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ITPro SnapShot: What Else Happened This Week? (Nov. 24 - Dec. 1, 2017)

ITPro SnapShot offers a short and snappy round-up on recent industry-related announcements and news around the globe.

There's a lot of product announcements every week -- and sooner or later, something gets announced that you'll want to know. Every Friday, we'll connect some of these newsy little dots and draw a picture as to what's going on with tech vendors and industry trends. 


AWS Announces Two New Container Capabilities—Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and AWS Fargate

During AWS re:Invent this week there were several announcements including the addition of Kubernetes to AWS plus a new capability called AWS Fargate.

Amazon EKS makes using a Kubernetes cluster very easy to startup in the services management console. ITPro's Christine Hall has more on what AWS support for Kubernetes means for the future of container adoption. 

AWS Fargate is a new service that allows you to run your containers at scale without the need to manage servers, clusters, or any other details.

AWS Announces New Capabilities for Amazon Aurora and Amazon DynamoDB, Introduces Amazon Neptune Graph Database

Updates to two current database offerings from AWS and a new database option will give customers more capability as they serve information to their global audience.

Amazon Aurora now has the ability to scale up on both the read and write side of the service across multiple data centers to speed up data delivery. According to Amazon this is the first relational database service to gain this type of capability. Amazon Aurora Serverless will auto-scale databases for apps that have infrequent or cyclical usage. Both services are available for customers to preview this week. 

Amazon's DynamoDB adds Global Tables capability and is the first full managed multi-master, multi-region database service.

Finally, Amazon Neptune is a new graph database that can be used to build applications and connected datasets.

AWS Announces AWS PrivateLink

SaaS app developers can now offer private endpoints for customers to use and access their service. This increases security for those end users by preventing the need to make data public on the internet.

In addition, AWS PrivateLink will make it easier for companies to connect various services across their organization, simplifying their network architecture.

What’s new in Microsoft Teams – November update

Microsoft Teams is Microsoft's collaboration service that is part of Office 365 and each month it highlights updates to the service.

This month Microsoft added various features ranging from management tools to user permissions/control:

  • Management via PowerShell
  • User Activity Charts and Stats
  • Local storage of Teams data in the UK
  • Support for conditional access on Macs
  • Hide chats
  • Leave group chat
  • Control who can post in General channel
  • Consolidated personal settings
  • New tab discovery
  • Maximum team sized raised to 2,500 members
  • New bots, tabs, and connectors

New in November—save time, stay secure, and do more

The Office 365 team also recaps updates and enhancements for the subscription-based service each month.

In November, there are improvements to security, cloud file sharing, and updates to a few of the helper services that come with Office 365:

  • Analyze more content with Advanced eDiscovery
  • Secure external sharing links in OneDrive and SharePoint
  • Improve compliance posture with Compliance Manager
  • Clock in and out with Microsoft StaffHub
  • Automate files with Microsoft Flow in OneDrive
  • Automatic drive classification with Mile IQ
  • Resume Assistant

The company also released Office Mobile apps for Google Chromebooks this week. The apps are the Android phone versions so they are not fully optimized, but that work is in progress.

Folders: a powerful tool to manage cloud resources

Google announced this week that Folders are generally available in the its Cloud Resource Manager, providing customers the ability to map resources to an organizational structure. In addition, more detailed access control and configuration options are available for those shared resources.

Folders can be customized and setup based on teams, apps, or other groups in your company.

AWS Alexa Skill Now Available

AWS re:Invent 2017 had so many new announcements from Amazon that it presented a challenge to keep up with all of them.

Well, if you use Alexa there is a new skill available that will help you stay up to date as new features and other announcements are made about AWS.

Once you have the skill active you just have to ask Alexa, ask AWS what's new? to catch up.

But, wait...there's probably more so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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