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mLab Announces Hosted MongoDB Support Across All AWS Regions

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mLab, the fully managed cloud Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) for MongoDB, today announced availability in all fourteen Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) regions. As mLab's worldwide customer growth accelerates, the expansion allows the company to better serve businesses throughout North America, EMEA, and APAC.

mLab's fully managed cloud database service adds AWS's Frankfurt, Mumbai, and Seoul regions, completing global support for developers who want to focus on building their product -- and not on managing their databases. Due in large part to a continual geographic expansion of data center availability across AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, mLab has seen a 77% increase in database volume over the past year. Customers choose mLab's cloud database service because of its automated provisioning and scaling of MongoDB databases, backup and recovery, 24/7 monitoring and alerting, web-based management tools, and expert support.
 

ClearSky Data Extends Multi-Cloud Support for Public, Private Cloud Environments

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ClearSky Data, provider of on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR) as a single service, today announced it is partnering with leading public and private cloud providers - including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloudian, Google and Virtustream. ClearSky's Cloud Edge offering runs in the public cloud, allowing enterprises to choose the right cloud within a multi-cloud environment while also leveraging public cloud compute for processing without having to copy any data. Customers reap the benefits of the hybrid cloud combined with high performance for their cloud-based workloads. 

A RightScale report this year found almost 70 percent of enterprises are embracing hybrid cloud by deploying multiple public and private clouds. In addition to on-demand data access across multiple locations, these organizations want the flexibility to choose which cloud is right for each application. ClearSky Data's technology partnerships meet those needs, and its edge-based service delivery model means enterprises can leverage the elasticity and economics of the cloud for all their applications, whether they are on-premises or in the cloud.

Looker Launches Data Optimization for Amazon Web Services

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Looker, the leading data platform company, today announced a new analytical suite aimed at users of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to help them optimize performance and investment -- Looker Blocks Suite for AWS. One set of Looker Blocks makes it easy for Looker users to drill into and explore their Amazon Redshift metadata down to the query level to easily analyze workload patterns to further improve query performance and throughput. Another set transforms raw billing and CloudTrail log data from the full set of AWS services and provides sophisticated analyses to identify opportunities to understand usage and reduce spending. These Blocks are free to Looker customers and the full suite is available today in the Looker Blocks Directory.

"We are constantly working with our strategic partners, like AWS, to ensure our joint customers have the best possible experience with solutions from our companies," said Keenan Rice, VP of Alliances at Looker. "This new suite of Looker Blocks compiles a welcomed set of features into a simplified package for our large number of AWS customers to optimize and manage all their AWS investments with Looker."

AWS Announces Amazon Macie

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced Amazon Macie, a new security service that uses machine learning to help customers prevent data loss by automatically discovering, classifying, and protecting sensitive data in AWS. Amazon Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property, and provides customers with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved. The fully managed service continuously monitors data access activity for anomalies, and generates detailed alerts when it detects risk of unauthorized access or inadvertent data leaks. Today, Amazon Macie is available to protect data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), with support for additional AWS data stores coming later this year. Customers can enable Amazon Macie from the AWS Management Console, and pay only for the GBs of Amazon S3 content classified and the AWS CloudTrail events analyzed, with no upfront costs or software purchases required. To get started with Amazon Macie, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/macie.

McAfee Announces Advanced Security for Amazon Web Services

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McAfee today announced a limited time free trial to "test drive" McAfee Virtual Network Security Platform (McAfee vNSP) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a hands-on experience running advanced security in the public cloud. Unlike other solutions, McAfee vNSP protects at the workload level, eliminating the single point of failure created by other solutions for a whole network segment. As part of the test drive, participants can simulate real-world attack use cases, configure policy and review reporting dashboards. Attendees at the AWS Summit New York can view a demo of the McAfee vNSP test drive at booth 437 in the Javits Center.

"AWS covers a lot of ground, such as security of the cloud, but users are still responsible for their security in the cloud-including securing their operating systems, applications and data traffic," said Shishir Singh, vice president and general manager of the Network Security business unit, McAfee. "While firewall configurations are important, security teams and cloud architects need to address exploit prevention, malware protection and gain visibility into the lateral movement of threats. With McAfee Network Security Platform, users can move beyond the basics to more sophisticated protection of their cloud network."

