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In Cloud Computing This Week [Feb 21st 2020]

February 21, 2020

This week's roundup of notable cloud news.



AWS RDS Customers using SSL/TLS Certificates MUST update them or risk losing database connectivity

What is going on?

As part of the standard maintenance and security best practices for RDS, the SSL/TLS certificates for RDS DB instances and Aurora DB clusters expire and are replaced every five years. The current certificate will expire on March 5, 2020. Your database clients and applications that use SSL/TLS with certificate validation to connect to an RDS DB instance or Aurora cluster will lose connectivity beginning March 5, 2020 if you do not update the SSL/TLS certificate on both the client and the database server. We strongly recommend completing this change by February 28, 2020 to avoid disruption to your Amazon RDS instance or Amazon Aurora databases.


*ignore the date in the URL - the deadline was extended.

Azure adds Lition blockchain to it's marketplace

Lition, a commercial blockchain, announced on Feb. 18 that Microsoft has officially brought Lition blockchain solution to its Azure cloud marketplace.  

This makes Lition one of the few public/private blockchains currently supported by a major cloud provider like Microsoft. Microsoft also became the first to bring blockchain to the cloud and continues to remain at the cutting edge of blockchain adoption.


Multi-Attach for Provisioned IOPS (io1) Amazon EBS Volumes

Starting mid Feb 2020, customers running Linux on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) can take advantage of new support for attaching Provisioned IOPS (io1) Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes to multiple EC2 instances. Each EBS volume, when configured with the new Multi-Attach option, can be attached to a maximum of 16 EC2 instances in a single Availability Zone. Additionally, each Nitro-based EC2 instance can support the attachment of multiple Multi-Attach enabled EBS volumes. Multi-Attach capability makes it easier to achieve higher availability for applications that provide write ordering to maintain storage consistency.


Google pursues AWS and Azure users with free Windows migrations

Google has given Microsoft, AWS and their respective channels something to think about with a new service that moves Windows Server 2008 workloads into its cloud and upgrades them to Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2008 reached its end of life on 14 January, 2020. Microsoft will continue to support the OS, but only at significant cost. As usual, some users are willing to risk running an unsupported and vulnerable OS. Google appears to be targeting those folk with a new feature to its Migrate for Compute Engine product.

As the company explained in a blog post, the new feature means that migrations into Google cloud mean “Everything you had running on the original system will persist, but when the migration is done it’ll be running the new OS, Windows Server 2012. You can do this with your physical and virtual servers from on-prem, and also with VMs currently running in AWS or Azure.”


AWS launches WorkSpaces client for Windows and Mac

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new WorkSpaces client for Windows and Mac. The client contains new enhancements including the ability to create personalised labels for registration codes, a new user interfaceI, and includes updates to the PCoIP protocol.

According to AWS, personalised labels for registration codes enables end users to create custom names for their various WorkSpace directories. These new personalised labels will be visible next to the registration codes, making it easier for end users with multiple registration codes to differentiate between their WorkSpaces.


LucidLink FilespacesTM now integrates with Azure Blob Storage

LucidLink, an innovator in cloud file services, announced this month that its Filespaces cloud-native file system now supports Microsoft Azure Blob storage. Built specifically for cloud storage, LucidLink Filespaces™ provides secure, high-performance file access over distance to improve organizational workload efficiencies and maximize productivity. As LucidLink continues to build out its cloud offerings, partnering with Microsoft rounds out a list of impressive storage partners. Azure Blob storage, cloud-based object storage, enables LucidLink inroads with companies that are looking for an integrated solution that delivers rapid, encrypted access to files and data stored on infinitely scalable, cost-effective cloud storage.


IBM Power-based cloud instances available… from Google

IBM’s high-performance RISC processors are now available to Google Cloud Platform users as a service.

Google is partnering with IBM to offer "Power Systems as a service" on its Google Cloud platform.

IBM’s Power processor line is the last man standing in the RISC/Unix war, surviving Sun Microsystems’ SPARC and HP’s PA-RISC. Along with mainframes it’s the last server hardware business IBM has, having divested its x86 server line in 2014.


