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Amazon Web Services will now allow DynamoDB users to encrypt data when it is inactive or at rest. The option will not be the default setting for cloud customer but an additional choice they can make when creating a new database table. The encryption option will only be available in four regions: U.S. East (Northern Virginia), U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland). AWS has taken several steps in recent months to improve and simplify the encryption and security options it offers its customers after some of those customers suffered several high-profile data leaks. –GEEKWIRE

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Google will allow Microsoft Office documents to be marked up in Google Drive. The announcement comes in response to Microsoft’s offer to give enterprise customers that use competing products a free trial of Office 365 until their contract runs out. The Google commenting tool allows task assignment and interactive comments and supports replies. While it's not as complete as the interactive editing you can do within Office 365, it will meet the needs of many organizations, Google believes. -EWEEK

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Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure have each committed $3 million in cloud services to the National Science Foundation. The companies will support the NSF’s Bigdata program that wants to develop new data management and modeling techniques, big data analysis tools, and means of addressing domain science and engineering issues. The NSF will invest $30 million in the project. The cloud companies’ input will provide the means for “large-scale experimentation and scalability studies.” –DATA CENTER DYNAMICS

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A cloud storage company in England is turning former nuclear bunkers into “ultra secure” data storage locations. Called The Bunker, the company has two sites in England. Along with the physical security, the company uses IBM’s Cloud Object Storage, which distributes data between facilities. "About five years ago, the market became aware it had a huge problem in terms of data storage,” general manager Phillip Bindley said. “The amount of data stored by companies was growing exponentially, and using traditional storage area networks to house it all was quickly becoming unsustainable." -COMPUTING

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