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Amazon invests heavily on India datacenter to meet data localization norms

Amazon is increasing its investment in data center infrastructure in India to more effectively meet the data localization policies of the country.

Government of India is adopting stronger data protection laws for the IT and e-commerce companies that operate in the country. Last year, the government had made it mandatory for all the companies to store the financial data of Indian users in India only.

The aim of data localization is to protect the data and information of citizens against identity thefts, data breaches, etc.

Amazon has its data center in Mumbai with two availability zones. This is an AWS Asia Pacific region that has been developed to meet compliance standards and offer high levels of security to AWS customers.

The company has invested around Rs 1,380 crore (around $198 million) into its data services arm, as per the documents by Paper.vc. This datacenter delivers cloud computing services for the purpose of data storage, hosting, and data protection.

Along with its e-commerce business, the company also operates Amazon Data Services India and Amazon Internet Services.

The recent investment in the data center in India will help Amazon to establish a stronger presence in the country and compete effectively against its cloud rivals like Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud.

“My bet is on Amazon seeing a massive opportunity that only it can effectively leverage with the new data localizations norms in India. One can expect to see new data center locations coming up alongside India-specific localization solutions,” said Vivek Durai, founder of Paper.vc.

Also read: Top 10 best data center service providers in India 2019

Earlier this year, Oracle also announced its first data center in India, claiming that it is the sixth biggest country for them in terms of revenue.

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Amazon Web Services unveils fully-managed and centralized backup service

With a new backup service, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is making it easier and faster for enterprises to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises.

Called AWS Backup, it is a fully-managed and centralized backup service that will help enterprises to easily meet regulatory backup compliance requirements.

Today, organizations are increasingly shifting their applications to cloud. The data is becoming distributed across distinct services, like databases, block storage, object storage, and file systems.

AWS Backup will allow enterprises to configure and audit the resources they backup using a single service. Whether the data is distributed in storage volumes, databases, or file systems, the new service will allow enterprises to audit and configure everything from a single place.

It will also automate backup scheduling, allow users to set retention policies, and monitor recent backups and restores in one place, AWS said.

“As the cloud has become the default choice for customers of all sizes, it has attracted two distinct types of builders. Some are tinkerers who want to tweak and fine tune the full range of AWS services into a desired architecture, and other builders are drawn to the same breadth and depth of functionality in AWS, but are willing to trade some of the service granularity to start at a higher abstraction layer, so they can build even faster,” said Bill Vass, VP of Storage, Automation, and Management Services, AWS.

“We designed AWS Backup for this second type of builder who has told us that they want one place to go for backups versus having to do it across multiple, individual services. Today, we are proud to make AWS Backup available with support for block storage volumes, databases, and file systems, and over time, we plan to support additional AWS services.”

Also read: Amazon reportedly acquiring CloudEndure for $250 million

AWS has integrated the new service with Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and AWS Storage Gateway. The public cloud giant is planning to integrate more services in future.

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Amazon reportedly acquiring CloudEndure for $250 million

Amazon is reportedly acquiring the cloud computing company CloudEndure in a deal worth $250 million.

As per the sources, the deal has already happened, but both the companies are yet to comment on the confirmation of the deal.

Based in Israel, CloudEndure provides disaster recovery, continuous backup, and live migration services for physical virtual and cloud-based source to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), VMware, Oracle Cloud, and OpenStack.

Since its launch in 2012, CloudEndure has raised over $18 million from Dell EMC, VMware, Mitsui, Infosys, and Magma Venture partners.

If the acquisition happens, a thing to wonder is whether the public cloud giant will continue to support the other cloud providers on CloudEndure.

Addition of CloudEndure to the data protection and backup services of AWS can play a significant role for the company. Although it is not clear what Amazon is going to do with the disaster recovery startup.

It seems that AWS is focusing on security and compliance services. Last year, the company had acquired the Cambridge-based cybersecurity startup Sqrrl to bolster its public cloud security. Sqrrl provides Sqrrl provides a Threat Hunting platform which utilizes link analysis, machine learning, and multi-petabyte scalability. The solution helps in detecting the advanced threats faster.

Also read: AWS brings VMware Cloud on AWS in customer’s own data center with Outposts

According to the sources cited to Globes, the deal is expected to close in the coming days.

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Amazon and Salesforce planning to move away from Oracle database

Amazon seems to have made some progress toward open source database technology and is likely to stop preferring Oracle database software soon.

