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Amazon Web Services rolled out five new security and encryption features to its Simple Storage Service (S3) to make it easier for customers to protect their data. Amazon had launched S3 back in 2006 with each block of it protected by an Access Control List (ACL) that kept the developers’ data private, shared either for reading or shared for both reading and writing, as needed. From then, AWS has added many supports, including bucket policies, server access logging, versioning, API logging, encryptions etc. to keep the data safer. AI and machine learning support was also added to it with Amazon Macie, a tool for discovering, classifying and securing content at scale. But recently, some of the leading companies who use AWS S3 buckets for storing their confidential data, found that their data was exposed on the web. Responding to that, AWS announced five new security features to its S3 platform. Default Encryption The things stored in S3 didn’t use to get encrypted by default, and…
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AMSTERDAM – INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE: INXN), a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, today announced that access to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is now available across its European footprint through Cloud Connect, Interxion’s cloud interconnection platform. With this offering, Interxion provides enterprises with reliable, low-latency access to Oracle cloud solutions as they build their hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

“Our recent IDC research ‘The Digital Enterprise’ shows that 53% of European businesses currently use or plan to build a hybrid cloud solution,” said Vincent in’ t Veld, VP Platforms at Interxion. “We’ve created the ideal environment to build and operate such solutions, and now customers can reap all of the benefits of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, by building predictable and high-performance connections into Oracle’s range of cloud services. This includes Oracle’s software for enterprise analytics, marketing and resource management, as well as PaaS solutions for app development and beyond.”


Interxion’s Frankfurt facility is now an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect location enabling dedicated and private access to Oracle Cloud. Customers colocating their network and private IT environments in any of Interxion’s data centres across Europe can now access this service through Cloud Connect.

“Customers require seamless connectivity from their data centres and networks to Oracle Cloud for their most demanding workloads and applications,” said Don Johnson, Senior Vice President Product Development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “With the FastConnect Service from Interxion in Frankfurt, customers can provision the dedicated and private connections they need today and easily scale with their growing business demands.”

About Interxion
Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 48 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications.

With over 600 connectivity providers, 21 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

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SEATTLE – 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.

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.

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“Containers offer a convenient form of application packaging. Combined with appropriate PaaS solutions, containers can highly automate certain IT provisioning processes.” – Ruslan Synytsky, CEO, Jelastic. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has been increasingly favored by the enterprise development teams owing to streamlined application management, lower costs and faster time to market. In addition to PaaS, technologies like Containers also play a significant role in application development. PaaS and containers have a symbiotic relationship with many PaaS offerings making use of Linux based containers. Containers make PaaS exist and PaaS has the capacity to put containers on the map, giving enterprise developers a complete set of new possibilities. As a result, there have been several developments across containerization technology from leading software firm Docker to technology giant like Microsoft launching SQL servers with Linux and Docker support. There are also some…
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Microsoft has been recognized a winner in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Operational DBMS for its extensive vision and ability to execute in the operational DBMS market. Microsoft serves SQL Server DBMS and Azure SQL Database (a DBMS PaaS based on SQL Server) in the OPDBMS market, and these products have made Microsoft the leader in respective market for the third time. Microsoft also markets Azure Cosmos DB, a DBMS PaaS solution compatible with Azure tablets, MongoDB, SQL, and Gremlin Graph APIs. The OPDBMS market includes both relational and nonrelational DBMS products that are appropriate for a wide range of enterprise-grade transactional applications. The OPDBMS products include the purchased business applications like CRM, IoT, ERP, security event management, and custom transactional systems. Microsoft has been investing heavily in the Operational Database Management Systems market to deliver more features and align Azure database platform and provide more value to customers…
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), yesterday launched HPE Superdome Flex, a scalable, modular and cloud-ready platform that can carry out high-speed analytics on large volumes of data for enterprises of all sizes. HPE Superdome Flex has been designed with a unique modular design that offers unmatched memory capacity of up to 48 TB, and unparalleled scalability of up to 32 sockets which is 2.3 times more than the scalability of prior generation. It enables enterprises to go with the flow of data demands, and safeguard the critical workloads. HPE’s mission critical in-memory computing platform has been designed for the future based on Memory-Driven Computing design principles that can enhance the performance of analytics up to 100 times, or even more. “Customers want to harness all of their data to derive actionable insights in real-time to make more impactful business decisions,” said Randy Meyer, vice president and general manager, Synergy & Mission Critical Servers, Hewlett…
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