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August 5, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – Amazon GuardDuty, Windows Virtual Desktop Portal, Azure Landing Zones, Oracle EBS Performance Tuning, and Google Private Service Connect

Heiko Schwarz

Each week, we highlight the latest cloud provider news from the industry’s top providers. This week, Amazon GuardDuty expands threat protection, Windows Virtual Desktop Portal adds integrations, Azure Landing Zones take off, Oracle tunes up EBS performance, and Google Private Service Connect keeps traffic private and secure.

  • Amazon Guard Duty has expanded threat detection coverage to help customers better protect data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). It monitors for highly-suspicious data access and anomaly detection, as well as data access from an unusual geo-location or unusual API calls consistent with malicious data discovery attempts. Raise your security game and get more details here.
  • Microsoft announced availability of Windows Virtual Desktop Azure Portal and Microsoft Teams integration, which makes it easier to deploy and manage Windows Virtual Desktop, as well as provide seamless meeting and collaboration experiences with Microsoft Teams. Previously, multiple powershell scripts and an in-depth understanding of the technology was required to setup your WVD environment. Learn more about the new portal and integration here.
  • Azure Landing Zones have taken cloud adoption framework to the next level, creating cloud-ready environments by accelerating efforts to map, modernize, or reimagine the operating model. These zones help customers build a cloud environment aligned to the optimal technology operations for their specific needs. Their point-and-click interfaces give IT Teams peace of mind, with the ability to select target solutions based on an organization’s needs and provide a high-level blueprint of what the architecture should look like. Read more here.
  • Oracle announced new E-Business Suite (EBS) Performance Tuning on My Oracle Support to help customers ensure that environments are optimally configured before they are migrated to the Cloud. If a workload application and database has been optimized before migration, then that right-sizing process will drive down cloud infrastructure costs. Get the details here.
  • Google announced Private Service Connect, which allows customers to connect and consume first-party, third-party and customer-owned services easily and privately. It creates service endpoints in consumer VPCs that provide private connectivity and policy enforcement, enabling IT teams to quickly connect services across different networks and organizations. And, the traffic stays private and secure over Google’s global network. Learn more here.

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About Heiko Schwarz

Heiko Schwarz is Navisite’s Azure Solution Architect and Windows Virtual Desktop expert. He specializes in providing technical expertise and guidance in identifying customer needs and translating business requirements into secure, scalable and reliable cloud solutions. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT, with deep expertise in Microsoft-based technologies, virtualization platforms and cloud computing. Heiko holds a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification and Azure Administrator Associate certification.