November 2017

VMware and AWS Expand Capabilities and Availability of VMware Cloud on AWS

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Today at AWS re:Invent 2017, VMware, Inc., and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced VMware Cloud on AWS is expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia) region, and includes additional VMware capabilities and support for more AWS services, making it even easier for customers to move, run, and protect mission-critical applications at scale. For more information about VMware Cloud on AWS, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

"The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms," said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. "Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps."

Liquidware Essentials To Leverage Amazon Web Services To Onboard Customers to WorkSpaces DaaS Solution

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Liquidware, a leading 3rd party provider of platform-agnostic end-user computing solutions, today announced that it will offer its award-winning solutions, including ProfileUnity, FlexApp and Stratusphere UX, to Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers via Amazon Workspaces. Liquidware also joined the AWS Partner Network (APN) with solutions targeted specifically for end-user computing practices.

Since 2009, Liquidware's solutions have supported desktop transformation projects across all varieties of Windows desktop and application strategy delivery, including physical desktops, VMware Horizon, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp as well as RDSH and cloud-based solutions. To date, the company has assisted multiple organizations in successfully planning and completing their transition from older desktop technologies to cutting-edge paradigms.
 

New Relic Accelerates Enterprise Cloud Adoption and Optimization With Enhanced Offerings for Amazon Web Services

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New Relic, Inc., provider of real-time insights for software-driven businesses, announced new product capabilities, customer enablement, and best practice guidance for organizations leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS) through their cloud journey. Many of the most advanced and disruptive businesses running on AWS drive their cloud optimization and resource investments using New Relic, including Dunkin' Donuts, Morningstar, Scripps Networks, Telstra, Cloud Technology Partners, Relus Cloud, and Slalom. The company's latest updates support the speed, agility, and confidence for these teams, and help enable businesses adopting AWS.

Newly Introduced Instrumentation for AWS

Understanding the context of application health, performance, and constant changes across diverse environments requires deeper analytics than isolated performance metrics. New Relic's platform unifies real-time metrics from all the components of the application, including those provided by Amazon CloudWatch. To further this support, New Relic Infrastructure has announced expanded instrumentation for AWS, totaling 31 services, with new support for AWS Personal Health Dashboards, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES), Amazon Aurora, Auto Scaling, and AWS CloudTrail. Additionally, to get a more focused view, customers can now filter their data sources by tags for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). New Relic Infrastructure combines AWS service performance with application and customer experience data, enabling teams to understand how the configuration and deployment of AWS services impacts the rest of their technology stack.

Avi Networks Brings Elastic Application Delivery to VMware Cloud on AWS

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Avi Networks, the leader in next-generation elastic application delivery services, today announced that the Avi Vantage Platform is natively available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. Launched today with immediate availability, Avi for VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class software-defined data center (SDDC) software and dedicated, elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from AWS to give organizations a consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Avi Vantage delivers one-click load balancer provisioning, simplified troubleshooting, consistent multi-cloud architecture, and cost savings of more than 50 percent to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

Fugue Unveils Technology Breakthrough to Prevent Cloud Infrastructure Misconfigurations

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Fugue, Inc., the company automating infrastructure and policy-as-code to deliver fast, secure and scalable cloud operations, announced it will be showcasing its new capabilities for preventing costly cloud misconfiguration errors at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, November 27-December 1, hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The newest Fugue innovation enhances an enterprise's ability to move faster in the cloud while addressing mission-critical risks by automating compliance policy validation and enforcement-without incurring a costly forklift of existing cloud infrastructure operations. Enterprises currently operating on AWS can immediately take advantage of these powerful new capabilities to automate and assure cloud governance. Those migrating their existing workloads to Fugue will get:

Signal Sciences Delivers Web Application Security to AWS Customers

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Signal Sciences today announced that its industry first Web Protection Platform (WPP) is now available on AWS Marketplace. With Signal Sciences WPP, AWS customers can easily protect their most critical web applications, APIs and microservices from the full spectrum of security threats, including account takeover, business logic attacks, and OWASP Top 10, among many others.

Traditional web application security technology, such as web application firewalls (WAF), cannot effectively secure and scale with the complexity today's modern-day applications. Built by practitioners, for practitioners, Signal Sciences WPP is the only solution in the application security market that works across any language, any cloud and any physical infrastructure. This means security, operations and DevOps teams can now ensure they have broad coverage against real threats and attack scenarios and easily scale web protection across all applications on AWS, or other infrastructures.

