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VMware and AWS Expand Capabilities and Availability of VMware Cloud on AWS

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Today at AWS re:Invent 2017, VMware, Inc., and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced VMware Cloud on AWS is expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia) region, and includes additional VMware capabilities and support for more AWS services, making it even easier for customers to move, run, and protect mission-critical applications at scale. For more information about VMware Cloud on AWS, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

"The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms," said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. "Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps."

Instana Adds AI-Powered Analysis For AWS Products

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As part of their presence at AWS re:Invent 2017 next week, Instana today announced the ability for its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven application performance management (APM) solution to discover, analyze and monitor Amazon Web Services (AWS). By applying AI-powered analysis, Instana provides customers with comprehensive visibility and performance management across their hybrid application environment, including legacy, containerized and cloud-native services from a single monitoring solution.

Instana’s extended visibility into hybrid application environments includes CloudWatch data, providing contextual intelligence and performance management beyond the isolated CloudWatch dashboard. This improved capability encompasses traditional and modern dynamic applications providing a full stack view as one contiguous environment with the ability to drill down and investigate details in any of the underlying services and infrastructure.

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Dynatrace Announces Performance Monitoring for AWS Lambda Functions and Voice-based Interactions with Amazon Alexa

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Digital performance management company Dynatrace, today announced code-level monitoring for serverless AWS Lambda functions. With the AWS Lambda serverless compute service becoming increasingly popular for IoT and Alexa skills, Dynatrace is also announcing that for the first-time organizations can monitor performance across the whole omnichannel landscape, covering web, mobile and now voice-based interactions with Amazon Alexa.

"Amazon Alexa is becoming a key part of omnichannel experiences. Today, people buy and transact business via voice, not just on their laptop or mobile device. Monitoring these transactions at a user level is critical, as without it, you have an increasingly big blind-spot," said Alois Reitbauer, VP, Chief Technical Strategist and Head of Innovation Lab at Dynatrace. "It's similar with IoT; you now have millions of devices that are driving the code that's being executed in AWS Lambda, so organizations need automated real-time discovery and continuous visibility to deliver proactive performance management and avoid IoT failures."

NeuVector Brings New Container Security Solutions to AWS re:Invent 2017

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NeuVector, a leading container firewall company, today announced its participation at AWS re:Invent 2017. NeuVector will exhibit at booth #K45, where the company will showcase NeuVector 1.3 -- just released -- alongside a new enterprise version purpose-built for large-scale deployments. AWS re:Invent 2017 takes place November 27 - December 1 in Las Vegas.

Key container security enhancements included in NeuVector 1.3 include Layer 7 container firewall capabilities with application-intent intelligence, automated scaling to secure all container traffic without manual updates, enterprise integration, and UI developments designed for better visualization and faster implementation. The container security solution will be exhibited via multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) clusters running Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS), Rancher, Red Hat OpenShift, Docker, and Kubernetes - and all protected by the NeuVector container firewall. The solution supports dedicated cloud as well as hybrid cloud implementations.

ExtraHop Adds AWS Data to Provide Performance and Security Insights for Hybrid Enterprises

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ExtraHop, a leader in real-time analytics and an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), today announced support for integration with AWS CloudWatch, CloudTrail, and VPC Flow Log data, providing enhanced visibility and contextual analysis for customers with AWS and hybrid environments. ExtraHop will be exhibiting at booth #1405 at AWS re:Invent 2017 conference taking place November 27-December 1, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Organizations have embraced cloud and hybrid infrastructure to deliver their critical applications and services due to the scale and agility advantages that cloud computing offers. As organizations expand their IT footprints, they are often challenged to adopt common monitoring strategies and tools that work across all of their environments.

CloudHealth Strengthens and Simplifies Cloud Governance with Groundbreaking Next-Gen Policy Engine

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CloudHealth Technologies today announced a next-generation policy engine that governs cloud infrastructure in an entirely new way. Through easily enabled and fully customizable best practice policies in the CloudHealth platform, businesses can govern cloud infrastructure more simply than ever before.

