Cloud Round-Up, Friday, April 6th, 2018
It was an active week for cloud providers on the Liftr Index. Alibaba approved Cappasity for it’s Create@Alibaba Cloud Program. The program facilitates startups usage of free cloud benefits, marketing assistance, and introductions to investors in the Chinese market. Cappasity is a cloud-based platform that allows businesses to generate and embed 3D content around the web, including virtual reality tools that would allow e-commerce websites to display 360 degree views of products. Look for Alibaba Liftr Index scores to come over the next several weeks.
AWS launched a new lower-cost tier to its S3 storage service, which is designed for businesses that do not need frequent access to their stored data. The difference in service results in around a day or two each year that the data might not be accessible due to downtime of the individual zone. This data is also not resilient in the event of a damaging disaster, like fire, flood, or technical issue. AWS is promoting this service primarily as a backup, rather than as a main storage solution.
Google Cloud upped their compliance count by 9 this week to 30, now listing certification with HIPAA, ISO, AICPA, and GDPR among others. Standards and regulatory compliance, as well as industry certifications are an important factor for cloud services as they enable businesses to determine whether or not a cloud solution will meet the compliance standards for their industry or region. The increase in listed compliances resulted in a 5.84% jump in Google Cloud’s overall Liftr Index score with its security rating increasing by over 42%.
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