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AWS Data Exchange: Bringing Third-Party Data to Amazon’s Cloud
Amazon recently announced its new “AWS Data Exchange” service—users of large repositories of third-party data rejoice! With Data Exchange, AWS customers will be able to more easily take advantage of cloud-native third-party data.
What Amazon is doing here is interesting, using its position as the pre-eminent provider of infrastructure services to transform into an efficient data brokerage. AWS Data Exchange is fundamentally a marketplace for data that appeals to both buyers and sellers of data. Amazon will provide an API for integration with its S3 service, and they can pay for the data through AWS.
Major providers like Reuters have already indicated a willingness to participate in the exchange, and Amazon has floated several potential use cases for the service that cut across a wide variety of industries and specialties.
If major data providers agree to participate – and if Amazon’s fee structure is sustainable – this Data Exchange could prove valuable for many of AWS’s clients. It also speaks to the “platform-ification” of Amazon’s services. Infrastructure-as-a-Service is all well and good, but stiff competition and the relative commodification of those services has made it more and more difficult for Amazon to keep prices high. Locking customers in with a data marketplace is a great way to make up the difference. But it may well be a win-win.
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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.
Microsoft has added six months of additional support to Windows 10 Enterprise and Education 1709. This will help reduce pressure to upgrade and provide support in the interim as companies focus on business continuity plans due to COVID-19.
Microsoft’s deep pockets and Financing division can save your IT budget. If your Enterprise Agreement is coming up for renewal in the next six months, we will likely be in an economic downturn.