Amazon Web Services Bolsters Bet on Local Cloud, Homegrown Chips

(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud computing division is adding products that help customers maintain local control of their data, a bet that could help it fend off rivals Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.



a stack of flyers on a table: The logo for Amazon Web Services on a smartphone.


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The logo for Amazon Web Services on a smartphone.

Amazon Web Services has a wide lead in selling on-demand software services, a business built on the economies of scale provided by vast server farms in data centers. Last year, the company went small, for the first time selling services for customers’ own data centers. The move acknowledged demand from customers requiring faster processing and the need to meet regulatory requirements by storing information inside their own walls.

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AWS bolstered that bet on Tuesday, kicking off its annual customer conference with two new variants of Outposts, the server rack product it started selling a year ago. While prior versions required customers to buy

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AWS brings ECS, EKS services to the data center, open sources EKS

Today at AWS re:Invent, Andy Jassy talked a lot about how companies are making a big push to the cloud, but today’s container-focussed announcements gave a big nod to the data center as the company announced ECS Anywhere and EKS Anywhere, both designed to let you run these services on-premises, as well as in the cloud.

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These two services, ECS for generalized container orchestration and EKS for that’s focused on Kubernetes will let customers use these popular AWS services on premises. Jassy said that some customers still want the same tools they use in the cloud on prem and this is designed to give it to them.

Speaking of ECS he said,  “I still have a lot of my containers that I need to run on premises as I’m making this transition to the cloud, and [these] people really want it to have the same management and deployment

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BlackBerry Stock Jumps 50% on Deal With Amazon Web Services for Connected Car Software

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BlackBerry shares were surging 53.5%, at $9.01, in recent trading.


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shares have spiked more than 50% on Tuesday amid surging investor optimism about the company’s automobile sensor software platform, known as Ivy.

Having long ago moved on from its once-iconic mobile phones, BlackBerry (ticker: BB) Tuesday morning announced a deal with

Amazon.com’s

(AMZN) Amazon Web Services to jointly develop and market Ivy, which BlackBerry describes as “a scalable, cloud-connected software platform that will allow automakers to provide a consistent and secure way to read vehicle sensor data, normalize it, and create actionable insights from that data both locally in the vehicle and in the cloud.” The company said auto makers can use Ivy “to create responsive in-vehicle services that enhance driver and passenger experiences.”

The companies didn’t provide any financial details of the arrangement, but the announcement has had the effect of turning

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Amazon Web Services to offer macOS on-demand in the cloud, in new appeal to Apple developers

Amazon Web Services will provide software developers with access to macOS on-demand in the cloud for the first time, promising to speed up the process and reduce the cost of making software for Apple’s computers and devices.



graphical user interface: Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.


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Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.

Announced on the eve of the AWS re:invent conference Monday night, Amazon EC2 Mac Instances represent an unexpected expansion beyond Linux and Windows for AWS. Amazon says it was motivated by a desire to meet the needs of the community of more than 28 million developers who offer apps through the Apple App Store.

“Until now, development of these apps for the Apple platform was not possible within the AWS cloud,” said Dave Brown, AWC EC2 vice president, during the event. “Many of our customers had to manage their own fleet of Macs for their

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Computer Services and Featurespace partner to launch anti-money laundering solution

To empower its customers in the fight against financial crime, Computer Services has partnered with Featurespace to launch a holistic anti-money laundering (AML) solution: WatchDOG AML.

WatchDOG AML protects against financial crime by identifying suspicious activity in real-time with an enterprise transaction monitoring system.

Using customizable machine learning models that utilize Featurespace’s award-winning Adaptive Behavioral Analytics, WatchDOG AML reduces false positives while predicting and adapting to new threats through anomaly detection. This allows banks and payments providers to detect more suspicious activity as it happens, while also reducing the number of genuine transactions declined.

“As criminals relentlessly target financial systems, organizations require cutting-edge technology for fraud detection and risk management,” said Kurt Guenther, CSI’s group president of Business Solutions.

