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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 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."

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."

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.

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.
 

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."

 

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:

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.

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:

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.