On Tuesday, The Information said that along with AWS, Salesforce too is venturing away from Oracle. AWS and Salesforce have been using Oracle’s software for a long time, since it was one of the limited series options to build web-scale cloud computing business.

Last month, Oracle CTO Larry Ellison was asked if customers were moving away from their database, and this is what he replied- “Let me tell you who’s not moving off of Oracle, a company you’ve heard of that gave us another $50 million this last — this quarter to buy Oracle Database and other Oracle technologies. That company is Amazon. They’re not moving off of Oracle. Salesforce isn’t moving off of Oracle.”

Amazon had been trying to get rid of Oracle since 2004 when a database migration outage happened, and Amazon faced some downtime. Ellison’s statement might have added fuel to the fire.

The anonymous sources stated that Salesforce and AWS are developing their own database software. Salesforce is developing a new database called Sayonara while AWS might move toward open-source technology- NoSQL.

Oracle is supporting many major cloud providers with its database technology, and if AWS and Salesforce find some independent solution, the chances are that other Oracle database customers too might move away from it.

Also read: Nvidia prohibits datacenter deployment of GeForce GPUs

It will be interesting to see how AWS and Salesforce tackle with the database matter, because Salesforce had once tried to move away from Oracle in 2013, but eventually had to team up again.

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AWS adds new security and encryption features to its S3 cloud storage 

Amazon Web Services rolled out five new security and encryption features to its Simple Storage Service (S3) to make it easier for customers to protect their data.

Amazon had launched S3 back in 2006 with each block of it protected by an Access Control List (ACL) that kept the developers’ data private, shared either for reading or shared for both reading and writing, as needed.

From then, AWS has added many supports, including bucket policies, server access logging, versioning, API logging, encryptions etc. to keep the data safer. AI and machine learning support was also added to it with Amazon Macie, a tool for discovering, classifying and securing content at scale.

But recently, some of the leading companies who use AWS S3 buckets for storing their confidential data, found that their data was exposed on the web.

Responding to that, AWS announced five new security features to its S3 platform.

Default Encryption

The things stored in S3 didn’t use to get encrypted by default, and encryption was a complicated process where users had to create a bucket policy to reject the projects that were not encrypted.

With the update, users can now be confident that all their objects in bucket presented to S3 are automatically encrypted. The new encryption features have three server-side encryption options- SSE-S3 with keys managed by S3, SSE-KMS with keys managed by AWS KMS, and SSE-C with keys managed by users.

Permission Checks

AWS now allows users to see the impact of changes they make to bucket policies and ACLs, and then enable them to improve as soon as they find it.

Cross-Region Replication ACL Overwrite

This feature helps users copy the critical objects in a separate and distinct destination account that accesses multiple AWS regions. It enhances the existing ACL feature in S3 to enable developers to control the privacy setting of every block. Further, they can access permissions for the files, and the settings will be automatically replicated to another region if the files are replicated.

Cross-Region Replication with KMS

The users can now easily establish the destination key at the time of setting up cross-region replication with AWS Key Management Service (KMS). It encrypts the replicated objects to the destination over an SSL connection, while making sure that the objects remain in their original encrypted form, and only the envelopes that were containing the keys are changed.

Detailed Inventory Report

The Detailed Inventory Report contains the encryption status for all objects, and the reports themselves can now be encrypted.

Also read: Amazon Aurora now available with PostgreSQL compatibility

The new security and encryption features are already available and S3 users can start using them with no additional charges.

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AWS makes a huge change to its cloud pricing

The cloud market leader – Amazon Web Services, on Monday, made a significant move to charge its customers by the seconds rather than by the hour for use of its EC2- the prime computing engine at the core of Amazon Web Services.

AWS that was launched in 2006, used to charge for its services by the hour. But Alphabet’s Google, introduced in 2013, came in competition with AWS which started charging by the minute, with a 10-minute minimum. Later, Microsoft also introduced its Azure services and things became difficult for AWS.

And now Amazon is making a good comeback by becoming even more granular with charging just by seconds, with a one-minute minimum.

“Today, services like AWS Lambda prove that we can do a lot of useful work in a short time. Many of our customers are dreaming up applications for EC2 that can make good use of a large number of instances for shorter amounts of time, sometimes just a few minutes. Many of our customers are dreaming up applications for EC2 that can make good use of a large number of instances for shorter amounts of time, sometimes just a few minutes,” Amazon’s Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post.

Earlier, the charge-per-hour scheme of EC2 cloud computing service was a big deal, but with the availability of other options, customers paying for a full hour even on using an instance for only few minutes, was being perceived as a problem.

