October 2009

Newsletter #54

Dear AWS Community,

This month's newsletter brings exciting announcements about our services and features, such as the new EBS Shared Snapshots, a lower price for Windows instances with Authentication Services, and availability in the EU Region for Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon CloudWatch, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing. Our growing community has been busy producing new AMIs -- developers should check out the AMIs from Aspera, SecureSpan, IBM, and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). Also, we encourage you to sign-up for upcoming events we are hosting or participating in, such as the Cloud for the Enterprise Tour, and online webinars, such as Overview of AWS Security Processes.

  • News & Announcements
    • Introducing Amazon EBS Shared Snapshots
    • New Lower Price for Windows Instances with Authentication Services
    • Amazon Elastic MapReduce Support For Apache Hive and Karmasphere Studio
    • More Services in EU Region
    • Amazon Payments Announces Amazon Mobile Payments Service
    • AWS Solution Provider Training
    • Featured Whitepaper: Extend your IT infrastructure with Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS On The Road
  • Virtual Events

News & Announcements

Introducing Amazon EBS Shared Snapshots
Amazon EBS Shared Snapshots make it easy for you to share this data with your co-workers or others in the AWS community. With this feature, users that you have authorized can quickly use your Amazon EBS shared snapshots as the basis for creating their own Amazon EBS volumes. If you choose, you can also make your data available publicly to all AWS users. You can quickly start sharing your data through the AWS Management Console by visiting the Snapshots section in the Amazon EC2 tab, or by leveraging the API Tools.

New Lower Price for Windows Instances with Authentication Services
The Amazon EC2 team has removed the distinction between Amazon EC2 running Windows and Amazon EC2 running Windows with Authentication Services. With this change, Windows instances have been upgraded to enable the use of Authentication Services, like LDAP and Kerberos, at no additional charge. Also, if you are running any Windows with Authentication Services instances you will now be charged the same price as Windows instances, a savings of 50% on the hourly rate. We will remove the current Windows with Authentication Services AMIs starting on October 15. If you use these AMIs, please re-bundle your own copy by following instructions in our Getting Started Guide.

Amazon Elastic MapReduce Support For Apache Hive and Karmasphere Studio
Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports Apache Hive, an open source data warehouse and analytics package operated by a SQL-based language. Hive goes beyond standard SQL and allows processing of complex and even unstructured data sources such as text documents and log files. To learn more, read the Hive on Elastic MapReduce tutorial. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Amazon Elastic MapReduce is now supported by Karmasphere Studio for Hadoop, a NetBeans-based integrated development environment (IDE) that makes it easy to develop, debug, and deploy job flows directly from your desktop.

More Services in EU Region
We are pleased to announce that you can now deploy your Amazon SimpleDB structured storage within the EU Region. In addition, you can also employ Amazon CloudWatch, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing features for Amazon EC2 in the EU Region. These new features expand the capabilities of the AWS cloud in the EU Region and will enable you to enjoy greater reliability, scalability, and flexibility when building your AWS solutions.

Amazon Payments Announces Amazon Mobile Payments Service
Amazon Payments has announced the availability of the Amazon Mobile Payments Service (Amazon MPS), extending the Amazon Payments experience, including 1-Click confirmation, to mobile devices. If you are a developer, merchant or distributor of mobile applications you now have an easy way to accept payments on your mobile website or application. This makes it easy for tens of millions of Amazon customers to use the existing payment and shipping information in their accounts to make purchases from their mobile devices.

AWS Solution Providers Training
AWS Solution Providers Training is available to qualified members of the AWS Solution Providers Program. This training is intended for technical sales professionals and architects of Systems Integrators and ISVs. In this two-day training session we will take a deep look at all AWS services. To qualify for the program and training, apply via the Solution Providers Program application form.

Featured Whitepaper: Extend your IT infrastructure with Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

This whitepaper by AWS evangelist Steve Riley looks at how you can use Amazon VPC to connect your existing infrastructure to AWS via a virtual private network (VPN) connection. Read the PDF version of the whitepaper.

Developer Resources

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

SecureSpan Gateway AMI
Using the SecureSpan Gateway AMI, application-level policies are enforced on a service and operation level, allowing organizations to implement fine-grained access control, data security and availability policies without code.

Aspera AMI
Aspera On-Demand runs on EC2 instances and can be used to move large volumes of digital content in and out of AWS, at maximum speed, unaffected by transfer distance and network conditions. Data is written to/read from local disk and can be transferred to/from EBS to S3.

IBM WebSphere Application Server AMI
IBM has released the IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0 (32-bit) AMI for use in production applications.

JCVI Cloud Bio-Linux AMI
JCVI Cloud BioLinux AMI enables scientists to quickly provision computation infrastructures supporting bioinformatics using the AWS cloud.

New Relic RPM
RPM is New Relic’s on-demand application performance tool for Ruby and Java applications deployed on Amazon EC2. See inside your apps, diagnose problems, and tune for optimal performance. Amazon EC2 users receive free use of RPM Gold for two weeks.

