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February 2010 - Consolidated Billing for AWS Accounts

Newsletter #57

Dear AWS Community,

In this installment of the AWS customer newsletter, check out the newly launched Consolidated Billing feature, the Versioning feature for Amazon S3, and the recent announcement on lower pricing for outbound data transfer. We are also excited to share with you several announcements from the AWS Solution Provider community and we hope you will register for one of the virtual events or stop by and see us at an upcoming conference, such as CeBIT.

News & Announcements

Announcing Consolidated Billing for AWS Accounts
We’re excited to announce Consolidated Billing, a new billing option that enables you to consolidate payment for multiple AWS accounts within your company by designating a single paying account. Consolidated Billing enables you to see a combined view of AWS costs incurred by all accounts or a detailed cost report for each individual AWS account associated with your paying account. Consolidated Billing may also lower your overall costs since the rolled up usage across all of your accounts could help you reach lower-priced volume tiers more quickly. To learn more about Consolidated Billing, read the full announcement or read the Consolidated Billing Guide.

Versioning Support for Amazon S3 Now Available Across all Regions
We are pleased to announce Versioning for beta use across all of our Amazon S3 Regions. Versioning allows you to preserve, retrieve, and restore every version of every object in an Amazon S3 bucket. Once you enable Versioning for a bucket, Amazon S3 preserves existing objects anytime you perform a PUT, POST, COPY, or DELETE operation on them. Versioning offers an additional level of protection by providing a means of recovery in the event that you accidentally overwrite or delete objects. This allows you to easily recover from unintended user actions and application failures. You can also use Versioning for data retention and archiving. For more information, please see the Amazon S3 FAQs and Developer Guide or register for the Introduction to Versioning webinar.

AWS Announces Lower Pricing for Outbound Data Transfer
As you know, we are constantly working to drive our costs down and become more operationally efficient. We then pass on those cost savings to our customers in the form of lower prices. Effective February 1, 2010, we have lowered AWS pricing for outbound data transfer by $0.02 across all of our services, in all usage tiers, and in all Regions. For more information, consult the pricing section for any of the AWS infrastructure services.

Amazon Elastic MapReduce Now Supports Job Flow Debugging via the AWS Management Console
We’ve added support for debugging Amazon Elastic Map Reduce job flows within the AWS Management Console – making Amazon Elastic MapReduce even easier to use for developing large data processing and analytics applications. This capability allows you to track progress and identify issues in steps, jobs, tasks, or task attempts of your job flows. The job flow logs are saved in Amazon S3 and the state of tasks and task attempts is saved in Amazon SimpleDB so you can analyze job flows even after they’ve completed. This functionality is accessible through the AWS Management Console at https://console.aws.amazon.com.

Developer Resources

Here are a few new developer resources to help you get started on AWS.

Deploy IBM DB2 Database Applications on Amazon EC2
Use this in-depth tutorial to learn how you can deploy your database applications and projects using IBM DB2 data server and Amazon EC2.

Deploy ASP.NET Applications on Amazon EC2
In an update to this tutorial, Brian Desmond, Microsoft MVP, demonstrates how to use the AWS Management Console to install and configure an ASP.NET application.

AWS Solution Providers

Check out the latest announcements from the AWS Solution Provider community.

CommVault’s Simpana Software Introduces Seamless Support for Amazon S3
CommVault introduces support to seamlessly and securely manage your data online, offline, and in Amazon S3. Using CommVault’s Simpana software, you can report on, backup, archive, and do eDiscovery across both on-premise and cloud-based storage on Amazon S3, all through one management GUI and software platform. To learn more, please visit http://www.commvault.com.

Informatica Announces Data Archive Cloud Store Option for Amazon S3
Informatica Data Archive Cloud Store Option offers a high performance, scalable, and secure cloud-based storage alternative for preserving and accessing archived data, at a significantly lower cost. Used for reporting, regulatory compliance, and legacy application retirement purposes, data can be retired and yet remain easily accessible. Learn more at http://www.informatica.com.

