Deep Learning AMI release v1.2 for Ubuntu and Updated AWS CloudFormation Template Now Available

17 Mar , 2017  

You can now use upgraded versions of Apache MXNet, TensorFlow, CNTK, and Caffe, on the AWS Deep Learning AMI v1.2 for Ubuntu, including Keras, available in the AWS Marketplace. The Deep Learning AMI v1.2 for Ubuntu is designed to continue to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for deep learning applications running on Amazon EC2. The latest MXNet release (v0.9.3), included with this AMI v1.2, adds several enhancements including a faster new image processing API that enables parallel processing, improved multi GPU performance, and support for new operators. This AMI includes the following framework versions: Apache MXNet: v0.9.3; Tensorflow v1.0.0; Caffe release: rc5; Theano: rel 0.8.2; Keras: 1.2.2; CNTK: v2.0 beta12.0; and Torch: master branch. The Deep Learning AMI includes Jupyter notebooks with Python 2.7 and Python 3.4 kernels, Matplotlib, Scikit-image, CppLint, Pylint, pandas, Graphviz, Bokeh Python packages, Boto and Boto 3 and the AWS CLI. The DL AMI also comes packaged with Anaconda 2 and Anaconda 3 Data Science platform. You can start using the Deep Learning AMI release v1.2 in the AWS Marketplace, today. 


Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances now offer instance size flexibility, helping you reduce your EC2 bill

14 Mar , 2017  

Today, we are announcing enhancements to Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RIs) that make them more flexible and easy to use, helping you get the most out of your RI discount.


Announcing availability of Amazon EC2 R3 Instances AWS South America (Sao Paulo) region

26 Giu , 2015  

You can now launch R3 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 memory optimized instances in the South America (Sao Paulo) AWS region. R3 offers the best price point per GiB of RAM and high memory performance. R3 instances are recommended for In-memory analytics like SAP HANA, high performance databases including relational databases and NoSQL databases such as MongoDB, and MemcacheD/Redis applications. R3 instances support Hardware Virtualization (HVM) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) only.

R3 instances, powered by Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge processors, offer up to 32 vCPUs, 244 GiB of memory, and can deliver up to 150,000 4 KB random reads per second. R3 instances support Enhanced Networking for higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower network latencies. Please refer to R3 technical documentation for additional reference. R3 instances are available in two instance sizes in South America (Sao Paulo) AWS region with following specification:

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AWS CodeDeploy Available in EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney)

7 Mag , 2015  

AWS CodeDeploy is now available in the EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS regions.

AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to any instance, including Amazon EC2 instances and instances running on-premises. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications. You can use AWS CodeDeploy to automate deployments, eliminating the need for error-prone manual operations, and the service scales with your infrastructure so you can easily deploy to one instance or thousands.

AWS CodeDeploy is also currently available in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) AWS regions. Please visit our product page for more information.


Amazon EC2 Container Service Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

27 Apr , 2015  

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon ECS eliminates the need for you to install, operate, and scale your own cluster management infrastructure. With simple API calls, you can launch and stop container-enabled applications, query the complete state of your cluster, and access many familiar features like security groups, Elastic Load Balancing, EBS volumes, and IAM roles. You can use Amazon ECS to schedule the placement of containers across your cluster based on your resource needs and availability requirements. You can also integrate your own scheduler or third-party schedulers to meet business or application specific requirements.

Amazon EC2 Container Service is currently available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions. Please visit our product page for more information.



Xen security issue prompts Amazon, Rackspace cloud reboots

27 Feb , 2015  

Amazon Web Services and Rackspace are warning their customers of upcoming reboots they’re taking to address a new Xen hypervisor security issue. In a premium support bulletin issued Thursday night, Amazon said fewer than 10 percent of all EC2 instances will require work but the affected […]

Xen security issue prompts Amazon, Rackspace cloud reboots originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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OpenStack Gets Drop-In Replacement for Amazon's EC2 API

16 Feb , 2015  

Cloudscaling, an EMC company, has released a drop-in replacement for OpenStack’s existing Nova EC2 API. Using this, OpenStack users can interact with OpenStack Compute using a set of APIs that is compatible with the Amazon AWS EC2 APIs.