“By partnering with Featurespace, we’re providing our customers with a powerful AML solution that leverages the latest in machine learning to fight illicit activity and ensure compliance.”

WatchDOG AML supplies a

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Amazon details cause of AWS outage that hobbled thousands of online sites and services

A past AWS re:Invent conference. (GeekWire Photo)

A “relatively small addition of capacity” to the Amazon Kinesis real-time data processing service triggered a widespread Amazon Web Services outage last week, the company said in a detailed technical analysis over the weekend.

The addition of the new capacity “caused all of the servers in the fleet to exceed the maximum number of threads allowed by an operating system configuration,”  describing a cascade of resulting problems that took down thousands of sites and services.

The outage impacted online services from big tech companies such as AdobeRokuTwilioFlickrAutodesk, and others, including New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was also impacted by the outage.

It was an especially ill-timed incident for Amazon, coming just days before its annual AWS re:Invent cloud conference. Reliability has

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Team Extension Transforms Businesses Online Through Software Development Services

This company helps provide businesses with highly-skilled software developers. This way, company owners can focus on crucial processes to run their businesses.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, software companies have noticed a high increase in fitness app development. The lack of physical activity of the stay-at-home population has encouraged gym owners to adjust their businesses fast and move most of their fitness marketing online. One of the fastest ways to go digital is to build a fitness application that will work on all platforms, and this is where Flutter can help.

Flutter is a software development toolkit that helps create applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase. Team Extension®, a startup that provides highly-skilled software developers to businesses, is actively promoting the use of Flutter to allow businesses to remain relevant during the pandemic.

However, Team Extension believes that using Flutter is not enough, having the right

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Amazon Web Services explains Wednesday outage

Within a few hours, the malfunctions began hitting customers of Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud-computing unit. Customers of the Amazon-owned Ring security camera service couldn’t log in or watch video. Users struggled to operate their iRobot vacuum cleaners because the outage affected the iRobot Home app. And media companies, including The Washington Post (owned by Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos), experienced publishing system outages.

Amazon acknowledged that the system failure was exacerbated by the co-dependencies its various services have on one another. The company had been trying to add capacity to its Amazon Kinesis service that customers use to process real-time data including video, audio and application logs. To resolve the issue, Amazon needed to restart a piece of its system it described as “many thousands of servers,” a lengthy process that had to be done gradually. But because other Amazon cloud services rely on Kinesis, including

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Amazon Web Services outage subsides after unplugging services for hours

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The AWS status dashboard perhaps isn’t the most reliable source of information about the outage at the minute — Amazon says the problem has affected its ability to provide updates there. As of noon ET, the dashboard reported “The Kinesis Data Streams API is currently impaired in the US-EAST-1 Region. As a result customers are not able to write or read data published to Kinesis streams.”

Update (4:58 PM ET): The AWS dashboard still notes errors on a number of services, while users still have some issues on the various AWS-powered platforms. A full resolution is still likely hours away, as the last update at 3:15 PM ET said “We continue to work towards recovery of the issue affecting the Kinesis Data Streams API in the US-EAST-1 Region. We also continue to see an improvement in error rates for Kinesis and several affected services, but expect full recovery to

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Amazon Web Services outage now over, hit Roku, Adobe, Shipt

  • Amazon Web Services has recovered after a massive outage on Wednesday.
  • The outage only affected one of AWS’s 24 regions, its US-East-1 Region, but it took down many popular web-based services.
  • Roku, Adobe, and Target-owned Shipt were among the sites impacted by the outage.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is back up after being down for most of Wednesday.

“We have restored all traffic to Kinesis Data Streams via all endpoints and it is now operating normally,” the company said early Thursday morning.

Scores of websites rely on the internet infrastructure to function. The outage only affected one of AWS’s 24 regions, its US-East-1 Region, but it took down many popular web-based services that utilize its servers, like Roku, Flickr, and Adobe Spark, which were among those that have reported issues. The Verge first reported the outage.

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