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

Dear AWS Community,

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.

  • News & Announcements
    • Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region
    • Get Started with AWS CloudFormation
    • Amazon S3 Adds New Features for Hosting Static Websites
    • Amazon EC2 VM Import Adds Connector for VMware vCenter
    • Amazon EC2 Running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Now Supports Cluster Instances
    • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) in the Management Console
    • Featured Case Study: GoAnimate
    • Job Opportunities at Amazon Web Services
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS On The Road
  • Virtual Events

News & Announcements

To keep you up-to-date, here are the latest news items and announcements from AWS.

Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region
Japan-based businesses and global companies with customers in Japan can now run their applications and workloads in the new AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region to reduce latency to end-users and keep their data entirely in Japan. In most cases, end users in Japan can now experience single digit millisecond latencies from AWS's new Tokyo Region. The new Tokyo Region is currently available for multiple services, including: Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon Relational Database Service. Amazon Basic and Premium Support are also now available in Japanese for the first time. In addition, in the coming months AWS plans to provide options for billing in Japanese Yen. Read the press release and get started today at aws.amazon.com or aws.amazon.com/jp.

Get Started with AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation is a new service that gives you an easy way to create a collection of AWS resources and provision them in an orderly and predictable fashion. You simply describe the AWS resources you need to run your application in a simple text file called a template and AWS CloudFormation takes care of provisioning those resources in the right sequence and taking into account any dependencies between resources. Once provisioned, you can see all of the AWS resources you need to run your application in a single view. To get started, AWS CloudFormation comes with ready-to-run sample templates to deploy common open source applications, such as WordPress (blog), Tracks (project tracking), Gollum (wiki), and others.

Amazon S3 Adds New Features for Hosting Static Websites
Amazon S3 has released new features to make it easy to host static websites. Customers already use Amazon S3 to host images, video, and other content, but until now they haven't been able to effectively host their entire website on Amazon S3. Previously, when users accessed the root of a website hosted on Amazon S3, they would see the list of objects instead of the website's home page and, if an error occurred, users would see an Amazon S3 error. Now, with the added support for root and custom error documents, Amazon S3 provides a simple and inexpensive way to host your entire static website. For more information, review the Amazon S3 Developer Guide or watch the Introducing Amazon S3 Website Features webcast.

Amazon EC2 VM Import Adds Connector for VMware vCenter
Amazon EC2 VM Import has released Connector vApp, a virtual appliance that works with VMware vCenter making it easier to import your preexisting virtual machines (VMs) to Amazon EC2. Amazon EC2 customers can use a familiar graphical user interface to select a virtual machine (VM) and specify the AWS Region, Availability Zone, operating system, instance size, security group, and VPC details (if desired) into which the VM should be imported. Once the VM has been imported, you can launch it as an instance from the AWS Management Console. For more information about this feature, see the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

Amazon EC2 Running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Now Supports Cluster Instances
Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux now supports cluster compute and cluster GPU instance types. With more than 6,000 certified applications from over 1,500 independent software vendors, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a versatile Linux platform that provides superior reliability and security. With this release, SUSE Linux can be used to run high performance applications on AWS such as mapping genomes for scientific research, simulating aerospace and automotive designs for engineering activities, mining data for business intelligence among others. To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux or the High Performance Computing (HPC) pages.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) in the Management Console
The AWS Management Console now supports Users created via AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). IAM Users can now sign in to the console and manage services and resources under your AWS Account. IAM Users can be assigned individual Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) devices to provide additional security for their access to the console. IAM can also be used to grant permissions to services and APIs an IAM User can access. For more information about IAM User sign in, see Using the AWS Management Console in the Using IAM guide.

Featured Case Study: GoAnimate
GoAnimate is a Web application that lets users easily create cartoon animations, for free, without having to draw. The company has seen its development time reduced through its use of AWS services, including Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3, and Amazon SQS. Read the full case study.

Job Opportunities at Amazon Web Services
AWS is looking for passionate, dedicated employees to help us build and deliver our innovative technology services to our customers. We have both technical and non-technical job openings in the United States, Europe, Singapore, and Japan including Solutions Architects, Technical Program Managers, Software Development Engineers, Sales Managers, and more. Check out the job openings at aws.amazon.com/careers or send your resume to webservicesresumes@amazon.com.


