Google said to be on cloud shopping spree

| March 21, 2016

Google said to be on cloud shopping spree
Google is rumoured to be planning the acquisition of a number of businesses to bolster its cloud computing platform and suite of workplace applications. According to Re/code, the tech giant has amassed a short-list of various start-ups and niche service providers including automated app services start-up Metavine, e-commerce public company Shopify, and payroll and health benefits services business Namely. Re/code sources have stressed that the approaches are preliminary, and none of the companies involved have commented on the rumours.

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As businesses move to the cloud to solve their data management and access problems, they see a critical need for solutions that can help them bridge the gap between their existing environment and their vision of a more agile and flexible network.

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As businesses move to the cloud to solve their data management and access problems, they see a critical need for solutions that can help them bridge the gap between their existing environment and their vision of a more agile and flexible network.

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NXP Semiconductors Selects AWS as Its Preferred Cloud Provider to Power Electronic Design Automation in the Cloud

NXP Semiconductors, AWS | October 14, 2021

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that NXP Semiconductors N.V. has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider and is migrating the vast majority of its electronic design automation (EDA) workloads from NXP data centers to AWS. Running on the world’s leading cloud extends NXP’s efficiency and competitive edge in the design and verification of advanced semiconductors tailored to the requirements of automotive, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, and communications infrastructure businesses. The Netherlands-based company uses AWS’s proven global infrastructure and capabilities in high performance computing (HPC), storage, analytics, and machine learning to enhance collaboration and EDA throughput across dozens of its worldwide design centers, as well as to reduce costs with elastic scaling of compute resources and minimize scheduling risks for design projects. In addition, thanks to AWS’s virtually unlimited scale, NXP engineers gain more time to focus on innovation rather than managing compute resources.Running on AWS, NXP aims to achieve long-term process improvements that transform how semiconductors are designed and tested. Before NXP can manufacture new chips, its designs undergo extensive testing and validation through the EDA process to ensure they are functionally safe, secure, high quality, and highly performant. NXP’s complex EDA workflows include front-end design, performance simulation, and verification, along with backend workloads that include timing and power analysis, design rule checks, and other applications to prepare a chip for production. Historically, semiconductor companies run these highly iterative workflows from on-premises data centers with fixed compute capacity. However, because of the massive compute power involved for each cycle and the increasing complexity of chip designs, producing a new device can take many months or even years unless the companies accurately forecast and install additional compute infrastructure. In contrast, by powering its EDA with AWS, NXP gains the scale and agility to advance multiple projects at the same time on demand, regardless of their complexity, and run dozens of performance simulations in parallel to accelerate time to result. To better manage the scale and complexity of its design activities, NXP relies on AWS analytics and machine learning services to continuously refine its research and development workflows. NXP uses Amazon QuickSight (AWS’s machine learning-powered business intelligence service built for the cloud) to generate more powerful engineering and operational insights that help increase workflow efficiency. For example, by rapidly translating results from one step of testing into modifications for another, NXP can reduce the time required to iterate chip designs. NXP also uses Amazon SageMaker (AWS’s service that helps developers and data scientists build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly in the cloud and at the edge) to optimize how it structures compute, storage, and third-party software application licenses. To support this work, NXP is building a data lake on AWS using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and AWS Glue (AWS’s service for simply and cost-effectively extracting, transforming, and loading data). In addition, NXP takes advantage of AWS’s range of specialized instances for HPC to further streamline its EDA workflows. The selection of instance types allows NXP to meet the unique requirements of each design project while also achieving a high degree of price performance. NXP uses Amazon FSx for Lustre (AWS’s service that provides cost-effective, high-performance, scalable storage for compute workloads like EDA) to store petabytes of design simulation data and make it quickly available for analysis. “We believe cloud-based EDA is critical to accelerating semiconductor innovation and getting new designs to market faster to power an increasingly digital world where more and more devices and infrastructure are connected. AWS gives us the best scale, global presence, and selection of compute and storage options, with continuous improvements in price performance, that we need,We’re excited to expand our relationship with AWS to power the next generation of EDA workloads in the cloud. This will give precious time back to our design engineers to focus on innovation and lead the transformation of the semiconductor industry.” -Olli Hyyppa, CIO and senior vice president, NXP Semiconductors N.V. At AWS, we consider ourselves to be a community of builders, and this engagement with NXP reinforces what’s possible when you free builders to work in the best environments, with the infrastructure and capabilities they need,” said Dave Brown, vice president of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “By shifting their EDA workloads to AWS, NXP designers will have access to the best tools available for collaborating on semiconductor design and development around the world. This move will help NXP produce chips that power innovation in IoT, connected cars, and more. We’re proud to support a leading driver of innovation in the semiconductor industry, and we look forward to seeing what becomes possible when chip design moves to the cloud at such a large scale. 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 81 Availability Zones within 25 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, 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. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com. About Amazon 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. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews. About NXP Semiconductors NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better, and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, industrial & IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has approximately 29,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $8.61 billion in 2020. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

