AWS Announces the Next Version of Amazon Aurora Serverless, a New Capability that Makes it Easier to Migrate from SQL Server to Amazon Aurora, and an Open Source Project to Help More Organizations Leave SQL Server for PostgreSQL


SEATTLE–()–Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the next version of Aurora Serverless, as well as a new capability that makes it easier for customers to migrate from SQL Server to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, and a new open source project that helps even more organizations migrate off legacy databases to open source alternatives. For customers that don’t want to deal with the work associated with self-managing database capacity, Amazon Aurora Serverless v2 scales to hundreds of thousands of transactions in a fraction of a second, delivering up to 90% cost savings compared to provisioning for peak capacity. AWS also announced Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL, a new capability for Amazon Aurora that allows customers to run SQL Server applications directly on Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL with little to no code changes. Finally, AWS shared its plans to open source Babelfish for PostgreSQL under the permissive Apache 2.0 license and make it available on GitHub. Together these innovations make Amazon Aurora even more attractive for a wide range of workloads, and bring the benefits of Amazon Aurora and PostgreSQL to more organizations. To get started, visit https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/

Old-guard, legacy databases that have been developed and used for many decades typically require a well-trained and funded support staff to run and manage them. These commercial databases offer high performance and advanced availability features, but are expensive, complex to manage, and have high lock-in. Moreover, customers that are self-managing commercial databases are often at the mercy of old-guard database vendors and the brazen tricks they play, such as imposing arbitrary and punitive licensing terms. Today, more than a hundred thousand customers are choosing to run their database workloads on Amazon Aurora because it delivers the performance and availability of the highest-grade commercial databases at one tenth of the cost, making it the fastest-growing service in AWS history. In total, more than 350,000 databases have been migrated to AWS using AWS Database Migration Service (DMS). Today’s…

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`SC Korea to roll out high-security mobile banking service


The Seoul-based branch, a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based Standard Chartered said the mobile banking services will have 5G quantum security technology applied, a first for a commercial bank here.

The services will be offered to users of the Samsung Galaxy A Quantum smartphone, in which a quantum random number generator (QRNG) chipset is embedded, offering the strongest level of encryption and protection.

SK Telecom, the country’s largest mobile carrier, will be sole provider of the android-based mobile phone that offers the services.

QRNG is a technology that creates unpredictable quantum random numbers without patterns by utilizing the characteristics of protons.

This technology in theory greatly improves security by using the most complete random number to generate cryptographic keys, allowing more secure encryption of customer information.

Customers with Galaxy A Quantum handsets can as a result make financial transactions safer, such as opening accounts and transferring money through the mobile banking app.

“The most important factor for customers who use mobile financial services through online channels is security that protects the safety of transactions,” said a Standart Chartered Bank Korea official said.

“We will continue to play a leading role in customer convenience and digital innovation as well as customer information protection through partnerships with various finctech firms.”

Meanwhile, SK Telecom is discussing with various smartphone manufacturers about incorporating QRNG chipsets in their devices.

The bank will offer the services to such smartphones.

Led by CEO Park Jong-bok, the Korean branch reported a net profit of 900 million won ($813,000) in the third quarter of 2020. The figure for the first nine months was 182.9 billion won.

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Mobile Communications of America Acquires S3 Integration


Based in Baltimore, S3 Integration has a geographic presence in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Mobile Communications America (MCA), a leading provider of voice, video and data solutions, announces the acquisition of S3 Integration, a provider of integrated security management systems, life safety systems, and IT solutions and services.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Baltimore, S3 is a market leader in the safety and security industry with geographic presence in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina. Established in 1996, S3 provides a complete portfolio of professional services from planning, engineering, implementation, integration, to maintenance of advanced security systems.

“S3 Integration is extremely excited to join MCA. There is a great amount of synergy between the two companies. Our knowledge and experience in the security integration industry will be great addition to MCA,” says S3 President Tom Silcott.

As a member of PSA Security Network, a systems integrator cooperative, S3 expands MCA’s geographic footprint across Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

“The security and life safety solutions and services S3 offers strengthens our portfolio and ability to provide customers the best options to fit their safety, security, and operational needs,” says Vince Foody, CEO of MCA. “Their commitment to customer service complements our service first DNA value.”

MCA, one of the largest Motorola partners in the United States, provides its services and solutions to more than 30,000 customers. The company’s portfolio includes more than 20 product lines and hundreds of…

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New smartphone-based notification tool alerts state residents of COVID-19 exposure


Screen capture from the video explaining how WA Notify works.

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health on Monday announced the launch of WA Notify, a notification tool designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19.

WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data.

“Secure, private and anonymous exposure notification technology is an important tool for Washington,” Inslee said Monday. “We’ve deployed WA Notify in 29 languages so as many Washington residents as possible can protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities. I encourage everyone to start using WA Notify today so we can continue to work together to contain this virus.”

Data models for three counties in Washington found that COVID-19 infections and deaths could be reduced if even a small percentage of people enabled WA Notify. Studies from Oxford University and Stanford also show that the more people who use exposure notification technology, the more effective it is.

“WA Notify complements the actions Washington residents are already taking, like wearing masks, physical distancing and keeping gatherings small,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “We’re excited to be joining the states already using this safe and secure technology and encourage all Washingtonians to join the effort.”

When voluntarily activated, phones with WA Notify use Bluetooth technology to exchange random codes with the phones of other users they are near. It does this without revealing a user’s identity or location. Users who test positive for COVID-19 can enter a verification code provided by public health into WA Notify, so that other users who have been near them within the last 14 days can be anonymously alerted and take appropriate action.

WA Notify is free and can be enabled in iPhone settings or downloaded as an app from the Google Play Store for Android phones. Users can opt out at any time. Several states…

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