CloudHSM: In an effort to beef its security practices, Amazon announced CloudHSM (Hardware Security Module) last month, an appliance used to store encryption keys that only AWS users have access to. The month before, AWS announced that the default setting for new virtual machines in the EC2 service would be "virtual private clouds" (VPC), meaning they are logically isolated virtual machines through network segmentation. Vogels said today at the Summit that security, and encryption especially, would be a focus of the company's moving forward, and the HSM and VPC announcements seem right in line with that.
That doesn't include a variety of other announcements the company has made, including new features for its RDS database, allowing users to scale up and set predefined IOPS (input/output per second) of up to 30,000 per database instance. AWS rolled out support for Hyper-V virtualization platform from Microsoft for its storage gateway, which work to synchronize data between customers' premises and the Amazon cloud. At the Summit, AWS announced new analytics tools for its DynamoDB non-relational database, and new encryption features for Oracle relational databases running in its cloud.
Mark Levitt, who tracks the enterprise cloud market for Strategy Analytics and attended the AWS Summit last week in New York, says Amazon trotted out enterprise customers to discuss how they're using AWS cloud services. Representatives from Bristol-Meyers Squibb, General Electric, and NASDAQ all spoke about their use of the Amazon cloud. Following up on recent reports that the CIA is paying $600 million to Amazon to help build a private cloud, Levitt says the product enhancements, combined with the customer case studies, give more credibility to Amazon making the case that it is a viable public cloud provider for the enterprise market.
Network World senior writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.