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As a result of the recent major buyout from Amazon to Whole Foods, Walmart has recently asked their vendors and providers to not use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for hosting any of the Walmart data or even transactions. Adding to that recommendation, Walmart has been recommending to these providers to use Microsoft Azure instead. But is that a right decision to protect their information?
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Same as Microsoft’s strategy for locations within cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is adding more regions into their AWS datacenter ecosystem: France, China, and Sweden were recently announced as new regions for 2017/2018; and now Hong Kong will also have an AWS datacenter in 2018.
Anonymity has been a vital issue since the very emergence of the Internet. Though anonymity is not something that was invented with the Internet.
People always resort to it in order to achieve various goals, such as to hide their real names, obtain a more unbiased evaluation of their messages or creations, protect the privacy of people in scientific studies, etc. This issue has gained more attention due to a spread of social networks and online services, which has prompted governments in many countries to adopt laws that both protect anonymity in certain circumstances and require disclosure of personal information, while explicitly forbidding anonymity in other situations.
There was a time, several years ago, where Microsoft thought of VMware as a true competitor since their virtualization platforms dominated (and still does) a market that Microsoft wanted to control. Even though there’s a strong battle between these two companies for the hypervisor market, now they see each other more as partners or technology enablers.