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Recent Blog Posts

  • Meta’s Llama 3 models are now available in Amazon Bedrock
    Today, we are announcing the general availability of Meta’s Llama 3 models in Amazon Bedrock. Meta Llama 3 is designed for you to build, experiment, and responsibly scale your generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications. New Llama 3 models are the most capable to support a broad range of use cases with improvements in reasoning, code … Read more
  • Guardrails for Amazon Bedrock now available with new safety filters and privacy controls
    Today, I am happy to announce the general availability of Guardrails for Amazon Bedrock, first released in preview at re:Invent 2023. With Guardrails for Amazon Bedrock, you can implement safeguards in your generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) applications that are customized to your use cases and responsible AI policies. You can create multiple guardrails tailored to … Read more
  • Agents for Amazon Bedrock: Introducing a simplified creation and configuration experience
    With Agents for Amazon Bedrock, applications can use generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) to run tasks across multiple systems and data sources. Starting today, these new capabilities streamline the creation and management of agents: Quick agent creation – You can now quickly create an agent and optionally add instructions and action groups later, providing flexibility … Read more
  • Amazon Bedrock model evaluation is now generally available
    The Amazon Bedrock model evaluation capability that we previewed at AWS re:Invent 2023 is now generally available. This new capability helps you to incorporate Generative AI into your application by giving you the power to select the foundation model that gives you the best results for your particular use case. As my colleague Antje explained … Read more
  • Import custom models in Amazon Bedrock (preview)
    With Amazon Bedrock, you have access to a choice of high-performing foundation models (FMs) from leading artificial intelligence (AI) companies that make it easier to build and scale generative AI applications. Some of these models provide publicly available weights that can be fine-tuned and customized for specific use cases. However, deploying customized FMs in a … Read more
  • Amazon Titan Image Generator and watermark detection API are now available in Amazon Bedrock
    During AWS re:Invent 2023, we announced the preview of Amazon Titan Image Generator, a generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) foundation model (FM) that you can use to quickly create and refine realistic, studio-quality images using English natural language prompts. I’m happy to share that Amazon Titan Image Generator is now generally available in Amazon Bedrock, … Read more
  • My Eureka Moment: Making Growth by Acquisition a Breeze with Easy Data Migration from Veeam
    The Path to Data Protection As a kid, my dreams of being a fighter pilot or an astronaut disappeared as soon as I got the opportunity to take my dad’s computer apart. I quickly realized that nothing fascinated me more than IT. So, I grabbed a job in the field as soon as I could. … Read more
  • Unify DNS management using Amazon Route 53 Profiles with multiple VPCs and AWS accounts
    If you are managing lots of accounts and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) resources, sharing and then associating many DNS resources to each VPC can present a significant burden. You often hit limits around sharing and association, and you may have gone as far as building your own orchestration layers to propagate DNS configuration … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup: Anthropic’s Claude 3 Opus in Amazon Bedrock, Meta Llama 3 in Amazon SageMaker JumpStart, and more (April 22, 2024)
    AWS Summits continue to rock the world, with events taking place in various locations around the globe. AWS Summit London (April 24) is the last one in April, and there are nine more in May, including AWS Summit Berlin (May 15–16), AWS Summit Los Angeles (May 22), and AWS Summit Dubai (May 29). Join us … Read more
  • Microsoft 365 Backup for Small Business: Key Strategies and Benefits
    Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) experience different challenges than enterprise organizations when it comes to keeping data organized and protected. The reliance of SMBs on cloud services, especially Microsoft 365, is increasing at a rapid pace. However, an essential aspect that often gets sidelined is the need for effective M365 backup. The repercussions of data … Read more
  • Understanding MSP Cybersecurity: Importance and Best Practices
    Have you ever gone to one of the big warehouse stores without a plan? I know I have. Sure, you probably got the things really needed on your mental list, but did you also get a large quantity of something you really didn’t need, repurchased something that your partner bought last week, or even worse, … Read more
  • AWS Shared Responsibility Model
    It goes without saying that the adoption of AWS – specifically for running production workloads – continues to build with unprecedented momentum. Some of you may refer to this acceleration as “cloud-first,” and you’re all likely somewhere along this journey, from the early stages of planning and experimenting, to deploying new apps or migrating your … Read more
  • Amazon CloudWatch Internet Weather Map – View and analyze internet health
    The Internet has a plethora of moving parts: routers, switches, hubs, terrestrial and submarine cables, and connectors on the hardware side, and complex protocol stacks and configurations on the software side. When something goes wrong that slows or disrupts the Internet in a way that affects your customers, you want to be able to localize … Read more
  • Anthropic’s Claude 3 Opus model is now available on Amazon Bedrock
    We are living in the generative artificial intelligence (AI) era; a time of rapid innovation. When Anthropic announced its Claude 3 foundation models (FMs) on March 4, we made Claude 3 Sonnet, a model balanced between skills and speed, available on Amazon Bedrock the same day. On March 13, we launched the Claude 3 Haiku … Read more
  • Integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud: Multi-Cloud Management for Hybrid/Multi-Cloud Environments
    Hybrid and multi-cloud environments are common place for greater flexibility, resilience, compliance capabilities, and opportunities for optimization and innovation for modern businesses. According to a report published by Enterprise Strategy Group in 2023, the majority of organizations now use multiple on-premises data centers, colocation providers, and Platform as a Service (PaaS)/ Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) … Read more
  • Congratulations to the PartyRock generative AI hackathon winners
