This Week in the Cloud: AWS re:Invent, Google Makes Moves, EU Safe Harbor Ruling

SRnewspaperLots of goings on ‘in the cloud’ this week,  from the endless releases, partnerships, and announcements at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference, to Google’s responses, to the EU’s monumental safe harbor data ruling, these articles will keep you abreast on the latest cloud computing news.


RackSpace Officially Announces AWS Managed Services Offering at AWS re:Invent

Rackspace on Tuesday announced a deal with Amazon Web Services to offer its “fanatical support” to Amazon’s cloud. The announcement, made during Amazon Web Services’ “re:Invent” conference in Las Vegas, was expected, as Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes hinted the deal was in the works during the San Antonio-based managed-cloud company’s second quarter conference call.

Europe’s Highest Court Strikes Down Safe Harbor Data Sharing Between US, EU

Europe’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has struck down the 15-year-old Safe Harbour agreement that allowed the free flow of information between the US and EU. The most significant repercussion of this ruling is that American companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter, may not be allowed to send user data from Europe back to the US.

Amazon Announces AWS Quicksight Business Intelligence Tool 

Amazon made it official Wednesday afternoon at AWS re:Invent with the announcement that the tech giant would indeed be jumping into the business intelligence market, unveiling QuickSight. The service, which will be powered by Amazon Web Services will make it easier for everyone within an organization regardless of their technical prowess to build data visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and swiftly generate business insight from stored data.

Splunk App for AWS Announces at re:Invent 

Splunk announced the new release of the Splunk App for AWS at AWS re:Invent 2015. The new version of the app transforms AWS CloudTrail, AWS Config, Amazon CloudWatch, and now Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Flow Logs into easy-to-use dashboards that provide comprehensive security, compliance and operational insights into Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments.

Google, Amazon Release Cloud Security Tools… Back to Back

Google today brought out its Cloud Security Scanner service for finding potential security issues into general availability — for free. The tool came out in beta back in February.

The timing is the interesting part. Google published its blog post on the news less than one hour after Amazon Web Services, the biggest public cloud and the No. 1 competitor of the Google Cloud Platform, announced the release of Inspector, a cloud service that automatically looks for security and compliance issues based on input from an admin.



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Jeff Edwards is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large.He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and previously worked as a reporter covering Boston City Hall.
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