Amazon Web Services Inc. announces the general availability of AWS Greengrass, which extends cloud functionality for Internet of Things-connected devices. AWS Greengrass provides cloud programming and functionality to IoT devices. It allows them to react to events and communicate with each other even when there is no cloud connection. This service allows developers to use the onboard capabilities of local devices for instant processing. It also backs up that functionality with cloud resources for management and updates, elastic compute, storage, and management. AWS Greengrass allows us to extend AWS into customer system — from small devices up to racks of server — in a manner that makes it simple to do the things locally that work best, and to increase those workloads with cloud resources,” AWS CTO Werner Vogels stated in a blog yesterday. AWS Greengrass offers a variety of capabilities such as:

Some data can be collected and processed on local IoT devices, where latency is critical, or in offline situations. Developers can create serverless AWS Lambda function functions in the cloud and then deploy them to local execution devices. This eliminates the need to communicate directly with the cloud for each task. Local messaging between a group of devices Secure communications between a Greengrass group of local devices and the cloud To maintain state for stateless functions such as sync or conflict resolution, keep local device shadows. AWS Greengrass requires two software distributions: AWS IoT Device SDK and a Greengrass Core. […]

New tool compares private and public cloud costs

CloudPhysics has announced a new tool that compares the costs of running enterprise workloads on-premises or in a public Cloud. The Cost Calculator for Private Cloud and Public Cloud Comparison is a data-driven tool that is only available with CloudPhysics Premium Edition. This edition, according to the company, is an “agile and scalable SaaS solution continuously analyses customer environments and leverages collective Intelligence to yield actionable results that optimize performances, lower costs, reduce risks, and enable better business decisions.” However, the new cloud cost calculator is available for a 14-day trial. The company released a news release Wednesday stating that […]

Amazon’s SageMaker Autopilot Now Automates AWS Machine Learning Models. Amazon has announced SageMaker Autopilot, a new tool that Amazon claims can help boost machine learning projects through automating tasks such data preprocessing, training parameters, and classification. SageMaker, the company’s managed service to machine learning, allows companies to work in the Studio IDE environment to “stitch” together different tools such as:

SageMaker Neo, a learning tool SageMaker AugmentedAI, for “human review” of model predictions SageMaker Model Tuning is an automated optimization SageMaker Autopilot is now available for automating the building and training of machine learning models. Amazon shared the following information about SageMaker Autopilot: SageMaker Autopilot first examines your data set and then runs a number candidates to determine the optimal combination data preprocessing, machine learning algorithms, and hyperparameters. This combination is then used to train an Inference Pipeline that you can deploy on a real time endpoint or batch processing. All of this happens on fully-managed infrastructure, as is the […]

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), announced a new resource optimization recommendation service to help control AWS costs. The service analyzes:

Historical EC2 resource usage Amazon CloudWatch metrics The existing reservation footprint of a user This analysis is used for calculating ideal configurations and generating optimal recommendations that can then be used in the AWS Cost Management service. Users can see advice on actions such as ending unused EC2 instances or rightsizing under-used instances. AWS has added a summary page called Recommendations. The number and type of optimization opportunities available: Based on past usage, the number of recommendations available. Estimated monthly savings Estimated savings (percentage): This is the approximate savings relative to the current instance costs of a user, based upon […]

New Relic supports EC2 on AWS and joins the Partner Program

A new set of New Relic monitoring tools has been added to the company’s Software Analytics Cloud. These features are specifically designed for Amazon Web Services Inc.’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) (AWS). The new features were announced at the recent AWS reInvent conference and will allow users to combine performance data from both their application and cloud infrastructure layers. Al Sargent, New Relic’s senior product marketing director, stated that this application-centric approach “allows customers to better leverage speed, focus, and economics of AWS Cloud.” Sargent stated to ADTmag that AWS and New Relic share the same vision of how modern […]

Cloud Engineer vs. DevOps Engineer

The rapidly changing world of information technology, regardless of whether it is related to the cloud or the development industry, is making significant progress. This innovation has created uncertainty for those who want to get a job in IT. Most people associate DevOps with Cloud. They are indeed related, but they offer their world of opportunities, including the top-trending roles of Cloud Engineer or DevOps engineer. Table of Contents Cloud Engineer vs. DevOps engineerCloud EngineerJob Rolls of a DevOps engineerJob Responsibilities for a DevOps engineerSkills required to become DevOps engineersSalary Of DevOps EngineeringDifferences between DevOps and Cloud Engineer Cloud Engineer […]

Cloud Development Kit Guide Published for AWS Infrastructure-as-Code A guide for working with the Cloud Development Kit for infrastructure-as-code projects on the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) platform has been published on GitHub. AWS recently released the AWS Cloud Development Kit, an open-source software development framework that allows developers to define cloud infrastructure in code using familiar programming languages. AWS CDK allows developers to quickly create AWS infrastructure using code. They can then configure it and tie it together with their application code. This is a significant benefit for cloud giants:

Keep application code and infrastructure in the same repository Make infrastructure changes repeatable across multiple environments, AWS accounts, AWS regions. To enable continuous testing, replicate production in a staging area You can replicate production in a performance testing environment that you only use for the time it takes to run a stress test Release infrastructure changes using the same tools that code changes to ensure that deployments include infrastructure upgrades Software development best practices can be applied to infrastructure management. This includes code reviews or deploying small changes often. [Click on the image to see a larger view.] AWS CDK […]

Cloud Cost Reduction Firm Compares AWS, Google Cloud Pricing

ParkMyCloud, a company that specializes in cloud cost reduction services, published a post comparing pricing for Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The company also compared pricing and examined differences in billing between the two platforms. This post is a rewrite/update from a 2017 post. It also includes cloud pricing data as of the current month. This post examines areas like “AWS Reserved Incstances vs GCP Compmitted Use” and “AWS vs. GCP Compute Sizing,” but does not make any firm conclusions for either platform. The company stated that AWS EC2 pricing for comparable compute engines may appear more […]

Cloud computing roles and responsibilities

Cloud computing is the use of resources such as servers and storage over the Internet. Cloud computing is highly sought-after because it offers a pay-as you-go model for enterprise apps. Cloud computing is more affordable and feasible than investing in local resources. Cloud computing also offers many other benefits, including improved productivity, speed, and performance, the ability of scaling up resources as and when needed, and better security. Below are the roles and responsibilities of cloud computing professionals who are involved with the various cloud service arrangements. Cloud service provider Cloud customer Cloud broker Cloud Access Security Broker Regulators Cloud […]

Google Moves Cloud Computing Analyst: ‘Watch out AWS!

Robert Stroud, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., had some words to warn Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), the leader in public cloud computing market. This was in response to Google’s recent refocusing on its cloud operations. “Watch out AWS!” Stroud posted a blog yesterday titled “Will the answer be in the public cloud be Google?” Forrester analyst, John Greene, commented on Google’s Nov. 19, announcement that it was investing in a future cloud it believes is brimming full of untapped potential. In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that Diane Greene would lead a new team that […]