Amazon Web Services announced the launch of the AWS EU (Paris) Region

 

  • Cloud pioneer expands global infrastructure footprint with the new AWS EU (Paris) Region, enabling customers to run applications and store their content in data centers in France
  • Tens of thousands of customers and APN partners in France are actively using AWS including, AlloResto, BforBank, Canal+, Capgemini, Claranet, Decathlon, D2SI by Devoteam, Edifixio, Engie, Fastbooking, Kartable, LafargeHolcim, Le Figaro, Leboncoin, Les Echos, Les Restos du Coeur, Mondadori France, Nexity, OpenClassrooms, PayPlug, Radio France, Schneider Electric, SNCF, Societe Generale, Soitec, Teads, TF1,Veolia, and many more

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Dec. 18, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the launch of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 49 Availability Zones across 18 technology infrastructure regions globally with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second AWS GovCloud Region in the US expected to come online by early 2019. The AWS EU (Paris) Region is AWS’s fourth in Europe, joining existing regions in Germany, Ireland, and the UK. Tens of thousands of French customers already use AWS in other regions, and starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations, can leverage AWS to run applications and store data in France by going to: https://aws.amazon.com/fr/paris/

The AWS EU (Paris) Region offers three Availability Zones. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. Additionally, the new AWS EU (Paris) Region gives customers with data sovereignty requirements the ability to store their data in France with the assurance that their content will not move unless they move it. The new Region adds to the existing infrastructure AWS already has in France, which includes three Edge Network Locations in Paris and one in Marseille, for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to end users with low latency. These are part of AWS’s existing network of 107 Points of Presence (96 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches) globally.

“For over a decade, AWS has been supporting French builders and entrepreneurs, in enterprises and startups, on their quest to reinvent and evolve their customer’s experiences,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We have tens of thousands of French customers using AWS from regions outside of France, but we’ve heard them loud and clear and are excited to deliver them an AWS Region in France, so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads or house any data that needs to reside on French soil.”

Politicians and officials, from French central and local government, also welcomed the opening of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. “The establishment of the AWS Region in France reinforces the attractiveness of our country for digital companies, strengthens the trust of French organizations in the cloud, and creates the right conditions for their digital transformation,” said Éric Bothorel, La République En Marche! representative in the French National Assembly and member of the Economic Affairs Commission, with a focus on Digital Affairs. “The digital revolution is bringing about major economic, social, and societal changes and represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the benefit of the French economy as a whole. The cloud is the essential tool to ensure the development of this new economy and the digital transformation of businesses. It is also an important generator of jobs and we are glad to see AWS is a key part of this.”

Valérie Pécresse, President of Ile de France, also welcomed the new AWS infrastructure region saying, “We are delighted that Amazon Web Services is investing heavily in the opening of its datacenters in Île-de-France. It is a recognition of the strength and attractiveness of Ile de France, which is establishing itself as the technical hub of Europe. The region has already become established in the eyes of large companies and startups that have set up their headquarters in the metropolitan area. AWS’s choice to locate their datacenters here will help to attract even more companies and validates our ambition to be the first smart region of Europe.”

One of the reasons customers in France are moving to AWS is the company’s investment in security, compliance, and data protection. All AWS infrastructure regions around the world are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet the most rigorous compliance standards and to provide high levels of security for all AWS customers. These include ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 and SOC 3 Security & Availability, PCI DSS Level 1, and many more. This means customers benefit from all the best practices of AWS policies, architecture, and operational processes built to satisfy the needs of even the most security sensitive customers.

AWS is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield and the AWS Data Processing Addendum (DPA) is GDPR-ready and available now to all AWS customers to help them prepare for May 25, 2018, when the GDPR becomes enforceable. AWS’ DPA terms allow customers to transfer personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in compliance with European Union (EU) data protection laws. AWS also adheres to the Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) Code of Conduct. The CISPE Code of Conduct helps customers verify that AWS is using appropriate data protection standards to protect their data, consistent with the GDPR. In addition, AWS offers a wide range of services and features to help customers meet the requirements of the GDPR, including services for access controls, monitoring, logging, and encryption.

Customers and APN Partners welcome the new AWS infrastructure Region to France

In France, AWS works with tens of thousands of customers, including more than 80 percent of companies listed on the CAC 40, the French stock market index. Enterprises such as Canal+, Capgemini, Decathlon, Engie, LafargeHolcim, Le Figaro, Les Echos, Mondadori France, Nexity, Schneider Electric, Societe Generale, Soitec, TF1, and Veolia, are now using AWS to speed their time-to-market, lower their costs, and support their businesses globally.

CAC 40 enterprise Schneider Electric is a leader in energy management and automation and is using AWS to support its transition to becoming a digital business. “For the past six years, we have been working with AWS as a key technology provider to support our digital transformation,” said Hervé Coureil, Chief Digital Officer, Schneider Electric. “By migrating our old IT systems to the cloud, we can accelerate our time to market, lower our IT costs, and better support our global business operations. For example, we are building our enterprise big data platform on AWS to give us the ability to centralize data from dozens of critical operational systems. Using AWS enables us to accelerate key decision-making processes and gain meaningful insights from large datasets for our pricing, logistics, human resources, and risk management applications.”

Another CAC 40 enterprise using AWS to support innovation in its business is Societe Generale, one of the largest banks in France and the world. “Societe Generale Group has been working with AWS to accelerate its digital transformation while complying with European and French financial services regulations. Using AWS, we developed SG Research, an application that makes Societe Generale’s analyst reports available to corporate customers allowing them to make better investment decisions,” said Carlos Goncalves, Head of Global Technology Services, Societe Generale. “We welcome the new AWS Region in France as it will help to accelerate the deployment of our hybrid strategy by delivering lower latency between applications running in the cloud and our information systems running in French data centers.”

As well as large, security-conscious enterprise organizations, the public sector in France is also entrusting AWS with mission critical workloads to deliver the highest levels of security and privacy. Public sector organizations using AWS to transform the services they deliver to the citizens of France include Kartable, Les Restos du Coeur, OpenClassrooms, Radio France, Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF), and many others.

SNCF, the French state-owned railway company, chose to build its SNCF mobile application on AWS to give traffic information to the 14 million travelers across its network in real time. “Using AWS, we are able to absorb peaks of hundreds of thousands of users per second on our mobile application. In times of extreme weather, traffic events, holidays, or engineering work, many travelers will connect to the application at once, and AWS gives us the ability to scale to cater to all of our travelers,” said Agnes Chiroux, SNCF Application Project Manager. “The new AWS Region in France is an opportunity for us to speed-up innovation and ensure a good experience for our users. In the future, we expect to develop new predictive features for the SNCF application, using machine learning and big data services in the AWS Region in France, to deliver reliable information to travelers. Using the new AWS Region will enable us to pursue our mission which is to keep travelers informed in real time and always suggest the fastest and easiest way to reach their destination.”

Non-profit organizations are also adopting AWS to innovate and better complete their mission of helping the underprivileged people of France. One example is Les Restos du Coeur, a French charity that provides assistance to the needy, delivering food packages, and participating in their social and economic integration back into French society. Les Restos du Coeur is using AWS for its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to track the assistance given to each of its beneficiaries and the impact this is having on their lives. AWS offers Les Restos du Coeur high levels of security, which is essential for managing beneficiaries’ personal data. “We are delighted to learn that Amazon Web Services has opened data centers in France as it now gives us the option to keep the personal data of our beneficiaries in the country as we expand our use of the cloud,” said Patrice Blanc, CEO at Restos du Coeur. “We started our journey to the cloud by building our CRM system on AWS, which is used by thousands of volunteers in more than 2,000 centers. This allows our teams to manage how we serve beneficiaries and their participation in activities to get them back into society, such as resume writing workshops, cooking classes, French lessons, computing courses, and more. Using AWS, we can now deliver personalized support to each of our beneficiaries and this insight is helping us to bring more people out of poverty, get them into work, and further our mission of helping the people of France.”

Some of the most successful startups—as well as established enterprises and public sector organizations—in France are using AWS to build and rapidly expand their businesses across the country, throughout Europe, and around the world. Companies such as 1001 Pharmacies, Botify, CaptainDash, ContentSquare, Drivy, FrontApp, Iconosquare, Invoxia, Ividata, La Ruche Qui dit Oui!, Linxo, ManoMano, Nestor, Peter,Photobox, Predicsis, Pretty Simple, Realytics, Silkke, Slimpay, Softbank Robotics, Teads, Yomoni, and many more have embraced AWS as the infrastructure that is powering their businesses. One well-known example is AlloResto by JustEat, a leader in the French foodtech industry, which is using AWS to scale to cope with peaks in traffic as well as to innovate faster on behalf of its customers. “We are pleased that the new AWS EU (Paris) Region has now opened as it will allow us to store data closer to our thousands of French customers, lower the latency of running our application, and improve the customer experience,” said Noel Ly, International Platform Manager at AlloResto by JustEat. “We are running a foodorder platform that connects clients with participating delivery and takeaway restaurant partners which means our business sees intense spikes of activity for a few hours of the day, at lunchtime and again at dinner. Our website needs to scale up easily, and thanks to AWS, we are able to do this, fulfilling over 10 million orders this year. Using AWS, we estimate we will reduce our IT costs by around 50 percent in the next two years, something that would have been impossible with our previous co-location environment and for a company like us, saving costs is vitally important to the business. With AWS our stability has never been better which allows us to deliver customers a reliable and responsive application, as well as gourmet food.”

Startups in the regulated financial services industry are also using AWS to increase agility while ensuring the highest levels of security for their applications as they grow their businesses. PayPlug is an online credit card payment solution, which enables e-merchants to enrich their customer experience by providing user-friendly mobile payment gateways. “AWS has been key to the success of our business by providing us with a highly secure, compliant, and PCI DSS-certified infrastructure out of the box,” said Camille Tyan, CEO PayPlug. “When we started PayPlug, a service provider told us that we were too small and that it would be far too complicated for us to get PCI DSS certification, but they changed their mind as soon as we told them our data is hosted on AWS, due to the high levels of security and compliance it provides. Since then, in November 2016, we became one of the first FinTech startups operating on AWS to obtain the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution – ACPR) payment institution license. Now with AWS infrastructure in France, we look forward to further expanding the long list of financial services certifications and accreditations we have.”

French-based AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners also welcomed the arrival of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. The APN includes tens of thousands of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) around the world with APN participation among French based entities growing significantly over the past 12 months. APN Partners build innovative solutions and services on AWS and the APN helps by providing them with business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support. In France, APN SIs supporting customers as they move to AWS include Premier Consulting Partners such as Accenture, Capgemini, Claranet, CloudReach, DXC, and Edifixio as well as Advanced Consulting Partners such as ABC Systemes, Atos, CoreExpert, Cycloid, D2SI by Devoteam, Linkbynet, Oxalide, Ozones, Scaleo, and Sopra Steria. These Partners are helping enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications, and provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services. APN ISVs including Axway, Commerce Guys, Efront, MicroStrategy, Sage, Software AG, Splunk, Talend, Tibco, and Zerolight are already serving their French customers from AWS Regions around the world, with many also making their software available from the AWS EU (Paris) Region at launch. Customers can also easily find, trial, deploy, and buy software solutions for AWS on the AWS Marketplace.

Capgemini, a CAC40 company and global leader in consulting, technology services, and digital transformation, also welcomed the opening of the new AWS EU (Paris) Region. “We have been working with many regulated companies that want to store their data on French soil and, at the same time, take advantage of AWS, so we are excited about the benefits the new AWS Region in France will bring to our customers,” said Aiman Ezzat, Group Executive Board Member at Capgemini. “As well as French enterprise and public sector organizations, we also see this opening up an opportunity for our many international customers to expand their presence in France and to give their end users low-latency access to their applications in the country. We look forward to working with our customers on the migration of their workloads to this new AWS Region.”

Developers and businesses can access the AWS EU (Paris) Region beginning today. A full list of services is available at https://aws.amazon.com/fr/paris/

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For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 49 Availability Zones (AZs) across 18 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India,Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services and Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology announce technology partnership and the launch of AWS China (Ningxia) Region

  • AWS establishes strategic technology partnership with NWCD to expand infrastructure footprint in China
  • Ningxia government welcomes the launch as a key economic development milestone; cites the region’s suitability for future large-scale cloud technology infrastructure projects
  • With thousands of active customers in China using AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet, those welcoming the new AWS Region include Aucma, BGI, BSH, Changyou.com, Cheetah Mobile, EF, Envision Energy, Hikvision, Hisense, iQIYI, Kunlun.com, Lenovo, Lianjia.com, Liulishuo, MangoTV, MaryKay, Meitu, Mengniu Dairy Group, Midea, musical.ly, OPPO, Oriental Pearl Group, Samsung Electronics, Sengled,Suzhou Daily, Sixth Tone, Sunshine Paper, TCL, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Top Score Fashion Shoes, TP-LINK, TuSimple, Unipus, VIPKID,Xiaomi, Xiaoshouyi and many more

SEATTLE & BEIJING, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. (NWCD), a cloud services provider in China, today announced a strategic technology partnership and the launch of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. The AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, joins the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, as the second AWS China Region and the seventh Region in Asia Pacific, along with AWS Regions in Beijing, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. With this launch, AWS now provides 46 Availability Zones across 17 technology infrastructure regions globally, with announced plans for another 15 Availability Zones across five AWS Regions in Bahrain, France, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and the US.

Already, thousands of active customers are using best-in-class cloud services available from the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet. Starting today, Chinese developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations, can leverage AWS to run their applications and store their data in the new AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. Existing customers can choose the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and/or the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, by selecting either AWS China Region directly from the AWS Management Console, while new customers can request an account at www.amazonaws.cn to begin using either AWS China Region.

AWS has formed a strategic technology collaboration with NWCD, and NWCD operates and provides services from the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, in full compliance with Chinese regulations. Founded in 2015, NWCD is a licensed datacenter and cloud services provider, based in Ningxia, China. NWCD joins Sinnet, the operator of the AWS China (Beijing) Region, as AWS’s second operating partner in China. Through these relationships, AWS provides its industry-leading technology, guidance, and expertise to NWCD and Sinnet, while NWCD and Sinnet operate and provide AWS Cloud services to local customers. While the cloud services offered in both AWS China Regions are the same as those available in other AWS Regions, the AWS China Regions are isolated from all other AWS Regions and operated by AWS’s Chinese partners separately from all other AWS Regions. Customers using the AWS China Regions enter into customer agreements with Sinnet in Beijing and NWCD in Ningxia, rather than with AWS.

The AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, offers two Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security, and is connected to national backbone networks via local telecom carriers’ high-speed fiber optic networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones or across both AWS China Regions to achieve even higher fault-tolerance.

“Together with our partner NWCD, and with deep appreciation of the support we’ve received from the Zhongwei municipal government and Ningxia government, we’re excited to announce the launch of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. The second AWS Region in China is part of AWS’s ongoing commitment to offer best-in-class cloud technologies to Chinese customers,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “For years, AWS and our partners have had an enthusiastic base of customers in China, a country with one of the world’s largest and most dynamic cloud ecosystems. Our customers build their businesses on AWS because in addition to being the world’s largest cloud, it has more functionality than any other cloud platform, an extensive partner community, and unmatched maturity, security, and performance. We’re taking this step jointly with the Ningxia government and our operating partner, NWCD, both of whom worked tirelessly with us to achieve this milestone. Coupled with the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, the second AWS China Region will serve as the foundation for new cloud initiatives in China, especially in Western China, helping to transform businesses, increase innovation, and enhance the regional economy.”

“I have been promoting and incubating cloud computing and technology startups for the last five years, and have worked with various Chinese local governments to create a cloud computing incubation center called Cloud Valley,” said Edward Tian, founder of NWCD. “Today, we are honored to announce operationally availability of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. We expect it to play a significant role in the ongoing development of China’s western region. It will be an important part of Cloud Valley in China. As one of AWS’s strategic partners when it first entered China, we are delighted to witness this moment as an important step in furthering our collaboration. The AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, ensures the delivery of AWS’s leading cloud services, along with flexible and effective local support. As an important part of the cloud computing ecosystem, the combination of cloud technology and Western China’s rich resources will enhance the local economy of the region, foster the development of the manufacturing and industrial sector, and promote the prosperity and development of China’s cloud ecosystem.”

He Jian, Secretary of Zhongwei Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said, “By establishing the Western Cloud Valley in Ningxia Autonomous Region, we see an opportunity to develop our cloud industry and to align with the opportunities presented by the national One Belt One Road Initiative. We have developed a close collaboration with AWS based on mutual trust, and are delighted that our region is now offering highly resilient, high performance data centers to enterprises across the nation. We have already seen a rapid growth in the cloud computing industry, and with the unique resources of Ningxia combined with the mature expertise of AWS Cloud, we will set a great example for economic transformation in the west of China.”

The establishment of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, will also boost development of the industrial ecosystem of the Western Cloud Valley in Zhongwei, as well as help educate and train local students as future cloud computing talent for Western China. Jointly conceived of and launched by Ningxia University, AWS, and the Zhongwei City Government, the Ningxia University – Amazon Cloud Computing School has about 600 students enrolled to date, with 140 students expected to graduate in 2018.

Customers Welcome the AWS China (Ningxia) Region

Thousands of active customers in China already use AWS China (Beijing) Region services, operated by Sinnet, and tens of thousands of Chinese customers use other AWS Regions around the world, including Aucma, BGI, BSH, Changyou.com, Cheetah Mobile, EF, Envision Energy, Hikvision, Hisense, iQIYI, Kunlun.com, Lenovo, Lianjia.com, Liulishuo, MangoTV, MaryKay, Meitu, Mengniu Dairy Group, Midea, musical.ly, OPPO, Oriental Pearl Group, Samsung Electronics, Sengled, Suzhou Daily, Sixth Tone, Sunshine Paper, TCL, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Top Score Fashion Shoes, TP-LINK, TuSimple, Unipus, VIPKID, Xiaomi, Xiaoshouyi and many more.

TCL Corporation is a business conglomerate focused on smart product manufacturing and Internet application services on a global scale. Chen Jun, deputy general manager of HAWK, TCL Group, said, “By launching the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, AWS continues to bring their world-class cloud services to the Chinese market. Now TCL, and many others in the manufacturing industry, will have access to an even more reliable cloud platform that provides broader functionality in analysis, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and Internet of Things (IoT) for our strategic business transformation, in particular TCL’s Product plus Service and Intelligence plus Internet solutions.”

Lenovo is a global leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and data center technology. Yu Chentao, Director and Distinguished Researcher, Big Data Business Unit, Capital and Incubator Group, said, “Lenovo industrial big data solutions not only support Lenovo’s production and operations worldwide, but also offer our manufacturing customers a high-performance and one-stop business analysis and optimization environment with industrial intelligence. As AWS’s customer and APN partner, both in China and globally, the addition of a second AWS China Region in Ningxia, operated by NWCD, will provide Lenovo and our customers with more services and expanded disaster recovery solutions in China.”

