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June 25, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – AWS Snowcone, Azure Geo-Zone, Azure Virtual Machine Bursting, Google Packet Mirroring and Google Cloud Transport Layer Security 1.3

Kevin Paiva

Each week, we highlight the latest cloud provider news from the industry’s top providers. This week, AWS Snowcone makes edge computing portable, Azure Geo-Zone redundant storage is unveiled, Azure boosts performance with virtual machine bursting, and Google improves threat detection with packet mirroring and enhances cloud transport layer security with version 1.3.

  • AWS launched AWS Snowcone, a small, portable, ruggedized and secure edge computing and data transfer device. It is the smallest member of the AWS Snow Family of edge computing devices. It is small and light enough to fit in a backpack and is designed to withstand harsh environments. Customers can use Snowcone to collect data and then process and transfer it to AWS, either offline by shipping, or online using AWS DataSync. This is ideal for processing data at an edge location before migrating to the cloud, which is becoming more common for complex workloads. Read more here.
  • Azure Geo-Zone Redundant Storage is now generally available. This provides the ability for data that must be highly available to be copied to multiple Azure Availability zones. In the event Microsoft experiences a complete failure of one of their data centres, data in a Geo-Zone Redundancy group will still be available in two other data centres with no additional configuration to changes. This news is significant to the market in that consumers of Azure’s services now have the ability to ensure even higher uptime metrics of data by selecting Geo-Zone-Redundant storage capabilities when deploying their resources.  Critical workloads that require very high uptime can now achieve those metrics with the distributed storage capability this feature now provides to all Azure customers. Learn more here.
  • Microsoft launched Azure Virtual Machine Bursting, which allows VMs to burst storage performance for up to 30 seconds by allowing unused performance capacity to store on a per-virtual machine basis. This feature ensures that applications used on a specific disk performance tier are able to burst performance when there is a spike in usage. This enables organisations to provision virtual machines based on the storage type that is needed for the majority of its workloads, without having to size storage based on small timeframes of peak performance. Organisations looking to move workloads to the public cloud will see a cost savings in this capability for those virtual machine types that don’t require constant high-performance storage, but still experience occasional bottlenecks of peak performance during specific days or times. Read more here.
  • Google has enhanced threat detection with Packet Mirroring. Last year, Google launched Packet Mirroring in beta, and it is now generally available. An effective threat detection strategy utilises network data, logs and endpoint data to get visibility into a network during an attack, allowing IT staffs to investigate quickly and minimise the damage. However, in public cloud environments, getting access to full network traffic is challenging. Google Cloud packet mirroring helps customers identify and mitigate network anomalies across Google cloud deployments. Once packet mirroring is enabled, IT teams can use third-party tools to collect and inspect network traffic at scale or use third-party solutions for network performance monitoring and troubleshooting, allowing for the continued use of on-premises solutions that they are already familiar with and using. Find out more here.
  • Google Cloud has enhanced transport security with Transport Layer Security 1.3. TLS, formerly known as SSL, is a family of internet protocols that Google has played a key role in developing. TLS is the main method of securing internet connections between servers and their clients, and is the default layer security protocol for data passing between CDNs and Load Balancers. TLS 1.3 brings notable security improvements to an organisation and is an important part of Google’s ongoing efforts to secure the internet. Get more details here.

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About Kevin Paiva

Kevin is a Principal Systems Engineer for Navisite Professional Services, helping customers drive innovation and efficiency through migration and management of on-premises, hosted, cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. He has more than 20 years of experience in IT, with deep expertise in Microsoft-based technologies, virtualization platforms and cloud computing. Before joining Navisite, Kevin held senior systems engineer roles for a variety of organizations and was a technical team manager at a global e-commerce company, overseeing the infrastructure team of systems and network engineers managing SaaS-based applications. Kevin is a VMware Certified Professional in vSphere 6.5 and holds a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification.