Amazon's AWS Summit Accelerates Cloud Services

1 - Amazon's AWS Summit Accelerates Cloud Services
2 - Werner Vogels Takes the Stage
3 -  AWS Has Over 1 Million Active Users
4 - Six Key Trends Are Driving the Cloud
5 - Amazon Has Multiple Cloud Security Services
6 - Oscar Insurance Relies on AWS for Security
7 - AWS Debuts Mobile Device Farm
8 - APIs Get a New Cloud Gateway
9 - Cloud Costs Get a New Forecast
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Amazon's AWS Summit Accelerates Cloud Services

by Sean Michael Kerner

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Werner Vogels Takes the Stage

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels led the AWS Summit event in New York City, detailing use cases for the cloud and announcing new services.

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AWS Has Over 1 Million Active Users

The cloud isn't just a buzzword for Amazon; it's a real business that Vogels said has more than 1 million active users today.

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Six Key Trends Are Driving the Cloud

Vogels sees six trends as being pivotal to cloud adoption: speed, focus, removing the need for servers, security, mobility and data usage.

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Amazon Has Multiple Cloud Security Services

In Vogels' view, the cloud can be a more secure deployment target for applications than on-premises deployment. His view is backed by multiple AWS services for security, including identity and access management, auditing with CloudTrail and the security key management service.

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Oscar Insurance Relies on AWS for Security

To prove his point on cloud security, Vogels brought Mackenzie Kosut, head of technical operations at Oscar Insurance, on stage to describe how the health insurance company uses AWS to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance.

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AWS Debuts Mobile Device Farm

To assist mobile application development in the cloud, Vogels announced that Amazon is launching the AWS Device Farm, a service that enables developers to test code on a large selection of mobile devices.

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APIs Get a New Cloud Gateway

The basic building block for many native cloud applications is an API that can then be consumed in the application to provide information or services. Vogels announced the new Amazon API Gateway as a new "front door" that provides a secure back-end service for developers to publish, maintain and monitor APIs at scale.

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Cloud Costs Get a New Forecast

One of the key drivers for organizations to move to the cloud is lower costs. With the new Amazon Forecasts service, organizations can now budget and get a forecast of their cloud costs.

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