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June 2010 - Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS added to the AWS Management Console

Newsletter #62

Dear AWS Community,

This month, we are excited to recap several recent announcements, including new features for our content delivery, database, and storage services. Also, to make it easier to build applications in the cloud, we have added Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS to the AWS Management Console. If you are a developer or architect, check out the newly released whitepapers on Web hosting and building fault-toleration applications on AWS.

  • News & Announcements
    • Amazon CloudFront Adds HTTPS Support, Lowers Prices, Opens NYC Edge Location
    • AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS
    • AWS Import/Export Exits Beta and Announces Web Service Support
    • Amazon Elastic MapReduce for Hadoop 0.20, Hive 0.5, and Pig 0.6
    • Enhanced Data Protection with Multi-AZ Deployments for Amazon RDS
    • New Storage Option: Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS)
    • Provide Feedback on AWS Support
    • Featured Case Study: Guardian News & Media
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS On The Road
  • Virtual Events

News & Announcements

Amazon CloudFront Adds HTTPS Support, Lowers Prices, Opens NYC Edge Location
Amazon CloudFront, the easy-to-use AWS content delivery network, recently announced several exciting changes. Now, users can deliver content over a HTTPS connection which helps you transfer inherently sensitive objects and ensure the authenticity of the content. With this change, Amazon CloudFront has reduced pricing for regular HTTP requests by 25%, starting at $0.0075 per 10,000 requests, while pricing for HTTPS requests start at $0.01 per 10,000 requests. Also, Amazon CloudFront has a new edge location in New York City, adding to existing US East Coast locations. You can read more about Amazon CloudFront.

AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS
You can now use Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS through the AWS Management Console. The AWS Management Console provides a simple point-and-click web interface for managing your AWS resources. For Amazon RDS, you can launch DB Instances (including highly available and durable Multi-AZ deployments), take real-time snapshots of your database, and view important statistics like read and write throughput, latency, free storage space and more, all from your browser. With Amazon S3, you can manage your existing Amazon S3 resources, as well as create new buckets and upload objects to your buckets using the console. To learn more about using the AWS Management Console for Amazon S3, register for our webinar on June 15. To get started with the console, visit aws.amazon.com/console.

AWS Import/Export Exits Beta and Announces Web Service Support
AWS Import/Export is now generally available and has a new web service interface for creating and managing Import and Export jobs. AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport and now you can create and ship a new job in minutes, and check job status in real-time. To use AWS Import/Export, you can download an open source tool or program directly against the web service interface.

Amazon Elastic MapReduce for Hadoop 0.20, Hive 0.5, and Pig 0.6
Amazon Elastic MapReduce has recently announced added support for Hadoop 0.20, Hive 0.5, and Pig 0.6. Customers can now take advantage of improved Hadoop performance and several new features: multiple inputs/ outputs class for different types of data; ChainMapper and ChainReducer which allows users to perform M+RM* within one Hadoop job; skip bad records which allows a job to complete even if some records in a dataset are erroneous; JVM reuse across task boundaries to increase performance when processing small files; and support for bzip2 compression. Visit the developer guide for additional information on these features.

Enhanced Data Protection with Multi-AZ Deployments for Amazon RDS
Now, with a single API call, you can create a MySQL Database Instance that is synchronously replicated across Availability Zones to provide enhanced data protection and availability in the face of planned or unplanned outages. The increased availability and fault tolerance offered by Multi-AZ deployments are well suited to critical production environments. To learn more, visit Amazon RDS.

New Storage Option: Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS)
RRS is a new storage option within Amazon S3 that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing non-critical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than Amazon S3’s standard storage. Amazon S3 and RRS both store data in multiple facilities and on multiple devices, but with RRS, data is replicated fewer times, so the cost is less. Amazon S3 standard storage is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability and to sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities, while RRS is designed to provide 99.99% durability and to sustain the loss of data in a single facility. Both are backed by Amazon S3’s Service Level Agreement. To get started using RRS and Amazon S3, visit aws.amazon.com/s3.

Provide Feedback on AWS Developer Support

We are always looking for ways to improve your 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. If you would like to give us feedback, please complete the short survey. The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

Featured Case Study: Guardian News & Media
Case study excerpt: “Guardian measures the savings from using AWS in terms of reduced lead times. It takes them less than 10 minutes to set up a new instance in Amazon EC2 and perhaps another 20 minutes to connect to the infrastructure and build the server type, for a total lead time of half an hour. This compares to a possible three weeks for hardware to be delivered and installed plus additional time for budget approval.” Read full story.

Developer Resources

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

Web Application Hosting in the AWS Cloud: Best Practices
This whitepaper discusses Web application hosting solution in detail and how to use each of the AWS services to create a highly available, scalable Web application architecture.

Designing Fault-Tolerant Applications in the Cloud

This whitepaper looks at how you can build highly resilient, fault-tolerant applications on AWS and automate tasks to minimize your time and resource investments.

Amazon RDS Getting Started Video
Watch this six minute video to see how easy it is to deploy, manage, and scale your MySQL database(s) with Amazon RDS.

AWS On The Road

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

BigDataCamp
June 28, Santa Clara, CA
Sign up for this free workshop and learn how to get started with Amazon Elastic MapReduce.

Hadoop Summit

June 29, Santa Clara, CA
Attend this exciting event and hear the keynote by Peter Sirota from Amazon Elastic MapReduce and a panel with AWS’s Deepak Singh.

Empower Your Business with AWS and SAP
June 17, 3pm-7pm PT, Sunnyvale, CA
Join us on June 17 to learn best practices for using SAP and AWS in your business. Hear from innovative start-ups running on the cloud, plus a VC panel discussion on the latest industry trends.

Broadcast Asia 2010
June 18, Singapore

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

AWS Cloud for the Enterprise Event
June 24, New York, NY
Featuring Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, AWS customer presentations, and more.

Data Centre GreenTech

June 24, Singapore
Attend AWS Technology Evangelist, Simone Brunozzi’s presentation.

Data Centre Strategics
June 25, Singapore
Attend AWS Technology Evangelist, Simone Brunozzi’s presentation.

AWS Start-Up Event
June 25, New York, NY
Featuring talks from AWS and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and presentations by local NYC start-ups.

AWS and Cloudreach Seminar
July 7, London, UK

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS, featuring WebSphere Application Server
July 8, Waltham, MA

AWS Cloud for the Enterprise Event
July 20, Los Angeles, CA
Featuring Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, AWS customer presentations, and more.

Workshop: Getting Started with IBM Software on AWS, featuring WebSphere sMash and DB2
July 22, San Mateo, CA

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