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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.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Now Available to Customers from Data Centers in Canada

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of the AWS Canada (Central) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally, with another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months. Tens of thousands of Canadian customers are using other AWS Regions and starting today, developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in Canada. Developers can sign-up and get started today at: http://aws.amazon.com.

The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. AWS also provides two Amazon CloudFront edge locations in Toronto and Montreal for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to Canadian end users with low latency. These locations are part of AWS’s existing network of 68 edge sites across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Cloud Elements is the First Serverless API Distribution Platform that can Publish API Connectors as AWS Lambda Functions

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Cloud Elements, the leader in API Integration management, today announced at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference they are the first API Integration and Management Platform vendor to offer a revolutionary approach to publish and distribute API-based connectors as Lambda Functions, supporting a serverless architecture. Cloud Elements' extensive catalog of 115+ connectors can now be consumed from within the Amazon API Gateway or used as AWS Lambda functions. This enhancement is in support of a general movement of the industry and especially the AWS community towards a serverless architecture, a key theme being explored at AWS re:Invent this week.

"Cloud Elements addresses a key challenge by accelerating the publishing of SaaS application APIs as AWS Lambda functions," said Tim Wagner, general manager of AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway. "Developers using AWS are looking for ways to combine APIs from a variety of SaaS and software applications into their applications, to support their serverless architecture and scale their code without incurring additional costs to run. With today's release of Element Builder, Cloud Elements offers a simple and useful solution to automate the publishing of API Integrations as Lambda functions."

LightCyber Closes Breach Detection Gap in Cloud Data Centers by Extending Behavioral Attack Detection to Amazon Web Services

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LightCyber, a leading provider of Behavioral Attack Detection solutions, today announced new Magna products for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to close the breach detection gap in cloud and hybrid cloud data centers. The new products provide attack visibility for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud and hybrid cloud data center workloads. Leveraging all of the existing behavioral profiling and anomaly detection capabilities available in the Magna platform, the new Magna Detector-AWS and Magna Probe-AWS products support deployment within an organization's AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).  LightCyber also announced a new version of its agentless, on-demand Magna Pathfinder for Linux to extend integrated network and endpoint detection features to one of the most common data center server platforms. 

Approximately 155 million workloads will move to public cloud data centers by 2019 according the Cisco Global Cloud Index, eclipsing those that will exist in private cloud data centers. Even bulge bracket banks are projected to migrate from little or no use of public cloud data centers today to having 30 percent of their data center capacity in the public cloud within three years, according to a note from Deutsche Bank.

Databricks Achieves Big Data Competency Status From Amazon Web Services

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Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark, today announced that it has achieved the AWS Big Data Competency from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Databricks is one of a select number of AWS "Big Data - Advanced Analytics" Partner Solutions to earn this prestigious competency, validating the value of its data platform for its customers. This announcement comes just six months after Databricks announced it was recognized as an Advanced Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) providing technical, marketing, and go-to-market support for AWS-based businesses.

Databricks offers a cloud-based integrated workspace for big data powered by Apache Spark, the most active open source project in the big data ecosystem. Spark continues to gain industry-wide momentum, with the number of committed contributors surging from 255 in 2014 to more than 750 in 2015. The Databricks platform lets users go from data ingestion, to visual exploration and production jobs without the hassle of managing complex infrastructure, systems and tools, making it easy to turn data into value.