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Here’s a new “drop-in” EC2 API for OpenStackers who want it

13 Feb , 2015  

Many news cycles have been burned on the debate over whether OpenStack-based cloud providers should or need to support the major Amazon Web Services APIs. Cloudscaling and its co-founder Randy Bias have long advocated that such support is critical to the success of OpenStack and promised Cloudscaling support for elastic compute […]

Here’s a new “drop-in” EC2 API for OpenStackers who want it originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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Amazon Web Services adds to its enterprise war chest

21 Dic , 2014  

This week Amazon Web Services continued its enterprise-focused feature push with new resource groups and a tag editor for EC2 instances, which means that IT people at big companies (or even smaller organizations) will have an easier time isolating the resources they use. The new Tag […]

Amazon Web Services adds to its enterprise war chest originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Hey, Is This Node.js All Set? Put a Fork In It – Apprenda Marketwatch

5 Dic , 2014  

Good morning, everyone!


Popular Coding Framework Node.js Is Now Seriously Forked


Node.js, a widely used open-source framework for building Web applications, has split into two separate projects as of late Tuesday. A group headed by some of Node’s most important contributors has “forked” the project, creating a new version it’s calling io.js. … The schism, however, could have far reaching effects on Node’s business depending on which version of the software companies choose to adopt. Matt Ranney, a developer at Uber, has already tweeted that his company is opting to switch over to io.js, and other companies may not be far behind.” Via Lauren Orsini, ReadWrite




Open standards face an uphill climb in the cloud
Something is missing in the ocean of press releases that comes out of the growing cloud computing market: a focus on open cloud standards. When it comes to cloud standards, enterprises voted with their dollars. Most have focused more on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google offerings than on standards such as OpenStack and CloudStack. Of course, AWS, Microsoft, and Google are cloud services providers, whereas open standards are enabling technologies. … This move to proprietary platforms by enterprises is a big change from three years ago, when there was a lot of excitement around cloud standards. I believe enterprises have shifted gears for three core reasons…” Via David Linthicum, InfoWorld 

4 surprising facts about SMB cloud adoption (infographic)
“…Because nearly 90 percent of SMBs are currently making use of the cloud, it’s almost unnecessary to talk about the benefits of cloud adoption in simple terms. Advantages like total cost savings, flexibility, and decreased time to market are so universally acknowledged that they have become baseline expectations. Through our ongoing research efforts, we’ve uncovered some interesting and overlooked trends particular to cloud adoption within small and medium businesses. Here are four surprising trends that highlight how and why SMBs are using the cloud…” Via Tom Bressie, VentureBeat


Rocket Vs. Docker Will Come Down To DevOps


Docker has been flying high throughout 2014. It’s racked up a series of notable firsts and accomplishments, but recently, the cloud container system has encountered turbulence. While cruising through space as contested as the Ukraine, CoreOS has launched a Rocket at it. And it will face continued sniping in 2015. … All of this says a lot about how far Docker has come in a remarkably short amount of time. And yet, when CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi talked about the reasons for CoreOS’s creation of Rocket and a container specification, strains of common sense showed through the buzz, the enthusiasm, the sheer momentum of Docker and its adherents…” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek 

How Not To Manage An Open-Source Community, Courtesy Of Docker
Docker, the darling of development and operations professionals alike, used to be a sterling example of how to build a community. At least, that is, in terms of writing software that’s easy to understand and adopt. But when it comes to crisis management, Docker hasn’t done so well lately. … As hard as it can be, a community is more than just the smiling, happy code contributors. It’s also the noisy neighbors who yell a lot but do little. It’s the users who complain. It’s the competitors who want to piggyback on a project’s success and hijack its momentum for their own. It is, in short, about being open, both to the things we love and to the things we don’t. …” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

IBM climbs on the Docker bandwagon
Docker fever continues to spread across the enterprise IT landscape. Following similar moves by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google, IBM is equipping its enterprise cloud services to run the Docker virtualization containers. Delivered as part of its Bluemix platform services, the IBM Containers service is currently in beta and will allow users to launch and run Docker containers on the IBM Cloud. The service will support all of Docker’s native features as well as Docker’s new orchestration services, which administrators could use to stage and manage complex Docker-based workloads. IBM also has forged a partnership with Docker…” Via Joab Jackson, CITE World


Citrix Acquires Octoblu, the Drone Networking Company Formerly Known as Skynet


“…It’s unclear about the terms of the deal and if it was an acquisition hire more than anything else. In any case, Chris Matthieu, one of the co-founders of the company, has changed his LinkedIn profile with the title: Director IoT Engineering at Citrix. Octoblu, originally called Skynet, is a system for drones to talk to each other. As we have written before, it was named “after the self-aware artificial intelligence system in the Terminator movie series.” In scope, Octoblu is designed to run on a single network or mesh of IoT networks that share a common API or communications protocol.  In this scenario, devices can discover, query, and message other devices on the network. …” Via Alex Williams, The New Stack 

