Today’s AWS News

Amazon Introduces Saving Plans for AWS Compute Services – InfoQ – Amazon introduces a new flexible pricing model for customers called Savings Plans, which can lead up to 72% of cost savings on Amazon EC2 and AWS Fargate in exchange for committing to a consistent amount of compute usage (e.g. $10/hour) for a one to three-year term.

Twitter wants your feedback on its deepfake policy plans – Reuters – Last month, Amazon Inc’s (AMZN.O) Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it would join Facebook and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) in their “Deepfake Detection Challenge,” a contest to spur research into the area.

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases – The New York Times – Researchers say computer systems are learning from lots and lots of digitized books and news articles that could bake old attitudes into new technology.

Captains of Industry: Amazon Web Services’ Zubin Chagpar’s vision for Africa – CNBC – This is the colourful story of Zubin Chagpar, Head of Middle East & Africa, Public Sector, AWS on his family journey from a beach in Zanzibar to one of the biggest companies in the world.

15 years of blogging at Amazon: Lessons in DIY communications from Jeff Barr, the voice of AWS – GeekWire – Back in 2004, when Jeff Barr started a blog for Amazon Web Services, no one was really sure how it would turn out — including Barr himself.

Amazon Web Services to expand into Spain with new cloud region – SiliconANGLE – The region will be the company’s seventh in Europe, alongside existing facilities in Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Stockholm and another upcoming region in Milan.

The Competition

Microsoft Is Doing A Great Job Keeping Its Complex Partner Ecosystem Happy – Forbes – Microsoft’s focus on partnering with huge (often competing) companies comes with its challenges.

Microsoft Goes All-In On Hybrid Cloud And Edge At Ignite 2019 – Forbes – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella led off the keynote stressing trust, where I believe it has a certain advantage with end customers versus some of its big tech peers.

The major hybrid cloud options compared: AWS Outposts vs Azure Stack vs Google Anthos – CIO – We compare the hybrid cloud solutions from the big three public cloud providers and beyond.



Telegram MTProxy Servers Used to DDoS Iranian Cloud Provider – Security Boulevard – A cloud infrastructure provider in Iran found itself at the receiving end of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack through MTProxy servers that Telegram users in the country rely on to avoid government-enforced internet restrictions.

Moving from the Castle-and-Moat to the Zero-Trust Model – CircleID – The traditional notion of the security perimeter is growing increasingly problematic in the wake of highly publicized attacks.

Jamf Launches New Apple Device Security Offerings: 5 Things To Know – CRN – The Apple enterprise specialist unveils Jamf Protect for macOS endpoint protection, along with enhanced identity security for Apple mobile devices.


Partners & Solutions

AWS Lake Formation goes live in Australia – CRN – Lake Formation allows users to set up a secure data lake – a centralised, curated and secured repository for data.

AWS gives SMEs R365m to build cloud companies in SA – Gadget – The intention is to support them to become cloud computing experts using the AWS Partner Network (APN).

TDS Announces TransitionManager Integration with Amazon Web Services CloudEndure Migration – Yahoo Finance (press release) – TDS and a key customer demonstrated the new integration to the AWS field community at an internal AWS Migrations Unplugged event on November 1, 2019.

Texas Schools Team with Amazon for Cloud Computing Jobs – GovTech – A partnership with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of the tech conglomerate, will prepare high school and college students for job opportunities as more companies migrate their systems to the cloud.

BlackBerry AtHoc & BlackBerry SecuSUITE Solutions Now Available on Amazon Web Services – BlackBerry – BlackBerry AtHoc provides organizations with a secure and trusted communication platform to help keep people safe and bolster organizational resiliency in times of crisis.

Quickly escaping bottlenecks in scaling automation: An AWS Case Study – Enterprise Mobility Exchange – Global corporate enterprise practitioners realize that intelligent automation must continue to evolve with breakneck pace. We’re now at the point of adding a cognitive layer to the rules-based solutions rolled out to date.


News from AWS

NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB adds support for DynamoDB local

Amazon Linux 2 AMI with .NET Core updated to .NET Core 3.0

AWS Config Adds Support for AWS Key Management Service and Amazon Elastic search Service

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