AWS Announces the Launch of X1 Instances for EC2

The newly launched X1 instances offer 2 TB of memory and high performing Intel processors that is more than any of the other SAP certified cloud instance available today.

amazon intel x1  Amazon Web Service announces the launch of X1 instances for Amazon EC2. These memory optimized instances will support the large scale in memory database, process big data and HPC. AWS is providing the most comprehensive collection of instances.

The X1 instances have 2 TB of memory and they are powered by four 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon E7 8880 v3 processors delivering 128 vCPUs. The X1 instances also offer up to 10 GB per second of dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store that the team believes is well matched to hold up large-scale in-memory databases, big data processing, and high performance computing.

“Amazon EC2 provides the most comprehensive selection of instances, offering customers, by far, the deepest compute functionality to support virtually any workload,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2.

He further said “With 2 TB of memory – 8 times the memory of any other available Amazon EC2 instance, and more memory than any SAP-certified cloud instance available today – X1 instances change the game for SAP workloads in the cloud. Now, for the first time, customers can run their most memory-intensive applications at scale with the elasticity, flexibility, and reliability of the AWS Cloud, rather than having to battle the complexity, cost, and lack of alertness or on-premises solutions.”

The X1 instances have been certified by SAP for manufacturing workloads. They meet the recital bar for SAP OLAP and OLTP workloads backed by SAP HANA.

It is easy to migrate the on-premises deployments to AWS and also start fresh. Both ways, it can run S/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation Business Suite, as well as earlier versions.

Many AWS clients are presently running HANA in scale-out fashion across multiple R3 instances. Many of these workloads can now be run on a single X1 instance. This design will be simpler to set up and less costly to run. The updated of the SAP HANA Quick Start will offer the clients with more information about their configuration options.

The AWS clients, across almost every industry and layout, are using SAP applications on the AWS Cloud and experiencing the suppleness, scalability, safety, and cost savings of the world’s most complete cloud platform for their business applications.

Rackspace Kick-starts Fanatical Support Expansion for Microsoft Azure

The expansion of its fanatical support service will be unlimited and it will cover the regions like UK, DACH and Benelux with two new services named Navigator and Aviator.  Rackspace a public cloud company announces the expansion of its fanatical support for Microsoft Azure. Although both the companies are competing in the same business, but they are also partners for a long time.

The Fanatical Support was earlier accessible in US markets, while the extension puts the Azure service in a row with its other offerings like Amazon Web Services. The Navigator service presents access to tools and automation, whereas Aviator does the similar, and additionally offers a fully-managed Azure practice, providing improved man-hours, custom architectural design and all-year support, as well as performing environment build and deployment activities.

“Our launch of this offering marked an important expansion of our strategy to offer the world’s best expertise and service on industry-leading technologies, and is a natural progression of our 14-year relationship with Microsoft” said Jeff DeVerter, Chief Technologist for Microsoft Technology at Rackspace.

“It’s been nearly a year since Rackspace announced Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure, which we launched to assist customers who want to run IaaS workloads on the powerful Azure cloud, but prefer not to architect, secure and operate them first-hand. In addition to this expanded footprint, our service offerings are growing to include many of the Platform-as-a-Service features in Azure utilized by modern cloud applications” he said.

The two service levels within Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure, Navigator and Aviator, extent the migration, architecture, security and operations needs companies have today. These service levels will permit us to address the requirements of two different client groups:

For companies concerned with infrastructure support for their Azure environment, the Navigator level presents access to tools and automation capturing the best practice information of Azure architects and engineers, as well as on-demand access to those experts as needed.

Aviator expands the benefits of Navigator to a fully-managed Azure experience, providing improved application of human knowledge, fully-custom architectural design and 24x7x365 operational support, in addition extra tooling integrating best practices for your Azure environment.

The Aviator is a service for clients who want a more complete support experience, together with the guest virtual machine organization. At this level, Rackspace will perform environment, build and deployment activities in addition to ongoing management of virtual machines that includes monitoring, patching, troubleshooting and antivirus.

Amdocs Lunches Cloud-Fusion in Collaboration with Microsoft

The collaboration will benefit the service providers by opening new revenue streams and the SMEs and Large enterprises will be able to get enhanced and secure public cloud services.  Amdocs that is the leading provider of client experience solutions, announces a new solution called Amdocs Cloud-Fusion in collaboration with Microsoft. The solution will enable service providers to offer connectivity and more protected cloud applications for ventures and small and medium sized businesses. It enables improved cloud service assistance such as first-class bandwidth, wide area network optimization, and dedicated service level agreements.

According to Amdocs, the Amdocs Cloud-Fusion will facilitate the development of cloud service offerings in many ways and the service provider will get more revenue streams. This solution combines Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure and Amdocs NFV ready Network Cloud Service Orchestrator that also provide it the capability to plan and bring VNFs from any network vendor.

The combination of two will allow admittance to Azure’s business services and third-party Microsoft Azure Marketplace solutions. The Cloud-Fusion platform is planned to offer unified management, monitoring, orchestration and assurance, enabling service providers to automate fulfillment and operations of cloud-based services. The expected result is to advance client experience.

“Today 17 percent of all businesses each have more than 1,000 virtual machines supporting a range of business-critical applications that reside in the public cloud1, up from 13 percent in 2015. With Amdocs Cloud-Fusion, businesses can now access these services in a more secure and assured manner with enhanced network options that also improve quality of experience,” said Ann Hatchell, head of network marketing at Amdocs.

With this solution the service providers can offer a one stop shop for differentiated hybrid cloud services with service guarantees for enterprise customers, and streamline end-to-end service management across telecom sector and public cloud environments, thereby improving service agility and reducing complexity.

Together with Amdocs, we are enabling service providers to introduce attractive new cloud-related offerings through the Cloud-Fusion self-service portal, and seize revenue that typically would go directly to over-the-top players. This elevates the service provider’s position within the value chain,” said Bob De Haven, general manager, Worldwide Communications & Media at Microsoft.

The solution will enable the Service providers to capture fresh profits streams from their business sector customer base by adding cloud services and providing access to Microsoft Azure’s value-added business services and Azure Marketplace’s solutions through secure service provider networks.