April 2009

Newsletter #48

Dear AWS Community,

Today, we are pleased to announce several new features for Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), including support in the EU region. We also want to inform you of several new features and services we have released over the last month, including the new Elastic MapReduce service, a new pricing option for Amazon EC2, a pricing promotion for Amazon S3, and a whitepaper describing how to use AWS to meet HIPAA regulations.

Released Today: Amazon SQS New Features

Today, we’ve augmented Amazon SQS with new functionality and made Amazon SQS available in the EU region.

Amazon SQS now includes shared queue access which, among other things, will give you the ability to grant access to your queue to anonymous users and enable you to integrate non-AWS applications with AWS applications. In addition, we’ve added the ability to change the timeout of a received message, which will allow you to accommodate applications that require longer processing time for items in your queues. These new features are available with Amazon SQS WSDL 2009-02-01, which is fully backwards compatible with WSDL 2008-01-01. If you’d like to take advantage of these new features please review our Technical Documentation, which gives detailed information about the new APIs.

Also, Amazon SQS is now available in the EU region, which means that resources for Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon SQS can now be accessed locally in the EU. Developers now have a local EU end-point that supports all of the Amazon SQS functionality at the same pricing as in the US region.

Lastly, we’d like to provide an update on the WSDL versions 2006-04-01 and 2007-05-01 “end-of-life” schedule. As previously communicated, on May 6, 2009 Amazon SQS will no longer accept new users for these deprecated WSDL versions. Existing users will have until November 6, 2009 to complete their migration to Amazon SQS WSDL version 2009-02-01 or 2008-01-01, after which the old WSDL versions will no longer be available. We’ve provided some migration resources that will assist you in moving to the new WSDL.

News & Announcements

Announcing Amazon Elastic MapReduce
AWS has announced the beta launch of Amazon Elastic MapReduce a web service to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data. Amazon Elastic MapReduce utilizes a hosted Hadoop framework running on the web-scale infrastructure of Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3 and can be used for web indexing, data mining, log file analysis, machine learning, financial analysis, scientific simulation, and bioinformatics research.

Amazon EC2 Introduces Reserved Instances
The Amazon EC2 team has introduced Reserved Instances, an additional pricing option for Amazon EC2. Reserved Instances give you the option to make a low, one-time payment for each instance you want to reserve and in turn receive a significant discount on the hourly usage charge for that instance. Read about the cost savings of Reserved Instances.

Celebrating Amazon S3 Anniversary with 3 Months of Data Transfer-In for 3 Cents/GB
Three years ago, AWS launched Amazon S3 as “storage for the internet.” Today, the service has grown to store over 52 billion objects and serve over 1 trillion requests per year from customers in over 90 countries. To celebrate its anniversary, we’ll be offering data transfer in to Amazon S3 for only $0.03 per GB (vs. the standard $0.10) for the next 3 months, April through June. Start uploading at

AWS Toolkit for Eclipse
The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse is a plug-in for the Eclipse Java IDE that makes it easier for developers to develop, deploy, and debug Java applications using Amazon Web Services. The initial launch of the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse provides basic management features along with tools for deploying and debugging Java web applications on Amazon EC2.

Write Your SimpleDB Data Faster With Batch Put
Amazon SimpleDB has released a new batch put API which allows developers to perform multiple PutAttribute operations in a single call. The BatchPutAttributes operation offers developers the ability to optimize the number of requests submitted to SimpleDB while increasing overall throughput.

Systems Integrator Training
AWS now offers technical training for qualified systems integrators building solutions and practices on our cloud computing services. Trainings are conducted on a recurring monthly basis at several locations in the U.S. and Europe. To apply, please send an email to

Whitepaper: Creating HIPAA-Compliant Medical Data Applications with AWS
U.S. companies that are handling healthcare information, specifically personally identifiable information, are subject to the security and privacy regulations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This whitepaper will help companies building applications in the AWS cloud meet HIPAA standards. Also, read how several customers have used AWS to build applications and manage HIPAA compliance: DiskAgent, TC3 Health and MedCommons.

