Author: Egbert

AWS Data Warehouse Imports Eased

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), has unveiled a new method to export data stored in Teradata or Oracle data warehouses to its own offering, Amazon Redshift. The AWS Schema Conversion Tool, (SCT), has been updated to convert most custom code, including views, stored procedures, and functions. It also converts data warehouse schemas into Redshift-compatible formats.…

AWS Earns $3.5 billion in Q4, Signs of Slowing Growth

Amazon Web Services’ standards were that Thursday’s fourth quarter earnings report for Amazon.com was a rare financial failure, despite record-high revenues. AWS, the market leader in public cloud markets by a large margin, has steadily increased its revenues every earnings report since Amazon.com started breaking it out as a separate line in the first quarter…

AWS Dominates Cloud Infrastructure Report for 9th Year This year’s report on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) from research firm Gartner Inc. is a lot like last year’s report, further cementing the dominance of the “big three” in all things cloud computing, led by Amazon. The 2019 “Magic Quadrant Report” names Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), Microsoft, and Google as the leaders. All others (Alibaba Oracle and IBM) are relegated into “niche player” status, which is the exact same grouping that was last year. AWS was awarded the top ranking for the ninth consecutive year. Gartner believes that the cloud IaaS story was one of consolidation in 2017 and 2018, and maturation in 2019. In its 2019 report, Gartner stated that both AWS (and Microsoft) are general-purpose providers capable supporting a wide range of workloads. While Google is making steady progress in enterprise adoption, it still ranks third in terms of overall revenue and interest from Gartner’s enterprise clients. Due to the size and momentum of AWS/MSFT, all other vendors in this market must focus on niche workloads or regional dominance. The 2019 report is almost identical to the 2018 report. However, it is also very similar to the 2017 report. Google, which was grouped with Oracle, Alibaba, and IBM in the “visionary”, quadrant, moved to “leaders” while the three other vendors in the second-tier moved from “visionary to “niche player” status. A whole lot of former “niche” players were dropped altogether. This is all easier to understand graphically. Here are the past three quadrant graphics. [Click on image to see a larger view.] Gartner 2019 IaaS Magic Quadrant (source Gartner). [Click image for larger view.] Gartner 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant. [Click here for a larger view.] Gartner 2017 IaaS Magic Quadrant (source: Gartner) Gartner defined its market definition/description thusly: Cloud computing is a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service using internet technologies. Cloud infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is a type cloud computing service that complements the infrastructure and data centers initiatives of IT. Cloud IaaS, as it is known in the Magic Quadrant, is a highly automated, standardized offering that includes compute resources and storage capabilities. These resources are then offered to customers on demand. The resources can be scaled and elastic in real-time, and are metered according to use. The customer has direct access to self-service interfaces, including a web-based user interface and an API. The resources can be multitenant or single-tenant and hosted by the service provider, or on-premises at the customer’s data centre. This Magic Quadrant includes both public and private cloud IaaS offerings. AWS has been dominant in this market for nine consecutive years. The research firm listed its strengths, including:

AWS is a hyperscale provider that allows enterprises to make greater financial commitments each year and to deploy more mission-critical workloads. AWS offers a wider range of customer profiles than any other provider in this market, including startups, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises. AWS is the most mature and enterprise-ready provider. It…

AWS dominates cloud developer mindshare, report states

VisionMobile Ltd. has published a new survey about cloud computing. It found that Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), while the preferred public cloud platform for all customer and industry segments is somewhat challenged by its competitors in some areas. The new report “The State of the Developer Nation Q1 2017,” based on VisionMobile’s 12th Developer…

AWS Continues to Push Data at reInvent 2015 AWS reInvent conference Day 2 keynote, the spotlight was on Internet of Things (IoT). The keynote address was delivered by Amazon.com’s CTO Werner Vogels. He treated attendees to another round of product announcements, following Wednesday’s flurry. The AWS IoT platform is now in beta, and it was the highlight of his presentation. Vogels presented AWS IoT following a long slideshow of real-world examples. These examples included Internet-connected consumer devices as well as industrial and municipal implementations. They also covered biometrics, genomics, and genomics. Vogels stated that developing apps for IoT is a “lot of heavy lifting”. AWS IoT, however, aims to ease that burden by providing developers with an easy way to connect to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS IoT was created to assist developers in building, deploying and managing IoT applications. It allows developers to connect devices to their AWS cloud apps. It also includes a rules-based engine that collects and processes data, a registry to store data and security capabilities to protect that data. Vogels explained that the feature “Device Shadows” allows IoT devices to be restored back to their desired state after they have been offline. Vogels also announced Amazon Kinesis Analytics in a Big Data announcement. It will be available next year. Vogels described Kinesis Analytics to be a “SQL based time series analytics for streaming information.” It is compatible with Kinesis Firehose which AWS had unveiled earlier in the Day 1 keynote presentation. Other Announcements Vogels’ keynote presentation featured many other product announcements, including:

Two new EC2 instance types are available: The X1 is based on Intel Xeon E7 V3 processor. It supports 2TB of memory and will be available in first half 2016. The T2.nano will be available later in the year to support very small loads. The Amazon EC2 Container Registry. Vogels described it as a “fully…

AWS Directory Service Now Offers Microsoft AD Support

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc. unveiled this week a new set of options to run Microsoft Active Directory (Microsoft AD) in managed service mode in the EC2 Cloud. Three service options are available for the AWS Directory Service. Simple AD is the cheapest option and provides basic Active Directory compatibilities. The second is the AWS…

Getting It All Done [Book Review]

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. HBR Press’s book, Getting It All Done, is part of the Working Parents series. It was the type of book I would have read in one go, if not for the fact that I would be up at 5.30 AM with my children. It’s a…

Getting Certified: Tips to Pass the Professional VMware vSphere Exam (VCP–DCV 21.20). This webinar lasts forty-five minutes and will help you prepare for the VCP–DCV 2021 VMware exam (2V0-21.20). The webinar will include Q&A and tips and tricks to help you achieve the key exam objectives. View the slides

Instructor: Steve Jones Steve Jones is a presenter and developer. He is also a certified VMware Instructor. Steve began his career as a Technical Support Engineer in 1985. He now specializes in server hardware and virtualization. Steve is currently an instructor at NterOne, where he contributes to courseware design activities. This Webinar will cover: Where…

This webinar will provide a step-by–step guide to the Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform courses, certifications, and training currently offered by Global Knowledge. We will discuss the key audiences, the required steps, the learning objectives, and the entire portfolio. View the slide deck.

Instructor: Anna Jennings, Microsoft Worldwide Learning Content Developer Anna is a Dynamics 365 content developer and Power Platform content developer at Microsoft Worldwide Learning. She specializes in the Power Platform Core and Marketing courses. Anna is a content developer and facilitates job task analysis with subject matter experts. She also creates training content and contributes…