February 2007

Newsletter #22

Greetings AWS Developers,

This month we have some important announcements for Amazon ECS and Alexa developers (learn more below). In other news, if you’re a professor or a student, read about how web services can become a part of your curriculum through our AWS education program. Finally, take a peek at our upcoming events – our evangelists are on the road and would love to have you join if you’re in the neighborhood.

Kathrin Jackson
Amazon Web Services

  • Amazon ECS 3.0 Sunset: Please Migrate to Amazon ECS 4.0
  • Alexa Site Thumbnail: New “Redirect” Action
  • Amazon Web Services in the Classroom
  • Amazon EC2 Update
  • Solutions Catalog Highlights – What Your Peers Are Building
  • Upcoming Events
  • Amazon ECS 3.0 Sunset: Please Migrate to Amazon ECS 4.0

    After many years of useful service, the Amazon E-Commerce Service 3.0 (Amazon ECS 3.0) web service will be shut down on March 31, 2008. Since the introduction of Amazon ECS 4.0 in late 2004 the usage of Amazon ECS 3.0 has steadily declined as sites and applications have naturally migrated to Amazon ECS 4.0. In June of 2006 (Version: 2006-06-28), we achieved complete feature and data parity between the two services and are now requesting that all existing sites and applications be migrated to Amazon ECS 4.0 within the next 12 months. Beginning March 31, 2008, we will no longer be accepting Amazon ECS 3.0 requests. The existing maintenance effort saved by shutting down Amazon ECS 3.0 will be re-invested into Amazon ECS 4.0 to allow for the introduction of more features and capabilities.

    To migrate your applications, be sure to:

    Read the full announcement.

    Read the migration document.

    Alexa Site Thumbnail: New “Redirect” Action

    Embed signed Alexa Site Thumbnail request URLs directly into the HTML of a web page using the new “Redirect” Action. The client’s browser will make a request to the Alexa Site Thumbnail service to lookup the URL of the image, and then will automatically redirect to Amazon S3 to load the thumbnail image. With the new Redirect action, your web server doesn’t need to make any web services requests in order to display thumbnail images on your web site. Enjoy!

    Learn more about Alexa Site Thumbnail.

    Read the technical documentation.

    Amazon Web Services in the Classroom

    If you’re an educator at a college or university, and are interested in AWS, read on to learn how AWS can help your computer science students improve their marketability by building their skills in a growing technology. We’ve worked with professors at universities such as the University of California (Santa Barbara) to educate computer science students about Amazon Web Services, and want to encourage universities to participate.

    What’s in it for you? A limited number of free credits for student use of Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2, as well as web services curriculum and in-classroom training. We were delighted and impressed by the applications that students created during their project work, and encourage further innovation at the university level.

    We’re currently evaluating other schools for participation in this program. If you or your school is interested in being reviewed to participate, please contact us. And if you’re a CS student, don’t forget to tell your professor!

    Read more about the UCSB / AWS education partnership.

    Amazon EC2 Update

    Interested in using Amazon EC2? If you’d like to join the beta program, complete the following steps, and we’ll notify you when we can accommodate your request.

    Leave us your contact information: click “Sign Up For Web Service” on the Amazon EC2 detail page

    Make sure you sign up for Amazon S3 (used in conjunction with Amazon EC2) so that we can enable you when spots become available.

    Solutions Catalog Highlights – What Your Peers Are Building

    This month we’re highlighting solutions that use Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2 to deliver new applications or enhance their offerings. Take a look:

    A service that connects live buyers and live sellers natively through mobile phones, and web sellers list items through their mobile phone simply by adding text and images/movies to an MMS text-message and sending it to Sellers can also use email or web Buyers can find products from their phone or from any PC, and setup SMS alerts to be notified when items become available.

    S3InfiDisk for Amazon EC2 lets you mount any number of file systems on your Amazon EC2 instances, with each file system stored on Amazon S3.

    Second Life
    A dynamic virtual world that is free to join. The client application is free to download. Previously, the client was served directly from the Second Life web servers, which also ran mission-critical dynamic PHP applications. By moving the file serving to Amazon S3, Linden Lab saves a lot of load headaches.

    Not listed in the Solutions Catalog yet? Start with our community co-marketing.

    Check out the AWS blog for more news about AWS developers and their applications.

    Upcoming Events

    ACGNJ Java Users Group – Scotch Plains, NJ
    February 06, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Princeton Java Users Group – East Windsor, NJ
    February 07, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Geek Dinner – Lindon, UT
    February 08, 2007
    Jeff Barr

    South Florida .NET Code Camp – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    February 10, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Vancouver PHP Conference – Vancouver, BC
    February 12-13, 2007
    Jeff Barr

    Phoenix Ruby Users Group – Phoenix, AZ
    February 12, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Florida .NET Users Group – Tampa, FL
    February 13, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Capital District Java Developers Network – Albany, NY
    February 14, 2007
    Mike Culver

    NYC .NET Developers Group – New York, NY
    February 15, 2007
    Mike Culver

    The Future of Web Apps – London, England

    Keynote Address – Werner Voegels, VP, CTO of
    “Why and How It’s Easier Than Ever Before To Build A Web Business and Compete With Anyone”
    February 20, 2007

    AWS Workshop – Jeff Barr and Jinesh Varia
    “How to use Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (Amazon EC2) to Improve Your Web App”
    February 22, 2007

    London Girl Geek Dinner – London, England
    February 21, 2007
    Jeff Barr

    Vancouver TechFest 2007 – Burnaby, BC
    February 24, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Refresh – Plano, TX
    February 26, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Dallas ASP.NET User Group – Irving, TX
    February 27, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Houston PHP Users Group – Houston, TX
    March 1, 2007
    Mike Culver

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