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CorpInfo Launches Onica with $20 Million Capital Infusion from Sunstone Partners to Fuel Growth of AWS Services and Solutions

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CorpInfo, a leading IT services company announces the formation of Onica, with a $20 million growth equity investment from Sunstone Partners. Onica will focus solely on the exponential growth of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting and managed services business. Onica is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and Managed Service Provider Partner.

Onica will be led by cloud services visionary, CEO Stephen Garden, who transformed CorpInfo from a legacy consulting company into an industry leading cloud advisory firm.

“Today’s announcements are the culmination of four years at the forefront of the cloud computing boom in collaboration with AWS and having supported hundreds of customers in their transformations,” Garden said. “This investment will allow Onica to continue to expand sales, marketing, and delivery resources globally, and to accelerate our development of technology solutions that bring operational excellence to the enterprise cloud journey.”
 

AT&T Expands Strategic Relationship with Amazon Web Services

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AT&T is expanding business cloud networking solutions with Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS customers using AT&T connectivity can now have highly secure, flexible connectivity options to serve their cloud, cybersecurity and mobility needs. These solutions can help customers mobilize their workforce to support the digital age.

“Many of our customers are on their journey to the cloud with AWS,” said Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer, AT&T Business. “We can offer customers a highly secure, cloud optimized networking environment. No matter where they are in that transition or how they want to get there, AT&T has it covered.”

“Business customers rely on AT&T for proven network connectivity, cybersecurity and IoT solutions. These new enhancements provide our customers with the performance, security and connection options they need to grow their businesses on AWS,” said David Wright, general manager, Worldwide Strategic Technology Partners, Amazon Web Services, Inc.
 

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.
 

AMD works with Amazon to create virtualized graphics in the cloud

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Amazon Web Services has chosen to use Advanced Micro Devices’ graphics technology to run graphics software in the cloud. The net result is that it could become a lot cheaper to process graphics-intensive apps in the cloud, rather than on a local machine.

AMD said in a blog post that it’s no secret most enterprise applications — from standard Windows productivity apps to engineering software — run better when they are accelerated by graphics processing units (GPUs). Traditionally, those apps have run on heavy-duty workstations on local machines.
 

Teradata Launches IntelliCloud - Analytic Software-as-a-Service

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Teradata, a leading analytics solutions company, today announced Teradata IntelliCloud, its next generation secure managed cloud offering that provides data and analytic software as a service (SaaS). It is available with new deployment choices including Teradata IntelliFlex, the company's flagship enterprise data warehouse platform that Teradata will deploy and manage in its own data centers, and global public cloud infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and later, from Microsoft Azure. By leveraging the same software, training, tools and ecosystem applications in which Teradata customers have already invested for their on-premises systems, IntelliCloud ensures 100% software consistency while increasing business agility and boosting focus on data-driven analytic insights that have meaningful business outcomes.

"Demand for cloud services increases daily. In fact, by 2020, 90 percent of our customers expect to have a hybrid cloud environment - and more than 85 percent expect to buy ‘as a service' for data warehousing," said Oliver Ratzesberger, executive vice president and chief product officer for Teradata.

According to Gartner, more and more clients are demanding that service offerings support hybrid scenarios that incorporate traditional technologies as well as new cloud technologies, and ultimately establish a hybrid IT environment. IntelliCloud was designed to support this type of modern hybrid approach with comprehensive subscription services aligned to customer priorities.

 

Knetik Unveils the Beta Launch of Knetik Cloud at the Game Developer Conference

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Knetik Unveils the Beta Launch of Knetik Cloud at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA. Based on the Knetik Platform as a Solution, the Knetik Cloud service allows game developers to leverage the Back Office and Platform Services to accelerate game development, expand user personalization and engagement, and reduce cost of operations. Providing an auto-scalable system prepared to deliver for any scale, Game Developers also gain access to a robust infrastructure environment backed by Amazon's Web Services.

"We have had outstanding success in the past few years with our enterprise clients, including two fortune 50 using our platform. To be able to open the door in an extremely affordable way to smaller developers, is very exciting and works towards the vision of why we were acquired by Cima Group last year," said Shane Robinett, founder of Knetik and Chief Architect Digital Transformation for Cima Group.

CSC and Virtual Clarity Accelerate Digital Transformation of Enterprise Clients to IT-as-a-Service

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CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT services and innovative cloud solutions, and Virtual Clarity, a leading provider of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) transformation strategy and leadership, today announced an agreement to jointly help enterprises accelerate their transformation to leading cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will make an undisclosed investment in Virtual Clarity to accelerate the company's leading transformation consulting services targeting the Financial Services, Insurance, Telecom, and Manufacturing industries. Virtual Clarity will become a Strategic Affiliate of CSC and will collaborate on joint go-to-market pursuits with CSC.

Virtual Clarity has significant knowledge and experience in helping global clients solve large, complex business problems and building lasting value for customers and partners. Its ClearTransformation service enables companies to accelerate business innovation, overcoming the inertia of legacy IT by transforming the traditional IT operating model to nimble IT-as-a-Service.

CyberArk Announces Support for Amazon Inspector for Enhanced Cloud Security

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CyberArk, the company that protects organizations from cyber attacks that have made their way inside the network perimeter, today announced expanded privileged account security solutions for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help customers better protect against, detect and respond to advanced threats.

Many organizations already run at least part of their operations in the cloud, while others are seeking to accelerate their migration strategies - with industry research predicting that up to 80 percent of workloads will run on a cloud architecture by 2024. Migrating from the data center to the cloud introduces different cyber security considerations, particularly associated with securing privileged user and application credentials used to manage consoles, enable applications to connect with sensitive assets, and dynamically scale elastic production environments.

For enterprises migrating to the cloud, CyberArk helps customers seamlessly extend and consistently enforce the security policies they have in place today on their on-premises infrastructure into their emerging cloud and DevOps environments.

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Live Nation Selects Amazon Web Services as Cloud Infrastructure Provider

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), the world's leading live entertainment and ticketing company, has selected AWS as its public cloud infrastructure provider and is moving its global IT infrastructure to the AWS Cloud. AWS will help Live Nation reliably and securely scale its IT infrastructure for future growth across Ticketmaster and Corporate IT, as well as select parts of its Festival business. Live Nation currently produces more than 26,000 live events per year around the world, including more than 80 festivals, and operates more than 150 venues.