AWS Growth Slows But Is More Profitable, Wedge Networks Releases New Tool and More In This Week’s News

Dror Arie Head of Engineering @ GlobalDots
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AWS Has Slower Growth But Is Still More Profitable Than Ever

AWS’s revenues reached $12.3 bn in 2016 which is close to a quarter of Amazon’s total revenue. Even though their growth rate went down 12% YoY, AWS raised their margin to 25% (from 19%) in 2016 and resulted more profitable than ever before.

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The positive achievements come as no surprise considering AWS’s flexibility and the growing demand for cloud services. The growth is expected to continue in 2017 with major customers as  Workday, CapitalOne and McDonalds set to join the AWS ecosystem.

Although the company’s revenue will undoubtedly continue to grow, new cloud providers and lack of available human resources with the right skills will be a major obstacle to overcome.

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“CDN Market – Global Forecast to 2021″ Report Released

Fast Market Research released their new Markets and Markets report “Cloud Content Delivery Network Market – Global Forecast to 2021”, on their research portal. Here are 3 key takeaways:

  • “Increasing volume of data content over the cloud is expected to drive the market”

Global CDN market to expand from $1.81 bn in 2016 to $6.23 bn by 2021, at a CAGR of 28%. The market is expanding rapidly due to growing digitization trends and large volume of video content available over the cloud.

  • “Media delivery core solution market is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period”

The media delivery solution market is growing mostly due to increasing demand for cost-effective and augmented content delivery in a reliable way for the end-users.

  • “Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR”

Growth in the APAC region is expected due to increasing consumption of cloud services, proliferation of mobile & smartphone devices, increasing internet penetration as well as high consumption of video media on portable devices.

The report includes prominent companies such as Akamai Technologies, Inc., Google, Inc., Level 3 Communications, Amazon Web Services, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc. and many others.

Read More: Digital Journal, Fast Market Research

Adobe Creative Cloud Prices To Rise in UK

Adobe announced that prices for their Creative Cloud could go up next month and it’s mostly due to the exchange rate chaos caused by Brexit. In January they stated that fluctuating currency rates in Brazil, Sweden and the UK could end up affecting prices. The company avoided publicly disclosing the exact increase. They sent messages to their subscribers according to the products they use.

Rumours suggest that Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan will increase from £8.57 to £10.10/month, while Creative Cloud bundle will go from £45.73 to £50.57 and Creative Cloud for teams will cost £59, up from £53.20.

Most of the increases amount at around 11%, however the student pack will leap for 62%, from £15.49 to £25.28. The update prices will become effective as of March 6th. In the case of existing subscribers, the increase will be effective upon renewal. Adobe has yet to respond to requests for comments and clarifications on the new pricing policies.

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Distil Networks Releases Their Access Control List for Device Fingerprinting

Distil Networks has announced the release of their Universal ACL (Access Control List), which uses device fingerprinting to block traffic. By doing so they provide a wider range of methods to filter malicious users from their online applications.

Distil’s Universal ACL allows for blacklisting based on not only IPs, but also geography, company, tokens, hi-def fingerprints, user agents, or referrers. That way they provide more security options and significantly reduce the time and manpower required to handle long lists of blocked addresses. Universal ACL will allow the generation of control lists that expire after a set amount of time which helps avoid blocking real users on IP addresses previously attached to bad bots or hackers. By enforcing a policy based approach, Distil’s customers can create blocking policies aimed at, for example, organisations, countries or host providers, and then apply them to a domain, URL, API or Distil account.

Read More: Bizety

A New Cloud-based Malware Detection Tool by Wedge Networks

Wedge Malware Analyzer will also automatically forward information about previously uncovered threats to be analysed in the cloud

Wedge Networks has launched Malware Analyzer, a cloud-based malware detection system which helps track threats in real-time, blocking known and new malware and ransomware.

Wedge Networks CEO James Hamilton said

“Malware prevention is job number one but elevating threat intelligence is critically important”

Wedge Malware Analyzer also offers to automatically forward blocked content which is not identified as known malware to their cloud for further behavioral inspection. This crowdsourcing approach can greatly help the industry to discover new threats. The cloud-based tool is available as subscription service.

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