Microsoft blends IaaS and PaaS with new Managed Disks

Microsoft introduced a nifty new feature to its Azure public cloud this week called Managed Disks. The idea is that developers will not have to worry about provisioning storage when spinning up virtual machines. Managed Disks automatically adds persistent disk storage for Azure virtual machines as applications demand it.

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Most managed security tools will be cloud based by 2020, IHS predicts

Even as security remains a concern for cloud users, research firm IHS says managed security vendors are increasingly delivering their security products via the cloud.

And by 2020, most managed security services will be delivered via the cloud, IHS predicts.

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IHS predicts that by 2020, more managed security vendors will deliver their products via the cloud than on-premises. 

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Google’s new managed containers are brought to you by Red Hat

A new incarnation of Red Hat’s OpenShift Dedicated service for running containers will be available on Google Cloud Platform and could further Google’s plans to create a genuinely open-source hybrid cloud.

OpenShift Dedicated was originally hosted on Amazon EC2, but it’s based on technology that can theoretically allow it to run anywhere. Now that Google and Red Hat are teaming up, instances of OpenShift Dedicated will be available on Google Cloud Platform. There are no details about pricing or availability as yet. 

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Amazon adds managed NAT gateways to Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud has long made it possible to partition a hunk of AWS with a private network of its own, complete with a VPN connection for secure access.

But setting up a VPN to access the Internet is drudgery, since connections to and from VPC have to be mapped with network address translation (NAT) using a manually created cluster of EC2 instances that serve as a gateway.

Earlier this week, Amazon did away with some of that headache by providing a new Managed NAT Gateway for AWS to automatically create NAT gateways for AWS VPNs without having to do anything more than click through a wizard.

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Amazon launches managed Elasticsearch service

While Amazon Web Services made a name for itself by providing raw computing power and data storage at rock-bottom prices, the company has been moving toward providing services that do more of the heavy lifting for developers and administrators in exchange for a higher price.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service is a new product in that vein that’s designed to make it easier for developers to implement the popular Elasticsearch open-source search and analytics engine that lives in the AWS cloud. Users can set up an Elasticsearch service cluster using the AWS Management Console, command-line tools, or the Amazon Elasticsearch Service API. They can set up parameters like instance count and what sort of storage their search instance should use.

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Amazon launches managed Elasticsearch service

While Amazon Web Services made a name for itself by providing raw computing power and data storage at rock-bottom prices, the company has been moving toward providing services that do more of the heavy lifting for developers and administrators in exchange for a higher price.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service is a new product in that vein that’s designed to make it easier for developers to implement the popular Elasticsearch open-source search and analytics engine that lives in the AWS cloud. Users can set up an Elasticsearch service cluster using the AWS Management Console, command-line tools, or the Amazon Elasticsearch Service API. They can set up parameters like instance count and what sort of storage their search instance should use.

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