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AWS Supports Hybrid Cloud with EC2 Container Service #reinvent

“Why do developers love containers?”

This is the question Werner Vogels, CTO and Vice President of Amazon.com, asked attendees of the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas just before announcing the preview availability of EC2 Container Services (ECS) – the new service for managing Docker containers that boosts AWS support for hybrid cloud.

After answering his question with a listing of benefits such as ease of development management, portability between environments, lower risk in deployments, smoother maintenance and management of application components, and the ability for it all to work together, Vogel went on to talk about the challenges of working with containers. 

“It’s really hard, I find,” he said. “Scheduling containers requires a lot of heavy lifting.” For example, he noted issues such as placement for higher availability, dividing resources per container, launching, rolling back, and handling custom management. 

With ECS, he said, customers can get all the benefits of containers without the overhead.

AWS Woos Enterprises with New Security Services #reinvent

Amazon is taking steps to ease enterprises’ biggest concerns around moving to its AWS platform. During a keynote at its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas yesterday, the company announced three new security and compliance services developed specifically for enterprise customers.

Enterprises have been reluctant to move "the number of workloads they really wanted to move” to the cloud and AWS because of security and compliance issues, said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services. “What we see as the new normal now is that security and compliance are becoming reasons that customers are moving to the cloud.”

Pivotal Launches Multi-Cloud Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

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This morning, long before the developers attending re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual conference, open their eyes, EMC and VMWare spin-off Pivotal will make an alluring announcement. The news — Pivotal One, “the world’s first next-generation multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS” (Platform-as-a-Service) will open for business on Friday. Coincidence? I think not.

Amazon Deploys Two More EC2 Instance Types, Introduces AWS Data Pipeline #reinvent

Amazon announced two more EC2 instance types at its first ever partner conference reInvent this week, and also showed off a new analytics tool called AWS Data Pipeline.

Amazon Drops Price on S3 Storage Service by 25%, Debuts Redshift Data Warehousing

Amazon announced yet another price drop on its S3 Storage Service as its Web Services continues to change how cloud computing is done.

5 Great Skype Alternatives

Microsoft's whopping US$ 8.5 billion purchase of Skype is probably good news for a large pool of video chat users, but there's undoubtedly those who are worried about the possible implications of the acquisition. While there's no exact clone of Skype floating around out there, a number of tools would still make great alternatives for those that fall into the latter category:

Paper.li Adds Curation & Management Features, Improving Social News Platform

paperli_155x80.pngToday, Paper.li, the online content curation and publishing platform, released new curation and management capabilities designed to allow users incorporate Twitter and Facebook streams into a familiar newspaper layout.

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