June 2008

Newsletter #38

Greetings AWS Developers,

We’ve been very busy over the last month, and this newsletter is filled with exciting news and announcements from several services across AWS. For example, many of you will find the release of High-CPU Instances very interesting. You’ll also find the “AWS On The Road” section full of upcoming events and activities.

As you read this newsletter, you might notice a few small changes as Kathrin Jackson has handed over the newsletter reins to me. While I may make some changes, I will carry on her goal of providing information that is relevant and helpful to you.

Tracy Laxdal
Amazon Web Services

News & Announcements

To keep you up-to-date, here are the latest news items and announcements from AWS.

Amazon EC2 High-CPU Instances Available

Based on requests from EC2 developers, the EC2 team has released a new family of instance types: the High-CPU family. These instances have proportionally more CPU resources than RAM (compared to our Standard Instances) and are well suited for compute-intensive applications such as rendering, search indexing, and computational analysis. These new instances include High-CPU Medium and Extra Large Instances – the Extra Large Instance includes 8 virtual cores to meet your computing needs. Read more about the Amazon EC2 Instance Types.

Sun & MySQL Partnership

Announced at Sun’s CommunityOne conference in May, Sun Microsystems and Amazon Web Services are collaborating to offer two open source solutions on Amazon EC2: OpenSolaris and MySQL technical support. With OpenSolaris OS on Amazon EC2, you can access an open-sourced version of Sun’s Solaris Operating System on a scalable virtual infrastructure. In addition, MySQL has announced full database software and production support to enterprise customers who wish to deploy their MySQL database on Amazon EC2. These new offerings extend the breadth and support of EC2’s on-demand computing environment.

Amazon FPS: New Widget Functionality

Amazon Flexible Payment Service (FPS) has released a new Marketplace Widget; this widget makes it easier to move money between two third parties and lets you charge a Marketplace Fee for doing so. In addition, new functionality has been added to the "Pay Now" Widget including Reserve and Settle, Instant Payment Notification, and a Refund API. The Amazon FPS team hopes these new features will help you integrate with Amazon FPS. Read more in the FPS Forum post.

DevPay Enables Amazon S3 Query String Authentication

To meet the requests of DevPay developers, the DevPay and Amazon S3 teams are now supporting Amazon S3 query string authentication or “pre-signed” URLs. With this feature, developers can provide their DevPay application customers with direct browser access to data stored in Amazon S3. Read more about this in the Amazon DevPay Developer Guide.

Building Scalable, Reliable Amazon EC2 Applications with Amazon SQS

To showcase the value of using Amazon Simple Queue Service with your Amazon EC2 applications, the Amazon SQS team has written a white paper outlining the benefits of incorporating asynchronous message queuing with Amazon EC2.

Developer Resources

Here are a few highlights and new additions to our Developer Resource Center. The Resource Center includes community- and AWS-authored code samples, tutorials, documentation and more to help you build on AWS.

Browser Uploads to Amazon S3 using HTML POST Form
Jim Murty, creator of the JetS3t Java library for Amazon S3 and author of Programming Amazon Web Services, walks through how to create HTML POST forms that allow your web site visitors to upload files into your Amazon S3 account using a standard web browser.

Indexing and Querying Amazon S3 Metadata with Amazon SimpleDB
Curious about how to use the Amazon SimpleDB service at real scale? This Java application demonstrates how to index data, do single queries, and run bulk queries to assess performance.

Sample Application to Get Started with Amazon SQS and Amazon EC2
To help you get started using Amazon EC2 and Amazon SQS together, the Amazon SQS team put together a simple sample application. It shows a simple but fairly common scenario, where Amazon SQS dispatches jobs to an Amazon EC2 instance. Also check out the Auto-Scaling with Amazon EC2 and SQS article.

Featured Solutions

Check out what your peers have built with AWS. These solutions include interesting web applications built on top of AWS as well as tools that help you integrate with AWS. See the entire catalog or enter your own app in the Solutions Catalog.

rBuilder (rPath)
rPath’s rBuilder enables software providers to use Amazon Web Services to offer their applications in an on-demand model.

IMOD (Kaavo)
Infrastructure and Middleware on Demand (IMOD) application provides a simple interface for cloud computing and makes it easy to run, monitor, and manage virtual private servers on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Vertica Analytic Database Cloud Edition (Vertica Systems)
The Vertica Analytic Database Cloud Edition is a high-performance column-oriented SQL database hosted on Amazon EC2. Use it on a pay-as-you-go basis (for a monthly fee) to store and query terabytes of data.

AWS On The Road

Come visit AWS at the following June events. If you’d like our evangelists to speak to your group, feel free to update the AWS Evangelist Wiki Calendar.

TechStars Conference
June 3-4, Boulder, CO

Future of Digital Content
June 6-8, Banff, Canada

AWS Evangelism Trip – Japan
June 4-10, Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan

Enterprise 2.0
June 9-12, Boston, MA

Red Hat Summit
June 18-20, Boston, MA

June 23-24, San Francisco, CA

San Diego .NET User Group
June 24, San Diego, CA

June 25, San Francisco, CA
Receive $100 discount off registration by entering code: AMZNCLOUD.

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