AWS launches payment card security check service

Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Security Hub now supports automated security checks aligned to the international Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2.1 requirements.

Available in most global regions, AWS Security Hub provides users with a comprehensive view of their high-priority security alerts and compliance status across AWS accounts. 


Azure Hybrid Virtual Event

Where:  Online
When:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:00 AM–9:00 AM Pacific Time

Register for this free, 60-minute online event to learn about strategies, insights, and technologies to optimize your hybrid cloud across on-premises, multicloud, and the edge. And, be among the first to hear about the latest innovations in Azure Arc and Azure Stack—two game-changing hybrid cloud offerings from Microsoft.  

Join live and learn about:

  • The future of hybrid cloud from industry experts.
  • Ways to advance your hybrid strategies, including best practices and real-world examples.
  • Securing and governing virtual machines, containers, and data in hybrid environments.

You’ll also get to ask experts your questions about hybrid cloud during the live Q&A.




Where: Sydney AU
When : 6-7th April 2020

For the first time HashiDays is coming to APAC: get ready for HashiDays Sydney at the Roslyn Packer Theatre on 7 April.

Exchange ideas and technical knowledge, connect with like-minded people, and learn about HashiCorp tools and products.

Want more than one day? Add a Training Day on 6 April to your visit.


DevOps Talks Conferences : 

DevOps Talks Conference (DOTC) attracts leaders and engineers who are practicing DevOps in startups and leading-edge enterprise companies. World-class speakers from cutting-edge IT startups and enterprises such as CHEF, AWS, Google, ANZ, NAB present about DevOps, Cyber Security, Containers, Cloud, Serverless, SRE, Blockchain, ChatOps and other advanced High Tech subjects and technologies.

Praised by several articles as being one of the best DevOps Conferences, including two consecutive years by Tech Beacon: “The Best DevOps Conferences of 2019”. Similarly, they were featured by the Net Guru as one of the “17 Must Attend Devops Conferences in 2019”, and HPE’s “16 Devops and System Admin Conferences Worth Your Attention in 2019”.

Some of their previous presentations are available on DevOps Talks Channel,

DevOps Talks Conference, 19-20 March, 2020 Melbourne, Australia
The Melbourne conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and workshops will take place on 18th March 2020.

DevOps Talks Conference, 24-25 March, 2020, Auckland, New Zealand
The Auckland conference will be held at the Stamford Plaza Auckland and workshops will take place on 23rd March 2020.

For more details please refer to their website: https://devops.talksplus.com/

AWS Summit Sydney

Where: Darling Harbour Sydney AU
When : Mar 31 - Apr 2 2020

Bringing the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn how to build a future-ready business.

AWS Summit returns to the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney in 2020, with three days of educational and inspirational keynotes, breakout sessions, and customer stories. Learn how cloud technology can help your business lower costs, improve efficiency, and innovate at scale.

Join us at Amazon Innovation Day on Tuesday, 31 March where you will hear inspiring stories from individuals and organisations who are innovating and driving change for social impact. 

At AWS Summit on Wednesday, 1 April, our keynote will show how organisations are transforming using the latest cloud technology to deliver an enhanced customer experience. Continue your learning with educational breakout sessions ranging in level from beginner to advanced to help you get started on your cloud transformation journey.

Dive deeper on Thursday, 2 April with a keynote that educates on how to design, build, and deploy the latest AWS technology. Our educational breakout sessions will range in level from intermediate to expert, immersing you in architecture and code.


AWS Summits are happening all over the globe - you can probably find one near you :

Location Date
Paris, France March 17, 2020
Dubai UAE March 24, 2020
Brussels, Belgium April 2, 2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands April 8, 2020
Mumbai, India April 8, 2020
San Francisco, CA USA April 14, 2020
Singapore April 15, 2020
Seoul, South Korea April 16, 2020
London, UK April 29, 2020


No travel budget ?  Fear not.

Master the fundamentals of Cloud online and for free!

Online AWSome Days:  19th March 2020

AWS experts are there to help accelerate your cloud journey, get up and running with AWS services fast and start adding value to your business as soon as possible. All you need to do is register to attend the free, AWSome Day Online Conference on 19.03.20!

