September 2009

Newsletter #53

Dear AWS Community,

This month we are excited to highlight several new services and features that can help companies migrate to the AWS cloud and utilize their existing infrastructure management practices: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Multi-Factor Authentification, and Access Credential Rotation. We are also excited to announce the new AWS Solution Providers Program for Independent Software Vendors and Systems Integrators that are building services and solutions on top of AWS. Be sure to check out upcoming events and webinars, including new AWS User Group meetings in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, Berlin, and Chicago, and our Solution Providers Webinar Series.

  • News & Announcements
    • Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
    • Announcing the AWS Solution Providers Program
    • AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (AWS MFA)
    • Seamlessly Rotate Your Access Credentials
    • AWS Import/Export Enters Unlimited Beta, Adds Export for Amazon S3
    • AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon CloudWatch
    • New Lower Prices for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances
    • AWS Start-Up Challenge Deadline Extended to September 25, 2009
  • Developer Resources
  • Featured Solutions
  • AWS On The Road
  • Virtual Events

News & Announcements

Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) enables your business to connect your existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and to extend your existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include your AWS resources. Today, Amazon VPC integrates with Amazon EC2 compute resources, and we plan to integrate with other AWS services in the future. You can now apply for access to the limited beta on the Amazon VPC product page.

Announcing the AWS Solution Providers Program
The AWS Solution Providers Program serves a growing community of Independent Software Vendors and Systems Integrators that offer a rich set of solutions and consulting services on AWS. Benefits to program members include listing in the AWS Solution Providers Directory and use of the exclusive AWS Solution Provider logo. For more information and to apply, visit the AWS Solution Providers Program page.

AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (AWS MFA)
AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (AWS MFA) is now available and offers an additional layer of security and enhanced control over your AWS account settings. It is an opt-in account feature that requires a valid six-digit, single-use code from an authentication device in your physical possession, in addition to your standard AWS account credentials, before access is granted to your AWS account settings. To learn more about and to begin using this important security feature, visit

Seamlessly Rotate Your Access Credentials
We have now made it much easier for you to rotate your access credentials (AWS Access Key ID or X.509 Certificate), enabling you to further secure your assets in the AWS cloud. You can now request a new access credential while keeping your existing one active, without any incurring any downtime to your applications. Learn more by visiting the Security Credentials page (login required).

AWS Import/Export Enters Unlimited Beta, Adds Export for Amazon S3

AWS Import/Export has entered unlimited beta and now supports export from Amazon S3. AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport. For significant data sets, AWS Import/Export is often faster than Internet transfer and more cost effective than upgrading your connectivity. You can use AWS Import/Export for migrating data into the cloud, sending backups to AWS, and restoring data locally.

AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon CloudWatch
We’re excited to announce that the AWS Management Console has added support for Amazon CloudWatch, a web service that provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources starting with Amazon EC2. Now you can use a simple, point-and-click web interface to enable monitoring for your Amazon EC2 instances and view real-time operational metrics for Amazon EC2. Access to the AWS Management Console is provided free of charge.

New Lower Prices for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances
We have recently lowered the one-time fee for all Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances by 30%. We continuously strive to be more efficient, and to pass cost savings on to you in the form of lower prices. With Linux Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances, you could reduce the cost of your instance usage by up to 56% compared to an On-Demand Instance. We hope that you take advantage of the price savings of Reserved Instances today!

AWS Start-Up Challenge Deadline Extended to September 25, 2009
We want to remind start-up leaders in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Israel to enter their business ideas or existing start-ups for a chance to win $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits. The deadline to enter has been extended to September 25. To learn more and enter the competition, visit the AWS Start-Up Challenge home page.

Developer Resources

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

Saving iPhone Data on Amazon S3
Even the largest-capacity Apple iPhone can quickly run out of storage. In this article, Martin Streicher, former Editor-in-Chief of Linux Magazine, provides some proof-of-concept sample code demonstrating how a developer can use Amazon S3 to store and retrieve data via an iPhone.

Amazon VPC Libraries
Create your own Virtual Private Cloud on Amazon EC2 using one of the available libraries: Java, C#, VB.Net, Perl, PHP.

AMIs from Sybase
Sybase has recently announced the availability of Sybase® SQL Anywhere®, Sybase IQ, and Sybase Adaptive Server® Enterprise for Amazon EC2. Find these AMIs on the Sybase website.

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.

NorthScale’s Memcached AMI
NorthScale has produced a set of free memcached AMIs for all to use, including the latest open source release of memcached v.1.4.1.

Moonwalk automates and intelligently manages the migration of unstructured data from file servers to additional tiers within your enterprise storage infrastructure and Amazon S3.

Boomi Connector SDK & Widgets

Connect your application to the Boomi AtomSphere and get instant connectivity to everything else in our network. Use the Boomi Connector SDK to setup your own multitenant integration cloud in your Amazon EC2/S3 environment.

AWS On The Road

Join AWS and our partners at the following events.

IBM Cloud Computing Seminar

September 24, 9:00am-5:00pm, Waltham, MA
October 20, 9:30am-5:30pm, Stuttgart, Germany
Attend these free events and learn from experts at IBM how to use Amazon EC2 pre-loaded with IBM middleware (WebSphere sMash and DB2) to adopt a SaaS model.