Aporeto Launches Security Solution for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Applications

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Aporeto today announced the launch of the first Zero Trust Security solution for the enterprise based on finely-tuned application identity, context and intent. The solution continuously monitors and protects applications, by replacing network security based approaches with a radically simple identity and authorization system.

Aporeto's security is decoupled from the infrastructure and network; the solution transparently binds to applications to provide them with identity and protect them according to their context and operations intent using end-to-end cryptographic techniques. This approach is underpinned by the "zero trust" principle that assumes that any part of the infrastructure can be compromised at any given time. In contrast, the common approaches of security products are to provide static, infrastructure-dependent protection that must constantly be reconfigured to address application needs.

Enterprise Cloud Data Management leader, Informatica, is using Aporeto as the company continues to deliver and grow its portfolio of data management solutions as cloud services.

AHEAD Launches CoPilot, A New Managed Service for the Public Cloud

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AHEAD, a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions, announced today the release of its new managed service, CoPilot, which will monitor and optimize public cloud environments. The company officially unveiled CoPilot at AWS re:Invent 2017, as AWS will be the initial focus of the service (AHEAD is exhibiting at Booth #2122).

While there is incredible momentum around public cloud adoption, enterprises often find that the combination of enthusiasm and lack of qualified staff lead to unintended negative consequences. These include spikes in billings from new resources being deployed across their businesses and configuration missteps that can leave companies exposed to potential data breaches.

The CoPilot service delivers reports, dashboards, alerts and benchmarks, and integrates them with guidance from AHEAD cloud experts to provide actionable insights in three areas:

Confluent Announces General Availability of Confluent Cloud

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Confluent, provider of the streaming platform based on Apache Kafka, today announced that Confluent Cloud is generally available and ready for enterprise production workloads with a 99.95 percent service level agreement (SLA). Built by the original creators of Apache Kafka, Confluent Cloud operationalizes the Confluent team's expertise from managing some of the largest streaming environments in production today. The fully managed service helps companies deploy their Customer 360, fleet management, fraud detection, and other real-time, large-scale initiatives.  

Confluent Platform includes Confluent Cloud, Confluent Enterprise and Confluent Open Source, to create a more complete distribution of Apache Kafka intended for large-scale production across a variety of environments. It improves Apache Kafka by expanding its integration capabilities, adding tools to optimize and manage Kafka clusters, and ensuring the streams are secure. With Confluent Cloud, enterprises and developers have the option to build and run applications in the cloud, knowing that the team who created Kafka are maintaining and managing the Kafka clusters.

Key Confluent Cloud features:

Alert Logic Unveils Cloud Insight Essentials and Integration with Amazon GuardDuty

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Alert Logic, a leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, today announced at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, the availability of Alert Logic Cloud Insight Essentials. Architected to support the newly launched Amazon GuardDuty, the new Alert Logic service helps users continuously identify and fix configurations of their Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments that don't meet security best practices and be alerted to active threats. Cloud Insight Essentials allows users to take full and fast advantage of Amazon GuardDuty findings by enriching, prioritizing and providing recommendations for efficient remediation actions for responding to and preventing attacks targeting workloads on AWS.

"We've teamed with AWS to add our unique value to Amazon GuardDuty findings, maintaining a dynamic asset model of the customer's environment and providing prescriptive guidance on how to remediate Amazon GuardDuty findings and adhere to security best practices on AWS."

 

Reliam Selected for AWS' Well-Architected Partner Program Launch

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Reliam LLC, a managed services provider for public cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced its selection as a launch partner within AWS' new Well-Architected Partner Program. The program enables authorized AWS Well-Architected partners to review and remediate customers' critical workloads through a consistent and repeatable framework, following specified design principles and other best practices for infrastructure architecture.

AWS has identified a set of proven strategies for reviewing critical workloads running on AWS, and has codified them into the AWS Well-Architected framework. Adhering to these guidelines helps cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for their applications. The framework also offers a consistent method for selected partners - such as Reliam - to evaluate different architectures for specific use cases, and provides guidance to help implement designs capable of scaling as customers' application needs evolve over time.
 

Nuage Networks to Support the Fujitsu Cloud Service K5's Global Expansion

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Nokia's software-defined network (SDN) venture, Nuage Networks, has been chosen by Fujitsu to expand its Cloud Service Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5. The world's largest OpenStack cloud service, K5 provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using both virtual machine (VM) and bare metal services, with the latter managed by OpenStack Ironic, in a global commercial first. The powerful combination of OpenStack and the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) provides Fujitsu and its enterprise customers with massively scalable and highly available virtual networks.

