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AWS Announces Availability of P3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced P3 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) GPU instances designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance, including machine learning, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and autonomous vehicle systems. The first instances to include NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances are the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud. To get started with P3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/p3/.

P3 instances allow customers to build and deploy advanced applications with up to 14 times better performance than previous-generation Amazon EC2 GPU compute instances, and reduce training of machine learning applications from days to hours. With up to eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances provide up to one petaflop of mixed-precision, 125 teraflops of single-precision, and 62 teraflops of double-precision floating point performance, as well as a 300 GB/s second-generation NVIDIA NVLink interconnect that enables high-speed, low-latency GPU-to-GPU communication. P3 instances also feature up to 64 vCPUs based on custom Intel Xeon E5 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of DRAM, and 25 Gbps of dedicated aggregate network bandwidth using the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA).

AWS Announces General Availability for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced general availability for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. Amazon Aurora is a cloud-optimized relational database that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Now, customers who use PostgreSQL databases can get up to several times better performance with scalability, durability, availability, and security as good as or better than commercial databases—all at one-tenth the cost. With no upfront costs or commitments required, customers pay a simple hourly charge for each Amazon Aurora database instance they use, and can automatically scale storage capacity with no downtime or performance degradation. AWS also announced that customers migrating to Amazon Aurora from another database can use the AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) free of charge for the next six months. To get started with Amazon Aurora, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora

Historically, customers have had to choose between performance and price when evaluating database solutions. Commercial databases offer high performance and advanced availability features, but are expensive, complex to manage, have high lock-in, and come with punitive licensing terms. Open source databases such as PostgreSQL and MySQL require less capital expense, but customers often find they cannot achieve the performance or availability of commercial databases. Amazon Aurora offers the best of both worlds—the performance and availability of the highest-grade commercial databases at a cost more commonly associated with open source. And, with more and more enterprises embracing PostgreSQL for its user-defined functions and data types, complex SQL support, NoSQL and JSON support, broad application language support, and closer semantics to some of the old guard databases, Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL launch comes at a great time for customers looking to break free of the cost and complexity of traditional commercial databases.
 

CyrusOne Continues to Expand With Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Service

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CyrusOne, a premier global data center REIT, announced today availability of Amazon Web Service (AWS) Direct Connect at its Houston West data center campus and through CyrusOne’s National IX platform. AWS Direct Connect allows customers to access AWS services through a private and secure network that reduces costs and delivers a more reliable network experience.

“We are very excited to provide our customers at the Houston West data center private and high-performance cloud connectivity with the expansion of the AWS Direct Connect service,” said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager of interconnection, CyrusOne. “We strive to empower our customers to enhance their cloud-based applications. As they work to deploy hybrid IT solutions, this offering is critical in providing direct, private access from their IT infrastructure to cloud services.”
 

TrapX Security Expands Cloud Data Center Support for Amazon AWS and KVM OpenStack

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TrapX Security, a global leader in deception-based advanced cybersecurity defense, today announced fully integrated cloud data support for DeceptionGrid for both Amazon AWS EC2 and KVM OpenStack. This enhancement addresses the growing challenges associated with visibility and lateral movement within the hybrid environments of cloud and internal networks.

Widespread private and public cloud adoption presents significant security challenges. Security teams must extend their operations across internal networks who support a large number of cloud based applications. There are several key elements to success in securing the cloud:

Toyota Racing Development Goes All-in on AWS

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced that Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the in-house engineering division for Toyota and Lexus motorsports programs, has gone all-in on AWS. Building its race intelligence system on the cloud with the most functionality has helped TRD's teams win NASCAR races. TRD uses AWS's industry-leading cloud services to create mission-critical applications that enable its crews to improve precision, consistency, and speed during practice runs and in competition. These race intelligence applications collect data from vehicles and their environments and apply real-time analytics and machine learning to better understand how a vehicle may handle on any track under any circumstance.

Domino Data Lab Accelerates Model Delivery on AWS

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Domino Data Lab, a data science platform provider, today announced general availability of its Domino Model Delivery product. Built to run natively on Amazon Web Services (AWS), this offering makes the process of deploying highly scalable production models faster and more cost effective.

