You can now attend Amazon’s cloud computing classes on Twitch

Yes, you’ve read that right. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering cloud computing classes on popular streaming platform Twitch – for free.

The cloud computing giant recently launched an eight-part weekly series called AWS Dev Hour: Building Modern Applications, where developers from AWS go live on Twitch and teach viewers how to build an end-to-end serverless application on the AWS Cloud.

This initiative is part of AWS’ grand plan to train 29 million cloud-ready professionals by 2025.

“Providing free access to technical skills training has been an important priority for us for many years. We know access to skills training can help unlock opportunities and have a positive, long-term impact for our employees, customers, and communities,” said Scott Barneson, Director of Learning Products at AWS Training and Certification.

Barneson also revealed that the series will delve into how to build cloud-native applications on AWS Dev services, architecture, serverless, microservices, and DevOps.

The live Twitch classes will be interactive and hands-on. Viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions about cloud computing and share their progress with everyone on the broadcast.

If you are interested, simply hop on to AWS’ Twitch channel now.

Amazon, Google among 40 organisations sign European Climate Neutral Data Center Pact

Some of the largest data center players in Europe have come together to create a Climate Neutral Data Center Pact that will make data centers in the region climate neutral by 2030.

In this Self Regulatory Initiative to achieve five data compute and storage objectives, as part of the climate neutrality pledge, 25 cloud and data center operators and 17 associations have come together.

They have agreed to address issues such as power efficiency, water efficiency, 100 per cent carbon-free energy, reusing and repairing servers, and recycling heat produced by data centers. The development assumes significance as many of the European companies have large technology footprint in the APAC region.

This Pact comes a year after the EU’s introduction of the 2019 Green Deal which urged for the industry to go climate neutral as part of its aim to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050. Companies joining the Pact represent the most significant industry players in cloud infrastructure and data centres in Europe.

Big names that have signed the Pact include Amazon, Google, Equinix, and NTT.

Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, said: “Citizens across Europe use ever more technology to go about their daily lives and want this technology also to help secure a sustainable future for people and planet. Today’s pledge from important parts of the data industry constitutes a promise to society and offers a welcome first step towards achieving our common ambitions for a smart and sustainable future.”

Trade associations that have signed the Pact include the European Data Center Association (EUDCA), global cloud computing organisation Cloud 28+, and data center organisations from Poland, Denmark, and France.

“Data centers are the supporting pillars of the fourth industrial revolution and, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, are essential infrastructure of not only the digital economy but of the entire global economy,” said Apostolos Kakkos, Chairman of the EUDCA.

“It is our duty to commit to a self-regulatory initiative that will help to ensure the operational availability, sustainability and the future of our industry,” he continued.

Alban Schmutz, Chairman of CISPE (Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe) was of the view that with cloud infrastructure the backbone of the European Union’s digital economy, the industry is committed to the idea that we must all play a central role in addressing climate change.

This commitment underpins a roadmap for Europe’s cloud infrastructure industry to offer climate neutral services to customers by 2030, he said.

Star Alliance moves to AWS cloud

Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, will now move to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud .

Star Alliance, which boasts some of the world’s most well-known member airlines including Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS Airlines and Air Canada, will be moving all of its IT infrastructure to AWS.

The world’s first aviation alliance will also be using AWS’ portfolio of cloud services, including analytics, security, managed databases, storage, and machine learning to provide its member airlines with real-time insights that will enhance the travel experience of their passengers.

“We decided to go all-in on AWS to gain the reliability and scalability we needed to support the increasing number of global travelers joining the alliance each year, but the pandemic also proved how valuable it is to have a flexible and agile infrastructure in the cloud,” said Jeremy Drury, Head of Digital & Technology at Star Alliance.

“No one could have predicted what has happened so far in 2020, but because of our collaboration with AWS, we were able to quickly adjust our goals and scale back our expenses,” he continued.

This decision has saved the Alliance 30% of its expenses, a much needed move at a time where the global aviation industry is in shambles.