Policy-driven methodologies have long proven to be the most efficient, secure way to manage cloud and hybrid environments at scale. However, this approach requires enterprises to rely on software that captures information and drives behavior based on best practices, internal policies and reference architectures. CloudHealth now removes the legwork from cloud governance by defining best practice policies that manage all aspects of services, applications and infrastructure across cost, availability, security, performance and usage. These policies mimic visual programming languages by virtue of their high extensibility at both an object, rule, condition and action level.

Puppet Collaborates with Amazon Web Services, Delivers New Solution Empowering Enterprises with Agility for Cloud Migration

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Puppet today announced a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which includes the launch of AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise, a new, fully-managed Puppet Master. This new solution empowers customers with a complete automation strategy for operating at scale, while providing them with the agility and flexibility of the cloud.

In order to successfully operate and scale on the cloud, enterprises are increasingly looking for an automation strategy that allows them to focus on driving value for their business. Without an automation strategy in place, consistently managing a large, dynamic environment, and adopting the DevOps practices that enable organizations to operate efficiently on the cloud, can be difficult. AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise enables customers to easily adopt Puppet Enterprise to manage their infrastructure so they can accelerate their cloud migration to AWS, help ensure security and compliance, while enjoying the benefits of a fully managed service and consumption-based pricing.

Chef Announces New Compliance and Application Automation Capabilities for AWS

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Chef, the leader in Continuous Automation, today announced new capabilities designed to further accelerate enterprise adoption of Amazon Web Services (AWS) by addressing users' compliance and containerized application lifecycle control concerns. Building on AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate announced in 2016, new functionality includes Chef Automate with integrated compliance.

"As enterprises accelerate their migration to the cloud, working with DevOps leaders like Chef is crucial," said Scott Wiltamuth, Vice President of AWS Dev and Management Tools, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Chef is providing valuable on-ramps for enterprise customers who are migrating workloads from on-premises data centers to AWS. We are pleased to see Chef's compliance-as-code capabilities as part of AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate."

"When AWS launched OpsWorks with Chef Automate we immediately jumped on that," said Eric Schneider, CTO of Verisk. "It is one less component that we had to worry about. The experts at Chef and AWS are worrying about it for us, and that allows us to focus what is important for us and our customers."

Lacework Enables AWS Customers to Rapidly Implement Security Best Practices and Proactively Identify S3 Buckets at Risk

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Lacework, the industry's first solution to bring automation, speed and scale to cloud security, today announced new features that enable Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to easily and continuously maintain an AWS cloud configuration that is compliant with proven security best practices. Lacework now automatically reports on the configuration's adherence to the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark for AWS.

Lacework has also introduced security controls targeted at AWS S3 buckets, enabling AWS customers to rapidly identify S3 buckets at risk or compromised due to misconfiguration. Through a targeted auditing of S3 configuration, Lacework ensures that all buckets are configured with best practices for logging, encryption and versioning, then provides continuous monitoring with AWS CloudTrail events and workload activity analysis.

"Deploying new initiatives to the public cloud brings a spectrum of new security challenges that many organizations are not yet familiar with," said Dan Hubbard, Chief Security Architect, Lacework. "Starting with the daily validation of the AWS configuration (AWS accounts and AWS resources such as S3 buckets), to the continuous monitoring of workloads deployed on AWS, the Lacework cloud security platform enables organizations to safely migrate data to AWS and deploy applications in AWS."

VirtuLocity Networks Announces Free 15-Day Trials of its VLNCloud Virtual Internet Acceleration Service to AWS Customers

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VirtuLocity Networks, a software acceleration platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company, today announced a free 15-day trial of its patented congestion control solution, VLNCloud, on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Available on AWS Marketplace, VLNCloud can be installed here. The company's patented solution, which launched last month at Mobile World Congress Americas after successful beta trials with CDNs and mobile operators, demonstrates improved cloud connections throughput and data payload transport time by up to 80 percent, which can be seen on the website here.

"End users attempting to access video-based real-time applications have long experienced sub-par network conditions due to packet loss, delay, and jitter - an issue that is only getting worse as wireless and mobile usage becomes more ubiquitous," said Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst at Ovum, Global Research and Advisory firm. "Some SD-WAN technologies have been built with complex, costly options to address improved application performance with features such as virtual rerouting, DNS steering, and edge caching, but there is actually a large market opportunity to tackle the issue directly with basic WAN and internet connections themselves."