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Cloudability Helps Customers Optimize Over $8 Billion in Cloud Spend

Cloudability, a leader in cloud financial management and operations, today announced it is managing more than $8B in cloud spending to date since January 2015 amidst rapid enterprise customer adoption, including BP, OLX and Sony. Cloudability recently achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Management Tools Competency for Cost Optimization, a core pillar of the AWS Well Architected Framework (WAF), allowing customers to create efficient and optimal cloud architectures. Cloudability has also announced integrations with Atlassian and Datadog, providing customers with Operational Excellence and Performance Efficiency recommendations that have been cost-optimized by Cloudability.

"Succeeding in an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity requires leadership on all levels, which in turn requires tailored insights on demand," said Sascha Curth, Head of Cloud Strategy at OLX, the world's leading classifieds platform in growth markets. "Cloudability provides us these insights, beyond simple analytics, to support our need to deliver customer value in the most efficient way, while increasing the predictability of our cost footprint."

Liquidware announces FlexApp and ProfileUnity support for Amazon AppStream

Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced support for Amazon AppStream via its FlexApp, application layering, and ProfileUnity, User Environment Management (UEM) products. With this announcement comes the expansion of the already deep functionality of these products that have contributed to making Liquidware the last independent platform-agnostic player in a market segment dominated by giants.

Liquidware FlexApp is now the first application layering solution to support Amazon AppStream, and in doing so greatly streamlines the management thereof, while driving costs down for users. FlexApp achieves these operational and cost savings by allowing administrators to leverage a single Windows Server base image to deliver multiple applications without the need to constantly update the base image or affect user productivity with application updates.  FlexApp layered applications are not installed to the base image of the AppStream Windows Server, but instead are layered onto the server where they look, react, and feel as if they were installed.

Alert Logic Achieves Amazon Web Services Container Security Competency Status

Alert Logic today announced at AWS re:Invent 2018 in Las Vegas that the Alert Logic threat management offering has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Container Competency status. Alert Logic Network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and log management for containers allows for real-time detection of known and unknown exploits that target applications running in containers on Docker, Kubernetes, Elastic Beanstalk, Docker Swarm, CoreOS, Azure Kubernetes Service, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), and Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), across cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments.

AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. The AWS Container competency designation recognizes Alert Logic's technical strength and demonstrated success helping companies leverage containers and container-based solutions to build, test, release and scale at any size.

VMware to Drive Adoption of "As-A-Service" Model for On-Premises Data Centers with New Solutions for AWS Outposts

VMware, Inc. previewed two new offerings-VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts and VMware Cloud Foundation for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) that will run on AWS Outposts, enabling customers to build and deploy in customer data centers in an "as a service" model with rich, enterprise-class capabilities. Both solutions will leverage AWS Outposts, new fully managed and configurable compute and storage racks built with Amazon Web Services (AWS) hardware that allow customers to run compute and storage on-premises, while seamlessly connecting to the rest of AWS's broad array of services in the cloud. Together these offerings will enable customers with a consistent infrastructure and operational experience across all VMware and AWS cloud environments.

"VMware's vision is to provide customers with consistency of infrastructure, operations and developer experience, enabling them to build and run any application wherever the business requires. This empowers them to maximize the value of their IT investments and achieve better business outcomes," said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. "As part of our broader hybrid cloud strategy to deliver Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) infrastructure as an end-to-end service across the data center, cloud, and the edge, on industry-leading hardware, we are pleased to extend our collaboration with AWS and the value we can deliver our joint customers."

"VMware Cloud on AWS has seen great momentum since we introduced it together in 2017, and this marks another step forward in our collaboration to enable customers to run VMware Cloud on AWS locally on AWS Outposts," said Sandy Carter, vice president, EC2 Enterprise Workloads, Amazon Web Services. "Customers have been telling us that they want an extension of their VMware Cloud on AWS environments on-premises, using the same hardware, the same interfaces, the same APIs, and the same instant access to the latest AWS capabilities the minute they become available, without having to manage hardware or software. With AWS Outposts, we are delivering a seamless, integrated hybrid experience."

Datadog Announces Support for AWS Marketplace for Containers and Achieves Amazon Web Services Container Competency Status

Datadog today announced new developments in its container-monitoring availability on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Specifically, Datadog's container-monitoring capabilities are now available on the new AWS Marketplace for Containers, and Datadog has also achieved AWS Container Competency status.

The achievement of AWS Container Competency status recognizes that Datadog offers a technology product or solution which integrates with AWS services in a way that improves the AWS customer's ability to run workloads on containers. Datadog is excited to be an AWS Partner Network (APN) Partner for the launch of the new AWS Marketplace for Containers, and to help even more AWS customers gain visibility across highly dynamic containerized deployments of all sizes.

