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No one should be surprised at this point if we mention that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the main cloud provider in the market, they were and still are one of the main innovators and precursors of cloud services. It’s not going to be a surprise either if we tell you the Microsoft Azure is in second place and growing, but it may surprise you how much Google Cloud is actually growing and that Alibaba Cloud was the second largest growth year-over-year.
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Amazon recently announced a new addition to their current offerings, specifically around regions and confidentiality: AWS Secret Region. The AWS Secret Region can operate workloads, contain data and other functionalities using the Secret U.S. security classification level. The AWS Secret Region is available to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) through the IC’s Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract with AWS.
We won’t be telling you anything new if we are talking about Microsoft looking to take away VMware resources to the cloud, and now they are including a new product to facilitate the VMware workloads to the MS cloud – Microsoft Azure Migrate – is a free tool, launching Nov. 27th, that will make it easy for VMware customers to bring their application to the cloud.
Gluon was defined by these two companies as “an open source deep learning interface that allows developers to more easily and quickly build machine learning models without compromising training performance”. But, what exactly does this represent? It’s acting as an interface that lets developers, of different skill levels, use Python and pre-built deep learning templates to simplify the building of models to run neural networks.
Managing snapshots, or at least using a tool that manages the snapshots for you, is a very common scenario for any IT admin today. Windows clients have this option available for a long time, storage systems leverage snapshots for several processes, but probably the most well-known scenario we see snapshots today are backups. Microsoft just announced they are offering, as a public preview, the snapshots functionality for Azure File Shares.
“Availability Zones” main concept resides on offer fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, which provides redundant power, cooling, networking and any other component related to Azure’s datacenters. The mission for these availability zones is to, of course, provide high availability for workloads running in these datacenters to guarantee resiliency in case of an outage.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is continuously looking to expand their business (we’ve covered earlier about new regions coming for France, China, Sweden and Hong Kong), now they are pushing in another emerging market, South America: The Snowball technology will be offered to achieve faster migrations to the cloud to the Sao Paulo region.
One of the biggest concerns companies and IT users have regarding public cloud is about availability and reliability since organizations cannot control the solutions involved providing the services they are acquiring from their cloud provider. Microsoft is always looking to enhance the cloud perception, and now is taking a customizable approach for the Azure Service Health Dashboard, released recently in public preview.
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?
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.