December 2008

Newsletter #44

Dear AWS Developers,

As we approach the end of 2008, we’ve been reflecting on what an exciting year it’s been for AWS and I wanted to just share a few thoughts with you.

When we launched Amazon Web Services several years ago, our goal was to create a suite of services that would help developers and businesses build more reliable, scalable applications at a low cost. We did this by asking developers what they needed, and by leveraging the experience we’d gained in building and operating our own global network of websites.

Today, we are pleased to see that our customers ranging from small start-ups to large enterprises are using AWS services together in innovative and diverse ways. The creativity of our community never ceases to amaze us. We think the rapid adoption relates to more and more people realizing how advantageous it is to offload the muck of infrastructure, the utility of our flexible, reliable, building block services, and the growing confidence in cloud computing. In addition, particularly in today’s economic environment, customers tell us that they love being able to replace upfront capital expenses for low-risk, pay-as-you-go operating expenses.

2008 has been an action-packed year and we were pleased to deliver quite a few services and features requested by our community, including: AWS Premium Support, Amazon EC2 moving to General Availability with a 99.95% service level agreement (SLA), Amazon EC2 with Windows, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Elastic IP Addresses and Availability Zones for Amazon EC2, tiered storage prices for Amazon S3 and lower transfer prices for all AWS services, the launch of Amazon CloudFront (our pay-as-you-go content delivery service), and the unlimited public beta of Amazon SimpleDB. We also announced a number of exciting partnerships that will provide additional support and services to the AWS community, including: Oracle, Sun/MySQL, Red Hat, Capgemini, and

As we look toward 2009, our goals remain the same: deliver highly dependable, flexible services that enable you to focus on your business and reduce the time and money spent worrying about infrastructure. We’ll continue to do our best to listen to you and to provide you with the services and features that you need to be successful. We’re excited and honored to be on this journey with you.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Holiday season and 2009,

Andy Jassy
Sr. Vice President
Amazon Web Services

News & Announcements

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

AWS Start-Up Challenge
On November 20th at the AWS Start-Up Event in Seattle, the winner of the AWS Start-Up Challenge was announced: YieldEx is the grand prize winner and receives $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in service credits. Read the press release. This event capped off an exciting final round of the contest in which seven finalists presented their businesses to judges from Amazon and venture capital firms. To learn more about all seven finalists, watch their videos.

Amazon SimpleDB Goes Public With Lower Pricing
Amazon SimpleDB, a web service providing the core database functions of indexing and querying, is now available in public beta—you may sign up now and start using immediately. We’re also excited to announce a free tier of usage for SimpleDB, as well as lower prices for storing your data. In addition, Amazon SimpleDB customers will now have access to AWS Premium Support, providing access to a 24/7, one-on-one, fast-response support channel.

Announcing Amazon CloudFront
AWS has announced the public beta of Amazon CloudFront, a new service for content delivery. CloudFront integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no long-term commitments.

Build Subscription Fee-Based Applications with Amazon Simple Pay
Amazon FPS is excited to offer Amazon Simple Pay Subscription in Sandbox. Amazon Simple Pay Subscription helps you monetize your applications by charging your customer on a recurring basis—great for those offering digital content subscriptions, collecting membership dues on a regular basis, or even recurring donations. Learn more.

New Copy Feature for Amazon S3
The Amazon S3 Copy feature is now generally available. Copy enables efficiently copy or moving objects across buckets and regions, as well as renaming objects and updating object metadata.

Oracle in the Cloud Webinar
Attend this live webinar, Thursday, December 11th at 10:00am PST, to learn how Oracle and Amazon Web Services enable businesses to quickly integrate Oracle solutions into their cloud computing strategy. Get complete details on deploying Oracle Software and backing up Oracle Database in the cloud. Join AWS Evangelist Mike Culver and Oracle Senior Product Manager Bill Hodak for a live, online Q&A. Register today.

Developer Resources

Here are a few highlights and new additions to our Developer Resource Center.

Video: An Introduction to Amazon SimpleDB
A seven-minute video from AWS Evangelist Mike Culver introduces Amazon SimpleDB and provides tips on how to get started quickly.

Best Practices for Using Amazon S3
The Amazon S3 team shares some easy-to-implement best practices that can help ensure a great experience with their storage service.

Amazon CloudFront Resources
Start building on Amazon CloudFront using documentation, tools, and code from both AWS and the community.

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.

RightPact is an online document signing service that uses Amazon S3, EC2 and FPS (Flexible Payments Service). Simply upload a contract and collect digital signatures from the involved parties to complete legally binding agreements.

Squirrelcart is a fully customizable php shopping cart, integrated with Amazon FPS (Flexible Payments Service), and designed with both the advanced developer and web novice in mind.

HostedFTP provides businesses with a secure, reliable and easy to use file sharing solution designed to save money and improve network security. Our main focus is to help businesses replace FTP servers.

AWS On The Road

This year, AWS spent a great deal of time on the road—speaking at conferences, events, user groups and more. We also completed a Start-Up Event Tour and started a new series of AWS Developer Bootcamps. If you’d like to join our mailing list to learn about our 2009 events, send us an email. You can also keep track of us by visiting our calendars:

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