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

Dear AWS Community,

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.

Just Announced

Amazon CloudWatch Announces Custom Metrics and Lower Prices
We’re excited to announce that you can now use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor your custom AWS application metrics for $0.50 per metric per month. Starting today, you can supply any metrics that are important to your business, such as application performance, system health, or customer usage. In addition, we are lowering the price of existing Detailed Monitoring for Amazon EC2 instances by 68% to $3.50 per instance per month. Basic Monitoring for Amazon EC2 continues to be free, as are Amazon CloudWatch metrics for Amazon EBS, ELB and RDS. Read more on our blog post or visit

News & Announcements

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

Announcing Live Streaming for Amazon CloudFront
Using Amazon CloudFront with Amazon EC2 running Adobe's Flash® Media Server and Amazon Route 53 (AWS's DNS service), you can now easily and cost-effectively deliver your live video via AWS. And, we've made it simple to get started by creating an AWS CloudFormation template that handles all of the provisioning and sequencing for all the AWS resources you need for this live streaming stack. You only pay for the AWS resources you consume, and you have full control over your live streaming origin server (Adobe's Flash Media Server running on Amazon EC2) -- so you can configure it to best work with the specific nature of your event. The best way to get started is to follow the instructions in our live streaming tutorial.

IAM Enters GA and is Now Supported in the AWS Management Console
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is now available in the AWS Management Console. IAM enables you to add users to your AWS Account, set groups and permissions for these users, and enable users to call AWS Service APIs, and the AWS Management Console adds the simplicity of a point-and-click browser interface. IAM has also completed its beta period and is now entering Generally Availability (GA). The AWS Management Console is available free of charge.

Amazon Elastic MapReduce Announcements
Amazon Elastic MapReduce is now available in our Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions. Customers can now easily and cost-effectively analyze vast amounts of data stored in any of the five AWS Regions. We are also excited to announce the ability for customers to enable termination protection for their Amazon Elastic MapReduce job flows, ensuring that Amazon EC2 instances in those job flows are not shut down accidentally or when an error occurs. This is especially beneficial for long-running clusters or in cases where data in the ephemeral instance storage needs to be recovered before the instances are terminated.

Featured Case Studies: BrowserMob and One Hour Translation
BrowserMob is a Neustar service that provides website load testing and monitoring for companies that need to ensure online performance. The service combines Amazon EC2 On-Demand Instances and Spot Instances to perform its load testing. BrowserMob uses Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) while operating its monitoring services and Amazon Relational Database Service for data backup while using Spot Instances. Read the full case study.

One Hour Translation's network of over 10,000 certified translators provides translation and proofreading services in fifty-five languages. The company's production environment is built entirely on AWS and utilizes many different AWS options, including Amazon Route 53, Amazon EC2, and Amazon CloudFront. Read the full case study.

TechStars Funding and Mentorship for your Startup
TechStars is a seed stage investment fund that provides funding and mentorship for teams forming technology companies. In cooperation with AWS, TechStars companies will receive credits to help build their businesses on AWS. Apply for the 2011 TechStars program at, NYC deadline May 26 and Seattle deadline June 1.

Developer Resources

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

AWS Mobile SDKs Add Support for 5 New Services
The AWS SDK for Android and AWS SDK for iOS now support Amazon EC2, Amazon SES, Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling. With these new services, developers can now add more infrastructure to their mobile applications, such as:

  • Messaging - Send bulk and transactional email to customers using Amazon SES.
  • Compute - Launch and manage Amazon EC2 instances with a number of features for building scalable, failure resilient, and enterprise class applications.
  • Monitoring - Monitor your Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon EBS volumes, Elastic Load Balancers, and Amazon RDS database instances in real-time with Amazon CloudWatch.
Download the AWS SDK for Android or the AWS SDK for iOS and get started today.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Support for Tomcat 7
AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Tomcat 7 so you can launch Tomcat 7 environments and deploy applications that use the latest Servlet 3.0 specifications, JSP 2.2 and JSP-EL 2.2. The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse also supports a new server type called "AWS Elastic Beanstalk for Tomcat 7". Tomcat 7 is now the default for new environments. Since this is a major revision of Tomcat, your existing environments will not be changed and you may continue to choose Tomcat 6 for new environments. For a detailed getting started guide, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk documentation page.

AWS Training: Building a Scalable Web Application on AWS
A new AWS training class is available for developers: Building a Scalable Web Application on AWS. Developers will learn how to build, launch, and scale an online video management and distribution application using Amazon Web Services and Java development tools. Get your technical questions answered, learn Cloud-based application architecture best practices, and impress your boss with your newfound knowledge of the Cloud. Learn more and register for an upcoming class.

