AWS Ally VMware Inks Cloud Partnership With Microsoft

After announcing a deal to integrate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) seven months ago, VMware has entered into a second deal with Microsoft, AWS’ largest cloud rival. The partnership, announced Tuesday, would allow VMware’s Horizon Cloud Desktop as-a-Service (DaaS), infrastructure to be delivered on Azure public cloud. The capability will be called “VMware Horizon Cloud

AWS Launches Linux Container Image on-Premises and in the Cloud

Amazon Web Services Inc. has a new offering for enterprises looking to get started in container technology. It targets both on-premises as well as cloud implementations. This week, the cloud giant announced Amazon Linux Container Image. This expands the reach of the technology behind its Amazon Linux AMI. Amazon Linux AMI was updated in September

AWS Positions Cloud as Parse Alternative for Mobile Developers. Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), is all about scaling, and is aggressively trying to attract mobile developers who require a new backend service for their apps, given that the Parse platform will be shut down by Facebook in less then a year. Facebook recently announced it would shut down the service on Jan. 28, 2017, and the industry immediately offered myriad alternative Mobile Back-end-as-a-Service (MBaaS) solutions for mobile developers using the popular platform, who now need to change direction. MBaaS services include cloud database storage, push notifications and social networking integration. Wikipedia states that MBaaS is still a relatively new industry, but “trends suggest that these services are gaining mainstream acceptance with enterprise consumers.” AWS is holding a full-court press to court Parse Developers. This includes everyone from industry giants like IBM to grassroots community activists trying to replicate Parse functionality within an open-source Parse Server project. [Click on the image to see a larger view.] Parse Replacements Still Coming in on Twitter (source : Twitter screenshot). “In light of Parse’s recent announcement, the AWS team has been working hard to provide developers with migration paths and other services as well as members of the AWS community,” stated Jeff Barr, AWS exec, in a blog post last Wednesday. Barr continued to detail more than a dozen initiatives from AWS, its ecosystem partners, and posts such as:

Migrate from Parse Push To Amazon SNS How to set up Parse Server in AWS using AWS Elastic Beanstalk Transition Guide: Parse Analytics to Amazon Mobile Analytics Welcoming Parse IoT customers How to migrate an application from Parse’s Hosted Service Exporting your data from Parse’s Hosted Service Installing Parse Server on AWS Migrate from Parse

AWS adopts new credit card security requirements. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the first major cloud adopter of the newest security standard for credit cards transactions. The credit card industry’s security standards group, which is composed of major financial institutions such as Visa, American Express, and MasterCard, regularly publishes a set security guidelines for all organizations and businesses that use credit card information. These guidelines, known as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, (PCI DSS), aim to ensure that businesses use security measures to protect consumers’ personal data and reduce credit card fraud. Cloud providers have been required to comply with the PCI DSS in recent years due to increasing online shopping and the fact that more businesses are moving away from traditional on-premises computing. Each of the three top cloud providers, AWS (Google) and Microsoft (Microsoft), are certified to comply with PCI DSS standards. AWS, however, was the first to adopt version 3.2 of the PCI DSS. It was announced back in April. Chad Woolf (director of risk and compliance at AWS), said Monday that AWS was the first cloud service provider (CSP), to successfully complete an assessment against the newly released PCI Data Security Standard, (PCI DSS), version 3.2. The current version of the PCI DSS, version 3.2, expires October 31st. Or they could be out of compliance. Organizations have until February 1, 2018 to adopt the new version. Woolf stated that the rapid adoption of version 3.2 “demonstrates [AWS] commitment to information security being our highest priority.” Version 3.2 of the PCI DSS has many notable changes over its predecessor. According to Troy Leach (chief technology officer at the PCI Security Standards Council), service providers now have to enforce multifactor authentication “for all personnel with non-console administration access to the system handling card data.” It also mandates that businesses conduct penetration testing in segmented environments every six to twelve months instead of annually. Version 3.2 also requires providers to conduct quarterly reviews of their staff to assess compliance with security policies. Leach also outlines some other changes in this FAQ. AWS is a Level 1 service provider according to the PCI DSS. This means that it processes high volumes of credit card transactions, upwards of 300,000. AWS considers 26 of its cloud services compliant with version 3.2. These include Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2. Amazon S3 is also included. You can find a complete list of compliant services here. AWS has also released a new “compliance package” to help customers understand the implications and benefits of becoming certified for version 3.0. Woolf said that the package contains materials that will help customers who are:

AWS will host a PCI Cardholder Data Environment. Preparing for a PCI-DSS assessment Assessing, documenting, certifying and certifying the deployments of Cardholder Data Environments on AWS.

AWS Adds Xamarin to Cross-Platform Mobile Development Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android receive the most attention from cross-platform mobile development professionals. However, the Microsoft.NET Framework is receiving a lot of publicity lately with the release of Windows 10 today and its Universal Apps approach. Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), yesterday announced a new software developer kit (SDK), for Xamarin. This C#-based tooling allows developers to target all three platforms using one code base. Xamarin uses Microsoft’s C# language. It also provides cross-platform capabilities via a plugin. Jeff Barr, an AWS executive, said yesterday that mobile developers can use the company’s new SDK with Visual Studio as well as the Xamarin plugin. Or they can use it separately with the standalone Xamarin Studio IDE. [Click on the image to see a larger view.] Coding with the Xamarin IDE (source AWS) “We want developers to be able to use the programming language they choose to build AWS-powered apps that run on many different devices and in a variety of environments,” Barr stated. Developers can access AWS services like:

Amazon Cognito — Identity management. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) — Object storage Amazon DynamoDB — NoSQL Database Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), mobile push notifications Amazon Mobile Analytics — Track app usage and other metrics. Jon Dick, Xamarin exec, wrote yesterday that AWS and Xamarin take out the hassle of adding complex back-ends to

AWS adds VPC support to Elasticsearch Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides additional security for Elasticsearch Service users, added support for virtual private cloud (VPC) this week. Amazon Elasticsearch Service (or Amazon ES) is a managed solution that allows users to quickly spin up clusters using the open-source Elasticsearch engine within an AWS environment. Randall Hunt, AWS technical evangelist, announced that

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