Creating and connecting a PostgreSQL database with Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS)

Getting started using a database in the cloud doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it’s never been easier thanks to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Relational Database Service (RDS) is part of Amazon’s comprehensive suite of web products, and as of today, RDS supports 6 database engines: Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle Database and … Read more Creating and connecting a PostgreSQL database with Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS)

New partner integrations available for AWS Security Hub

Available globally, AWS Security Hub gives you a comprehensive view of your high priority security alerts and compliance status across your AWS accounts. With Security Hub, you now have a single place that aggregates, organizes, and prioritizes your security alerts, or findings, from multiple AWS services, such as Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Inspector, and Amazon Macie, … Read more New partner integrations available for AWS Security Hub

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) introduces a new control for requests that AWS services make on your behalf

With this launch we are introducing a new condition to define rules for the initial call made to AWS by your principals, without impacting the additional calls the service makes. For example, you can require all initial calls to AWS come from inside your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or your private IP subnet, but not … Read more AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) introduces a new control for requests that AWS services make on your behalf

Your ML workloads cheaper and faster with the latest GPUsYour ML workloads cheaper and faster with the latest GPUsCloud ML Site Reliability Engineer, GoogleDeveloper Programs Engineer, GoogleCloud ML Site Reliability Manager, GoogleSolutions Architect, NVIDIA

Execution time of ML workloads can be sensitive to memory and/or arithmetic bandwidth. Half-precision halves the number of bytes accessed, reducing the time spent in memory-limited layers. Lowering the required memory lets you train larger models or train with larger mini-batches. The FP16 format is not new to GPUs. In fact, it has been supported … Read more Your ML workloads cheaper and faster with the latest GPUsYour ML workloads cheaper and faster with the latest GPUsCloud ML Site Reliability Engineer, GoogleDeveloper Programs Engineer, GoogleCloud ML Site Reliability Manager, GoogleSolutions Architect, NVIDIA

AWS Lambda participates in Compute Savings Plans

With Savings Plans, Lambda usage for Duration, Provisioned Concurrency, and Duration (Provisioned Concurrency) will be charged at discounted Savings Plans rates of up to 17% for a 1 or 3 year term, up to the commitment level. While there isn’t a specific discount for Requests usage, it will still be covered by the Savings Plans … Read more AWS Lambda participates in Compute Savings Plans

Now generally available: Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AD)Now generally available: Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AD)Product Manager, Google Cloud

You can use the service to simplify and automate familiar AD tasks like automatically “domain joining” new Windows VMs by integrating the service with Cloud DNS, hardening Windows VMs by applying Group Policy Objects (GPOs), controlling Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access through GPOs, and more. For example, one of our customers, OpenX, has been using … Read more Now generally available: Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AD)Now generally available: Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AD)Product Manager, Google Cloud

Making your monolith more reliableMaking your monolith more reliableSRE Systems Engineer

In cloud operations, we often hear about the benefits of microservices over monolithic architecture. Indeed, microservices help manage hardware being abstracted away and push developers towards resilient, distributed designs. However, many enterprises still have monolithic architectures which they need to maintain.  For this post, we’ll use Wikipedia’s definition of a monolith: “A single-tiered software application … Read more Making your monolith more reliableMaking your monolith more reliableSRE Systems Engineer

Explaining model predictions on structured dataExplaining model predictions on structured dataStaff Developer AdvocateDeveloper Advocate

Machine learning technology continues to improve at a rapid pace, with increasingly accurate models being used to solve more complex problems. However, with this increased accuracy comes greater complexity. This complexity makes debugging models more challenging. To help with this, last November Google Cloud introduced Explainable AI, a tool designed to help data scientists improve … Read more Explaining model predictions on structured dataExplaining model predictions on structured dataStaff Developer AdvocateDeveloper Advocate

Complete guide to deploy containerized applications using AWS Fargate

Now, I don’t wanna repeat the same thing so If you haven’t read my previous post regarding AWS and Docker containers, Quickly go through the post and jump back here. (Link below) How to deploy a Docker Container (Python) on Amazon ECS using Amazon ECR Developing applications, models, and software from scratch is another thing, … Read more Complete guide to deploy containerized applications using AWS Fargate

Protect your Infrastructure with Real-time Notifications of AWS Console User Changes