Samsung Electronics is a global technology leader transforming televisions, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, and more, through their focus on constant innovation. Daijun Zhang, CEO of Samsung Electronics China Research Center (Beijing), said, “We have been anticipating the launch of the AWS China (Ningxia) Region for some time. A second AWS Region in China will help Samsung to provide more flexible and resilient applications while reducing our costs. This significantly accelerates our ability to bring more innovations to our customers in China.”

Envision Energy is a top-tier global provider for smart energy technologies and services, including sales of smart turbines, smart wind farms, energy management software, and technological services. Colin Yu, Vice President of Envision, said, “Envision has been working with AWS to develop the largest Energy IoT Platform – EnOS™, to connect devices, systems, and people in the energy world. A second AWS China Region will help EnOS better serve its customers throughout the country with lower costs, higher scalability, and faster performance.”

Investing in China’s Startup Community

Many of the most well-known and fastest-growing startups in China are using AWS services to build and rapidly expand their businesses, both within China and around the world. Companies such as 5miles, 90kmile, Camera360, Fruit Day, FunPlus, Genetalks, Globalegrow, Huan.tv, Huivo, IGG, Insta360, Inveno, Moji, NeuCloud, Patsnap, PingWest, R2Games, RockVR, SoundBus, Webull, Xiaohongshu, XtalPi, Yeahmobi, and Zhugeio have embraced AWS to power their businesses. The AWS Activate program provides startups with the resources they need to quickly get started and scale their businesses on AWS. In 2017, AWS announced Joint Innovation Centers in Qingdao and Xi’an, providing startups with the cloud computing resources and support, including free office space, exposure to local and global venture capital firms, and training.

AWS offers a full range of training and certification programs to help Chinese professionals advance their technical skills in the latest cloud technologies and best practices. Additionally, the AWS Educate program, which recently launched in China, promotes cloud learning in the classroom and has been adopted by more than 1,500 institutions worldwide. A group of professors from Tsinghua University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Harbin Institute of Technology, and Xian Jiaotong University are now registered in the AWS Educate Program to develop pilot courses in subjects such as cloud computing, IOT, Software Engineering, and computer science fundamentals. The program helps provide an academic gateway for the next generation of China’s IT and cloud professionals.

AWS Partners Leading Cloud Future

AWS Partner Network (APN) also welcomed the arrival of the new AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. The APN includes tens of thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs) around the world, with APN Partner participation in China growing significantly over the past 12 months. APN Partners build innovative solutions and services on the AWS Cloud and the APN helps by providing those partners with business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market (GTM) support. APN SIs such as Accenture, Deloitte, Digital China Cloud, Neusoft, Ultrapower, DCITS, HAND Enterprise Solutions, Sinoage, Lenovo, Beyondsoft, Futong, and Teamsun are helping enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications on AWS, and provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services for customers’ AWS environments. AWS ISVs including Kingdee, Sinosoft, Asiainfo, Tingyun, Xiaoshouyi, GrowingIO, TalkingData, Envision, K2DATA, Goldwind, and Ayla Networks can now serve their China customers from both local AWS Regions.

About Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. (NWCD)

Founded in 2015, the Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. (NWCD) is a licensed datacenter and cloud services provider, based in Ningxia. NWCD provides outstanding value-added telecommunications services to Chinese customers. Its businesses include Internet Data Center (IDC) services, Internet Access (ISP) services, and cloud computing (IRC) services. Headquartered in Zhongwei, Ningxia, NWCD is committed to leveraging cutting-edge technologies, high quality resources, and services to help Ningxia Zhongwei city government build and develop the Western Cloud Valley to serve the vast number of China-based developers, start-ups, enterprises, government organizations, and non-profits.

About Amazon Web Services

For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management from 46 Availability Zones (AZs) across 17 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services announces powerful new features for AWS Marketplace

  • New Enterprise Contract and Private Image Build features for AWS Marketplace make purchasing software and running applications on AWS even easier for buyers and sellers
  • New AWS Solution Provider Program, AWS SaaS Factory, and AWS SaaS Accelerate Program help increase cloud adoption and APN Partner success
  • New Competencies recognize APN Partners with demonstrated expertise in Machine Learning and Networking and enable AWS customers to select the right partners to fit their needs

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 28, 2017) at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced powerful new features for AWS Marketplace to further simplify the purchasing and deployment of third-party software on AWS. AWS also introduced new APN programs to increase Consulting Partner success and aid ISVs in building their SaaS businesses on AWS, as well as new APN Competencies in Machine Learning and Networking to help customers select APN Partners with the right expertise. For more information, visit http://aws.amazon.com/partners.

“As businesses of all sizes continue to move to AWS, the majority of the Fortune 500 companies and over 90 percent of the Fortune 100 utilize APN Partners for specialized technology and expertise,” said Terry Wise, Vice President of Global Alliances for Amazon Web Services. “In fact, in the past year we have added more than 10,000 new APN Partners to the APN, and more than 160 thousand active AWS customers are using software from AWS Marketplace. To support this growth, we are continuing to invest heavily in the APN Program to ensure that AWS customers have access to the best software and services for AWS and so that our partners can continue to build successful cloud businesses on AWS.”

AWS Marketplace

With more than 4,200 software listings from more than 1,280 software sellers across 35 categories, the AWS Marketplace is the cloud industry’s most utilized one-stop-shop to find, buy, deploy, and manage software solutions, including SaaS applications, for AWS. Today, customers around the world are using over 480 million hours a month of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to run the technology solutions offered through the AWS Marketplace. Recently, AWS Marketplace added SaaS Contracts to enable the most popular cloud-based business applications running on AWS to provide customers with flexible subscription options for annual and multi-year contracts. AWS Marketplace also recently added Seller Private Offers, which enable sellers to offer specific pricing and end user license terms, including volume discounts, through the online marketplace. AWS Marketplace sellers can provide their customers all the benefits of consolidated billing, cost analysis, and subscription management while also offering individual customers privately-negotiated prices and terms that are visible only to them in the AWS Marketplace.

Today, AWS is introducing the preview of yet another new enterprise feature for sellers and buyers in the AWS Marketplace: the Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace. Designed by a working group of 30 enterprise software buyers and sellers, the Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace is an agreed upon standardized contract template between enterprise software buyers and sellers that resolves challenging terms including liability, dispute resolution, IP protection, warranty, and more across multiple vendors. Participating customers using Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace are able to eliminate lengthy procurement negotiations that can delay projects for months. Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace is currently available in preview to interested enterprise customers and will be generally available to all sellers and enterprise buyers who choose to accept the standardized enterprise contract terms in the first quarter of 2018. Participating software companies in the preview are AppDynamics, Barracuda, CA Technologies, Cisco, Checkpoint, Chef, F5, NetApp, Palo Alto Networks, Pitney Bowes, Snowflake, and Trend Micro.

According to Arien Malec, Senior Vice President R&D, Change Healthcare, “Enterprise software contracting, particularly in a regulated environment like healthcare, is hard. Combining the cloud-deployment advantages of AWS Marketplace, which we already use, with a new streamlined pre-negotiated contractual set of terms, will speed innovation in our industry. We are pleased to endorse and support the use of Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace.”

Also introduced today, Private Image Build enables customers to build and run custom Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that combine their own IT-approved base operating system images with installable software provided by AWS Marketplace sellers. By running third-party software on their own private images, customers can better comply with their organizations’ specific IT policies and internal security requirements, while still taking advantage of all the conveniences of AWS Marketplace, including consolidated AWS billing, AWS Marketplace pricing and licensing models, and rapid, automated deployment. AWS Marketplace’s Private Image Build is currently available in preview to AWS Marketplace customers.

AWS Partner Network (APN)

The AWS Partner Network (APN) provides technical, business, and marketing support to tens of thousands of APN Partners across the globe to help them build their cloud businesses with AWS. Today, AWS introduced the AWS Solution Provider Program for APN Consulting Partners and new programs for Technology Partners to build and grow their AWS-based SaaS offerings.

The AWS Solution Provider Program, which will be available in early 2018, replaces the Channel Reseller Program and offers a new, tiered incentive structure that rewards APN Consulting Partners who are innovating on behalf of their customers with proven solution capabilities and have achieved competencies in the areas of Migration, Managed Service Provider (MSP), and/or DevOps. The program also provides more flexible contracting and support options for APN Partners in key competency areas.

The new AWS Software as a Service (SaaS) Factory provides a comprehensive set of enablement content and collateral for APN Technology Partners with SaaS offerings. The program includes reference architectures with best practices for building SaaS solutions on AWS, AWS Quick Starts which automate deployments for key workloads on AWS, and SaaS on AWS Training that delivers prescriptive guidance on building a SaaS business on AWS.

The new SaaS Accelerate Program aids Technology Partners in driving increased profitability with go-to-market support for their SaaS solutions including funding for lead generation and customer proof-of-concepts, and resources for joint sales support. The AWS SaaS Factory and SaaS Accelerate Program will be available in early 2018.

AWS Competencies

The AWS Competency Program identifies APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and customer success in specific workloads, industries, or solutions. The AWS Competency Program includes 17 categories in solution areas such as IoT, DevOps, Big Data, as well as industry verticals such as Education, Financial Services, Government, and Healthcare/Life Sciences. Based on customer demand, AWS is expanding the AWS Competency Program with two new competency areas for Networking and Machine Learning. For more information and a complete list of awarded partners visit: https://aws.amazon.com/partners/competencies.

New AWS Premier Consulting Partners

The AWS Premier Consulting Partner tier highlights the top APN Consulting Partners globally that have significant AWS investments. These APN Partners have extensive experience in deploying customer solutions on AWS, have a strong bench of trained and certified technical consultants, and have a healthy revenue-generating consulting business on AWS. Today, AWS is announcing the following 15 new AWS Premier Consulting Partners: eCloudvalley, Deloitte, Flux7, ITOCHU, Silver Lining, Relus Cloud, HCL, Sturdy Networks, Stelligent, Contino, Datacom, VirtUSA, Linke, Cloud Kinetics, and Powerupcloud. For a complete list of all 67 AWS Premier Consulting Partners visit: https://aws.amazon.com/partners/premier/.

About Amazon Web Services

For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world–including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies–to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Amazon Web Services announces AWS PrivateLink

  • New managed service allows SaaS application developers who build on AWS to offer private endpoints as an additional option for accessing their service, increasing security for end customers by eliminating the need to expose data to the public Internet
  • Aqua Security, Autodesk, CA Technologies, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, Dynatrace, Salesforce, SigOpt, Snowflake, and Twilio are among the SaaS providers who are or will be using AWS PrivateLink to enhance the security, privacy, and performance of their applications running on AWS
  • AWS PrivateLink also makes it easy for customers to connect services across different accounts and VPCs within their organization to simplify their network architecture

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 28, 2017) at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced that customers can now use AWS PrivateLink to access third-party SaaS applications from their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without exposing their VPC to the public Internet. Customers can also use AWS PrivateLink to connect services across different accounts and VPCs within their own organizations, significantly simplifying their internal network architecture. To get started with AWS PrivateLink visit: https://aws.amazon.com/vpc/details/.

Since the introduction of Amazon VPC in 2009, AWS customers have been able to define and control private, secure networks without having to invest in and manage a VPN infrastructure. The vast majority of Amazon EC2 instances now run in Amazon VPCs, and many customers rely on the ability to limit access to their VPC from the Internet as a critical component of their security. However, this presents a challenge when using third-party SaaS applications, as customers often have to make a choice between allowing Internet access from their VPC in order to access these SaaS applications, or not using them at all. With AWS PrivateLink, customers can now connect their VPCs to third-party services in a secure and scalable manner. Earlier this month, AWS introduced the ability for customers to access AWS services over AWS PrivateLink. Now, AWS has extended AWS PrivateLink to support non-AWS services so that customers no longer have to choose between using a third-party SaaS offering or exposing their critical data to the Internet. Traffic between a customer’s VPC and a AWS PrivateLink-powered service stays within the AWS network and doesn’t traverse the Internet, reducing threat vectors such as “brute force” and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Services supported on AWS PrivateLink are delivered using private IP connectivity and security groups, and function like services that are hosted directly on a customer’s private network.

“We have seen a growing desire from our enterprise customers to move from traditional on-premises applications to SaaS offerings hosted in the cloud. However, we have also heard that adoption of many SaaS offerings is limited by customers’ desire not to expose their data to the Internet. With AWS PrivateLink, customers now have a way to access third-party services over their dedicated AWS network,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Compute Services, AWS. “With AWS PrivateLink, it has never been easier or more secure for our customers to use SaaS applications within their AWS environment.”

When customers use AWS PrivateLink to connect to SaaS applications like Twilio or Snowflake, their exposure to common security threats is significantly reduced. “At Twilio, we care about the security of our customers. As part of our Twilio Interconnect offering, AWS PrivateLink will provide another option for our customers, whether they are running on AWS or on-premises, to establish secure and private connections directly to the Twilio cloud,” said Richard Seiersen, CISO and VP of Trust, Twilio. “AWS PrivateLink complements the investments we have made to meet the security and compliance needs of our customers.”

“Snowflake continues to drive innovation by offering fast, affordable and secure data warehouse solutions,” said Matt Glickman, Vice President of Product Management, Snowflake. “One of the key concerns our enterprise customers have is how to securely transmit data in the cloud. By embracing AWS PrivateLink, Snowflake can now offer customers an end-to-end solution to securely access their data without ever having to go over the public Internet.”

Combining the developer experience coders love with the trust and infrastructure services big companies need, Heroku is the leading platform for building transformative enterprise apps, fast. “Customers are increasingly building applications that span both Heroku and existing AWS resources – all while leveraging AWS to extend Salesforce deployments,” said Adam Gross, SVP of Heroku at Salesforce. “AWS PrivateLink is a secure new way for joint Salesforce and AWS users to harness customer data and build applications with speed and speed.”

Using AWS Marketplace, customers can easily discover SaaS products that support AWS PrivateLink. AWS Marketplace features a wide range of AWS PrivateLink-enabled products, many of which are available today with many more coming soon. Sellers that will be supporting AWS PrivateLink include Aqua Security, CA Technologies, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, Dynatrace, and SigOpt.

SigOpt is a SaaS optimization platform that amplifies research by taking customers’ research pipeline and tuning it, right in place, from machine learning and data science to manufacturing and process engineering. “Last month, we announced the availability of SigOpt on AWS,” said Scott Clark, Co-founder and CEO, SigOpt. “Today, we are doubling down on our collaboration with AWS through AWS PrivateLink. With AWS PrivateLink, customers can now use SigOpt from a custom, secure endpoint within their Amazon VPCs. This allows SigOpt to function as if the service were available in customers’ own networks, while maintaining all of the benefits that make our SaaS solution so great.”

AWS PrivateLink will make it easier for customers like Autodesk to manage their growing network as a series of smaller and interconnected VPCs. “At Autodesk, we have hundreds of developer teams using their own accounts and VPCs for building products and services,” said Reeny Sondhi, Chief of Product Security, Autodesk. “AWS PrivateLink will give our developers an easy, secure, and scalable way to enable private connectivity for shared services and microservices across different accounts and VPCs. We are excited to use a solution that will deliver higher agility in product development and improved security posture at the same time.”

Availability

AWS PrivateLink is generally available today in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific(Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo) regions.

About Amazon Web Services

For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services selected as Intuit’s standard for machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads

Financial technology leader accelerates artificial intelligence efforts leveraging the cloud with the broadest and deepest functionality

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 27, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) selected AWS as its standard for machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads. With more than 150 patents pending and 40 artificial intelligence and machine learning features within its products today, Intuit expanded its use of AWS to further expedite deployment of its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities at scale for its customers. In addition, Intuit will run its companywide data lake on AWS. Intuit began its artificial intelligence journey over 10 years ago and continues to advance its product experiences, anti-fraud and security, and customer care practices to impact its 46 million customers worldwide.

“We started our journey to AWS in 2013, and AWS has been essential to our transformation in the cloud. We extended our relationship with AWS to enhance our flagship products and services, including QuickBooks, Mint, and TurboTax, and accelerate our efforts to apply artificial intelligence within our business. For example, we will be leveraging AWS Lex technology in a variety of our work, including future versions of QuickBooks Assistant. As trusted stewards of our customers’ data, the extension of our relationship with AWS furthers our mission to power prosperity for our customers,” said H. Tayloe Stansbury, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Intuit.

“Every company in the world has to keep transforming their customer experience and business to remain competitive, and Intuit’s cloud-first approach sets them up to continually drive innovation,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “Intuit is an early all-in customer and has chosen to extend their use of AWS to include our leading machine learning capabilities that work hand-in-hand with the AWS storage, security, and analytics services they already use and are familiar with. We look forward to working with Intuit as they continue to incorporate the use of machine learning to deliver even more value to their customers.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About Intuit

Intuit Inc. is committed to powering prosperity around the world for consumers, small businesses and the self-employed through its ecosystem of innovative financial management solutions.

Its flagship products and services include QuickBooks® and TurboTax®, which make it easier to manage small businesses and tax preparation and filing. QuickBooks Self-Employed provides freelancers and independent contractors with an easy and affordable way to manage their finances and save money at tax time, while Mint delivers financial tools and insights to help people make smart choices about their money.

Intuit’s ProConnect brand portfolio includes ProConnect Tax Online, ProSeries® and Lacerte®, the company’s leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.

Founded in 1983, Intuit serves 46 million customers in North America, Europe, Australia, Brazil and India, with revenue of $5.2 billion in its fiscal year 2017. The company has approximately 8,200 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Israel, Australia and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.

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Amazon Web Services becomes the strategic infrastructure provider for Symantec

Leading cyber security company builds next generation SaaS services and companywide data lake on top of AWS as part of its ‘cloud-first’ strategy

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 22, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Symantec has chosen AWS as its strategic infrastructure provider for the vast majority of its cloud workloads, leveraging AWS’s infrastructure scale and maturity to deliver cloud security to its global customers. With AWS’s breadth and depth of cloud capabilities, Symantechas transformed legacy applications into cloud-based solutions, and built innovative, cloud-native as well as hybrid offerings.

Symantec’s relationship with AWS is long-term and bi-directional, with Symantec not only making a major operational move to AWS, but also tapping the global footprint of the AWS Marketplace to deliver its security services. The company built a data lake on AWS that collects tens of terabytes of data every day from 175 million endpoints and more than 57 million attack sensors. Symantec chose AWS for its scale and comprehensive cloud capabilities, including data services, analytics, machine learning, and container management. Innovating on AWS has allowed Symantec to deliver new security software and tools to customers faster, while adhering to strict data protection requirements.

“Our cloud-first approach to engineering requires a highly scalable and reliable infrastructure that helps our team deliver faster time-to-market and ensure that security remains our top priority,” said Raj Patel, Vice President, Cloud Platform Engineering at Symantec. “Symantec is committed to protecting the cloud generation through our leading security products, as well as leveraging the cloud to deliver our services. AWS’s experience serving some of the most risk-sensitive enterprise customers was an important part of the decision to choose AWS as we execute on our enterprise Integrated Cyber Defense strategy.”

