AWS Backup Now Supports Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you know that I categorize some posts as “chocolate and peanut butter” in homage to an ancient (1970 or so) series of TV commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Today, I am happy to bring you the latest such post, combining AWS Backup and Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP. Before I dive into the specifics, let’s review each service: AWS Backup helps you to automate and centrally manage your backups (read my post, AWS Backup – Automate and Centrally Manage Your Backups, for a detailed look). After you create policy-driven plans, you can monitor the status of on-going backups, verify compliance, and find/restore backups, all from a central console. We launched…

New – Storage-Optimized Amazon EC2 Instances (I4i) Powered by Intel Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake) Processors

Over the years we have released multiple generations of storage-optimized Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances including the HS1 (2012) , D2 (2015), I2 (2013) , I3 (2017), I3en (2019), D3/D3en (2020), and Im4gn/Is4gen (2021). These instances are used to host high-performance real-time relational databases, distributed file systems, data warehouses, key-value stores, and more. New I4i Instances Today I am happy to introduce the new I4i instances, powered by the latest generation Intel Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake) Processors with an all-core turbo frequency of 3.5 GHz. The instances offer up to 30 TB of NVMe storage using AWS Nitro SSD devices that are custom-built by AWS, and are designed to minimize latency and maximize transactions per second (TPS) on…

AWS Week in Review – April 25, 2022

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS! The first in this year’s series of AWS Summits took place in San Francisco this past week and we had a bunch of great announcements. Let’s take a closer look… Last Week’s Launches Here are some launches that caught my eye this week: AWS Migration Hub Orchestrator – Building on AWS Migration Hub (launched in 2017), this service helps you to reduce migration costs by automating manual tasks, managing dependencies between tools, and providing better visibility into the migration progress. It makes use of workflow templates that you can modify and extend, and includes a…

AWS Partner Network (APN) – 10 Years and Going Strong

Ten years ago we launched AWS Partner Network (APN) in beta form for our partners and our customers. In his post for the beta launch, my then-colleague Jinesh Varia noted that: Partners are an integral part of the AWS ecosystem as they enable customers and help them scale their business globally. Some of our greatest wins, particularly with enterprises, have been influenced by our Partners. A decade later, as our customers work toward digital transformation, their needs are becoming more complex. As part of their transformation they are looking for innovation, differentiating solutions, and routinely ask us to refer them to partners with the right skills and the specialized capabilities that will help them to make the best of use…