Amazon Web Services releases cluster of cloud updates

Four new Amazon EC2 features include virtual infrastructure filtering, the ability to label Amazon Web Services resources and the power to import your own encryption keys.

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Amazon takes innovation to the nth degree
Amazon is innovating so fast that the company can't even space them out! That's the pitch line from Amazon Web Services (AWS), which announced four more new features yesterday at the same time! Most companies will just call that an update and quietly list the changes, but AWS feels these are all important enough for the gold-star treatment. boils it down for you:

  • Resource Tagging: Label various parts of your AWS services before they sprawl out of control. Got 50 Elastic Block Stores? Name each one so your management tools can tell you what they are. Same with EC2 machines and VPC networks; it's metadata for your virtual IT department.
  • Idempotent Instance Creation: This is much more important sounding than it actually is. It means that EC2 now knows whether to automatically launch another server or not. It's a bit out there, but some may find it a handy tool for thrifty usage or a shortcut to policing their own code.
  • AWS Filtering: Filter results when sorting through your virtual infrastructure. Useful for those with thousands of instances and block stores. Possibly to be used in conjunction with the first item.
  • Bring Your Own Keypair: This one is important. Remember how everyone gripes about AWS security and calls it an unknown quantity? You can now take away a significant chunk of that unknown by uploading your own encryption keys instead of trusting AWS to make them for you. How you trust AWS to hold and use those keys securely is another matter, but it's progress.

Oh, and there was something about Oracle, too….

Nasuni upgrades Filer to 2.0
Novel "cloud gateway" storage software Nasuni has hit version 2.0 with some significant upgrades. Hyper-V support for its Filer virtual machine means that users aren't stuck with VMware Player anymore, and it now supports Windows Azure as a storage service provider, along with AWS, Iron Mountain and others.

Nasuni is a virtual appliance that lives on your backup machine and creates snapshots or selected data. It also connect to your cloud service and replicates the data there, providing disaster recovery and buffered online backups, so it pretty much always acts like local storage. Anyone who's spent the better part of a week watching an online data restore after a disaster will understand the appeal.

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