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Amazon Web Services Launches Second GovCloud Region in the United States

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the launch of the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region, its second GovCloud infrastructure region in the United States. With the launch of the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region, AWS now provides 57 Availability Zones across 19 geographic regions globally with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions coming online in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, South Africa, and Sweden between the end of 2018 and the first half of 2020. The AWS GovCloud Regions meet the stringent requirements of the public sector and highly regulated industries, including being operated on US soil by US citizens, and are accessible only to vetted US entities and root account holders who must confirm they are US persons. For more information, go to: https://aws.amazon.com/govcloud-us/.

"For more than seven years, government customers and those in highly regulated industries have been using AWS GovCloud (US-West) to run workloads that must meet the most stringent security and compliance requirements," said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS. "Based on the growth of GovCloud (US-West) and high customer demand for a second region in the eastern part of the US, we've opened a second GovCloud Region so that AWS customers can support their mission-critical programs with even lower latency to the East Coast and have the ability to implement cross-region disaster recovery."

AWS was the first cloud provider to launch an isolated infrastructure region designed to meet government and other highly regulated industry requirements when it opened the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region in 2011. Like AWS GovCloud (US-West), AWS GovCloud (US-East) offers three Availability Zones. AWS Regions are comprised of multiple 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 business continuity, yet near enough to provide low-latency for high availability applications. 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 design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance.

TechDemocracy Announces IT Risk Management Platform for Amazon Web Services

TechDemocracy announced that its flagship platform, Intellicta, is now optimized for Amazon Web Services (AWS), letting boards of directors and senior management teams bridge the visibility gaps across their compliance, security, risk and governance functions, all while merging their enterprise security silos with AWS.

Intellicta's unique Digital Risk Management (DRM) Assurance framework offers the capability of getting a proactive and comprehensive view of the overall cybersecurity resilience and all-inclusive dashboard across each service and application within the Amazon Cloud.

Under the AWS shared responsibility model, Intellicta provides 360 degrees of visibility when it comes to various threat vectors that arise in the areas of infrastructure security; access control; logging and monitoring; configuration and vulnerability analysis; and data loss prevention. It also performs an in-depth analysis on the effectiveness of existing cyber risk and compliance solutions and offers a consolidated view of enterprise risk posture.

Amazon Web Services to Open Data Centers in South Africa

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Amazon Web Services announced it will open an infrastructure region in South Africa in the first half of 2020. The new AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region will consist of three Availability Zones. Currently, AWS provides 55 Availability Zones across 19 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 12 Availability Zones across four AWS Regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online in the coming months. For more information on AWS's global infrastructure, go to: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/.

"Having built the original version of Amazon EC2 in our Cape Town development center 14 years ago, and with thousands of African companies using AWS for years, we've been able to witness first-hand the technical talent and potential in Africa," said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Technology has the opportunity to transform lives and economies across Africa and we're excited about AWS and the Cloud being a meaningful part of that transformation."

The new region is the latest in a series of AWS investments in South Africa. In 2004, Amazon opened a development center in Cape Town that focuses on building pioneering networking technologies, next generation software for customer support, and the technology behind Amazon EC2. AWS has also built a number of local teams including account managers, customer services representatives, partner managers, solutions architects, and more to help customers of all sizes as they move to the cloud. In 2015, AWS opened an office in Johannesburg, and in 2017 brought the Amazon Global Network to Africa through AWS Direct Connect. In May of 2018, AWS continued its investment in South Africa, launching infrastructure points of presence in Cape Town and Johannesburg, bringing Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the continent and adding to the 138 points of presence AWS has around the world.

New Relic Accelerates Enterprise Cloud Adoption and Optimization With Enhanced Offerings for Amazon Web Services

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New Relic, Inc., provider of real-time insights for software-driven businesses, announced new product capabilities, customer enablement, and best practice guidance for organizations leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS) through their cloud journey. Many of the most advanced and disruptive businesses running on AWS drive their cloud optimization and resource investments using New Relic, including Dunkin' Donuts, Morningstar, Scripps Networks, Telstra, Cloud Technology Partners, Relus Cloud, and Slalom. The company's latest updates support the speed, agility, and confidence for these teams, and help enable businesses adopting AWS.

Newly Introduced Instrumentation for AWS

Understanding the context of application health, performance, and constant changes across diverse environments requires deeper analytics than isolated performance metrics. New Relic's platform unifies real-time metrics from all the components of the application, including those provided by Amazon CloudWatch. To further this support, New Relic Infrastructure has announced expanded instrumentation for AWS, totaling 31 services, with new support for AWS Personal Health Dashboards, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES), Amazon Aurora, Auto Scaling, and AWS CloudTrail. Additionally, to get a more focused view, customers can now filter their data sources by tags for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). New Relic Infrastructure combines AWS service performance with application and customer experience data, enabling teams to understand how the configuration and deployment of AWS services impacts the rest of their technology stack.

Cloudticity Releases Free, Fully Automated HIPAA Technical Assessment

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Cloudticity, a leading provider of HIPAA-compliant managed services for AWS, announced today that it has released an automated tool for healthcare organizations to scan their Amazon Web Services accounts for HIPAA compliance. In doing so, Cloudticity is continuing their mission to improve healthcare by providing a growing list of security, compliance, and management tools to the industry. Executing the automated compliance check takes five minutes, and is complete within five hours.

Cloudticity helps healthcare organizations design, build, migrate, and manage HIPAA-compliant solutions on AWS. Cloudticity's platform for healthcare's digital era, Cloudticity Oxygen, is a next-gen managed services solution that fully embraces automation and delivers security, compliance, agility, and reliance.

Centrify Earns Advanced Partner Status in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network

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Centrify, a leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, today announced two milestones with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Centrify has been named an Advanced tier Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) and Centrify Identity Services are now available on AWS Marketplace. Achieving Advanced Technology Partner status in the APN allows Centrify to leverage the power of AWS's shared security model and provide identity and privilege management solutions for AWS administrators as well as developers and users of applications and workloads running on AWS services.

"We are thrilled to be a member of the AWS Partner Network and extend our collaboration with the leading cloud services provider," said Bill Mann, chief product officer at Centrify. "Our Advanced Technology Partner status enables us to couple Centrify's cutting-edge identity services and privilege management with the AWS shared security model, making it simpler for organizations to securely manage their employees' access to corporate AWS resources for development, application hosting and cloud storage and minimizes the need for administrative shared accounts and passwords to be reset on AWS."

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.