Trend Micro Deep Security Launches in AWS GovCloud Marketplace

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Reinforcing continued innovation and understanding of government compliance requirements, Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, announced the availability of Deep Security in the recently launched Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud Marketplace. As an AWS Advanced Technology Partner for more than eight years, Trend Micro enables customers with the tools needed to secure highly compliant workloads in the cloud, while increasing operational efficiency and helping customers to maximize the benefits of moving to the cloud all while remaining compliant.

Trend Micro is a chosen cyber security partner for many government agencies. NASA worked with MindPoint Group to solve business challenges for the NASA WESTPrime project. "While working on the NASA WESTPrime project, it's been truly evident that Trend Micro's Deep Security on AWS GovCloud Marketplace is a game changer for government AWS users," said Keith Rhea, Senior Security Engineer for MindPoint Group, LLC. "The product is certified and credible, reinforcing Trend Micro's understanding of government compliance and ensuring protection across all cloud environments. Additionally, this innovative solution offers multiple capabilities in a single product, minimizing our operational costs for security tools."

WinMagic Enters Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace With SecureDoc CloudVM

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In its mission to secure the agility and flexibility of cloud computing environments, today WinMagic announced the immediate availability of SecureDoc CloudVM in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. WinMagic, an award-winning encryption and intelligent key management security solution provider, is now featured on the Marketplace's Software Infrastructure + Security category, bringing key management, volume and full disk encryption for customers operating on AWS cloud computing infrastructure. By combining WinMagic's SecureDoc CloudVM data security solution with the agility and elasticity of AWS public cloud services, enterprises can focus on driving business value, rather than trying to manage multiple security solutions.

"With over 1 Million active enterprise customers, Amazon Web Services' Marketplace provides a channel with near endless opportunity for WinMagic," states James LaPalme, VP of Cloud Solutions, WinMagic. "These enterprises have moved to the cloud to harness their greater need for agility, security, and efficiency. SecureDoc CloudVM provides customers greater control and certainty over their data security with an intelligent enterprise-controlled, Cloud-agnostic key management & encryption solution, protecting their sensitive data, no matter where it resides -- helping ensure enterprises realize Cloud benefits to their full potential."

AWS Snowball Edge vs. Azure Stack: What on-premises public cloud means for your data center

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Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Snowball Edge and Microsoft Azure Stack both aim to bring a subset of the public cloud to the private data center. While both have the same high-level objective, they are very different approaches.

On the surface, the two solutions only have faint similarities. However, both solutions are strategic to the two cloud providers' on-premises public cloud expansion.

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Rackspace Announces Strategic Channel Relationship with AWS

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Rackspace today announced an enhanced strategic, channel relationship with cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) to streamline the experience for customers moving to AWS. Customers who are looking to migrate to AWS often lack the internal resources and expertise needed to move workloads rapidly and effectively. With this relationship, AWS and Rackspace are now able to work more closely to provide customers with their respective expertise, thereby enabling their journey to AWS.

The strategic relationship between AWS and Rackspace consists of three key components:

AWS Announces G3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the availability of G3 instances, the next generation of GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances designed to make it easy to procure a powerful combination of central processing (CPU) and random-access memory (RAM) for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications. Backed by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, G3 instances offer double the CPU power per GPU, and double the host memory per GPU, than the most powerful GPU cloud instance available today. To get started with G3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/.

Customers running complex modeling and 3D visualization analyses, such as medical image processing, computer-aided design, and seismic visualization jobs, require significant CPU processing power and memory. To offer the best performance for these graphics-intensive applications, the largest G3 instance offers twice the CPU power and eight times the host memory of the previous generation graphics instance (G2). The g3.16xlarge features four NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs with 64 CPUs using the latest custom Intel Xeon E5-2686v4 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of RAM, and Enhanced Networking using the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor. The G3 instance also features two Amazon EC2 "firsts" to speed video frame processing and improve image fidelity for graphics workloads: support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation capabilities, including the ability to support four monitors with resolutions of up to 4K (4096 x 2160), and hardware encoding to support up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams per GPU.