2017 Wrap-Up: Top AWS News of the Year

From Amazon S3 security blunders, to AWS' ongoing rivalries with Microsoft in the cloud and Oracle in databases, here are the Top 10 headlines of 2017.

10. Uber Discloses Year-Old AWS Data Breach, Exposing Millions of Users (Nov. 21)
On Tuesday, ride-sharing app Uber disclosed that its AWS account was hacked last year, compromising the personal information of 57 million users worldwide, including 600,000 U.S. drivers. [Read here]

9. AWS Blames Unplanned System Restarts for S3 Outage (March 2)
This week's hours-long AWS outage was caused by an incorrectly typed command that forced inadvertent restarts of key Amazon S3 subsystems, the company said. [Read here]

8. Survey: Azure Beats AWS in Larger Enterprises (April 4)
The many cloud computing surveys constantly being published come up with varying -- and sometimes contrasting -- data points, but one takeaway is becoming increasingly clear. [Read here]

7. Report: Oracle Doubles Cost To License Its Software for AWS (Jan. 31)
The next front in Oracle's ongoing battle against AWS appears to be over licensing. [Read here]

6. Confluent Cloud Bringing Apache Kafka-as-a-Service to AWS (May 8)
Confluent Inc. is bringing its open source-based streaming data platform to the AWS cloud. [Read here]

5. Firm Tackles AWS Lambda Security (April 17)
Serverless computing is a hot topic in the cloud, but it requires a different approach to security, says cloud native security specialist Observable Networks Inc. [Read here]

4. AWS Fights DDoS Attacks (Jan. 3)
Even before last October's disruptive Mirai malware-generated DDoS attacks, the AWS cloud has provided protection guidance such as the AWS Best Practices for DDoS Resiliency whitepaper, published last June. [Read here]

3. Yet Another Misconfigured Amazon S3 Bucket Exposes Dow Jones Customer Data (July 19)
Security firm UpGuard Inc. has found yet another unprotected S3 storage bucket on the AWS cloud, this one exposing personal data of millions of Dow Jones & Company customers. [Read here]

2. Microsoft Challenges AWS with Azure Database Services (May 12)
Microsoft announced a raft of new cloud-based database offerings at this week's Build developer conference, pitting them directly against similar solutions from AWS. [Read here]

1. Now on GitHub: LocalStack, a Tool for Local AWS Mocking and Testing (March 27)
A new project on the GitHub open source code repository is the LocalStack tool for testing and mocking cloud development projects, published by enterprise software company Atlassian. [Read here]


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