“Leading ISVs worldwide are moving core business applications to AWS for greater agility and efficiency, reduce costs, and to leverage the security, reliability, and global infrastructure we offer,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “By taking advantage of the benefits of deploying their software on AWS, Symantec has been able to accelerate its pace of innovation, gain deeper insights through their companywide data lake, and use that knowledge to make better informed business decisions. We look forward to working withSymantec to deliver world-class security to global customers.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services announces new program that connects machine learning experts with AWS customers

  • New collaboration and education program connects Amazon machine learning experts with AWS customers and partners to accelerate the application of machine learning within their organizations
  • Johnson & Johnson, Washington Post, and World Bank Group are the first customers to join the program

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, a new program that connects machine learning experts from across Amazon with AWS customers to help identify practical uses of machine learning inside customers’ businesses, and guide them in developing new machine learning-enabled features, products, and processes. The Amazon ML Solutions Lab combines hands-on educational workshops with brainstorming sessions to help customers “work backwards” from business challenges, and then go step-by-step through the process of developing machine learning-based solutions. Customers will work with Amazon machine learning experts to prepare data, build and train models, and put models into production. At the end of the program, customers will be able to take what they have learned through the process and use it elsewhere in their organization. To get started with the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ml-solutions-lab.

While AWS customers across various industries are moving quickly to adopt machine learning, relatively few organizations have machine learning expertise, and many are challenged in taking the first steps to introduce machine learning and artificial intelligence into their products and processes. Amazon has been investing in machine learning for 20 years, using machine learning and deep learning to make product recommendations, optimize robotic picking routes in fulfillment centers, sharpen algorithms that inform Amazon’s supply chain, forecasting, and capacity planning, provide the intelligence in Amazon Alexa’s natural language understanding (NLU) and automated speech recognition (ASR), and support Amazon’s drone delivery initiative (Prime Air). Thousands of engineers across Amazon are working on machine learning. The Amazon ML Solutions Lab provides customers access to the same talent that built many of these machine learning-powered products and services. Amazon ML Solutions Lab engagements (which range from weeks to months depending on the nature of the solution) are designed to take customers through the full process of implementing machine learning, combining educational workshops and boot camps, advisory professional services, and hands-on help building custom models with a customer’s own data. For organizations who already have data prepared for machine learning, AWS offers the ML Solutions Lab Express. This four-week intensive program starts with a boot camp hosted at Amazon, and is followed by three weeks of intensive problem-solving and machine learning model building with Amazon machine learning experts.

“We can’t wait for developers to start their journeys into machine learning with the Amazon ML Solutions Lab,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Amazon AI. “By combining the expertise of the best machine learning scientist and practitioners at Amazon with the deep business knowledge of our customers, the Amazon ML Solutions Lab will help customers get up to speed on machine learning quickly, and start putting machine learning to work inside their organizations.”

Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, is committed to collaborating with the world for the health of everyone in it. “We recently reached out to the Amazon ML Solutions Lab to collaborate with our data scientists on a deep learning initiative,” said Jesse Heap, Senior IT Manager, Data Sciences at Janssen Inc. “We are pleased to state that the Amazon ML Solutions Lab quickly kicked off a deep learning workshop through which machine learning experts from Amazon have been brainstorming with and training our data scientists on applying deep learning to pharma-related use cases.”

The Washington Post is one of the leading daily newspapers in the United States. “At The Washington Post, we are continually working to improve the experience of our readers using machine learning algorithms,” said Dr. Sam Han (PhD), director of data science at The Washington Post. “We are pleased to collaborate with the Amazon ML Solutions Lab to build models in application areas such as comment moderation, keyword tagging, and headline generation. Through our joint sessions, we have already developed a much better understanding of the challenges involved, and a path to solution, and we look forward to partnering with the Amazon ML Solutions Lab to build out cutting-edge machine learning models to improve the accuracy of our existing models.”

With 189 member countries, staff from more 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership. “We are excited to collaborate with Amazon ML Solutions Lab folks to leverage machine learning in our mission to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity, ” Misha Lokshin, World Bank, Development Economics Group.

Amazon ML Solutions Lab engagements are available to all AWS customers with AWS Business Support today. Customers can learn more at https://aws.amazon.com/ml-solutions-lab.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services announces the availability of C5 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

New generation of compute optimized instances includes latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) and custom hardware to deliver a 25 percent improvement in price-performance

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 6, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance. To get started with C5 instances, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/c5/.

Optimized to deliver the right combination of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity for a wide range of workloads, all latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families—including C5—feature AWS hardware acceleration that delivers consistent, high performance, low latency networking and storage resources. C5 instances provide networking through the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), a scalable network interface built by AWS to provide direct access to its networking hardware. Additional dedicated hardware and network bandwidth for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) enables C5 instances to offer high performance storage through the scalable NVM Express (NVMe) interface. C5 instances introduce a new, lightweight hypervisor that allows applications to use practically all of the compute and memory resources of a server, delivering reduced cost and even better performance. C5 instances are available in six sizes—with the four smallest instance sizes offering substantially more Amazon EBS and network bandwidth than the previous generation of compute optimized instances.

“Customers have been happily using Amazon EC2’s unmatched selection of instances for more than 11 years, yet they’ll always take higher and more consistent performance if it could be offered in a cost-effective way. One of the challenges in taking this next step is how to leverage the cost efficiency of virtualization while consuming hardly any overhead for it,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “We’ve been working on an innovative way to do this that comes to fruition with Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Equipped with our new cloud-optimized hypervisor, C5 instances set a new standard for consistent, high-performance cloud computing, eliminating practically any virtualization overhead through custom AWS hardware, and delivering a 25 percent improvement in compute price-performance over C4 instances—with some customers reporting improvements of well over 50 percent.”

Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. “In our testing, we saw significant performance improvement on Amazon EC2 C5, with up to a 140 percent performance improvement in industry standard CPU benchmarks over C4,” said Amer Ather, Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix. “The 15 percent price reduction in C5 will deliver a compelling price-performance improvement over C4.”

iPromote provides digital advertising solutions to 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “iPromote processes billions of ad serving bid transactions every day,” said Matt Silva, COO at iPromote. “During testing, C5 instances improved our application’s request execution time by over 50 percent and significantly improved our network performance overall.”

Grail is a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. “Our platform processes a huge amount of DNA sequencing data to detect faint tumor DNA signals in a sea of background noise,” said Cos Nicolaou, Head of Technology at Grail. “We are eager to migrate onto the AVX-512 enabled c5.18xlarge instance size. With this change, we expect to decrease the processing time of some of our key workloads by more than 30 percent.”

Alces Flight Compute makes it easy for researchers to spin up High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters of any size on AWS. “With the support for AVX-512, the new c5.18xlarge instance provides a 200 percent improvement in FLOPS compared to the largest C4 instance,” said Wil Mayers, Director of Research and Development for Alces. “This will reduce the execution time of the scientific models that our customers run on the Alces Flight platform. The larger c5.18xlarge size with 72vCPUs reduces the number of instances in the cluster, and has a direct benefit for our user base on both price and performance dimensions.”

Rescale enables customers in the aerospace, automotive, life sciences and energy sectors to run utility supercomputers using AWS. “C5 fully supports NVMe and is ideal for the I/O intensive HPC workloads seen on Rescale’s ScaleX® platform,” Ryan Kaneshiro, Chief Architect at Rescale, said. “C5’s higher clock speed and AVX-512 instruction set will allow our customers to run their CAE simulations significantly faster than on C4 instances.”

Customers can purchase Amazon EC2 C5 instances as On-demand, Reserved, or Spot instances. C5 instances are generally available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and, EU (Ireland) regions, with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in six sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, and 72 vCPUs.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon Web Services announces the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud GPU instances

Next generation GPU instances, optimized for machine learning and high performance computing, are the most powerful in the cloud

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct. 26, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced P3 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) GPU instances designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance, including machine learning, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and autonomous vehicle systems. The first instances to include NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances are the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud. To get started with P3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/p3/.

P3 instances allow customers to build and deploy advanced applications with up to 14 times better performance than previous-generation Amazon EC2 GPU compute instances, and reduce training of machine learning applications from days to hours. With up to eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, P3 instances provide up to one petaflop of mixed-precision, 125 teraflops of single-precision, and 62 teraflops of double-precision floating point performance, as well as a 300 GB/s second-generation NVIDIA NVLink interconnect that enables high-speed, low-latency GPU-to-GPU communication. P3 instances also feature up to 64 vCPUs based on custom Intel Xeon E5 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of DRAM, and 25 Gbps of dedicated aggregate network bandwidth using the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA).

“When we launched our P2 instances last year, we couldn’t believe how quickly people adopted them,” said Matt Garman, Vice President of Amazon EC2. “Most of the machine learning in the cloud today is done on P2 instances, yet customers continue to be hungry for more powerful instances. By offering up to 14 times better performance than P2 instances, P3 instances will significantly reduce the time involved in training machine learning models, providing agility for developers to experiment, and optimizing machine learning without requiring large investments in on-premises GPU clusters. In addition, high performance computing applications will benefit from up to 2.7 times improvement in double-precision floating point performance.”

Airbnb’s community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations and local experiences in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. “At Airbnb, we’re using machine learning to optimize search recommendations and improve dynamic pricing guidance for hosts, both of which translate to increased booking conversions. These use-cases are highly specific to our industry and require machine learning models that use several different types of data sources, such as guest and host preferences, listing location and condition, seasonality, and price,” said Nick Handel at Airbnb. “With Amazon EC2 P3 instances, we have the ability to run training workloads faster, enabling us to iterate more, build better machine learning models and reduce cost.”

Schrödinger’s mission is to improve human health and quality of life by developing advanced computational methods that transform the way scientists design therapeutics and materials. “Our industry has a pressing need for performant, accurate, and predictive models to extend the scale of discovery and optimization, complementing and going beyond the traditional experimental approach,” said Robert Abel, Senior Vice President of Science at Schrödinger. “Amazon EC2 P3 instances with their high performance GPUs allow us to perform four times as many simulations in a day as we could with P2 instances. This performance increase, coupled with the ability to quickly scale in response to new compound ideas, gives our customers the ability to bring lifesaving drugs to market more quickly.”

AWS Deep Learning Machine Images (AMIs) are available in AWS Marketplace to help customers get started within minutes. The Deep Learning AMI comes preinstalled with the latest releases of Apache MXNet, Caffe2 and TensorFlow with support for Tesla V100 GPUs, and will be updated to support P3 instances with other machine learning frameworks such as Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and PyTorch as soon as these frameworks release support for Tesla V100 GPUs. Customers can also use the NVIDIA Volta Deep Learning AMI that integrates deep learning framework containers from NVIDIA GPU Cloud, or start with AMIs for Amazon Linux, Ubuntu 16.04, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2016.

With P3 instances, customers have the freedom to choose the optimal framework for their application. “We are excited to support Caffe2 on the new Amazon EC2 P3 instances. The unparalleled power and capability of P3 instances allow developers to train and run models very efficiently at high scale,” said Yangqing Jia, Research Scientist Manager at Facebook. “It will help new innovations get to customers in hours instead of days by taking advantage of the speed with P3 and our modular, scalable deep learning framework with Caffe2.”

Customers can launch P3 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. Amazon EC2 P3 Instances are generally available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU West (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in three sizes, with one, four, and eight GPUs, and can be purchased On-demand, Reserved or Spot instances.

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For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon Web Services announces general availability for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility

  • Amazon Aurora, the fastest growing service in AWS history, is now fully compatible with both MySQL and PostgreSQL, delivering the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases at one-tenth the cost
  • Over a thousand customers, including Verizon, Capital One, FINRA, Fannie Mae, C3 IOT, Urban Airship, FantasyDraft, BMC, Blackboard, and Nielsen, participated in the preview, battle-testing PostgreSQL compatibility for Amazon Aurora and running millions of hours against their real-world application workloads

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct. 24, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced general availability for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. Amazon Aurora is a cloud-optimized relational database that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Now, customers who use PostgreSQL databases can get up to several times better performance with scalability, durability, availability, and security as good as or better than commercial databases—all at one-tenth the cost. With no upfront costs or commitments required, customers pay a simple hourly charge for each Amazon Aurora database instance they use, and can automatically scale storage capacity with no downtime or performance degradation. AWS also announced that customers migrating to Amazon Aurora from another database can use the AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) free of charge for the next six months. To get started with Amazon Aurora, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora

Historically, customers have had to choose between performance and price when evaluating database solutions. Commercial databases offer high performance and advanced availability features, but are expensive, complex to manage, have high lock-in, and come with punitive licensing terms. Open source databases such as PostgreSQL and MySQL require less capital expense, but customers often find they cannot achieve the performance or availability of commercial databases. Amazon Aurora offers the best of both worlds—the performance and availability of the highest-grade commercial databases at a cost more commonly associated with open source. And, with more and more enterprises embracing PostgreSQL for its user-defined functions and data types, complex SQL support, NoSQL and JSON support, broad application language support, and closer semantics to some of the old guard databases, Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL launch comes at a great time for customers looking to break free of the cost and complexity of traditional commercial databases.

“When we made Amazon Aurora available in 2015, for the first time, customers had a cost-effective and high performance alternative to commercial databases like Oracle and SQL Server—and this is a big part of why Amazon Aurora is the fastest-growing service in the history of AWS,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, AWS. “While we’ve been amazed at the growth of Amazon Aurora’s MySQL-compatible edition, many of our enterprise customers anxious to move on from their old world database providers have been waiting for Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL-compatible edition to launch into general availability. We’re excited to help these customers take another step toward database freedom.”

Amazon Aurora delivers up to several times better performance compared to standard MySQL and PostgreSQL by using a variety of software and hardware techniques to ensure the database is able to fully leverage available compute, memory, and networking resources. Amazon Aurora storage scales automatically, growing and rebalancing Input and Outputs (I/O) across the fleet to provide consistent performance. For example, a customer can start with a database of 10GB and have it automatically grow up to 64TB, without requiring any downtime. Amazon Aurora is highly available and durable, automatically replicating data across multiple Availability Zones and continuously backing up data to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which is designed for 99.999999999 percent durability. Amazon Aurora is designed to offer greater than 99.99 percent availability and to automatically detect and recover from most database failures in less than 30 seconds, without crashing or the need to rebuild database caches. Amazon Aurora continually monitors instance health and, if there is a failure, it will automatically failover to a read replica without loss of data.

Capital One, a leading information-based technology company and digital banking innovator, has taken a cloud-first approach to software development. “At Capital One, our cloud-first approach led us to start testing the preview of Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL compatibility in November 2016,” said John Andrukonis, Chief Architect, Capital One. “We anticipated performance benefits, as well as the high availability and fast failover capabilities ideal for serving our customers. In our testing during the preview, we’ve been impressed with the performance and high availability offered by Amazon Aurora.”

FINRA regulates a critical part of the securities industry – brokerage firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA takes in up to 75 billion market events per day that are tracked, aggregated, and analyzed for the purpose of protecting investors. “FINRA is in the process of migrating most of our relational databases to AWS,” said Saman Michael Far, Senior Vice President & CTO, FINRA. “We have evaluated Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility, and we look forward to increasing our usage, because PostgreSQL is the best destination for our relational database workloads.”

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. “From raw GPS points, INRIX generates large-scale vehicle movement data and ingests the data into sharded AmazonRelational Database Service for PostgreSQL instances. We are hitting the storage and performance limits per shard and looking for a more scalable solution,” said Trang Nguyen, Senior Software Engineer, INRIX. “With Amazon Aurora’s compatibility with PostgreSQL, we’ve seen three times performance improvements in our benchmarks. We love Amazon Aurora’s ability to scale storage independently of computing resources at better price points.”

Nielsen is a global data management company providing a comprehensive understanding of consumer behaviors. “In our testing of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL in the preview, we have seen very good performance upwards of 7-11 times that of RDS PostgreSQL, for both write and read/write workloads,” said Todd Lightbody, Watch Architecture Leader, Nielson. “We are also excited about the expected scalability and reliability, giving us great confidence that Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL will meet our requirements as we move some of our core database workloads to AWS.”

Verizon is a global leader delivering innovative communications and technology solutions. “Verizon is helping our customers build a better, more connected life. As part of this journey, we are undergoing a major transformation in our database management approach, moving away from expensive, legacy commercial database solutions to more efficient and cost-effective options,” said Shashidhar Sureban, Associate Director, Database Engineering, Verizon. “Testing of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL showed better performance over standard PostgreSQL residing on Amazon EC2 instances, and the AWS Database Migration Service and Schema Conversion Tool were found effective at identifying areas for data-conversion that required special attention during migration.”

FantasyDraft is a daily fantasy sports site offering fantasy play across multiple sports and contest formats including leagues, head-to-head contests and tournaments. “We’ve been extensively testing the preview of the new Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL engine, and have been very impressed with overall compatibility with standard PostgreSQL, along with the ease of migrating our data and applications to Amazon Aurora’s new engine to obtain improved performance, scalability and resiliency,” said Tim Weisbrod, FantasyDraft Co-Founder and President. “We are most excited about improved performance under high concurrency workloads to ensure our users have the best experience possible in the final minutes leading up to when contests start. We’re also looking forward to the rapid crash recovery and fast failover capabilities of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL to ensure any potential disruptions to our customers are minimized, and to Amazon Aurora read replica scale-out and dynamic auto-scaling storage to help us dynamically add resources to cover the busiest times and reduce costs when they aren’t needed.”

OpenSCG is one of the leading solutions partners in the PostgreSQL community. “We have been testing the preview of Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL compatibility as part of our goal of helping enterprises successfully move from expensive on-premises commercial relational databases to PostgreSQL,” said Denis Lussier, CEO of OpenSCG. “We are impressed with the PostgreSQL compatibility, the performance, and the high availability, and we are working with multiple customers to give them all the assistance they need to move their Oracle database workloads to Amazon Aurora. It is truly amazing how quickly people are moving past the Oracle RAC objection that I’ve seen for the last 15 years when they hear how Amazon Aurora works. It’s a game changer for sure.”

SRA OSS is part of SRA Inc., one of Japan’s oldest and largest systems integration companies. “In our performance testing of Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL compatibility, we found that the performance was three times better than standard PostgreSQL,” said Tatsuo Ishii, SRA OSS, Inc.Japan President. “Our testing also showed that Amazon Aurora is fully compatible with PostgreSQL 9.6, and we believe customers will be able to move large enterprise workloads from on-premises commercial databases to Amazon Aurora because of its high performance, high availability, and PostgreSQL compatibility. SRA OSS will add support for Amazon Aurora to the next version of pgpool-II, which provides clustering management middleware for PostgreSQL.”

PostgreSQL compatibility for Amazon Aurora is available as a database engine for Amazon RDS in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) Regions, and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services selected as General Electric’s preferred cloud provider

GE continues migration in cloud-first approach to digital transformation

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct. 5, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that General Electric (NYSE: GE) has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider. GE continues to migrate thousands of core applications to AWS. GE began an enterprise-wide migration in 2014, and today many GE businesses, including GE Power, GE Aviation, GE Healthcare, GE Transportation, and GE Digital, run many of their cloud applications on AWS. Over the past few years, GE migrated more than 2,000 applications, several of which leverage AWS’s analytics and machine learning services.

