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Recent Blog Posts

  • Optimized for low-latency workloads, Mistral Small now available in Amazon Bedrock
    Today, I am happy to announce that the Mistral Small foundation model (FM) from Mistral AI is now generally available in Amazon Bedrock. This a fast-follow to our recent announcements of Mistral 7B and Mixtral 8x7B in March, and Mistral Large in April. You can now access four high-performing models from Mistral AI in Amazon … Read more
  • Controlling Costs for Salesforce Backup and Restore
    You know the importance of protecting your organization’s critical Salesforce data and ensuring business continuity through a sound backup and restore strategy. However, the costs associated with Salesforce backup and restore solutions can be substantial if not properly managed. In this article, we will explore cost considerations around Salesforce backup and restore to help you … Read more
  • From MSP to Customer: Watching Veeam Save the Day Again and Again
    Early in my career, I found myself in technical sales for a managed service provider (MSP). During that time, Veeam was one of the few solutions that I found easy to sell, since the benefits were so clear. Since then, I’ve also experienced Veeam as an end user, which gave me a unique perspective on … Read more
  • Microsoft 365 Disaster Recovery: Mitigating Risks and Ensuring Business Continuity
    As organizations increasingly rely on Microsoft 365 for business productivity and collaboration, protecting this critical data from loss becomes imperative. With data residing in the cloud, the shared responsibility model dictates that while Microsoft secures the infrastructure, users must implement strong data protection and disaster recovery protocols. The Shared Responsibility Model and Data Loss Risks … Read more
  • Is Kubernetes Too Complicated?
    Kubernetes is everywhere. It’s that buzzword that pops up in job descriptions, conference talks, and tech articles. But what exactly is Kubernetes? Many people have heard of this open-source container orchestration platform, but its inner workings can feel like a mystery. With terms like pods, nodes, deployments, and services bouncing around, it’s easy to feel … Read more
  • Why BaaS and DRaaS in 2024
    The 2024 Data Protection Trends Report revealed that 88% of organizations intend to use Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for at least some of their servers within the next two years. “Within the next two years” is a notable caveat, since many organizations are already using BaaS and … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup – Application Load Balancer IPv6, Amazon S3 pricing update, Amazon EC2 Flex instances, and more (May 20, 2024)
    AWS Summit season is in full swing around the world, with last week’s events in Bengaluru, Berlin, and  Seoul, where my blog colleague Channy delivered one of the keynotes. Last week’s launches Here are some launches that got my attention: Amazon S3 will no longer charge for several HTTP error codes – A customer reported … Read more
  • Scale your Strategy for Cyber Resilience with Hitachi Vantara and Veeam
    How do you deal with data dispersion? As your organization’s business-critical data continually experiences compound growth, you may find that maintaining a sense of control over that data is nearly impossible, especially in the age of ransomware. The most recent found that 76% of organizations suffered at least one ransomware attack last year. As the … Read more
  • Why Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Should Use Hybrid Cloud
    In a world of relentless digital transformation, finding a technology solution that provides flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and security has become paramount. This is particularly true for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), where resources are often limited but the need for agility is high. That’s where the hybrid-cloud model offers a compelling solution. Benefits of a Hybrid … Read more
  • Veeam Backup for Proxmox
    Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE) has rapidly gained popularity as a robust open-source virtualization platform that combines virtual machines (VMs) and containerization technologies. With recent shifts in the market, its cost-effective ability to manage both VMs and containers on a single platform, along with its feature-rich capabilities, has appealed to businesses of all sizes. However, migrating … Read more
  • New compute-optimized (C7i-flex) Amazon EC2 Flex instances
    The vast majority of applications don’t run run the CPU flat-out at 100% utilization continuously. Take a web application, for instance. It typically fluctuates between periods of high and low demand, but hardly ever uses a server’s compute at full capacity. CPU utilization for many common workloads that customers run in the AWS Cloud today. … Read more
  • Hybrid Cloud Data Protection: Safeguarding Your Assets Across Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud
    As organizations move workloads to the public cloud, many find themselves using multiple platforms like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services AWS, and Google Cloud. While each platform provides native security controls, you need centralized visibility and control across environments to truly protect your hybrid cloud. In this article, we’ll explore strategies to extend consistent security … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup: New capabilities in Amazon Bedrock, AWS Amplify Gen 2, Amazon RDS and more (May 13, 2024)
    AWS Summit is in full swing around the world, with the most recent one being AWS Summit Singapore! Here is a sneak peek of the AWS staff and ASEAN community members at the Developer Lounge booth. It featured AWS Community speakers giving lightning talks on serverless, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), security, generative AI, … Read more
  • Enhancing Business Continuity with the Digital Operational Resilience Act
    In the digital age, cybersecurity is not just about protecting data; it is about ensuring the very fabric of our financial systems remains intact and resilient against threats. The introduction of the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) by the European Union marks a significant milestone in the journey toward a safer, more stable financial ecosystem. … Read more
  • Delving Into Current Trends and Future Predictions in the DRaaS Market
    How many times have you been told to get your priorities straightened out? I definitely have, and little did I know how one day it would apply to data protection (DP) strategies. When I first entered the DP game in the early 2000s, it was somewhat simple, you backed up for a few reasons. The … Read more
  • A new generative engine and three voices are now generally available on Amazon Polly
