Today’s AWS News 

AWS Rolls Out Specialty Alexa Skill Builder Certification for Developers – CRN – The AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder Specialty certification exam, which AWS says is the industry’s only certification that validates developers’ ability to build, test and publish Amazon Alexa skills, has gone live at testing centers after a beta period that started in January. 

Build and run streaming applications with Apache Flink and Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics for Java Applications – AWS Blog – Stream processing facilitates the collection, processing, and analysis of real-time data and enables the continuous generation of insights and quick reactions to emerging situations. 

Judge Lifts Stay on the Pentagon’s JEDI Cloud Contract – Nextgov – A senior federal claims court judge on Monday lifted the stay on the Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure acquisition process, bringing the department one step closer to awarding the $10 billion cloud computing contract. 

News From AWS

Amazon FreeRTOS Now Supports Resource Tagging

Announcing the New AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty Exam

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports Multi Major Version Upgrades to PostgreSQL 11

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The Competition 

Citrix Taps Google Cloud Platform for Virtualized SD-WAN Offering – Virtualization Review – Add Citrix Systems to the growing list of software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) vendors taking their wares to the cloud — in this case the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). 

Latest Azure News: Power BI Embedded; Machine Learning for DevOps; Azure Stream Analytics; Service Fabric; Grafana; Bitnami – MSDynamicsWorld – New Power BI Embedded code samples premiered on GitHub including an ASP .NET core sample and Node.js code snippets. 

Google’s Private Kubernetes Cloud Still Relies On VMware For Local Storage – Forbes – During Google’s Cloud Next ’19 (April 9-11, 2019) flurry of announcements, a technical detail with significant business impact surfaced. 


AWS Partners

VMware to roll out cloud platform on AWS in Singapore – DataCenterNews Asia – VMware has selected AsiaPac Distribution as its launch partner for VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Singapore. 

Say Hello to 77 New AWS Competency, MSP, and Service Delivery Partners Added in March – AWS Blog – To receive APN program designations such as AWS Competency, AWS Managed Services Provider (MSP), and AWS Service Delivery, organizations must undergo rigorous technical validation and assessment of their AWS solutions and practices. 

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