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AWS Announces G3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the availability of G3 instances, the next generation of GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances designed to make it easy to procure a powerful combination of central processing (CPU) and random-access memory (RAM) for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications. Backed by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, G3 instances offer double the CPU power per GPU, and double the host memory per GPU, than the most powerful GPU cloud instance available today. To get started with G3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/.

Customers running complex modeling and 3D visualization analyses, such as medical image processing, computer-aided design, and seismic visualization jobs, require significant CPU processing power and memory. To offer the best performance for these graphics-intensive applications, the largest G3 instance offers twice the CPU power and eight times the host memory of the previous generation graphics instance (G2). The g3.16xlarge features four NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs with 64 CPUs using the latest custom Intel Xeon E5-2686v4 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of RAM, and Enhanced Networking using the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor. The G3 instance also features two Amazon EC2 "firsts" to speed video frame processing and improve image fidelity for graphics workloads: support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation capabilities, including the ability to support four monitors with resolutions of up to 4K (4096 x 2160), and hardware encoding to support up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams per GPU.

Datadog Announces Integration with AWS CodeDeploy, Helping Software Developers Resolve Faulty Code Deployments

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Datadog, a monitoring service for modern cloud applications, today announced a new integration with AWS CodeDeploy, which helps users manage and automate code deployment across Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2) instances or instances running on-premises, removing the need for manual operations. With the latest Datadog integration, users can now investigate spikes in cloud behavior and correlate it with these code deployments. This allows operations teams to more quickly identify instances running problematic code and reduce time to resolution.

"AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for developers using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deploy code across their entire infrastructure," said Daniel Langer, Product Manager at Datadog. "We now track these deployments in Datadog, so users can see them alongside the rest of their AWS environments and application metrics. If a system metric begins to spike, developers can correlate it with a specific AWS CodeDeploy deployment to make code-level fixes in real time."

Datadog has existing integrations with the following AWS services:

REAN Cloud Recognized for Breadth of Experience and Expertise in the Cloud

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REAN Cloud, a global Cloud Systems Integrator and Premier Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), achieved four new AWS competencies in Education, Security, Storage and Microsoft Workloads. These four are added to the five AWS competencies the company had already earned in Financial Services, Life Sciences, Government, Migration and DevOps. To gain each competency, REAN Cloud has had to demonstrate that it not only possesses deep expertise and experience with the AWS platform, it must deliver solutions in each of the areas mentioned seamlessly in the AWS cloud environment, providing specialized consulting services and helping enterprises adopt, develop and deploy complex projects on AWS.
 
REAN Cloud earned AWS Security Competency status in multiple security consulting categories: Governance, Risk, and Compliance and Security Engineering. This highlights the company’s strength, depth and expertise in areas of security and compliance – including FedRAMP security standards – and recognizes that REAN Cloud has already helped many customers with various aspects of IT governance, regulatory and compliance standards at scale.
 

WP Engine Expands Global Footprint With New Amazon Web Services Data Centers In Canada

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WP Engine
, the world’s leading WordPress digital experience platform, today announced it is expanding its global footprint with new Amazon Web Services (AWS) data center availability across North America for its 60,000+ customers.

Recently named an Amazon Advanced Technology Partner, WP Engine offers a range of enterprise-grade, high resiliency, high availability solutions on the WordPress-optimized AWS architecture. With global data centers and multi-zone redundancy across all traffic-serving layers, customers benefit from the best uptime protection and risk mitigation with elimination of single points of failure.

“Today’s digital business initiatives are hyper reliant on network connectivity creating heightened sensitivity toward any network downtime,” said Jason Cohen, Founder and CTO of WP Engine. “By leveraging the scale and the power of AWS cloud services, WP Engine is enhancing our platform innovations and bringing enterprise-grade performance and resilience to companies of all sizes.”

Ancestry Goes All-in on AWS

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, will migrate all of its applications and data to AWS. By choosing the cloud with the most functionality, including a wide range of analytics and machine learning capabilities, Ancestry will be able to achieve superior scalability, performance, reliability, security, and privacy as it continues its global growth.

For its over 2.6 million paid subscribers, Ancestry analyzes and compares billions of historical records, tens of millions of family trees, and millions of existing customer DNA profiles to deliver data-driven insights that help customers develop a new sense of self. The company requires a highly scalable and secure IT infrastructure on which to store and analyze large volumes of sensitive information. Ancestry’s goal is to empower people to take their own journey of self-discovery, providing actionable insights that have meaningful impact. It offers customers a deeper view into their ethnic backgrounds, hints about their family history, and connections to possible genetic cousins.