AWS On The Road

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

AWS Summit 2011 | Navigate the Cloud
June 10, New York City, NY
June 14, London, UK
June 21, San Francisco, CA


Streaming Media East
May 10-11, New York City, New York

May 10-12, Las Vegas, Nevada

AWS Training: Building a Scalable Web Application on AWS
May 16-19, Seattle, Washington

LOGIN 2011
May 16-18, Bellevue, Washington

May 16-18, Orlando, Florida

AWS User Group – San Francisco
May 16, San Francisco, California

AWS User Group – Portland
May 17, Portland, Oregon

ThoughtWorks Training on AWS
May 20, Santa Clara, California

Citrix Synergy 2011
May 25-27, San Francisco, California

AWS Summit 2011 | Navigate the Cloud
June 10, New York City, New York
June 21, San Francisco, California

Asia Pacific

AWS 101 Business Seminar – New Delhi
May 10, New Delhi, India

AWS 101 Technical Workshop – Hong Kong
May 11, Hong Kong

AWS 101 Business Seminar – Mumbai
May 12, Mumbai, India

Cloud Developer Conference, Bangalore
May 14, Bangalore, India

AWS User Group – Delhi, India
May 15, Delhi, India

AWS 101 Technical Workshop – Sydney
May 17, Sydney, Australia

AWS 101 Business Seminar – Hong Kong
May 19, Hong Kong

Security Conference – Hong Kong
May 20, Hong Kong

Springboard Asia Cloud Frontiers Conference
May 20, Singapore

AWS 101 Business Seminar – Chennai
May 24, Chennai, India

PAKKD 2011, Shenzen
May 24, Shenzen, China

AWS 101 Business Seminar – Bangalore
May 25, Bangalore, India

Springboard Asia Cloud Frontiers Conference
May 26, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

AWS 101 Business Seminar – Hyderabad
May 27, Hyderabad, India

Informa's Cloud Computing Asia 2011
May 31, Singapore


AWS Tech Summit for Developers and Architects
May 16, Berlin, Germany

Berlin Java User Group
May 17, Berlin, Germany

AWS User Group – Hamburg
June 1, Hamburg, Germany

ThoughtWorks Training on AWS
June 2, London, UK

AWS Summit 2011 | Navigate the Cloud
June 14, London, UK

Online Events

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

Best Practices for Architecting in the Cloud
May 11, 8:00am PDT (local time) / 4:00pm GMT
Attend this one hour webinar and learn best practices for architecting applications in the Cloud. We will uncover some key concepts to consider, such as, designing for failure, building loosely coupled systems, leveraging security mechanisms, and leveraging storage options. We will review a sample web application architecture in a traditional infrastructure setting and how best to migrate it to the AWS Cloud.

Best Practices for Hosting Web Applications on AWS
May 16, 8:00am PDT (local time) / 4:00pm GMT
May 17, 5:00pm PDT / 12:00am GMT
AWS provides a cost-effective, flexible platform for hosting websites of all sizes, from personal blogs and static sites to complex multi-tier web applications. In this webinar we will discuss how you can make use of Amazon's operational scale to deliver high availability websites to customers around the globe. We will review real world case studies, discuss key concepts and services, and share architecture best practices for web hosting in the Cloud.

Introduction to Amazon Web Services
May 19, 9:00am PDT (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
What is cloud computing and Amazon Web Services? How can your organization benefit from cloud computing? If you are looking for answers to these questions then listen to Jeff Barr, Senior Technical Evangelist, explain how you can lower costs and increase agility while maintaining or increasing the security of your applications.

Predicting Costs on Amazon Web Services
May 24, 9:00am PDT (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
Attend this webinar if you need to predict the cost of running applications on Amazon Web Services. Sri Vasireddy, Federal Solutions Architect at AWS, will walk through an example of an application that utilizes multiple AWS services and runs in more than one availability zone.

Making Cloud Economics Work for the Global Enterprise
June 7, 11:00am PDT (local time) / 7:00pm GMT
The economic benefits of cloud solutions are not always apparent for the Global Enterprise. Corporate applications are highly integrated and complex, which is why cloud benefits are best leveraged through an assessment-driven approach. Join Vipul Aggarwal, Cloud Practice lead at Patni and Jeff Barr, Evangelist at AWS for a discussion on tackling the thorny issues of enterprise cloud migrations.

Disaster Recovery on AWS
June 8, 9:00am PDT (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
Expand your cloud and Disaster Recovery knowledge through an interactive session with AWS Evangelist Jinesh Varia. The Disaster Recovery session will feature how-to demonstrations, best-practices, and focus on live Q&A. Join us to hear Jinesh field a variety of Disaster Recovery questions from an audience of your peers.

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