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

Dear AWS Community,

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.

  • Just Announced
    • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Adds Support for Spot Instances
  • News & Announcements
    • New Features for Amazon S3: Server Side Encryption
    • New Edge Location in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53
    • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Console Adds Policy Generator
    • AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon SQS
    • AWS CloudFormation New Features: Update Stack and IAM Support
    • Amazon Route 53 cuts Hosted Zone pricing 50-90%
    • Featured Case Study: Newsweek / The Daily Beast
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS Solutions Provider News
  • Online Events

Just Announced

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 instances within your own Amazon VPC, potentially saving between 50%-66% less than the On-Demand price. By integrating Amazon VPC with Spot Instances, you can provision a private virtual network that you control, including selection of IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways. To learn more details about this feature, please visit the feature release notes. For more information about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances or Amazon VPC, please visit: Amazon EC2 Spot Instances page.

News & Announcements

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

New Features for Amazon S3: Server Side Encryption
We are now offering Server Side Encryption support for Amazon S3. Amazon S3 Server Side Encryption (SSE) enables you to easily encrypt data stored at rest in Amazon S3. Using Amazon S3 SSE, you can encrypt data simply by adding an additional request header when writing the object to Amazon S3. Decryption happens automatically when data is retrieved. To learn more about Amazon S3 Server Side Encryption, please refer to the topic on Using Server Side Encryption in the Amazon S3 Developer Guide Amazon S3 Developer Guide. To learn more about how Amazon S3 provides protection for your data, please refer to the S3 page.

New Edge Location in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53
We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest edge location in Sao Paulo, Brazil to serve end users of Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. This is our first edge location in South America and with this location CloudFront and Route 53 now have a total of 20 edge locations worldwide. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for content end users. To learn more about CloudFront please visit the CloudFront page and to learn more about Route 53 please visit the Route 53 page.

Amazon Route 53 Cuts Hosted Zone Pricing 50-90%
Effective October 1st, we’ve lowered Amazon Route 53 hosted zone pricing from $1.00/month per hosted zone to $0.50/month per hosted zone for the first 25 hosted zones and $0.10/month per hosted zone for additional hosted zones. Amazon Route 53, AWS’s reliable and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) service, routes end users to your Internet applications by translating human readable names like into the numeric IP addresses like that computers use to connect to each other. Please visit the Amazon Route 53 page to learn more.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Console Adds Policy Generator
Our new enhancement to the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Console makes it easier for our customers to manage permissions for their IAM users and groups. We have integrated the AWS Policy Generator with the IAM Console enabling customers to either choose from predefined permission templates or create custom access control policies using an easy to use graphical user interface. Try it out by selecting the “Policy Generator” option in any of the user or group permissions dialogs. To try it visit the Console.

AWS CloudFormation New Features: Update Stack and IAM Support
Four new features are now available in AWS CloudFormation: update of existing stacks, application bootstrapping, template-based AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and extensible scripting hooks to react to stack updates on your EC2 instances. To learn more click here.

AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon SQS
Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) is now supported from the AWS Management Console which makes it easier than ever to setup and manage distributed applications using Amazon SQS. Here’s a brief overview of the Amazon SQS functionality now available from the AWS Management Console. a)Use a browser-based UI to quickly create and manage queues in any AWS region. b)Configure queue properties by setting parameters such as; message visibility timeout, message retention period, and maximum message size. c)Specifying access conditions such as; AWS account numbers, IP addresses, date ranges, ARNs, etc. d)Send and receive test messages to quickly verify queues are working as intended. The AWS Management Console is available free of charge.

Featured Case Study: Newsweek / The Daily Beast
Newsweek specializes in print and online news coverage for a wide range of topics, including politics, business, and world events. Since 2009, the publication has reduced operating costs seventy-five percent by employing Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the foundation of its online presence. Newsweek’s infrastructure was built using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and Amazon CloudFront. Newsweek also uses Amazon Route 53, which saves the publication ninety-three percent in Domain Name System costs. Read the full case study .

New Whitepaper: RDBMS in the Cloud: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
You can run Microsoft SQL Server on the AWS Cloud. This white paper reveals how to best run Microsoft SQL Server 2008 on Amazon EC2 and discusses implementation choices to optimize for performance, durability, and security. It clearly enumerates how to take advantage of native Microsoft SQL Server features that provide scalability, high-availability, and fault-tolerance on the AWS Cloud environment. Download Whitepaper.

New Whitepaper: Amazon’s Corporate IT Deploys SharePoint 2010 to the AWS Cloud
This white paper describes how and why Amazon's corporate IT organization deployed its corporate intranet (an enterprise mission-critical corporate IT application that involves highly sensitive data) running Microsoft SharePoint 2010 to the AWS cloud. Download Whitepaper.