You’ve embraced infrastructure as code (IoC) and painstakingly created Terraform or CloudFormation to model your EC2 Instances, AutoScaling Groups, ECS clusters, and everything else. The devops and development teams have committed to only modify and create infrastructure using your chosen IoC tools — but, surprise, some people just won’t comply. Maybe someone gets lazy during … Read more Protect your Infrastructure with Real-time Notifications of AWS Console User Changes

Azure Security Center for IoT RSA 2020 announcements

We announced the general availability of Azure Security Center for IoT in July 2019. Since then, we have seen a lot of interest from both our customers and partners. Our team has been working on enhancing the capabilities we offer our customers to secure their IoT solutions. As our team gets ready to attend the … Read more Azure Security Center for IoT RSA 2020 announcements

Four ways teams win on Kaggle

Frameworks, multiprocessing, the cloud, and bigger teams Kaggle is home to the best and worst of machine learning. It’s the battle grounds for thousands of teams vying to build the best models, solve real-world problems on a deadline, with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. Training these world-class models on large datasets often amounts … Read more Four ways teams win on Kaggle

Save time becoming a ML Pro: Easily and free of charge

By using ready-made AWS SageMaker Notebooks If you are familiar with the basics of Big Data, Cloud Computing and Machine Learning and want to gain new knowledge and experience, AWS SageMaker and its ready-made notebooks are a good choice. First of all what is aws: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and … Read more Save time becoming a ML Pro: Easily and free of charge

New Dialogflow Mega Agent for Contact Center AI increases intents by 10 times to 20,000New Dialogflow Mega Agent for Contact Center AI increases intents by 10 times to 20,000Director of Product ManagementProduct Manager, Dialogflow

Contact centers are one of the most important ways that businesses interact with customers. But, consistently providing great customer interactions over the range of potential conversations presents a number of complex challenges, challenges that businesses are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud to help solve. We recently announced Contact Center AI as … Read more New Dialogflow Mega Agent for Contact Center AI increases intents by 10 times to 20,000New Dialogflow Mega Agent for Contact Center AI increases intents by 10 times to 20,000Director of Product ManagementProduct Manager, Dialogflow

Amazon VPC Endpoints and Endpoint Services now support Tag-On Create

To get started, simply add tags at the time of creating a VPC gateway endpoint, interface endpoint or an endpoint service. These tags can then be used to search, filter, and organize your VPC endpoints and endpoint services. You can also use tags to clearly organize the charges for the resources you utilize, as presented … Read more Amazon VPC Endpoints and Endpoint Services now support Tag-On Create

Your cloud, your infrastructure: Announcing Anthos Ready StorageYour cloud, your infrastructure: Announcing Anthos Ready StorageDirector, Partnerships, Google CloudProduct Manager, Google Cloud

We launched Anthos to provide customers with a platform to deliver and manage applications across all types of environments and infrastructure—most commonly, hybrid and multi-cloud environments—leveraging containers and Kubernetes. To date, we have seen an extremely enthusiastic response from customers who want to run key workloads on Anthos. Our partners are enabling customers to deliver … Read more Your cloud, your infrastructure: Announcing Anthos Ready StorageYour cloud, your infrastructure: Announcing Anthos Ready StorageDirector, Partnerships, Google CloudProduct Manager, Google Cloud

New Azure Firewall certification and features in Q1 CY2020

This post was co-authored by Suren Jamiyanaa, Program Manager, Azure Networking We continue to be amazed by the adoption, interest, positive feedback, and the breadth of use cases customers are finding for our service. Today, we are excited to share several new Azure Firewall capabilities based on your top feedback items: ICSA Labs Corporate Firewall … Read more New Azure Firewall certification and features in Q1 CY2020

Azure Firewall Manager now supports virtual networks

This post was co-authored by Yair Tor, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking. Last November we introduced Microsoft Azure Firewall Manager preview for Azure Firewall policy and route management in secured virtual hubs. This also included integration with key Security as a Service partners, Zscaler, iboss, and soon Check Point. These partners support branch to internet … Read more Azure Firewall Manager now supports virtual networks

Azure Offline Backup with Azure Data Box now in preview

An ever-increasing number of enterprises, even as they adopt a hybrid IT strategy, continue to retain mission-critical data on-premises and look towards the public cloud as an effective offsite for their backups. Azure Backup—Azure’s built-in data-protection solution, provides a simple, secure, and cost-effective mechanism to backup these data-assets over the network to Azure, while eliminating … Read more Azure Offline Backup with Azure Data Box now in preview

