13 Oct Engage Mobile and Engage Cloud Solution’s Highlights from the 2015 AWS re:Invent Conference
The biggest event in the world of cloud computing and cloud managed services took place last week in Las Vegas. AWS (Amazon Web Services) re:Invent 2015 is the annual gathering of the leading minds of cloud computing. Of course, Engage Mobile and Engage Cloud Solutions were well represented.
Earlier this year, Engage Mobile (www.EngageMobile.com) launched a new company – Engage Cloud Solutions (www.EngageCloudSolutions.com) – with the specific purpose of helping companies successfully make the transition from the old model of owning/renting servers and storage to the more effective and efficient model of cloud computing.
While cloud computing has been a big buzzword in the techie world for over a decade, it is now mainstream. Major players such as Amazon (AWS), Google and Microsoft haven spent billions of dollars (that is billions with a “b”) to develop the software and build out the architecture to truly provide computing power, databases and storage in an on-demand model that is nearly infinitely scalable.
Amazon, with its Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) massive global infrastructure, is the 800 pound gorilla in the cloud computing space. AWS is technically a collection of remote computing services, also called web services, that make up the cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon.com. With 10x the market share of its nearest competitors, everyone (including Goggle and Microsoft) is chasing AWS to get a foothold in the market.
Every year, leading edge technologists from around the world get together at AWS re:invent to hear the latest from AWS and to stay on the cutting edge of the cloud space. The following is an overview of some of the new developments that came out of the 2015 AWS re:invent:
QuickSight – A cloud-based business intelligence (BI) tool that allows employees to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis and get business insights from their data.
Kinesis Firehose – A tool to load streaming data into AWS. It can capture and load streaming data into Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift, enabling real-time analytics with existing BI tools and dashboards.
Snowball – A physical box the size of a very large computer bag (or very small suitcase) designed for shipping petabytes (that is a lot) of cloud data. In AWS speak, Snowball is “a petabyte-scale data transport solution that uses secure appliances to transfer large amounts of data into and out of AWS.” Bottomline – transferring data with Snowball is fast and secure and can be as significantly less expensive than the cost of high-speed Internet. The following is an overview of Snowball from AWS:
Inspector – An automated security assessment service that helps improve the security and compliance of applications deployed on AWS. Amazon Inspector automatically assesses applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices.
AWS Mobile Hub – Speeds up and simplifies the process of testing and monitoring mobile applications that utilize AWS services. Mobile Hub lets you skip the heavy lifting of integrating and configuring services by letting you add and configure features to your apps, including user authentication, data storage, backend logic, push notifications, content delivery and analytics.
AWS IoT (Internet of Things) – A managed cloud platform that allows devices connected to the Internet to easily and securely interact with cloud applications stored on AWS and other devices. AWS IoT can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, and can process and route those messages to AWS endpoints and to other devices reliably and securely.
Engage Mobile and Engage Cloud Solutions will be evaluating the new AWS tools and integrating them into our service offerings when it is best for our clients.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help your organization cut costs and mitigate risk by moving to the cloud.