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AWS and Azure AD: A Match Made in Heaven?
According to Amazon, Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers will now be able to integrate Azure Active Directory (AD) with AWS single sign-on (SSO). This will bring the convenience of the Office 365 sign-on to Amazon’s cloud, and it’s yet another signal that multicloud deployments are the future for most organizations.
Amazon’s decision to embrace its biggest competitor in the enterprise cloud space will doubtlessly make the lives of many of its customers much easier. Office 365 is the best-selling cloud software in the world and is a critical productivity tool for many of its users.
Integration with AWS SSO will allow customers to provision groups into AWS, making it easier for administrators to manage multicloud environments. Where customers would previously have been required to duplicate their Azure AD identities into AWS SSO, with this new integration, synchronization provides needed convenience. Amazon calls this “The Next Evolution in AWS Single Sign-On.”
In this case, “the next evolution” is an appropriate phrase. The first stage of cloud competition saw major providers like Amazon and Microsoft compete aggressively to be the vendor of choice for their customers. But as more organizations opt to pursue multicloud strategies, providers are increasingly forced to play nice with their competition. Services like Google Anthos and IBM’s Watson Anywhere have already brought cloud-agnostic services to customers; integration with Office 365 is an indication that Amazon is feeling pressure to make similar changes.
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Oracle has announced the general availability of Exadata Cloud@Customer, a managed service that enables enterprises to unlock the previously cloud-first features of Oracle's Autonomous Database for on-premises data centers. This offering is ideal for enterprises that must conform with regulatory and/or technical challenges that force on-premises database residency.
Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges 775% for Teams in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing – Part 2
Experiencing issues when using Microsoft online services? You are not alone. Capacity constraints were being hit, pre-COVID-19, and usage has surged in regions with enforced social distancing.
Google has announced a premium support plan for its cloud customers, promising a 15-minute response to the highest severity tickets. Google’s cloud has long struggled with enterprise customers – especially when compared to giants Microsoft and AWS – and this announcement is the latest incarnation of Google’s push to better serve a critical constituency.
Microsoft Announces Expansion of Azure Canadian Infrastructure, Offers Data Residency and High Availability
In January, Microsoft announced what it’s calling “the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure” since 2016. Additional availability zones and services will increase capacity for cloud-hungry Canadians, and the addition of an Azure ExpressRoute site in Vancouver will guarantee security and performance in a regulated jurisdiction.
Microsoft’s announcement that server-side encryption with customer managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is now available is welcome news for security-minded public cloud customers. Managing one’s own keys in a cloud environment can be an important step in complying with regulatory requirements, and this new feature should open Azure Managed Disks to a wider group of customers who may have held back for this reason.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided its customers with better options for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ingress routing. Customers will have to consider which works best for their needs.
AWS VPC Traffic Mirroring gives customers more visibility for out-of-band traffic inspection. This feature is another useful tool for monitoring in the AWS cloud.
Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges Over 700% in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing: How Could This Impact Your Organization?
Organizations have been running into capacity constraints on cloud infrastructure in regions with enforced social distancing due to COVID-19. Having a back-up plan will be critical to your business continuity plans.