    Today, we are announcing the general availability of the generative engine of Amazon Polly with three voices: Ruth and Matthew in American English and Amy in British English. The new generative engine was trained with publicly available and proprietary data, a variety of voices, languages, and styles. It performs with the highest precision to render … Read more
  • Veeam Extends our #1 Market Share in Data Protection and Recovery Software, Growing Faster Than the Top 5 in the Category 
    In the high-stakes arena of cybersecurity, where threats evolve with every passing second, standing still is not an option. That’s why at Veeam, we don’t just participate — we actively lead the charge in cyber resilience by offering the best data protection and rapid ransomware recovery. This is a battleground; one where every detail and … Read more
  • The Broadcom Acquisition of VMware: How to Avoid a Resume-generating Event
    The most significant disruptions come when the thing you’ve always just taken for granted changes. In November 2023, Broadcom completed its acquisition of VMware. At $69 billion, this is objectively causing a massive upheaval on a global financial scale. In IT terms, this ranks just slightly behind Dell’s acquisition of EMC back in 2015. This … Read more
  • Build RAG and agent-based generative AI applications with new Amazon Titan Text Premier model, available in Amazon Bedrock
    Today, we’re happy to welcome a new member of the Amazon Titan family of models: Amazon Titan Text Premier, now available in Amazon Bedrock. Following Amazon Titan Text Lite and Titan Text Express, Titan Text Premier is the latest large language model (LLM) in the Amazon Titan family of models, further increasing your model choice … Read more
  • Build generative AI applications with Amazon Bedrock Studio (preview)
    Today, we’re introducing Amazon Bedrock Studio, a new web-based generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) development experience, in public preview. Amazon Bedrock Studio accelerates the development of generative AI applications by providing a rapid prototyping environment with key Amazon Bedrock features, including Knowledge Bases, Agents, and Guardrails. As a developer, you can now use your company’s single sign-on credentials to … Read more
  • Veeam Kasten V7.0 – Embrace Cyber Resilience to Ignite Enterprise Innovation 
    The past decade has transformed Kubernetes from a novel platform to the undisputed leader in containerized application deployment and management. Today, Kubernetes not only underpins the surge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads, offering seamless support for operating in hybrid deployments and optimizing scarce GPU resources, but it has also become the go-to platform for running … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup: Amazon Q, Amazon QuickSight, AWS CodeArtifact, Amazon Bedrock, and more (May 6, 2024)
    April has been packed with new releases! Last week continued that trend with many new releases supporting a variety of domains such as security, analytics, devops, and many more, as well as more exciting new capabilities within generative AI. If you missed the AWS Summit London 2024, you can now watch the sessions on demand, … Read more
  • Build RAG applications with MongoDB Atlas, now available in Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock
    Foundational models (FMs) are trained on large volumes of data and use billions of parameters. However, in order to answer customers’ questions related to domain-specific private data, they need to reference an authoritative knowledge base outside of the model’s training data sources. This is commonly achieved using a technique known as Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG). … Read more
  • Stop the CNAME chain struggle: Simplified management with Route 53 Resolver DNS Firewall
    Starting today, you can configure your DNS Firewall to automatically trust all domains in a resolution chain (such as aCNAME, DNAME, or Alias chain). Let’s walk through this in nontechnical terms for those unfamiliar with DNS. Why use DNS Firewall? DNS Firewall provides protection for outbound DNS requests from your private network in the cloud … Read more
  • Add your Ruby gems to AWS CodeArtifact
    Ruby developers can now use AWS CodeArtifact to securely store and retrieve their gems. CodeArtifact integrates with standard developer tools like gem and bundler. Applications often use numerous packages to speed up development by providing reusable code for common tasks like network access, cryptography, or data manipulation. Developers also embed SDKs–such as the AWS SDKs–to … Read more
  • Amazon Titan Text V2 now available in Amazon Bedrock, optimized for improving RAG
    The Amazon Titan family of models, available exclusively in Amazon Bedrock, is built on top of 25 years of Amazon expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) advancements. Amazon Titan foundation models (FMs) offer a comprehensive suite of pre-trained image, multimodal, and text models accessible through a fully managed API. Trained on extensive … Read more
  • Amazon Q Business, now generally available, helps boost workforce productivity with generative AI
    At AWS re:Invent 2023, we previewed Amazon Q Business, a generative artificial intelligence (generative AI)–powered assistant that can answer questions, provide summaries, generate content, and securely complete tasks based on data and information in your enterprise systems. With Amazon Q Business, you can deploy a secure, private, generative AI assistant that empowers your organization’s users … Read more
  • Amazon Q Developer, now generally available, includes new capabilities to reimagine developer experience
    When Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched Amazon Q Developer as a preview last year, it changed my experience of interacting with AWS services and, at the same time, maximizing the potential of AWS services on a daily basis. Trained on 17 years of AWS knowledge and experience, this generative artificial intelligence (generative AI)–powered assistant helps … Read more
  • Run scalable, enterprise-grade generative AI workloads with Cohere Command R & R+, now available in Amazon Bedrock
    In November 2023, we made two new Cohere models available in Amazon Bedrock (Cohere Command Light and Cohere Embed English). Today, we’re announcing the addition of two more Cohere models in Amazon Bedrock; Cohere Command R and Command R+. Organizations need generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) models to securely interact with information stored in their … Read more
  • Fraudulent Recruitment Scams 
    There’s been a surge in recruitment fraud in which criminals are sending false employment offers to job seekers. While some Veeam job seekers have been targeted, this issue is rampantly targeting job seekers across the globe. We are sharing some background about what these scams are and tips to help those who are seeking employment … Read more
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