Dear AWS Community,
As the year comes to a close, we want to extend our sincere thanks to all of you who have helped build a vibrant, growing community around Amazon Web Services. It has been an exciting year with new services, features, tools, and partners and we are glad that you have shared this journey with us. To take a look back on all the announcements we made in 2009, visit our announcement archive. Also, for a historic look at AWS, read Jeff Barr’s recent blog post, The First Five Years of AWS.
But the best is not behind us, we will continue to work hard to provide you with the services and features that you need to be successful. This month’s newsletter highlights three new announcements that we made today, as well as a recap of other noteworthy announcements from last month. Enjoy!
Amazon EC2 Now Offers Windows Server 2008
Starting today, Amazon EC2 now offers Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server® Standard 2008 instances in all Amazon EC2 Regions. This new announcement extends Amazon EC2’s existing Microsoft-based offerings that include Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 instances. Like all services offered by AWS, Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL Server offers a low-cost, pay-as-you-go model with no long-term commitments and no minimum fees. Please visit the Amazon EC2 service page for more information on using Amazon EC2 running Windows.
AWS Import/Export Introduces Support for Amazon S3 EU (Ireland) Region, International Shipments to the US
AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport. AWS Import/Export now supports importing and exporting data into and out of Amazon S3 buckets in the EU (Ireland) Region. Additionally, you can now ship storage devices from most international locations for data loads to and from US Standard Region buckets. Please refer to the AWS Import/Export service page for more information.
AWS Start-Up Challenge Winner is Announced
Last night in Sunnyvale, CA, we announced the winner of the 2009 AWS Start-Up Challenge: Good Data. Good Data was chosen from seven finalists who presented their business plans at an exciting final event and has earned $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS service credits. In addition, Bizo won the runner-up prize of $25,000 in AWS service credits and FlightCaster won the Amazon Payments award. Watch the finalist videos and learn about their start-ups and their uses of AWS.
AWS Pricing Changes and Free Data Transfer Promotion
It is our goal to continually make our services even more cost-effective for our customers and we are excited to announce several new pricing changes effective December 1, 2009:
For more information on these pricing reductions, please read the full announcement.
New AWS Economics Center
AWS has released the AWS Economics Center, a central repository of information, tools, and resources to help decision makers quantify the economic value of cloud computing. With AWSs cloud computing platform, companies of all sizes can provision IT resources on demand, with no upfront expense or long-term commitment, and pay only for the resources actually used. This new resource center provides tools, such as the Amazon EC2 Cost Comparison Calculator, which you can customize to compare the costs of Amazon Web Services with traditional IT infrastructure alternatives. To learn more about the economic benefits of AWS and to access these resources, go to aws.amazon.com/economics.
AWS Launches the Northern California Region
You can now choose to locate your AWS resources in our new Northern California Region which can reduce your data access latencies if you have customers or existing data centers in the Northern California area. This new Region is available for Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon SQS, and Amazon Elastic MapReduce. For Northern California Region pricing, view the service pages at aws.amazon.com/products.
Amazon EC2 Instances Now Can Boot from Amazon Elastic Block Store
Amazon EC2 has released the ability to boot instances directly from Amazon EBS snapshots, providing significantly increased flexibility in how customers can manage their instances. Now you have the option to save AMIs, up to 1TB in size, as AmazonEBS snapshots and boot directly from an Amazon EBS volume. Instances booted from Amazon EBS volumes can be stopped and later restarted, preserving any of the state that is saved to your volume and allowing you to modify some properties of your instances while it is stopped. Additionally, you can now stop instances to reduce your Amazon EC2 costs and only incur charges for your running Amazon EBS volumes. For more details, please see the Boot from Amazon EBS Feature Guide (PDF).
AWS in Education Research Grants Announces New Recipients
We are pleased to announce the latest recipients of AWS in Education Research Grants. Visit the AWS in Education Research Grants page for a full list of recipients and see the exciting research being performed on AWS. Current projects include gene fusion discovery in cancer transcriptomes, decision analysis for managing flood risk in coastal cities, and new techniques in malware analysis.
Amazon PayPhrase Available as a Checkout Option Through Checkout by Amazon
Amazon PayPhrase allows customers to use the shipping addresses and payment methods stored in their Amazon.com accounts to shop across the web without having to re-enter information, using an easy-to-remember phrase and a four-digit pin. Checkout by Amazon automatically supports Amazon PayPhrase. If you are a developer providing solutions for e-commerce merchants, learn more about implementing Checkout by Amazon and Amazon PayPhrase at payments.amazon.com.
Solutions Provider Announcement: Symantec Offers Security and Enterprise-Class Storage on Amazon EC2
AWS customers can now use Symantec Endpoint Protection for added protection of their Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows Server® and Symantec’s Veritas Storage Foundation Basic to effectively manage their storage in AWS. Learn more.
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 App Catalog.
Distributed Web Application Firewall (dWAF)
Art of Defences distributed web application firewall (dWAF) SaaS offering on Amazon EC2 has a tiny footprint in the customer’s AMI and taps into art of defence resources for web application security policy checks.
Decaf is an Android app that lets you maintain your Amazon EC2 infrastructure on your phone or netbook, anytime, anywhere.
Gear6 Web Cache Server
Gear6 Web Cache Server is a 100% Memcached-complaint server on Amazon EC2 with advanced features designed to maximize the performance and value of Memcached web caching in cloud environments.
Join AWS, our customers, and partners at the following events.
Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group
December 11, Mountain View, CA
December 14, New York, NY
AWS User Group Chicago, “AWS in the Enterprise”
January 5, 2010, Chicago, IL
AWSome Atlanta, “Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing”
January 12, 2010, Atlanta, GA
Find upcoming webinars and previously recorded events on the AWS Webinar page.
IBM Tivoli Monitoring on Amazon EC2 webcast
December 15, 8:00 – 9:00am PST
Register for this event and find out how the IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.2.1 Amazon Machine Image can give you visibility into EC2 resources, gather in-depth monitoring data, generate events and view reports on the health and performance of Amazon EC2 resources.