Nimsoft Launches Monitoring and Performance Service for AWS

Nimsoft has launched its latest AWS probe to monitor Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon S3 performance. As part of its strategy to unify the monitoring of datacenter and public cloud infrastructure, Nimsoft provides a Unified Monitoring Portal that integrates across all computing platforms. To evaluate, please visit http://www.unifiedmonitoring.com.

Featured Case Study: VMLogix and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
AWS Solution Provider, VMLogix has teamed up with Rochester Institute of Technology to offer scalable university virtual lab environments on AWS resulting in significant time and costs savings. Read the full case study. VMLogix virtual machine management solutions are now available to education institutions, like RIT, at no cost. Take advantage of this free offer by visiting http://www.vmlogix.com/amazonforeducation.

AWS On The Road

We hope you can join AWS, our customers, and partners at the following events.

ESRI Federal User Conference
February 17-19, Washington, DC
Look for the AWS booth (#240) February 18 during exhibit hours.

Aster Big Data Summit Event
February 18, San Francisco, CA
AWS is proud to sponsor the Aster Big Data Summit 2010. AWS customer Mobclix will be presenting.

Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques (ACAT 2010)

February 26, Jaipur, India
Deepak Singh from AWS will deliver a keynote about Scientific Computing with Amazon Web Services.

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS, featuring WebSphere Application Server V7.0
February 26, 10:00am-1:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS, featuring WebSphere sMash and DB2
February 26, 9:00am-3:00pm, San Mateo, CA

CeBIT
March 2-6, Hannover, Germany
Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels will deliver the opening keynote on March 2. Stop by our booth in the Main Exhibit (Hall 2, B26), visit with AWS staff and featured AWS Solution Providers, and watch presentations on topics like cloud security and architecting in the cloud. Visit our booth in the Webciety Exhibit (Hall 6, H16). Learn more about AWS at CeBIT.

Amazon Mechanical Turk Meet-Up
March 2, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Los Angeles, CA

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS, featuring WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus Web Content Management Standard Edition
March 2, 9:00am-5:00pm, Chicago, IL

AWS User Group – Naples
March 3, Naples, Italy

Game Developers Conference (GDC)
March 9-13, San Francisco, CA
Check out the AWS/RightScale table at the Social & Online Games Summit, March 9-10.

AWS User Group – Berlin
March 25, Berlin, Germany

Virtual Events

Register for an upcoming webinar and find previously recorded events on the AWS Webinar page.

Introduction to Versioning Support for Amazon S3
Register for this webinar and learn about the new Versioning feature for Amazon S3. Versioning allows you to preserve, retrieve, and restore every version of every object in an Amazon S3 bucket. In this webinar, the Amazon S3 team will explain more about the functionality of this feature and how you can use it for data retention, recovery, and archiving.
Register: February 16, 10:00am PST

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS Featuring WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus Web Content Management Standard Edition
Join this IBM cloud computing virtual workshop for developers, professors, students, and ISVs who are looking to jumpstart their skills to build cloud based WebSphere Portal offerings.
Register: February 23, 7:00am-11:00am PST

Building a Scalable Mobile Application with AWS Database Services

In this webinar, you will learn how Syntonetic leverages Amazon SimpleDB and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) to deliver their Moodagent application. With over 500,000 downloads and counting, Syntonetic’s Moodagent, an “automatic playlist DJ for your music, your mood”, is already one of the top 50 free music apps on the iPhone App Store. Søren Dyrsting from Syntonetic will share some details about their architecture and their use of AWS, then, Søren Dyrsting and the AWS team will answer questions from the audience.
Register: February 24, 9:00am PST (6:00pm CET)

Pervasive and AWS Virtual Event
Join Pervasive Software engineers February 25 for a hands-on instructive session that walks developers through the entire process of creating useful, instantly available data services on Pervasive DataCloud 2. Rev up your browser to build a process (in this example, data integration), add it to the Pervasive DataCloud 2 catalog, execute it on AWS from the management console, and create API calls.
Register: February 25, 10:00 am PST (1:00pm EST)

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