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Here’s everything announced at Wednesday’s AWS Summit

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels took the stage at the company’s AWS Summit Wednesday to announce a smorgasbord of new features for Amazon Web Services.The functionality included new billing for software-as-a-service applications, a new continuous integration tool, and enhancements to the company’s database services. Here's the rundown of what was announced:[ To the cloud! Real-world container migrations. | Dig into the the red-hot open source framework in InfoWorld's beginner's guide to Docker. ]SaaS Contracts in AWS Marketplace SaaS Contracts give companies the ability to pay for subscription software through the AWS Marketplace on a one-, two- or three-year basis.

Customers are billed for the subscriptions through their monthly AWS bill, rather than on a separate invoice.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

As Cloud Use Expands, So Do Security Blind Spots, Studies Show

Three-quarters of IaaS and SaaS apps aren't monitored.

What the enterprise cloud really means

For years people like me have carped that not only is the public cloud a small slice of IT spending, but the big public clouds are also much more likely to attract startups or other digital natives as customers instead of conventional enterprises.That begs an important question: What then exactly is the “enterprise cloud”? Recently I interviewed Bob Weiler, executive vice president of global business units at Oracle, to drill into that topic.

As head of Oracle Industries, it’s his job to marshal Oracle’s full portfolio of technologies to serve seven key verticals — and Oracle's cloud is a big part of that push.[ Get started: A developer’s guide to serverless computing. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]When Oracle says “cloud,” one of the first things to remember is that most of the company’s cloud revenue comes from SaaS, despite Larry Ellison’s big talk about going head-to-head against AWS in full-on IaaS combat.
SaaS makes particular sense in serving vertical industries.

Through acquisition and internal development, Oracle has acquired the expertise to serve, say, the utilities or pharmaceutical or financial services industries through vertical SaaS applications.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Open source JavaScript, Node.js devs get NPM Orgs for free

NPM Inc.'s NPM Orgs tool, which has been available as a paid service for JavaScript and Node.js development teams collaborating on private code, is now available for free use by teams working on open source code.The SaaS-based tool, which features capabilities like role-based access control, semantic versioning, and package discovery, now can be used on public code on the NPM registry, NPM Inc. said on Wednesday.

Developers can transition between solo projects, public group projects, and commercial projects, and users with private registries can use Orgs to combine code from public and private packages into a single project. [ Use JavaScript in your dev shop? InfoWorld looks at 17 JavaScript editors and IDEs and 22 JavaScript frameworks ready for adoption. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]"The only difference in functionality [between private and open source use] is that you can mark packages as private if you're a paid organization," NPM Inc.

CEO Isaac Schlueter, said.

For developers collaborating with a team of people on private packages, Orgs costs $7 per user.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The cost of launching a DDoS attack

Almost anyone can fall victim to a DDoS attack.

They are relatively cheap and easy to organize, and can be highly effective if reliable protection is not in place.

Based on analysis of the data obtained from open sources, we managed to find out the current cost of a DDoS attack on the black market. We also established what exactly the cybercriminals behind DDoS attacks offer their customers.

Hampleton Partners Report Highlights M&A in SaaS & Cloud Environment

Legacy vendors and private equity intensify their mergers and acquisitions efforts as the industry moves to SaaS and the CloudLondon, March 8th, 2017: The latest market report from technology M&A advisory firm, Hampleton Partners, highlights high levels of investment activity amongst legacy software vendors and private equity firms navigating the move to enterprise-level Cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings.

The SaaS and Cloud M&A report covers mergers and acquisitions in the 30-month period between July 2014... Source: RealWire

Console Connect strikes partnership with Omantel to provide interconnection services in...

Partnership will enable Omantel to offer enterprise customers secure access to leading Cloud and SaaS providers via the Console Connect platformLondon, UK, March 8, 2017 – Console Connect, a leading provider of global direct connect solutions, today announced that Omantel, the leading Middle Eastern wholesale carrier, will be the company’s first network partner in the Middle East.

The partnership will allow Omantel to offer Console’s interconnection solutions to its enterprise and wholesale customers, by providing... Source: RealWire

Kaminario’s International CTO to talk driving cloud scale for SaaS and...

London, UK – 7th March 2017 – Kaminario, the leading all-flash storage company, today announced its participation at Cloud Expo Europe. The company is taking advantage of the event to provide European delegates with one of the first opportunities to experience its newest generation of all-flash storage for running successful SaaS and cloud-based businesses. Kaminario will be exhibiting on stand 810. Cloud Expo is Europe’s largest, best attended and multi award-winning cloud and digital transformation... Source: RealWire

Movvo launches the Data Maturity Curve

Enabling shopping centre developers to understand how sophisticated their data usage is in support of enhancing retail performance London, 2nd March 2017 – Movvo, the leading SaaS platform enabling shopping centres to understand, performance manage and engage visitors in high footfall spaces, today launches the Data Maturity Curve, an incredibly useful resource enabling shopping centres to measure how sophisticated their data usage is for enhancing retail performance, benchmark against the industry and learn how to... Source: RealWire

Docker’s tops for devops, AWS is the cloud king

Docker is the king of devops tools, hybrid cloud is beating public-only and private-only clouds, and Microsoft Azure is making sizable headway in public cloud.Those are some of the key insights from this year's edition of SaaS provider RightScale's State of the Cloud report, which is derived from a survey of more than 1,000 IT pros around the world.[ To the cloud! Real-world container migrations. | Dig into the the red-hot open source framework in InfoWorld's beginner's guide to Docker. ]Docker keeps climbing -- and here comes Kubernetes If there's one devops tool that's out in front with cloud-conscious companies, it's Docker.

Thirty-five percent of respondents were already using it, and 32 percent had plans to do so.

These numbers outstripped those of Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt, Mesosphere, and Rancher.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Snaplytics Releases Largest Survey Report Ever on Snapchat Trends among Brands

Analytics company study analyzes 217,000 Snaps from 500 brands running native Snapchat accounts, highlights metrics that matter for effective Snapchat strategiesFebruary 14, 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Originally thought of as a social network mostly geared toward teenagers, now millennials are engaging with Snapchat.
In fact, businesses are quickly taking notice of the fastest growing social media site and the many benefits it offers.
Snaplytics, the SaaS company offering Snapchat marketing insights, is releasing the... Source: RealWire

SaaS-y security outfit CrowdStrike falls out of love with test lab

Tries - and fails - to have court suppress review of its Falcon product SaaS-y endpoint protection outfit CrowdStrike has failed in an attempt to prevent publication of a review detailing its software's qualities.…