January 2010 - Announcing Amazon CloudFront Streaming and Amazon EC2 Spot Instances

Newsletter #57

Dear AWS Community,

We are excited to ring in 2010 and are looking forward to a great year. This month's newsletter highlights several new announcements, including Amazon CloudFront Streaming and Amazon EC2 Spot Instances. Also check out the latest AWS Developer Resources, including the "Architecting for the Cloud: Best Practices" whitepaper.

  • News & Announcements
    • Amazon CloudFront Streaming Now Available
    • Announcing Amazon EC2 Spot Instances
    • AWS Management Console Adds Support for Elastic Load Balancing
    • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Enters Unlimited Beta
    • Job Opportunities at Amazon Web Services
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS On The Road

News & Announcements

Amazon CloudFront Streaming Now Available
Amazon CloudFront now supports the ability to stream audio and video files. This new feature is designed to make streaming exceptionally easy and accessible for anyone with media content. With only a few clicks on the AWS Management Console or a simple API call, you’ll be able to stream your content using a world-wide network of edge locations running Adobes Flash® Media Server. Plus, there are no additional charges for streaming with Amazon CloudFront, you simply pay normal rates for the data that you transfer using the service. Visit the Amazon CloudFront page to learn more.

Announcing Amazon EC2 Spot Instances
We are excited to announce Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, a new way to purchase and consume Amazon EC2 Instances. Spot Instances allow customers to bid on unused Amazon EC2 capacity and run those instances for as long as their bid exceeds the current Spot Price. If you have flexibility in when your applications can run, Spot Instances can significantly lower your Amazon EC2 costs. To learn more, please visit the Amazon EC2 Spot Instances page.

AWS Management Console Adds Support for Elastic Load Balancing
AWS has added support for Elastic Load Balancing to the AWS Management Console. Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances. Now you can use a simple, point-and-click web interface to create and configure load balancers for your Amazon EC2 applications. Access to the AWS Management Console is provided free of charge at

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Enters Unlimited Beta

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) is out of limited beta and available for all current and future Amazon EC2 customers. Amazon VPC enables you 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. To get started with the service, please visit the Amazon VPC page.

Job Opportunities at Amazon Web Services
If you like to work hard, have fun, and make history, AWS may be a good fit for you. AWS is an exciting, growing business unit within and we have a number of technical and non-technical job openings. View the current AWS job openings located in the United States, Europe and Singapore.

Developer Resources

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

Whitepaper: Architecting for the Cloud: Best Practices (PDF)
This whitepaper by AWS Evangelist Jinesh Varia uses old and new concepts and best practices to help architects understand the design considerations necessary for building highly scalable cloud-based applications.

Informix Dynamix Server (IDS) on Amazon EC2 Lab
This lab, by IBM, will help you get started with Amazon EC2 running IBM IDS v11.50 by providing step-by-step instructions. Find more AWS/IBM resources like this one in the new IBM Cloud Computing Resource Center.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64-bit AMI
This new Windows AMI can be used as a starting point for your 64-bit Windows 2008 Servers. The image contains Microsoft Windows 2008 Datacenter R1 SP2 64-bit on an AMI backed by Amazon EBS.

AWS On The Road

Join AWS, our customers, and partners at the following events.

Amazon Mechanical Turk/ Crowdsourcing Meetup
January 20, San Francisco, CA

IBM and AWS Training
January 25-26, Toronto, Canada

AWS User Group Meeting – Seattle
February 2, Seattle, WA

Developer Summit 2010
February 19, Tokyo, Japan

AWS Developer Bootcamp
March 24, London, UK

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