Blockchain Technology Partners Launches Blockchain Management Platform Sextant on AWS Marketplace for Containers

Blockchain Technology Partners today announced the general availability of Sextant, its powerful blockchain management platform, on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace for Containers. Sextant unlocks the value of blockchain for business. It accelerates innovation by providing enterprises with a platform that they can build upon; ensuring that they focus on business application development, not blockchain infrastructure. 

"AWS Marketplace for Containers enables AWS customers to use the Amazon Elastic Container Services (ECS) console and AWS Marketplace for Containers to discover, produce, and deploy container solutions - including a comprehensive blockchain management platform from Blockchain Technology Partners," said Dave McCann, Vice President Migration Services, AWS Marketplace and Service Catalog. "With today's announcement, AWS Marketplace has extended its existing benefits and features to container products, with a rich discovery and search experience offering access to a curated catalog of trusted software from reputable vendors. AWS customers can find and deploy Sextant and simplify the deployment of Hyperledger Sawtooth."

Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Ground Station

Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced AWS Ground Station, a new service that makes it easy and cost-effective for customers to download data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions using a fully managed network of 12 ground station antennas located around the world. Once customers receive satellite data at a ground station, they can immediately process it in an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, store it in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), apply AWS analytics and machine learning services to gain insights, and use Amazon's network to move the data to other regions and processing facilities. Getting started with AWS Ground Station takes just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console to schedule antenna access time and launch an Amazon EC2 instance to communicate with the satellite. There are no up-front payments or long-term commitments, no ground infrastructure to build or manage, and customers pay-by-the-minute for antenna access time used. To get started with AWS Ground Station, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ground-station.

Satellites are being used by more and more businesses, universities, and governments for a variety of applications, including weather forecasting, surface imaging, and communications. To do this today, customers must build or lease ground antennas to communicate with the satellites. This is a significant undertaking and cost because customers often require antennas in multiple countries to download data when and where they need it without waiting for the satellite to pass over a desired location. And the antennas are just the beginning of the infrastructure requirements because customers need servers, storage, and networking in close proximity to the antenna to process, store, and transport the data from the satellite. And then customers must build business rules and workflows to organize, structure, and route the data to employees or customers before it can be used to deliver insight. All of this requires significant capital investments and operational costs to build, manage, and maintain antennas, compute infrastructure, and business logic at each antenna location.

Sysdig Joins New AWS Marketplace for Containers and Achieves Amazon Web Services Container Competency Status

Sysdig, Inc., a cloud-native intelligence company, today announced that Sysdig Secure and Sysdig Monitor are a part of the newly launched AWS Marketplace for Containers, which was just announced by Amazon Web Services, Inc. at AWS re:Invent 2018. Sysdig is also one of the first companies to achieve AWS Container Competency status, and for enterprise customers, Sysdig is now a member of the Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace Program. 

"We are happy to welcome Sysdig to the new AWS Marketplace for Containers, which will help over 200,000 AWS customers find, buy, and deploy solutions specific to their container environment," said Garth Fort, Director, AWS Marketplace, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "I'd also like to congratulate Sysdig for achieving AWS Partner Network (APN) Container Competency status."

Cylance Introduces AI-Powered Cloud Security Solution for AWS

Cylance Inc., a leading provider of AI-driven, prevention-first security solutions, today announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) with CylancePROTECT for the cloud.

Cylance develops innovative artificial intelligence capabilities to detect and prevent malware from executing. The company's award-winning CylancePROTECT solution now supports AWS Linux to protect application instances running on cloud services infrastructure from cyber threats, and its proven AI techniques further extend to the Cylance AI-powered endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution CylanceOPTICS to provide insight and threat hunting capabilities against those threats.

"We are excited to make our AI-driven, prevention-first security solutions available to cloud computing environments," said Stuart McClure, founder and chief executive at Cylance. "By approaching security with sophisticated machine learning techniques and offering scalable threat detection, response, root cause analysis, and threat hunting, Cylance helps prevent data breaches that impact the security of an organization's data in the cloud."

Dynatrace Expands Amazon Web Services Visibility with Amazon CloudWatch and AWS CloudTrail

Software intelligence company Dynatrace, today announced the extension of the platform's cloud visibility and contextual data ingestion from Amazon Web Services (AWS) with Amazon CloudWatch (CloudWatch) and AWS CloudTrail (CloudTrail). The addition of AWS metrics and events from the two services enriches the high-fidelity data that Dynatrace processes, further enhancing contextual problem identification and root cause analysis. Enterprises can enhance their enterprise cloud visibility within a single platform, get immediate answers, and shift the focus from troubleshooting to accelerating innovation and digital transformation.

"Enterprises are rapidly expanding their cloud footprint to support the development of cloud-native applications and the modernization of IT operations," said Steve Tack, SVP Product Management at Dynatrace. "Dynatrace was purpose-built to deal with the scale and complexity of the enterprise cloud, providing teams with intelligence to manage their cloud operations with a single platform. Ultimately, with CloudWatch, our customers can gain additional context, which when combined with our full-stack, AI powered monitoring capabilities, allows for faster and more precise answers."