AWS Introduces Proton for Container Automation and Other Container Solutions Amazon Web Services (AWS), unveiled four new container solutions at re:Invent this week. This will allow AWS to expand its Kubernetes and container services to on-premises installations. In addition, the features help developers automate container and serverless application development/deployment, while making it easier to share and discover public software images. AWS released a news release stating that containers provide a standard method for developers to package and run apps quickly and reliably in any environment. This also improves resource utilization and reduces cost. AWS is making it easier to deploy, manage, and provision container applications. AWS Proton is a new service that allows developers to automate the development and deployment of container and serverless applications. Proton offers a new way to deal with the requirements and special considerations for container/serverless applications. These projects are made up of different blocks of code, which is different from traditional projects that only have one block of code. They also require their own infrastructure and can be updated on different schedules. AWS stated that customers naturally gravitated towards container and serverless application development. However, they have also found it difficult to coordinate all the changes across their infrastructure provisioning and code deployments as well as monitoring tools. Customers lack an integrated solution that links all tasks, including code deployments, resource provisioning, and monitoring. Although central infrastructure teams attempt to guide developers, some have even built their own tools to assist developers in implementing best practices. However, the complexity of container and serverless app development and deployment continues to slow down application development at many companies. AWS Proton is here to help, the company stated. These are some examples of use cases:

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AWS Launch Wizard for SQL Server Amazon Web Services has announced AWS Launch Wizard to SQL Server. This wizard is designed to simplify the process for sizing, configuring, and deploying highly available Microsoft SQL Server solutions. AWS Launch Wizard to SQL Server simplifies the process of deploying self managed Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability groups on Amazon EC2. The cloud giant explained that AWS Launch Wizard will identify the appropriate AWS resources to deploy and operate your SQL Server Always On application. AWS Launch Wizard will present you with an estimated cost for deployment and allow you to modify your resources, allowing you to instantly see an updated cost assessment. AWS Launch Wizard configures the resources and creates a fully functional production-ready SQL Server Always On application within a matter of hours after you approve. It also creates custom CloudFormation templates to automate repetitive tasks. Steve Roberts, AWS’s director of product management, published a detailed review of the new service. He described it as an automated way to accelerate enterprises’ journeys to the cloud. [Click on the image to see a larger view.] AWS Launch Wizard to Install SQL Server (source : AWS). Roberts stated that the wizard will guide you through an end to end deployment experience with Always On Availability Groups using prescriptive guidelines. “By answering a few questions about the application, such as performance characteristics, the wizard will then identify, provision, and configure matching AWS resources such EC2 instances, volumes of Amazon Elastic Block Store EBS, and an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. The wizard generates a dynamic cost estimate based on your selections. You can modify your resource selections to see an updated cost assessment. This will help you match your budget. The company lists the following use cases:

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