Developer Resources

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

Amazon Linux AMI 2011.09.1
Amazon Linux AMI 2011.09.1 is now available. In addition to an upgraded kernel, 50 new packages have been added to the AMI, including Puppet for system configuration management. The Message of the Day notifies you when updates to installed packages are available. Additionally, security updates are automatically applied on the initial boot of the AMI. Access to the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository is configured, though not enabled by default. The Release Notes.

Tutorial: Hosting Facebook Applications on Amazon EC2
In this article, learn how to launch your Facebook application on Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure within minutes. You can host your Facebook applications on AWS to access a reliable, scalable, and cost-effective compute infrastructure. Learn more in this tutorial.

AWS Solutions Provider News

Check out the latest announcements from the AWS Solutions Provider community.

Interested in becoming an AWS Solution Provider? Learn more about the AWS Solutions Provider Program

Deploy Ruby on Rails and PHP Apps for Free on Engine Yard
Engine Yard is a leading Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) providers and one way to deploy applications on AWS. Learn why thousands of customers rely on Engine Yard for Ruby on Rails applications with a free 500 hour test-drive. Or get started deploying PHP applications for free on the new Orchestra PaaS.

Cycle Computing Used Their CycleCloud Offering to Create a 30,000 Core Cluster (over 3,700 c1.xlarge) on Spot Instances to Perform Molecular Modeling
CycleComputing performed more than 95,078 hours of compute work on the AWS Cloud and managed the workload with their Grill GUI product offering. The project cost $1279/hour using Spot Instances to operate molecular modeling for a Top 5 pharmaceutical company. The project was achieved leveraging multi-region support and massive Spot Instance support. To learn more about CycleComputing's project read their blog.

CA Launches ARCserve r16 with Unified Data Protection Features Utilizing Amazon Web Services
CA Launches ARCserve r16 with Unified Data CA announces ARCserve® r16, a comprehensive hybrid data protection solution that enables customers to rigorously safeguard the availability of critical data, applications and services across their increasingly diverse mix of virtual, conventional, and cloud resources. The new release offers backup integration with Amazon S3 as well as a high availability solution utilizing Amazon EC2. The high availability feature allows customers to replicate their environment in EC2 to ensure quick recovery in the event of a problem with on-premises infrastructure. The ability to leverage Amazon EC2 reduces the significant costs associated with the purchase of redundant hardware and cloud computing charges as part of a business continuity plan. For more information visit the ArcServe website.

Veracode Web Application Vulnerability Engine Utilizing AWS
Veracode’s binary analysis technology detects vulnerabilities in software applications to provide application security verification without requiring access to source code. Veracode has now deployed this technology on AWS, taking advantage of the unique ability to quickly scale out and reduce costs by utilizing Amazon EC2 Spot instances. This powerful combination has allowed Veracode to reduce application security testing costs and scanning times by an order of magnitude and now opens this service up to a much broader set of customers and use cases. To learn more, and take advantage of a free trial visit Veracode.

New VPC Networking Solution from Vyatta
The Vyatta Network OS for AWS is a complete network operating system encompassing firewall, VPN, IPS, web filtering, QoS, dynamic routing and more to expand users topology options and enable replication of a multi-tiered enterprise network architecture in the cloud. Examples include creating full hybrid VPN topologies between an Amazon VPC and other VPC instances, datacenter locations, other private or public clouds, and the remote and mobile workforce. The Vyatta Network OS puts network design control back in the hands of the user allow¬ing enterprise users to meet corporate security and compliance policies in an external public cloud environment. To learn more visit Vyatta.

IT-Lifeline Leverages AWS to Offer Cloud-Based IT Disaster Recovery Service
Cloud-based disaster recovery offers customers the ability to pay for disaster recovery capacity only when required. Offering disaster recovery for the cloud generation, IT-Lifeline is leveraging scalable cloud infrastructure from AWS with market-leading CommVault® Simpana® data management software to remake the way mid-sized organizations buy, deploy and use IT disaster recovery capabilities. For more information, visit the IT Lifeline website.

Red Hat Broadens Global Cooperation With AWS and SAP on the Cloud
Red Hat, Inc, the leading provider of open source solutions, announced support for SAP® solutions running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2. Read the full announcement here or learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on Amazon EC2 here .

Autodesk Cloud Enables Viewing, Sharing and Storage of Designs Anywhere, Anytime
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, introduced Autodesk Cloud, a collection of web-based features, products and services running on AWS that enable organizations of all sizes to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities and more computing power, helping them design, visualize, and simulate their ideas. In addition, through the relationship with Amazon Web Services, Autodesk Subscription customers now have access to cloud-based, high performance rendering and design optimization capabilities, along with secure online storage for ubiquitous access to design and engineering files anywhere, anytime. To learn more read the full announcement.

