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AWS DataSync Overview
Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on April 23, 2019

In this blog post I’m going to talk about AWS DataSync – tool which was introduced by Amazon at re:Invent 2018 to simplify moving your data between on-premises and AWS cloud. Core reason to introduce this tool was the fact that increased move to the cloud of critical workloads drove the need for move of increasingly large datasets into the cloud along with these workloads. AWS DataSync focuses on online data transfer scenarios which include such use cases as migration of active application datarecurring transfers for data processing, and disaster recovery.

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AWS Still Dominating Cloud Market, but Azure, Google and Alibaba are Growing Faster
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 24, 2018

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 Has Mysterious Ways: AWS Announces the Secret Region
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on December 12, 2017

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.

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Microsoft is Looking for your VMware Workloads, Announcing Azure Migrate
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on November 27, 2017

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.

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Amazon and Microsoft Now Announce a Joint Project: Gluon
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on October 31, 2017

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.

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Microsoft is Announcing Azure File Share Snapshots in Public Preview
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on October 24, 2017

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.

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Microsoft Introduces Azure’s Availability Zones, Increasing Service Availability
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on October 3, 2017

“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.

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AWS is Looking to Attract More South American Business: Snowball Tech Available for Sao Paulo Region
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 15, 2017

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.

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Microsoft Released in Public Preview a Customized Azure Service Health Dashboard
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 3, 2017

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.

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Walmart is Asking Providers to Avoid Storing Information in AWS, but is that a Right Decision?
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on July 21, 2017

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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