“Adopting a cloud-first strategy with AWS is helping our IT teams get out of the business of building and running data centers and refocus our resources on innovation as we undergo one of the largest and most important transformations in GE’s history,” said Chris Drumgoole, Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Vice President at General Electric. “We chose AWS as the preferred cloud provider for GE because AWS’s industry leading cloud services have allowed us to push the boundaries, think big, and deliver better outcomes for GE.”

“Enterprises across industries are migrating to AWS in droves, and in the process are discovering the wealth of new opportunities that open up when they have the most comprehensive menu of cloud capabilities–which is growing daily–at their fingertips,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “GE has been at the forefront of cloud adoption, and we’ve been impressed with the pace, scope, and innovative approach they’ve taken in their journey to AWS. We are honored that GE has chosen AWS as their preferred cloud provider, and we’re looking forward to helping them as they continue their digital industrial transformation.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon Web Services to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019

New AWS Infrastructure will enable customers to run workloads in the Middle East and serve end-users across the region with even lower latency

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world. For more information on AWS’s global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/.

“As countries in the Middle East look to transform their economies for generations to come, technology will play a major role, and the cloud will be in the middle of that transformation,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Some of the most gratifying parts of operating AWS over the last 11 years have been helping thousands of new companies get started, empowering large enterprises to reinvent their customer experiences, and allowing governments and academic institutions to innovate for citizens again. We look forward to making this happen across the Middle East.”

This announcement has been welcomed by political leaders in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Countries across the Middle East are looking to innovate, grow their economies, and pursue their vision plans, such as Saudi Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, and Bahrain Vision 2030, and cloud technology will be key in helping them achieve this. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, First Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, commented, “Today’s announcement is a significant moment for Bahrain and the region. For the Kingdom, the expansion of regional cloud capacity builds upon a business environment that is already driving innovation and entrepreneurship, using technology to accelerate economic diversification in Bahrain. Through improved efficiencies, access to new career opportunities, and helping to enhance the delivery of government services, this marks further realization of the principles of sustainability, fairness, and competitiveness that form the core of Bahrain’s 2030 Vision.”

H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said of the news, “AWS’s commitment to expanding its presence into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, from Bahrain, is a major enabler for technology and data-driven business across the GCC. This will benefit global corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and governments alike. The ability to store and share data at speeds the Gulf has never experienced before has the potential to help companies gain competitive advantage, allowing them to compete more effectively at a global level. Amazon Web Services is delivering the Middle East a world class service. With such a young, technologically adept, and growing population, the Gulf is well positioned to drive innovation in mobile applications and digital services. I am very eager to see how our region’s entrepreneurs will make use of this exciting opportunity.”

AWS Investing in the Middle East

AWS is growing its presence in the Middle East bringing offices, staff, education, training, startup support, and other investments to the region. In January 2017, AWS opened offices to serve its rapidly growing customer base with a presence in Dubai, UAE and Manama, Bahrain. These offices have been established with teams of account managers, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff, and various other functions for customers to engage with AWS.

Another investment AWS is making for its customers in the Middle East, and around the world, is to run its business in the most environmentally friendly way. An important criteria in launching the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region is the opportunity to power it with renewable energy. AWS chose Bahrain in part due to the country’s focus on executing renewable energy goals and its proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS’s power needs. The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority expects to bring the 100 MW solar farm online in 2019, making it the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project. For more information on AWS’s commitment to sustainability, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/.

AWS also announced that it is supporting the advancement of technology education across the Middle East making AWS Training and Certification programs available to customers. In the education sector, AWS is supporting the development of technology and cloud computing skills at local universities through the AWS Educate program, providing students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning. This program is now available for students attending institutions such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Bahrain Polytechnic, University of Bahrain, as well as Oman College of Management and Technology, the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and many others across the region.

To support the growth of new business, AWS works with incubators and accelerators in the Middle East to provide resources to startups through the AWS Activate program. In Saudi Arabia, AWS works with the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide startups with access to technology resources as well as expert advice, education, and training to help promote Saudi youth entrepreneurship and grow new businesses in the Kingdom. To help new businesses across the Middle East go global, AWS also works with a number of local and international accelerators and incubators active in the region such as AstroLabs in the UAE, Cloud 10 Scalerator in Bahrain, as well as 500 Startups, Startupbootcamp, and Techstars, providing training, AWS credits, in-person technical support, and other benefits.

Middle Eastern Organizations Increasingly Moving to AWS

Organizations across the Middle East – in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and other countries – are increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to AWS. Startups in the region choosing AWS as the foundation for their business include Alpha Apps, Anghami, Blu Loyalty, Cequens, DevFactory, Dubizzle, Fetchr, Genie9, Mawdoo3.com, Namshi, OneGCC, Opensooq.com, Payfort, Tajawal, and Ubuy, as well as Middle Eastern Unicorn Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the MENA region. Careem runs all of its operations on AWS and over the past five years has grown 10 times its current size each year. “It is great news that AWS is opening a Region in the Middle East,” saidMagnus Olsson, chief experience officer and co-founder of Careem. “We have been all-in on AWS since we launched in 2012 and using the scalability of the cloud has helped us to cope with rapid growth. After starting in Dubai, we now serve over 12 million commuters in 80 cities across the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and Pakistan – this would not have been possible without AWS. The new AWS infrastructure Region in the Middle East gives us the opportunity to experiment with new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that, in the future, will give us the ability to run a fleet of self-driving Careem cars comfortably and safely taking passengers to their destinations.”

Some of the Middle East’s most historic and established enterprises are moving mission critical applications to AWS. Enterprises such as Actel,Al Tayer Group, Batelco, flydubai, Hassan Allam, Silah Gulf, Union Insurance, and the United Arab Shipping Company are using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and speed time-to-market. One successful business that used AWS to grow is eCommerce provider SOUQ.com. “AWS has been key to our success throughout our journey of exponential growth in the MENA region,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and Co-Founder of SOUQ.com. “Businesses in the region need robust technologies to both scale rapidly and provide world class service to their customers. With innovation being the main focus on the region’s national agenda, the advent of the world’s largest provider of cloud computing in the region is great news for everyone. This will help support the growing demand for cloud technologies as well as accelerate business expansions and success, regionally and around the world.”

Another enterprise using AWS is Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the largest private media company in the Middle East, delivering Arab language content to over 150 million people across the Middle East and North Africa. “AWS has been critical in our digital transformation initiatives,” said Joe Igoe, MBC’s Group Director of Technical Operations. “Knowing we will have AWS infrastructure close to our viewers is invaluable for us. AWS has helped us speed up innovation and rapidly expand into a wider range of scalable and reliable digital services, such as our Video on Demand platform, Shahid.net. During the holy month of Ramadan, TV viewership spikes dramatically. This year, we successfully scaled our online platform to support a massive increase in traffic and delivered hundreds of thousands of concurrent video streams and dozens of petabytes of content to our viewers.”

Government organizations are also working with AWS to lower costs and better serve citizens in the region, including the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration which has moved their Learning Management System to AWS, reducing costs by over 90 percent. Another government organization using AWS is the Kingdom of Bahrain Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA). The iGA is in charge of moving all government services online and is responsible for ICT governance and procurement for the Bahrain government. Earlier this year the iGA launched a cloud first policy, requiring all new government ICT procurement to evaluate cloud-based services first. Mohamed Al Qaed, Chief Executive of Kingdom of Bahrain iGA, said of the announcement, “AWS forms the backbone of our digital government initiatives so the news that an AWS Region is coming to our country is warmly welcomed by us. Through adopting a cloud first policy, we have helped to reduce the government procurement process for new technology from months to less than two weeks. We are in the process of migrating 700 servers with more than 50 TB of data to AWS with the goal of decommissioning our hosting platform by the end of 2017. We have also started to migrate systems of national significance, such as our Bahrain Data Locator, and supporting other entity system migrations, like the Ministry of Education LMS that has 149,000 users, with more planned on the way. As we move more mission critical workloads to AWS, we look forward to even greater efficiencies and being able to complete our mission to become eGovernment & ICT Pioneers.”

In addition to established enterprises, government organizations, and rapidly growing startups, AWS also has a vibrant AWS Partner Network (APN) across the Middle East, including APN Partners that have built cloud practices and innovative technology solutions on AWS. APN Consulting and Technology Partners in the Middle East are helping customers to migrate to the cloud include Al Moayyed Computers, Batelco, C5, du, DXC Technology, Falcon 9, Infonas, Integra Technologies, ITQAN Cloud, Human Technologies, Kaar Technologies, Navlink, Redington, Zain, and many others. For companies looking to join the APN or for the full list of members please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/partners/.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

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VMware and Amazon Web Services strategic alliance delivers seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud

  • Strategic Alliance Between Private and Public Cloud Leaders Delivers a Seamlessly Integrated Hybrid Cloud
  • Early Access and Beta Customers include Brink’s, Cerner, Elemica, MIT, Moody’s, State of Louisiana, and Sysco

LAS VEGAS, NV, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 28, 2017) at VMworld® 2017, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the initial availability of VMware Cloud™ on AWS. Born out of the strategic alliance announced in October 2016, VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud, allowing customers to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere®-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services. VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically-scalable cloud service that removes barriers to cloud migration and cloud portability, increases IT efficiency, and opens up new opportunities for customers to leverage a hybrid cloud environment. To get started with VMware Cloud on AWS, visit http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

Customers across industries are accelerating adoption of AWS Cloud and VMware infrastructure, and many of them want the ability to seamlessly integrate their on-premises data center environments with AWS using their existing tools and skillsets within a common operating environment based on familiar VMware software. VMware Cloud on AWS delivers on this promise, with a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that extends on-premises vSphere environments to a VMware SDDC running on AWS elastic, bare-metal infrastructure.

“VMware and AWS are empowering enterprise IT and operations teams to add value to their businesses through the combination of VMware enterprise capabilities and the breadth and depth of capabilities and scale of the AWS Cloud, providing them a platform for any application,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities, and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS.”

“With the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, for the first time customers can operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment that combines the VMware software they love with the unmatched functionality, security, and operational expertise of the AWS Cloud,” said Andy Jassy, chief executive officer, AWS. “The majority of the world’s enterprises have virtualized their data centers with VMware, and now these customers can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operations.”

VMware Cloud on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation™, the unified SDDC platform that integrates vSphere, VMware VSAN™, and VMware NSX® virtualization technologies with VMware vCenter® management. This means customers can use familiar VMware tools to manage their applications, without having to purchase any new or custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify their operating model. With VMware Cloud on AWS, customers can leverage AWS’s breadth of services, including compute, databases, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), security, mobile, deployment, application services, and more.

VMware Cloud on AWS delivers:

  • Enterprise capabilities of VMware SDDC with the agility, unmatched functionality, and operational expertise of AWS’s leading public cloud
  • Identical skills, tools, and processes for managing private and public cloud environments so customers have consistent operations, improved productivity, and reduced costs
  • Seamless, fast, and bi-directional workload portability between private and public clouds
  • Flexibility to choose where to run applications based on business needs, while having access to a broad set of AWS services and infrastructure elasticity for VMware SDDC environments
  • Rapid time to value with the ability to scale host capacity up or down in a few minutes, and spin up an entire VMware SDDC in under a couple hours
  • Ability to run, manage, and secure applications in a hybrid IT environment without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify operating models

VMware Cloud on AWS is ideal for customers looking to migrate applications to the public cloud, develop entirely new applications, extend the capacity of their data centers for existing applications, or quickly provision development and test environments. It will also support containerized workloads and DevOps services such as Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and others. VMware and AWS plan to continue to innovate together to add new capabilities and additional AWS regions to support customers that want to use VMware Cloud on AWS for disaster recovery, data center consolidation, and geographic expansion.

The service is initially available in the AWS US West (Oregon) region and will expand to AWS regions worldwide in 2018. Today customers can consume this service hourly and pay only for each hour that a host is active in their account. Pricing and requirements can be found at http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/pricing. VMware will make one-year and three-year subscription options available in the future. VMware’s Hybrid Loyalty Program will provide discounts to customers with on-premises VMware vSphere, NSX, and/or vSAN licenses. The pricing model, combined with the VMware Hybrid Loyalty Program discounts, will offer very attractive TCO benefits on a per-VM basis to both VMware and AWS customers.

Broad Technology Partner Ecosystem Supports Frictionless Hybrid Cloud Experience
The VMware Cloud on AWS technology partner ecosystem provides customers simplicity, consistency, and choice in technology solutions when building a hybrid cloud. Today, more than 30 solutions are available for DevOps, application migration, data protection, cloud analytics, security, and more. The same third-party solutions VMware customers use on-premises; the tools, configurations, and processes that customers built for these solutions; and the operational skills and competencies developed over time, now seamlessly transfer to VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware technology complement and enhance native VMware Cloud on AWS services capabilities. Read more about the VMware partner ecosystem in this blog.

VMware Solutions Simplify and Automate VMware Cloud on AWS Hybrid Cloud Environments
Customers can use VMware’s management products with VMware Cloud on AWS, so they have a unified and operationally consistent experience across private, public, and hybrid clouds. Today, VMware vRealize® Automation™ supports VMware Cloud on AWS by automating workload provisioning and deployment; vRealize Operations™ delivers proactive performance management, capacity optimization, and unified visibility; and vRealize ® Business™ for Cloud tracks and manages costs, accelerates planning, and drives business alignment. Other VMware solutions, including VMware Site Recovery Manager™, VMware vSphere Integrated Containers, and VMware Cloud Services will follow in the future. Read more about the VMware Cloud on AWS integration with vRealize Suite in this blog.

Industry Commentary
Moody’s is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools, and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. “Congratulations on the launch of the VMware Cloud on AWS offering, which has the potential to help enable public cloud adoption for companies that are significantly virtualized on the VMware platform. VMware Cloud on AWS offers many features that we’ve been waiting to use in our infrastructure, and provides a way to ease bi-directional portability, extend our use of VMware’s SDDC capabilities and drive colocation with AWS core services and use AWS’s native technologies from the VMware cloud on AWS with minimal latency. Additionally, the VMware Cloud on AWS provides us with a good landing spot for migrating workloads that are not yet cloud ready.” – Rajiv Doshi, senior vice president of infrastructure services, Moody’s

The State of Louisiana Office of Technology Services handles IT operations for 16 statewide agencies. “We partnered with VMware to create a hybrid cloud environment that will serve as a model for other states looking to consolidate and streamline IT operations while improving security. We’ll be able to use VMware Cloud on AWS and leverage NSX to extend to the public cloud across a common operating environment. This gives us public cloud agility and economics with proven enterprise-class virtualized infrastructure.” – Michael Allison, chief technology officer, Division of Administration/OTS, State of Louisiana

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage, and data protection technologies. “The introduction of VMware Cloud on AWS further solidifies VMware’s position as a driving force behind the movement to the software-defined data center and the hybrid cloud. Dell EMC is committed to making IT infrastructure seamless, and enabling our customers to modernize their data protection in VMware environments is a critical milestone on the journey to data center transformation. Being the first data protection provider to offer backup and recovery for VMware Cloud on AWS underscores our commitment to innovative solutions and further advances our deep integration with VMware.” – David Goulden, President, Dell EMC

Accenture is a leading professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology, and operations to 93 of the Fortune 100 and more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500. “VMware and AWS continue to be very strategic partners for Accenture on private and public cloud. Our strong relationships and deep expertise allow us to craft the optimal journey to cloud for our clients that optimizes their use of private/hybrid/public cloud and accelerates their ability to achieve positive business outcomes such as agility, innovation and ROI.” – Jack Sepple, senior managing director, Cloud & Operations, Accenture CT

Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. “The enterprise’s Software-Defined Data Centers and the AWS Cloud ecosystem of technologies and products now have a defined future together. Our customers increasingly want portability for their workloads across private and public cloud environments, while using industry-leading platforms. The VMware Cloud on AWS offering, in combination with the VMware Cloud Foundation model, is well positioned to help companies achieve their hybrid cloud and workload migration goals for business-critical systems. We look forward to working with VMware and AWS to help customers who want to take business advantage of a cloud-first way of working.” – Joe Coyle, executive vice president, global chief technology officer, Cloud Services, Capgemini

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. “I’m very excited about the platform and what it could do for our clients who are working towards a hybrid cloud model. This is one of the first offerings of its kind-I believe significant benefits can be achieved for those willing to explore the incredible capabilities.” – Bob Black, principal, Cloud Infrastructure and Engineering, hybrid cloud leader, Deloitte Consulting

DXC Technology is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company. “DXC Technology and VMware have a strong history of teaming together to help clients with their digital transformation journeys. By combining VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services platform with DXC cloud services and industry expertise, we provide our clients the choice of both on-premises and cloud solutions on existing virtualized applications. This allows the business to make decisions based on cost, flexibility, and availability that transcend the constraints of legacy datacenter and app hosting decisions.” – Stephen Hilton, executive vice president, Global Delivery, DXC Technology

Rackspace is a leading managed cloud company that helps businesses, including more than half of the Fortune 100, tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. “VMware Cloud on AWS provides a unique advantage to customers seeking to leverage the benefits of a hybrid cloud environment. This technology shows VMware’s commitment to helping customers embrace hybrid cloud by running VMware workloads out of the data center in the best-fit location. Rackspace is proud to be one of a select few design partners actively participating in defining enhancements to the VMware Cloud Provider Program, including VMware Cloud on AWS, and we look forward to extending our renowned Fanatical Support® to the service next year.” – Peter FitzGibbon, vice president and general manager of VMware, Rackspace

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About VMware Cloud
VMware Cloud™ gives customers maximum flexibility to select the best cloud environment to deploy and run applications on any device, with the ability to leverage development platforms and building blocks for new applications – while also maintaining consistent operations that help ensure the integrity of the entire IT portfolio. VMware Cloud provides the essential software foundation that delivers a common operating environment spanning on-premises data centers and leading public/managed clouds. VMware Cloud delivers the optimal environment for all applications: custom-built applications, packaged apps, virtualized, cloud-native and SaaS. VMware Cloud creates an ideal environment for building, testing and deploying production applications and is supported by a broad ecosystem of partners.

About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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Amazon Web Services selected as FICO cloud provider

Leading analytics provider takes cloud-first approach, migrates enterprise analytics platform to AWS as part of digital transformation journey

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug. 14, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that FICO (NYSE: FICO) has selected AWS as its cloud provider. FICO has migrated several core applications, including myFICO.com and its flagship analytics platform, the Decision Management Suite (DMS), to AWS, and will migrate additional applications over the next three years. Going cloud-first with AWS will give teams across FICO access to the most comprehensive set of cloud capabilities, proven security and compliance, and unmatched operational expertise, allowing them to deliver high-volume analytics software and tools to enterprises around the globe, including 95 percent of the largest financial institutions in the US.

FICO began its migration to AWS with DMS, a platform for operationalizing real-time analytics and decisions. DMS is also the foundation for all of FICO’s solutions, which drive business transformation through predictive analytics, business rules management, and optimization to institutions and consumers around the world. When FICO decided to offer DMS as a SaaS solution, it turned to AWS for its proven security, PCI compliance, and breadth and depth of cloud capabilities, including serverless computing, containers, analytics, and machine learning. AWS enables FICO to deploy new applications more quickly, while reducing costs, and keeping financial data secure.

