Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Alexa for Business includes WPA2 Enterprise Wi-Fi aid for Shared Echo Devices

Alexa for Business is a service that allows organizations and employees to operate Alexa to get more work done. Now Alexa for Business permits organizations to join select Echo devices managed by Alexa for Business to their corporate WPA2 Enterprise Wi-Fi network. Many organizations tend to choose to have all devices on their WPA2 enterprise secured network to clarify network and device management. This new feature allows you connect the Echo devices to your current WPA2 wireless network without having to make a guest or WPA2 personal network. You can create device certificates related to your corporate root certificate, with the AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority (ACM-PCA) to setup devices. You can then download the Desktop Setup Tool offered by Alexa for Business and utilize it to issue the certificates to your Echo devices while device setup. Alexa for Business makes it simple for you to present Alexa to your organization, offering you the tools you require to handle Alexa devices, users, and skills at scale. The WPA2 Enterprise Wi-Fi based setup is accessible for shared Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot devices managed by Alexa for Business. To read more information, refer Alexa for Business.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Notifications announced for New Amazon GuardDuty Finding Types and Feature Launches

Amazon GuardDuty is a threat detection service which constantly detects for harmful or uncertified action to aid you guard your AWS accounts and workloads of the these data sources : VPC Flow Logs, AWS CloudTrail event logs, and DNS logs. It scans for actions like abnormal API calls or potentially unapproved deployments which show a feasible account settlement. Amazon GuardDuty too identifies potentially compromised instances or inspection by attackers.
 
Earlier, you required to manually examine if a new finding type or feature was declared by referring at documentation or in the GuardDuty console. But now, you can subscribe to the new SNS topic and be informed automatically. Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a web service which harmonizes and controls the delivery or sending of messages to subscribing endpoints or clients. The SNS subscription can be configured to give update information through an email, SMS message, or activate an automated action with AWS Lambda. Now Amazon GuardDuty provides an Amazon SNS notification subject so you can be informed automatically when new Amazon GuardDuty finding types or features are launched.

Amazon GuardDuty produces findings when it notice unforeseen and potentially harmful actions in your AWS domains. You can perceive and control your GuardDuty findings on the Findings page in the GuardDuty console or with the help of GuardDuty CLI or API operations. You can also check your GuardDuty findings through Amazon CloudWatch events.

Amazon GuardDuty can instantly start examining billions of events over your AWS accounts for signs of risk and its possible with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. You do not need to deploy and maintain software or security infrastructure, that means it can be allowed rapidly with no risk of negatively affecting current application workloads.

You can start your 30-day free trial of Amazon GuardDuty within just one click in the AWS Management console, see Amazon GuardDuty Free Trial. And to get more about, click Amazon GuardDuty Findings
 
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Monday, 10 December 2018

AWS Organizations Integration Introduced by AWS Service Catalog

AWS Service Catalog enables you to centrally handle frequently deployed IT services, and aids you get uniform governance and meet your compliance needs, while allowing users to swiftly deploy only the accepted IT services they require. AWS Organizations offers policy-based management for multiple AWS accounts. Now this AWS Service Catalog integrates with AWS Organizations, with this feature you can clarify sharing of AWS Service Catalog portfolios over member accounts in your organization. AWS Service Catalog administrators do not require to have the receiving account ID or portfolio ID on hand. With manually sharing portfolio and account Ids, your time will be saved and the risk of error will be minimized. With the use of your organization’s master account, you can share portfolios to member accounts by referencing current organizational unit or organization ID without leaving AWS Service Catalog. Go through this links to obtain more information on AWS Service Catalog and AWS Organizations

AWS CodePipeline can be accessed through VPC Endpoints

Amazon VPC is an AWS service which can be utilized to start AWS resources in a virtual network that you describe. Now AWS CodePipeline can be accessed through Amazon VPC by using VPC endpoints. Amazon VPC offers advanced security features like security groups and network access control lists, to allow inbound and outbound filtering at the instance level and subnet level. Security and Isolation are the main reasons why AWS customers execute their applications within a Virtual Private Cloud. Earlier, you could connect to CodePipeline from your VPC with the internet gateway or VPN connection. But due to support of VPC endpoints, no public IP addresses are needed and traffic between the VPC and CodePipeline does not vacate the Amazon network. Choose AWS CodePipeline in the Amazon VPC Console to enable this. Choose AWS CodePipeline in the Amazon VPC console to start with this feature. Refer the AWS global region table for a complete list of AWS Regions where CodePipeline is available.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Resource Tagging is now supported by Amazon MQ

Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it simple to build and run message brokers in the cloud. Amazon MQ minimizes your operational weight by handling the provisioning, setup, and maintenance of ActiveMQ, a famous open-source message broker. Now you can allocate AWS resource tags to your Amazon MQ brokers and configurations. Tags allows you to categorize your AWS resources in several ways, like by cost center or owner, that clarifies the way of cost assignment. You can recognize an Amazon MQ message broker or configuration faster related to the tags allocated to it with resource tagging. A tag is a custom attribute that you can allocate to AWS resources which contains a user-defined key-value pair. You can add/remove resource tags from your Amazon MQ resources with the Amazon MQ console, API, CLI, or SDK, and assign up to 50 tags per resource. AWS resource tags are now supported by Amazon MQ in every region where Amazon MQ is accessible.

Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka (Amazon MSK) announced in Public Preview

Amazon MSK is a entirely managed, highly obtainable, and secure service which makes it simple for developers and DevOps managers to execute applications on Apache Kafka in the AWS Cloud without requiring Apache Kafka infrastructure management proficiency. Now Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka (Amazon MSK) introduced in public preview. Amazon MSK works highly available Apache Kafka clusters, offers security features out of the box, is completely compatible with open-source versions of Apache Kafka enabling current applications to relocate without code modifications, and has built-in AWS integrations which escalate application development. There are no upfront commitments or minimum fees with Amazon MSK. You pay as you go for broker instance and storage usage. Amazon MSK is accessible in public preview in the US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. Amazon MSK supports Apache Kafka version 1.1.1, refer Amazon MSK webpage to learn more.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

“6R” Strategies for Migration to the AWS Cloud System

Every scale companies have now entirely aware of the advantages of the Cloud. There are so many causes why companies/users are migrating to the cloud; like some are migrating to the cloud to maximize the productivity of their workforce. And of course, the base line for organizations are to reduce reducing their costs. But the basic one reason they adopt to migrate to the cloud is the agility and speed which they can relocate with. With respect to this benefit, many organizations are now approaching towards the cloud migration. The AWS Cloud offers you 90+ services at your fingertip such as compute, storage, and databases to continuous integration, data analytics, and artificial intelligence and many more. The benefit of migrating to the AWS Cloud are expand in your competitive edge, drive business value, and modernize your infrastructure. AWS has entire developed framework combined with the perfectly successful practices to productive strategies and run your migration to the Cloud system. It’s various frameworks operating from the system such as:

  • AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF)
  • AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP)
  • AWS Migration Hub
  • AWS Application Discovery Service
So if you are ready to revolutionize the way of your business runs then this is when you determine what is in your environment and the migration plans for any application. The “6R” strategies mentioned below are basic migration approaches employed and created based on “The 5 R’s” that Gartner outlined in 2011. You should obtain a complete comprehension of which migration strategy will be top suited for particular portions of your portfolio. The point to be consider is that one of the strategy may be best for migrating particular applications and other strategy might work better for migrating different applications. The 6 Common Application Migration Strategies are

1. Rehost (“lift and shift”)
Rehosting can be automated with tools such as AWS SMS however you may choose to do this manually as you know how to apply your legacy systems to the cloud. The applications are easier to re-architect which are already executing in the cloud. The full Rehosting can be handled and automated along with the tools of executing AWS VM Import/Export that helps the customers to choose the complete manual system of application to the new cloud platform.

2. Replatform (“lift, tinker and shift”) 
Big organizations work along with the migrated web servers for managing the on-premises of the AWS system without changing the core architecture of the application. For example, you may be looking to minimize the amount of time you consume managing database instances by relocating to a managed RDS such as Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), or migrating your application to a complete managed platform like AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

3. Repurchase (“drop and shop”)
The repurchasing may be seen as a SaaS platform. This is a option to relocate to a disparate product and likely means your organization is willing to alter the current licensing model you have been using.

4. Refactor / Re-architect 
With this system, the application is architected and developed. Typically, this is driven by a strong business requirement to annex features, scale, or performance that would otherwise be tough to get in the application’s current environment.

5. Retire 
Once you’ve completely understood everything about the business, now you can stop the functioning business. recognizing IT assets that are no longer functional and can be turned off will aid upgrade your business case and straight your notice towards maintaining the resources that are extensively used.

6. Retain 
The entire business gets maintained here completely and effectively. You may want to keep portions of your IT portfolio because there are some applications which you are not ready to move and feel more comfortable keeping them on-premises, or you are not ready to prioritize an application that was recently boosted and then make changes to it again.

You can migrate your application to the AWS cloud and minimize capital costs, reduce support and administrative costs, and maintain the performance, security, and reliability needs your business demands with low cost and efforts. Many enterprises are migrating applications to the cloud to modernize their current IT asset base or to construct for future requirements.

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Cloud.in is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner offers solutions for migrations and have deep experience helping businesses move successfully to AWS, through all phases of complex migration projects, discovery, planning, and operations.

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