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BlueData Delivers Ultimate Flexibility and Choice for Big Data Deployments on Amazon Web Services

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BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, today announced the general availability of its BlueData EPIC software on Amazon Web Services (AWS). BlueData EPIC on AWS delivers ultimate flexibility and choice for Big Data environments, enterprise-class security and cost controls for multi-tenant deployments, as well as the ability to tap into both Amazon S3 and on-premises storage.

BlueData is the first and only BDaaS platform with support for both on-premises and cloud environments, leveraging embedded and fully-managed Docker containers for portability across any infrastructure. BlueData EPIC provides the same self-service user experience whether running in the public cloud or a corporate data center; and the same Docker-based application images for Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data tools are portable across on-premises and cloud deployments. BlueData EPIC on AWS is generally available now -- with planned support for Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and other public cloud services in the coming months.

Centrify Delivers Innovative Capabilities and Best Practices to Streamline and Secure Adoption of Hybrid Cloud

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Centrify announced new hybrid cloud capabilities and best practice guidance to speed and secure adoption of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Centrify's solution uniquely provides identity freedom, deployment freedom and the most comprehensive capabilities for securing privileged access to infrastructure and apps in a hybrid IT environment. 

IaaS platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide an excellent layer of foundational security, but the shared responsibility model is clear: businesses are still responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their data in the cloud. Organizations that are storing sensitive data in the cloud, which is 93 percent according to a recent Forrester survey, need a consistent security model across on-premises and IaaS to reduce the risk of data breach. Yet Gartner predicts that 95 percent of IaaS security failures will be the customer's fault, and more than half of those will be attributed to inadequate management of identities, access and privileges.

 

Chef Automate Now Available as Fully Managed Service on AWS

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At AWS re:Invent 2016, Chef announced that the full capabilities of Chef's commercial platform have been integrated into a new managed service provided, supported, and backed by Amazon Web Service (AWS). AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate makes configuring, deploying, and scaling cloud and on-premises infrastructure simple and secure by automating infrastructure as code. The new joint solution gives AWS customers access to Chef's entire platform in just a few clicks, while also taking care of all Chef maintenance, from provisioning environments to backups. AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate underpins core components of DevOps by automating everything from cloud migration to continuous application deployment, accelerating time-to-value for software development and reducing infrastructure management.

"Many of our customers have been using Chef for years to easily manage their cloud infrastructure. This new solution delivers robust automation capabilities with almost no setup or maintenance required," said Scott Wiltamuth, VP of Developer and Productivity Tools, AWS. "AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate makes it even easier for customers to ensure their cloud and on-premises resources are fast and secure. Development and operations teams have a strong foundation for leveraging DevOps practices in AWS or on-premises to turbocharge software delivery."

2nd Watch Achieves AWS Service Delivery Partner Status for Four AWS Service Offerings

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2nd Watch, a managed public cloud provider for enterprises, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Delivery Partner status for four AWS service offerings including Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, AWS CloudFront and AWS Database Migration Service. 2nd Watch also holds AWS competencies for Migration, DevOps, Big Data, Life Sciences, and Marketing and Commerce, and is an audited, approved and accredited AWS Managed Service Partner.

The AWS Service Delivery Program recently launched and is designed to highlight APNPartners who have a track record of delivering verified customer success for specific AWS products, so . customers can easily find qualified APN Partners that provide expertise in a specific service or skill area. To qualify, APN Partners must pass service-specific verification of customer references and a technical review, meaning customers can be confident they are working with partners that provide recent and relevant experience.

AWS Launches Amazon Athena

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced Amazon Athena, a serverless query service that makes it easy to analyze data directly in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) using standard SQL. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can point Amazon Athena at their data stored in Amazon S3 and begin using standard SQL to run queries and get results in seconds. With Amazon Athena there are no clusters to manage and tune, no infrastructure to setup or manage, and customers pay only for the queries they run. Amazon Athena scales automatically – executing queries in parallel – so results are fast, even with large datasets and complex queries. To get started with Amazon Athena, visit https://aws.amazon.com/athena.

Esri Offers Customers On-Demand Deployment and Managed Services in the Cloud

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At this year's AWS re:Invent, global smart-mapping leader Esri announced that customers can now deploy select ArcGIS licenses from Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace instantly, using a pay-per-use pricing model available through hourly or annual subscriptions. Automated software provisioning allows users to launch new projects, respond to emergency requirements, address spikes in usage, and respond seamlessly to business needs without being tied to restrictive enterprise licensing models.

IDERA Free Tools Now Available on AWS Marketplace

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IDERA, a leading provider of database lifecycle management solutions (DLM), today announced four free tools available on AWS Marketplace, providing customers a range of options for third-party management solutions for Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database across Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

“We build our portfolio of free tools to solve critical issues for users, and their success is clear with hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide,” said Heidi Farris, chief marketing officer at IDERA. “Making them available on AWS Marketplace for cloud database customers reinforces IDERA’s commitment to data professionals who must consistently accomplish more for less. We’re looking forward to expanding our free tools in cooperation with AWS.”

Solodev Unveils New Windows Version of its Enterprise Web Experience Platform Available for the AWS Cloud

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Solodev, creator of the world's first on-demand enterprise web experience platform created by developers for developers, today announces new versions of its flagship solution optimized for Windows 2012 and 2016. Solodev for Windows is available for purchase for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud directly through AWS Marketplace. Solodev adds the Windows products to its existing offerings that support SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, which the company announced earlier this month.

"We built Solodev with the goal of putting an end to the constant compromises businesses have to make when it comes to their websites -- including using their desired operating system," said Shawn Moore, founder and Chief Technology Officer of Solodev. "Having recently been one of the first vendors to support SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to create a Windows version of our software. It is furthering our mission of providing customers with exactly what they want from their enterprise web content management software."

Cloud Elements is the First Serverless API Distribution Platform that can Publish API Connectors as AWS Lambda Functions

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Cloud Elements, the leader in API Integration management, today announced at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference they are the first API Integration and Management Platform vendor to offer a revolutionary approach to publish and distribute API-based connectors as Lambda Functions, supporting a serverless architecture. Cloud Elements' extensive catalog of 115+ connectors can now be consumed from within the Amazon API Gateway or used as AWS Lambda functions. This enhancement is in support of a general movement of the industry and especially the AWS community towards a serverless architecture, a key theme being explored at AWS re:Invent this week.

"Cloud Elements addresses a key challenge by accelerating the publishing of SaaS application APIs as AWS Lambda functions," said Tim Wagner, general manager of AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway. "Developers using AWS are looking for ways to combine APIs from a variety of SaaS and software applications into their applications, to support their serverless architecture and scale their code without incurring additional costs to run. With today's release of Element Builder, Cloud Elements offers a simple and useful solution to automate the publishing of API Integrations as Lambda functions."

Microsoft Not Giving Up Against Amazon - The War Rages On

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Goldman Sachs recently upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to buy from neutral, and raised price target to $68 from $60. Goldman Sachs believes that Microsoft's gross profit will grow at an accelerating pace and gross profit margin will improve due to Azure's cloud opportunities.

Since profitability is a matter of managerial accounting and difficult to predict, I'm not sure about profitability. However, I believe Microsoft's revenue will rise significantly going forward since the company is offering customers the world's most sophisticated, advanced and diversified container support via its recent launch of Windows Server 2016. Containers also will help Microsoft win the war against Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) AWS despite the latter's recent deal with VMware (NYSE:VMW).