Content will be available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Hebrew.

Free cloud training, provided by experts

AWSome Day attendees will receive free, step-by-step introductions and training on core AWS services for compute, storage, database and networking. Plus, they'll share best practices for architecting and cost optimization.

AWS technical experts will provide detailed explanations of key service features, share real-world use cases, walk through technical demos, and be available to answer all your questions live.


Microsoft also has a full training and events calendar underway : 

Source : https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/community/events/

Continuous integration with GitHub and Azure

This online series is for teams looking to implement continuous integration and continuous delivery

Where: Redmond, Washington
When: 2/21/2020, 03:00 AM GMT+8

Azure Cloud Versatility and Customizations For Any B2B Startup

In this free series, we are gathering for you a fireside chat featuring real stories Startup Founders to help you scale up your business and technologies smarter and faster.

Where: San Francisco, California
When: 2/21/2020, 09:30 AM GMT+8

Making Your Data Useful for Analysis

In this introductory workshop to Machine Learning you will begin to understand how to narrow down the feature scope of your data so that the predictions are based on causation and not just correlation.

Where: San Francisco, California
When: 2/25/2020, 02:00 AM GMT+8

Microsoft's Commercial Marketplace Roadmap: February Updates

Join Commercial Marketplace Product Manager, Brian Levenson, for an exciting presentation on Microsoft's recent releases and upcoming roadmap for the commercial marketplace and get your questions answered!

When: 2/25/2020, 02:30 AM GMT+8

Microsoft Azure Training Day: Delivering the Modern Data Warehouse

Azure Training Day: Delivering the Modern Data. See how Azure Data Factory (ADF), Azure Databricks, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) can be used together to build a modern data warehouse.

Where: South Jakarta
When: 2/25/2020, 11:00 AM GMT+8

Microsoft Azure Training Day: Migrating Server Infrastructure

If you want to update your on-premises server infrastructure and get your company ready for the cloud, you’ll need to learn more. Microsoft Azure Training Day: Migrating Server Infrastructure takes you through the story of the fictional Tailwind Traders as it migrates from a physical and virtual deployment of Windows Server 2008 R2 to the Azure cloud.

Where: Schiphol
When: 2/25/2020, 05:00 PM GMT+8


Are you a startup based in Switzerland? Let us help you open doors across the globe. Leverage our cloud marketplace, our enterprise sales team, and rapidly growing partner ecosystem to reach customers globally.

Where: Zürich
When: 2/26/2020, 12:00 AM GMT+8

Using Advanced Machine Learning Models

In this advanced Data Science workshop, learn about K-Means, Naive Bayes, and Regression models that will better support complex data and questions.

Where: San Francisco, California
When: 2/26/2020, 02:00 AM GMT+8

How Teams at Microsoft Embraced a DevOps Culture

By changing the way you work through DevOps, you’ll deliver better products to your customers and better results to your business. Beyond implementing new processes and technology, the key to a successful DevOps practice is embracing a DevOps culture.

When: 2/26/2020, 02:00 AM GMT+8

Introduction to knowledge mining using Azure AI

Learn Azure Cognitive Search in this four-part webinar series.

When: 2/26/2020, 03:00 AM GMT+8

Get the Most Performance Out of Azure Database for MySQL

Learn how to develop and deploy your apps faster and accelerate your time to market with Azure Database for MySQL. Explore how this fully managed, enterprise-ready community database service handles your mission-critical workloads with predictable performance and dynamic scalability.

When: 2/26/2020, 05:00 AM GMT+8

Making Your Data Useful for Analysis

In this introductory workshop to Machine Learning you will begin to understand how to narrow down the feature scope of your data so that the predictions are based on causation and not just correlation.

Where: Sydney
When: 2/26/2020, 10:00 AM GMT+8

Modernize databases in a day

As more and more organizations are modernizing their applications and data centers to the cloud, how do you as database professional equip yourself with an end-to-end overview of cloud database technologies, architecture options, migration tools, and cost plus business value considerations?

