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  • AWS shoots for total cloud domination

    AWS shoots for total cloud domination

    AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference this week — and as it revealed one new service after another, one thing became clear: the company with a marketshare lead that is by Gartner’s estimate 10 times bigger than its 14 closest competitors combined, has no plans to slow down or rest on its laurels. If that market lead isn’t enough to shake up the competition… Read More

  • Amazon Glue solves sticky data prep problem in cloud

    Amazon Glue solves sticky data prep problem in cloud

    Amazon announced Amazon Glue today at the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. The tool has been designed to help developers process data, whether the source is in the cloud or on prem. This is sometimes known as extract, transform, load (ETL) of data, and it’s generally considered one of the toughest parts of analytics. As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels explained today on stage at the… Read More

  • AWS lets developers execute Lambda functions on edge locations with Lambda@Edge

    AWS lets developers execute Lambda functions on edge locations with Lambda@Edge

    Today, Amazon said it was rolling out a tool called Lambda@Edge, that allows developers to execute Lambda functions at edge locations on a content delivery network, cutting down the time needed to make a process. With Lambda@Edge, developers can do processing at the edge locations without having to go back to the original source. These functions are able to inspect HTTP requests and take… Read More

  • AWS Batch simplifies batch computing in the cloud

    AWS Batch simplifies batch computing in the cloud

    Amazon’s new AWS Batch allows engineers to execute a series of jobs automatically, in the cloud. The tool lets you run apps and container images on whatever EC2 instances are required to accomplish a given task. Amazon recognized that many of its customers were bootstrapping their own batch computing systems. Users were stringing together EC2 instances, containers, notifications… Read More

  • YayPay wants to help big companies deal with accounts receivable

    YayPay wants to help big companies deal with accounts receivable

    YayPay is focusing on an interesting yet underserved niche — collecting payments from your customers. The startup is launching the second version of its platform today and now focuses on big companies with accounts receivable teams. The company first launched on stage at Disrupt London exactly one year ago. At the time, the company wanted to help small and medium companies get paid on time. Read More

  • AWS Personal Health Dashboard helps developers monitor the state of their cloud apps

    AWS Personal Health Dashboard helps developers monitor the state of their cloud apps

    DevOps teams will be happy to hear that Amazon is launching its own dashboard for Amazon Web Services. Personal Health Dashboard, as the company calls it, is its latest release from the stage of re:Invent 2016 to support more advanced cloud apps monitoring. The tool puts critical infrastructure data in one place. The dashboard will automatically notify teams of failures and allow them… Read More

  • AWS X-Ray gives developers a way to look into every little operation in their applications

    AWS X-Ray gives developers a way to look into every little operation in their applications

    Amazon today is rolling out a tool to help developers dive deep into their existing applications to diagnose each element of the application’s processes in order to get a full snapshot of how an application is performing. Called X-Ray, developers can use the tool to dive into individual processes in order to identify bottlenecks or see individual performance of functions within an app. Read More

  • Here’s everything AWS will announce today

    Here’s everything AWS will announce today

    Amazon is hosting the second of two major keynotes at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas today. TechCrunch has received detailed notes on the contents of today’s keynote, which will be delivered by Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels. We already knew he was going to talk about DevOps and containers today, but here are a few more details of what to expect. The keynote is scheduled to… Read More

  • YC grad Workramp lands $1.8 million seed round

    YC grad Workramp lands $1.8 million seed round

    Workramp, a startup that wants to change the way companies onboard and train their employees, announced a $1.8 million seed round today. Investors include Susa Ventures, Initialized Capital, Haystack, Liquid 2, Wei Fund, Elad Gil, Adrian Aoun, Charlie Songhurst, and Y Combinator. The company is a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2016 class and previously raised $120,000. Workramp… Read More

  • Genesis Partners spins out $50 million fund, F2 Capital, to back early-stage startups in Israel

    Genesis Partners spins out $50 million fund, F2 Capital, to back early-stage startups in Israel

    Three members of the senior investing team at Genesis Partners, a major Israeli venture firm, are stepping out with a new, early-stage fund of their own called F2 Capital. For the unfamiliar, Genesis Partners’ portfolio companies have been acquired by the likes of Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Sapiens over the past decade, and have gone public on the Nasdaq exchange in the U.S. as… Read More

  • AWS Snowball Edge offers 100TB of storage and compute functionality

    AWS Snowball Edge offers 100TB of storage and compute functionality

    Amazon’s popular Snowball storage container got a major update today at the company’s re:invent conference. Though largely overshadowed by the new batshit crazy AWS Snowmobile, the aforementioned Snowball will be getting a storage increase to 100 terabytes in addition to computing functionality. Users of the new Snowball Edge will be able to perform basic analysis on their data… Read More

  • Amazon will truck your massive piles of data to the cloud with an 18-wheeler

    Amazon will truck your massive piles of data to the cloud with an 18-wheeler

    Meet AWS Snowmobile, a tractor-trailer for when your big data is just too damn big. The truck houses a container that can store up to 100 petabytes of data. Real-life data hoarders can contract Amazon to move exabytes of data to the cloud using the new tricked-out trucks. Snowmobile attaches directly to your data center with power and network fibre to move critical information to AWS… Read More

  • AWS goes after Oracle with new PostgresSQL support in Aurora

    AWS goes after Oracle with new PostgresSQL support in Aurora

    There were a lot of jokes and comments at Oracle’s expense today at the AWS re:Invent conference, but perhaps the boldest statement came when AWS announced it  was adding PostgresSQL support to the AWS Aurora database, making it easier to move an Oracle database to the AWS cloud. Even as Oracle makes its own move to the cloud, it is still held up as the prime example of the… Read More

  • Google launches App Maker

    Google launches App Maker

    Google today announced the launch of App Maker, the newest entry in the low-code, drag-and-drop app building market. Like its competitors from Microsoft and numerous startups, App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to quickly develop basic apps that serve a very specific purpose inside an organization. The new service features a cloud-based drag-and-drop development environment that… Read More

  • AWS gives developers larger instances to work with

    AWS gives developers larger instances to work with

    Amazon kicked off its 2016 AWS re:Invent conference with a peppering of announcements regarding its EC2 instance roadmap. The company dropped an updated R4 instance, expanded T2 instances, and a new F1 instance. The F1 utilizes field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to offer a solution that is faster than traditional CPU/GPU combinations for quick reprogramming. While those new instances… Read More

  • AWS announces virtual private servers starting at $5 a month

    AWS announces virtual private servers starting at $5 a month

    AWS fired a shot across Digital Ocean’s bow this morning at the AWS re:Invent conference when it announced new virtual private servers starting at just $5 a month. The VPS service, called Lightsail, allows a customer to easily fire up a server in the cloud for a low price and hide the complexity of the underlying services being used. It’s been designed, according to AWS CEO Andy… Read More

  • Amazon Web Services is rolling out a way to use just the GPU power you need

    Amazon Web Services is rolling out a way to use just the GPU power you need

    Amazon is rolling out a new tool for users of its Amazon Web Services that will allow them to essentially use just as much GPU power as necessary without using up a full cluster on Amazon’s EC2 instance types. That means companies can tap into just a sliver of GPU power, or a larger amount, on demand as they need it and pay for that amount. GPUs can run a ton of tasks in parallel and have… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt-backed data science startup Civis Analytics raises $22M

    Eric Schmidt-backed data science startup Civis Analytics raises $22M

    Civis Analytics, a company founded by the chief analytics officer of Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, has raised $22 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Dan Wagner told me that after the election, he discovered that many organizations — whether they were in politics, government or business — were dealing with problems similar to the ones he faced during… Read More

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