Cloud Patches: AWS Adds G2 In Sydney, Azure Goes SAP

Last week in cloud computing: AWS gets graphic with G2 available in Sydney and improvements to Elastic Transcoder; a wide range of SAP apps available soon on Azure.

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  • The Amazon Web Services (AWS) region in Sydney now has access to the G2 EC2 instance, designed for use with applications requiring 3D graphics processing. Despite announcing the instances, local pricing doesn't appear to be on the AWS site as I write this . . .
  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder, the service which automatically transcodes media, has been upgraded to allow more parallel processing. Each Amazon account can now run up to four pipelines, each with between 12 and 20 jobs per pipeline. The limit varies by region; for Sydney, perhaps unsurprisingly, it's only 12.
  • Want to set up SQL Server databases using multiple availability zones (Multi A-Z) to reduce potential downtime? New enhancements to Amazon RDS make it easier to create mirrored SQL instances.
  • You can now encrypt data kept in Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS). More details here.
  • For Azure, the big news of the week was a big expansion in the range of SAP apps available on Microsoft's platform. By the end of June, SAP Business Suite, SAP Business All-In-One, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) and SAP HANA will all be available to suitably licensed users.
  • The Puppet Module for Azure has updated to cover more Azure resources. It's also now fully integrated into the main Azure management portal.

Cloud Patches rounds up new features and services added to major cloud computing platforms each week..


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