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There have been a range of new features and capabilities added on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) front recently, including improved security for web applications, enhanced support of iOS devices and automated deployment for Red Hat OpenShift Contained Platform.

Web security is an important consideration for today’s businesses, so it’s good to see that AWS is providing a new feature which enables you to improve security for your web applications on Amazon CloudFront by selecting a pre-defined security policy that enforces TLS version 1.1 or 1.2 as the minimum protocol version.

Amazon CloudFront will automatically select the cipher suite for your selected security policy which it will use to encrypt your content before returning it to viewers over HTTPS. So, for example, by using this feature you could select the security policy that enforces TLS version 1.1 and weak ciphers such as RC4 and 3DES will automatically be excluded.

This new feature, for which there is no additional fee, is available when you use custom SSL certificates to serve HTTPS requests using SNI.

Meanwhile users of the Amazon Chime secure, real time communications service can now access iOS devices more effectively. Essentially Chime users can perform a set of quick actions directly from the lock screen and the app icon when using iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Through Chime ,which simplifies online meetings, chat and video conferencing, users can quickly respond to messages, mute notifications, join or decline meetings, or notify participants that they are running late, without the need to unlock their devices or open the Amazon Chime app.

By using 3D Touch with the Amazon Chime app icon, users can start a new conversation or an instant meeting. Quick actions allow users to respond to Amazon Chime activities with fewer interruptions.

There’s also good news on the Red Hat front, with the deployment of the OpenShift Container Platform from this leading provider of open source solutions being automated through a new Quick Start capability.

Quick Starts are, essentially, automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS Cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures and runs the AWS compute, network, storage and other services required to deploy a specific workload, using AWS best practices for security and availability.

The OpenShift Container Platform uses Docker containers, Google Kubernetes orchestration and the container-optimised Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system to help developers and IT create and deploy their apps.

The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates that build the AWS infrastructure by following AWS best practices, and then pass that environment to Ansible playbooks to build out the OpenShift environment. It also comes with a deployment guide, which describes the reference architecture and provides step-by-step instructions for deploying Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on AWS.

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