The Nuage Networks next-generation overlay SDN solution will help Fujitsu expand its deployment of its K5 cloud-based services beyond its current data centers in Japan, Europe and North America, to new centers in Singapore and Australia. Starting with the data center in Japan, Cloud Service K5 will enable Fujitsu's enterprise customers to accelerate their digital transformation by moving their existing server infrastructure into K5 data centers. This allows them to quickly migrate to a cloud-native architecture running on OpenStack Ironic and the Nuage Networks VSP. In addition to 'on-demand' delivery of services, it will assure them greater security, manageability and availability of the cloud, as well as full support for non-cloud-native applications running on fully integrated bare metal services.

National Football League Selects AWS as Official Cloud and Machine Learning Provider for Next Gen Stats

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), announced that the National Football League (NFL) has selected AWS's machine learning and data analytics services to boost the accuracy, speed, and insights provided by its Next Gen Stats platform, the NFL's player-tracking system. In choosing AWS to power Next Gen Stats, the NFL aims to develop new ways of visualizing the action on the field, uncovering deeper insights into the action on the field, and expanding the fan experience by offering a broader range of advanced statistics. In addition, AWS will become an Official Technology Provider of the NFL.

Through the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags in player equipment and the football, Next Gen Stats captures a variety of real-time location, speed, and acceleration data. The data is analyzed on AWS and used to contextualize movement on the field for fans to see on NFL Media properties, game broadcasts, third-party digital platforms, and in-venue displays. The data is also leveraged by NFL clubs post game as part of their football operations on a weekly basis. The system creates a variety of unique player and team stats for every game such as a receiver's ability to get open and an offensive line's ability to protect the quarterback. By leveraging AWS's broad range of cloud-based machine learning capabilities, the NFL is looking to take its game-day stats to the next level so that fans and NFL Clubs can benefit from deeper insights.

Splunk Announces New Integrations with Amazon Kinesis Firehose and Amazon GuardDuty

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Splunk Inc., today announced new product integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that span IT, Security, Big Data and IoT use cases. Integrations with Amazon Kinesis Firehose, the first partner integration of its kind, and Amazon GuardDuty deliver Splunk's commitment to continuous innovation for customers. Customers are already leveraging the Amazon Kinesis Firehose integration to stream AWS data into Splunk solutions to manage and enhance their IT and security environments.

"The new integrations make it even easier for Splunk users from IT, marketing, sales, operations and beyond to access and turn AWS data into answers in Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud," said Richard Campione, chief product officer, Splunk. "Splunk is committed to providing a holistic set of AWS integrations that scale to meet our customers' requirements across every use case in IT, Security, Big Data and IoT. The ultimate goal is to provide our joint customers with end-to-end visibility across their entire infrastructure to empower them to make timely, data-driven business decisions."

AWS Announces New Amazon EC2 Instances

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Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), announced a new Bare Metal instance offering for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and introduced a new Storage Optimized instance family (H1 instances). The new H1 Storage Optimized instances are designed for data-intensive workloads such as MapReduce, distributed file systems, network file systems, log or data processing, and big data clusters. AWS also launched the next generation of General Purpose instances, M5, which have up to 50 percent more vCPUs, 50 percent more memory, and 25 percent more network bandwidth than previous generation M4 instances. To get started with the new Amazon EC2 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/.

"AWS continues to expand and enhance what was already the cloud's broadest and most capable compute service," said Matt Garman, Vice President, AWS Compute Services, AWS. "Most of our customers have diverse computing needs, and they've told us having the right instance for the right workload really matters. Today, we expand the options we give customers across three dimensions, introducing a brand new capability with Bare Metal instances for the I3 High I/O family, launching a new family of Storage Optimized instances designed for big data workloads with H1, and providing higher performance and lower prices for general purpose workloads with the launch of M5."

AWS Announces AWS PrivateLink

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Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), announced that customers can now use AWS PrivateLink to access third-party SaaS applications from their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without exposing their VPC to the public Internet. Customers can also use AWS PrivateLink to connect services across different accounts and VPCs within their own organizations, significantly simplifying their internal network architecture. To get started with AWS PrivateLink visit: https://aws.amazon.com/vpc/details/.