The per-second pricing means the companies will end up now paying less money for the workloads and might also lead them to be more experimental with their use of EC2. This move of Amazon is a classic one: lowering pricing to gain the market share.

Also read: AWS joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation to support open-source containerization projects

The per-minute billing model of AWS will be available from 2nd October, which will be applicable only with virtual servers running the Linux operating system. The Dedicated Per Region Fee, EBS Snapshots, and AWS Marketplace products will still be billed on an hourly basis.

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VMware AWS partnership to promote hybrid cloud adoption

VMware announced the general availability of VMware cloud on AWS, at the VMware’s big annual conference in Las Vegas. With the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware customers get the ability to enjoy the cloud computing benefits without shelling out anything extra for any data center management software of VMware. The two companies had actually announced this partnership about an year ago.

With this, VMware’s Software-defined Data Center (SDDC) has been brought to the AWS cloud, which enables the users to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, along with optimized access to AWS services.

The goal of the partnership is to seamlessly extend the VMware’s environment from the enterprise data center to AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS is supported by VMware as an elastically-scalable on-demand cloud service that gets rid of barriers of migration and cloud portability. It increases efficiency, and opens new opportunities to leverage a hybrid cloud environment.

VMware is all over the place in data-centers of many big organizations and of public-sector, where users deploy it to continuously increase the physical machine’s utilization rate. With VMware Cloud on AWS, the users will be able to use the same VMware tools like vSAN, NSX, vSphere and vCenter on-premises or within the AWS Cloud without purchasing any new hardware, or modifying their operating model. Hence, the customers can use multiple cloud providers together using the same VMware toolset.

Also read: VMware to launch AppDefense to secure its VMs

With VMware Cloud on AWS, customers will be able to utilize a number of AWS services, including but not limited to compute, Internet of Things (IoT), application services, security, databases, analytics and more. The cost of this service is approx.$8.40 per host for an hour.

Currently, the VMware Cloud on AWS is available only in the US West- Oregon region.

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IBM Closes SoftLayer Acquisition; Partners With Flow to Provide Real Time Integrated Data Solutions

IBM has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies for an undisclosed amount. IBM entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer a month back in a bid to strengthen its position in cloud computing.

IBM has also announced that Flow, Inc will now stream its real-time data analytics based on IBM SmartCloud and the SoftLayer technology platform.

IBM plans to provide clients with real-time integrated solutions based on Flow, the SoftLayer technology and IBM SmartCloud, which will enable them to send and receive data from any mobile device that is integrated with enterprise data, thereby enabling the collaboration essential to a Social Business.

We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized. Real-time performance is at the heart of our value proposition and SoftLayer immediately delivered us dramatic performance improvements. In addition, with IBM’s SmartCloud, we are able to apply improved analytics to the data we stream. – Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow

“We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized,” said Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.

“Real-time performance is at the heart of our value proposition and SoftLayer immediately delivered us dramatic performance improvements. In addition, with IBM’s SmartCloud, we are able to apply improved analytics to the data we stream,” he added.

With the combination of Flow and SoftLayer software, IBM clients will be able to connect, process and route real-time data to and from any number of enterprise applications, analytics and mobile services.

IBM has formed a new IBM Cloud Services division which will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform. The said division, led by James Comfort, General Manager, IBM, will thus provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, enterprises, channel partners and technology partners.

While IBM enjoys a dominant position with the enterprises and government in the cloud computing market, its spread among the SMBs is weak when compared to Amazon.com. This acquisition will help IBM build out its private and public cloud-based services for a broader range of clients, including SMBs

“Cloud computing provides a profound and transformative change in business and government,” said James.

“With SoftLayer in IBM’s portfolio, it will be easier and faster for organizations to adopt game-changing cloud services,” he added.

The speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services combined with IBM’s enterprise grade reliability, security and openness will make it easier and faster for SMBs around the world to incorporate cloud computing.

IBM Acquires SoftLayer

IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter Cities, Smarter Commerce and other applications will be made available via SoftLayer over time, providing line-of-business clients improved time to value and new innovation across an increasingly integrated portfolio of solutions that accelerate business process innovation, provide analytics at the point of impact, and connect collaborative business networks within and across organizations.

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Logicworks Launches Managed AWS Cloud Service For Both New and Existing AWS Users

Logicworks today launched managed support for clients who’re using or plan to use Amazon Web Services.

