If you thought cloud storage is only for private companies, you can’t be any farther from the truth. In fact, many government agencies, including data-sensitive organizations like the US Army and FBI, are moving their operations to the cloud, mainly because of the many benefits that come with it. Some financial organizations have also started looking into cloud, thanks to the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA)’s move to adopt cloud in a big way.
At the recently concluded Amazon’s conference, Steve Randich, the executive VP of FINRA, opined that cybersecurity is better in the cloud than in private data centers, and this is why it’s a good [...]
Canonical, the company that distributes Ubuntu GNU/Linux, has announced that it plans to sue a European cloud provider for violation of its agreement terms. Canonical claims that the cloud provider distributed insecure and broken images of Ubuntu, despite repeated warnings to refrain from doing so. Though Canonical has not named the provider, it has already started taking legal steps to remove these images from all places on the Internet.
According to company sources, this lawsuit is expected to act as a deterrent for other companies, so only approved images are published. The company’s management believes this is essential as it can undermine the success of [...]
It’s been the trend for every major company to make significant announcements during their annual conference, and AWS is no different. It’s annual conference called “re:Invent” took place this year from November 27 to December 1 at Las Vegas. Here’s a look into some of the major announcements made by the company over these five days.Athena
Athena is a SQL-supported query language from Amazon, designed to manage its Simple Storage Service, popularly known as S3. This is an important tool as it makes it easy for users to use standard SQL queries on S3. The cost of this service is $5 per TB of data that is scanned each time.Aurora
Aurora is [...]
Technology is already ubiquitous, and is only going to get more integral in the future. Almost every company foresees these trends, and this is why many are taking major steps to embrace it. One such company that wants to infuse technology in a big way into its operations, with an aim to meet the growing demands of its digital customers, is CapitalOne. This financial services provider believes cloud is an important technology that needs to be adapted to move forward, grow, and to continue to reach out to more customers. To achieve this long-term goal, it has partnered with the leader in cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Under the terms of the agreement, AWS will [...]
Plex, the cloud media provider that helps customers to access files across a range of different devices, started with providing support only for AWS cloud platform. Now, this company is expanding to include other service providers as well, and this means, Plex Cloud users can also use Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft’s OneDrive to store and access their files. Already, Plex cloud works across major game consoles, smart TVs, and other streaming devices.
Plex launched a beta program in September to give customers continuous access to their media from a wide range of devices. In this beta program, Plex chose AWS as its exclusive cloud provider. However, many users began [...]
Juniper Networks has announced that it will acquire a startup company called AppFormix at an undisclosed price. This acquisition is likely to give a big boost to Juniper’s cloud operations.
AppFormix is a cloud operations management and optimization company that was started in 2013 by Sumeet Singh, a former employee of Microsoft and Cisco. In fact, Singh started the Windows Azure team at Microsoft, and later quit the company, to pursue his own entrepreneurial interest. AppFormix works with any OpenStack or Kubernetes infrastructure to provide real-time insights into the health and operations of customers’ respective clouds. Built on big data analytics and machine [...]
Snowball Edge is a hardware released by Amazon Web Services that incorporates both computing and storage power to help customers run tasks and store data locally. This product was announced at AWS’ annual event called re:Invent that took place in Las Vegas last week.
Snowball Edge is an extension of its product called Snowball – a data transport product that helps to transfer large amounts of data to and from the AWS cloud. This product can store up to a petabyte of data, and is most helpful to transfer data through a secure connection. Currently, challenges faced in the transfer of data is the high network costs and security, so Snowball was created to address [...]
NASA is constantly looking for ideas and technologies that will help in its quest for extraterrestrial life, and cloud can be one technology that has the capability to aid this search.
In fact, NASA understands the potential of cloud, and this is why its chief technology and innovation officer, Tom Soderstrom, visited the re:Invent conference hosted by Amazon Web Services. Already the two organizations have started working together on a number of projects, and their partnership is likely to extend to more projects in the future too.
Here’s a look at how cloud technologies play a crucial role in some of NASA’s projects.Surface Water ocean Topography [...]