AWS On The Road

Join AWS and our partners at the following events. In addition to the events listed below, AWS Technical Evangelist Jinesh Varia will be traveling through China, India, and Singapore. See details about his trip in his AWS blog post.

AWS Cloud for the Enterprise Tour
Enterprise technical and business decision makers can attend these half-day events to learn how to deploy enterprise applications on the AWS cloud quickly, securely, and without upfront costs. Hear from AWS executives, including CTO Werner Vogels, and enterprise customers.
October 15, Los Angeles, CA
October 19, New York, NY
November 3, London, England

IBM’s Portal Excellence Conference
October 12-15, San Diego, CA

IBM Cloud Computing Seminar
October 20, Ehningen, Germany
November 26, Hursley, United Kingdom
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.

CSDN Conference
October 22-24, Beijing, China
Attend the three-hour AWS Workshop presented by Jinesh Varia, AWS Technical Evangelist.

IBM’s Portal Excellence Conference
October 26-28, Salzburg, Austria

AWS Cloud Meetup
November 2, Bangalore, India

Business Technology Summit
November 3, Bangalore, India

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS Featuring WebSphere Application Server V7.0
November 4, 9:30am-2:00pm, San Mateo, CA

AWS User Group Seattle
November 5, 2009, 5:30pm, Seattle, WA

Participate in the kick-off meeting of the new AWS User Group in Seattle.

Business Technology Summit
November 6, Mumbai, India

TiE Chennai Executive Meeting
November 9, Chennai, India

AWS Full-day Workshop

November 10, Chennai, India
Register for this full day workshop hosted by Jinesh Varia, AWS Technical Evangelist.

AWS User Group Orange County
November 11, 6:00pm, Newport Beach, CA
Attend the first AWS user group in Orange County, CA hosted by Jim Connolly Director of Software Development, advisys.

Virtual Events

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

IBM Cloud Quickstart: Accelerating your path to cloud computing with WaveMaker and RightScale and built on EC2
October 15, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT
October 20, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT
Learn how the IBM Cloud Quickstart Roadmap can accelerate your cloud development. Based on IBM best practices leveraging WebSphere Application Server and DB2 and best-of-breed components from AWS partners WaveMaker and RightScale, the IBM Cloud Quickstart Roadmap makes it fast and easy for anyone to build scalable cloud applications.

AWS Solution Provider Webinar: Business Intelligence in the Cloud: Scaling Your Data Warehouse Cost-Effectively with Aster Data
October 21, 10:00am – 11:00am PDT
Join this webinar hosted by AWS and Aster Data to learn how you can scale your Data Warehouse cost-efficiently, without impacting performance. Learn how ShareThis, an online content share services company and Aster Data customer, was able to successfully analyze their data in a multi-terabyte system, running in the cloud and achieve huge cost savings and performance improvements.

Overview of AWS Security Processes

October 22, 10:00am – 11:00am PDT
The issues of end-to-end security and end-to-end privacy in cloud computing are more sophisticated than within a single data center not facing the Internet. Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customers systems and data is of the utmost importance to AWS, as is maintaining trust and confidence. In this webinar, you will learn about Amazon Web Services physical and operational security processes, including the physical security of our data centers, network security, and data security on Amazon S3, EC2 and SimpleDB. This presentation will help users better understand how AWS manages your computing resources.

Best Practices for your Mechanical Turk Use Case
October 27, 10:00am – 11:00am PDT
Attend this webinar on Tuesday, October 27 to learn to how to optimize your use of Mechanical Turk for accurate, fast and cost-effective results. Amazon Mechanical Turk helps companies integrate the human judgment of an on-demand workforce directly into business processes. This webinar will demonstrate how to create a qualified workforce within the Mechanical Turk community of Workers, how to break down a complex project (like moderate the user generated content on my web site) into effective HITs and how to devise a scalable review process to ensure accurate results.

AWS Solution Provider Webinar: Disaster Recovery and Storage in the Cloud: A Moonwalk/Stanford University Case Study

October 27, 11:00am 12:00pm PDT
Learn how Moonwalk and Stanford University teamed to develop a disaster recovery and storage solution on AWS saving 80% in traditional IT costs. When it came to providing Amazon Web Services and cloud migration support to Stanford University, one of Moonwalks long time data management customers, the transition took merely six hours. In this webinar, you will hear from Moonwalk and Stanford on how this implementation took place.

Getting started with IBM software on Amazon Web Services featuring WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Online Workshop
October 27, 8:00am – 1:00pm PDT
In this hands-on workshop, developers will learn how to configure Amazon Machine Images with preloaded IBM middleware (WebSphere Application Server V7.0) and how to use Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V7.5 to debug and test your applications running in the Amazon EC2 environment.

Best Practices for Architecting in the Cloud

November 12, 10:00am – 11:00am PDT
Lead engineers and architects are encouraged to attend this one hour webinar and learn best practices for architecting applications in the cloud. Matt Tavis, Solutions Architect for AWS will uncover some key concepts to consider, such as, designing for failure, building loosely coupled systems, leveraging security mechanisms, and leveraging storage options. Matt will review a sample web application architecture in a traditional infrastructure setting and how best to migrate it to the AWS cloud.

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