AWS cuts prices again — this time on data transfer
Amazon Web Services cut prices on data transfers out of its cloud and both into and out of its CloudFront CDN effective December 1. … As a company that likes to track such things, Amazon said this is the 47th time it’s cut prices, but many of those reductions up till now were clustered around EC2 compute instances and S3 storage.  Data transfer rates were something even AWS fans often griped about because they are seen as, well, pricey compared to competitors, including IBM SoftLayer, which does not charge for moving customer data between SoftLayer facilities around the world. …” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM 

Five Things We Learned About Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos From His Rare Public Appearance
Jeff Bezos made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, when Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget interviewed him onstage at the media company’s New York City conference. It was an entertaining 45 minutes, with interesting revelations about Amazon’s succession plan (there is one!) and the Fire phone (more are coming!). Here are five other things we learned about the Amazon CEO from the Blodget-Bezos bonanza. …” Via Jason Del Ray, Re/Code 

Microsoft’s Azure RemoteApp For Running Windows Apps In The Cloud Comes Out Of Beta
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the public beta of its Azure RemoteApp service. Just like the name implies, it allows you to run virtualized apps on Azure and use them remotely, no matter whether that’s on a Windows PC, Mac or a mobile device. As Microsoft announced today, RemoteApp is coming out of beta (and getting an SLA) on December 11. …” Via Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

IBM and Cisco unveil direct rival to VCE vBlock
Big Blue and networking giant Cisco on Thursday US time announced VersaStack, an integrated infrastructure solution to take on rival storage company EMC. The move pairs IBM’s Storewize V7000 storage offering with Cisco’s UCS compute system to help channel partners drive big data and mobility solutions to their customers.   The move, pundits say, will place further strains on the quickly eroding partnership between Cisco, EMC, and VMware that together make up the company VCE that sells a near identical offering. In October Cisco reduced its ownership stake in VCE to just 10 percent. …” Via Tom Spring, CRN

HP anoints Mendix as preferred rapid development partner on Helion cloud
Mendix, Inc. got an important endorsement for its rapid application development technology this week as Hewlett-Packard Co. named the company’s rapid application development platform a preferred technology for HP’s Helion cloud. However, the non-exclusive, non-binding relationship is something short of a commitment on either side. …” Via Paul Gillin, SiliconANGLE


TEDx Albany speakers have a message for young people: Be curious


“…TEDx is a program of independently organized events that combine video and live speakers. About 80 people gathered at 435 New Scotland Ave. in Albany on Thursday to network and discuss how to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in technology. …other speakers this morning included Chris Dutra, a software engineer at Apprenda, a software developer based in Troy, New York. Dutra told the audience that while it is an exciting time for software development, he is concerned a decline in grade school computer science classes and lack of interest among young people. “We’re entering a digital age without our children being properly trained,” Dutra said. …” Via Chelsea Diana, Albany Business Review 

Businesses, individuals honored during third annual Downtown Troy BID dinner
While celebrities strive for Emmys and Grammys, there’s a brand new type of coveted award in the city of Troy: a Sammy. The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District (BID) held its first ever Sammy Awards in conjunction with its third annual dinner Wednesday evening at Franklin Plaza. … Seven well-deserving business owners and business community supporters were the inaugural Sammy recipients. … there were many contestants for the title of New Business of the Year. Wednesday night it was awarded to Apprenda, Inc., a River Street tech business focused on enterprise computing. Apprenda was drawn to the city six months ago because of what the downtown area could offer for its employees. “It became very obvious to us very quickly that Troy was where we wanted to be,” said co-founder Matt Ammerman…” Via Lauren Halligan, The Troy Record


Post EMC Acquisition, Spanning Extends Backup To Office 365


It used to be that the cloud software space was pretty black and white… Fast forward to today and that has all changed, the news that backup vendor Spanning is rolling out Office 365 functionality speaks to that fact… Today Spanning is announcing cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery for Office 365. The product enables IT administrators and end users to find and restore lost data from any point in time, from any device. …” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

NetApp goes for a ride on VMware’s EVO: RAILs
NetApp will offer VMWare’s EVO: RAIL hyperconverged rigs but with its networked FAS arrays. … It’s designed for enterprise remote and branch offices (ROBO), also SMBs, with limited IT staff and apps in VMware virtual server environments. The idea of a hyper-converged system including a network array is a bit of a stretch to people schooled in the idea of Nutanix/Simplicity single-box simplicity. Maxta and other software storage startups started the rot with reference architectures for hype-convergence. Is this EVO: RAIL gone off the rails or just marketing-speak to water down the original pure hyper-converged idea and wrap legacy product in fashionable new paper? …” Via Chris Mellor, The Register


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