Cloud Patches: WorkSpaces Down Under, Azure Shifts Monitoring Nodes

Last week in cloud computing: AWS announced a stack of new features in Australia, while Azure shifted its monitoring nodes.

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  • As well as announcing that its CloudTrails tracking service will reach its Sydney data centre soon at its Sydney summit, AWS also said that its Amazon WorkSpaces virtualised Windows desktops should also be available locally by mid-year. WorkSpaces performance in Australia from the US Amazon centres has generally been considered to be poor, so that could be a welcome development
  • Also revealed at the summit was Amazon’s new Cost Explorer tool, which provides a visual representation of your AWS expenditure.
  • Amazon has also added new “memory-optimised” EC3 instances, known as R3, across its data centres. More details here.
  • Check out NAB’s lessons from its move of some online services to AWS.
  • Microsoft is shifting the nodes used by its Global Service Monitor tools, swapping them from one city in the region to another (so London, for instance, is shifting to Dublin). Microsoft says tests configured in those regions will continue to work but will display incorrect names until you re-save them. More details here.
  • As we reported earlier in the week, Azure also now offers an enhanced VMware migration tool.

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