Turbonomic Now Supports AWS and Azure Environments, Unleashing Elasticity and Scale of Hybrid Cloud

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Turbonomic today announced major advancements to its hybrid cloud management platform, enabling customers to confidently accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud. Turbonomic, recently named an IDC Innovator for multicloud management, has extended the platform's on-premises capabilities with new support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure public cloud environments. Today's news underpins the Turbonomic vision of enabling organizations to control any workload, on any infrastructure, anywhere, anytime. New public cloud support includes:
  • Visibility of all workloads, whether on-premises or in AWS and Azure environments;
  • Acceleration of public cloud migration;
  • Lowering of public cloud bills on average by 30 percent;
  • Control of workloads to assure performance and deliver service levels; and
  • Enforcement of compliance policies across a hybrid cloud.

MicroStrategy on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Now Available

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MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, today announced the general availability of MicroStrategy on AWS. With MicroStrategy on AWS, users can be up and running on MicroStrategy 10 in the AWS cloud, and will have instant access to an on-demand business intelligence platform that delivers enterprise analytics, reporting, and dashboarding capabilities, within minutes. To try MicroStrategy on AWS with a 30-day free trial, click here. To watch an overview of MicroStrategy on AWS, click here

"By offering MicroStrategy on AWS, we're making it easy for anyone, anywhere, to use the MicroStrategy platform and intelligently collaborate around analytics," said Michael J. Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated. "Combined with our free MicroStrategy Desktop product, users can immediately create a cloud environment on AWS and connect to a centralized server where they can work together, share, and maintain governance over datasets and dashboards. This new offering marks a significant achievement in helping organizations access and deploy transformative analytics applications on AWS in minutes."

Rackspace Launches Portfolio of Professional Services for AWS

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Rackspace today announced the expansion of its managed service offerings for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to include a portfolio of Professional Services. The Fanatical Support for AWS Professional Services are tailored to support customers who are new to, or growing on, AWS and need deep, customized expertise to help enable their AWS Cloud journey in key areas such as architectural design, migrations, cloud automation and DevOps. This new offering aligns with Rackspace's broader efforts to develop professional services that deliver end-to-end support and expertise to help customers move workloads out of their data centers and onto the world's leading cloud platforms.

The addition of Fanatical Support for AWS Professional Services to the Rackspace suite of managed services for AWS reflects a continued commitment to help customers take full advantage of AWS. AWS-certified architects and engineers will work with customers to enable their journey to AWS, helping to ensure they achieve maximum performance, agility and cost-efficiency.

"Rackspace is famous for its support, and we use it a lot," said Paul Keen, CTO of Airtasker, a Fanatical Support for AWS customer. "We work with the Rackspace Professional Services team for any projects we can't do in-house, as well as using security services to tighten up our systems, and we iterate monthly to improve our services. Rackspace really cares about its customers. We expected that level of care during the sales cycle, but it has continued throughout our engagement with them. That's what really sets them apart."

Cloud Technology Partners Launches Managed Cloud Controls for AWS

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Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), the premier cloud services and software company for enterprises moving to cloud, today announced the launch of Managed Cloud Controls for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Managed Cloud Controls represents a suite of next-generation managed services that enables enterprises to effectively operate their cloud environment, with all the security, compliance and economic justification necessary for mass adoption of AWS.

As part of this inaugural launch, CTP announced the general availability of its first two offerings in this new category, Continuous Compliance and Continuous Cost Control for AWS.

"Over the past couple of years, enterprises have invested heavily to make the transformative move to AWS," said Brian Ott, Vice President and Managed Cloud Controls Practice Lead at Cloud Technology Partners. "Now that enterprises are beginning to operate substantial workloads in the cloud, IT leaders are faced with the challenge of supporting thousands of applications and users, managing millions in new cloud spend and keeping their environments secure at all times."

Splunk Cloud Launches on AWS Marketplace

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Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced support for SaaS Contracts in AWS Marketplace. The new globally available API capability enables seamless procurement and deployment of Splunk® Cloud. The automated and accelerated purchasing process for Splunk Cloud via AWS Marketplace ensures fast time-to-value for customers leveraging Splunk solutions to gain real-time security, operational and cost management insights across their Amazon Web Services (AWS) and hybrid environment.

The University of San Francisco (USF) is home to an innovative academic community of more than 12,000 students, faculty and staff. "As a higher education institution, USF prides itself on being at the forefront of technology, which is why we turned to Splunk and AWS," Opinder Bawa, vice president of information technology and chief information technology officer, University of San Francisco. "Ensuring the privacy of student, faculty and staff data is of critical importance. Adopting Splunk has enabled our small IT team to protect against increasingly sophisticated threats. The availability of Splunk Cloud on AWS Marketplace will make it even easier and faster to enhance the security of our entire AWS environment. This visibility is essential to our digital transformation journey."