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April 2012 - AWS Summit 2012 approaches, Amazon CloudSearch is introduced, and there are new features for AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and Amazon RDS, CloudFront and ElastiCache

Spring is here and with it we have lots of interesting news to share! We just announced a brand new search service called Amazon CloudSearch which makes integrating search to your app or website really easy, fast and cost effective. Some of our other services that have released new features include the PHP and Git Deployment for AWS Beanstalk as well as improvements to Amazon CloudFront’s live streaming feature. We also have a couple events to help you better utilize AWS. Our AWS Summit will be in New York, NY on April 19th and our Big Data Conference will be held in Boston, MA on April 27th.

  • Special Event
    • AWS Summit 2012 | NYC
  • News & Announcements
    • Announcing Amazon CloudSearch
    • PHP and Git deployment for AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    • Amazon RDS launches free trial program
    • Amazon RDS increases backup retention period
    • Announcing the availability of Reserved Cache Nodes for Amazon ElastiCache
    • Amazon Route 53 announces Latency Based Routing (LBR)
    • Amazon CloudFront launches two solutions for live streaming and lowers minimum content expiration period
    • Amazon CloudFront Annual Survey - Your feedback helps make our product better
    • AWS CloudFormation makes it easier for you to create, update, and manage your AWS resources in a predictable way
    • Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports Pig 0.9.2, Hive 0.7.1.4, and Pig
    • Customer Q&A: Cloud innovation at Intuit and Edmodo using Amazon RDS
    • TechStars Seattle now accepting applications
    • New Whitepaper: TCO of a NoSQL database service
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS Solution Provider News
  • AWS on the Road
  • Online Events

Special Event


AWS Summit 2012 | NYC
For those of you in the New York area, please join us at the Javits Convention Center in New York City on April 19th for our AWS Summit. Register on the AWS Summit 2012 | NYC page.

We will be broadcasting the AWS Summit keynote by Amazon CTO Dr. Werner Vogels live on April 19th. Please register on the AWS Summit 2012 | NYC - Streaming page to join us online.



News & Announcements


Check out the latest news items and announcements from AWS.


Announcing Amazon CloudSearch
We are pleased to announce the launch of Amazon CloudSearch, a fully-managed search service in the cloud that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale search applications. Amazon CloudSearch enables customers to offload the administrative burdens of operating and scaling a search service. Customers don't have to worry about hardware provisioning, setup and configuration, data partitioning, or software patches. Amazon CloudSearch automatically scales as the volume of data and traffic fluctuates. Built for high throughput and low latency, Amazon CloudSearch supports a rich set of features including free text search, faceted search, customizable relevance ranking, configurable search fields, text processing options, and near real-time indexing. To learn more, visit the Amazon CloudSearch page.


PHP and Git deployment for AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports a PHP runtime and Git deployment. Elastic Beanstalk already makes it easier to quickly deploy and manage Java applications in the AWS cloud. Now, Elastic Beanstalk offers the same functionality for your PHP applications. You can easily launch a PHP environment using the AWS Management Console or the Elastic Beanstalk command line interface. You can now set up your Git repositories to directly deploy changes to your AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments. Git speeds up deployments by only pushing your modified files to AWS Elastic Beanstalk. In seconds, PHP applications get updated on a set of Amazon EC2 instances. To learn more about how to launch your PHP environment and use Git to deploy, go to Deploying AWS Elastic Beanstalk Applications in PHP Using Git in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.


Amazon RDS launches free trial program
AWS is introducing a limited time free trial program to help new Amazon RDS customers get started. Customers eligible for the free trial will be able to run one free Single-AZ Small DB Instance for sixty (60) days, along with 20 GB of database storage capacity and 10 million IO requests. You can run a MySQL or Oracle database (using the bring your own license model) on your free DB Instance. The free trial is now available in all regions.
For more information about the Amazon RDS Free Trial program, please visit the Amazon RDS free trial page. To learn more about Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS page.


