Greetings AWS Developers,Happy New Year! After ending 2007 with a bang, here’s what’s new in the AWS world: two new service launches (Amazon SimpleDB and Amazon DevPay), new features for Amazon S3 and Amazon Mechanical Turk, and of course the conclusion to the AWS Start-up Challenge, with Ooyala taking the top prize. Read on for more…
Amazon Web Services
In late December, we announced Amazon SimpleDB, which is available in limited beta. Amazon SimpleDB is a web service for running queries on structured data in real time. This service works in close conjunction with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), collectively providing the ability to store, process and query data sets in the cloud. Traditionally, this type of functionality has been accomplished with a clustered relational database that requires a sizable upfront investment, brings more complexity than is typically needed, and often requires a DBA to maintain and administer. In contrast, Amazon SimpleDB is easy to use and provides the core functionality of a database – real-time lookup and simple querying of structured data – without the operational complexity.
We’re very excited about the strong interest our community has shown in the beta program. At this stage, we have limited spots available, and ask for your patience as we work to enable additional developers. In the meantime, you can read more about the service, and sign up to be notified when a spot becomes available for you. To do so, simply click the “Sign Up For This Web Service” button on the web site below and we will record your contact information. Note that you’ll also need to have a valid payment method on record with AWS in order for us to be able to accommodate you when more capacity becomes available.
Read more and sign up for the wait list by clicking “Sign Up for This Web Service”
Last month, AWS launched Amazon DevPay, a simple-to-use billing and account management service that makes it very easy for developers to get paid for applications they build on Amazon Web Services. Amazon DevPay removes the pain of having to create or manage your own order pipeline or billing system. It allows you to quickly sign up customers, automatically meter their usage of AWS services, have Amazon bill them based on pricing you set, and collect payments. If you have an Amazon EC2 AMI or Amazon S3-based application for which you’d like to charge, please browse through the resources below, and read about companies already using Amazon DevPay.
Amazon Mechanical Turk has released two new pieces of functionality that will make certain tasks easier for requestors. You can now prepay for Mechanical Turk HITs using a credit card, debit card, Amazon Payments account balance or U.S. bank account. The option to use a credit/debit card or your Amazon Payments account will allow you to load and pay for HITs immediately – with no waiting period. In addition to the new payment functionality, Requesters can now view and download a detailed transaction history for the previous 18 months of their payments to Workers, payments for fees, and pre-payments of Mechanical Turk HITs.
In response to customer feedback, we’ve added POST support for Amazon S3. POST simplifies the process of uploading data by allowing you to upload content directly from the browser to Amazon S3. In addition to simplifying uploads, POST can reduce upload latency and save you money by eliminating the need to generate the PUT request on your server.
Out of over 900 business plan entries submitted by developers building their products and services using the AWS platform, Ooyala was announced as the winner of the Amazon Web Services Start-Up Challenge. Ooyala delivers a high quality interactive video experience with monetization and analytics tools for video publishers and advertisers. As the grand prize winner, Ooyala will receive $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in Amazon Web Service credits and an investment offer from Amazon.com.
A trio of tutorials for building efficiently on Amazon EC2:Deploying Distributed J2EE Applications Using Amazon EC2
Using Parameterized Launches to Customize Your AMIs
PJ Cabrera explains how to use parameterized launches and a simple Ruby script to easily configure Amazon Machine Image (AMI) instances.
Configuring Amazon EC2 for RAID
Take advantage of the Large and Extra Large instances by configuring them to use RAID for more fault tolerance or better disk throughput.
An online invoicing application that helps service providers get paid faster and look professional. Built using Amazon FPS.
Don’t forget to let the AWS evangelists know where you’d like them to visit!
Raleigh Area Ruby Brigade – Raleigh, NC
January 15, 2008
Raleigh/Durham Adobe Users Group – Durham, NC
January 16, 2008
Mobile Web USA 2008 – San Francisco, CA
January 22, 2008
San Diego Software Council – San Diego, CA
January 24, 2008
Maine Java User Group – Portland, ME
January 30, 2008