Sunday, May 14, 2017

AWS expands DOD IL4, authentication services


Agencies, military units and commandos now in the Ministry of Defense have more tools in their arsenal when it comes to integrating cloud services into daily operations.

The Defense Information Systems Agency has granted temporary authorization for Amazon Web Services GovCloud to offer more than a dozen new cloud service applications under Tier 4. Impact AWS announced in the latest employment a blog post April 26 .

In 2016, AWS has received DISA Provisional Authority to provide two services: Amazon's Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Simple Storage Service. The new IL-4 authorizations increase the number of bids to include AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Key Management Service, and Amazon redshift.

"CloudFormation is very important because it is an orchestration technology that allows you to automate, so rich, how to withstand a cloud environment and automate everything flows," said Mark Ryland, director of architecture solutions and chief architect of the World public sector by AWS teams. "[I] makes it less a manual procedure to use a cloud computing platform."

Although the DISA IL-4 permit facilitates the use of new services by AWS Department of Defense customers, this does not mean that they are automatically available for agency use.

"This announcement comes from a core group within the Department of Defense that created temporary permits, which means other groups within the Department of Defense can use," said M. Ryland. Users of the Department of Defense GovCloud "can take the document and analysis and granting the definitive authorization to operate."

In a separate blog post, AWS also announced multi-factor authentication capabilities for hardware-based GovCloud.

AWS has joined SurePassID, another digital security company, to implement the initiative, which will require users who log on to GovCloud to provide their user name and a password and authentication token code generated by the SurePassID.

The MFA tabs are stored in a different environment than the identity and access management in the GovCloud during the authentication process.

Ryland said that it is not supposed to replace the current GovCloud access cards through common access cards and personal identity verification cards. Instead, authentication-based tokens "fill the void" for agencies wishing to use GovCloud said Ryland. "This allows them to use a hardware token, but still get support from the MAE, which could be applicable in certain use cases."

Ryland describes the new features of the AMF plus a "edge case as a new critical capability" for GovCloud customers.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Amazon Dominates the Cloud as AWS Revenue Soars in Q1

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the cloud services industry and to be a great money-making machine for the company in the early months of 2017. Amazon said its net profit rose to $ 724 million in the first quarter , Which represents for AWS products most of its profits to an operating profit of 809 million.

In comparison, the operating profit was AWS 604 million a year ago.

Major cloud services increased their net sales by 43% year over year to $ 3.7 billion for the quarter ended March 31. That compares with 2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

Profits from the Amazon reported after the market close on April 27 have exceeded analysts' expectations and the company's shares are sent around 2% by mid-April 28.

AWS growth in the first quarter of 2017 comes despite several price reductions for its cloud operations in late 2016.

"There are price reductions that are part of the company," said Brian Olsavsky, chief financial officer of the Amazon during the company's earnings call, citing seven price cuts scheduled for December 1, 2016. "Around one Third of the impact of the latter was seen in the fourth quarter. "

Olsavsky did not report the increasing usage number, but noted that AWS reached an annual rate of 14 billion.

"The pace of innovation continues to accelerate," Olsavsky said. "We are very proud of launches in the first quarter: Amazon Connect, which we believe will provide a customer service capability for customers and Amazon Timbre, which we believe will resonate with customers. Our new services. Customers have migrated more than 23,000 databases using AWS database migration services since they launched last year. "

In addition to the growth of AWS products, the cloud provider has also signed several corporate clients in the first quarter. This included live entertainment and Live Nation company selling "all-inclusive" tickets on AWS and Liberty Mutual, which uses AWS to accelerate the implementation of its trading platform. Snap Inc. has also expanded its use of AWS and announced a new agreement to use $ 1 billion in AWS services over the next five years.

While AWS remains the market leader, growth slows. The business grew 64 percent in the first quarter of 2016.

Meanwhile, its competitors, such as Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, continue to develop their business, as workloads continue to migrate to the cloud.

Microsoft Azure said its sales rose 93 percent in the first quarter. The parent company of the Google alphabet does not have separate data from its cloud business during appeal yesterday's earnings. However, they said Google Cloud Platform is one of the most dynamic companies in the alphabet.

And earlier this week, IBM said it has opened four new data centers in the United States and announced plans to open four more worldwide before the end of the second quarter.

Monday, April 24, 2017

TradAir Expands in Europe with Deployment of Amazon’s AWS UK Region

AWS Region of London joins Ireland and Frankfurt as the third location for European AWS.