Amazon RDS increases backup retention period
The automated backup feature of Amazon RDS enables point-in-time recovery for your DB Instance, allowing you to restore your DB Instance to any second during your retention period, up to the last five minutes. Many customers have requested for longer backup retention periods for compliance purposes. We are excited to announce that the maximum retention period for automated backups has been increased from eight days to thirty five days. This new limit will enable you to store more than a month of backups. To modify the retention period for your DB instance to a higher limit, please visit the AWS console.


Announcing the availability of Reserved Cache Nodes for Amazon ElastiCache
We are excited to announce the availability of Reserved Cache Nodes for Amazon ElastiCache. This allows you to save up to 70% over On Demand prices while adding a Memcached-compatible, in-memory cache to your application architecture in a matter of minutes. To learn more about how Amazon ElastiCache can speed up your web applications and how to save money using Reserved Cache Nodes please visit the Amazon ElastiCache page.


Amazon Route 53 announces Latency Based Routing (LBR)
Amazon Route 53’s new Latency Based Routing (LBR) feature helps improve your application’s performance for a global audience by routing your customers to the AWS endpoint (e.g. EC2 instances, Elastic IPs or ELBs) that provides the fastest experience based on actual performance measurements of the different AWS regions where your application is running. Learn more by registering for our Introduction to Latency Based Routing (LBR) with Amazon Route 53 webinar on April 26th at 10AM PST. You can also learn more by reading Jeff Barr's blog post.


Amazon CloudFront launches two solutions for live streaming and lowers minimum content expiration period
We are excited to announce that we have recently launched two solutions for live streaming using Amazon CloudFront. You can now use Amazon CloudFront with Amazon EC2 running Windows Media Services for live Smooth Streaming which enables you to deliver live media over HTTP to both Microsoft Silverlight clients and Apple iOS devices. You can also now use Amazon CloudFront with Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 running on Amazon EC2 to configure live HTTP streaming to both Flash Player and Apple iOS devices. Learn more at Jeff Barr’s blog post or at our webinar with speakers from both Amazon CloudFront and Adobe on May 04, 2012 at 10:00AM PDT.

We're also pleased to announce that you can now use Amazon CloudFront for frequently changing content. Before today, Amazon CloudFront’s edge locations cached objects for a minimum of 60 minutes. Effective today, we’ve removed the sixty minute minimum expiration period (also known as “time-to-live” or TTL) from Amazon CloudFront.


Amazon CloudFront Annual Survey - Your feedback helps make our product better
Please take a moment to help us improve our product by taking the 2012 Amazon CloudFront Survey. We welcome your input on how we’re doing and what we could be doing better. This survey is open to all AWS customers.


AWS CloudFormation makes it easier for you to create, update, and manage your AWS resources in a predictable way
There is a new feature for AWS CloudFormation that allows you to add or remove resources from your running stack, enabling your stack to evolve as its requirements change over time. With AWS CloudFormation, you can now manage the complete lifecycle the AWS resources powering your application.

AWS CloudFormation allows you to create the AWS infrastructure and configure your EC2 instances to run your application. As your application evolves, you can now add AWS resources, change their properties, or even update the software for your application.
AWS CloudFormation uses templates to describe the resources and configuration your application needs. Templates are simple JSON formatted text files that can be placed under source control mechanisms, alongside your application source.

For more details on managing your AWS resources using AWS CloudFormation, visit Jeff Barr's blog post.


Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports Pig 0.9.2, Hive 0.7.1.4, and Pig
Versioning. Pig 0.9.2 adds support for a number of features including user-defined functions written in Python, Boolean data types, and using Amazon S3 paths to register UDFs. You can also now provide a specific Pig version to use at job flow launch or specify that you would like to use our “latest” version, ensuring that you always have access to our most up-to-date features. For more information please visit Configuring Pig in the Amazon EMR Developer Guide.


Customer Q&A: Cloud innovation at Intuit and Edmodo using Amazon RDS
Recently our CTO Werner Vogels had a great conversation with Troy Otillio from Intuit and Jack Murgia from Edmodo. These innovators are using Amazon RDS to free up their time to focus on what’s important to them – building value for their customers. You can read the whole story on his blog post.


TechStars Seattle now accepting applications
The TechStars accelerator in Seattle offers funding (up to $118k upon acceptance), intensive mentorship, a package of AWS credits, and access to an elite network of world-class mentors and investors. Apply to TechStars Seattle by June 15 and give your startup the edge it needs to succeed!