AWS Firewall Manager now supports AWS CloudFormation

AWS Firewall Manager now supports AWS CloudFormation, allowing customers to manage all Firewall Manager policy types and resources with CloudFormation stack templates. AWS Firewall Manager is a security management service which allows you to centrally configure and manage firewall rules across your accounts and applications in AWS Organization. With Firewall Manager, you can manage AWS … Read more AWS Firewall Manager now supports AWS CloudFormation

Amazon EBS Multi-Attach now available on Provisioned IOPS io1 volumes

Teradata, a cloud analytics company, can now use shared storage architecture in AWS to enable higher application availability of their Teradata Vantage cloud analytics platform with EBS Multi-Attach enabled volumes. “Our engineering team has been working closely with the Amazon EBS team to use the new EBS Multi-Attach feature,” says Sanjay Kumar, VP of Cloud … Read more Amazon EBS Multi-Attach now available on Provisioned IOPS io1 volumes

AWS Security Hub launches security checks aligned to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

The 32 checks were validated by AWS Security Assurance Services, LLC (AWS SAS), which is a team of Qualified Security Assessors, authorized by the PCI Security Standards Council to perform PCI DSS assessment services. Available globally, AWS Security Hub gives you a comprehensive view of your high priority security alerts and compliance status across your … Read more AWS Security Hub launches security checks aligned to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Joining a Domain Across AWS Accounts and VPCs using Managed Microsoft AD

Starting today, Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports joining DB instances to an AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory residing in a different AWS account or VPC. This makes it easier and cost-effective for you to deploy your directory-aware database workloads by reducing the manual configuration to domain join your DB instances and, the need to … Read more Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Joining a Domain Across AWS Accounts and VPCs using Managed Microsoft AD

Showing the C++ developer love with new client librariesShowing the C++ developer love with new client librariesSoftware EngineerSoftware Engineer

We use a lot of C++ at Google, and we’ve heard that many of you do as well. So whether you’re using C++ for your next amazing game, your high-frequency trading platform, your massively parallel scientific computations, or any of a variety of other applications, we want Google Cloud to be an excellent platform for … Read more Showing the C++ developer love with new client librariesShowing the C++ developer love with new client librariesSoftware EngineerSoftware Engineer

Logging + Trace: love at first insightLogging + Trace: love at first insightProduct ManagerProduct Manager

Meet Stackdriver Logging, a gregarious individual who loves large-scale data and is openly friendly to structured and unstructured data alike. Although they grew up at Google, Stackdriver Logging welcomes data from any cloud or even on-prem. Logging has many close friends, including Monitoring, BigQuery, Pub/Sub, Cloud Storage and all the other Google Cloud services that … Read more Logging + Trace: love at first insightLogging + Trace: love at first insightProduct ManagerProduct Manager

Taking a practical approach to BigQuery slot usage analysisTaking a practical approach to BigQuery slot usage analysisCustomer Engineering Manager for Data Analytics

Google BigQuery is a fully managed serverless solution for your enterprise data warehouse workloads. Nothing could be easier than that: Just upload your data via batch or streaming and start running your queries. The underlying system will seamlessly take care of providing the infrastructural resources needed to complete your different jobs.  It seems like magic, … Read more Taking a practical approach to BigQuery slot usage analysisTaking a practical approach to BigQuery slot usage analysisCustomer Engineering Manager for Data Analytics

How Udacity students succeed with Google CloudHow Udacity students succeed with Google CloudDirector, Content and Classroom Experience at Udacity

To build these Workspaces, we relied heavily on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in numerous interesting and novel ways. This article details our implementation and where we hope to take it in the future.  Workspaces design goals Udacity customers are smart, busy learners from all over the world, who access our courses remotely. To meet their … Read more How Udacity students succeed with Google CloudHow Udacity students succeed with Google CloudDirector, Content and Classroom Experience at Udacity

Now enable Amazon EC2 Hibernation for On-Demand and Reserved Instances through AWS CloudFormation

You should use Hibernation if you want to save the state of your application with contents stored in memory and disk, when you don’t need your EC2 instance, and resume your application from the saved state later. You can take advantage of this feature without even modifying your existing applications.   Hibernation is available for … Read more Now enable Amazon EC2 Hibernation for On-Demand and Reserved Instances through AWS CloudFormation

