November 2007

Newsletter #31

Greetings AWS Developers,

Last month we announced the Amazon S3 SLA; this month, we’re launching Amazon S3 in European datacenters! Also wanted to share with the community the launch of new compute instance types, as well as update you with the latest and greatest developer content. Note that you can now search through code on the Developer Connection! More details below.

Kathrin Jackson
Amazon Web Services

  • Amazon S3 Launches Storage in Europe
  • Amazon EC2 Launches New Compute Instance Types
  • Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge – Update
  • In Search Of Code
  • Developer Resources: Amazon S3, EC2, FPS
  • Solutions Catalog Highlights: What Your Peers Are Building
  • Upcoming Events
  • Amazon S3 Launches Storage in Europe

    Amazon Web Services today launched European storage for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), allowing software developers and businesses to store their data in Europe. Any European software developer or business now has easy access to highly scalable, reliable, fast and inexpensive data storage in the cloud.

    Full Announcement

    Details and Pricing

    Amazon EC2 Launches New Compute Instance Types

    As of mid-October, Amazon EC2 is offering a “Large” and an “Extra Large” compute instance type to complement the original instance type and provide more flexibility for EC2 users. The new instance types provide more memory, CPU, and instance storage, and are based on 64bit technology. EC2 users can now utilize these different instance sizes to support an even broader set of applications and use cases. This was a popular request from customers that we’re very happy to address with this release.

    The Large instance is equivalent to roughly four Small instances (our original instance), and the Extra Large instance is roughly equivalent to eight Small instances.

    In addition, the EC2 beta, which previously limited the number of new registrants, is now open to all developers.

    More information about the different instance types

    Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge – Update

    We were very excited and pleased to see so many of you submit applications to the AWS Start-Up Challenge! Just a quick note to let you know that we’re busy reading each and every one, and will be announcing finalists in mid-November. Thanks again to all of you who have taken the time to share with us the ideas you have for using AWS!

    In Search Of Code

    Our Developer Connection site search now allows you to search code samples listed on our site, regardless of where they’re hosted on the Web. Use the code search to find and share code snippets that might otherwise be hidden in a download file or buried somewhere on a third-party web site, such as SourceForge or RubyForge.

    Curious how to construct a signature in Java for Amazon S3?

    You can also browse existing code without downloading the source. Just click the “Browse Code” button on code project pages.

    Want to make your code searchable? Submit your code to the Resource Center to be added to the code search engine.

    Developer Resources: Amazon S3, EC2, FPS

    ThreeSharp – A C# Library and Code for Amazon S3
    An open-source C# library and sample code for working with Amazon S3, providing full support for data streaming, data encryption, thread safety, live statistics, and more.

    Don’t Get Caught with Your Instance Down
    James Knowlton and PJ Cabrera provide tips for performing basic monitoring tasks on Amazon EC2 virtual machines using Ruby.

    Hello World Samples for Amazon FPS
    A simple marketplace application, in C#, for Amazon FPS
    See how easy it is process payments with two new “Hello World”-style samples for Amazon FPS in Ruby and in PHP.

    Solutions Catalog Highlights: What Your Peers Are Building

    A simple, web-based team management solution that helps teams and small businesses get things done on time. It improves team productivity and control of day to day operations by providing a centralized system for managing projects, work assignments and other key business information, and works in conjunction with your everyday business tools. Built using Amazon S3.

    Provides a simple way to store and share digital information with your friends and family. Built using Amazon S3 and EC2.

    KnowledgeTreeLive Document Management On-demand
    A powerful software-as-a-service document management system based on the popular open source KnowledgeTree application. Built using Amazon S3 and EC2.

    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

    Don’t forget to let the AWS evangelists know where you’d like them to visit!

    Web 2.0 Expo – Berlin, Germany
    Keynote by Werner Vogels, VP and CTO
    November 5-8, 2007

    QCon – San Francisco, CA
    November 7-9, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Facebook Developer Garage – Fremont, CA
    November 10, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    CodeBits – Lisbon, Portugal
    November 13, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Oracle OpenWorld – San Francisco, CA
    November 14-15, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Toronto AWS Usergroup – Toronto, Ontario
    November 15, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Pacific Northwest Access Developers Group – Redmond, WA
    November 20, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Silicon Valley AWS User Group – Palo Alto, CA
    November 28, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Portland Adobe Developer User Group – Portland, OR
    November 29, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Web Builder 2.0 – Las Vegas, NV
    December 3, 2007
    Mike Culver

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