AWS | July 15, 2022
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company announced the general availability of AWS Cloud WAN, a new managed wide area network (WAN) service that connects on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices, and cloud resources to simplify operating a global network. Using a central management dashboard built into AWS Cloud WAN, customers can define their network configuration, view the health of their global network, and automate routine configuration and security tasks. With AWS Cloud WAN, enterprises can access the AWS global network to build a single, unified network for their organization to improve network health, performance, and security. To get started with AWS Cloud WAN.
Many enterprises today run their networks across multiple environments, including on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices, and the cloud. To connect these disparate environments together, customers build and manage their own global networks, while also leveraging networking, security, and internet services from multiple third-party providers. AWS makes it easy for customers to connect cloud and on-premises environments using AWS networking services (e.g., Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, AWS Transit Gateway, and AWS Direct Connect). However, for connectivity between on-premises data centers and branch offices, customers must invest considerable time and money to build their own physical network or build a software-defined overlay network from third-party providers. This leads to a complex web of networks, each having different connectivity, security, monitoring, and performance management tools and requirements. As a result, networking teams face challenges configuring, securing, and managing an expanding mix of technologies required to build, scale, and operate a secure global network for their organizations.
AWS Cloud WAN makes it faster and easier for customers to build, manage, and monitor a unified global network that seamlessly connects their cloud and on-premises environments. AWS Cloud WAN allows customers to connect on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices, and AWS Regions into a single, unified global network with just a few clicks in a central management dashboard—removing the need to configure and manage individual networks that use different technologies. Using the central management dashboard, networking teams can have a single view of their global network, apply policies, and automate configuration and security tasks across their entire network. For example, with just a few clicks, teams can quickly and easily apply a policy that requires network traffic from branch offices to be routed through a specific network firewall before reaching cloud resources running in an AWS Region. AWS Cloud WAN integrates with leading SD-WAN, network appliance, and independent software vendors—including Aruba, Aviatrix, Checkpoint, Cisco Meraki, Cisco Systems, Prosimo, and VMware—making it easier for customers to connect their on-premises SD-WAN devices to AWS. Enterprises can now use AWS Cloud WAN to simplify the way they build, manage, and monitor their networks using a single dashboard with minimal complexity.
“Many wide area networks used by enterprises today consist of a patchwork of connections between branch offices and data centers that were optimized for applications that run on premises,” said David Brown, vice president of Amazon EC2 at AWS. “As the edge of the cloud continues to be pushed outward, and more customers move their applications to AWS to become more agile, reduce complexity, and save money, they need an easier way to evolve their networks to support a modern, distributed model that allows them to reach their customers and end users globally with high performance. With AWS Cloud WAN, enterprises can simplify their operations and leave the time-consuming task of managing complex webs of networks behind.”
To get started, customers can build their global networks in the AWS Cloud WAN central management dashboard by first selecting the AWS Regions closest to their on-premises locations and adding their Amazon Virtual Private Clouds. After extending their existing WAN to AWS, customers can add and remove remote locations and data centers with just a few clicks in the dashboard or by using the AWS Cloud WAN application programming interface (API). AWS Cloud WAN is available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), Africa (Cape Town), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Milan), Europe (Paris), Europe (Stockholm), and Middle East (Bahrain). For more details on AWS Cloud WAN, visit aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-cloud-wan-a-managed-wan-service.
Avalara builds cloud-based tax compliance solutions for businesses of all sizes, across industries globally, addressing needs from indirect tax calculation, returns, remittance, and document management, to business licensing, tax answers, insurance premium tax, property tax compliance, and more. “We expect AWS Cloud WAN to provide us the opportunity to transform our network by interconnecting our global AWS presence, while ensuring segmentation of business functions,” said Brian Capps, senior director of network engineering at Avalara. “We expect it to simplify management, routing, and security consolidating complex configurations to be deployed as infrastructure as code.”
Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. “In today’s world, organizations need fast, secure, and scalable connectivity across global cloud and on-premises environments. To meet these demands, it’s imperative to provide innovative networking and security solutions that are flexible and easy to use,” said Chris Stori, senior vice president and general manager at Cisco Networking Experiences. “Cisco continues to invest in cloud networking by integrating the Cisco SD-WAN product portfolios with AWS Cloud WAN to securely connect multi-AWS Region workloads, increase application performance, and reduce deployment times.”
Foundation Medicine is a pioneer in molecular profiling for cancer, working to shape the future of clinical care and research by helping physicians make informed treatment decisions for their patients and empowering researchers to develop new medicines. “AWS Cloud WAN simplifies how Foundation Medicine connects our globally distributed labs and cloud resources,” said Karl Langdon, head of cloud infrastructure at Foundation Medicine. “This streamlined system supports efficient collaboration between departments and sites, which enables us to provide doctors and researchers with the insights they need to improve patient access to precision cancer care.”