The new Managed AWS service brings together the elasticity, scalability, and unlimited resources of AWS cloud and system administrators, cloud engineers, and network technicians of Logicworks.

Logicworks helps IT organizations deploy applications on AWS while also assuming the responsibility of babysitting, automating, and optimizing their infrastructure so that they can focus on their applications. – Kenneth Ziegler, CEO, Logicworks.

Some of the salient features of Logicworks Managed AWS service are:

  • Application Rationalization: Logicworks’ project-based consulting service assists companies’ IT operation in developing the right cloud computing strategy for their business.
  • Cloud Design: Logicworks recommends the appropriate services and features for each application through its design service.
  • Configuration Management: Logicworks works with developers of companies directly to understand their application and implements a strategy that includes automation for provisioning, scaling, and reacting to the changing requirements of their environment.
  • Cloud Implementation: With Logicworks’ Cloud Implementation service, companies can have Logicworks’ engineers build their AWS environment.
  • Cloud Management: Once AWS environment is built and migration is complete, Logicworks Cloud Management provides companies with ongoing support and proactive maintenance.
  • Hybrid Cloud Solutions: Logicworks’ Hybrid Cloud services create cross-over solutions that combine AWS with private clouds, dedicated servers, and colocated equipment.
  • Single Pane of Glass: Companies can take advantage of the best aspects of AWS and traditional dedicated servers under one comprehensive service package.

Logicworks' New MANAGED AMAZON WEB SERVICES Cloud Service

Benefits for New AWS users:

New AWS users can use the Managed AWS service to avoid the pitfall and get up and running quickly. They can leverage ongoing guidance and support from Logicworks 24/7/365 engineering bench, uncover the best features and functionality to support their business goals and benefit from enterprise-grade monitoring to proactively manage costs more effectively.

Benefits for Existing AWS users:

Existing AWS users can use the Managed AWS service to refocus their internal resources on development and innovation. They can also Utilize Logicworks’ NOC to handle alerts.

“The hidden cost in cloud delivery is the time and scarce engineering talent necessary to deploy and support the right mix of public and private cloud platforms. Logicworks helps IT organizations deploy applications on AWS while also assuming the responsibility of babysitting, automating, and optimizing their infrastructure so that they can focus on their applications,” said Kenneth Ziegler, CEO, Logicworks.

“Combining the predictability, compliance, and reliability of a private cloud directly connected to the features, automation, and scale of AWS is a powerful and natural combination for companies that want to get out of the infrastructure management business themselves,” he added.

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IBM Buys Cloud-Computing Firm SoftLayer; Forms New Cloud Services Division

IBM is buying SoftLayer for an undisclosed amount in a bid to strengthen its position in cloud computing. The acquisition is expected to close following customary closing conditions including regulatory clearances by Q3 of 2013.

While IBM enjoys a dominant position with the enterprises and government in the cloud computing market, its spread among the SMBs is weak when compared to Amazon.com. This acquisition will help IBM build out its private and public cloud-based services for a broader range of clients, including SMBs.

The speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services combined with IBM’s enterprise grade reliability, security and openness will make it easier and faster for SMBs around the world to incorporate cloud computing.

IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter Cities, Smarter Commerce and other applications will be made available via SoftLayer over time, providing line-of-business clients improved time to value and new innovation across an increasingly integrated portfolio of solutions that accelerate business process innovation, provide analytics at the point of impact, and connect collaborative business networks within and across organizations.

IBM Acquires Softlayer

With SoftLayer, IBM will accelerate the build-out of our public cloud infrastructure to give clients the broadest choice of cloud offerings to drive business innovation. – Erich Clementi, SVP, IBM.

Alongside the acquisition, IBM has also announced the formation of a new IBM Cloud Services division which will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform.

IBM will expand SoftLayer cloud offerings to include OpenStack capabilities consistent with its entire SmartCloud portfolio.

It will also support and enrich the SoftLayer cloud-centric partners and ecosystem and its performance capabilities for Big Data and analytics.

The said division will thus provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs,enterprises, channel partners and technology partners.

“SoftLayer has a strong track record with born-on-the-cloud companies, and our move today with IBM will rapidly expand that footprint globally as well as allow us to go deep into the large enterprise market,” said Lance Crosby, CEO, SoftLayer.

“The compelling opportunity is connecting IBM’s geographic reach, industry expertise and IBM’s SmartCloud breadth with our innovative technology. Together SoftLayer and IBM expand their reach to new clients – both born-on-the-cloud and born-in-the-enterprise,” he added.

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