Newsletter Archives

Jan 13, 2011

January 2011 - New Premium Support Offerings, VM Import, Upcoming Webinars

To kick off the new year, the AWS Premium Support team has lowered prices on existing Silver and Gold plans and added a Bronze support offering for $49 per month and a Platinum plan for enterprise projects. We hope these offerings will give customers more support in running their applications on AWS. Another noteworthy announcement is VM Import for Amazon EC2 which lets you convert existing virtual machine images into EC2 instances. Check out the new case study from the U.S. Department of State and attend one of our upcoming webinars: Running High Availability Websites on AWS, Adobe Flash Media Server on AWS, new Office Hours sessions for Mechanical Turk and CloudFront, and more. Read on for the full details and links. > Read more
Feb 09, 2011

February 2011 - AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon Simple Email Service

Several exciting announcements have been made over the past few weeks – we have announced new services, AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon Simple Email Service, and announced plans to make Oracle Database 11g available on Amazon RDS. In addition, we have a number of upcoming webinars, user groups, and industry conferences across the globe that you should check out. > Read more
Mar 09, 2011

March 2011 - New Tokyo Region, Static Websites on S3, CloudFormation

This month's newsletter highlights announcements that will please customers worldwide, from start-up developers to enterprise users. With these new releases, you can now launch your AWS resources in our new datacenters in Tokyo, host static websites using Amazon S3, create and deploy AWS stacks easily using CloudFormation, and import and launch VMware images on Amazon EC2. You can learn more about AWS by attending one of the AWS user groups worldwide or check out the new series of AWS seminars and technical workshops across Asia Pacific. > Read more
Apr 13, 2011

April 2011 - VPC Features, Windows Server 2008 R2 on Amazon EC2

Amazon VPC has announced several features to help customers launch AWS resources in a customized virtual network and utilize dedicated instances. CloudFormation has added support for Amazon Route53 and CloudFront, making it easier to use these services. Amazon EC2 has added support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Standard 2008 R2. And, following on our announcement of a new AWS Region in Tokyo, we have added another Availability Zone and will be holding 11 user group events across Japan in April. To expand your knowledge of the cloud, register for an upcoming webinar and learn more about High Scale Computing, Dev and Test, or Evaluating Storage Options on AWS. > Read more
May 10, 2011

May 2011 - CloudWatch Custom Metrics, Live Streaming, IAM GA

Today, we are excited to announce custom AWS monitoring metrics and lower prices for Amazon CloudWatch. Other exciting product announcements include live streaming using Amazon CloudFront and Amazon EC2 running Adobe's Flash® Media Server, AWS Identity and Access Management available in the Console, and Amazon Elastic MapReduce available from our Tokyo and Singapore Regions.

In addition, we have announced a new training class, Building a Scalable Web Application on AWS. Other great technical learning opportunities include our upcoming webinars and the regional AWS Summits.

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Jun 16, 2011

June 2011 - New Security Whitepaper, New Features for AWS CloudFormation, Route53, and Elastic Load Balancing

To aid customers in developing applications on AWS, we have released multiple new features for AWS CloudFormation, Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Route53. Customers can also now take advantage of Amazon RDS to run Oracle Database 11g under two different licensing models – “License Included” and “Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL)" and customers can deploy or migrate their SAP® Rapid Deployment solutions and SAP® BusinessObjects™ to AWS. Read more on these announcements below. In addition, we have updated the AWS Security Whitepaper and created a new Risk and Compliance Whitepaper. We hope you find these resources useful.

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Jul 13, 2011

July 2011 - Lower Data Transfer Pricing, AZ Spot Instance Pricing, Lower CloudFront Pricing

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Aug 18, 2011

August 2011 - AWS GovCloud (US) Region, AWS Direct Connect, New Features for AWS CloudFormation

We are pleased to announce that Amazon Elastic MapReduce has now added support for Spot Instances. This new feature allows customers to significantly reduce the cost of processing vast amounts of data on EMR's managed Hadoop clusters by bidding on unused capacity. In addition to this new feature, we have announced the following in the last month: AWS GovCloud (US) Region, AWS Direct Connect, Identity Federation for IAM, New Features for AWS CloudFormation and Auto Scaling, and more. In order to help developers get started on AWS, we have released AWS Toolkit for Eclipse 2.0 and AWS SDK for Ruby. We are also excited about the recent kickoff of the 5th Annual AWS Start-Up Challenge which is now open to start-ups worldwide who can compete for a chance to win $100,000 in cash and credits.

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Sep 13, 2011

September 2011

In this newsletter, we want to highlight some of the recently released new tools and features to help developers build on AWS: the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio to develop, debug, and deploy .NET applications in the cloud; the AWS Mobile SDKs for Android and iOS with support for credential management; enhancements to the Amazon S3 Console for easier uploading and searching; and Amazon ElastiCache, a new service to let you offload the management, monitoring, and operation of in-memory cache in the cloud. Read on to learn more about these announcements. Also, check out the latest AWS case studies from Sega and AeroDynamic Solutions (ADS) with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

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Oct 11, 2011

October 2011 - S3 Server Side Encryption, CloudFront and Route 53 new edge location, and more

We are excited to introduce the combination of two popular features, Spot Instances and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Starting today, you can now bid for unused Amazon EC2 capacity and run those Spot Instances within Amazon VPC, potentially saving between 50%-66% less than the On-Demand price. In addition to this new feature, we have announced the following in the last month: S3 Server Side Encryption, CloudFront and Route 53 new edge location, reduced Route 53 pricing and more. In order to help developers get started on AWS, we have also released the Amazon Linux AMI 2011.09.1.

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Nov 08, 2011

November 2011 - New US West (Oregon) Region, SES Management Console, SMS for SNS, Virtual MFA and more

We are excited to introduce our new lower priced US West (Oregon) Region. In addition to this we have also introduced several new features and releases this month including: Management Console support for SES, SMS support for SNS, MFA support for virtual devices and more. We also have new architecture guidance documents to help take full advantage of AWS and a new whitepaper that deep dives into using AWS for disaster recovery.

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Dec 13, 2011

December 2011 - SMTP for SES, New Reserved Instance Types, Cluster Compute Instances, New CloudFront & Route 53 Edge Locations and more

We are excited to introduce several new features this month including today's announcement about SMTP for Amazon Simple Email Service. In addition to this news, we launched new Amazon EC2 Cluster Compute Instances, new Amazon Reserved Instance options, the expansion of ElastiCache to new locations as well as the opening of three new CloudFront and Route 53 Edge locations. Elastic Beanstalk, CloudFormation and Mechnical Turk have also all added new features.

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