    The PartyRock Generative AI Hackathon wrapped up earlier this month. Entrants were asked to use PartyRock to build a functional app based on one of four challenge categories, with the option to remix an existing app as well. The hackathon attracted 7,650 registrants who submitted over 1,200 projects, and published over 250 project blog posts … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup: New features on Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock, OAC for Lambda function URL origins on Amazon CloudFront, and more (April 15, 2024)
    AWS Community Days conferences are in full swing with AWS communities around the globe. The AWS Community Day Poland was hosted last week with more than 600 cloud enthusiasts in attendance. Community speakers Agnieszka Biernacka, Krzysztof Kąkol, and more, presented talks which captivated the audience and resulted in vibrant discussions throughout the day. My teammate, … Read more
  • Red Hat OpenShift & Kasten K10: The Impact of Enterprise-grade Platforms on Kubernetes Adoption 
    For an enterprise that wants to optimize their cloud native application environment, two initial decisions are key: 1.) Adopting Kubernetes for container orchestration and 2.) selecting a platform provider. Once Kubernetes gets the nod and OpenShift, the enterprise cloud native leading platform, is chosen, it benefits the DevOps and platform team to have a well … Read more
  • Empowering Resellers: Unlocking Success Through Expertise
    The partner landscape is becoming increasingly competitive, with customers expecting resellers to be a one-stop shop for all their technology needs. In such a crowded market, it can be challenging for resellers to stand out and showcase their expertise in providing Veeam solutions. That’s why Veeam established the Veeam Competency Program. This blog will explore … Read more
  • A Security Leader’s Guide to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) 2.0
    Introduction It’s not surprising that every blog or whitepaper you read today about cybersecurity revolves around ransomware. It’s tiresome (we know!), but it has become the biggest threat to organizations of all sizes and targets our most critical infrastructures like healthcare. It’s a game of cat and mouse, and as new threats emerge, security teams … Read more
  • Salesforce Einstein Copilot: Your AI-Powered CRM Assistant
    You’re no stranger to the power of AI. As a CRM user, you’ve likely seen how AI can transform customer experiences and streamline workflows. But what if your CRM could leverage AI in an entirely new way — as a trusted advisor that feels like having a coworker by your side? Enter Salesforce Einstein Copilot, … Read more
  • Analyze and Document Backup Resiliency with Veeam Data Platform
    Organizations are continuously looking for ways to improve, from business processes to product innovations all the way down to application security and configuration. They want to ensure they are operating efficiently to meet demand and changing expectations. Security is a priority for IT leaders, they need to keep bad actors out, their applications running, and … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup: Amazon EC2 G6 instances, Mistral Large on Amazon Bedrock, AWS Deadline Cloud, and more (April 8, 2024)
    We’re just two days away from AWS Summit Sydney (April 10–11) and a month away from the AWS Summit season in Southeast Asia, starting with the AWS Summit Singapore (May 7) and the AWS Summit Bangkok (May 30). If you happen to be in Sydney, Singapore, or Bangkok around those dates, please join us. Last … Read more
  • Expanding Horizons: Embracing Oracle Linux Virtualization and oVirt 
    The virtualization landscape is evolving, and with it, so are the strategies for data protection and disaster recovery. Veeam’s latest release, Veeam Backup for Oracle Linux KVM and Red Hat Virtualization v4.1, marks a significant step in this evolution, building on the initial KVM backup technologies by offering official support for Oracle Linux Virtualization managed … Read more
  • A Guide to MSP Backup: Features, Best Practices, and Solutions
    Backup and recovery systems are essential for any business continuity plan. Offering backup solutions as part of your managed services adds value and gives your clients peace of mind that their data is in the best hands. In this guide, we will explore the key features of backup solutions via service provider programs and some … Read more
  • Introduction to Cloud Backup Services for Small Business
    For small or medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the importance of safeguarding their operational backbone — customer records, financial documents, and project files — cannot be overstated. These digital assets are vital, yet they stand vulnerable to the significant risk of data loss. The consequences of hardware failure, accidental deletion, or cyberattacks can be far-reaching, potentially leading … Read more
  • Tackle complex reasoning tasks with Mistral Large, now available on Amazon Bedrock
    Last month, we announced the availability of two high-performing Mistral AI models, Mistral 7B and Mixtral 8x7B on Amazon Bedrock. Mistral 7B, as the first foundation model of Mistral, supports English text generation tasks with natural coding capabilities. Mixtral 8x7B is a popular, high-quality, sparse Mixture-of-Experts (MoE) model, that is ideal for text summarization, question … Read more
  • Introducing AWS Deadline Cloud: Set up a cloud-based render farm in minutes
    Customers in industries such as architecture, engineering, & construction (AEC) and media & entertainment (M&E) generate the final frames for film, TV, games, industrial design visualizations, and other digital media with a process called rendering, which takes 2D/3D digital content data and computes an output, such as an image or video file. Rendering also requires … Read more
  • Veeam Education Awards 2023: Celebrating Excellence in Technical Training
    Veeam is committed to providing best-in-class backup and recovery software for cloud, virtual and physical components. The Veeam Educational Services program brings this same focus to delivering Veeam technical training too. Through these trainings, Veeam empowers channel partners and end users alike to effectively deploy, configure, manage, and optimize their Veeam solutions. The Program Our … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup — AWS Chips Taste Test, generative AI updates, Community Days, and more — April 1, 2024
    Today is April Fool’s Day. About 10 years ago, some tech companies would joke about an idea that was thought to be fun and unfeasible on April 1st, to the delight of readers. Jeff Barr has also posted seemingly far-fetched ideas on this blog in the past, and some of these have surprisingly come true! … Read more
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