TradAir, a leading provider of cloud-based technology solutions, today announced that its technology solutions are currently deployed in the new AWS Amazon region of London that offers even lower latency and high data sovereignty while drastically improving competitiveness Of its execution time.

After deployment, customers in the region now benefit from a safer, risk-free solution and their customers better and more reliable.

Amazon Web Services has created a clear presence in the UK with the opening of the AWS Europe region (London) earlier this year. The new availability zones have helped many companies reduce IT costs to meet the needs of data areas and make rapid changes in new critical areas such as large data analysis.

TradAir technology, which can be integrated into existing trading systems, provides financial institutions with the opportunity to improve their customer relationships and participation in global markets by creating new sources of revenue and reducing costs.

AWS London Region joins Ireland and Frankfurt as the third location for European AWS and offers a new option for end users and applications that benefit from the infrastructure found in Europe. In general, AWS now offers users a choice among the 17 regions with a total of 44 availability areas around the world.

David Elliot, director of financial services solutions services for Amazon Web Services, said: "We are delighted that TradAir has been present in the London area of the AWS for years. Taking advantage of AWS, TradAir offers lower latency with servers Deployed near major sites of foreign exchange and commercial liquidity providers in the city of London. "

Illit Geller, Managing Director of TradAir, added: "We are delighted to announce that TradAir's high performance, low latency operations technology solutions are now deployed in the New London AWS area. Are central to the provision of platforms for high-yield trading.Locating our closer to our choice of servers for FX liquidity providers, we have reduced command and return latency, which helped to achieve higher load factors , Lower slip and improve performance at runtime. Ensure that our customers and their customers continue to receive exceptional business experience. "

Monday, April 10, 2017

New AWS-Tuned Ubuntu Kernel Boots 30 Percent Faster

Canonical, the company that supports the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, has refined the core for better cloud performance on Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), which provides disruptive downloads 30% faster in a smaller package.

The London-based company said it has worked with AWS - which provided long Ubuntu Linux distributions its many - to improve the "most popular operating system cloud in the world, the most popular public cloud world."

This is supported by numerous cloud naming studies from AWS Provider # 1 and statistics provided by the cloud market that list the distribution of distribution platforms used in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) web service. Cloud market data indicate that Ubuntu is the underlying platform for 56.4% of the 371,131 images available on EC2.

According to the AWS website for Linux distribution, "Ubuntu is popular because of its robust user interface, you can easily work with Ubuntu from the desktop or the command line." Ubuntu is a preferred platform for Linux batteries; AWS has hundreds of stacks of applications and application servers based on Ubuntu. "

Since March 29, developers and others who use these hundreds of application servers and applications based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and supplied through EC2 or AWS quick start of the market should see better performance, according to Canonical.

"This week, and for the first time in the public cloud, canonical, in collaboration with Amazon, is pleased to announce the availability of Ubuntu kernel without AWS equalizer for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS version," said Udi Nachmany to canonical, on a blog the week pass.

Nachmany highlighted the following KMS AWS fundamentals:

  1. cCre boot speed up to 30 percent faster, in a core package 15 percent smaller.
  2. Full compatibility with the elastic network adapter (ENA), including the latest version of the 1.1.2 controller, supporting the network at speeds up to 20 Gbps for ENA body types (currently I3, P2, R4, X1 and m4 .16xlarge).
  3. Support of i3 class
  4.  Improved example, with NVMe storage disks under high IO load.
  5.  Increased I / O performance for i3 bodies.
  6.  Improved instance initialization with NVMe-backed storage disks.
  7.  Disable CONFIG_NO_HZ_FULL to remove locks in certain types of cases.
  8.  Resolution of the processor layout with AWS t2.micro cases.

According to the entry of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS - Xenial in the AWS market, this is a free version with three paid payment options offering different levels of support and other services.

Nachmany said instances using the AWS kernel Ubuntu offline will be compatible with the company's Ubuntu Advantage department, but they are not compatible with the original Canonical Livepatch service, which allows developers to apply kernel patches without criticism have to be Restarted.

"An investigation is underway to evaluate the delivery of this service to users of the Ubuntu AWS kernel," said Nachmany. "If, for now, speed stability is preferred, you can go ahead with Livepatch back to the old core."

Developers wishing to investigate the general details of version 4.4.0-1013.22 of the underlying Ubuntu distribution core provided by AWS can access the linux-kernel AWS package site.