AWS On The Road

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


PASS Summit 2011
October 11-14, Seattle, Washington

AWS User Group - New York City
October 12, NYC, NY

AWS User Group - Seattle
October 12, Seattle, WA

AWS User Group - Research Triangle
October 13, Durham, NC

AWS User Group (Gen. Topics) - San Francisco
October 13, San Francisco, CA

Building a Web Application on AWS
October 17-20, Seattle, Washington

Advanced AWS User Group - San Francisco
October 18, San Francisco, CA

AWS Gov Cloud Summit II
October 18, Washington DC

PHP Got Me This Cool Job
October 19, Santa Clara, CA

Splash/OOPSLA Hackathonn
October 23, Portland, Oregon

AWS User Group - Twin Cities
October 26, Golden Valley, MN

October 26-27, Columbus, Ohio

Architecting with AWS
October 31 - November 2, Seattle, Washington

Asia Pacific

ITpro EXPO 2011
October 12-14, Tokyo, Japan

JAWS-UG - Tokyo
October 12, Tokyo, Japan

AWS 101 Business Seminar - Making the case for Cloud
October 13, Wellington, New Zealand

AWS in Enterprise - AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy
October 13, Tokyo, Japan

Amazon Cloud Case Study for Next Generation DR
October 14, Tokyo, Japan

AWS 101 Business Seminar - Making the case for Cloud
October 18, Singapore, Singapore

AWS 101 Business Seminar - Making the case for Cloud
October 19, Auckland, New Zealand

What's AWS? Let's start from scratch!
October 20, Tokyo, Japan

VINAS Users Conference 2011
October 20-21, Tokyo, Japan

The option 'HPC on Cloud' to enhance your competitiveness
October 21, Tokyo, Japan

JAWS-UG - Kumamoto
October 27, Kumamoto, Japan

The Post Trial Computing Learning and Identifying Opportunities in the Clouds
October 27, Tokyo, Japan

Amazon Cloud Case Study for Next Generation DR
October 6, Tokyo, Japan


Cloud by Example - Keynote
October 12, Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany

Death Star, Distributed, TDN or Cloud CDN Models - Panel
October 17, London, United Kingdom

AWS for Media, Entertainment, and Internet | Barcelona
October 19, Barcelona, Spain

Transcoding: In-House or in the Cloud?
October 19, London, United Kingdom

Lean Development Lifecycle with AWS
October 20, Birmingham, UK

Getting started in the Cloud
October 26, Cascais, Portugal

AWS for Media, Entertainment, and Internet | Milan
October 26, Milan, Italy

Data Grids & Oracle Coherence – Free Hands-on Technical Workshops
October 27 & November 29, London, England

Virtual Events

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

Architecting for the Cloud - Demo and Best Practices
October 17, 11:00 AM
To enjoy the advantages of Cloud Computing, it's important to architect your IT Infrastructure properly. On this webinar, Amazon Web Services will cover the seven most important principles of how to architect for the Cloud.

Free Live Stream - AWS Gov Summit with CTO, Werner Vogels
October 18, 8:00 AM EDT
Join us for a full day event online featuring a keynote by AWS CTO, Werner Vogels, security keynote by Deputy CISO CJ Moses and government customer presentations. The live stream will also include: architect, solution and executive breakout tracks.

Move Your Data to the Cloud - Part I
October 19, 11:00 AM
In this webinar you will learn how to use Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and integrate it with Amazon CloudFront.

Learn about IAM & Consolidated Billing
October 19, 5:00 PM
[In Japanese] We will focus on the detailed information of IAM & Consolidated Billing

Move Your Data to the Cloud - Part II
October 25, 11:00 AM
In this webinar you will learn how to use Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). Amazon RDS is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate and scale a relational database in the cloud.

Fast & Frugal: Running a Lean Startup with AWS
October 27, 10:00 AM
Attend this event to discover the methodologies and culture behind the lean startup movement and how entrepreneurs anywhere in the world can use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power a lean lifecycle in running, scaling, and iterating on their products.

Trend Micro Webinar: Securing Enterprise Applications in the Cloud
October 27, 11:00am
Discover techniques for protecting your application and data assets when running in a cloud environment. Join Tom Stickle, Lead Solution Architect from Amazon Web Services, to hear about some of the unique requirements for securing application infrastructure in the AWS environment. We’ll discuss the dynamic nature of the cloud, shared responsibility model, and connectivity models. This will be followed by a demonstration of how enterprises can meet their responsibilities for securing data when running in the cloud by Gavin Hill, Product Manager, Trend Micro.

Content Delivery using Amazon CloudFront
November 3, 10:00AM
In this webinar, we will describe what CloudFront is, discuss benefits it provides to you and your customers, demo how CloudFront works, and finally, we’ll highlight some use cases describing how the CloudFront service is used by customers in the media& entertainment, gaming, and software downloads industries.

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