Building on four years of customer success with companies including Coatue, DBRS, Eventbrite, Mashable, Monsanto, and Moody's Analytics, Domino on AWS delivers a superior customer-centric experience spanning the full data science lifecycle. Domino Model Delivery, a new module in Domino's platform, allows data science teams to weave new and improved models into business processes seamlessly, making a bigger impact without burdening IT or Engineering personnel. Moody's Analytics recently licensed Domino to create a platform that accelerates the development and deployment of tailored models for its customers.

"Moody's Analytics selected Domino and AWS to deliver our data and analytics in a way that are tailored to provide our customers with confidence and transparency, " said Jacob Grotta, Managing Director at Moody's Analytics. "With this new platform, our clients will get access to Moody's Analytics data, models, and expertise in a collaborative workspace that accelerates model development, validation, delivery, and maintenance. The platform enables clients to combine our modeling processes and data, with their own data and business insight, to create models that fit their unique needs."

Randstad Goes All-in on AWS

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Today, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Randstad, a leading international staffing and recruitment company, will migrate its global data centers to AWS. With this move, Randstad aims to increase efficiencies and align IT infrastructure with its digital vision to provide high-quality service to its customers around the world. AWS's proven security and operational expertise helps Randstad protect sensitive data and meet its compliance needs. Randstad also has access to the most robust and full-featured set of cloud capabilities with AWS, allowing Randstad to innovate from idea to launch in record time.

CloudCheckr Offers Enhanced Cybersecurity Solutions Through AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US)

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CloudCheckr, the enterprise cloud management platform, today announced the availability of its software products on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US), the platform for public sector software and compliance-focused solutions for regulated IT workloads. AWS GovCloud (US) bolsters the ability of government and government-related organizations to transform and modernize their digital operations using the cloud. The availability of AWS Marketplace in the region allows customers to streamline processes and discover reliable cloud management vendors with advanced security and compliance capabilities. With the announcement of AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US), customers may access CloudCheckr services in AWS Marketplace.

"Public sector organizations are increasingly gaining operational advantages when moving to the cloud," said Barry Russell, General Manager of Global Business Development, AWS Marketplace and Service Catalog, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Our customers want easy-to-deploy solutions to drive data-driven operational efficiencies and speed innovation. CloudCheckr has demonstrated deep experience in cybersecurity and cloud management and we look forward to having their solutions on AWS GovCloud Marketplace."

Rubrik Achieves Advanced Tier Technology Partner Status in AWS Partner Network

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Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, today announced it has been named an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). Rubrik is a leader in defining the large, emerging market for Cloud Data Management, delivering a solution that allows companies to recover, manage, and secure data across public clouds and on-premises environments.

For cloud-native applications, Rubrik orchestrates all critical data management functions -- including backup, recovery, replication, archival, copy data management, search and analytics. As an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the APN, Rubrik demonstrates expertise in data management and disaster recovery alongside the company's commitment to deep integration with AWS, a key cloud platform for many customers. Technology Partners in the APN provide software solutions that are either hosted on or integrated with AWS.

Rubrik Consolidates Resource Intensive, Legacy Infrastructure with Federal Cloud Data Management Solution

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Rubrik, the cloud data management company, today announced federal government agencies are increasingly relying on its Cloud Data Management platform to simplify their data center environments. By replacing unnecessary legacy infrastructure with a purpose-built software-defined, converged backup solution, agencies are eliminating the data silos preventing real modernization. Rubrik's platform enables agencies to securely manage data from creation to expiration across private and public clouds, delivering compliant data backup, replication and archive in a single solution.

"Agencies are struggling to migrate away from legacy technologies to more modern, cost-effective approaches like the cloud," said Steve Alfieris, VP and General Manager of Rubrik Federal. "We are bringing the best of Silicon Valley innovation to the government to help solve this challenge. Our platform enables agencies to more efficiently and economically plan their transition on a proven path to cloud migration."

With the Office of Management and Budget reporting that governmentwide legacy spending as a percentage of total IT spending is at a record high of 70.3 percent, agencies need to identify new approaches to modernize their technology environments. The United States Navy's Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), the agency responsible for the IT operation and management for all Naval installations worldwide, is doing just that.