“When we started to plan for our digital transformation, time to value, velocity, scalability, cost control and security were our top priorities. AWS’s experience with other companies in highly regulated industries, combined with its industry leading technology, made AWS the obvious choice for FICO,” said Jeet Kaul, VP Engineering at FICO. “Today, we’re taking a cloud-first approach to development with AWS as our cloud infrastructure provider. This will allow us to get out of the business of building data centers, so we can continue our 60-plus-year history of pioneering data and analytics software to help businesses improve the precision, consistency, and agility of their complex decisions.”

“Cloud has become the new normal for even the most highly regulated, data-sensitive organizations like FICO,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “FICO has long been a leader in applying analytics and algorithms to help enterprises – from financial institutions and telecommunications firms to automakers, retailers and manufacturers – use data to make better decisions. By taking advantage of the cloud with the most proven security, and the broadest and deepest functionality – including a wide range of analytics and machine learning technologies – FICO will be able to accelerate its pace of innovation to help its customers get more insights from their data and turn that knowledge into action at scale and in real-time.”

FICO joins a growing list of innovative financial institutions running on AWS, including Capital One, NASDAQ, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Thomson Reuters, Pacific Life Insurance, DBS Bank, and FINRA.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About FICO

FICO (NYSE: FICO) powers decisions that help people and businesses around the world prosper. Founded in 1956 and based in Silicon Valley, the company is a pioneer in the use of predictive analytics and data science to improve operational decisions. FICO holds more than 170 US and foreign patents on technologies that increase profitability, customer satisfaction and growth for businesses in financial services, telecommunications, health care, retail and many other industries. Using FICO solutions, businesses in more than 100 countries do everything from protecting 2.6 billion payment cards from fraud, to helping people get credit, to ensuring that millions of airplanes and rental cars are in the right place at the right time. Learn more at http://www.fico.com. Join the conversation at https://twitter.com/fico & http://www.fico.com/en/blogs/. FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the US and other countries.

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Amazon Web Services launches AWS Glue, a fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service

New ETL service automates the preparation of data for analytics, reducing the time it takes customers to start analyzing their data from months to minutes

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug. 14, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), launched AWS Glue, a fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service that makes it easy for customers to prepare and load their data into Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Redshift, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and databases running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for query and analysis. Customers can create and run an ETL job with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. Customers simply point AWS Glue at their data stored on AWS, and AWS Glue discovers the associated metadata (e.g. table definitions) and classifies it, generates ETL scripts for data transformation, and loads the transformed data into a destination data store, provisioning the infrastructure needed to complete the job. With AWS Glue, data can be available for analysis in minutes, and because AWS Glue is serverless, customers only pay for the compute resources they consume while executing data preparation and loading jobs. To learn more about AWS Glue, visit https://aws.amazon.com/glue.

Data integration – extracting data from various sources, normalizing it, and loading it into data stores – often represents as much as 75 percent of the time required to implement an analytics project. Customers can spend months hand coding and editing ETL scripts, which frequently become more complex and error prone as data volumes grow, and new data sources are added. And, running ETL jobs requires dedicated hardware that often sits idle between jobs. AWS Glue significantly speeds the ETL phase of analytics projects by eliminating all of the undifferentiated heavy lifting involved in creating, managing, and modifying ETL jobs.

After crawling a customer’s selected data sources, AWS Glue identifies data formats and schemas to build a unified Data Catalog that provides a central view of customers’ selected data. This makes it easy for customers to search and manage all of their data across various data stores without having to manually move it. When a customer identifies a data source (e.g., a database table) and target (e.g., a data warehouse) from the Data Catalog, AWS Glue matches the schemas and generates data transformation code that is customizable, reusable, portable, and sharable. Developers can schedule any number of ETL jobs, and AWS Glue manages the rest – automatically spinning compute resources up or down depending on customer ETL workloads. By streamlining the process of creating ETL jobs, AWS Glue allows customers to build scalable and reliable data preparation platforms spanning thousands of jobs, with built-in dependency resolution, scheduling, resource management, and monitoring.

“AWS’s scalable, reliable cloud storage, combined with our broad range of analytics services make it easier than ever for customers to collect, store, analyze, and share data,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and AI, Amazon Web Services. “While it’s amazing to see how much analytics are being run on AWS today, many have told us that there is one piece of the equation that is still way too hard – cleaning and preparing huge volumes of data for analysis. We developed AWS Glue to eliminate much of the undifferentiated heavy lifting involved with ETL. By cataloging all of a customer’s data and automating the ETL process, AWS Glue not only takes a lot of the hassle out of analytics. It also makes it possible for customers to store their data in as many sources as they want, and very quickly start analyzing all of it with whatever AWS service they choose.”

NewsCorp is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to a few hundred million consumers every day in over 50 countries. “At NewsCorp, we are building a world-class digital platform on AWS to distribute content to our external customers and to facilitate data-driven decision making across all our businesses. We merge data from a variety of sources and load it to our Amazon S3-based data lake on a continuous basis,” said Simon Smith, Chief Data Officer at NewsCorp. “AWS Glue is unparalleled in its ability to infer, classify, and transform data. With AWS Glue our data scientists and analysts can always have access to the latest data available in our data lake. AWS Glue Data Catalog automatically detects the availability of new data, infers its metadata and makes it readily available in Amazon Athena so we can start querying that data. Our AWS Glue ETL jobs seamlessly convert raw data in a variety of data formats to an Amazon Athena optimized Parquet data format. And the best part is that AWS Glue is serverless. We do not have to provision or manage any resources to prepare data for analytics.”

21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of media companies that reach more than 1.8 billion homes in 50 languages every day. “As part of our overall data strategy, we are building a petabyte-scale data lake on Amazon S3 so that our executives can have access to any data asset through a unified data platform. We bring in data from a variety of sources, ranging from our ERP systems to clickstream and mobile analytics, process it, and make it available in a queryable form,” says John Herbert, Global CIO, 21st Century Fox. “We are always interested in trying out new products that will reduce the administrative overhead of managing our data lake. We are impressed by AWS Glue’s ability to automatically discover new data, extract the associated metadata and make it available through a central Data Catalog so we can instantly start querying this data. We are looking forward to making AWS Glue a component of our data lake.”

myTomorrows is an online platform that provides information and access to treatment options in the form of Clinical Trials and Early Access Programs. “We ingest clinical trial data, medical vocabularies and scientific publications that vary in formats, schema and quality from a variety of data sources, to provide insights to our customers,” said Robert-Jan Sips, Chief Technology Officer, myTomorrows. “AWS Glue’s automatic schema discovery and code generation features are truly a game changer for a small, fast-growing organization like ours. AWS Glue makes it extremely easy and cost effective to onboard new datasets, and its serverless offering makes it a breeze to test and run our ETL jobs. Our developers love that they can simply connect their notebooks to AWS Glue and get going without any ramp up time.”

The OLX Group operates a network of online trading platforms in over 40 countries, with over 300 million monthly users worldwide. “We collect clickstream data across billions of monthly visits and page views for all our online marketplaces into a central data lake on Amazon S3. We are constantly looking for products that will make our data ingest pipeline robust, reliable, and automated,” says Jakub Orlowski, Data Engineering Manager, OLX. “We jumped at the first opportunity to start using AWS Glue and loved its ease of use, flexibility, and zero administrative overhead. AWS Glue automatically converts raw JSON data from our data lake into Parquet data format and makes it available for search and querying through a central Data Catalog. We can use our Zeppelin notebooks to edit the AWS Glue generated ETL code and once we are done, AWS Glue runs everything on a serverless Spark platform. AWS Glue will allow us to push our data innovation and democratization efforts to the next level and bring data producers and consumers closer than ever before.”

OST, an APN Partner with expertise in building enterprise cloud solutions for connected products, is working with Herman Miller, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of office furniture, to bring IoT and Big Data to the workplace. “We are partnering on an IoT platform and analytics solution with Herman Miller to collect real-time data from sensor-enabled furniture, catalog it in a data lake, then run machine learning algorithms. Office employees benefit from instant ergonomic adjustments, and employers can measure the effectiveness of their space for optimal real estate use,” said Alex Jantz, Senior Architect, OST. “AWS Glue helps cut our DevOps time in half. We start with an auto-generated script, then customize it with Zeppelin notebooks as needed. AWS Glue has completely redefined the way we think of ETL. We just focus on the custom code and AWS Glue takes care of the rest.”

Customers can start using AWS Glue using the AWS Management Console. AWS Glue is available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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GRAIL, Inc. selects Amazon Web Services as its cloud infrastructure provider

Global life sciences company with a mission to detect cancer early taps the cloud with the most functionality to power breakthroughs

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jul. 31, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that GRAIL, Inc., a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured, has selected AWS as its cloud infrastructure provider. With more than a billion dollars in funding and advised by a world-class set of industry and cancer experts, GRAIL is combining high-intensity genomic sequencing with the techniques of modern data science as it seeks to transform the way cancer is diagnosed. GRAIL is running one of the largest clinical research programs ever pursued in genomic medicine, and AWS will enable GRAIL to ingest hundreds of thousands of records and genomic datasets, securely and reliably store them, and choose from a wide range of analytics and machine learning services to develop early detection products and demonstrate their clinical utility.

GRAIL is collaborating with leading community and academic medical centers to conduct its studies, which will create unprecedented amounts of data as each patient record can contain as much as a terabyte. By migrating its core processing and analytical infrastructure from on-premises to AWS, GRAIL is leveraging AWS’s unmatched breadth and depth of cloud functionality, HIPAA-compliant services, and proven security to build a data science pipeline that will allow GRAIL and its clinical partners to process and analyze large-scale datasets.

“In today’s complex and competitive global healthcare marketplace, technology is a cornerstone in our effort to develop solutions that detect cancer at its earliest stages,” said Ken Drazan, Chief Business Officer at GRAIL. “AWS’s cloud platform provides critical infrastructure as we scale our databases and computational tools to support our large population-scale clinical studies and the development of our early detection products.”

“Customers across industries are using AWS’s comprehensive set of storage, analytics, and machine learning services to power massive-scale data analytics initiatives,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “GRAIL is undertaking one of the largest, and most complex, data science initiatives ever conceived. Running on the world’s most widely adopted cloud platform will allow GRAIL to produce and analyze datasets of unprecedented scale, securely collaborate with research and clinical partners, and focus on developing the deepest and most comprehensive understanding of cancer biology to reduce global cancer mortality.”

GRAIL joins a growing list of life sciences and genomics customers and partners running their cloud infrastructures on AWS, including Novartis, Merck, AstraZeneca, GE, Cerner, Phillips, and Bristol Meyers Squibb, along with academic institutions such as NYU, Baylor and Harvard.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 43 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About GRAIL

GRAIL is a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early when it can be cured. GRAIL is using the power of high-intensity sequencing, population-scale clinical trials, and state of the art Computer Science and Data Science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology and develop blood tests for early-stage cancer detection. The company’s funding was led by ARCH Venture Partners and includes Amazon, Bezos Expeditions, Bill Gates, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Decheng Capital, GV, Illumina, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Merck, McKesson Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, Tencent, Varian Medical Systems, and other financial partners. For more information, please visit www.grail.com.

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Amazon Web Services announced the availability of G3 instances

Next generation of high-performance graphics acceleration instances offers the most CPU and memory in the cloud for 3D rendering and virtual reality applications

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jul. 14, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), 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.

“AWS was the first to offer cloud instances customized for graphics-intensive applications. In 2010, we launched the CG1 instance type to provide a cost-effective, high-performance instance for graphics-heavy applications, and today, G3, our third generation GPU-powered instance, serves the most demanding graphics workloads such as 3D rendering and data visualization,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2. “Today, AWS provides the broadest range of cloud instance types to support a wide variety of workloads. Customers have told us that having the ability to choose the right instance for the right workload enables them to operate more efficiently and go to market faster, which is why we continue to innovate to better support any workload.”

BeBop Technology delivers specialized cloud-based services used by the world’s leading media companies and movie studios. “At BeBop, we help customers migrate to a cloud-based environment and integrate the cloud into their existing editorial and post-production workflows,” said David Benson, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of BeBop Technology. “The advanced graphics features of Amazon EC2 G3 instances help our customers edit their work with the same quality and fidelity they would expect from a local workstation, and deliver results faster and much more cost effectively than previously possible.”

Landmark, a Halliburton business line, is the leading technology solutions provider of data and analytics, science, software, and services for the exploration and production industry. “Landmark’s DecisionSpace 365, the industry’s first end-to-end E&P SaaS solution, is empowering oil and gas companies to make the shift to cloud where they’re experiencing breakthroughs in efficiency across the E&P lifecycle,” said Chandra Yeleshwarapu, Global Head of Services and Cloud at Landmark. “The E&P Cloud is increasingly complex with very large datasets, 3D, dynamic algorithms, security, and global reach. The large memory and powerful GPUs within Amazon EC2 G3 instances enable Landmark to deliver value to our clients in ways that were not possible before.”

ZeroLight is a leading omnichannel visualization platform for the automotive industry. “Our real-time 3D car configurators allow new and returning customers to visualize every part of their vehicle to an extremely high standard, allowing them to make more informed purchase decisions,” said Darren Jobling, Chief Executive Officer of ZeroLight. “Amazon EC2 G3 instances will enable us to continue to deliver our unique, real-time, high-quality 3D experiences for automotive customers through every channel. With the increased rendering performance of G3, we will be able to build upon ZeroLight’s current cloud solution, adding new features to our online experiences that deliver higher basket value potential.”

Customers can launch G3 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries. G3 instances are available in three instance sizes: g3.4xlarge, g3.8xlarge, and g3.16xlarge. G3 instances are available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), AWS GovCloud (US), and EU (Ireland), and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 43 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Lex now available to all customers

  • Amazon Lex, the technology that powers Amazon Alexa, enables any developer to build rich, conversational user experiences for web, mobile, and connected device apps
  • American Heart Association, Capital One, Freshdesk, Hubspot, Liberty Mutual, NASA, Ohio Health, and Vonage among customers using Amazon Lex

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Amazon Lex, an artificial intelligence (AI) service for building applications that can have conversations using voice and text, is now available to all customers. Amazon Lex brings the sophisticated and proven deep learning algorithms that power Amazon Alexa to all developers as a fully managed service. To get started with Amazon Lex, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/lex/.

Until now, very few developers have been able to build, deploy, and broadly scale apps with automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities because doing so required training sophisticated deep learning algorithms on massive amounts of data and infrastructure. Amazon Lex eliminates all of this heavy lifting, making it easy for developers to build apps that can have conversations using voice or text by offering the same ASR and NLU technologies that power Amazon Alexa, as a fully managed service. With Amazon Lex, developers can build and test conversational apps that perform tasks such as checking the weather or latest news, booking travel, ordering food, getting the latest sales or marketing data from business software, or controlling a connecting device. To build a conversational app, developers provide Amazon Lex sample phrases that describe a user’s intent (e.g., “book a flight”) along with the corresponding information Amazon Lex needs to ask to fulfill the intent (e.g., travel date and destination), and any required questions Amazon Lex needs to ask to elicit additional information (e.g., “when do you want to travel?” and “where do you want to go?”). Amazon Lex takes care of the rest by building a machine learning model that parses the speech or text input from the user, understands the intent behind the conversation, and manages the conversation (e.g., if the travel date is already known, the app will skip that question and ask for the destination). Developers can then publish the conversational app to mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, web applications, and chat services such as Facebook Messenger, Slack or Twilio. Amazon Lex handles the authentication required by different platforms using the customer provided keys and scales automatically as traffic increases, so developers don’t have to worry about provisioning and managing infrastructure.

“Thousands of machine learning and deep learning experts across Amazon have been developing AI technologies for years, and Amazon Alexa includes some of the most sophisticated and powerful deep learning technologies in existence,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and AI, AWS. “We thought customers might be excited to use the same technology that powers Alexa to build conversational apps, but we’ve been blown away by the customer response to our preview – as organizations in virtually every industry like Capital One, Freshdesk, Hubspot, Liberty Mutual, Ohio Health, and Vonage have mobilized quickly to build on top of Amazon Lex.”

Amazon Lex is integrated with AWS Lambda, the pioneer in event-driven computing that lets developers run code without provisioning or managing servers (serverless). This means that developers can build Amazon Lex conversational apps that use Lambda functions to implement business logic and retrieve data from enterprise applications and AWS Services like Amazon DynamoDB. Amazon Lex also includes built-in connectors that make it easy for conversational apps to access data from popular SaaS applications like Salesforce, Marketo, Zendesk, and QuickBooks so apps built using Amazon Lex can answer questions like “what are my top 10 accounts in Salesforce” by fetching appropriate data from Salesforce. Developers can also easily access analytics provided by Amazon Lex to measure various application performance and accuracy metrics that they can use to improve their apps over time.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. “The AHA engages nearly 1 million participants, nationwide, through our premier Heart Walk events to further our mission of saving lives,” said Roger Santone, Executive Vice President of Technology, AHA. “The world is rapidly changing and we are constantly rethinking traditional approaches to reach people at the pace that they live their everyday lives. We used Amazon Lex’s AI technology to streamline the registration process so prospective Heart Walk participants can use their natural voice to easily register through heartwalk.org. We are committed to the role that technology plays in enabling consumers, patients, and physicians to achieve better health outcomes and to further the mission of the AHA.”

Freshdesk is a leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement software, allowing organizations to support customers through email, phone, websites, forums, and social media. “Adding Amazon Lex to our cloud-based platform will help our customers provide a more personalized experience, a critical feature in customer support,” said Francesco Rovetta, Vice President Alliances, Freshdesk. “Our 100,000 customers will be able to use natural language to handle administrative tasks, review metrics and provide support, ultimately simplifying ticket management. Using Amazon Lex for intent identification, our customers will quickly be able to answer their clients’ questions, resulting in the ability for agents to address the more complex inquiries in a timely manner. With Alexa speech recognition and natural language technology, Amazon Lex maintains context in conversation, creating a more natural dialogue. We are excited to team up with Amazon Lex as we help organizations around the world deliver better, more personal support to their customers.”

Vonage is a leading provider of cloud communications for business. “The expansion of AI-driven conversational services has enabled businesses to engage with their customers in ways that are more meaningful and more contextual than ever before,” said Alan Masarek, Chief Executive Officer, Vonage. “With Amazon Lex, we can empower Vonage customers to choose how and where they will engage with us – building intelligent interaction paths into existing voice and messaging channels. Vonage is also developing ways to integrate Amazon Lex with our API Platform, Nexmo, to provide enterprise developers with an easy way to build custom conversational apps driven by natural language understanding and speech recognition, and deliver them through any medium, reaching customers wherever they are – whether it’s phone, text, app, or mobile device.”

Liberty Mutual Insurance helps people preserve and protect what they earn, build, own and cherish. “With the growing importance of cognitive technologies in every area of business, we were delighted to see Amazon Lex, with its Speech Recognition and Natural Language Understanding technologies, added to the broad portfolio of services AWS provides,” said Gillian Armstrong, Insurance Technologist, Liberty Mutual. “Amazon Lex integrates easily into our existing applications, as well as our new cloud-native serverless architectures, enabling us to rapidly take advantage of these powerful technologies to improve and extend the capabilities we can offer our employees and customers.”

