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May 6, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – AWS Expands IAM Access Analyzer, Microsoft Enhances Azure Portal with Custom Role Creation, Google Improves Data Management and More

Chris Patterson

Here’s our weekly update on recent cloud provider news. This week, AWS IAM Access Analyzer expands, Azure Portal adds the ability to create custom roles, Azure File Share adds snapshot management, Google Cloud releases tool catalog data and VMware NSX enhances security.

  • AWS IAM Access Analyzer’s evaluation of S3 buckets now includes S3 Access Point policies. AWS IAM Access Analyzer can now evaluate identity and access management policies for S3 buckets and S3 Access Points for unintended access, with the ability to discover, review and remediate policies that leave S3 buckets vulnerable to breaches. With this new feature, AWS is making it easier for customers to avoid costly mistakes and help secure their most important data. Customers can enable this feature at no additional cost. Read more here.
  • Microsoft has added the ability to create custom roles within the Azure Portal. This functionality was previously only available through the command line, which required advanced knowledge of Azure. This feature will make it easier for IT teams to create more granular permissions within the Azure Portal to resources, rather than requiring them to have the knowledge of the command line to manage these custom roles. Enterprises that are planning a move to a public cloud can now make a stronger case to move to Azure given the ease of managing these custom roles or permissions. Learn more here.
  • Azure File Share snapshot management with Azure backup is now generally available. This allows customers to manage Azure File Share snapshots outside of the underlying command line. By using the native Azure Backup capability, users now have a simple and reliable way to backup and protect Azure Files using share snapshots. Additionally, companies looking to move to Azure with a large file server infrastructure will find that managing share snapshots is now much easier within the Azure Portal. Find out more here.
  • Google Cloud has released tool catalog data held within a business, including non-GCP hosted resources. The tool comes with database connectors for the main relational database management system in use, allowing it to interrogate other systems. This allows companies to hold a central repository of data points within a company’s heterogeneous systems. In addition, customers can take advantage of data assets stored in a variety of systems, while also managing risk. Get more details here.
  • VMware NSX Distributed IDS/IPS is now generally available. The intrusion detection and prevention system functionality released with NSX-T 3.0 improves security, enabling operators to address several additional use cases, including enhanced compliance with regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI or SOX. With the IDS/IPS functionally, network and security teams will be able to simplify network architecture and operations while utilizing standard server capacity. It also enables them to automatically tie security policy to the lifecycle of the application. As a result, the reconfiguration burden is significantly reduced, as well as the risks associated with manual configuration. Read more here.

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About Chris Patterson

Leveraging his technical background and consulting skills, Chris Patterson was a key player in building Navisite’s cloud computing platform, NaviCloud, from the ground up and is responsible for overseeing its continual upgrades and improvement making sure it meets clients evolving needs from both a technical and business perspective. In addition he oversees the development and implementation teams for Navisite’s Desktop-as-a-Service and NaviCloud Intelligent Storage solutions. Prior to joining Navisite, Patterson spent nine years at MTM technologies as the Director of Information Security Services, where he gained extensive experience developing and consulting on security policies in a variety of different industries including financial, retail, legal, health care, and public sector. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science in nuclear engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and currently lives in Delaware.