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.

  • Just Announced
    • Amazon SES Gets Simpler with SMTP
  • News & Announcements
    • New Amazon EC2 Cluster Compute Instance
    • New Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance Options Now Available
    • Amazon ElastiCache is now available in four additional AWS Regions and as a CloudFormation template
    • Amazon S3 Announces Multi-Object Delete
    • Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 Add Edge Locations and Amazon CloudFront Tops 20K Customers
    • AWS CloudFormation integration with the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator
    • New Amazon Elastic MapReduce Features
    • New Mechanical Turk Review Policy APIs
    • Announcing Elastic Load Balancing in Amazon VPC
    • AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon Route 53
    • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for AWS Identity & Access Management
    • Featured Case Study: Schneider Electric
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS Solutions Provider News
  • Online Events

Just Announced

We’re excited to announce that we have added support for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) to Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) , AWS’s highly scalable and cost-effective bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers. It is now much easier to configure your programs and applications to send email via Amazon SES. Using your existing systems and SMTP, you don’t have to write a single line of code to send your email. Get started with SMTP today by going to the AWS Management Console. To learn more about SMTP and Amazon SES, review the

News & Announcements

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

Announcing New Amazon EC2 Cluster Compute Instance
We are very excited to announce the Public Beta of a new Amazon EC2 Cluster Compute instance, Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large (cc2.8xlarge). Like other Cluster Compute instances, cc2.8xlarge instances are optimized for high performance computing (HPC), giving customers very high CPU capabilities and the ability to launch instances within a high bandwidth, low latency, full bisection bandwidth network. Customers can use Cluster Compute instances for physics simulations, seismic analysis, drug design, genome analysis, aircraft design and a variety of business computing and analytics applications, including Amazon Elastic MapReduce. cc2.8xlarge instances enable customers to achieve supercomputing class performance while continuing to take advantage of the elasticity, flexibility and cost benefits of Amazon EC2. Learn more on the Amazon HPC page.

New Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance Options Now Available
We’re excited to introduce two new Reserved Instance (“RI”) options -- Light Utilization and Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances. Along with the existing Reserved Instance type we’ve offered for the last several years (renamed Medium Utilization Reserved Instances), these three Reserved Instance types enable you to you to balance the amount you pay upfront with your effective hourly price. For more information visit the Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances page.

Amazon ElastiCache is now available in four additional AWS Regions and as a CloudFormation template
Amazon ElastiCache was released in four additional Regions: US West (N. California), EU West (Dublin), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), on December 5th. In addition, you can now configure, provision, and deploy Amazon ElastiCache using Amazon CloudFormation templates. These templates allow you to create and provision a collection of AWS resources in an orderly and predictable way.

Amazon S3 Announces Multi-Object Delete
Amazon S3 announced a new feature, Multi-Object Delete that allows you to delete up to 1,000 objects with a single request. This speeds up your deletes by reducing the number of request roundtrips between your application and Amazon S3. Multi-Object Delete is immediately available in all Amazon S3 Regions free of charge. This feature is supported in both the Amazon S3 API and the AWS SDKs. To learn more about Multi-Object Delete and get started today, please visit the Amazon S3 Developer Guide. To learn more about Amazon S3, please visit the Amazon S3 detail page.

Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 Add Edge Locations in San Jose, South Bend, and NY; Amazon CloudFront Tops 20K Customers
We’re excited to announce the launch of new edge locations in South Bend, IN and San Jose, CA to serve Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 customers. We have also added a second edge location in New York, NY in order to increase connectivity and to provide even better service for our customers. Amazon CloudFront also recently announced that is has over 20,000 active CloudFront customers doubling the number of customers they had at this time last year. You can read more from CloudFront’s Fall update. To learn more about CloudFront and Route 53, please visit the respective product detail pages on our website.

AWS CloudFormation integration with the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator
Since AWS CloudFormation was first introduced, customers have asked for a way to understand how much a stack will cost to run. With this release of the AWS CloudFormation Management Console, you can see all the resources and their costs prior to launching a stack. Also in this release of AWS CloudFormation, you can make configuration changes to more AWS resources including; Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon EC2 security groups, Amazon Identity and Access Management users and groups. You can also use AWS CloudFormation to rotate your Amazon Identity and Access Management keys. Together, these features provide a new level of control and management for your AWS infrastructure, allowing you to manage the lifecycle of your AWS resources in an orderly and predictable fashion. For more details see Understanding Cost in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

New Amazon Elastic MapReduce Features
We are pleased to announce a number of exciting new Amazon Elastic MapReduce features. You can now run your job flows using Hadoop 0.20.205 and Pig 0.9.1. To simplify the upgrade process, we have also introduced the concept of AMI versions. Simply provide the specific AMI version to use at job flow launch or specify that you would like to use our “latest” AMI, ensuring that you are always using our most up-to-date features. Please visit the AMI Versioning section in the Elastic MapReduce Developer Guide for more information. In addition, we are excited to announce support for running job flows in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), making it easier to process sensitive data as well as access resources on your internal network. Please visit the Running Job Flows on an Amazon VPC section in the Elastic MapReduce Developer Guide for more information.

New Mechanical Turk Review Policy APIs
The new Review Policy API gives Requesters direct programmatic access to 2 commonly used quality assessment tools – Known Answers and Worker Agreement. The Score My Known Answers Review Policy lets Requesters provide “known answers” for questions in their HITs. Mechanical Turk will compare the Worker’s submitted answer for these questions to the “known answer” provided. The Simple Plurality Review Policy calculates agreement among Workers performing the same HIT. The Worker Statistics API eliminates the need for Requesters to track Worker statistics and makes it easy for Requesters to take action on Worker statistics. For more information, check out our blog post.

