May 2010 - Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

Dear AWS Community,

In this newsletter, we are excited to announce Amazon CloudFront's access log feature is now enabled for streaming distributions - read more below. This month's newsletter also highlights AWS's global expansion with our new Singapore Region, Amazon VPC availability in Europe, and Amazon RDS availability in Northern California. In May and June, we have a full calendar of events taking place around the world and many virtual events, we hope you can join us.

Just Announced

New: Amazon CloudFront Access Logs For Streaming
We’re excited to announce Amazon CloudFront’s access log feature is now enabled for streaming distributions. Now, every time you stream a video using AWS’s easy to use content delivery service, you can capture a detailed record of your viewer’s activity. In addition, Amazon CloudFront will record the edge location serving the stream, the viewer’s IP address, the number of bytes sent, and several other data elements. There are no additional charges for access logs, beyond normal Amazon S3 rates to write, store and access the logs. You can read more about this new feature.

News & Announcements

Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

We have recently announced AWS’s first Asia Pacific Region in Singapore. Now, Asia Pacific-based businesses and global businesses with customers based in Asia can leverage AWS’s cloud infrastructure platform to build their businesses and run their applications. The new Singapore Region launches with multiple redundant Availability Zones and multiple services, including Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon SimpleDB, AmazonRDS, Amazon SQS, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Amazon CloudWatch, and Amazon CloudFront. For Singapore Region pricing, please see the detail page for each service at

Amazon VPC Available in Europe
Amazon VPC is now available in Europe. AWS customers can now connect their existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources in the EU via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and use existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include AWS resources. Amazon VPC in the EU may also help European customers meet EU requirements for where their data is stored.

Amazon Relational Database Service Available in Northern California Region
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) is now available in our US West (Northern California) Region. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity for MySQL deployments in the cloud, while managing time-consuming tasks like backup, scaling, and patching. Developers and businesses can now run Amazon RDS DB Instances with closer proximity to other AWS resources in the Northern California Region in order to reduce latency.

AWS Import/Export Supports Expedited Shipping for US Addresses
AWS Import/Export customers can now specify expedited shipping for deliveries to US addresses. Expedited shipping is ideal for accelerating on-site delivery of data stored in Amazon S3 for disaster recovery or data distribution. For details on shipping charges, see the AWS Import/Export Calculator.

Provide Feedback on AWS Support
We are always looking for ways to improve your AWS support experience and we would like to get your feedback on our support offering. If you have talked to our Support engineers, posted to the forums, or referred to the Service Health Dashboard, we would love to hear more about your customer experience. Please share your feedback with us by completing this short survey. The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

Developer Resources

Check out these developer resources to help you build and grow on AWS.

Apple HTTP Streaming with Amazon CloudFront

Learn how to deliver your video to the iPhone and iPad using this step-by-step guide by Amazon CloudFront and

New Oracle AMIs Now Available on AWS
Oracle and AWS have partnered to offer free Oracle Enterprise Linux AMIs on Amazon EC2. You can also start using Oracle Database 11gR2 for free in development environments or in production using licenses you bring to the cloud. These AMIs are built on Oracle Enterprise Linux with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions and can leverage the “boot from EBS” feature which reduces instance boot times and simplifies custom image creation. For more information on licensing and support of Oracle products in the AWS cloud, please visit the Oracle Cloud Computing Center.

New Development AMIs from IBM
Check out the new development AMIs from IBM, IBM Industry Application Platform on Amazon EC2 combines WebSphere Application Server V7.0.0.7, DB2 Express-C V9.7.1, and WebSphere MQ V7.0.1 into one Amazon Machine Image and IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 for deploying company-wide e-mail, calendar infrastructure, and collaborative applications.

New Amazon Mechanical Turk Best Practice Guide
This Mechanical Turk Guide has been expanded to include best practices to help you manage Workers and get better more accurate results. Learn a number of techniques including how to qualify a group of Workers to accurately complete your HITS and route your work to these qualified Workers.

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

Razorfish Launches Cloud Computing Practice on AWS

Razorfish, a leading interactive agency, has joined the AWS Global Solutions Provider program following the announcement of their new Cloud Computing Practice. Read the full press release. Razorfish’s practice is built around a new suite of offerings to apply cloud computing technology for clients such as and MillerCoors. Also, check out the Razorfish case study for more on their internal use of AWS.

Lawson Offers Core Enterprise Software on AWS
Lawson Software, a leading ERP software vendor, announced that they will offer their core Lawson Enterprise Management Systems and Lawson Talent Management suite on AWS. This is the first step in Lawson’s Cloud Services portfolio.

Red Hat Expands AWS Offering with Cloud Access Program

Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solution, announced their expanded relationship with AWS through their Cloud Access program. Cloud Access allows their Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers to transfer subscriptions for RHEL for use on Amazon EC2.

AWS On The Road

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

Mechanical Turk Meet-up
May 18, Palo Alto, CA

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS, featuring WebSphere sMash and DB2
May 18, Chicago, IL

AWS User Group – Amsterdam
May 20, Amsterdam, Netherlands

AWS Workshop
May 24, London, UK
This one day AWS workshop offered by SkillsMatter will provide a step-by-step introduction to the Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and other AWS cornerstones.

Hadoop / Scalability / NoSQL Meetup
May 27, Seattle, WA

AWS User Group at ISC
June 2, Hamburg, Germany

Red Hat Summit and JBoss World
June 22-25, Boston, MA
Register for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2 lab tutorial on June 23, 4:30-6:30pm. As an Amazon newsletter subscriber, register today and save an additional $50 with priority code AMAZON2010.

Fundamentals: AWS for Science & Engineering
June 24-25, San Francisco

AWS Cloud for the Enterprise Event – New York
June 24, New York, NY

AWS Start-Up Event – New York
June 25, New York, NY

Virtual Events

Learn more about AWS by registering for an upcoming webinar or virtual event.

Application Security in the Cloud: Best Practices for Amazon Web Services
May 20, 11:00am-12:00pm PT

In survey after survey, security is raised as the number one concern for potential cloud computing users. This webinar presents security implementation for applications running in the AWS environment with the RightScale management platform, using best practices developed by HyperStratus. It will illustrate how AWS ensures a secure infrastructure throughout its cloud computing environment and how RightScale implements a monitoring framework to ensure security policies throughout an application deployment lifecycle.

Mechanical Turk and Stratera
May 20, 11:00am-12:00pm PT
Join this webinar and learn how enterprise applications can leverage the diverse, on-demand workforce of Amazon Mechanical Turk. This webinar will look at the benefits of using Mechanical Turk and highlight integration best practices provided by Statera, including HIT strategies, workflows and quality control.

Cloud Computing for Developers
May 26, 9:00am-5:00pm CEST
Sign up for this free virtual event provided by IBM on cloud computing for developers and ISVs who are looking to jump start their skills on building Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. With live demonstrations and online chats, 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.

The Need for Speed: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise
May 27, 9:00am10:00am PT
Discover the benefits, use cases, challenges, and solutions for cloud computing in the enterprise. In this webinar, youll learn how you can leverage Amazon Web Services and newScale software to provide self-service provisioning of Amazon cloud instances; enforce policy-based approvals and governance for security and compliance; gain visibility into spending on public cloud resources; and scale your IT infrastructure capacity to meet increased demand, without capex resource costs.

Announcing IBM Lotus Domino Available on Amazon Web Services
June 9, 8:00am-9:00am PT
Join IBM to see Domino in action on the Amazon Cloud and how its built-in capabilities for security, semi-structured data, workflow, and replication make it a great fit for your team’s next collaborative solution.

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