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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."

What have we learned from the Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure outages?

Article Written by David Marshall



In the past month both AWS and Microsoft Azure have experienced lengthy outages due to issues with the storage supporting the cloud. These outages have flooded through companies globally and brought into focus the potential downsides of putting all your eggs into the public cloud basket. After both of these incidents, the question is, how reliable is the public cloud and what options and alternatives are available?

A few technology experts have offered their opinion:

The best of both worlds is a multi-cloud strategy

 

Amazon Corrects Massive AWS S3 Cloud Outage While Vendors React

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Last Tuesday, parts of the Internet came to a grinding halt when the servers that powered them suddenly vanished.  The disappearing server act came from servers that were housed as part of Amazon S3, Amazon's popular Web hosting service.

When that incident happened, several big and popular services and Web sites were disrupted, including DraftKings, Gizmodo, IFTTT, Quora, Slack and Trello.

According to the Web site monitoring firm Apica, 54 of the largest online retailers experienced performance impairments on their Web sites, with some slowing down by more than 20 percent; 3 sites went down completely (Express, Lulu Lemon, One Kings Lane); and for effected websites, average slow down time was 29.7 seconds - 42.7 seconds to load.

What happened?

"At 9:37 a.m. PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process," Amazon said.  "Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended.  The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems."

Those subsystems are important.  One of them "manages the metadata and location information of all S3 objects in the region," according to Amazon.  And without it, services that depend on it couldn't perform basic data retrieval and storage tasks.  The second subsystem, the placement subsystem, "manages allocation of new storage and requires the index subsystem to be functioning properly to correctly operate."  The placement subsystem is used to allocate storage for new objects.

In Search of S3: Read the Fine Print

Article Written by Jon Toor, CMO of Cloudian  

For businesses using and creating applications for the Internet, it is becoming more difficult to ignore Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). S3 is the massively scalable, cost-effective cloud storage solution developed specifically to house the huge influx of data created by organizations around the world. Amazon S3 commands twice the market share of all its closest competitors combined and is likely to be the storage platform of choice for on-premises hybrid or private cloud deployments for years to come. 

S3 has become the standard for cloud storage. Almost every application connects to S3 and most storage vendors have already announced that they connect to S3 or are working to do so. In addition to Amazon, there are a number of competing storage implementations that are S3-compliant, including Google Cloud Storage, Openstack Swift, Rackspace's Cloud Files and Ceph. These services use the standard programming interface but have different underlying technologies and business models. 

The rise of S3, which Amazon describes as "cost-effective object storage," has also helped to drive the adoption of object storage. In addition to Amazon, household brands such as Facebook, Netflix, Dropbox and Twitter all use object storage. It's also deployed by enterprises for applications that require massive amounts of unstructured data, including content media storage, bioinformatics, data analytics, private cloud, file distribution and sharing, and backup and archiving. 

Minio Introduces Cloud Native Object Storage Server

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Minio today announced the general availability of its distributed object storage server built for cloud applications and DevOps. The solution enables applications to manage massive quantities of unstructured data, and enables cloud and SaaS application developers to adopt emerging cloud hosting providers such as Digital Ocean, Packet and Hyper.sh with Amazon S3 like capabilities. Minio's object storage server is now production ready, with major features such as erasure code, bitrot detection and lambda notification, and has grown in popularity amongst the Docker, Mesos and Kubernetes communities due its cloud native architecture.

"Minio is a valued partner of Mesosphere and a leading voice on the topic of storage in the DC/OS community," said Florian Leibert, CEO of Mesosphere. "With its future-proof and developer-friendly distributed object storage offering, Minio solves a real problem for our joint customers, and this latest release continues their history of innovation."

Completing the Storage Stack

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.

Unitrends Boomerang Named 2015 Cloud Computing Product of the Year

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Unitrends, the leader in cloud empowered continuity solutions, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named Unitrends Boomerang a 2015 Cloud Computing Product of the Year. This award, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, honors vendors with the most innovative, useful and beneficial cloud products and services that have been brought to market in the past year.

Boomerang is an easy-to-use and cost-effective virtual appliance for replicating VMware virtual machines (VMs) to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud for low-cost backup and disaster recovery. Boomerang also automatically remodels replicated VMs to native Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for fast execution, providing an ideal solution for migrating from on-premise systems to the cloud and for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

Attunity Announces Commercial Availability of Attunity CloudBeam for Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Attunity Ltd. (NASDAQ: ATTU), a leading provider of information availability software solutions, announced today the official launch and commercial availability of Attunity CloudBeam, a fully-managed data transfer SaaS platform for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3). With its beta successfully completed, the high-performance and secure data transfer solution will be unveiled and demonstrated live at the AWS re: Invent Customer and Partner Conference from November 27-29 in Las Vegas, NV.
 
Attunity CloudBeam is designed to move data to, from and between cloud environments quickly, reliably and affordably for AWS customers. Commercially-available services include:
 

ManageEngine Beefs Up MSP Center Plus with Amazon S3 Backup

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ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced Amazon S3 backup and recovery services for MSP Center Plus, its agent-based network monitoring software. Delivered via API-level integration with CloudBerry Lab Online Backup software, the new feature gives MSPs an easy to use and highly reliable cloud-based option for backing up and recovering customers’ remote Windows servers and desktops.

Amazon S3 offers SMB and enterprise organizations alike a highly durable, scalable and secure solution for backing up and archiving critical data. To streamline online backups to Amazon S3, CloudBerry offers a powerful backup and restore program that makes backup and disaster recovery planning simple, reliable and affordable. Now, ManageEngine lets MSPs offer the CloudBerry backup solution as a managed online backup service to their customers, delivered through MSP Center Plus.

“CloudBerry Backup provides companies of any size with simple and fast backups to the same highly scalable, reliable, secure, fast, inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites,” said Alexey Serkov, chief technology officer at CloudBerry Lab. “Now, we’re partnering with ManageEngine to extend that backup speed and simplicity to MSP Center Plus users and their customers.”