May 2009

Newsletter #49

Dear AWS Community,

This month’s newsletter includes announcements that may interest educators, academic researchers, students, business leaders, or technical professionals. Read the details below and learn about our new Education Program, how to leverage IBM products on Amazon EC2, and the new Mechanical Turk Resource Center. Also, business and technical professionals can learn how to be successful with AWS by attending an event on the AWS Start-Up Tour.

News & Announcements

AWS Launches Education Program
AWS has launched a set of programs that enable the academic community to easily leverage the benefits of cloud computing for teaching and research. With AWS in Education, educators, academic researchers, and students worldwide can apply to obtain free usage credits to tap into the on-demand infrastructure of Amazon Web Services to teach advanced courses, tackle research endeavors and explore new projects.

Momentum with Amazon SimpleDB
Amazon SimpleDB opened up public beta on 12/1/2008 and has since completed three major releases. SimpleDB remains focused on delivering a highly available and dependable service which is critical for online publisher Issuu who processes as many as 4,000 SimpleDB requests per second, and Glue who supports tens of thousands of users via horizontal domain scale out. To help you get started, watch the new video tutorial using SimpleDB as the data source within Microsoft Visual Studio.

IBM By The Hour
Now you can run popular IBM products and pay by the hour with no need for licenses or long term upfront commitments. If you have an existing IBM license, you may also have the ability to run that license in Amazon EC2 and you simply pay our normal Amazon EC2 hourly prices for On-Demand or Reserved Instances. The hourly AMIs are now available at

Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances Now Available in Europe
Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances are now available in Europe. 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.

Amazon Mechanical Turks New Resource Center
Amazon Mechanical Turk is pleased to announce a new Resource Center to describe how your business can benefit from Amazon Mechanical Turks on-demand, scalable workforce. The new Resource Center includes a Best Practices Guide to help you optimize your approach, sample use cases, and customer interviews demonstrating how businesses are using Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Developer Resources

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

Introduction to AWS for PHP Developers
Clay Loveless uses PHP to access Amazon Web Services and provides code samples for performing basic AWS actions using PHP 5.

Using Adobe Flex and AIR to Store Data in Amazon S3
Dan Orlando walks through a sample photo gallery application using Adobe Flex to demonstrate how to store data in Amazon S3.

Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Python, and Hadoop Streaming
Data Wrangling blogger Peter Skomoroch gives an introduction to Amazon Elastic MapReduce.

Featured Solutions

Check out what your peers have built with AWS. If you have a web application built on top of AWS or a tool that helps others integrate with AWS, submit your entry to the Solutions Catalog.

Retail Zip offers an easy turn-key system to sell digital data through an all-inclusive 1KB zip file. Accept direct payments for data extractions and split payments with partners at the point-of-sale with unlimited distribution bandwidth.

uPlaya Music Universe
The uPlaya Music Universe and Hit Song Science artificial intelligence system can analyze all music globally and predict the potential for commercial success for each song while providing viral exposure contextually across all social networks for music from the community of 12+ million artists online.

Ixion is an IBM Premier Partner delivering custom services for customers to use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud services with IBM products and technologies.

AWS On The Road

Join AWS at one of the following events.

Interop Enterprise Cloud Summit
May 18-19, Las Vegas, NV
Werner Vogels, CTO, and Jinesh Varia, Technical Evangelist, AWS will be presenting. Come hear these presentations and visit the AWS booth.

AWS Start-Up Tour
May 27, Washington, DC
May 28, New York City, NY
June 4, Seattle, WA
June 9, Silicon Valley, CA
June 11, Los Angeles, CA
Business and technical decision makers can attend this half day seminar and learn how to integrate Amazon Web Services into your business

Virtual Events

Stay up-to-date on upcoming Amazon Web Services’ webinars and find recordings for past events by bookmarking this page on the AWS website:

May 7th Webinar: Introduction to Amazon EC2 Running IBM
Get a technical overview of IBM products now available for the first time on a pay-as-you-go basis, including IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere sMash, and more. Learn how SugarCRM uses WebSphere sMash to make it easy for developers to use Amazon EC2 to deploy CRM, and consult IBM experts about the latest IBM and AWS cloud offerings via live online chat.
May 7, 2009 9:00AM – 10:00AM PDT

Amazon Simple Pay Subscriptions Webinar
In this webinar, we will introduce you to Amazon Simple Pay Subscriptions. With Amazon Simple Pay subscriptions, you can now add recurring payments feature on your website quickly and easily. If you offer digital content subscriptions, collect membership dues on a periodic basis, or provide premium services on your website this webinar is for you.
May 14, 2009 11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT

Virtual Developer Day Hosted by Oracle and AWS
Join Oracle and AWS on May 27th for a free webcast and virtual training on Java and Rich Enterprise Applications (REAs). Featuring live keynotes, on-demand “how-to” sessions, and access to a pre-configured Oracle hands-on lab environment on Amazon EC2, including the latest tech training on Eclipse, Java caching, Java app servers, and more.
May 27, 2009 8:00AM – 5:00PM PDT

Getting Started with Amazon Elastic MapReduce
Attend this May 28th webinar for an in-depth presentation on Amazon Elastic MapReduce—the new hosted Hadoop framework running on Amazon EC2 Amazon S3. This latest web service from AWS makes it possible for businesses to provision as much or as little capacity as needed to perform data-intensive tasks for distributed applications.
May 28, 2009 9:00AM – 10:00AM PDT

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