Amazon ECS Anywhere Launches to Make Container Management Easier

Six months after its debut at the 2020 reInvent conference, the new Amazon Elastic Container Service is now generally available. Amazon ECS Anywhere allows customers of Amazon…

Amazon EC2 Run Command Receives an Update Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), this month updated its EC2 Run Command service. It now offers a variety of new commands, document management and sharing capabilities. AWS also open sourced the Simple Systems Manager agent Linux. The EC2 Run Command was introduced in October 2015. It was designed to make it easier for people who need a little more control or ad hoc for more than one instance. AWS evangelist Jeff Barr wrote a blog at the time that the EC2 Run Command was released. He noted that it was designed to support a wide variety of enterprise scenarios, including installing software, running ad-hoc scripts or Microsoft PowerShell command, and configuring Windows Update settings. This can be done using a variety of interface tools that AWS has created for this task. The AWS Identity and Access Management security access control system, which integrates the EC2 Run Command, allows for more precise control over what actions users can perform against instances. All permissions and changes made with the Run Command are automatically recorded to AWS CloudTrail in case of need to audit and trace usage and access. The current update, which was released in May, provides document management and sharing capabilities for command documents that are executed via the EC2 Run Command. Barr says that this will “allow you to add more rigor to administrative procedures by reducing variability, removing a source for errors,” and control is possible as command documents can be shared between accounts within an organization and even among AWS partners. Barr’s blog lists four additional commands for those who manage EC2 instances that run the Windows OS.

AWS-ListWindowsInventory: Allows for the collection of on-instance inventory information, with the ability to send results to an S3 bucket. AWS-FindWindowsUpdates: Simply finds and lists Windows updates. AWS-InstallMissingWindowsUpdates:…

Amazon EC2 adds Windows Server 2016 Support

The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) now supports the latest version of Microsoft’s server OS. Windows Server 2016 was made generally available earlier in the month. Microsoft…

Amazon DynamoDB ranks high in Big Data NoSQL Research Report. The Amazon DynamoDB database, which is owned by Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), is one of the “Leaders,” as analyzed in a new report by Forrester Research Inc. In its Q3 2016 Forrester Wave Report, the research firm surveyed 15 vendors. Amazon DynamoDB was deemed Leader, eight other vendors were rated Strong Performers, five were named Strong Performers, and one was a Contender in NoSQL, Forrester’s key technology area for data-intensive companies. According to the report, “NoSQL has become a necessity in order to support next-generation apps.” NoSQL is being adopted by enterprises of all sizes and types to support their business technology (BT). NoSQL’s key strength is its ability to support scale-out architecture. This is possible by using low-cost compute servers that can be clustered to deliver the performance of large, high end SMP servers. Its flexible schemaless model allows for the storage, processing, and access of any type of customer or business data. Forrester outlined the benefits of NoSQL by listing:

Flexible scale allows for dynamic workloads to be supported Flexible data models are available to support any type or data. Extreme read and writing capabilities for demanding…

According to a Dice report,, the parent company of cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS), kept the tech hiring process rolling in the second quarter despite a difficult hiring environment. Amazon was the only cloud computing provider among the top 10. Oracle ranked No. 11 and Google at No. 32. Microsoft, whose Azure cloud platform is AWS’ closest competitor in terms of market share (50%) did not make the list. Dice stressed that AWS only makes up a small portion of Amazon’s total revenue, but that cloud computing is the main focus of Amazon’s tech hiring. According to the report, “Amazon is seeking top-ranking occupations such as software developer, network engineer and program manager, as well as systems engineer.” The top 20 skills in Amazon job listings start with Java and end at NoSQL. [Click here for a larger view] Amazon is looking for top tech skills. (Source: Dice). This roughly corresponds to the top tech occupations, as measured by job postings during the quarter. A list headed by “software engineer” is No. 1, with “java programmer” at No. 5. The demand for certain tech occupations increased between May and June, in particular:

Software developer — 25 percent Systems engineer — 24 percent Application developer — 31 percent Dice stated that while the first quarter left employers in a tense…

Amazon Detective is on the Case, Aided by Machine Learning Amazon Web Services has announced Amazon Detective, a new security tool that uses machine learning and other technologies to improve sleuthing. The company announced that Amazon Detective, a new service in Preview, makes it easy to analyze and investigate, and quickly identify root causes of potential security issues. Amazon Detective automatically collects log data and uses machine learning, statistical analyses, and graph theory. This allows you to conduct faster and more efficient security investigations. [Click on the image to see a larger view.] How Amazon Detective Works (source :AWS). It will be available in select regions of AWS, including the US-East, US-West, Oregon, US-East, US-East, and US-West (Ohio), as well as the EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) previews. AWS stated that Amazon Detective can analyze trillions from multiple data sources, including AWS CloudTrail, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Flow Logs, and Amazon GuardDuty. It automatically creates an interactive, unified view of your resources, users, interactions, and their relationships over time. “With this unified view you can visualize all details and context in one location to identify the underlying causes for the findings, drill into relevant historical activities and quickly determine the root cause. AWS stated that the tool offers easy-to-use visualizations that can be used to answer questions such:

“Is it normal for this role have so many failed API calls?” “Is this a sudden spike in traffic?” You can find complete documentation here.

A bald dog can teach you new tricks

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