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Facial Rekognition Matures—Estimates Age Range

Facial Rekognition Matures—Estimates Age Range

Facial Rekognition has been announced last December as part of AWS artificial intelligence services. Not only is it smart enough to detect faces and objects in an image, it can also search for and compare faces. I can do this through deep learning neural network models, where it goes through billions of images and returns useful attributes per face. Today, […]

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AWS WorkSpaces Supports SSD Volumes and Cost Explorer

AWS WorkSpaces has two new features: it now uses SSD storage for root and user volumes and comes with a Cost Optimizer to track usage and spending. SSD Volumes Newly launched WorkSpaces now get to use SSD volumes—all for free in regions that offers WorkSpaces. This translates to faster booting times and performance, which will help with applications that require […]

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AWS IPV6 Now Supports 15 Regions

AWS IPv6 support has been added to several services in the last two years, all the way up to support for EC2 instances in Virtual Private Clouds. And while it was initially only for the US East (Ohio) region, AWS is happy to announce that IPv6 is now available for 15 regions. From now on, you may develop applications that […]

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AWS WAF Protects Load Balancers

Security comes first in this day and age, and AWS is making sure it’s ahead in terms of protecting users from threats. It has previously introduced AWS WAF (Web Application Firewall), which protects your web applications from attacks and exploits. AWS WAF lets you manage access control lists, rules, and conditions. This effectively allows you to grant or deny access […]

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Create Amazon Aurora Read Replica from RDS MySQL Instance

AWS has launched a new feature for Amazon Aurora: you may create an Aurora Read Replica from an Amazon RDS for MySQL DB instance. This proves extremely useful for migrating a critical database that simply cannot be taken offline, even for an hour. To use this feature, you first need to create a DB snapshot of your RDS instance. You […]

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Amazon RDS cleared for Provisional FEDRAMP-High Authorization

As a testament to the security of Amazon RDS (Relational Database), the service has gotten an okay from the U.S. government. Specifically, it has been given a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) at the FedRAMP High Baseline inside the AWS GovCloud. High Baseline means that U.S. government agencies may use Amazon RDS to store data which, while unclassified, is still […]

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AWS Cost Explorer Provides Reserved Instance Utilization Report

The AWS Cost Explorer tool lets you keep track of your spending on AWS. By providing reports and analytical tools, you can keep track of your cloud expenses and analyze your spending patterns. AWS Cost Explorer even lets you drill down into specific areas and set up your own filters for better analysis. AWS has announced that Cost Explorer will […]

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Cloud Month in Review — December 2016

Let’s ring in the New Year with a brief look at last month’s cloud news. AWS Personal Health Dashboard Launched on Dec. 1, 2016, the Dashboard provides an in-depth and personalized look at the performance and availability of each AWS service you use. You don’t have to look anywhere else to find out about the health of your resources and […]

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AWS Shield and Route 53 Reduces DDoS

In the wake of a recent large-scale DDoS attack that has locked out millions of people from several websites in Europe and North America, clients have been looking into various ways to secure their data in the cloud. AWS has recommended two services, AWS Route 53 and AWS Shield, along with best practices that will mitigate the risk of such […]

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Amazon ECS supports Windows Containers (Beta)

Launched in 2014, Amazon ECS is a highly scalable and reliable container management service. It supports Docker containers and lets you run a cluster of EC2 instances. This eliminates the need for you to manage, run, or install your own container service. Now, Amazon ECS is providing support for Windows containers as well. While this support will be at beta-level […]

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