David Peller, Managing Director of Travel and Hospitality at AWS, said that Star Alliance’s decision to embrace the cloud is a prime example of a global organisation that has successfully embraced the cloud to steer through times of uncertainty.

“As the world anticipates opening up again, we are excited to work with Star Alliance as they leverage AWS’s comprehensive suite of services to innovate new offerings at scale while raising the bar for what is possible for the next era of global air travel,” he added.

SK Telecom launches the first 5G Edge Cloud service in South Korea

South Korea’s largest telecommunications provider, SK Telecom has launched the country’s first 5G cloud service that supports edge computing.

Named ‘SKT 5GX Edge’, SK Telecom joined hands with cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the launch.

SKT 5GX Edge uses AWS’ Wavelength technology, and the service will allow users to build and perform a variety of services and functions, including ultra-low latency mobile apps, video games, Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning tools.

Alongside this, the collaboration between SK Telecom and AWS has also seen the establishment of ‘AWS Wavelength Zones’, which are infrastructure deployments that facilitate, in this case, SKT 5GX Edge.

As of now, South Korea’s first AWS Wavelength Zone is located in Daejeon, the country’s administrative and transportation hub. Both companies plan to expand the Wavelength Zone to Seoul this year.

Amazon to train 29 million cloud-ready professionals by 2025

E-commerce and cloud computing giant Amazon announced a grand plan to roll out a worldwide training program that would produce 29 million cloud-ready professionals by 2025.

In a blog post written by AWS Worldwide Public Sector Vice President, Teresa Carlson, AWS will be investing ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to provide free cloud computing training to individuals from over 200 countries and regions all around the world.

This latest initiative builds upon its job upskilling project last year, where the company invested US$700 million to train 100,000 Amazon employees in cloud computing fundamentals.

“Amazon focuses on building innovative programs that have a lasting, positive impact for the communities in which we operate, and designing STEM and skills training programs are central to this approach,” wrote Ms. Carlson.

“We intend to continue increasing access to skills training to give anyone who wants to further their cloud skills the tools to achieve this,” she added.

Amazon has also pledged to expand its 12-week AWS re/Start program to provide tech training for individuals from underrepresented communities. The program currently operates in 25 cities across 12 countries, and Amazon is planning to double the number of cities 2021.

As of now, AWS already has two free cloud upskilling courses online for interested individuals, the AWS Training and Certification program and AWS Educate.

Amazon and bp continue cloud partnership for renewable energy

Global oil and gas company bp have signed an agreement to continue its longstanding partnership with e-commerce giant Amazon and its cloud computing arm, AWS. 

As part of the agreement, bp will triple the renewable energy supplied to Amazon’s data centers in Europe, and AWS will continue to support bp’s digital transformation journey by modernisation via data migration to the cloud.

With bp, Amazon’s new wind projects in Sweden and Scotland will be supplied with 275 MW and 129 MW of wind power respectively.

“Amazon is helping bp with innovative digital technologies and, using our trading capabilities and scale, we will give Amazon the reliable and flexible renewable energy supplies they need to meet their ambition to decarbonise,” said William Lin, Executive Vice President for Regions, Cities & Solutions at bp.

Nat Sahlstrom, Director of Amazon Energy, commented that this extended partnership with bp will help Amazon towards their goal of reaching net-zero carbon emission by 2040, in line with the company’s commitment to The Climate Pledge.

“These new agreements with bp help us toward our goal of powering our operations with 100 percent renewable energy,” Mr. Sahlstom added.

AWS to help bp with digital transformation

On AWS’ end, the company will continue to help bp with its increasing digital transformation, including data migration to the cloud and the application of more cloud-native technologies.

Both companies will also be teaming up to deploy AI and machine learning technologies.

This will include using Talk2Me, an AI-based language processing system powered by Amazon’s Alexa; using Amazon’s business intelligence tool Amazon QuickSight; and migrating to the Amazon Aurora cloud database for bp trading, operational resiliency, and performance improvements.

bp and Amazon’s partnership is an extension of the success that both companies found from their collaboration in 2019, where bp supplied AWS with 170MW of renewable energy, and Amazon agreed to help bp migrate over 900 key applications.

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