AWS is also compatible with many other Linux distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Kali, Red Hat and SUSE.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) on CTAC’s GSA IT 70 Federal Supply Schedule

CCAT is proud to announce the addition of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud solutions to the TI 70 (GS 256CA 35F) Federal Procurement Program (GS-35F 256CA) in the number Special material (SIN) cloud IT services 132-40.

As a small business and AWS public sector partner, CTAC has been recognized for its value, solutions and customer experience from mission-critical government. Government customers can now buy directly from CCS AWS services increasingly purchasing professional IT services. CCAT is one of the few small companies to have AWS Cloud Computing solutions in its federal GSA acquisition program and one of the 38 small businesses with the Cloud Computing Services INS 132-40.

CTAC also has more than a dozen AWS certified architects oriented DevOps solution architecture and system operators, to provide complete lifecycle solutions.

Cloud services CCAT focus on those activities and main deliverables:

  •     Orchestration cloud and cost management with proven return on investment
  •     Migration and secure integration with existing local environments
  •     System Operators, DevOps and Agile Application Development and Micro Service
  •     Architectures without server and Internet of Things (IOT)
  •     PaaS and SaaS FedRAMP solutions
  •     Technical support and billing 24/7/365 Cloud

Through this contract vehicle, government customers can now directly purchase services from AWS CCAT cloud services plus CCAT, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Platform as a service (PaaS). "CCAT has the ability to meet the full range of needs through our federal cloud of the GSA 70 IT acquisition program - from infrastructure to implement," said Don Real, President and CEO CCAT. "The CCAT AWS supply letter will enable us to move to the next level of services and solutions for our existing customers and futures."

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kubernetes on AWS gets a boost with Quick Start

AWS and Heptio launched the Kubernetes quick start this week, fueling expectations among IT professionals that Amazon EC2 Container Service will be next for integration.

The new quick start, a collaboration between architects and AWS Heptio's start-up solutions, encourages companies to use Kubernetes. AWS displays quick startup along with other Start Quick Reference Architectures for products such as data center dock, cook, puppet, Ansible Tower and more. Quick Start includes CloudFormation Template Kubernetes for Kubernetes Clusters. It also includes automatic scaling, a community utility to Kubernetes in AWS - called poly - still does not support.

However, the quick start does not include several groups of nodes, said Michael Bishop, who is chief technology officer at Alfa Vertex Inc., a FinTech company in New York using Kubernetes in multicloud deployment.

"It seems to impose a network stack that is not necessary - I performed kops K8S clusters in AWS perfectly without calico or weave," added the Bishop

The founder of Heptio recognized the limitations of the quick start on a blog, saying that he is the most suitable for the development of flow and use of small equipment for now.

"This is not a formal product, but this is a first step to operating Kubernetes well in AWS, and this is the first time AWS solution architects really put the effort into a pure Kubernetes solution," said founder Craig McLuckie Heptio , Based in Seattle. McLuckie, a former Google employee, was also one of the inventors of Kubernetes, which was launched on Google and the native Cloud Computing Foundation.

AWS had already offered a quasi-reference architecture for Kubernetes through a quick start for Red Hat OpenShift, but Heptio's version is less specific about how to configure Kubernetes groups, McLuckie said.

"Heptio was the first support with commercial support 'Kubernetes of first upstream supply that is destined to be light, open and friendly with projects that are based on Kubernetes," he said.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

AWS Launches I3 VM Instances Starting at 15 Cents Per Hour



Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that its six types of I3 virtual machine instances (VMs) are now available in 15 of the 16 AWS data centers worldwide. AWS was first announced i3 series of instances during its November réinventation conference

These bodies supported by SSDs are designed for high-speed storage and input-output per second (IOPS) operations. The most important organ can handle up to 16GB per second of sequential disk performance, AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a Blog. They will work well for relational and not just relational databases, among others, wrote Barr.

At the lower end of the range, the i3.large offers 2 vCPUs, 15.25GiB (RAM) and 0.475TB storage; In the upper range, the vCPU port i3.16xlarge 64, 488GiB RAM and 15.2TB storage each eight SSD. The high costs of 15 cents per hour in the eastern region of the AWS (Northern Virginia), while i3.16xlarge goes for $ 4.99 per hour in the eastern United States.

Closest competitor AWS, Microsoft Azure, offers the L-series of instances optimized for storage. At the top end, the L32 provides 32-core instance, RAM and 256GiB 5.63TB of storage, for the price of $ 7,782 per hour. Currently, Google Cloud Platform does not have instances optimized for storage, but allows customers to create custom forums.