Hortonworks Inc Launches Data Cloud for AWS Platform

Horton Data Cloud with Amazon Web Service allows AWS clients to use the nimbleness and elasticity of Apache® Hadoop™ and Apache® Spark™.

hortonworks-on-awsGreatResponder.com – Hortonworks Inc, is one of the leading cloud data service provider, which creates open and connected data platforms, has announced the accessibility of Hortonworks Data Cloud or Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS). It enables Amazon Web Services clients to work in the fast, secure and potential environment where new workloads and analytic applications are being used.

The new cloud based service is powered by the open source community, which delivers the most popular enterprise grade capabilities of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with both the billing rate of per hour and per annual options available on the AWS Marketplace.

At this time, businesses are demanding for real-time decision making, growing competitive advantage, feasible and manageable costs are revealing three new primary trends in the information technology industry, that are as follows:  Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics and the Internet of Things. Hortonworks has a particular type of connected data architecture approach, for every trend that gives optimal footprints, elasticity, agility, cost and one most important drive real-time analytics. Using the Hortonworks Data Cloud Platform for Amazon Web Services, now companies are able to achieve the data faster and with greater flexibility that was not possible as before.

Shaun Connolly, chief strategy officer, Hortonworks, said: “We are enabling modern applications on a connected data architecture and believe customers should have a consistent data experience across the cloud and the data center, Hortonworks Data Cloud for AWS gives customers an on-demand cloud service for a prescriptive experience for the most common Hadoop, Spark and Hive use cases with community support and the flexibility of hourly and annual billing through existing AWS Marketplace accounts.”

Hortonworks Data Cloud is particularly configured and optimized to operate on Amazon Web Services for consuming the enterprise ephemeral workload. It is also designed to integrate further more AWS services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon RDS and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

“Hortonworks is a true innovator when it comes to open source data platforms, which is why startups and enterprises alike depend on their solutions to deliver the analytics needed to power real-time business insights,” said Barry Russell, general manager of Global Business Development, AWS Marketplace and Catalog Services, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “AWS has many customers who want powerful open source-based applications like Hortonworks Data Cloud for AWS available in a managed software catalog, and this listing on AWS Marketplace gives them the ability to immediately purchase and deploy to start accelerating decision making right away.”

These features of new cloud services make easier the life of clients to use cloud data platform as a service with pay as you go billing model. This is the fastest kind of way to running the Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark and Apache Hive workloads in the cloud platform.

Amazon Cloud Hosting Achieves DoD Authorization

Amazon cloud hosting has become one of a few companies to have achieve the authorization to work for the US Department of Defense (DoD) in cloud computing technology related projects.

Amazon Cloud Hosting Achieves DoD Authorization
Amazon Cloud Hosting Achieves DoD Authorization

Amazon cloud hosting has become one of a few companies to have achieve the authorization to work for the US Department of Defense (DoD) in cloud computing technology related projects.

This was announced by the cloud hosting giant Amazon last week, it has got the authorization of the United States Department of Defense. This authorization will allow the company to bid, and work on different projects for defense securities. This authorization is achieved under the cloud security standards of the department, which are more stringent and hard to accomplish. It was further said that the company has successfully accomplished the requirements of the department, and now it has authorization to bid for the cloud hosting projects of different security agencies of the US government.

The company official statement further elaborates that the company will be able to work for different categories related to cloud hosting, web hosting projects, such as – public facing websites, open data sets and others. Meanwhile, it was maintained that the company is eying on getting high level security authorization to work for more sensitive projects of the defense agencies.

While talking about the DoD certification, in her press release statement, the Vice President of AWS worldwide public sector, Teresa Carlson said,“After receiving an overwhelming response from defense agencies interested in leveraging our FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO), we’re very excited to further extend our services to the government community by meeting the additional requirements of the DoD. Today, more than 600 government agencies use AWS services, and we look forward to continuing to demonstrate the security and reliability of the AWS Cloud so that an even broader set of DoD customers can use our services to reduce costs and innovate for their missions.”

It was also informed in the official statement that, the company has achieved the general security standard certification under FedRAMP in May 2013. This certification is based on the standardized approach to authorization, security assessment and monitoring of cloud products.

Teresa Carlson further elaborated about FedRAMP authorization that, we have a big number of commercial customers that demand for the FedRAMP packages to make their services more reliable and secure. Another statement by Teresa regarding FedRAMP says, “The commercial customers insist on FedRAMP, because they don’t want to do experiments, but they want to rely on something that is already working well”.

AWS Starts a New Cloud Computing Service Region in Beijing China

China has always been a tough country in terms of strong internet censorships, political, cultural and economic issues. AWS tries to sort out these problems by establishing a dedicated cloud computing based business region in Beijing to expand its footprints into this prospective marketplace.

AWS Starts a New Cloud Computing Service Region in Beijing China
AWS Starts a New Cloud Computing Service Region in Beijing China

China has always been a tough country in terms of strong internet censorships, political, cultural and economic issues. AWS tries to sort out these problems by establishing a dedicated cloud computing based business region in  Beijing to expand its footprints into this prospective marketplace.

GREATRESPONDER.COM – Jeff Barr of AWS cloud computing company announced on Wednesday this week in his blog post that Amazon Web Services is establishing a new region of its services in China. This region – named as Beijing region – would be an independent entity to deal with the Chinese local laws related to censorship, political issues and cultural bottlenecking. The region would offer its services to its local customers.

Beijing region will offer almost all services of AWS  to its Chinese customers through a local web portal. AWS has already strong footprints in the Asia Pacific region with its strong service bases in Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Chennai, Osaka, Seoul and Manila.

This region will allow a huge number of multi-national companies working in china to opt from a wide range of the AWS cloud computing services that will be in compliance with the Chinese regulatory and legal requirements. This move will be very effective in grabbing the due share of this most prospective and dynamic cloud computing market  of the world. According to IDC research, the cloud market in China will cross $1.08 billion by the year 2016.

It was further said in the blog post that the limited preview services of Beijing region will be available in the first quarter of year 2014. The full version of the corporate cloud based services will be made available very soon in the same year.

Jeff Barr wrote in his blog, “This Region will allow China-based and multinational companies to make use of a broad collection of AWS services such as – S3 storage, EC2 servers, Dynamo DB, RDS databases and many other – while remaining in compliance with China’s legal and regulatory requirements”.

Owing to recent censorship row between Google and Chinese government that resulted in the withdrawal of Hong Kong data center by Google, it is feared that Beijing region of AWS cloud service may face some tough time on regulatory and commercial sides. But, creating an independent business portfolio may be helpful in lowering the issue related to regulations, censorship and political matters.