July 2008

Newsletter #39

Greetings AWS Developers,

I am happy to say that summer has finally arrived in Seattle and the weather is not the only thing that is hot this week. This newsletter has some hot items, especially new resources and solutions from the AWS community: an auto-scaling tutorial from Scalr, easy stateful EC2 applications with Gigaspaces, and a tagging solution from Tagcow. Read about these below and don’t forget to tell us about your solution by submitting an entry to the AWS Solutions Catalog.

Tracy Laxdal
Amazon Web Services

News & Announcements

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

JBoss on Amazon EC2
Red Hat has announced their second offering on Amazon EC2: the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. Now available on EC2’s flexible, pay-as-you-go computing environment, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform provides developers with the most popular clustered Java EE application server and next-generation application framework on which to build innovative and scalable Java applications. Learn more about JBoss on Amazon EC2.

Charge for Regional and Elastic IP Data Transfer
As mentioned in the March 27th announcement of Amazon EC2’s Elastic IPs and Availability Zones, the grace period for Regional Data Transfer and Public and Elastic IP Data Transfer has ended and we will begin charging on July 1, 2008. The charges include the following:

  • Regional Data Transfer: $0.01 per GB in/out. This rate applies to all data transferred between instances in different Availability Zones in the same region.

  • Public and Elastic IP Data Transfer: $0.01 per GB in/out. If you choose to communicate using your Public or Elastic IP address inside of the Amazon EC2 network, you’ll pay Regional Data Transfer rates even if the instances are in the same Availability Zone. For data transfer within the same Availability Zone, you can easily avoid this charge (and get better network performance) by using your private IP whenever possible.
  • Learn more about these features and their pricing at

    AWS Premium Support
    We’re excited to see lots of early interest in the AWS Premium Support program. We’ve been able to help customers with a broad range of technical questions – from development issues to operational concerns – and have gotten some great feedback. If you’re an Amazon EC2, S3, or SQS customer and need one-on-one, fast-response support for your AWS-powered applications, consider AWS Premium Support for your business.

    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.

    Processing Images with Amazon Web Services
    John Fronckowiak and Tom Myer team up to provide the steps for creating a simple thumbnail web service built on Amazon Web Services.

    Auto-Scaling Web Sites Using Amazon EC2 and Scalr
    Scalr provides the framework for the deployment of auto-scaling and auto-healing web sites using Amazon EC2. This tutorial walks through installing and setting up Scalr for your own site.

    PAWS Marketplace – A Rails Marketplace Application in the Cloud
    The PAWS Marketplace is a proof-of-concept Ruby on Rails web application using Amazon FPS, Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon SimpleDB.

    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.

    The GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform enables developers to quickly and easily run stateful applications on Amazon EC2 with high-performance and fault-tolerance.

    Tagcow provides high quality, customized tagging solutions for consumers and businesses with large repositories of images. TagCow’s photo tagging service equips Amazon Mechanical Turk’s labor force with carefully designed image workflow tools to ensure efficiency and quality.

    DreamTeam Suite by DreamFactory
    DreamTeam Suite is a set of integrated business applications, including applications for project management, time and expense tracking, integrated document management and a group calendar. Also, read the DreamFactory Case Study to learn how DreamFactory uses Amazon S3, SimpleDB and DevPay.

    AWS On The Road

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

    July 21-25, Portland, OR

    July 21, Las Vegas, NV

    AWS Office Hours at StartPad
    July 22, Seattle, WA

    Web608 Meeting
    July 27, Madison, WI

    Java Users Group
    July 28, Madison, WI

    Chicago Java Users Group
    July 29, Chicago, IL

    Milwaukee Java Users Group
    July 30, Milwaukee, WI

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