and seat reservations are required for popular sessions. Here are the highlights from Day 1:

Introducing AWS Global Accelerator, a network service that enables organizations to seamlessly route traffic to multiple regions and improve availability and performance for their end users. AWS Global Accelerator uses AWS’s global network to direct internet traffic from end users to applications running in AWS regions. AWS says its global network is highly-available and largely congestion-free compared with the public Internet. Clients route to the optimal region based on client location, health-checks, and configured weights. No changes are needed at the client-side. AWS Global Accelerator supports both TCP and UDP protocols. It provides health checking of target endpoints and then will route traffic away from unhealthy applications or congested regions. Pricing is based on gigabytes of data transferred over the AWS network.

A new AWS Transit Gateway will let enterprises build a hub-and-spoke network topology on AWS infrastructure, enabling the interconnection of existing VPCs, data centers, remote offices, and remote gateways. The customer gets full control over network routing and security. Connected resources and span multiple AWS accounts, including VPCs, Active Directories, and shared services. The new AWS Transit Gateway may also be used to consolidate existing edge connectivity and route it through a single ingress/egress point. Pricing is based on a per-hour rate along with a per-GB data processing fee.

AWS introduced its first cloud instance with up to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth.  Use cases are expected to include in-memory caches, data lakes, and other communication-intensive applications. AWS said its new C5n instances incorporate 4th gen custom Nitro hardware. The Elastic Network Interface (ENI) on the C5n uses up to 32 queues (in comparison to 8 on the C5 and C5d), allowing the packet processing workload to be better distributed across all available vCPUs. The ability to push more packets per second will make these instances a great fit for network appliances such as firewalls, routers, and 5G cellular infrastructure. Here are the specs:



AWS is launching its first cloud instances based on its own Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors. The new processors are the result of the acquisition of Annapurna Labs in 2015.  AWS said its Graviton processors are optimized for performance and cost, making them a fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets. The new A1 instances are available now in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions in On-Demand, Reserved Instance, Spot, Dedicated Instance, and Dedicated Host form.

In addition to processors from strategic partner Intel and its own AWS Graviton processors, AWS is offering cloud instances powered by AMD at a 10% discount.

AWS introduced Firecracker, a new virtualization technology for #containers -- think microVMs with fast startup times (125ms). The company says Firecracker uses multiple levels of isolation and protection and exposes a minimal attack surface for better security. Firecracker is expected to improve the efficiency of AWS infrastructure. It is also being released as open source. Firecracker is already powering multiple high-volume AWS services including AWS Lambda and AWS Fargate.

AWS has developed its own Scalable Reliable Datagram (SRD) protocol for high-performance computing clusters as an alternative to TCP/IP



Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, is running on AWS.


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AWS re:Invent - More companies designate AWS as preferred cloud

Amazon Web Services announced two more high profile companies going :all in" or designating it as their preferred public cloud provider.

Ellie Mae is going "all in" by moving its infrastructure to AWS while rebuilding its core applications and creatomg new digital products for the evolving needs of homebuyers. Ellie Mae will use the breadth and depth of AWS services, including compute, storage, database, serverless, and containers, to develop new ways of delivering the digital mortgage and simplifying the loan process for its customers and partners. Ellie Mae has already built a company-wide data lake on AWS using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to better understand, personalize, and further automate digital lending.

“We process more than a third of mortgage applications in the United States, and use AWS to help us deliver on our mission of the true digital mortgage, so lenders can achieve compliance, quality, and efficiency,” said Satheesh Ravala, Senior Vice President, Cloud Engineering and Operations at Ellie Mae. “AWS gives us an unmatched set of cloud services and a highly reliable infrastructure to work with as we continue to build solutions that provide borrowers and lenders with the best digital loan experiences. As a result of early successes on AWS, we are confident that their services will continue to give us what we need to be nimble, innovate, achieve results, and cut costs while we grow and expand our business well into the future.”

Mobileye, an Intel company, chose AWS as its preferred public cloud provider for its autonomous vehicle business. Mobileye is running core workloads on AWS for greater speed, agility, and compute power. Mobileye is using AWS’s broad portfolio, including compute, storage, database, analytics, machine learning, and edge computing, to supply automakers with the most advanced self-driving applications. As Mobileye grows workloads on AWS, the organization will build a data lake on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to ingest, process, and analyze hundreds of petabytes of vehicle data gathered from sensors, images, and video feeds.

“AWS gives us the most comprehensive set of services and the best performance so that we can provide our teams with the cloud capabilities required to deliver autonomous vehicles,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, President and Chief Executive Officer at Mobileye. “Making AWS our preferred cloud provider aligns with our overall technical strategy and desired pace of innovation. We are becoming a more agile organization on AWS, and continuing our 18-year history of leveraging the most advanced machine learning and deep learning technologies available.”

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