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CLOUD SECURITY

Falco Open Source Adds AWS Cloud Security Monitoring

Sysdig | October 13, 2021

Sysdig announced the addition of cloud security monitoring functionality to the Falco open source software project. The new Amazon Web Services (AWS) CloudTrail plug-in provides real-time detection of unexpected behavior and configuration changes, intrusions, and data theft in AWS cloud services using Falco rules. The Falco community developed this extension with Sysdig based on a new plug-in framework that allows anyone to extend Falco to capture data from additional sources beyond Linux system calls and Kubernetes audit logs. As organizations manage critical data across multiple clouds, they need consistent threat detection across their distributed environments. Additional plug-ins will allow organizations to use a consistent threat detection language and close security gaps by using consistent policies for workloads and infrastructure. In addition, more than twenty new out-of-the-box policies supporting compliance frameworks were released.Falco, a cloud-native runtime security project, is the de facto detection engine for containers and Kubernetes with over thirty million downloads. Created by Sysdig and contributed to the CNCF, Falco is an Incubation-level hosted project. The new plug-in capability and framework have been contributed by the Falco community and Sysdig to the project over the last few months. As of today, the AWS CloudTrail plug-in is available for use in preview mode and contributors can build new plug-ins on the framework. Real-time detection of cloud configuration risk and threats Today, security teams are forced to export AWS CloudTrail logs into a data lake or security information and event management (SIEM) for processing, and then search for threats and changes to configurations that can indicate a risk. This approach adds delay in identifying risks, as well as cost and complexity. Falco inspects cloud logs using a streaming approach, applying the rules to the logs in real time and immediately alerting on issues, without the need to make an additional copy of the data. This approach complements static cloud security posture management by continually checking for unexpected changes to configurations and permissions that can increase risk. In addition, it acts as a modern intrusion detection system (IDS), detecting threats based on unusual behavior that can indicate a threat. Consistent tool for threat detection across containers and cloud Cloud and security teams struggle with an ever-growing list of tools to master and manage. Falco provides a single tool for threat detection across container and cloud environments, reducing complexity by reducing the number of tools in the stack. Users can use the same rule language to create consistent policies for workloads and infrastructure, removing security gaps. Because there is a shortage of talent in both cybersecurity and DevOps, reducing the learning curve by using consistent tools for threat detection is critical. Users can get started immediately using out-of-the-box rules contributed by the community that map to compliance frameworks and best practices. They can also create custom rules to meet their specific needs using standard YAML code. The plug-in capability for Falco creates the foundation for contributions that will extend support to other cloud environments and operating systems. The AWS CloudTrail plug-in and additional out-of-the-box rules are immediately available to try in preview form on the Falco GitHub site. Falco users and contributors can access pre-release documentation now. The official release is planned in the upcoming months. The Falco plug-in capability gives DevOps and security teams a single threat detection tool with a single rules language across container and cloud environments. This allows users to create consistent policies for workloads and infrastructure and close security gaps,” said Chris Aniszczyk, CTO of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “The basis is now in place for rapid innovation by the community to extend Falco to additional cloud environments. “Now Falco can detect threats across containers and AWS cloud services using a streaming approach,Users can immediately alert on indications of lateral movement without the cost and complexity of copying logs.” -Loris Degioanni, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Sysdig, About Sysdig: Sysdig is driving the secure DevOps movement, empowering organizations to confidently secure containers, Kubernetes, and cloud. With Sysdig, teams secure the build, detect and respond to threats, continuously validate cloud configurations and compliance, and monitor performance. Sysdig is a SaaS platform, built on an open source stack that includes Falco and sysdig OSS, the open standards for runtime threat detection and response. Hundreds of companies rely on Sysdig for container and cloud security and visibility. Learn more at sysdig.com.

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MICROSOFT AZURE

Approyo, Inc. Achieves Microsoft Gold Partner Status for Microsoft AZURE Cloud

Approyo | October 12, 2021

Approyo, Inc., a leader in global SAP & IT Managed Services and Solutions; today announced that it has attained Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program, with a competency in AZURE Cloud Platform. The achievement of the Cloud Platform competency continues to highlight Approyo's expertise, evolution, and growing customer demand for managed infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS) solutions built on Microsoft AZURE Cloud. "Customers seek managed service partners that bridge the gap between business demands and technology capabilities," As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Approyo has demonstrated the highest level of customer trust and ongoing support expertise for IT solutions within Microsoft AZURE Cloud." -AJ Jennings, President and Chief Operating Officer at Approyo, Inc. As an advent of achieving Microsoft Gold Certification, more enterprise organizations choose Approyo for their managed IT services and migrations to Microsoft AZURE Cloud. ATOS, a leader in digital transformation and managed security services, specializing in consultancy services, has chosen Approyo for their AZURE Cloud migration and Steady-State™ application managed services of its SAP landscape. Our partnership with Approyo ensures that ATOS receives unsurpassed technical and functional managed services at both the application and infrastructure layers," said Bernd Dombrowski, Manager SAP Deal Solutions, SAP Practice at ATOS. "Approyo's management of our AZURE Cloud migration and ongoing Steady-State™ support for our SAP landscape enables increased security, flexibility, and predictive monitoring for our SAP infrastructure. ATOS faces complex daily issues surrounding SAP data compliance, regulatory controls, and support management in a worldwide theater of operations. ATOS can now leverage advanced support, development, testing, and security with automated backup and data recovery with their Approyo managed AZURE Cloud implementation. In addition to the AZURE Cloud migration and ongoing managed services, Approyo provides ATOS with global SAP BASIS support, SAP functional development, security, predictive analytics, and user management, allowing ATOS to focus on customer experience initiatives rather than complex IT problems. About Approyo, Inc. Approyo, Inc. is a private, global technology services company focused on making its customer's IT management and cloud migrations simple. Approyo, Inc. is a Microsoft Gold Partner and an SAP-certified cloud, infrastructure, managed services, and SAP HANA operations services provider. Approyo, Inc. works with customers across all industries and for businesses of every size. Approyo, Inc. is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, with multiple offices worldwide.Visit us at www.approyo.com.

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