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The new AWS region in Spain It has been in operation for just over a month. Located in Aragon, is the first infrastructure region of the company in the national territory, and the eighth in Europe. With it, people, companies and organizations that need to store data and run applications in centers that are in Spain have one more option to do so. It is an important advantage for Spanish organizations. But not the only one. Especially, for Aragon, an area that will benefit on many levels from the attraction of opening a cloud region like AWS’s.

The benefits for the area already started before the area was even officially opened. All thanks to the labor necessary for its construction and commissioning. Just to have it ready and running at full capacity, as pointed out by Amazon, 1,300 jobs will be created over the next decade full time in the three locations set for the development of the region.

The activity generated in the area since the start of operations has also benefited the area’s business ecosystem. The workers who have started the region, and those in charge of its maintenance, have revitalized with their presence the commerce and other companies in the area, which also results in an increase in indirect jobs.

Not only that, but having an infrastructure region in Aragon works as a focus and point of attraction of companies, related to a greater or lesser extent with technology. The technology-based companies in the area will also have the opening of this area with more business opportunities. It is very likely that this will make them need more qualified employees, which will bring more talent to Aragon. It will also contribute to the retention of the specialist in the area.

One of the aspects that attracted Amazon to the area to open its region to the community was precisely the technological level of the professionals in the area, and their training. The company was very pleased with the talent in the area. A talent that from now on will have more options to develop professionally without having to leave their place of origin.

Amazon is also going to do its bit to boost the local community, since it has confirmed that it has opened a AWS InCommunities fund, of 150,000 eurosto help local organizations and groups, as well as schools in the area, start various projects that benefit the community.

The company plans to invest 2,500 million euros in the development of the AWS region in Aragon over 10 years. This is the largest investment that has been made in the autonomous community by a company in recent years. This, together with the jobs that it will generate, both direct and indirect, will have an estimated impact on Spain’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of more than 1,800 million euros.

The AWS region will improve the GDP of Aragon

A good part of this increase in GDP will correspond to Aragon, for the reasons mentioned. Specifically, according to various estimates, the arrival of the AWS infrastructure region in the region will increase the Gross Domestic Product of Aragon to reach 500 million euros.

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, already referred to all this data during the launch of this AWS infrastructure region, at an event held to coincide with its launch in Madrid. During it, both he and the President of Aragon, Javier Lambánhighlighted the weight it will have in the economic and technological development of Spain and Aragon.

For Sánchez, the cloud is crucial to improve productivity and efficiency. But also the economy of the country. So much so that, according to him, he stated in the presentation, data management will represent 4% of Spain’s Gross Domestic Product in the near future. The President has confirmed that they expect that only in 2023, the employment cloud will reach 725,000 people.

A very important part of this, as we have seen, will be thanks to the new AWS region in Aragon, which will undoubtedly be one of the assets that will make Spain, as the Government has as its objective, become a hub for connectivity between the United States and Europe, with 70% of the data that travels between the two areas passing through the national territory.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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