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Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2, a new 189 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio that will generate 530,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually starting in December 2017. Amazon engaged with EverPower, a leader in utility grade wind projects, to construct, own, and operate the new wind farm. This is AWS’s fifth renewable energy project in the United States (and its second wind farm in Ohio) that will deliver energy onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions. When this newest wind farm is completed, AWS’s five renewable energy projects will generate a grand total of 2.2 million MWh of energy annually – enough to power almost 200,000 U.S. homes. For more information, go to https://aws.amazon.com/sustainability.

TierPoint Joins AWS Partner Network; Offers AWS Direct Connect from Seattle

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National IT infrastructure and cloud services provider TierPoint, with 39 data centers across 20 US markets serving 5000 customers, announced that the company has joined the AWS Partner Network (APN) and is offering AWS Direct Connect dedicated high-speed connectivity to Amazon Web Services (AWS) via TierPoint's Seattle data center. 

Seattle is the first TierPoint site to become an AWS Direct Connect location and the company expects to make it available through additional data centers in the future.

VMware and AWS Team Up in Effort to Lock Down Hybrid Cloud

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VMware has had its eye on the hybrid cloud for quite some time.  And the company has signed numerous deals to try and get there, deals with Google, Microsoft, and IBM among others.  But it was the deal struck this week that it signed with AWS that has everybody talking.

VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a strategic partnership to build and deliver a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud offering that will give customers the full software-defined data center (SDDC) experience.  This alliance brings together two leaders in Enterprise IT, VMware as the leader in the private cloud market with vSphere on-premises, combined with Amazon AWS, the leader in the public cloud.  Together, the pair will allow customers to deliver a vSphere-based cloud service running on AWS, a service that will make it easier for customers to run any application, using a set of familiar software and tools, in a consistent hybrid cloud environment.

Shippable Launches Industrialized Continuous Deployment Platform

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Shippable has announced the next generation of its continuous deployment platform. The enhanced platform adds key features like release management, multi-cloud capabilities, a declarative pipeline language and a unified view across all application pipelines. These features help software-powered organizations further streamline the process of shipping software and accelerating innovation.

Today, most organizations find it challenging to innovate fast enough to satisfy consumers. DevOps is a set of principles that tries to solve this problem. However, the workflow required to get applications from source code to running in production is complicated and riddled with fragmented technology solutions. The only way to achieve rapid, iterative innovation is to cobble these fragments together in one continuous pipeline. Unfortunately, these custom, homegrown pipelines are rigid, inflexible and hard to maintain. The do-it-yourself approach is a distraction and takes valuable cycles away from product engineering.

New OpenVPN Licensing in AWS Marketplace Simplifies Managing Remote Access and Cloud Security

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OpenVPN Technologies Inc, (https://openvpn.net) a leading provider of open source Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN, launched a new product licensing model available in Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace), giving any size company worldwide access to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution. This provides employees safe and secure remote access to their private networks. 

Security and Privacy on the Cloud

Technology has created a plethora of connection choices and with this IT, pain points can arise for business owners, or anyone else trying to manage company-owned and private devices connecting in the office or at home. Employees working remotely need flexibility and typically use their own devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets and cell phones, for work tasks. They are connecting over home broadband or Wi-Fi hotspots, each presenting potential security challenges.

Flux7 Announces Custom AWS Microservices Architecture Service

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Flux7, an IT consultancy providing cloud architecture and migration services and solutions to help businesses modernize their IT practices, today announced its new Microservices SmartStart architecture offering. Built on its award winning Assess, Attune, Engage methodology, the new Microservices SmartStart helps organizations increase developer efficiency and efficacy, speed time to market, and grow customer satisfaction with applications that provide a better customer experience.

“Microservices are a natural next step for many organizations as they look to further evolve IT efficiencies for business advantage,” said Flux7 co-founder and CEO, Aater Suleman. “With years of experience and deep expertise assessing, architecting and building AWS solutions that directly address business needs, we are excited to bring a custom microservices offering to our clients, enabling them to quickly achieve the benefits of microservices infrastructure and compete more effectively in the marketplace.”

HotLink Launches Cloud-Attach Platform and Managed Services for VMware and AWS Deployments

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HotLink Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for hybrid IT, today announced its new HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform that enables customers to quickly, easily and holistically incorporate public cloud resources into their existing production data centers. The HotLink Cloud-Attach technology offers industry-first capabilities for out-of-the-box interoperability between VMware management infrastructure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) – without adding operational or integration complexity. Additionally, new managed services complement HotLink’s award-winning technology with expert services, so customers can deploy “cloud-attached” data centers efficiently and without public cloud expertise on staff. 

CloudLock Achieves Advanced Technology Partner Status in Amazon Web Services Partner Network

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CloudLock, the leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform, today announced the company has achieved Advanced Technology Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). By reaching this status, CloudLock demonstrates its commitment to enabling organizations to secure their AWS environments, including codeless security and cloud DLP for apps purchased on the AWS marketplace and custom apps built on top of AWS.

While IaaS vendors such as Amazon are responsible for securing the infrastructure, security is inherently a shared responsibility. Organizations now focus on user behavior and data exposures instead of the infrastructure itself. In addition, organizations are building their own apps faster than ever, where many of these apps are the most business-critical and store or process highly-sensitive data. With homegrown, custom apps, organizations need to be able to defend against compromised accounts, prevent data breaches, achieve compliance, and enable security operations and forensics.

WinDocks: .NET and SQL Containers with Docker Commands, Now Available in AWS Marketplace with a No-cost Community Edition

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WinDocks, the Practical Windows container, announced a no-cost downloadable Community Edition, providing Windows professionals no-cost access to .NET and SQL Server containers using Docker commands. The company also announced availability of WinDocks products in Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace), including a no-cost virtual machine (VM) based on the WinDocks Community Edition (AWS usage fees apply).

The WinDocks Community Edition includes the full WinDocks features, with a limit of five containers:

Cirba Study of AWS, Azure and SoftLayer Shows Key Steps to Dramatically Reducing Costs

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Cirba Inc., the leading provider of software-defined infrastructure control software released the results of a study it conducted on factors impacting the cost of leveraging Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM SoftLayer. The study revealed that workload patterns and hosting models can dramatically impact the cost of leveraging public cloud in ways that people might not expect.