Customers can launch Amazon Lex using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs. Amazon Lex is available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services becomes preferred cloud infrastructure provider for HERE Technologies

Leading global provider of maps and location services continues to expand use of AWS to power its new Open Location Platform services

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Apr. 19, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that HERE Technologies (HERE), a leading global provider of maps and location services, has disclosed that AWS is its preferred cloud infrastructure provider. HERE has been using AWS for its core infrastructure and applications for several years, assisting HERE through the rapid growth in its business. HERE has now chosen to build its newest business extensions on AWS to further benefit from AWS’s depth and breadth of functionality, rapid pace of innovation, high performance, and experience managing enterprise workloads.

This year, HERE is introducing its first location services that collect and use real-time sensor data from connected vehicles, including brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The services, built on the HERE Open Location Platform, will provide high-quality information on traffic conditions, potential road hazards, traffic signage, and on-street parking to help reduce traffic congestion and accidents, and make driving safer and more enjoyable for people around the world. HERE is also developing new location services to serve a range of other industries, including the broader transportation and logistics sectors, as well as infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, and advertising technology.

“We started using AWS’s storage and compute services for our production workloads several years ago and quickly came to rely on the unmatched security, reliability, performance, breadth, and scalability that AWS provides to us and to our own end customers,” said Angel L. Mendez, Chief Operating Officer at HERE. “As we continue to expand the reach of our Open Location Platform and enable global access to the world’s leading mapping and location services for consumers and businesses, building on the leading cloud provider with the broadest and deepest capabilities is key to our development and global expansion.”

“We increasingly see enterprises beginning their adoption of AWS with specific core workloads and then quickly expanding their use of AWS as they experience the powerful benefits it offers their IT infrastructure and overall business,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “We’re excited to work closely with HERE as they launch their first commercial services powered by the Open Location Platform on AWS later this year, and bring incredible innovation to the world of connected cars and the broader Internet of Things.”

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About HERE Technologie
HERE Technologies, the Open Location Platform Company, enables people, enterprises and cities to harness the power of location. By making sense of the world through the lens of location we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or an enterprise optimize its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, including our new generation of cloud-based location platform services, visit http://360.here.com and www.here.com.

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AWS introduces new fully managed in-memory cache that can reduce Amazon DynamoDB response times from milliseconds to microseconds

  • New, fully managed in-memory cache can reduce Amazon DynamoDB response times from milliseconds to microseconds
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SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Apr. 19, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX), a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache that can reduce Amazon DynamoDB response times from milliseconds to microseconds, even at millions of requests per second. Customers can add DAX to their existing DynamoDB applications with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console – no application rewrites required. There are no upfront costs or commitments with DAX, and customers only pay for the capacity they provision. To learn more about DAX, visit https://aws.amazon.com/dynamodb/dax.

Amazon DynamoDB has simplified NoSQL database management by providing a fully managed, seamlessly scalable NoSQL database service. More than a hundred thousand AWS customers, including, Adobe, AdRoll, Airbnb, Amazon, DataXu, Duolingo, Expedia, FanDuel, Lyft, Mapbox, MLB Advanced Media, Redfin, Supercell, Twilio, Under Armour, VidRoll, and Zynga rely on Amazon DynamoDB to deliver consistent, single-digit millisecond latency for some of the world’s largest mobile, web, gaming, ad tech, and IoT applications. However, many applications with near real-time requirements for accessing data (e.g. real-time bidding, weather data, social gaming, or financial trading) need even faster performance. Until now, achieving further performance gains has meant deploying and managing in-memory caching clusters in front of Amazon DynamoDB, which often require developers to rewrite their applications, and require a specialized skillset to implement and operate. With DAX, customers get a fully managed cache that boosts Amazon DynamoDB performance up to ten times, speeding response times to microseconds without requiring customers to setup, manage, and sync a separate caching cluster. Customers don’t need to rewrite their applications to get DAX for their DynamoDB apps; they simply provision a DAX cluster, point their application to the DAX endpoint, and DAX automatically caches item and query results in-memory on designated DAX instances. DAX clusters can scale while handling millions of requests per second, combining in-memory performance acceleration with the simplicity, flexibility, and scale of Amazon DynamoDB so applications remain fast and responsive regardless of the volume of requests.

“In just five years, Amazon DynamoDB has emerged as the backbone for many powerful Internet applications and Amazon’s consumer businesses, and today developers use Amazon DynamoDB to handle well over a trillion requests per day. But, customers that need applications to respond in microseconds have often asked us whether we could make Amazon DynamoDB even faster,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and AI, AWS. “We’re very excited to take Amazon DynamoDB’s performance to the next level with DAX – it’s like rocket fuel that can speed response times to microseconds for millions of requests per second without requiring customers to rewrite their applications. With DAX, applications remain fast and responsive – even when they experience massive spikes in request volumes.”

Expedia, Inc. is one of the world’s leading travel companies, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. “At Expedia, we are longtime customers of AWS, and use DynamoDB across the company to power many of our applications,” said Brandon O’Brien, Principal Software Engineer, Expedia, Inc. “We received early access to Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator, and it has proven to be fast and easy to use. DAX represents a big opportunity for us to find the optimal balance between infrastructure cost and system performance.”

Eyeview Digital is a leader in ad tech focusing on video marketing technology. “In the Real-Time Bidding realm, using a lightning-fast and reliable key value store is a requirement you cannot work around, and for which we turned to Amazon DynamoDB. With hundreds of thousands of queries to Amazon DynamoDB per second, we have to make sure we are not hitting hot keys, balancing load, and optimizing for cost efficiency,” said Shahar Kobrinky, Vice President, Architecture and Scale, Eyeview. “Getting early access to DAX allowed us to do just that. Repeated users are now being handled by the DAX cache without making the more expensive (in both latency and cost) call to Amazon DynamoDB. We’re excited about DAX, and we can definitely see its value for many AWS customers as it has been and will continue to be valuable for us.”

Genesys is the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions. “The AWS team has taken a best-practice architectural pattern and turned it into something repeatable and valuable for its customers. I expect DAX to become the de facto replacement for our distributed cache plus Amazon DynamoDB storage tier across our collections of microservices in PureCloud,” said Glenn Nethercutt, Chief Architect of PureCloud by Genesys. “The combination of sub-millisecond latency and simple transitions from the existing AmazonDynamoDB client means we’ll be able to rapidly adopt this service as it becomes available across the globe, significantly improving our performance and cost profile for read-intensive workloads.”

Twilio helps businesses make communications relevant and contextual by making it possible to easily embed real-time communication and authentication capabilities directly into software applications. “We depend upon Amazon DynamoDB’s consistent performance and scalability and trust it to power our Programmable Chat offering,” said Pat Malatack, General Manager of Twilio Messaging. “The ability to supercharge DynamoDB with DAX is something we’re looking forward to.”

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services to open an infrastructure region in Sweden in 2018

New AWS Infrastructure Region will enable customers to run workloads in Sweden and serve end-users across the Nordics with even lower latency

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today (Apr. 4, 2017) announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in Sweden in 2018. The new AWS EU (Stockholm) Region will comprise of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another five Availability Zones, across two AWS Regions in France and China, expected to come online this year. For more information on AWS’s global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/.

“For over a decade, we’ve had a large number of Nordic customers building their businesses on AWS because we have much broader functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem, and unmatched maturity, reliability, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “The Nordic’s most successful startups, including iZettle, King, Mojang, and Supercell, as well as some of the most respected enterprises in the world, such as IKEA, Nokia, Scania, and Telenor, depend on AWS to run their businesses, enabling them to be more agile and responsive to their customers. An AWS Region in Stockholm enables Swedish and Nordic customers, with local latency or data sovereignty requirements, to move the rest of their applications to AWS and enjoy cost and agility advantages across their entire application portfolio.”

This announcement has been welcomed by Sweden’s Innovation and Enterprise Minister, Mikael Damberg, describing the decision as good news for the country. “I am very happy to welcome AWS to Sweden. Their decision to establish a new region in our country is a recognition of Sweden’s competitive position within the European Union (EU), with the highest levels of renewable energy, in the power grid, in the EU, as well as a world leading digital infrastructure and IT industry,” said Mr Damberg. “The AWS investment in Sweden will strengthen our position in the global digital shift. For us, trade in a modern globalized economy is not only about goods, but also about services, sharing of knowledge, and the free flow of data.”

AWS has been steadily increasing its investment in the Nordics to serve its growing base of customers. In 2011, AWS opened a Point of Presence (PoP) in Stockholm to enable customers to serve content to their end users with low latency. In 2014 and 2015 respectively, AWS opened offices in Stockholm and Espoo, Finland. Today, AWS has teams of account managers, solutions architects, business developers, partner managers, professional services consultants, technology evangelists, start-up community developers, and more, helping customers of all sizes as they move to AWS. When launched, the AWS EU (Stockholm) Region will enable organizations to provide even lower latency to end users across the Nordics. Additionally, local AWS customers with data sovereignty requirements will be able to store their data in Sweden with the assurance that their content will not move unless they move it.

Organizations across the Nordics – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden – have been increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to AWS. Hot Nordic startups like Bambora, iZettle, Quinyx, Tidal, Tink, Tradeshift, Trustpilot, and Vivino, as well as leading gaming firms like King, Mojang, and Supercell have built their businesses on top of AWS, enabling them to scale rapidly and expand their geographic reach in minutes. Enterprises in the Nordics, like ASSA ABLOY, Finnair, F-Secure, Gelato, Husqvarna, IKEA, Kesko, Modern Times Group, Nokia, Sanoma, Scania, Schibstedt, Telenor, Wärtsilä, WirelessCar (Volvo), WOW Air, and Yleisradio (Yle), are also using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and speed time-to-market.

One Nordic enterprise that is using AWS to innovate is ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, with over 47,000 employees and annual sales of USD $8.3 billion worldwide. The company’s hospitality division is using AWS to power their Mobile Access solution, allowing hotels to offer their guests the ability to check-in via mobile phone and to use their device as their room key. “AWS has been critical to our ability to innovate and quickly develop new solutions for our customers,” said Jan Hedström, Cloud Operations Manager at ASSA ABLOY. “With AWS, we have been able to develop and test new business ideas the same day they come up, allowing the project teams to build fruitful partnerships with internal stakeholders, such as business owners and project managers. This also allows us to bring new services, such as our Mobile Access solution, to customers worldwide, such as major hotel chains, who are using the solution to enhance their guests’ stay.”

Another well-known Nordic enterprise using AWS to transform their organization is Scania, a world leading manufacturer of heavy vehicles.Scania has a long history of research and development and is bringing advanced technologies to their trucks, buses, coaches, and engines to help them reach their goal of becoming the leader in sustainable transport solutions. Scania is training hundreds of their employees on the latest AWS technologies, enabling them to develop and build reliable, secure, and scalable solutions quickly. Scania is now planning to use AWS for their connected vehicle systems, allowing truck owners to track their vehicles, collect real-time running data, and run diagnostics to understand when maintenance is needed, reducing vehicle downtime. ”In a connected world, a flexible, scalable, and reliable cloud infrastructure, such as what we get from AWS, is critical for our ability to develop, experiment, innovate, and stay ahead of the competition,” said Michael Müller, Director Infrastructure Services, at Scania. “For us, cloud is more than a technology, it is a fundamental part of our strategy moving forward. Through connectivity, powered by the cloud, we can enhance vehicle performance and customer profitability. This makes AWS much more than just a service provider, they are an important business partner supporting our future growth.”

WirelessCar, part of the Volvo Group, is a Swedish company using AWS to innovate quickly. WirelessCar connects two million vehicles in more than 35 countries. It moved its delivery engine, a test environment for WirelessCar software, from its on-premises data center to AWS. WirelessCar delivers global, high quality, and secure services, that enable vehicles to respond to remote user commands, intelligently plot routes, and communicate with the manufacturer about service requirements. “We run our entire delivery engine on AWS, from test and development through to deployment,” said Martin Rosell, Managing Director at WirelessCar. “Using AWS we are able to provide our developers with a more flexible, agile, and scalable platform. Before moving to AWS we added major features only a few times per year. Now, we are able to add features on-demand and in continuous deployment mode. This rapid pace of innovation has allowed us to scale our business according to customer needs and has also brought greater transparency to our operations. With AWS’s pay-as-you go pricing, we will be able to work out the precise cost of each of our services and make better, more informed business decisions as a result.”

As well as innovative enterprises, many of the most well-known and fastest growing startups in the Nordics are using AWS to build and rapidly expand their businesses around the world. One former startup which is now a leading mobile gaming company, Finland-based Supercell, used AWS to run their business from day one. Supercell is ‘all-in’ on AWS and their games – Boom Beach, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Hay Day – make use of almost every service available on AWS and attract more than 100-million players on iOS and Android devices every day. “Using AWS we have been able to focus our resources on improving the gaming experience for our players, instead of wasting time on procuring and maintaining the infrastructure,” said Sami Yliharju, Head of IT Infrastructure at Supercell. “Our games generate about five terabytes of log data every day, which we analyze to better understand player behavior and improve the game experience. This would be very hard to maintain with an on-premises setup, especially as we have seen explosive growth. With AWS doing the heavy-lifting, we have been able to iterate faster to quickly and seamlessly deliver new games and features to our millions of users around the world.”

Trustpilot, another Nordic startup, leveraged AWS to expand its business globally. The company provides over 150,000 e-commerce businesses, across 24 countries, with TrustScores. A TrustScore is a consumer rating that is based on more than 27 million online reviews. “Trustpilot chose to go ‘all-in’ on AWS from day one to enable us to support our rapid growth,” said Rudy Martin, VP of Operations at Trustpilot, which serves over 1.6 billion website impressions per month. “Retail is a seasonal business which experiences peaks during the holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, and when there are special events, such as Black Friday sales. These peaks are reflected in the increased demand for reviews to help the consumer make an informed purchasing decision. AWS enables us to easily scale our infrastructure to manage these peaks in traffic, which can sometimes exceed 250 percent of our usual daily traffic load.”

In addition to established enterprises and rapidly growing start-ups, AWS also has a vibrant ecosystem in the Nordics, including partners that have built cloud practices and innovative technology solutions on AWS. AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partners in the Nordics helping customers to migrate to the cloud include Accenture, Capgemini, Crayon Group, CSC, Cybercom, Dashsoft, Enfo Group, Evry, Jayway, Nordcloud, Proact IT Group, Solita, Tieto, Wipro, and many others. Among the APN Technology Partners and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in the Nordics using AWS to deliver their software to customers around the world include Basware, eBuilder, F-Secure, Queue-it, Xstream, and many others. For the full list of the members of the AWS Partner Network, please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/partners/

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Build and Host Most Alexa Skills For Free Using Amazon Web Services

  • New program offers AWS promotional credits for developers to put toward their Alexa skill
  • Tens of thousands of developers already building skills for Alexa

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today (Mar. 15, 2017) announced a new program that will make it free for tens of thousands of Alexa developers to build and host most Alexa skills using Amazon Web Services (AWS). Many Alexa skill developers currently take advantage of the AWS Free Tier, which offers one million AWS Lambda requests and up to 750 hours of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) compute time per month at no charge. However, if developers exceed the AWS Free Tier limits, they may incur AWS usage charges each month.

Now, developers with a published Alexa skill can apply to receive a $100 AWS promotional credit and can also receive an additional $100 per month in AWS promotional credits if they incur AWS usage charges for their skill – making it free for developers to build and host most Alexa skills.

“There is already a large community of incredibly engaged developers building skills for Alexa,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, AmazonAlexa. “Today, we’re excited to announce a new program that will free up developers to create more robust and unique skills that can take advantage of AWS services. We can’t wait to see what developers create for Alexa.”

Hurricane Center, an Alexa skill that provides the latest storm information based on data from governmental agencies, uses AWS Lambda. “The customer response to Hurricane Center has been incredibly positive, and Alexa has offered us an entirely new way to deliver the latest in weather and storm information,” said Terren Peterson, Hurricane Center’s developer and an experienced technology executive. “Now, if my skill sees extensive use during hurricane season, I can be assured that those scalable costs will be covered with this new program. It puts my mind at ease and allows me to help more individuals be prepared for storms.”

Ryan Kroonenburg is a UK-based Solutions Architect and the founder of A Cloud Guru, a training community on AWS, which just introduced courses on creating Alexa skills. “Developers already know that building for Alexa is free using AWS Free Tier with AWS Lambda, but what they can’t plan for is how successful their skill will be,” said Ryan Kroonenburg. “This program not only allows developers to create robust skills that use AWS services like Amazon DynamoDB without worrying about costs, but also ensures that popular skills that hit more than 1 million calls per month are cost effective to maintain. It’s a big benefit for the Alexa skill developer community.”

Darian Johnson, a technology consultant and Alexa skill developer, uses AWS Lambda and Amazon DynamoDB for his Alexa skill, Virtual Librarian, which provides reading recommendations based on bestseller lists, award nominations, and user reviews. The skill won Most Useful API Mashup in a recent Hackster.io contest. “AWS services, like Amazon DynamoDB, have allowed me to create more robust skill experiences,” said Darian Johnson. “Now that I’m able to freely create and scale skills, and have the peace of mind that I’m covered if my skill takes off, I’m motivated to see what next big skill I can create.”

Developers can visit developer.amazon.com/alexa to apply for this program and learn more about building and hosting skills using the Alexa Skills Kit and AWS.

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Amazon Web Services announces new unified communications service, Amazon Chime

  • New unified communications service delivers frustration-free meetings with exceptional video and audio quality
  • Brooks Brothers, Level 3, and Vonage among the early users and partners

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today (Feb. 14, 2017) announced Amazon Chime, a new unified communications service that makes meetings easier and more efficient than ever before. With Amazon Chime, customers can start high-quality video and audio meetings with one-click, allowing customers to host or join a meeting, chat, and share content and screens with a seamless, synchronized experience across desktops, iOS, and Android devices. To get started with Amazon Chime, visit https://chime.aws.

In a world where meeting attendees are often not in the same city, much less the same office building, unified communications has become increasingly more important. Arguably the most prevalent form of unified communications is meetings. Most meetings solutions are disappointing. They’re clunky and hard to use, the video is grainy and disconnects frequently, the audio quality is poor, there’s constant background noise and it’s impossible to know who’s causing it, they require long PINs to enter and join a call, and have second-rate mobile features and apps. Further, most are only good at one thing (e.g. voice calls, video conferencing, screen sharing, or instant messaging), so users often have to toggle between several different tools, none of which really solve their problem.

Amazon Chime takes frustration out of meetings, delivering very high quality video, voice, chat, and screen sharing. Amazon Chime calls all participants when a meeting starts so joining a meeting is as easy as clicking a button in the app, no PIN required. When there’s noise on calls (think about how often somebody has to say things like “could you please stop typing so close to the speaker”) or somebody joins or drops mid-call, there’s no longer mystery who it is as Amazon Chime shows a visual roster of all attendees. And, any attendee has the power to put an end to background noise by muting any noisy line. Amazon Chime offers strong mobile and desktop apps, and keeps meetings and chats synchronized across devices, so users can join meetings from anywhere via Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows apps (and seamlessly switch from mobile to desktop, or app to app whenever needed). Amazon Chime can be integrated with existing corporate directories, and provides IT administrators the ability to manage identities and control access across an organization. Amazon Chime requires no upfront investments, complicated deployment, or ongoing maintenance – customers can simply download the application and get started using the service in minutes. And Amazon Chime is one-third the cost of traditional solutions.

