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An insider's look at AWS re:Invent 2014

Your all-access guide to AWS re:Invent, Nov. 11-14 in Las Vegas


There's no denying that Amazon Web Services has a hold on the public cloud market. Its constant output of new products and services, data center location expansions, and frequent price cuts have kept it at the forefront. AWS has won over start-ups and Web-based companies, but it has yet to get much traction within the enterprise.  Already, Microsoft and Google are gaining fast on AWS. The question is what can AWS do to keep its lead?

At the cloud provider's premiere conference, AWS re:Invent 2014, educational tracks are aimed at an enterprise audience. Some sessions focus on how to use AWS with Microsoft and Oracle, while others show traditional IT pros how to move critical workloads to the cloud.

And while the AWS ecosystem is diverse, we will focus on three areas that are of interest to the IT audience: applications, architecture and security. By doing so, we hope to help corporations better understand AWS and where it makes sense when making IT business decisions.

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Application deployment and management

Building and managing applications on AWS isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3. But with trends like Docker hitting the cloud, many Amazon users hope for some app-headache reprieve in the near future. While AWS has a stronghold in the startup community, other cloud providers like Google and Microsoft are moving in. And as competition among cloud vendors heats up, consumers are looking at all the angles for app deployment, management and monitoring.


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All things AWS architecture

Moving storage and big data services to the cloud means big business for many companies, and Amazon Web Services offers multiple options to meet their needs. But finding the right storage and analytics fit means keeping up with the ever-changing market. Here's a look at the latest options from AWS and where competitors are gaining ground.


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Google and AWS battle over big data

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Firms tackle big data with AWS services

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Redshift features lacking without third-party tools

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3Cloud security and compliance-

Shoring up an AWS cloud

Data security continues to be a major concern for the public cloud, especially for highly regulated or data-sensitive fields, such as government or financial markets. AWS continues to add features and services to help ease customer cloud worries, including encryption, authentication and more. But are they enough to make customers feel safe?


AWS and Google security options go beyond encryption

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AWS beefs up data encryption features

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How to protect your AWS access keys

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DoD not ready to stand down on AWS adoption

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Need-to-know AWS re:Invent terms

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