Announcing Elastic Load Balancing in Amazon VPC
You can now use Elastic Load Balancing with Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The same easy-to-use features of Elastic Load Balancing are available in VPC, such as SSL termination, health checks, sticky sessions, and CloudWatch monitoring, although IPv6 support is not available at this time. In addition to these features, when you provision an Elastic Load Balancer for your VPC, you can now assign security groups to your Elastic Load Balancer. Learn more on the Elastic Load Balancing web page.

AWS Management Console Adds Support for Amazon Route 53
We've added support for Amazon Route 53 to the AWS Management Console. Amazon Route 53 is AWS’s highly available and cost-effective Domain Name System (DNS) service, which uses a global network of servers to improve the reliability and performance of your website. With AWS Management Console support, you can get started with Amazon Route 53 faster than ever. Jeff Barr provides a great tutorial on the AWS blog here. Access to the AWS Management Console is provided free of charge.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for AWS Identity & Access Management
We are excited to announce the availability of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides a quick way to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. IAM enables you to manage permissions for multiple users within your AWS account. IAM offers you greater flexibility and access controls when using Elastic Beanstalk. For example, you can create groups of users for developers and quality assurance (QA) engineers. The developers group can be granted permissions to create application versions and deploy them to running environments, while the QA group would be granted read-only access, allowing them to see all running environments and all events, to help with testing and debugging. To learn more about using IAM with Elastic Beanstalk, please visit the Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

Featured Case Study: Schneider Electric
In 2011, the international energy management company, Schneider Electric, decided to integrate Amazon Web Services (AWS) into its existing IT environment as a way to test the benefits of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The company, in combination with consulting firm Edifixio, began by establishing fifteen Internet and Intranet legacy applications on Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). With this initial migration successfully completed, Schneider Electric now plans to expand its AWS infrastructure to include additional applications and business units. Read the full case study .

Developer Resources

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

AWS Simple Icons for Architecture Diagrams
We have created AWS Simple Icons for most of our services and features. They are now available in our Architecture Center for download. Customers and partners can use them to create consistent-looking diagrams and share with us and the rest of the world. Also check out our blog post on our new icons.

AWS Solutions Provider News

Check out the latest announcements from the AWS Solutions Provider community

ISVs and SIs - Join the AWS Solution Providers Program Today.
The AWS Solution Providers Program’s goal is to enable Systems Integrators (SIs), Interactive Agencies, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and Channel Partners to broaden their suite of cloud-based offerings, expand their customer base, and generate new revenue streams. The program is designed to support the needs of ISVs and SIs as they migrate their business and customers to cloud computing through a set of tools, training, support, and licensing options. Learn more about the program benefits for ISVs and the program benefits for SIs including how to join the program here.

AWS Launches new Solution Provider Directory
Are you looking for a Systems Integrator or ISV to help you migrate or build a new solution on AWS? If so, we are very excited to announce that we recently launched the new AWS Solution Provider Directory. This new tool allows you to browse through over 600 Solution Providers with experience designing, building, and managing solutions for their customers on AWS. The directory even enables you to search for a solution provider by technical specialization, industry vertical and region. Visit our directory to find a Solution Provider today.

Cognizant’s Cloud360: IT-as-a-Service Solution for Enterprise IT, ISVs, and Online Companies
Cognizant offers end-to-end cloud enablement services through its innovative Cloud360 solution that improves business agility and operational efficiency on Amazon Web Services (AWS). For ISVs that are looking to monetize the cloud and their products by offering them as SaaS and Enterprise IT IT-as-a-Service - Cloud360 enables this transformation in a hassle free manner with the necessary security, scalability, and performance characteristics. Cloud360 is an enterprise-class IT management solution from Cognizant that helps organizations quickly and cost-effectively deploy, manage and operate modern, dynamic, and scalable architectures. Learn more at Cloud360.

AWS On The Road

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


Strata Conference: Making Data Work
The leading event for the people and technology driving the data revolution. Use code AWS25 to save 25% on passes
February 28 - March 1, 2012, Santa Clara, CA

Asia Pacific

FUJISOFT Solution Seminar 2011 - Cloud & Mobile Innovation
December 14, Fukuoka, Japan

What's AWS? Let's start from scratch!
December 21, Tokyo, Japan

JAWS-UG - Tokyo
December 22, Tokyo, Japan

Latin America

AWS Summit-Brazil
Decenber 15, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Virtual Events

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

How Enterprises are Using the AWS Cloud Today
December 14, 10:00 AM
What are best use cases for large organizations to start taking advantage of the cloud today without cutting corners on security, reliability and regulatory compliance? Join us to see how enterprises such as The New York Times, SAP, Autodesk, and are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable their IT organizations to say "yes" to the business more often while saving time and money on maintaining their IT infrastructure.

AWS Meister Series #12, Provide details of SQS, SNS & SimpleDB
December 15, 5:00 PM
[In Japanese] Our solution architect, Shinpei Ohtani will focus on the detailed information of SQS, SNS & SimpleDB.

Using SMTP with Amazon Simple Email Service
January 19, 10:00 AM
Join us to learn how Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) just got simpler with Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) support. You will learn how to create your Amazon SES SMTP credentials, discover and use SMTP settings, and configure SMTP and Amazon SES with some common programs. After the presentation, we will be answering audience questions.

Content Delivery Using Amazon CloudFront
Check out the recent CloudFront webinar on “Content Delivery using Amazon CloudFront”. In the webinar, the team provided an overview of CloudFront, discussed some of the benefits it provides, and highlighted some customer use cases.

Learn More about Windows on AWS
Interested in learning more about how to run Microsoft Windows Server applications in the cloud? Watch our recorded webinar designed for business or technical decision makers and IT professionals and learn more about the top business reasons to run Windows Server applications on AWS and how to migrate to the AWS Cloud.

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