Plan your Next ‘20 journey: Session guide available nowPlan your Next ‘20 journey: Session guide available nowDirector, Events & Strategic Initiatives

Get ready to make the most of Google Cloud Next ‘20: our session guide is now available. At Google Cloud Next, our aim is to give you the tools you need to sharpen your technical skills, expand your network, and accelerate personal development. Across our hundreds of breakout sessions you’ll get the chance to connect … Read more Plan your Next ‘20 journey: Session guide available nowPlan your Next ‘20 journey: Session guide available nowDirector, Events & Strategic Initiatives

SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

SQL Server customers migrating their databases to the cloud have multiple choices for their cloud destination. To thoroughly assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors to consider are: Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely provide. Independent benchmark results. What innovations can the cloud provider bring to your SQL Server … Read more SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

Announcing the preview of Azure Shared Disks for clustered applications

Today, we are announcing the limited preview of Azure Shared Disks, the industry’s first shared cloud block storage. Azure Shared Disks enables the next wave of block storage workloads migrating to the cloud including the most demanding enterprise applications, currently running on-premises on Storage Area Networks (SANs). These include clustered databases, parallel file systems, persistent … Read more Announcing the preview of Azure Shared Disks for clustered applications

Google Cloud named a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Data Management for AnalyticsGoogle Cloud named a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Data Management for AnalyticsDirector of Product Management, BigQuery

We’re pleased to announce that Forrester has named Google Cloud a Leader in its report, The Forrester Wave™: Data Management for Analytics (DMA) Q1, 2020. This is the first DMA Wave Forrester is publishing and it assesses Google Cloud’s broader data analytics portfolio, with BigQuery at the heart.  In this report, Google Cloud received the … Read more Google Cloud named a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Data Management for AnalyticsGoogle Cloud named a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Data Management for AnalyticsDirector of Product Management, BigQuery

AWS CloudFormation StackSets introduces automatic deployments across accounts and regions through AWS Organizations

AWS CloudFormation StackSets announces new automation features to streamline deployments of resources to multiple accounts and regions through AWS Organizations. With this launch, you can use StackSets to centrally manage deployments to the accounts in one or more organizational units (OUs) or all of the accounts in your organization. You will also be able to … Read more AWS CloudFormation StackSets introduces automatic deployments across accounts and regions through AWS Organizations

Journey into the Clouds: How to Become a AWS Certified Solution Architect

Examining the enterprise IT industry trends for the last 10 years, there are high-growth areas that continue to expand and reward engineering talent: Cloud Infrastructure, Data Analytics, and Security. Although one can enter either the Data Analytics and Security domains through certification, the financial and professional rewards are not significant unless one possesses years of … Read more Journey into the Clouds: How to Become a AWS Certified Solution Architect

User Defined Functions in Redshift

A Quick Primer on User Defined Functions in Redshift Amazon Redshift is a cloud data warehouse with its own Redshift SQL dialect (a variant of PostgreSQL). The service has become increasingly popular due to its low cost and compatibility with other Amazon Web Services. My favourite Redshift integration is the ability to unload and copy … Read more User Defined Functions in Redshift

Aurora PostgreSQL Supports Machine Learning, Export to Amazon S3, and New Minor Versions

You can use Aurora to add machine learning (ML) based predictions to your applications, using a simple, optimized, and secure integration with Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Comprehend. Aurora machine learning is based on the familiar SQL programming language, so you don’t need to build custom integrations, move data around, learn separate tools, or have prior … Read more Aurora PostgreSQL Supports Machine Learning, Export to Amazon S3, and New Minor Versions

Now updated: Our Data Engineering Learning PathNow updated: Our Data Engineering Learning PathCloud Training

With the market for artificial intelligence and machine learning-powered solutions projected to grow to $1.2B by 2023, it’s important to consider business needs now and in the future. We’ve heard from our customers and have witnessed internally that the data engineering role has evolved and now requires a larger set of skills. In the past, … Read more Now updated: Our Data Engineering Learning PathNow updated: Our Data Engineering Learning PathCloud Training

Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform: trends and investment areas

This post was co-authored by the extended Azure Mobility Team. The past year has been eventful for a lot of reasons. At Microsoft, we’ve expanded our partnerships, including Volkswagen, LG Electronics, Faurecia, TomTom, and more, and taken the wraps off new thinking such as at CES, where we recently demonstrated our approach to in-vehicle compute … Read more Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform: trends and investment areas