“It’s pretty hard to find people who actually like the technology they use for meetings today. Most meeting applications or services are hard to use, deliver bad audio and video, require constant switching between multiple tools to do everything they want, and are way too expensive,” said Gene Farrell, Vice President, Enterprise Applications, AWS. “Amazon Chime delivers frustration-free meetings, allowing users to be productive from anywhere. And with no ongoing maintenance or management fees, Amazon Chime is a great choice for companies that are looking for a solution to meetings that their employees will love to use.”

Amazon Chime offers the following benefits:

  • Like being in the same room, even when miles apart: Amazon Chime uses noise-cancelling wideband audio to deliver high-quality audio and crisp, clear HD video to make it easier to have real conversations in a meeting. And with Amazon Chime, video works great across all user devices and many conference room video systems with no upgrades required.
  • On-time meetings that can be joined with a single-click: Dialing into meetings has never been easier. Instead of trying to type in those hard-to-remember multi-digit pins, Amazon Chime calls participants when it is time for the meeting to start and lets them join with a single-click. And, those who are running behind can tap a “running late” button to automatically notify everyone in the meeting.
  • The end of “who just joined?”: Once in the meeting, Amazon Chime provides a visual roster that allows users to see exactly who has joined, who is running late, and who can’t make it. It also allows everyone to see who is talking or where background noise is coming from – no more barking dogs or loud typists – and anyone on the call can easily mute that participant.
  • Work from anywhere: Amazon Chime was built for mobile use from day one. With easy-to-use apps for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows, Amazon Chime keeps meetings and chats synchronized across devices, and users can join meetings from any device and easily switch devices – even in the middle of a meeting.
  • Sharing made easy: Amazon Chime makes it easy to collaborate. When in a meeting, anyone can share their screen, instantly, without asking a host to “pass the ball,” or jump to a different application. For ongoing collaboration outside of meetings, Amazon Chime offers chat rooms that allow people to work together in a single place, securely storing chat history and files for ongoing reference.

Founded in New York in 1818, Brooks Brothers is one of America’s oldest brands and a leading global retailer of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. “Historically, we used a number of unified communications applications inside Brooks Brothers for meetings, calls, and chat,” said Phillip Miller, Director of IT, Brooks Brothers. “We normally have to proactively push adoption for new tools to employees, but after starting a pilot of Amazon Chime, we quickly saw interest grow, with internal adoption now reaching 90 percent of our corporate staff without any formal rollout or training. With Amazon Chime, our users get a single application for their communications needs that works on all their devices, and now that it’s available we plan to begin retiring the multiple legacy applications we’ve been using.”

With 20 years of experience in e-commerce and consumer analytics, Connexity provides the necessary insights for marketers to build stronger relationships with their customers. “With teams located all over the world, staying connected is a challenge,” said Chris Hemphill, VP of IT, Connexity. “We needed a single communications solution for one on one meetings, brainstorming sessions, and our cross-company daily stand ups with our engineering teams. With Amazon Chime, our employees can do all this from a single app on any of their devices. The video capabilities in Amazon Chime, integrated with our conference room video system, have made our daily stand up meetings more productive. Amazon Chime helps to keep our geographically dispersed teams connected, and is integral to our communications strategy.”

Headquartered in Fremont, California, Soraa uses a patented technology to produce highly efficient LED lamps and light engines. “Soraa is a highly collaborative company, and we rely on technology to help us work together,” said Todd Antes, Senior VP of Marketing, Soraa. “We needed to replace our traditional online meetings solution, which was limited and expensive, and difficult to use. We chose Amazon Chime, which we use for online meetings, video conferencing, and screen sharing. Amazon Chime has transformed our online meetings, our employees can be productive from wherever they are, and the application works seamlessly across their devices. Amazon Chime has allowed us to save as much as 65% over our previous solution, and is now the standard at Soraa.”

Partner Support

Amazon Chime will soon be available through APN partners Level 3 and Vonage. With availability scheduled for the second quarter of 2017, Level 3 will add Amazon Chime to its suite of unified communications and collaboration solutions, providing enterprises with another powerful solution to help simplify and enhance communications. Also scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2017, Vonage will provide Amazon Chime Pro Edition to its business customers at no additional cost, delivering a richer conferencing, video, and collaboration experience integrated with Vonage’s full range of unified communications solutions that are backed by the quality, strength, and reliability of the Vonagenetwork.

Level 3 Communications, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national, and global communications provider that delivers communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. “Enterprises rely on the cloud to stay nimble and competitive in the digital economy. They need communication and collaboration tools, like Amazon Chime, that can break down organizational silos, and evolve with the business,” said Anthony Christie, Chief Marketing Officer, Level 3. “With Amazon Chime, delivered by Level 3, our customers have a clear advantage. They’ll have access to an agile collaboration platform, powered by AWS, with the reliability and security of Level 3’s global network. Level 3’s consultative end-to-end support model is designed to simplify the move to the cloud.”

Vonage is a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses. “Vonage is excited to be a launch partner for AWS to bring Amazon Chime to our business customers,” said Alan Masarek, Chief Executive Officer, Vonage. “By providing Amazon Chime to Vonagebusiness customers at no additional cost, they will now have access to Amazon Chime’s innovative, easy-to-use web-conferencing and collaboration suite, which is a perfect complement to Vonage’s robust portfolio of unified communications solutions for greater mobility, flexibility, and workplace productivity.”

Amazon Chime is now available in three versions. Amazon Chime Basic Edition is free and lets users attend meetings, call another person using voice or video, and use Amazon Chime’s messaging and chat capabilities. Amazon Chime Plus Edition adds user management, such as the ability to manage an entire e-mail domain, disable accounts, or configure Active Directory, as well as 1GB per user of message retention – all for $2.50 per user, per month. Amazon Chime Pro Edition adds the ability to host meetings with screen sharing and video for up to 100 users and also includes support for mobile, laptop, and in-room video along with unlimited VoIP support – all for $15 per user, per month.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Amazon Web Services becomes public cloud infrastructure provider for Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today (Feb. 8, 2017) announced that Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), the world’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company, has selected AWS as its public cloud infrastructure provider and is moving its global IT infrastructure to the AWS Cloud. AWS will help Live Nation reliably and securely scale its IT infrastructure for future growth across Ticketmaster and Corporate IT, as well as select parts of its Festival business. Live Nation currently produces more than 26,000 live events per year around the world, including more than 80 festivals, and operates more than 150 venues.

Live Nation’s Ticketmaster division will use AWS to scale with the rapid growth in its global ticketing business, which currently receives 80 million visits per month – 60 percent from mobile devices – and results in 530 million ticket transactions per year. The Ticketmaster websites will be migrated to AWS and will use AWS Lambda, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon Aurora, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) to simplify management of large-scale databases and for storage of logs and static content. Additionally, by moving Corporate IT to AWS, Live Nation will reduce costs and gain the flexibility to focus on more strategic initiatives. Live Nation Corporate IT will leverage Amazon S3 for storage of data for disaster recovery, Amazon WorkSpaces for fully managed desktop computing services, and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Redshift for application hosting workloads.

“We have been working closely with the AWS team, and we are impressed with the superior security, performance, and reliability of their products,” said David Huckabay, CIO, Live Nation. “We look forward to the positive impact that going all-in on the AWS Cloud will have on our IT infrastructure across our key business divisions.”

“Increasingly, enterprises around the world are deploying their critical workloads on AWS and going all-in so they can refocus on serving their customers best,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “We’re truly excited for Live Nation’s adoption of AWS, which will allow them to quickly and easily scale, reduce costs, improve security, and increase agility for even their most critical workloads.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), or Live Nation, is the world’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.investors.livenationentertainment.com.

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Amazon Web Services selected as Capital One’s predominant cloud infrastructure provider

Capital One continues to take a cloud-first approach by migrating core business and customer applications to AWS over the next five years

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today (Nov. 29, 2016) announced that Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) has selected AWS as its predominant cloud infrastructure provider. Capital One is one of the country’s leading financial institutions and recently ranked #1 on the Information Week Elite 100 list of the country’s most innovative users of business technology. Over the next five years, Capital One will continue to migrate many core business and customer applications to AWS as part of its commitment to delivering great digital experiences to its tens of millions of customers.

“Technology is going to play a central role in the future of banking as we move toward an experience that is real-time, digital-first, and that anticipates customer needs. The AWS Cloud enables fast, efficient development and deployment of software and allows our teams to focus on what we do best – building great software and delivering innovative experiences to our customers,” said Rob Alexander, CIO, Capital One. “We’re taking a cloud-first approach to development with AWS as our predominant cloud infrastructure provider.”

“Cloud has become the new normal even for the most highly regulated, data-sensitive organizations like those in the financial services industry. Such organizations are making the cloud a core part of their central IT operations and digital transformation efforts to take advantage of the security, reliability, and broad functionality of the AWS Cloud,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Sales at AWS. “As a leading financial services institution, Capital One is embracing cutting-edge technology, like the AWS Cloud, to innovate in an industry that has great potential to benefit from technology transformation.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $226.0 billion in deposits and $345.1 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2016. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

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Amazon Web Services launches new AWS Partner Network (APN) programs and Competencies

  • AWS Announces New Programs, Competencies, and Tools to Support Growing AWS Partner Network
  • AWS introduces three new partner programs providing tools, training, and benefits to support and distinguish partners in Service Delivery, Public Sector, and VMware Cloud™ on AWS
  • Newest AWS Competencies recognize APN partners specializing in Financial Services and IoT
  • New AWS Partner Solutions Finder website helps customers easily search for and connect with APN Partners
  • AWS Marketplace now features more than 3,500 software listings from over 1,100 ISVs

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 29, 2016) at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced three new AWS Partner Network (APN) programs – the AWS Service Delivery Program, the APN Public Sector Partner Program, and the VMware Cloud™ on AWS Partner Program – that will support and differentiate APN partners who provide solutions and expertise for specific services, workloads, and industry verticals. AWS also launched two new AWS Competencies that enable and promote partners who have demonstrated proven success in Financial Services and Internet of Things (IoT). To help customers more easily find the right partner and solution for their specific business needs, AWS launched the APN Partner Solutions Finder, a new website where customers can search for, discover, and connect with APN Partners. AWS also announced that the AWS Marketplace has grown to more than 3,500 listings from 1,100 independent software vendors (ISVs) across 35 different categories, enabling customers to easily purchase and deploy even more software that is pre-configured for the AWS Cloud. For more information, visit http://aws.amazon.com/partners.

AWS customers across regions and industries turn to APN Partners for specialized technology and expertise that helps them solve a diverse set of business challenges and get the most out of the expanding range of AWS services. With 60 percent of APN Partners headquartered outside of the U.S., customers around the globe can find the tools and services they need to take full advantage of the AWS Cloud. More than 10,000 new partners have joined the APN in the past 12 months, offering customers an ever-expanding selection of software solutions hosted on, or integrated with, AWS. And, thousands of new APN Consulting Partners are available to help design, architect, build, migrate, and manage customer workloads and applications. AWS customers also continue to turn to AWS Marketplace for their software needs, and today customers around the world are using over 300 million hours a month of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to run AWS Marketplace products.

“There’s never been a better time to be an APN Partner. Customers are turning to the AWS Cloud to address an increasingly broad set of needs across their organizations, which translates to business opportunities for the APN partners that help them achieve their goals,” said Dorothy Copeland, General Manager, Global Partner Programs, AWS. “This is why we continue to invest in programs that help APN Partners differentiate based on the specialized value they provide to customers. AWS Competencies and other APN distinctions help customers know that an APN Partner can deliver the right expertise, solution, or technology for the job.”

New APN programs for Service Delivery, Public Sector Partners, and VMware Cloud on AWS

Today, AWS is introducing three new programs that provide tools, training, and benefits to qualified APN Partners, and help distinguish them based on specialized expertise:

  • The AWS Service Delivery Program: Identifies APN Consulting and Technology Partners that have passed technical reviews, and have a validated track record of customer success with a specific AWS service. For example, a customer planning to use Amazon Redshift can look to partners that have earned Amazon Redshift Partner status to provide tested and validated expertise or solutions. At launch, the AWS Services Delivery Program has over 150 APN Partner solutions and practices validated across 15 categories, including Amazon Alexa, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, Amazon Redshift, AWS CloudFront, AWS Config, AWS Database Migration Service, AWS GovCloud (US) workloads, AWS Lambda, and AWS WAF.
  • The AWS Public Sector Partner Program: Designed for APN Partners with solutions and experience to help deliver government, education, and nonprofit customer missions around the world leveraging the AWS Cloud. With more than 350 partners at launch, the program helps qualified APN Partners build and accelerate their AWS Public Sector business.
  • The VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program: In October, VMware and AWS announced a strategic alliance to build and deliver a seamlessly integrated hybrid offering that will give customers the full software-defined data center (SDDC) experience from the leader in the private cloud, running on the world’s most popular, trusted, and robust public cloud. VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service that leverages AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services. Launching in 2017, the VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program will focus on supporting customers as they deploy and operate VMware Cloud on AWS.

New IoT and Financial Services Competencies Launch Today

The AWS Competency Program highlights APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas. With these additions, the AWS Competency Program now covers 16 different workloads and verticals.

  • The AWS Financial Services Competency: Recognizes APN Consulting and Technology partners that have demonstrated industry expertise and offer solutions for customers in banking and payments, capital markets, and insurance. APN Partners with the AWS Financial Services Competency include: 2nd Watch, Accenture, Avoka, Calypso, Capgemini, Cloud Technology Partners, Cloudreach, Cognizant, Corezoid, EIS Group, FICO, FIS-Prophet, Guidewire, IHS Markit, Infosys, Mambu, Moven, NICE Systems, REAN Cloud, Sopra Steria, and Wipro.
  • The AWS IoT Competency: Showcases APN Consulting and Technology Partners that provide proven technology and implementation capabilities for a variety of IoT use cases, including intelligent factories, smart cities, energy, automotive, transportation, and healthcare. APN Partners with the AWS IoT Competency include: Accenture, Amdocs, Aricent, Asavie, Bsquare Corporation, C3 IoT, Cloud Technology Partners, Eseye, Intel, Luxoft, MachineShop, Microchip Technology, Mobiquity, PTC, Solstice, SORACOM, Splunk, Sturdy Networks, Thinglogix, and Trek10.

AWS Partner Solutions Finder helps customers connect with the right APN Partners

Customers often ask where to go when looking for a partner that can help design, migrate, manage, and optimize their workloads on AWS, or for partner-built tools that can help them achieve their goals. The AWS Partner Solutions Finder provides customers with a website where they can easily search, discover, and connect with trusted APN Technology and Consulting Partners based on their business needs. Customers can easily search AWS-vetted partner profiles based on criteria such as location, industry, use case, and products. The AWS Partner Solutions Finder helps customers quickly identify authorized AWS Resellers or validated AWS Managed Service Providers, and find APN Partners who hold specific AWS Competencies and AWS Service Delivery Program distinctions.

AWS Marketplace continues rapid growth

AWS Marketplace provides a way for customers around the globe to find, buy, and immediately start using software that runs on AWS by simplifying licensing, purchasing, and deployment of software to the AWS Cloud. AWS Marketplace has added more than a thousand new listings and over 300 new ISVs in the last year, bringing the total to more than 3,500 software listings from over 1,100 ISVs. More than 100,000 active customers rely on AWS Marketplace to take the heavy lifting out of finding, procuring, and deploying third-party software, and with the recent launch of SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, it’s now easier than ever for AWS customers to start using third-party SaaS and API products and pay for it all through their existing AWS bill. SaaS Subscriptions are currently available for more than 40 solutions on AWS Marketplace, from ISVs such as Acumatica, Avalara, Datadog, New Relic, Sumo Logic, Trend Micro, and many more.

For further details on APN programs, benefits, and terms, see http://aws.amazon.com/partners/programs/.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Amazon Web Services announces five new solar farms across the Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Amazon Web Services kicks off five new solar projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia for a grand total of six solar farms in the state and 10 renewable energy projects globally
  • By supporting 260MW of solar generation capacity in Virginia, Amazon becomes the largest corporate backer of solar projects east of the Mississippi River

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today (Nov. 17, 2016) announced five new solar farms across the Commonwealth of Virginia that will bring a total of 180 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity onto the grid before the end of 2017. Amazon Solar Farm US East 2, Amazon Solar Farm US East 3, Amazon Solar Farm US East 4, and Amazon Solar Farm US East 5 are four individual facilities, each with a capacity of 20MW, located in New Kent, Buckingham, Sussex, and Powhatan counties respectively. Amazon Solar Farm US East 6 is a 100MW facility in Southampton County, Virginia. These five new solar farms join the company’s existing project, Amazon Solar Farm US East, an 80MW facility in Accomack County, Virginia which is already in production. Amazon worked with developers Virginia Solar LLC and Community Energy Solar on the projects, and will further collaborate with an affiliate of Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D) to own and operate the solar farms long term. Combined, the six solar farms are expected to generate more than 580,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy annually, making Amazon in its support of the AWS Cloud the largest corporate backer of solar projects east of the Mississippi River. For more information, go to https://aws.amazon.com/sustainability.

To date, AWS has enabled 10 renewable energy projects in the United States that will deliver a grand total of 2.6 million MWh of energy annually onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions – enough to power almost 240,000 homes. The projects that are currently producing energy include the 150MW Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge in Indiana and the 80MW Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia. The 208MW Amazon Wind Farm US East in North Carolina is on track to begin generating electricity by the end of 2016. In addition to Amazon Solar Farms US East 2 – 6, other projects that will be in production prior to the end of 2017 include the 100MW Amazon Wind Farm US Central and the 189MW Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2 in Ohio.

AWS continues to make progress toward its long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud with 100 percent renewable energy. Last month, AWS announced it expects to exceed its 2016 goal of 40 percent renewable energy by the end of this year and set a new, near-term goal to be powered by 50 percent renewable energy by the end of 2017. AWS is pursuing a number of initiatives to achieve these goals including enabling renewable energy projects, ongoing innovation in its facilities and equipment to increase energy efficiency, and advocating at the federal and state levels for policies aimed at creating a favorable renewable energy environment, such as the bipartisan HB 1305 in Virginia that incentivizes investment in utility-scale solar energy projects.

“We continue to ramp our sustainability efforts in areas where availability of renewable energy sources is low or proposed projects are stalled, and where the energy contribution goes onto the same electric grid that powers AWS data centers,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, Infrastructure, AWS. “By enabling 10 utility scale renewable projects in the US to date, we are well positioned to meet our latest goal of 50 percent renewable energy powering the AWS global infrastructure by the end of 2017. That said, we are nowhere near done. We will continue to make progress toward our 100 percent goal and have many exciting initiatives planned.”