Slalom is a global consulting firm focused on technology and business transformation that helps organizations innovate and scale for business agility. “With AWS Cloud WAN, we immediately recognized its network segmentation capability as an accelerator that could greatly reduce the effort and complexity of network provisioning and routing automation. It did not disappoint,” said Charlie Christina, platform engineering principal at Slalom. “The ease of defining the core network, segmentation, and attachment policies via a single policy document greatly simplified global network creation. With AWS Cloud WAN our estimate for a recent network transformation project for a leading genomics company that wanted a fully automated, self-servicing high performance computing (HPC) solution was accurately reduced from months to weeks, and it allowed us to focus time and energy on the network-attached HPC design.”
VMware is a leading innovator in enterprise software and cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. “Delivering critical networking, security, and edge compute services to employee devices located anywhere is a top priority for enterprise IT teams,” said Craig Connors, vice president and general manager of VMware's SASE business. “The integration of VMware SD-WAN, a VMware SASE service, and AWS Cloud WAN, provides a networking architecture to deliver compute across the distributed edge, while providing more secure and high-quality application performance of workloads in AWS environments, regardless of user location. Through this partnership, customers can achieve seamless connectivity from users to clouds.”
About Amazon Web Services
For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon.
SpringML | September 08, 2022
SpringML, Inc. , a leader in machine learning and advanced data analytics services, today announced that it has achieved the renewed Machine Learning Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program. By earning the Machine Learning Partner Specialization, SpringML has shown its expertise and success in building customer solutions in the Machine Learning field using Google Cloud technology.
Partners achieving this specialization have demonstrated success with data exploration, preprocessing, model training, model evaluation, model deployment, online prediction, and Google pretrained Machine Learning APIs. This specialization will further enable customers to leverage Google Cloud AI and machine learning services to analyze data, use speech and image recognition applications, and more.
"Artificial intelligence and machine learning is one of the core foundations of a successful digital transformation. By using the Google Cloud ML tools & technologies, SpringML has helped enterprises in their digital transformation journey. "This is our third renewal which showcases our maturity and strength in providing end-to-end AI/ML support and services. SpringML's domain expertise, along with Google Cloud's capabilities, is well positioned to help our joint customers in their AI journey."
Prabhu Palanisamy, President and Chief Strategy Officer at SpringML
"AI/ML technologies are driving digital transformation across industries, and having access to experts with competencies in these areas is important to continued innovation,' said Derrick Thompson, Global Head of Partner Differentiation, Google Cloud. "SpringML's renewed Machine Learning Specialization is proof of its dedication to helping customers transform their business with cloud technologies like ML."
At SpringML, we have earned various Google Cloud specializations, from Data Analytics, Data Management, Application Development, and Security, demonstrating our commitment to the success of our customers. SpringML is a trusted partner for data-driven digital transformation projects with our agile, iterative, and incremental delivery model that helps enterprises build future-ready applications.
About SpringML, Inc.
SpringML delivers data-driven digital transformation outcomes with an experimentation and design thinking mindset. We provide Google Cloud consulting and implementation services and industry-specific analytics solutions that deliver high-impact business value from data. SpringML is a Google Cloud partner with capabilities to plan, assess, deploy, and manage data-driven engagements. We have received Google Cloud specialization based on our expertise and customer portfolio for Data Management, Application Development, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Marketing Analytics, and Security.
Cobalt Iron | September 05, 2022
Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that its Compass® enterprise SaaS backup platform for monitoring, managing, provisioning, and securing the entire enterprise backup landscape has earned a place in the DCIG Top 5 Report for Large Enterprise AWS Cloud Backup.
“Our aim with the Top 5 report is to give data center administrators clear and well-researched information about the standout solutions in this space. With Compass’ analytics, automation, immutability, and ability to integrate with enterprise management tools, Cobalt Iron has really set Compass apart,” said Jerome Wendt, president and founder, DCIG LLC.
According to the report, “Compass’ differentiators show up in two broad ways. First, Compass uses AWS EC2 instances to deliver backup in the AWS cloud. This minimizes or eliminates the need for enterprises to deploy Compass or perform ongoing software and backup storage management. Second, Compass monitors, accelerates, analyzes, and then orchestrates backup and recovery activities in AWS.”
The report highlighted three characteristics that distinguish Compass from the other Top 5 large enterprise AWS cloud backup solutions on the list:
A comprehensive analytics engine that automates back-end backup operations — Compass constantly monitors and evaluates all aspects of the backup environment, including any occurrences of cyberattacks, and automatically acts on the information to optimize the infrastructure for faster backups and better utilization.
Backups stored in an immutable, inaccessible format — Through the Compass Cyber Shield feature, Compass encrypts all backups and stores them in an immutable format that no one except authenticated, properly credentialed Compass users may access.
Integration with leading enterprise management tools — Enterprises may use tools such as Ansible, Chef, Puppet, ServiceNow, and vRealize to manage Compass.
“Thanks to its analysis and research, DCIG is an authority for anyone in the IT industry who is responsible for keeping data safe, With AWS being so widely used in enterprise IT infrastructure today, Cobalt Iron continually enhances the Compass platform to make sure data to, from, and within the AWS cloud is airtight.”
Andy Hurt, chief marketing officer at Cobalt Iron