Aug
14
2017
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Amazon Macie helps businesses protect their sensitive data in the cloud

 Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service hosted its annual NY Summit today and it used the event to launch a new service: Amazon Macie. The idea behind Macie is to use machine learning to help businesses protect their sensitive data in the cloud. Read More

Jul
27
2017
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It looks like Amazon would be losing a lot of money if not for AWS

 Amazon reported its second-quarter earnings today, and it was a bit of a whiff — and a bummer for Jeff Bezos, who is now no longer the solar system’s richest human and has been relegated to the unfortunate position of second-richest human. Read More

Jun
26
2017
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Amazon said to be working on translation services for AWS customers

 Amazon is working on an offering that would allow developers building apps and websites using AWS to translate their content to multiple languages, CNBC reports. The machine translation tech used to provide the multi-lingual versions of client products would be based on tech Amazon uses across its own products, the report claims. Translation services are a key competitive offering for Amazon… Read More

Jun
15
2017
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Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

 Slack is in the midst of raising another $500 million in financing at what could be a $5 billion valuation — money it will likely critically need as it goes after major corporate clients and construct a functional business — according to a report by Recode. Slack also got some interest with a $9 billion price tag from Amazon, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. All… Read More

May
16
2017
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DefinedCrowd is teaching machines to better understand the complexities of language

 What DefinedCrowd offers isn’t particularly easily to distill into a quick elevator pitch. Taking the stage today as part of the Disrupt New York Battlefield, the Washington state-based company deals in complex concepts of machine learning, providing rich data sets for speech and natural language processing systems. Read More

May
04
2017
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These big tech companies pay their interns the most

 It’s May and that means the window for locking down internships at tech companies is rapidly closing. In reflection of the 2017 recruiting season, Glassdoor took some time to analyze its anonymized salary data, producing a report of the highest paying internships for 2017. We went ahead and pulled the tech companies from the list, and among large tech companies, Facebook leads the… Read More

Apr
26
2017
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Percona Live 2017: Database Management Made Simple – Amazon RDS

Darin Amazon RDS

Amazon RDSPercona Live 2017 is done for Wednesday, but there was still time to get in one more talk before tonight’s Community Networking Reception – and the last one of the evening was about Amazon RDS.

Darin Briskman, Lead Developer Outreach & Technical Evangelist for Amazon, held two back-to-back sessions on Database management made simple – Amazon RDS. Amazon Relational Database Service (or Amazon RDS) is a distributed relational database service by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Darin reviewed how Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. He showed how it provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while managing time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing you to focus on your applications and business. This talk provided guidance and tips for optimizing MySQL-compatible workloads on RDS.

Darin was kind enough to speak with me about his talk afterward. Check it out below:

Don’t miss any of tomorrow’s talks! You can find Thursday’s (4/27) session schedule here.

Apr
26
2017
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Percona Live 2017: A Deep-Dive Into What’s New in Amazon Aurora

Percona Live 2017

PostgresPercona Live 2017 is rolling along, and now that everybody got through lunch we’re all recharged and ready for the afternoon. Let’s start it out with Amazon Aurora.

Amazon AuroraOnce of the best-attended sessions was Sailesh Krishnamurthy’s (Senior Engineering Manager at Amazon Web Services) talk on a deep dive into what is new in Amazon Aurora. Amazon Aurora is a fully managed relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. It is purpose-built for the cloud using a new architectural model and distributed systems techniques to provide far higher performance, availability and durability than previously possible using conventional monolithic database architectures.

Amazon Aurora packs a lot of innovations in the engine and storage layers. In this session, Sailesh looked at some of the key innovations behind Amazon Aurora, new improvements to Aurora’s performance, availability and cost-effectiveness and discussed best practices and optimal configurations.

Don’t miss any of tomorrow’s talks! You can find Thursday’s (4/27) session schedule here.

Apr
15
2017
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Your customer’s online journey is only part of the story

 For years we’ve been hearing about the promise of customer experience management, the notion that you can understand your customer at a highly detailed level and serve them the content, products, services and even ads that matter (or at least make sense) to them.
Today’s marketing software is bringing that idea closer to reality.
But technology is only part of the brand-consumer… Read More

Mar
28
2017
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AWS launches Amazon Connect, productizes Amazon’s in-house contact center software

 AWS continues to add yet more software and services to build out its revenues and touchpoints with businesses that already use its cloud infrastructure for storage and to host and administer services and apps. The latest product, launching today, is Amazon Connect, a cloud-based contact center solution. AWS said it is based on the same tech that Amazon itself has built and uses in-house… Read More

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