AWS Launches CloudHSM (Hardware Security Module) For Managing Encryption Keys

Posted on March 30, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

  AWS just released a new service CloudHSM  which stands for Cloud Hardware Security Module. Typically companies that needed their data encrypted before storing into AWS S3, or any other service, needed to manage these encryption keys themselves. Mostly these key were stored on-premise and thus it made hard co-ordinating with application and data in AWS. Also, performance was affected as the application in AWS has to contact on-premise services to use these keys. Enter, AWS CloudHSM and some of these problems will go away. HSM is a dedicated hardware device that will store cryptography encryption and decryption keys. For any application needing encryption, first a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) subnet needs to be created, then a HSM is provisioned in that subnet, and the applications in that VPC will then be able to use that HSM device via that ip-address assined to that HSM device. Thus there will be no need to store cryptograpic keys on-premise, making the application fully on cloud, and also decreasing the latency for the cloud applications to access the device. The device is really expensive at USD 5,000 per device one time cost. Also the per hour rate is $1.88 per hour, making it a costly affair. So its really an

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk added support for Node.js

Posted on March 30, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

AWS Elastic Beanstalk service, which is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) like offering by AWS, recently added support for Node.js. Node.js is quickly becoming a very popular for distributed and scalable web applications. Unlike traditional web applications, Node.js is its own webserver, thus negating the need for a separate webserver in the application. As the entire IO stack is written from scratch to be non-blocking and asynchronous, it gives better performance than using the typical web-application stack that contains a separate webserver like Apache. AWS Elastic Beanstalk now allows developers to code, build, package, deploy and manage their Node.js applications in its platform. In addition to Node.js, Elastic Beanstalk also supports Java, PHP, .NET, Ruby, and Python. More on this is listed on Amazon CTO Werner Vogels’ blog:  

VMware Cloud offerings plans to take on AWS and other Cloud Services

Posted on March 23, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

VMware is the market leader in virtualization, but a forgotten name in Cloud. Famously the CEO said something in the essence that he is not worried about public cloud, but public clouds not running VMware. And that makes sense. AWS, the largest Public Cloud player, uses Citrix Zen and not VMware. Also a hoard of other Public Cloud provider like Rackspace and Linode uses Xen. Google uses Kernel-based Virtual Machine as hypervisor and Microsoft uses their own homegrown hyper-V. Thus you can see the none of the major Cloud players are on VMware technology, and that is surely worrying sign for VMware. VMware now plan to launch two Cloud services to compete with growing influence of AWS and other Cloud provides. VMware did a press release and explained their plan. The plan is to empower the VMware partners to create private/hybrid/public cloud using VMware products and to lure the vCloud users into using their Public Cloud offering. The company talks about two concrete offerings in the Cloud space: 1) VMware NSX VMware said they will release a product called VMware NSX that will be a network virtualization product that will work seamlessly with VMware and non-VMware hypervisors and cloud management systems. This will help VMware clients with better

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AWS Users Group Mumbai March Meetup

Posted on March 23, 2013 by CloudThat | Comments(0)

Come join us for the March Meetup for AWS User Group Mumbai. The venue is our office in Andheri-W, right next to the train station on SV Road. More info on the Meetup page. AWS Users Group Mumbai March Meetup Monday, Mar 25, 2013, 7:30 PM Location details are available to members only. 13 AWS-Users Went Hello All..I will be in town this Monday and will be great to do an AWS Meetup!!First part of the meetup will be for people new to cloud and AWS!! We will have some discussions and/or presentations for the newbies. I want to show a live demo of Relational Database Service (RDS), and discuss its advantages, and how it can be used for your applicat… Check out this Meetup →

How to use AWS EC2 AMI Copy Feature

Posted on March 22, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

Until now it was a bit difficult to have the same EC2 AMI copied into multiple regions. AWS recently released the feature to be able to copy your AMI across regions. This is a big step in deploying scalable application that exists across multiple regions. I recommend anybody deploying any production application anywhere should copy their AMIs into multiple regions. This gives you ability to quickly launch your application in another region, when primary region is having difficulties. Of course you will need to also make sure databases are migrated, but we will talk about that some other time. Below is a brief tutorial on how to use this feature. AWS has really made it really simple. Go to and go to the EC2 section of the console. Select the region you AMI is currently in. Go to “AMIs” and select the AMI to be copied. Click on “Copy AMI” as shown below.     From the window that opens, select the region from the drop-down menu where you want to copy the AMI to.     Select “Copy AMI”.   And thats it. Within a short time the AMI will be available in the new region. Now you

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