Developer Resources

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

CloudFront Private Content Resources
Find downloadable application examples, signature code, and tools that demonstrate how to encrypt the signature and policy statement for an Amazon CloudFront private distribution. Examples are available in Perl, PHP, C#, as well as links to OpenSSL and Java implementations. All the samples can be used to create signed URLs. The Perl script runs on Linux/Mac platforms. The PHP example will work on any server that runs PHP. The C# examples use the .NET Framework.



Developer Tools for Amazon Route 53
The AWS developer community has developed several new tools to help you easily manage your DNS settings in Amazon Route 53. This includes free and paid graphical user interfaces as well as libraries and SDKs. Now it's even easier to use Amazon Route 53's highly available and cost-effective DNS service. Find the list of available tools.


AWS On The Road

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

AWS NYC User Group Breakfast
March 9, NYC, NY

Cloud Connect 2011
March 7-10, Santa Clara, CA

ESRI Developer Summit
March 7-10, Palm Springs, CA

Educational Event: AWS 101 for the Government
March 10, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Herndon, VA

AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar: Making the Case for Cloud
March 11, Singapore

AWS Tech Summit
March 17, London, UK

AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar: Making the Case for Cloud
March 17, Sydney, Australia

China Cloud Computing Service Summit 2011
March 17, Shanghai, China

AWS 101 Technical Workshop
March 18, Singapore

EclipseCon 2011
March 21-24, Santa Clara, CA

AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar: Making the Case for Cloud
March 22, Hong Kong

AWS Seattle User Group
March 22, Seattle, WA

AWS Silicon Valley User Group
March 22, San Francisco, CA

AWS NYC Monthly User Group
March 23, NYC, NY

Seattle Hadoop/NoSQL/Scalability Meetup
March 23, Seattle, WA

*NEW* AWS Portland User Group
March 23, Portland, OR

AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar: Making the Case for Cloud
March 23 Bangalore, India

AWS 101 Technical Workshop
March 24, Hong Kong

Webapps 2011
March 26, Delhi, India

AWS 101 Technical Workshop
March 29, Sydney, Australia

AWS 101 Technical Workshop
March 30, Bangalore

Sydstart
March 31, Sydney, Australia


Virtual Events

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

Office Hours: Web Applications
March 9, 9:00am PDT (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
Expand your cloud and Web Application knowledge through an interactive session with AWS Evangelist Jinesh Varia. The Web Application session will feature how-to demonstrations, best-practices, and focus on live Q&A. Join us on Wednesday, March 9 to hear Jinesh field a variety of Web Application questions from an audience of your peers.

Introducing Amazon RDS Running Oracle Database Webinar
March 15, 9:00am PDT (Local Time) / 5:00pm GMT
March 16, 5:00pm PDT (Local Time) / 1:00am GMT
Attend this webinar and learn more about the many ways that you can run Oracle software in the Amazon Cloud. This interactive presentation will outline how customers are running Oracle Applications on Amazon EC2 using Oracle VM today. We will also describe the upcoming Amazon Relational Database Service running Oracle Database 11g offering and will showcase expected use cases, features supported at launch in Q2, and Oracle cloud licensing models.

Webinar: Migrating Internal IT Apps to Amazon Web Services
March 22, 12:00pm EDT (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
Attend this webinar and learn how Amazon.com, as a customer of AWS, migrated their own internal IT applications to the cloud. Jon Jenkins, Director of Corporate Applications at Amazon, will talk about best practices for migrating to the AWS cloud, including how his team evaluated the cloud services, how they got started, and where they are today with more than 50 internal applications running on AWS. In addition, JJ will dive into three key application architectures: a video processing engine, BMC Remedy, and SharePoint on AWS. This webinar will feature a recording of the original webinar with live Q&A.

Office Hours: Amazon Elastic Map Reduce
April 13, 9:00am PDT (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) is a web service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data. Expand your cloud and Amazon EMR knowledge through an interactive session with AWS Evangelist Jinesh Varia and Product Manager Adam Gray. The Amazon EMR session will feature how-to demonstrations, best-practices, and focus on live Q&A. Join us on Wednesday, April 13 to hear Jinesh and Adam field a variety of Amazon EMR questions from an audience of your peers.

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