Sibos Conference
September 13-20, Hong Kong
AWS Senior Evangelist Jeff Barr will be in Hong Kong for the Sibos Conference and has some free time on his calendar for meetings with developers and entrepreneurs; please email if you would like to schedule a meeting.

Demystifying the Cloud

September 16, 8:00am – 1:30pm, Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by American Data Company, this executive symposium brings together leading information technology executives to discuss business opportunities through enterprise cloud computing. Mike Culver and Greg Janecek from AWS will be presenting.

AWS User Group – Israel
September 21, Tel Aviv, Israel
Attend the first AWS User Group meeting in Israel hosted by Martin Buhr, European Business Director, AWS.

AWS User Group – Buenos Aires
September 23, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Attend the first AWS User Group meeting in Buenos Aires hosted by Matías Bagini.

IBM Seminar: Introduction to SaaS, Multi-Tenancy, and Cloud Computing
September 23, 9:00am – 12:30pm, Waltham, MA

Get Your Head in the Cloud Conference
September 24-25, Des Moines, IA
AWS Senior Evangelist Jeff Barr will be presenting at this conference and has open time for meetings, email if you would like to meet.

AWS User Group – Berlin

September 28, Berlin, Germany
Attend the first AWS User Group meeting in Berlin hosted by Martin Buhr, European Business Director, AWS.

AWS User Group – Chicago
September 29, 2009 8:00 AM, Chicago, IL
Attend the first AWS User Group meeting in Chicago.

AWS Cloud for the Enterprise Tour
October 15, 1:30pm – 5:00pm, Los Angeles, CA
October 19, 1:30pm – 5:00pm, New York, NY

Enterprise technical and business decision makers are invited to attend these half-day events, featuring CTO Dr. Werner Vogels, to learn how AWS on-demand resources can help you deploy applications in the cloud quickly, securely, and with no upfront costs.

Virtual Events

Find upcoming webinars and previously recorded events on the AWS Webinar page.

Amazon Web Services, Corent, and IBM: Fast Tracking ISV Transformation to SaaS
September 10, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT
In this webinar, learn how Corent’s software, together with AWS and IBM, can help you build, run and manage your cloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications quickly and with low cost of ownership.

Monetize Your Innovation With Amazon Payments
September 15, 11:30am – 12:30pm PDT
In this webinar we will introduce you to the extensive feature set and functionality offered by Amazon Payments solutions to power your online business – Amazon Flexible Payments Service and Amazon Simple Pay. Join us to learn how you can make it easy for millions of Amazon customers to pay you on your ecommerce, digital goods, online services or social networking website or application.

Amazon SimpleDB Developer Webinar – Migrating from MySQL
September 22, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT
Join the Amazon SimpleDB team for the latest in our ongoing Developer Brown Bag webinar series. The event will feature developer Eric Lee, who will present a step-by-step tutorial on migrating a MySQL-based application to SimpleDB. The second half of the hour will focus on live Q&A. To allow for a more thorough response to detailed questions, attendees are encouraged to pre-submit these inquiries to

IBM Seminar: Getting Started with IBM software on Amazon Web Services featuring WebSphere Application Server V7.0
September 24, 7:00am – 12:00pm PDT
Attend this hands-on virtual workshop to learn how to configure Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) with preloaded IBM WebSphere Application Server V7.0. You will also learn how to debug and test your applications that use IBM software running in the Amazon EC2 environment.

Cloud Security Summit
September 30, 1:00pm – 1:45pm PDT
Register for this online event and hear AWS’s Jinesh Varia discuss cloud security processes and practices.

Cloud Computing for Developers Hosted by IBM and AWS
October 1, 7:00am – 3:00pm PDT
Sign up for this free virtual event on cloud computing for developers and ISVs who are looking to jump start their skills on building Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. With a live keynote, online chats, and hands-on labs, you will discover how a combination of IBM software running on Amazon Web Services allows you to design and distribute innovative applications in the cloud.

AWS Solution Providers Webinar Series

SOASTA, Cast Iron, and RightScale kick off the AWS Solution Providers Webinar Series this month. In these live webinars, official AWS Solution Providers will feature case studies of their customer’s migration to AWS’s cloud computing services. Register for a webinar today:

Optimizing Performance in the Cloud
September 22, 10:00am – 11:00am PDT
Cloud computing platforms are changing how we build, test and deploy web applications. In this webinar, SOASTA will share best practices for performance testing in the cloud on AWS and feature two of its customers actively using the services.

Rapidly Integrate AWS with the Rest of your Enterprise

September 24, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT
Learn how to harness the full power of Amazon Web Services through rapid data migration and real-time synchronization with hundreds of on-premise applications. AWS and Cast Iron Systems will demonstrate how to quickly on-ramp enterprise data from a myriad of existing systems to Amazon EC2 and also how to keep these systems synchronized as data changes in any of the connected applications.

Manage More with Less: Use RightScale’s Powerful Cloud Management Platform and AWS
September 30, 10:00am – 11:00am PDT
This webinar will include an overview of RightScale’s best practices methodology to manage AWS cloud deployments using an automated and repeatable framework. You will also learn from customer use cases including pharmaceutical, insurance, and Web 2.0 companies that use RightScale for scalable websites and grid applications.

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