Where: Zurich
When: 2/26/2020, 03:30 PM GMT+8

Beginners Data Science for Python Developers

In this workshop, you will get a glimpse into how we can teach machines to analyze complex scenarios at a much larger scale than we're able to. After you've cleaned and organized your data, you will have an opportunity to train and test machine learning models, and even publish your predictor online for others to explore.

Where: Redmond, Washington
When: 2/27/2020, 02:00 AM GMT+8

Virtual Event Best Practices for Windows Server and SQL Server

Join this virtual event to learn about best practices and common issues when moving Windows Server and SQL Server workloads to Azure. Learn why customers choose Azure for their Windows Server workloads for cloud security, increased agility, and reduced costs. And find out how to simplify migration and get the benefits of running Windows Server and SQL Server in the cloud.

When: 2/27/2020, 02:00 AM GMT+8

Build Real-Time Apps with Azure & CosmosDB

Developers, engineers, and architects will get hands-on with Microsoft experts to develop real-time, always-on IoT telemetry and customer personalization apps using Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Functions, Azure Web Apps, Azure Stream Analytics, Power BI, Event Hubs, Azure Databricks, and other services.

Where: Wellington
When: 2/27/2020, 03:30 AM GMT+8

Using Advanced Machine Learning Models

In this advanced Data Science workshop, learn about K-Means, Naive Bayes, and Regression models that will better support complex data and questions.

Where: Sydney
When: 2/27/2020, 10:00 AM GMT+8

How to transform your apps with SaaS leveraging Microsoft cloud and data technologies

Attend this webinar to learn how you can leverage Microsoft cloud and data technologies to deploy the best SaaS design and management practices for your apps, helping you optimize costs and improve time-to-market.

When: 2/27/2020, 11:00 AM GMT+8

Hackathon: Modernise Your SQL in Azure

Modernising your SQL workloads to Azure PaaS has many benefits, including lowering TCO, empowering digital transformation, risk mitigation, and providing unlimited flexibility. However, with so many options to migrate, it can be confusing to know what path is right for your workloads.

At this SQL Server Modernisation Hackathon, you get hands on experience and insight of end-to-end migration (Application, Database, and Components) into Azure. We run through the cases, decision process, tools and strategies to get your own Modernisation projects up and running seamlessly in Azure. What to Expect:

Get hands on with the latest migration tools and PaaS Services Assess, Migrate, and Optimise an Application, Legacy SQL Database and SSIS to Azure Learn how SQL Modernisation unlocks TCO and digital transformation Learn how to secure and monitor your databases post migration Work with solution architects to hack your own data estate modernisation Network with peers from across industries

Who is this for: The day is open to all, but there will be hands on technical sessions. Recommended for Data and Technical Architects. What should you bring: Laptop and your ideas for Modernisation (we will supply the Wifi, power and coffee).

Where: Newcastle Upon Tyne
When: 2/27/2020, 05:00 PM GMT+8

Microsoft Azure Training: Fundamentals for Education

Join us on February 27 at the Microsoft Office in Los Angeles, for the free Microsoft Azure Training Day: Fundamentals for Education to improve your understanding of cloud concepts and acquire the knowledge you need to earn the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification.

Where: Los Angeles, California
When: 2/28/2020, 12:30 AM GMT+8

Microsoft Azure Training Day: Fundamentals

Join us at the free Microsoft Azure Training Day: Fundamentals to improve your understanding of cloud concepts and acquire the knowledge you need to earn the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification. Learn basic strategies for transitioning to the cloud along with concepts including security, high availability, scalability, elasticity, agility, fault tolerance, and disaster recovery. Attendees will receive free vouchers to take the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exam.

Where: Vancouver
When: 2/28/2020, 01:00 AM GMT+8

Building Software That Recognizes You

With the power of Azure artificial intelligence (Cognitive Services) and your existing coding powers, we invite you to join us on a Python+Flask+Azure journey to build your very own smart app!

Where: Redmond, Washington
When: 2/28/2020, 02:00 AM GMT+8

Building Software That Recognizes You

With the power of Azure artificial intelligence (Cognitive Services) and your existing coding powers, we invite you to join us on a Python+Flask+Azure journey to build your very own smart app!

Where: San Francisco, California
When: 2/28/2020, 02:00 AM GMT+8


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