Tuesday, 17 February 2015

AWS makes Microsoft licensing easier

Licensing models today represent a big challenge for enterprises. Most enterprise licensing agreements in the market today are complicated and tedious to manage, requiring you to constantly monitor usage and track licenses. Amazon Web Services eliminates the challenges of licensing agreements for you. AWS allows you to run all the necessary enterprise applications that power your business without the hassle of auditing, management and overpaying for what you don't use. Learn more

Read AWS's Stephen Orban's blog and find out his experience as a customer dealing with licensing, or visit AWS resources today and learn how customers are leveraging AWS to eliminate the licensing challenges. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Amazon Zocalo is now Amazon WorkDocs

Amazon Zocalo is now Amazon WorkDocs. The name of the service has changed, but all of the functionality remains the same. Today, we introduced Amazon WorkMail, a secure, managed business email and calendaring service with support for existing desktop and mobile email clients. We now offer three enterprise IT applications for end-users that all work together: Amazon WorkMail (secure email and calendaring), Amazon WorkSpaces (virtual desktops), and Amazon WorkDocs (file storage and sharing). We are renaming Amazon Zocalo to make our service naming more consistent and familiar to you.

You will start to see the name changed to Amazon WorkDocs in the console today, and changes to other components, such as the mobile apps, will be complete in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Amazon Web Services Grows Bigger

Amazon Web Services grow again with the opening of a new region in Frankfurt, Germany. This new region has two data centres, zones. 

The Frankfurt region joins Dublin, Ireland as AWS’ second European location, and provides customers with a new option for end users and applications benefiting from infrastructure located in continental Europe. 

In the new German region, as with all AWS regions, you choose where your data is processed and stored. Additionally, you can now further improve the fault tolerance of your applications using two infrastructure regions located exclusively in Europe, i.e. Dublin, Ireland and Frankfurt, Germany. 

Amazon Web Services are now operating eleven regions worldwide, which serve customers from over 190 countries. You can learn more about their growing global infrastructure footprint at Amazon's Global Infrastructure page.

The new Frankfurt region provides a broad suite of AWS services, including:

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS).
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).
Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS. 
Amazon Redshift.
AWS CloudHSM. 
Amazon Glacier. 
Auto Scaling. 
Elastic Load Balancing.
Amazon Storage Gateway.
Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR).
Amazon Kinesis.
Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM).
AWS CloudTrail.
Amazon CloudWatch.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
AWS CloudFormation.
AWS OpsWorks. 
AWS CloudSearch. 
Amazon SWF.
Amazon SQS.
Amazon SNS.
AWS Direct Connect.
Amazon VPC. 

Frankfurt Region pricing is available on the detail page of each service, which you can find through Amazon's Products & Services page. However we noticed that the costs are higher than Ireland, around 15% more.

Amazon Web Services continue to expand their services globally based largely on customer input. They already have 
AWS Edge Locations in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2), Dublin, Ireland, Frankfurt, Germany (3), London, England (3), Madrid, Spain, Marseille, France, Milan, Italy, Paris, France (2), Stockholm, Sweden, and Warsaw, Poland.

In order to support enterprises, government agencies, academic institutions, small-to-mid size companies, startups, and developers, there are AWS offices in Germany (Berlin, Munich), the UK (London), Ireland (Dublin), France (Paris), Luxembourg (Luxembourg City), Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm), and Italy (Milan).