Automate python scripts with AWS Lightsail

Follow along as I work my way through automating a python script on a AWS Lightsail Ubuntu instance. In my work as a data scientist, I have come to realize how necessary it is to automate any and every aspect of the workflow. When most people hear the words data science, they often think machine … Read more Automate python scripts with AWS Lightsail

Introducing content filtering for Amazon EventBridge

The new functionality supports matching on numeric ranges, checking for the existence or absence of attributes, comparing string prefixes, and ‘anything-but’ comparisons for strings. Rules can include multiple filters to create complex combinations in a single event pattern. Events are delivered to targets only when rules are matched, potentially reducing traffic to downstream services and … Read more Introducing content filtering for Amazon EventBridge

AWS AppSync releases integration with AWS X-Ray and GraphQL Info object support

AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture and multiple data sources. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. You can now enable AWS X-Ray on your … Read more AWS AppSync releases integration with AWS X-Ray and GraphQL Info object support

New Quick Start deploys Poly-integrated Amazon Connect CCP on AWS

This Quick Start automatically deploys the Poly-integrated Amazon Connect Contact Control Panel (CCP) in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. This Quick Start is for users who have already configured an Amazon Connect instance in their AWS account and want to enable support for Poly, which provides headset button call control.  … Read more New Quick Start deploys Poly-integrated Amazon Connect CCP on AWS

Amazon Personalize can now use 10X more item attributes to improve relevance of recommendations

Amazon Personalize is a machine learning service which enables you to personalize your website, app, ads, emails, and more, with custom machine learning models which can be created in Amazon Personalize, with no prior machine learning experience. AWS is pleased to announce that Amazon Personalize now supports ten times more item attributes. Previously, you could … Read more Amazon Personalize can now use 10X more item attributes to improve relevance of recommendations

Last month today: January at Google CloudLast month today: January at Google Cloud

We welcomed January with a splash at Google Cloud, with product and service announcements around security, storage, and application development. Plus, we added more options to get your legacy systems to cloud, offered some Kubernetes tips, and opened up registration for Next ‘20 in April. Read on for details on the top stories. Making cloud … Read more Last month today: January at Google CloudLast month today: January at Google Cloud

Use the new Amazon CloudWatch metrics for Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) to gain more insights into your DAX clusters’ performance

DAX provides a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for DynamoDB that can accelerate reads from DynamoDB tables by up to 10 times, even at millions of requests per second. DAX does all the heavy lifting required to add in-memory acceleration to your DynamoDB tables. You provision a DAX cluster, use the DAX client SDK … Read more Use the new Amazon CloudWatch metrics for Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) to gain more insights into your DAX clusters’ performance

Forrester looks at the opportunity for Google Cloud partnersForrester looks at the opportunity for Google Cloud partnersChannel Chief at Google Cloud

One reason that I joined Google Cloud’s channel team was the importance Google places on partners and the opportunity we have together to help customers succeed. In 2019, our partners responded to this opportunity and are seeing the results. Google recently commissioned a new Total Economic Impact study from Forrester, which shines some light on … Read more Forrester looks at the opportunity for Google Cloud partnersForrester looks at the opportunity for Google Cloud partnersChannel Chief at Google Cloud

How SAP users are achieving retail transformation with Google CloudHow SAP users are achieving retail transformation with Google CloudProduct Marketing Manager, Google Cloud

The retail industry is in the midst of a transformation. Online commerce has emerged as a force to reckon with, commanding close to $6 trillion in market opportunity by 2022. With so much at stake, nearly half of all retailers are looking to the cloud to improve customer omnichannel experience and retail store performance. And … Read more How SAP users are achieving retail transformation with Google CloudHow SAP users are achieving retail transformation with Google CloudProduct Marketing Manager, Google Cloud

Building more secure data pipelines with Cloud Data FusionBuilding more secure data pipelines with Cloud Data FusionStrategic Cloud Engineer

For those of you working in data analytics, ETL and ELT pipelines are an important piece of your data foundation. Cloud Data Fusion is our fully managed data integration service for quickly building and managing data pipelines.  Cloud Data Fusion is built on the open source project CDAP, and this open core lets you build … Read more Building more secure data pipelines with Cloud Data FusionBuilding more secure data pipelines with Cloud Data FusionStrategic Cloud Engineer