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The AWS Region in Spain: performance, availability and sustainability



AWS has fulfilled the promise it made in 2019 and, for a few weeks now, its first infrastructure region. For the construction and operation of the AWS Europe Region (Spain), the eighth AWS Region in Europe and which is located in Aragon, the company plans to invest 2,500 million euros over ten years and it is estimated that it will support the creation of more than 1,300 jobs generating an impact on the country’s GDP of more than 1,800 million euros. But, above all, it represents a unique opportunity for Spanish companies.

With the new AWS Cloud Region, companies in our country not only ensure that their data and workloads are stored securely in Spain, but they can also enjoy minimal latency, essential to service their operations. critical business applications, especially when it comes to industrial environments, audiovisual content delivery, and even financial operations… where every millisecond counts. Also. AWS is also certified by the High Level National Security Scheme (ENS), which means that its infrastructure meets the highest levels of security and compliance for state agencies and public organizations in Spain.

The AWS cloud offers other advantages that are well known to the company’s customers, such as the ease of innovating more quickly, being able to experiment more profitably before moving a project to production, or being able to make decisions based on data. Other areas in which the AWS cloud offer is differential are security, availability, performance or energy efficiency.

  • Security– Infrastructure built specifically for the cloud and designed to meet the world’s most stringent security requirements, with 24/7 monitoring.
  • Availability: AWS claims to offer the highest network availability of any cloud service provider. Each region is completely isolated and is made up of several Availability Zones, which are completely isolated partitions of the infrastructure and allow for greater fault tolerance. This offer is now reinforced with the launch of the new AWS Region in Spain, which has 3 Availability Zones.
  • Performance: AWS Regions offer low latency, low packet loss, and a fully redundant 100GbE fiber backbone.
  • Global presence: The AWS Cloud spans 96 Availability Zones in 30 geographic regions around the world, including the Spain Region. In addition, plans have been announced to add an additional 15 Availability Zones and 5 additional AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.
  • Scalability: AWS’s global infrastructure allows companies to be extremely flexible and take advantage of the conceptually infinite scalability of the cloud.
  • Flexibility: Enterprises that want to run their applications globally can choose any of the available AWS Regions and Zones.

Energy efficiency and sustainability

At a time like the present in which energy prices have skyrocketed and in which companies increasingly take their environmental sustainability into account, AWS has also wanted to position itself in this field as one of the most interesting alternatives.

And it is that in addition to the characteristics that we have mentioned previously, the company also ensures, as stated in a report prepared by the consultancy 451 Research, that companies in Spain can reduce energy use by more than 80% (81%) when they run their applications in the AWS cloud instead of operating their own data centers. AWS infrastructure is five times more energy efficient than the average European enterprise data center, according to 451 Research.

The report also shows that migrating IT workloads to AWS in Europe could reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the footprint of millions of homes. In addition, European companies could potentially reduce carbon emissions from an average workload by up to 96% when AWS reaches its goal of sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources.

According to the report, cloud data centers are efficient because providers like AWS They focus on sustainability in all their operations. Conversely, most companies have historically not prioritized the sustainability of their data center infrastructure, which means that data centers are rarely optimized for efficiency.

Sustainability, on the other hand, is in the core of Amazon securities. The company has publicly committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions across all its operations by 2040, 10 years before the Paris Agreement, as part of The Climate Pledge. In addition, the multinational is on track to operate with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the original 2030 goal. By the end of 2021, Amazon and AWS reached 85% renewable energy across their business. As part of its commitment, Amazon has announced 16 renewable energy projects in Spain with more than 1.5 gigawatts of renewable capacity that will power AWS data centers and Amazon logistics operations in the country. Once fully operational, Amazon’s renewable energy projects in Spain will generate the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 850,000 homes in Spain each year.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor



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



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



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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