AWS to deliver 99.999% durability with new io2 volumes in Asia Pacific

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of io2 in Asia Pacific.

The next generation Provisioned IOPS SSD volumes for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) are designed to deliver 100x higher volume durability of 99.999% compared to the previous 99.9% durability offered by io1.

“Customers rely on highly durable AWS block storage to keep their business-critical applications running at any scale,” said Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, the Vice President of Block and Object Storage at AWS.

This higher durability reduces the likelihood of storage failures and improves application availability by making primary copies of data more resilient.

“For new customers where five nines of storage durability is critical to migrate on-premises business critical applications to AWS, io2 brings together performance, durability, and agility all in a single EBS volume,” added Ms. Tomsen Bukovec.

Compared to io1, customers requiring high availability of CRM and online transaction systems  can drive 10x higher input/output operations per second (IOPS) to improve performance without increasing storage cost.

“We need to provision more storage to meet the IOPS requirements, adding to our cost. But with the 10x increase in IOPS per GB ratio, we can easily enable peak performance at a much lower cost than we ever could with traditional SAN hardware vendors,” said Mohammad Shaikh, the Director for Scientific Computing Services, Cloud Computing and DevOps at Bristol Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company.

AWS identified that customers often provision more storage than needed to meet IOPS requirements for applications like SAP HANA, Microsoft SQL Server, Splunk, Apache Cassandra, IBM DB2, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle databases. This resulted in higher spends than customers would otherwise incur.

“Our commitment to our core value of customer success includes ensuring Salesforce applications are available whenever our customers need them,” said Paul Constantinides, the Executive Vice President of Engineering at Salesforce.

The io2 volumes are priced the same as io1 volumes, keeping the same predictable cost for EBS customers.

“The impact of downtime for our customers is high. The new IOPS to GB ratio means we’re actually paying less for performance per GB,” said Chris Bunch, the GM for AWS Practice at Cloudreach, a company specialising in implementing and managing public cloud solutions for enterprise customers across Europe and North America.

Customers can create new AWS io2 volumes or upgrade existing volumes to io2 using Elastic Volumes, which modify the volume type without any downtime for applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

“As our customer base has grown, we have started relying more and more on the availability of this platform to guide our strategic decisions. So, higher volume durability is critical for minimizing any downtime,” said Ulrich Dangel, the Principal Infrastructure Architect at Rapid7, a leading provider of cloud security analytics and automation.

The new AWS io2 volumes are now available in Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

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Alibaba Cloud sees 50% surge in demand to keep Singapore SMEs running during Circuit Breaker

Once Singapore began Circuit Breaker measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic by locking down the country in April, Alibaba Cloud saw a 50% surge in demand for cloud-based technologies.

Businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, embraced cloud computing to continue operations and enable remote working when Singapore’s general mobility came to a standstill.

“When COVID-19 stuck, we felt the struggle and the pain faced by Singaporean local companies,” said Derek Wang, the General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Singapore.

Alibaba Cloud sought to guide local enterprises in Singapore through digitalisation and digital transformation journeys by sharing their know-hows and expertise.

Despite the unprecedented impact caused by COVID-19 on the economy and businesses, Singapore’s SMEs demonstrated their resilience and willingness to embrace cloud computing technologies.

Feeding Singapore on the cloud

With panic buying spreading across the world and shoppers being stranded at home during the pandemic, food and goods delivery services played a critical role in feeding Singapore.

To support the spikes in demand, RedMart, a leading online supermarket in Singapore under Alibaba subsidiary Lazada, ran Alibaba Cloud’s digital infrastructure to maintain delivery records and customer satisfaction.

“Alibaba Cloud has helped RedMart manage our software applications in a flexible, reliable, and cost-effective manner,” said Ashish Awasthi, the Executive Vice President of RedMart.

RedMart implemented Alibaba Cloud database and Elastic Compute Services to virtualize, store, network and secure their infrastructure, which increased their efficiency.

The online supermarket was said to be able to keep costs down for customers by achieving a low total cost of ownership.

Keeping Singaporean retailers in business

As queues reduced to almost zero and shutters closed on shops, heartland retailers were tragically affected by lockdown.

To maintain business continuity and reach customers, traditional brick-and-mortar organisations were forced to go digital.

Alibaba Cloud partnered with SCash to help businesses become an omnichannel operation to enable rapid digital transformation.

“Our partnership with Alibaba Cloud will provide our customers with much needed infrastructure, skills and cost-effectiveness to go digital,” Michael Lee, the Chief Executive Officer of SCash.

More than 170 heartland enterprises signed up for the Alibaba Cloud-SCash initiative, including traditional Chinese medicine halls, fashion outlets, and hawker stalls.

Ensuring staff health and well-being

The health of all individuals is of critical importance, making social distancing, temperature checks and contact tracing paramount during the pandemic.

Alibaba Cloud partnered with JET Workflow to assist SPACElogic, an interior design service in Singapore, in conducting self-check-ins and temperature monitoring from smart devices much like the SafeEntry services implemented by the Singaporean Government.

“Our workers are our greatest asset; therefore, we are very pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud to use technology to help ensure their safety at the workplace,” said Roland Ang, the Regional Director of Strategy and Development at SPACElogic.

This cloud-based solution enabled SPACElogic to look after their workers’ well-being while continuing normal business activities.

Educating Singapore’s students

Once schools closed to contain the spread of COVID-19, students and teachers turned to online learning.

BambooCloud, a cloud-based online learning platform in Singapore, experienced pressure on their existing digital infrastructure due to the sudden increase in online traffic.

“We believe online learning is the future of education. By equipping ourselves with the reliable technology infrastructure provided by Alibaba Cloud, we are able to expand our business to serve more customers on demand especially during COVID-19,” said Yu Hao, Chief Executive Officer of BambooCloud.

BambooCloud deployed Alibaba Cloud’s elastic, scalable and flexible infrastructure to deliver a smooth learning experience that is cost-effective and easy to deploy.

Back in 2003, when the SARS epidemic hit, Alibaba decided to go all-in on technology investments when they were still a SME on the verge of launching their Taobao e-commerce platform.

With this similar experience, Alibaba Cloud launched a US$30 million Anti-COVID-19 SME Enablement Program to accelerate cloud adoption and provide much-needed relief during the pandemic.

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