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Microsoft has released a free eBook, The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure for developers looking to create applications that will run on Azure. Although the Azure platform, like AWS and Google's cloud offerings, has been around for a while, that doesn't mean everyone is at the same place when it comes to understanding how to create applications that best take advantage of these new platforms. Books like this are a good way of getting started if you're new or filling gaps you might have in your own knowledge.

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AWS PrivateLink allows AWS users to securely connect to cloud services without exposing those services to the broader Internet. Since its release in 2009, PrivateLink was limited to AWS services using the virtual private cloud service. At the re:Invent conference, taking place in Las Vegas, Amazon has announced support for third-party SaaS services so PrivateLink can be used more broadly.

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Last week, Microsoft announced a solution for customers wanting to run VMware on their Azure platform. Azure Migrate has launched as a free service that discovers all the VMware workloads on your network and migrates them to Microaoft's cloud. But VMware says this is an unsupported solution and customers should be wary.

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New cybersecurity laws introduced in China make it harder for global companies to store data pertaining to Chinese nationals. And although cloud providers have set up data centres in countries that require citizen data to remain onshore, Amazon and other providers are taking steps to sell their hardware assets to Chinese companies.

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Amazon has announced a new secret region - I'm not sure why they're calling it a Secret Region given they 've announced it - for workloads up to Secret U.S. security classification level. If you've need to run workloads that require higher security than AWS' regular services then this is for you.

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There's no debating the handiness of cloud storage, but most services out there can get fairly pricey, even if you're just looking to tuck away some files for safekeeping. That's why Zoolz shines as a smarter way to store your personal data, especially with plans going on sale for more than 90 percent off.

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Building an online service and API is a difficult business. Once you've actually spent the time putting it together, writing up good documentation and delivering something reliable and stable, you potentially have to support it for a long time. But not forever. In Dropbox's case, it pulled the plug this week on its original API, v1, leaving tardy developers -- and their users -- with potentially non-functional apps.

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This week, Google announced that it's replacing its Google Drive apps for Mac and PC with a more functional version, Backup & Sync. You'll still be able to use your cloud storage from Google Drive in the same way, but the updated apps for Mac and PC will let you sync individual folders anywhere on your desktop, as well as manage your cloud photo uploads. Support for the current versions of the Google Drive apps will end on December 11, with the apps shutting down completely on 12 March 2018.

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There's no debating the handiness of cloud storage, but most services out there can get fairly pricey, even if you're just looking to tuck away some files for safe keeping. That's why Zoolz shines as a smarter way to store your personal data, especially with plans going on sale for more than 90 percent off.

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Chinese multinational Huawei has announced grand plans for its cloud computing arm. In short, it wants to form a global "cloud alliance" with telco partners around the world. This will allow for greater collaboration on the delivery of cloud solutions for international enterprises, similar to how airline alliances operate today.

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Elastic GPUs are GPU resources that can be attached to an Amazon EC2 instance to accelerate the graphics performance of applications. Elastic GPUs come in several different memory capacities and offer the flexibility to choose the right compute, memory, and storage balance for your application. They're best suited for applications that require a small or intermittent amount of additional GPU power.

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Yesterday, one of the best cloud backup services, CrashPlan, announced it was ending support for consumers. CrashPlan for Home will be put to rest on 23 October 2018. While the option to sign up for or renew your CrashPlan for Home subscription is gone, current CrashPlan for Home users will receive an extra 60 days of backup service gratis.

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As the amount of data we store (hoard?) increases it becomes harder to know exactly what we have. And if we don't know what data we have, it becomes challenging to know what we are protecting. Amazon Macie is a new service that uses machine learning algorithms for natural language processing to automate data classification S3 buckets.

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Splunk's new Insights for AWS Cloud Monitoring provides end-to-end security, operational and cost management insights on AWS. It delivers an analytics-based approach to cloud monitoring and provides end-to-end visibility into a customer’s AWS infrastructure, delivering real-time awareness of performance, health, configuration, security and infrastructure spend.

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Microsoft is partnering with Canberra Data Centres to add two new regions to their Azure footprint. The new regions will be dedicated to Australian federal, state and local government, New Zealand government, and their partners in order to overcome concerns of government agencies using public infrastructure for managing Unclassified and Protected government data.

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It's every sysadmin's greatest nightmare. You do what you think will be a simple configuration change and accidentally lose a whole bunch of data. That's exactly what happened over the weekend with Cisco's Meraki service. A configuration change "caused certain data uploaded prior to 11:20AM Pacific time on August 3 to be deleted". Whoops.