Dear AWS Community,

In this month’s newsletter, we are excited to remind you that we’ve recently lowered our data transfer pricing – removing the internet data transfer in fee and lowering the outbound fees across all usage tiers. We have also lowered prices for Amazon CloudFront, our content delivery network, and added another edge location in Europe – totaling 19 worldwide locations. In addition, based on customer request, you can now bid on Amazon EC2 Spot Instances at the Availability Zone level. This newsletter also highlights some of the exciting announcements in the AWS Solutions Provider ecosystem, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Rocks+ instances now available on Amazon EC2.

  • News & Announcements
    • New Data Transfer Pricing
    • Amazon EC2 Spot Price for Availability Zones
    • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Announces Configuration Persistence and Support for URL Swapping
    • Release of Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector vApp version 1.1
    • New Edge Location for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53
    • Customer Feedback on the AWS Management Console
    • Amazon Mechanical Turk Masters
    • AWS Start-up Challenge 2011 and Summer of Start-ups
    • Featured Case Study: PSR
  • AWS Solutions Provider News
  • AWS On The Road
  • Online Events

News & Announcements

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

New Data Transfer Pricing
We've often said that one of our goals is to drive down costs continuously and to pass those savings on to our customers. We're pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2011 we've lowered our pricing for AWS data transfer. We will no longer charge a separate fee for internet data transfer in. For internet data transfer out, in the US and Europe we’ve reduced the price at every existing usage tier and in all regions we’ve added three new tiers at 1 PB, 5 PB and greater than 5 PB. We have also lowered prices for Amazon CloudFront -- we’ve added new usage tiers in every region, and in the US and Europe we’ve reduced data transfer pricing in every existing tier. Please visit the AWS Data Transfer Pricing Page for full details.

Amazon EC2 Spot Price for Availability Zones
Customers can now access a new feature that significantly increases control over pricing for Amazon EC2 Spot Instances. With this change, Spot Instances price is based on the supply and demand for a specific Availability Zone rather than for an entire Region. This improved pricing granularity enables you to determine the price required to launch a Spot Instance into a specific Availability Zone. Find more information about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances or read customer case studies: BackType, BrowserMob, and Litmus.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Announces Configuration Persistence and Support for URL Swapping
AWS Elastic Beanstalk has released a set of new capabilities that allows you to save configuration settings and swap your environments’ URLs. Using the AWS Management Console, you can launch multiple environments with your preferred settings by saving an environment’s configuration. You can now stage new application versions and then swap URLs between environments. To see how these two capabilities work in concert for seamless version deployments, check out the related blog post.

Release of Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector vApp version 1.1
A new version of the Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector vApp for VMware vCenter is now available. The Connector extends the capabilities of VMware vCenter to provide a familiar graphical user interface you can use to import your preexisting virtual machines (VMs) to Amazon EC2 with ease. This release includes proxy support for Internet access, improved visibility on import task progress, and several bug fixes. Learn more or download the Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector for VMware vCenter.

New Edge Location for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53
There is now a new edge location in Stockholm, Sweden to help improve performance for users of Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. Both CloudFront and Route 53 utilize a global network of locations to provide your end users with low latency and high performance in accessing your content. With this addition, the number of locations utilized by CloudFront and Route 53 in Europe has increased to 6, and the number of global locations to 19. We plan to continue to add new locations worldwide for each service throughout 2011.

Customer Feedback on the AWS Management Console
We’ve launched a new Customer Feedback feature for the AWS Management Console. Using the Feedback link at the bottom of the Console screen, you can now easily provide Console feedback directly to the AWS team. Alternatively, you can tell us what you think about the Console in this short survey. Please take a moment to share your opinions as customer feedback directs our investments and improves the experience we deliver to you.

Amazon Mechanical Turk Masters
Amazon Mechanical Turk, a marketplace that provides access to a diverse, on-demand workforce, has announced Mechanical Turk Masters. Mechanical Turk Masters is an elite group of Workers who have demonstrated superior performance while completing thousands of Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) across the marketplace. By publishing your HITs to Masters, the quality of your answers will increase (you’ll get right answers more often) and managing results and Workers will be easier. Learn more about Mechanical Turk Masters.

