Amazon.com’s cloud computing provision subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS) made three key announcements today (Thursday, August 4)
One: the availability of its Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) has been extended from beyond US and Europe to all its other regions of operations across the world, including the Asian geographies covered by AWS’ Singapore and Tokyo offices.
Two: the launch of a new service called AWS Direct Connect, through which enterprises can directly access their data on AWS’ via a highly secure private network connection that bypasses the Internet. At press time, AWS Direct Connect is only available for coverage along the East Coast of the US, but progressive rollouts reaching all the way to Tokyo and Singapore are expected to be completed in the next few months.
Three: enhancements to the AWS Identity and Access Management (AWS IAM) solution, including new functionality, such as identity federation capabilities, enabling enterprises to grant secure and direct access to AWS resources with their preexisting corporate identities.
According to AWS senior executives, their latest offerings and enhancements were completely driven by customer requests and what they saw as market needs.
“As enterprises make the move to the cloud, many have leveraged Amazon VPC for workloads that they’ve wanted to manage using their existing management and security policies,” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President, AWS. “With today’s launch of Amazon VPC worldwide, AWS Direct Connect and the new IAM federated identity capabilities, enterprises have even more flexibility and control over deploying their workloads to the cloud…These capabilities provide even more privacy, and along with AWS’s existing cloud services allow enterprises to choose the environment that is best suited to each of their workloads.”
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