Featured Case Study: Unfuddle
Unfuddle, a project management solution for software development, is now using Amazon EC2 and S3 for virtually 100% of its infrastructure, including web and database servers. Unfuddle makes extensive use of EBS volumes and snapshots which has completely transformed their backup process. Read the full story.

Developer Resources

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

Analyzing Amazon S3 Logs with AWStats
Learn how to use the popular, free log analyzer package AWStats to provide reports on the Amazon S3 server access log files.

Introduction to Amazon Elastic MapReduce
Read this detailed, step-by-step guide to Amazon Elastic MapReduce.

Managing Assets on Amazon CloudFront
Martin Streicher provides a practical example of how to use Amazon CloudFront and Amazon S3 to manage files for a sample Rails application.

Featured Solutions

Check out what your peers have built with AWS. These solutions include tools and services that will help you run applications on AWS.

aiCache Web Application Acceleration provides caching, load balancing, health monitor, scaling to remove 99% of the requests from your application, web and database servers without changing your architecture.

Apptio, a leading provider of on demand IT Cost Optimization software, is now offering Cloud Migration Cost Analysis to help companies analyze and monitor the cost savings and ROI from cloud computing through Amazon Web Services.

Compiere ERP Cloud Edition
Compiere ERP Cloud Edition is a comprehensive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) business solution for organizations of all sizes to run their operations on Amazon EC2 platform.

FastScale Stack Manager Workstation Edition provides a complete infrastructure for system administrators, developers and software appliance builders to easily create, configure and manage lightweight CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or 5 based server software stacks in EC2.

AWS On The Road

Join AWS at one of the following events. If you’d like our evangelists to come speak to your group, feel free to make a request on the AWS Evangelist Wiki Calendar.

MIT Enterprise Forum – Innovation Series
April 15, Cambridge, MA

Under the Radar, Cloud Computing
April 24, Mountain View, CA
AWS customers can receive $100 off registration, by registering through this VIP link.

Bio-IT World Conference & Expo
April 27-29, Boston, MA

AWS Start-Up Event
April 28, London, UK
We invite you to join us for this half day event to learn how to be successful on AWS.

AWS User Group – London
April 30, London, UK

Virtual Events

Sign-up for these virtual events with content by AWS, our partners, and our customers.

Amazon FPS Webinar
In this webinar, 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.
April 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Cloud for Large Enterprise—Where to Start
Hear Capgemini put cloud computing in context for large enterprises during this live webinar now taking place on April 16. 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.
April 16, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Cloud Slam ‘09 – Cloud Computing Virtual Conference
The Cloud Slam Conference is a virtual cloud computing event, covering the latest trends and innovations in the world of cloud computing. Sign up to attend the conference keynotes, panels, workshops, and tutorials running April 20-24, with several sessions on AWS.
Werner Vogels Keynote, April 22, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PDT
Jinesh Varia Presentation, April 23, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

IBM Pay-As-You-Go Pricing for Amazon EC2
Attend this April 22 webinar presented by IBM Director of Strategy & Emerging Business Dave Mitchell, who will review this new pricing model and explore the advantages of running IBM middleware on Amazon EC2.
April 22, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Amazon SimpleDB Developer Webinar
The next Amazon SimpleDB Developer Brown Bag Webinar will take place on April 22, 9am PDT. Developers will hear about recently released features, a step-by-step tutorial from evangelist Mike Culver, and engage in live Q&A with the SimpleDB team.
April 22, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Introduction to Amazon Web Services for IT Professionals
Attend this April 23 webinar for a live demonstration of how to get started using Amazon Web Services. AWS technical evangelist Mike Culver will present an IT-oriented overview of all AWS products, followed by an in-depth discussion on using Amazon S3 for cloud storage and Amazon EC2 for cloud computing.
April 23, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

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