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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."

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.

XebiaLabs Accelerates Enterprise Application Shift to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

XebiaLabs announced support for new Amazon Web Services (AWS) services designed to simplify and accelerate application migration to the cloud at scale. New integrations of the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform with AWS Service Catalog and support for AWS Fargate, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), and other AWS services, allow developers to easily switch workloads from traditional data centers to AWS. Companies can rely on a highly efficient, compliant, and secure enterprise DevOps process as they are moving applications to the cloud.

"The combination of AWS Service Catalog and the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform provides a highly scalable and structured path to moving enterprise applications to AWS," said Clive D'Souza, Global Head of AWS Service Catalog BD, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "It was designed to allow companies to offer self-service deployments to their development teams, while supporting compliance, security, and governance requirements across the DevOps pipeline. Teams can now easily access AWS services as an integrated part of their enterprise DevOps processes, and CIOs can rest easy knowing software applications are being built securely and with control, while taking advantage of the flexibility and velocity of the cloud."

AWS Announces Availability of T3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the availability of T3 instances, the next generation of burstable general-purpose instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), providing up to 30% improved price performance than previous generation T2 instances. Designed for applications with variable CPU usage that experience occasional spikes in demand - such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development environments, code repositories, and business critical applications - T3 instances enable customers' applications to burst seamlessly to meet temporary traffic peaks and then scale back down to operate at typical traffic levels. T3 instances feature Intel Xeon Scalable processors and support up to 5 Gbps in peak network bandwidth. To get started with T3 instances visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/t3/.

T2 instances launched four years ago and have become the most popular instances for a wide range of workloads due to their low cost and unlimited burst capabilities. T2 instances are unlike any other burstable instance available in the cloud today in that customers can sustain high CPU performance for any period of time, whenever and however long required, and avoid application degradation if the instance exceeds its available CPU credits. This behavior has to be activated by customers for T2 instances, and because it isn't the default behavior, customers sometimes didn't realize that this important performance benefit was available to them. Based on customer feedback, T3 instances have this valuable unlimited burst capability enabled by default, so customers need not take any special action to enjoy this benefit.

CrowdStrike Enhances Security Hygiene for Workloads on AWS

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CrowdStrike Inc. today announced the availability of Falcon Discover for Amazon Web Services (AWS) workloads. Falcon Discover provides security, operations and development teams with detailed visibility and extensive control over Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, improving overall security posture.

As today's enterprises continue to migrate their critical data and implement hybrid centers to host workloads that are both on-premises and on the cloud, maintaining security consistently is challenging. Today, many organizations of all sizes lack security resources and are looking for solutions that are easy to deploy, manage, and integrate.

Falcon Discover allows organizations to quickly visualize existing Amazon EC2 deployments across all regions (including instances without an endpoint security product installed) and subsequently monitors cloud trail logs for any modifications to the environment. As a result, the customer has a more complete picture of their networks and any systems or applications, enabling centralized, automated management and improving the organization's security posture.

Kx Qualifies WekaIO to Run with its KDB+ Database in AWS EC2

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WekaIO, the innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, today announced that Kx, creator of the world's fastest time series database, has qualified WekaIO Matrix storage solution for use with kdb+ in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for machine learning applications. 

This qualification of Matrix comes after Kx conducted its own rigorous benchmark testing of storage solutions available in AWS EC2 as part of a process for determining their suitability for Kx customers looking to migrate their historical kdb+ database (HDB) to the cloud. 

ECS Achieves AWS Service Delivery Designation for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud for Windows

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ECS, a leading technology provider serving public sector and commercial customers, announced that it achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Delivery designation for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for Windows. As a Premier Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) with AWS Service Delivery designation for Amazon EC2, ECS is recognized for managing secure, reliable, and high-performance environments for deploying Windows-based applications and workloads.

Virtuozzo Helps Rebel.com Improve Server Performance by 4X in Their Amazon EC2 Environment

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Virtuozzo, a provider of integrated container, virtual machine, and software-defined storage technology, today announced a partnership with Rebel.com that demonstrates how companies can improve economies of scale while delivering more value to customers by adding Virtuozzo 7 to their Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) environments.

Rebel.com, an Ottawa, Canada-based hosting solutions provider, migrated its infrastructure to Amazon EC2 several years ago. But as the company's business grew, it needed a way to increase the size of its Amazon EC2 instances without impacting their performance. By leveraging Virtuozzo 7 on top of them, the company was able to improve server performance by 4X.

Zen achieves AWS Service Delivery Designation for Amazon EC2 for Windows Server

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Zen recently announced that it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Delivery designation for Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) for Windows Server, recognising that the business reduces customer deployment efforts by identifying the most appropriate configuration from cost, performance, security, reliability and management perspectives for their Windows-based applications.

Achieving the Amazon EC2 for Windows Server designation differentiates Zen as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialised demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in delivering Amazon EC2 for Windows Server. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.
 

Aviatrix Announces Free EC2 FlightPath Tool for Faster Troubleshooting of AWS EC2 Connectivity Issues

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Aviatrix, a pioneer in cloud networking and an inaugural AWS Network Competency partner, today announced that its EC2 FlightPath tool is now available as a free download on AWS Marketplace. EC2 FlightPath allows cloud and DevOps teams as well as network engineers to troubleshoot Amazon Web Services (AWS) network connectivity issues faster to minimize business disruption.

By automating the collection of AWS network troubleshooting data and displaying it in a single view, EC2 FlightPath eliminates the time, frustration and human errors required to find the source of connectivity issues that are reported as problems. It also makes it easy to communicate the source of the problem, and the required fix, to other internal groups so they can take appropriate actions.

"Instead of tedious ‘whack-a-mole' efforts to track down the source of connectivity problems across many screens, the Aviatrix EC2 FlightPath tool generates the needed network data quickly and automatically," said Steven Mih, CEO of Aviatrix. "EC2 FlightPath maps the path between two EC2 instances and shows relevant routing rules, network access control lists (NACLs) and security groups. Cloud engineers and DevOps teams can now spend less time dealing with daily networking trouble tickets and more time getting real work done in the public cloud."