“Solar energy is a central part of the comprehensive renewable energy approach Virginia needs to keep costs low for businesses, families, and taxpayers as we build a new Virginia economy,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “I applaud Dominion and Amazon for collaborating in a way that will benefit our economy, our energy mix and our environment. We will continue to support collaborations and innovative approaches to bring low-cost, renewable energy to all corners of the Commonwealth.”

“The expansion of Dominion’s alliance with Amazon is great for Dominion, AWS, and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. “It helps meet AWS’s renewable needs, it expands Virginia’s clean electric generation fleet, and it creates economic development opportunities in largely rural communities.”

Beyond the sustainability initiatives focused on powering the AWS global infrastructure, Amazon is pursuing several other clean energy and energy efficiency activities across the company. Examples of other projects include Amazon Wind Farm Texas – a 253MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas – green rooftops, and the District Energy Project that uses recycled energy for heating Amazon offices in Seattle. For more information on Amazon’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

About Virginia Solar

Virginia Solar is a Richmond, Virginia based developer of utility scale solar projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Solar’s principals have extensive track records in developing and installing thousands of MWs of renewable energy projects throughout the US. This includes the Scott Solar 17MW solar project located in Powhatan Virginia, currently under construction and expected to go online this year. For more information, visit http://www.vasolarllc.com/.

About Community Energy

Since its inception in 1999, Community Energy has developed more than 1,500 megawatts of solar and wind power. With long experience in utility energy marketing, the Company leads the markets in new financing structures, development expertise, and delivery of projects in new markets under new policies, all within its mission to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy at scale. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania and offices in Boulder, Colorado, Community Energy has a strong presence in both eastern and western renewable energy markets. For more information about Community Energy, please visit www.communityenergysolar.com.

About Dominion

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,000 megawatts of generation, 14,400 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.

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Amazon Web Services: customers can now subscribe to SaaS applications directly through AWS Marketplace

Customers can now subscribe to SaaS applications and APIs from a growing list of more than 20 ISVs directly through their AWS account

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today (Nov. 16, 2016) announced that customers can now subscribe to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications directly through AWS Marketplace. With SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, customers can start using third-party SaaS and Application Programming Interface (API) products with just a few clicks, and pay through their existing AWS bill. Customers can now subscribe to SaaS products and APIs from Alert Logic, Aspera, Avalara, Bitium, Cloudinary, Cloudyn, Datadog, Datapath, Dome9 Security, Druva, Dynatrace, HERE, NetApp, New Relic, Pitney Bowes, Qubole, Signiant, Solano Labs, Solodev, Sumo Logic, and Trend Micro, with new independent software vendors (ISVs) to be added regularly. To get started with SaaS Subscriptions for AWS Marketplace, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/saas.

AWS Marketplace features more than 3,500 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, and over 100,000 active customers around the globe rely on it to find, buy, and immediately start using software that runs on AWS. AWS Marketplace already offers more than 800 SaaS and API listings. Now, ISVs can let AWS handle the metering and billing when customers purchase these products. With a flexible range of metering dimensions, ISVs can give customers options to pay in ways that best suit their needs. Deploying applications is simple, so customers can get SaaS applications up and running more quickly and get the security and scalability benefits of software built on AWS without having to manage the infrastructure it runs on.

With SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, customers who use dozens of SaaS products across their organizations can manage all of the procurement, subscriptions, and payments in a single place, avoiding the hassle of dealing with separate bills from multiple ISVs. Customers get a single monthly bill that includes their SaaS usage charges along with charges for the other AWS Marketplace products and AWS services they use. Wider and easier access to SaaS products helps customers focus squarely on what differentiates their business, with less time and effort spent managing applications, infrastructure, procurement, and billing.

“Customers rely on AWS Marketplace to take the heavy lifting out of procuring and deploying the software and services they need to run their business. As SaaS becomes a strong preference for certain types of applications, customers have asked us whether we can make it as easy to find, subscribe to, and manage their favorite SaaS solutions as it is to buy traditional software on AWS Marketplace,” said Dave McCann, Vice President, AWS Marketplace and Catalog Services, Amazon Web Services. “No other cloud infrastructure marketplace has a combination of broad SaaS selection and a production API and SDK that enables software vendors to deliver unified metering and billing for their SaaS products with such a wide range of metering options. We’ve focused on making this as simple and flexible as possible for ISVs, which will result in deep and broad choice for our customers. With SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, we’re making it easier than ever for customers to get the applications they want in one place, with one bill.”

Previously, ISVs that wanted to deliver a SaaS application to AWS customers needed to build their own metering and billing system, or purchase and integrate a third-party billing product. With SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, ISVs can integrate their usage charges with a customer’s existing AWS bill through a new API, removing the need to build and maintain their own billing platform. This allows ISVs to focus on their products without diverting resources for billing, and can drive faster sales cycles with a streamlined purchasing experience.

“The design of the API and SDK that AWS Marketplace has delivered is powerful in its simplicity, scalability and flexibility,” said Adam Boyle, Head of Product Management, Deep Security, Trend Micro. “Our customers only want to pay for what they use, and this allows us to address that by providing a level of flexibility around a single consumption-based pricing model for both software and SaaS metering that we haven’t found in combination, anywhere else. It also reduces the work for us as a SaaS vendor—it only took a couple of developers a few weeks of engineering work to integrate and launch. We haven’t seen this kind of easy yet flexible approach for both software and SaaS from any other cloud provider.”

“We want to reengineer and simplify our software procurement and deployment experience for our engineering teams and our business users,” said Adam P. Japhet, Head of Technology Services Architecture and Design, Scholastic. “Like many enterprises, we have a portfolio of hundreds of different software subscriptions and entitlements that we have to manage internally. We asked the AWS Marketplace team to enable SaaS subscriptions so that we may subscribe to and consume software products more rapidly, using pay-by-usage metering and our existing AWS invoice terms. This new capability will provide increased transparency and accountability on software subscription and entitlement usage as they become part of our AWS invoice. We look forward to our current supplier portfolio embracing this new feature, and to discovering new offerings on AWS Marketplace we were previously unaware of.”

“New Relic’s recently launched Infrastructure product is designed to provide better visibility into cloud and hybrid architectures with a specific focus on expanded monitoring capabilities for AWS products, so it was important for us to deliver a frictionless buying experience for AWS customers,” said Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, President, New Relic. “We were able to quickly support SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, which allows our mutual customers to get up and running immediately with flexible cloud pricing on a single bill.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Amazon Web Services: Amazon QuickSight now available to all customers

  • Very fast, easy-to-use, cloud-powered business analytics service for one-tenth the cost of traditional BI solutions
  • Infor, MLB Advanced Media, and Edmunds.com among the more than 1,500 preview customers using Amazon QuickSight

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today (Nov. 15, 2016) announced that Amazon QuickSight is now available to all customers. Amazon QuickSight makes it easy for all employees within a company – regardless of their technical skill – to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data. More than 1,500 AWS customers, including global enterprises and startups from a range of industries, have been using Amazon QuickSight during its preview. These customers have experienced how seamlessly Amazon QuickSight connects to AWS and non-AWS data sources, and how fast the query performance is for its robust Super-fast, Parallel, In-Memory Calculation Engine (called SPICE). Pricing for Amazon QuickSight starts at $9.00 per user, per month – one-tenth the cost of traditional BI solutions – so customers of all sizes can make rich business analytics functionality available to all of their employees. To get started with Amazon QuickSight, visit https://quicksight.aws

The volume of data businesses create and process is growing every day. To get the most value out of this data, customers need to make it easy for all employees, regardless of their technical skill, to analyze data and share insights with others to drive decisions. However, the cost and complexity of traditional BI solutions prohibit most companies from making analytics ubiquitous across their organizations because these solutions require investments in costly on-premises hardware and software, weeks or months of data engineering time to build complex data models, and ongoing investments in additional infrastructure to maintain fast query performance as data sets grow. Amazon QuickSight is built from the ground up to solve these problems by bringing the scale and flexibility of the AWS Cloud to business analytics. Getting started with Amazon QuickSight is simple and fast. Customers simply log in to Amazon QuickSight, and Amazon QuickSight automatically discovers their data stored in AWS services such as Amazon Redshift, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Amazon QuickSight also connects to third-party data sources such as Microsoft Excel or Salesforce.com. Amazon QuickSight formats the data and moves it to SPICE so it can be visualized in Amazon QuickSight, and customers can choose to keep the data in SPICE up-to-date as the data in the underlying sources change.

“Amazon QuickSight makes business analytics much easier, more accessible, cost effective, and faster than ever before,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Database Services, Amazon Web Services. “Because so many companies store data in AWS, it’s very appealing to these customers that Amazon QuickSight can automatically discover their data in AWS, move it to SPICE, and return query results so quickly – all for one-tenth the cost of traditional BI solutions.”

Built from the ground up for the cloud, SPICE uses a combination of columnar storage, in-memory technologies enabled through the latest hardware innovations, and machine code generation to allow users to run interactive queries on large datasets and get rapid responses – even with thousands of users all simultaneously performing interactive analysis across a wide variety of AWS data sources. As users explore their data, Amazon QuickSight infers data types and relationships, issues optimal queries to extract relevant data, aggregates the results in the SPICE engine, and provides suggestions for the best possible visualizations of the data – from bar and line graphs to pie charts and scatter plots or heat maps and pivot tables.

MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) is a leader in digital media and content infrastructure, powering an ever-growing number of massively popular media and entertainment properties. “We have been using the preview version of Amazon QuickSight to get insights into our digital content business,” said Brandon SanGiovanni, Traffic Manager, MLBAM. “Amazon QuickSight and the SPICE engine allowed us to tear down and explore our data in a fraction of the time we expected, making it easy for us to tap into the value inside our data. Amazon QuickSight made it easy to slice and dice our data by simply pointing Amazon QuickSight to our AWS data sources. With just a few clicks, Amazon QuickSight provided us with a real-time, 360-degree view of our business without being constrained by pre-built dashboard and metrics, which allowed us to expand our use of data to make informed decisions regarding our products.”

Edmunds.com is a leader and one-stop resource for automotive information online, and provides everything from prices for new and used vehicles, vehicle reviews, and true cost of ownership to tips and advice for car purchases. “At Edmunds.com, we have large amounts of data generated every single day in AWS, from website clickstream logs, vehicle transaction and inventory data, and third party datasets to our server and infrastructure logs,” said, Ajit Zadgaonkar, Head of Cloud Infrastructure, Edmunds.com. “Today, we use various tools to generate reports for the entire organization. However, there’s an increasing need to equip our business users with the ability to do their own ad-hoc data discovery and analytics to complement our centralized reporting. We are excited that Amazon QuickSight supports this self-service use case very well. Now that it is generally available, we’re looking forward to giving access to Amazon QuickSight to all of our business users because of its ease-of-use, fast analytics, deep integration with AWS data sources, and affordable price point.”

Infor provides business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, to its more than 90,000 customers and 66 million cloud users. “We have been using Amazon QuickSight during preview to analyze large datasets from our customers and we are excited about the speed of SPICE and the ease of use of Amazon QuickSight,” said Steve Stahl, Senior BI Development Manager, Infor. “Amazon QuickSight’s SPICE engine is very fast and lets us quickly process these datasets and visualize the results while greatly simplifying integration with Amazon RDS and Amazon Redshift.”

Hotelbeds is a global distributor of accommodations serving more than 185 destination countries worldwide and more than 25 million room nights annually. “Hotelbeds’ platform that connects travel partners around the world is built on top of AWS and generates massive amounts of data every day, but our existing BI solution limits how we make these data and insights available to our business users,”said Miguel Iza, Head of Data and Analytics, Hotelbeds. “Amazon QuickSight is the ideal service to make this data available to our business users. After testing this new service in preview, we found Amazon QuickSight to offer great performance with its SPICE engine, and an easy-to-use user experience when it comes to analytics. Amazon QuickSight simplifies the way our users access their data, perform self-service analysis, and share insights with others. We plan to adopt Amazon QuickSight for our new data solutions and look forward to Amazon QuickSight democratizing business analytics in our company.”

Amazon QuickSight is free for one user and one GB of SPICE capacity. The Standard Edition of Amazon QuickSight starts at $9 per user per month, includes 10 GB of SPICE capacity, and is now available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months. The Enterprise Edition of Amazon QuickSight includes all Standard Edition features as well as support for Active Directory integration and encryption at rest and will be available in the coming weeks.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Amazon Web Services announces availability of the US East (Ohio) Region

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today (Oct. 17, 2016) announced the availability of the US East (Ohio) Region to customers looking to build their businesses and run applications on infrastructure on the AWS Cloud. Along with US East (N. Virginia), the US East (Ohio) Region provides low latency across the eastern and central United States (US). With this launch, AWS now provides 38 Availability Zones across 14 technology infrastructure regions globally. In the United States alone, AWS now has 16 Availability Zones across five regions. AWS has announced that another nine Availability Zones and four regions in Canada, the UK, France, and China are planned to come online in the coming months. Starting today, developers, startups, enterprises, government agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world can sign up and get started using the US East (Ohio) Region at: http://aws.amazon.com.

For more than a decade, AWS has changed the way organizations acquire technology infrastructure. AWS customers are not required to make any up-front financial or long-term commitments. They can turn capital expense into variable operating expense, scale quickly and seamlessly by adding or shedding resources at any time, get to market much more quickly with new and critical ideas, and free up scarce engineering resources from the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running backend infrastructure—all without sacrificing operational performance, reliability, or security. This has led to more than a million customers adopting the AWS Cloud in over 190 countries around the world.

“Our customers tell us that by running their applications in the AWS Cloud, they are able to move faster, operate more securely, and save substantial costs–all while leveraging the scale and performance of AWS,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, Infrastructure at AWS. “Now with five highly scalable regions across the United States, AWS customers have multiple options for providing US-based end users low-latency access to cloud applications, as well as the opportunity to architect a variety of inter-region backup and disaster recovery operations for even greater availability.”

The US East (Ohio) Region consists of three separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher reliability and fault tolerance. For customers looking for inter-region redundancy, the new AWS US East (Ohio) Region, in conjunction with the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and US West (N. California) Regions gives them flexibility to architect across multiple AWS Regions within the United States.

Recognizing that the AWS Cloud has become the new normal for companies of all sizes, and across all industries, to deploy their business-critical applications and drive increased agility, Ohio Governor John Kasich was quick to welcome the new AWS Region. In a video statement released by the Governor’s office, Kasich stated, “It’s clear that the world’s economy is moving to digital technologies and cloud computing. And Amazon Web Services’ commitment here demonstrates the leading role that we hope Ohio can play in that world. …Ohio is not just embracing the new knowledge economy, we’re also advancing the technologies on which that economy will thrive.”

Customers welcome the new AWS US East (Ohio) Region

Cardinal Health is a global integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospital systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories, and physician offices worldwide. Fuse by Cardinal Health focuses on technology and innovation to improve the future of health and wellness. “Fuse leverages services including Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EBS, and Elastic Load Balancing to more quickly market test ideas and deploy features to our customers,” said Michael Swartzbaugh, Director of Engineering for Fuse by Cardinal Health. “AWS is a market leader in cloud solutions and enables us to use agile methodologies to drive our innovations and platforms. At Fuse, we are able to quickly execute on our IT journey by using the AWS Cloud, and are thrilled to have additional Availability Zones nearby that will provide higher bandwidth and capacity for our customers.”

Socrata is the market leader in cloud-based data democratization solutions that help governments achieve meaningful social and economic impact by making public data easily shared, discovered, used, and actionable. “Socrata hosts the 2017 White House Budget in the Socrata Public Finance Data Cloud, which includes detailed budgeting of over $4 trillion dollars, and allows users to visually explore this data by program area and agency, and create, analyze, and share interactive charts and graphs,” said Kevin Merritt, CEO of Socrata. “Simple and accessible visualizations of this complex data set has allowed for unprecedented citizen engagement. We’ve stopped operating our own data centers and have gone all-in on AWS because it allows us to innovate more rapidly, scale more flexibly, and allocate more of our engineering resources to developing features and capabilities that directly benefit our customers.”

APPRISS is a Louisville, Kentucky-based company leveraging data and analytics solutions in the health, retail, and public safety markets to explore new ways to keep communities safe and informed. “PMP AWARxE, a solution for prescription monitoring programs, provides states with the tools to monitor prescriptions for federally controlled substances,” said Brian Oldham, CIO of APPRISS. “Thirty states are currently onboarding to the program and hosting it on the AWS Cloud enables us to have the uptime and resilience that is necessary to satisfy their needs. We are thrilled to have an additional US region to rely on in the future as we continue to expand our use of the AWS Cloud.”

NaviStone, headquartered in Cincinnati, provides direct and digital marketers with a revolutionary way to target the right web browsers and include them in direct marketing campaigns. Tom White, CTO of Navistone states, “Our big data business would not exist without our ability to leverage AWS’s scale to our clients’ advantage. Our clients include major retailers with multi-channel operations across online, catalog, and brick-and-mortar locations. We can dream big and experiment with innovative products like our web-to-print technology, which helps our clients more accurately target customers and increase conversions. The speed, flexibility, and low cost of AWS enables NaviStone to experiment at a small scale knowing we can bring a product from prototype to full scale rapidly using the AWS Cloud. Navistone has been an AWS customer for the past three years and now are 100 percent all-in on AWS. We welcome AWS’s expansion in Ohio as this will continue to expand the community of professionals dedicated to building big data businesses at a time when every organization is becoming more data driven.”

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is one of the country’s leading private research institutions, offering a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. With about 11,000 students, the university’s nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing, and social work. “University Technology, at Case Western Reserve University has begun to re-think and re-design its legacy and enterprise systems, using the AWS Cloud to deliver more agile administrative, teaching, learning, and research support,” said Sue B. Workman, VP University Technology/CIO. “We are further enabling faculty and student success by providing access to AWS’s industry-leading cloud technology and enabling greater return on investment (ROI) on our technology costs. The agility and flexibility provided by AWS gives our students the ability to set up technology systems quickly and with more understanding, allows our researchers to easily set up and tear down experiments, and improves the effectiveness with which we manage our enterprise systems. The commitment AWS is making to Ohio demonstrates its confidence that Ohio is a driver for innovation and technology advancement.”

Investing in Ohio

The AWS US East (Ohio) Region is yet another investment AWS is making in the State of Ohio. Amazon Wind Farm US Central, located in Paulding County, Ohio, is a 100 megawatt (MW) wind farm that is currently under construction. When operational, which is expected by May 2017, Amazon Wind Farm US Central will produce 320,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually directly onto the grid powering the data centers in the AWS US East (Ohio) Region and other current and future AWS data centers. For more information on Amazon Wind Farm US Central, watch the video or visit AWS’s Sustainability website to learn more about the company’s other wind and solar projects across the US.

In conjunction with the launch of the AWS US East (Ohio) Region, AWS is working with the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), a state-funded IT organization that provides member organizations with intrastate networking and other IT services. AWS and OARnet have agreed to work together to explore AWS Direct Connect access to Ohio’s 100-gigabit research backbone network called OARnet. By using OARnet’s unique high-speed backbone, colleges, schools, medical research hospitals, and state government can readily take advantage of high-speed network connection to AWS to further advanced research and discovery.

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