AWS Start-up Challenge 2011 and Summer of Start-ups
We’re gearing up for another exciting round of the global AWS Start-up Challenge contest. The contest will be announced shortly - sign up to get notified when the AWS Start-up Challenge kicks off. In preparation for launch, we're featuring exciting start-ups from all over the world with the “Summer of Start-ups” blog post series. In the first post, read about GoSquared. For other posts, watch the AWS blog or view the Delicious Feed.

Featured Case Study: PSR
PSR, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, provides technology solutions and consulting services to natural gas and electric utilities. Since migrating to the AWS cloud, PSR has streamlined the massive calculations of its scientific models and optimized computing efficiency through use of Amazon EC2 Cluster Compute Instances. Read the full case study.


AWS Solutions Provider News

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

Amazon EC2 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Customers can now employ on-demand instances of Amazon EC2 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for as little as $0.145 per instance hour. The offering combines the cost-effectiveness, scalability and flexibility of running in Amazon EC2 with the proven reliability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RHEL on-demand instances are available in all AWS regions, can be found in the AWS Quick Start Guide, and are supported via AWS Premium Support with backline support from Red Hat. Learn more.

Introducing Rocks+ Instances for EC2
StackIQ (formerly Clustercorp) has announced the availability of Rocks+ instances for Amazon EC2, bringing the power of one of the leading cluster management solutions to AWS customers. Software providers needing a solution specifically designed for highly scalable applications where an automated, connected, management system is required will find value in these new Amazon EC2 instances. Learn more.

Okta Announces SaaS Based Identity Management & SAML Support for Application or Active Directory Integration
Okta has launched a SaaS based identity management solution on AWS that provides single sign on, as well as user management functionality, such as provisioning, de-provisioning, and reporting against cloud and on-premise applications. With Okta, administrators can centrally control both cloud and on-premise applications and allow users to gain access to all their applications using their Active Directory credentials. Get a free trial.

Dassault Systèmes Global CAD Leader Launches SaaS solution on AWS
Dassault Systèmes SA, a leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, is enabling companies of all sizes to get started quickly with 3DS Version 6 solutions on AWS. Now organizations can leverage cloud technologies to deploy, maintain, and access 3D, PLM and solutions experiences in more flexible and efficient ways. Learn more.

Lawson Cloud Services Case Study: PDS Tech
PDS Tech, Inc., the fourth-largest engineering staffing firm in the United States, is now running its Lawson enterprise applications on Amazon EC2. The company took advantage of Lawson's Cloud migration offer for existing customers. PDS Tech completed the move from its on-premises data center to Amazon Web Services in early May 2011. Read more.


AWS On The Road

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

Americas

ESRI International User Conference
July 11 – 15, San Diego, CA

AWS 101 for the Government
July 14, 6:00pm EST, Herndon, VA

AWS Training: Building a Scalable Web Application on AWS
July 18-21, Seattle, WA

Casual Connect
July 19-21, Seattle, WA

AWS User Group – Buenos Aires
July 28, Buenos Aires, Argentina

CouchConf
July 29, San Francisco, CA

Asia Pacific

AWS User Group - Tokyo
July 14, Tokyo, Japan

AWS User Group - Yamaguchi
July 15, Yamaguchi, Japan


Virtual Events

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

Introduction to Amazon Web Services
July 21, 9:00am PST
What is cloud computing and Amazon Web Services? How can my 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
July 25, 9:00am PST
Organizations want to accurately predict what their applications are going to cost prior to implementation, but predicting application costs is different in the cloud. In this webinar you will learn how-to predict costs quickly and accurately. In this webinar Jeff Barr, Senior Technical Evangelist, will present web application architectures, describe how costs work with the various AWS services utilized in the architecture, and then price the entire application using AWS's Simple Month Calculator.

Introduction to Amazon Web Services
August 18, 9:00am PST
What is cloud computing and Amazon Web Services? How can my 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.

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