Category: AWS

10 years on. How AWS came to be

Ten years ago Amazon.com had the foresight to launch Amazon Web ServicesThey recognised the potential due to their own conflicts with the storage and the handling of big data analytics, but I doubt even they,  could have anticipated what it has grown to become today. So, just how did AWS come to be and what is the driving forces that year on year keeps them at the top of their game? With a company mantra stating “We seek to offer the Earth’s Biggest Selection, and to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they may want to buy online.” What was Amazom.com “The Early Years”

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The countdown to AWS re:Invent 2016 is on

AWS re:Invent 2016 will take place on  November 28–December 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Amazon has been hosting their showpiece conference annually since 2012 making this the 5th annual event. Re:Invent has been a great source of information for AWS customers and enthusiasts alike, it is designed to bring people of all skill levels to connect, engage and discuss all information on AWS. Session levels can range from introductory, advanced to expert. The 2016 session catalogue is being released later this summer, but Amazon have stated that their agenda offers expanded opportunities to learn how the cloud impacts your business, including deep dives into topics like IoT, new perspectives on cloud issues, and more chances to learn from the experts, with a total of over 400 sessions in total being planned.

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What is Amazon Inspector and why use it?

As the computing world becomes more complex, detecting potential security and compliance issues can be channelling. In news earlier this week the popular Linux OS Ubuntu forums were hacked affecting over 2 million user’s credentials. Ubuntu’s is Linux’s most popular distribution systems and it suffered a common SQL injection attack used by hackers, since an SQL injection vulnerability could possibly affect any website or web application that makes use of an SQL-based database, the vulnerability is one of the oldest, most prevalent and most dangerous of web application vulnerabilities.

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What is the difference between Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS?

Both AWS services, Amazon Redshift and Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS)  can be used together very effectively, in our latest blog, we are looking to find out the functions and features of both database services will allow the customer to identify the differences and which best meets their requirements. 

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The Benefits of AWS Snapshot and Backup Automation

The traditional backup procedure associated with data sets would potentially throw up several issues along the way, like version skew which could result in data corruption. Also, the resources required to carry out the task, and the time it would take to complete could present significant problems. This is where snapshot automation technology can be of great benefit. A snapshot, in basic terms, is a copy of a data set at a particular moment in time, in other words, you don’t need to back up your entire data set to get full data protection which may be essential for mission critical businesses. In this blog post, we will look in more detail at the benefits of AWS snapshot and backup automation.

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How does Amazon EFS differ from Amazon S3?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) earlier this month, announced their new Amazon Elastic File System Amazon (EFS). Amazon has launched this release, as a fully managed service that will make it easier for all customers to set up and scale file storage in the Amazon Cloud.  When Amazon Web Services first introduced this concept back in April 2015, at the AWS Summit in San Francisco, it was primarily aimed at the enterprise and development environment. Today with it’s tried and tested methods, it becomes available to all AWS customers. So what is Amazon EFS and how does it differ from Amazon S3?

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How to configure the AWS CLI and launch an EC2 Instance

When trying to find out about the different AWS services and how to use them, I often find myself having to pull different pieces of information from different sources and cobbling them together to run the service correctly. It was no different when I decided to find out more about the AWS Command Line Tools (CLI). In this blog post, we explain how to configure the AWS CLI and launch an EC2 Instance.

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AWS GovCloud to Handle Larger Share of Federal Workloads

Amazon Web Services (AWS) extended its cloud reach deeper into government IT infrastructure with an announcement this week that it has been certified to handle a larger share of federal workloads. As the US government increases its confidence in AWS  and the professional manner they deliver a secure, reliable service, to handle sensitive data, what exactly does this mean for AWS and the U.S Government Agencies and their customers?

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AWS Platform Available to Customers from Datacentres in India.

If you are an Enterprise customer or developer based in India, today’s announcement that Amazon Web Services have created two new Datacentres in Mumbai, India will be music to your ears. The two new availability zones will come under Asia Pacific (Mumbai) taking the total number of regions in Asia Pacific to six and taking the total number of availability zones globally to 35 and the total number of regions globally to 13.

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Does Amazon Web Services keep backups? To what extent?

By default, Amazon Web Services(AWS) do not keep backups. It is the responsibility of the end-user to provision backups. However,  AWS offers a wide range of backup and recovery solution for enterprise architecture, backup architecture, and IT administrators who are responsible for protecting data in their enterprise. While AWS offer solutions for backup and recovery, identifying and designing your business requirements, are fundamental in selecting the correct service that best meets your demands.

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