Monthly Archives: February 2016

Amazon AWS acquires NICE

Amazon Web Services have announced that an agreement has been signed with NICE to acquire the company. NICE is known for High Performance and Technical Computing solutions. NICE deals in comprehensive Grid & Cloud Solutions (already running on AWS), which are their high-in-demand solutions in different sectors such as aerospace, industrial, energy, and utilities.

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So far, financial disclosures are not announced but the brand name of NICE will remain as is. There will also be no change in the team as well. Now, the NICE team will work with AWS team to develop and support EngineFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization products. Both teams will work together to develop better solutions while improving the existing solutions and services.

AWS says that the existing NICE clients do not need to worry about the support and services because NICE team, which is now backed by the AWS support team, will ensure that all existing and new clients get the top-class support and services. The deal has not yet been closed but it is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2016.

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We all know AWS is growing fast. Very fast. This acquisition makes one thing clear: AWS will keep growing, both by innovation from within and by acquiring other companies.

Have a look at the Youtube channel to get an impression of NICE: https://www.youtube.com/user/nicesoftware

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AWS is easing game development & runs gameservers

Today Amazon AWS launched Amazon Lumberyard and GameLift

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Amazon Lumberyard is a free game engine integrated with AWS and Twitch. Game developers get a growing set of tools to create high quality games, engage massive communities of fans, and leverage the vast compute and storage of the cloud.

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Game developers can use Amazon GameLift to deploy and scale multiplayer games. AWS promise is to lower the technical risks. Even developers without backend experience, Amazon GameLift should allow you to run multiplayer games in the cloud.

 

Amazon GameLift is a fully managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling multiplayer game servers on AWS without any upfront costs. A game-developer should be able to deploy a game server in just minutes, eliminating hours of software development.

According to Amazon, GameLift should offer several benefits:

  • Integration with Lumberyard
  • Amazon EC2 resources that you can use to support your game sessions; for more information, see Scaling Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Instances
  • Reduces the engineering and operational effort to deploy, operate, and scale game servers
  • Reduces the risks involved in fluctuating player traffic
  • Allows you to pay only for the capacity you use, with no long-term commitments
  • Ability to scale server hardware based on player demand
  • Built-in metrics and logs
  • Amazon GameLift console to easily review game and player session data

Currently only the following regions can be used:

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I am not a gamer, nor a game developer. But it’s likely that these tools will be leveraged by a lot of game-developers, both professionals and hobbyists: GameLift  allows you to start small – a free tier is included in the offering.

All the documentation needed is present at launch time, a lot of instruction video’s are on youtube already. Amazon even published a tutorial on how to build a multiplayer sample project to get started.

 

the death of Code Spaces – company deleted on AWS

Code Spaces was a firm that supplied web designers’ a solution like github, utilizing Git or Subversion. It has been in business for seven years, and also, it had no scarcity of clients. But it’s all over currently; an assailant killed the business.

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We often talk of datacenter security, data backups, as well as disaster recovery. We could strengthen our walls as  ideal as we could with the sources we have, and also in the vast bulk of circumstances, that will certainly be enough. In some cases, nevertheless, it’s not sufficient.

Code Spaces was constructed primarily on AWS, utilizing S3 storage and EC2 server to name a few. According to the message on the Code Spaces’ site, an enemy obtained the credentials to the firm’s AWS control panel. Code Spaces was being blackmailed; the attacker required cash in exchange for providing control back to Code Spaces.

The strike has rightly ruined Code Spaces. It is a direct contrast to an individual breaking right into a workplace structure late during the night, requiring ransom money, after that tossing explosives right into the information facility if the needs were not satisfied. The only distinction is that it’s a dreadful whole lot less complicated to permeate a cloud-based system than to breach a business information center.

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Code Spaces had data backups as well as disaster recovery solutions, yet those were all apparently managed from the same AWS account. Almost all AWS services have been deleted from their AWS account, destroying the company. The business stated that some information still continues to be, and also it’s collaborating with consumers as it could to give accessibility to exactly what’s left.

This is the type of tale that needs to strike all of us hard because it might indeed occur to you as well as me. It strengthens the suggestion that spreading your solutions over different Cloud’s platforms is a good idea.

Perhaps you need to make use of a couple of various suppliers if you run cloud solutions. You need to disperse your solutions throughout numerous geographical places, if whatsoever feasible, and also invest a couple of additional dollars occasionally on precaution past straightforward server circumstances imaging. When every little thing else is running in the cloud, you ought to have off-site data backups, this need to be non-negotiable though it’ll amount to a substantial cost.

The moment is best for third-party cloud data backup suppliers to ignite their bullhorns. This very unfortunate story ought to get them greater than a couple of consumers.

To the people behind Code Spaces that are doubtless still reeling from this unconscionable strike, you have my sincerest acknowledgments. May you take some slight relief in understanding that your bad luck could aid others to prevent comparable destinies.

 

AWS has a whitepaper covering  security best practices that will help you define your ISMS and build a set of security policies and processes to your data and assets in the AWS Cloud.

http://media.amazonwebservices.com/AWS_Security_Best_Practices.pdf