March 2009

Dear AWS Community,

We are excited to announce several new features for Amazon EC2 in the EU Region. Starting today, you can launch Amazon EC2 running Windows instances and use the AWS Management Console in the EU Region. Read more about this announcement below. Also, be sure to read how saved £200,000 by launching on Amazon EC2 and other AWS infrastructure services. You may also be interested in Amazon EC2's new relationship with IBM, free payment processing offer from FPS, and several new features in SimpleDB.

Released Today:

Amazon EC2 Expands Windows and EU Offerings

Starting today, you can now launch Amazon EC2 running Windows or SQL Server instances in the EU Region, enabling you to locate your Windows computing resources close to your European customers/partners, as well as to other AWS computing services (e.g. Amazon S3, Amazon CloudFront). Pay-as-you-go pricing for Amazon EC2 running Windows Server in the EU Region begins at $0.135 per compute hour.

To make it even easier to get started and to manage Amazon EC2, the AWS Management Console has been extended to the EU Region and provides the same features as the US Region, including provisioning and managing Linux/UNIX and Windows instances, Amazon EBS volumes, and Elastic IP addresses.

Finally, Amazon EC2 has also launched an additional Availability Zone for Windows instances in the US Region, making it possible for you to build Windows-based systems that are resilient to failure in a single location.

We are excited to share these new features with you and invite you to visit for full details about this announcement.

News & Announcements

Start Using EC2 with IBM
Amazon EC2 has made several exciting announcements with IBM. You can now bring your own IBM software to Amazon EC2. IBM currently provides several “Development” AMIs (such as IBM DB2 and more) at no additional fee beyond Amazon EC2 charges for developers building commercial IBM-based applications. Later this year, AWS will make available Amazon EC2 “Production” IBM AMIs on a pay-as-you go basis.

Amazon DevPay for Windows and in Europe
Amazon DevPay developers in the US can now build and get paid for Amazon EC2 AMIs running Microsoft Windows Server in the US Region, as well as Windows and Linux/UNIX paid AMIs in the EU Region. This means your customers can run instances of your paid AMIs on all supported operating systems in all Amazon EC2 Regions. Read the release notes.

Monetize your Innovation with Amazon FPS – Get Started Free
Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS) is now generally available and has been made easier to use with Amazon FPS Quick Starts. Quick Starts aggregate various APIs into a simplified set of APIs that substantially reduce the steps to enable payment processing on your website. Also, with a limited time offer, you can build an application using Amazon FPS and get free payment processing for the first 90 days until total transaction volume reaches $500,000. Sign up before March 15 to get this offer.

New SimpleDB Features
Amazon SimpleDB has released two features that add more flexibility to the Select API: count capability and long running query support. Developers may now count the number of items that meet the condition(s) specified by the predicate(s) in a query. Also, SimpleDB now supports queries that take longer than five seconds to complete. Read the release notes.

Featured Case Study: Zoopla
In the first 12 months since launching on AWS, estimates it has saved at least £200,000 in the areas of data-centre costs, server cap-ex, server upgrade/maintenance costs, sys admin salaries, network equipment, etc. Read the full story.

Developer Resources

To help you get started with these recent Amazon EC2 announcements, here are quick links to locate Amazon EC2 AMIs for use in the EU Region or for IBM:

If you have an AMI in Europe you’d like to advertise, submit your AMI for inclusion in AWS Developer Resources.

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.

Datacastle offers enterprises the most secure and comprehensive PC data protection solution available – preventing data security risks, gaps in compliance and erosion of brand value. Datacastle uses AWS to host the SaaS version of their PC backup and data protection solution.

JW Media Player
LongTail Videos JW Player is a popular open source website media player that enables publishers to create the ultimate video site with customizable skins, plug-ins, and ways to monetize your video. JW Player can easily distribute your content from Amazon S3 and CloudFront.

Ezasset is a hosted destination site that asset managers or individuals go to on demand to manage their assets/property. Hosted on Amazon S3 and EC2.

AWS On The Road

If you are interested in starting or joining an AWS user group, learn more. Sign up for a private meeting or a formal presentation on the AWS Evangelist Wiki Calendar.

March 6, Hannover, Germany
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels will be giving a keynote presentation at CeBIT, Europe’s largest IT conference. If you are interested in a free ticket or meeting us at the show, contact us at

AWS Start-Up Event San Diego
March 18, San Diego, CA

Cloud Camp Cologne
March 19, Cologne, Germany

March 23-26, Santa Clara, CA
Peter Vosshall Distinguished Engineer at Amazon and Don MacAskill of Smugmug will be giving a keynote presentation at EclipseCon. Receive a 15% discount to the conference by using coupon code “AWS” at registration.

Marketing 2.0 Conference
March 30-31, Paris, France

Web 2.0 Expo
March 31-April 1, 2009, San Francisco, CA
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels will be speaking on April 1 about distributing computing and AWS. Also, join our staff in the AWS booth and get an AWS t-shirt. Receive a free expo pass or $100 off your ticket by entering “websf09ecm1” at registration.

AWS in Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan
Jeff Barr will be traveling to Beijing and Tokyo in April to speak at conferences in both cities. If you would like to arrange a meeting, post your information on his Wiki page. If you cannot use the Wiki, send an email with full details to

Virtual Events

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Amazon FPS Webinars
In these webinars, we will introduce you to Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS). Amazon FPS APIs give you great flexibility in how you monetize your e-commerce, digital goods, online services or social networking applications. Register now:

March 4, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
March 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Cloud for Large Enterprise—Where to Start
Hear Capgemini put cloud computing in context for large enterprises during this live webcast March 12th. You’ll learn key steps for creating a cloud strategy that works with your business and discover ways that cloud computing can lower costs while accelerating development.

March 12, 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST

Managing your European Deployments: RightScale and Amazon EC2 in Europe
Join us for a webinar conversation and live demo with Thorsten von Eicken, RightScale CTO and founder and Martin Buhr, AWS European Business Director. We will discuss the importance of RightScale and Amazon EC2 in Europe and the European adoption of cloud computing. Understand the benefits of using Amazon EC2 in Europe.

March 17, 8:00 AM PST

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