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If You Can’t Reach Cloud, We’ll Bring it to Your Backyard, Says AWS CEO

AWS offers several fully managed database services like Amazon Aurora, RDS, Redshift, DynamoDB and DocumentDB, to name a few

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By Nishant Arora

For a majority of big enterprises and small and medium businesses (SMBs) globally, a transition to full Cloud experience will still take several years. According to Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy, if you have not decided on migrating your workloads to Cloud, we are here to bring the same secure, agile and fast AWS Cloud experience on premises for you.

Admitting that it takes some solid conviction from senior-level management, aggressive take-down goals and proper training to move faster on Cloud, Jassy said the company is now providing the same Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), tools, security and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) capabilities to enterprises on their premises as with the Cloud customers.

“Sometimes, we find that an organization can be paralyzed if it can’t figure out how to move its last workload to Cloud. The reality is that there are so many workloads that you can move to Cloud while some critical workloads you can decide to keep on-prim.

“We bring the same secure Cloud to your on-prim environment before you finally decide to be fully on Cloud,” Jassy told a packed house during the AWS Public Sector Summit here on Wednesday.

“On-prim data centres will stay and run alongside AWS before Cloud takes over fully in some years from now. In between, we are delivering the same AWS Cloud experience on-prim. Same tools, same APIs and security before you embrace Cloud,” he added.

According to Jassy who is a 22-year veteran at Amazon, the world is changing really fast even though we don’t always recognise how fast it is changing around us.

“We started about 10 years ago in the public sector infrastructure Cloud and now, it’s amazing to see 5,000 government organisations, about 10,000 academic institutions and more than 28,000 nonprofits worldwide using AWS,” Jassy informed.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

“We have over 165 Cloud-based services that you can mix and match together, however you see fit, which means that you get from the stage of idea to implementing it with us,” said the AWS CEO.

AWS saw sales surge 41 per cent from the prior year to $7.7 billion in the first quarter of 2019. AWS accounted for about 13 per cent of Amazon’s total revenue for the quarter and Asia-Pacific market has become the next big engine of growth for the company.

“Databases are changing. The right purpose-built databases are the future. I think that most people are pretty frustrated with the older guard database solutions,” Jassy said, taking a dig at arch rival Oracle.

“They’re expensive, proprietary, high lock-in. They’re constantly auditing you, fining you unless you buy more from them. It’s just a model that people are sick of. And it’s why people are moving as quickly as possible to more open engines,” he added.

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AWS offers several fully managed database services like Amazon Aurora, RDS, Redshift, DynamoDB and DocumentDB, to name a few.

On customers adopting a multi-Cloud approach, Jassy said that most organisations, as they start to move to the Cloud, think to split their workloads across two or three clouds evenly.

“In reality, very few do that. The majority of them pre-dominantly select one Cloud provider. The reason is that various Cloud platforms are pretty wild and different in terms of capabilities and ecosystem and maturity at this point,” he noted. (IANS)

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Things You Need to Know About Virtual Data Rooms

Meanwhile, other VDR services come with their virus and malware protection to further enhance their overall security

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The spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Jens Laerke, says heavy flooding has been ongoing since July and this is heightening the risk. Pixabay

A virtual data room, as the name implies, is cloud-based file storage. This type of storage allows businesses to store data and share confidential information without any worries of security, especially during a financial transaction.
During such an operation, parties can view documents and other vital data in real-time without having to resort to emails or other public file sharing options.

A couple of virtual data rooms make use of encryption protocols to secure essential files during a transaction. Meanwhile, other VDR services come with their virus and malware protection to further enhance their overall security.

What Type of Information Does VDR Contain?

Usually, the files a virtual data room stores are private and confidential. Businesses typically use VDR for storing important and sensitive data such as intellectual properties or patents. 

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During such an operation, parties can view documents and other vital data in real-time without having to resort to emails or other public file sharing options. Pixabay

Back in the early 2000s, virtual data rooms were introduced as document storage and sharing platform, which then transitioned into online storage and sharing. The fact that they were a lot less expensive and time-saving than housing physical documents make them a better option for lots of businesses.

Why Using a VDR is Beneficial?

The best benefit you can get from using virtual data rooms is the peace of mind knowing that your company’s valuable information is kept secure and confidential. 

Apart from that, a virtual data room can upload tons of documents, grant permissions to specific users, monitor user activity, and a lot more. It’s for these features why a lot of companies place their trust in VDRs to secure their most confidential company data.

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A virtual data room replaces physical data rooms when it comes to financial transactions. Since physical data rooms have limited capabilities, not to mention they’re time-consuming and inconvenient, they quickly became outdated and surpassed by virtual rooms. 

VDRs can be used in a lot of fields, including:

  • Corporate (sharing confidential documents within a corporation)
  • Investment banking (keeping M&A deals moving)
  • Litigation (sharing privileged files among a legal firm’s clients and other third-parties)
  • Mining & energy (sharing documents for M&A, joint ventures, bid management, etc.)
  • Biotech/Parma (securing and sharing intellectual property with third parties)

What Makes It Different from Other Sharing Services?

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A couple of virtual data rooms make use of encryption protocols to secure essential files during a transaction. Pixabay

While generic sharing services can be somewhat comparable to a virtual data room, they lack in terms of property security. That is especially true when it involves a company’s highly confidential data.

Generic sharing services also make it quite a hassle and inefficient to manage large-scale documents. Meanwhile, VDRs are designed to share vast volumes of documents with other parties safely and securely. It allows any company to avoid delays, particularly during important transactions.

Also, the permission settings that generic sharing services have are often prone to error. In some cases, users can accidentally share sensitive data to the wrong people, thereby compromising that information’s confidentiality instead.

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With a virtual data room, however, you can benefit from specialized security and advanced control features alongside compliance with various security standards like HIPAA, GDPR, and SOC2.