Since the introduction of Amazon VPC in 2009, AWS customers have been able to define and control private, secure networks without having to invest in and manage a VPN infrastructure. The vast majority of Amazon EC2 instances now run in Amazon VPCs, and many customers rely on the ability to limit access to their VPC from the Internet as a critical component of their security. However, this presents a challenge when using third-party SaaS applications, as customers often have to make a choice between allowing Internet access from their VPC in order to access these SaaS applications, or not using them at all. With AWS PrivateLink, customers can now connect their VPCs to third-party services in a secure and scalable manner. Earlier this month, AWS introduced the ability for customers to access AWS services over AWS PrivateLink. Now, AWS has extended AWS PrivateLink to support non-AWS services so that customers no longer have to choose between using a third-party SaaS offering or exposing their critical data to the Internet. Traffic between a customer's VPC and a AWS PrivateLink-powered service stays within the AWS network and doesn't traverse the Internet, reducing threat vectors such as "brute force" and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Services supported on AWS PrivateLink are delivered using private IP connectivity and security groups, and function like services that are hosted directly on a customer's private network.

AWS Announces Two New Container Capabilities - Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and AWS Fargate

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Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), announced two new arrivals to complement its existing popular Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and make it easier than ever to deploy, manage, and scale container workloads on AWS. Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) brings Kubernetes to AWS as a fully managed service, making it easy for customers to run Kubernetes applications on AWS without the need to become experts in operating Kubernetes clusters. AWS also introduced a new capability called AWS Fargate that allows customers to launch and run containers without provisioning or managing servers or clusters. To learn more about Amazon EKS and AWS Fargate visit: https://aws.amazon.com/containers/.

"While we have over a hundred thousand active Amazon ECS clusters running on AWS and more customers running Kubernetes on AWS than on any other cloud, customers have also asked us to build a managed Kubernetes service like we have with Amazon ECS," said Deepak Singh, GM of Containers and High Performance Computing Services, AWS. "Not only have we delivered on this request with Amazon EKS, but we've also made managed containers easier to use than ever before by launching AWS Fargate to allow developers to run containers at the task level rather than having to think about servers or clusters."

Ensono Selects CloudCheckr for AWS Cost and Inventory Management Portal

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Ensono, a leading hybrid IT services provider, selected CloudCheckr for the development of a new cost and inventory portal, providing Ensono clients robust cost optimization, inventory tracking and governance capabilities in the cloud.

"We are committed to bringing our clients the most trusted resources for their digital transformation journey, which is why we chose CloudCheckr for the Ensono cost and inventory portal," said Brett Moss, SVP and general manager, hyperscale cloud at Ensono. "CloudCheckr is a market leader, and their cost management portal met the requirements we were looking for in our service offering. With the additional insights, clients will gain a better understanding of what's running on their IT infrastructure, enabling them to make smarter business decisions."

RedLock Enhances Cloud Security Through Integration with Amazon GuardDuty

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RedLock today announced that the RedLock Cloud 360 Platform solution provides immediate integration with Amazon GuardDuty, a new threat detection service announced by Amazon Web Services (AWS) at AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas, to provide visibility into threats to your AWS resources. RedLock integrates with Amazon GuardDuty to help customers manage security and compliance risks. Amazon GuardDuty findings are ingested by RedLock to provide additional context and centralized visibility into security risks on the cloud, helping customers gain actionable insights, identify cloud threats, reduce risk and remediate issues, without impeding DevOps.

“We are happy to have RedLock Cloud 360 as a launch solution that is integrated with Amazon GuardDuty,” said Rohit Gupta, Global Segment Leader, Security, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “RedLock provides an extra layer of security, risk visibility and monitoring to its customers and the integration with Amazon GuardDuty makes it even easier to deploy and deliver deeper insights into customer infrastructure.”

Amazon GuardDuty integration enhances the following capabilities:

How Can Technology Help Your Small Business?

When you are running a small business, it is advisable to use technology to help you work smarter. That means you need to use technology to your advantage so that you can concentrate and focus on other more important matters. However, not all small businesses know just what's out there that can help them do this. Here are a few of the ways technology can be used to help your business run smoothly.

Marketing

Your marketing campaign may be partly based on local advertising but more than likely using your website, but there are other avenues open to you that can get your reach even further. Although social media platforms are the favored method of reaching audience, do not dismiss e-mails as a way of targeting your audience by sending personalized messages that appeal to their likes and preferences. If you start an email list with your existing customers, you can send them regular updates with your latest offers and products. E-mails that are personalized are more likely to be read and acted upon.