New Whitepaper: TCO of a NoSQL database service
This whitepaper will help you understand the different cost factors involved in deploying and managing a scalable NoSQL database solution. You will learn about the TCO savings of using a NoSQL (non-relational) database cloud service such as Amazon DynamoDB over equivalent NoSQL database software that is deployed on-premises or hosted in the cloud.



Developer Resources


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


Sending e-mail with Amazon SES using the AWS SDK for iOS and the AWS SDK for Android
The AWS SDK foriOS and the AWS SDK Android now include sample code and an article showing how mobile applications can use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to send e-mail without additional infrastructure.


Using Amazon DynamoDB object persistence framework - An introduction
This article describes how to use the object persistence functionality in the AWS SDK for .NET in conjunction with Amazon DynamoDB to store a collection of movies and actors.


The AWS SDK for Ruby now supports Auto Scaling and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
With the AWS SDK for Ruby, you can easily manage your Auto Scaling resources. In addition, with the latest AWS SDK for Ruby, you can easily create and manage your Amazon VPC infrastructure.


Amazon Linux AMI 2012.03
The Amazon Linux AMI 2012.03 is now available. The primary focus of this release has been to make available multiple major versions of important packages. New versions include Tomcat 7, MySQL 5.5, PostgreSQL 9, GCC 4.6, and Python 2.7. This AMI release includes Linux kernel version 3.2. For more information, see the full release notes.



AWS Solution Providers News


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


Drive more social media conversions with Scribit, a cloud-based content marketing platform
Scribit, a new service from AWS solution provider Vertical Acuity, gives you access to millions of articles from top publishers and influential bloggers to use in your online content marketing efforts. In seconds you can find articles relevant to your business or clients, add them to your site, and share links to them through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email – no RSS feeds or CMS integration required. When your potential customers click to read an article, they come to your website. Now social sharing not only engages potential customers, but brings traffic to your site! Scribit solves the problem every content marketer eventually has - where do I find enough interesting content to engage my prospects and customers without breaking the bank or copyright laws? Sign up for a free trial today.


Big Data Bootcamp from Think Big Analytics
Attend Think Big Academy developer training to learn how to build Big Data solutions on AWS using Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), Amazon EMR, Amazon DynamoDB and other AWS for large scale analytics.
In this session you will learn:

  • The basis of Amazon EMR and advantages of running Hadoop in the cloud
  • The Amazon S3 for distributed file storage
  • The roles of other essential tools like Amazon DynamoDB
  • Best practices for big data applications on AWS
Visit the registration page to register for courses throughout the U.S.


Karmasphere Analyst 1.8 for Amazon EMR now available
Explore multi-structured Big Data on AWS using SQL queries through the Karmasphere Collaborative, Graphical Workspace for Data Analysts and BI Professionals.

  • Parsers for CloudFront, DoubleClick, Omniture Log Analysis and Other File Types – Explore and cross analyze your application log files with other data sources using our built-in parsers.
  • Parallel Queries – Run unlimited number of queries concurrently. Multi-task by exploring datasets while others are being generated.
  • Parameterized Queries –Create & publish parameterized SQL queries to your business colleagues. Let them run and display the results in tables, charts, Microsoft Excel™ and other third-party reporting and visualization tools.
For more information, please visit the Karmasphere site.


AppHarbor’s .NET platform as a service has launched
Appharbor, the leading Platform as a Service for .NET, has launched their commercial offering which is now generally available for use. The AppHarbor platform enables developers and businesses to quickly and safely deploy and scale any .NET or Windows application on top of AWS. AppHarbor provides a fully hosted and managed service offering, so companies can focus on creating business value rather than managing, supporting, and maintaining Windows servers.


Learn how to deploy Microsoft SharePoint on the AWS Cloud: Download the Microsoft SharePoint Server on AWS reference architecture whitepaper
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides services and tools for deploying Microsoft® SharePoint® workloads on its cloud infrastructure platform. This whitepaper discusses general concepts regarding how to use these services and provides detailed technical guidance on how to configure, deploy, and run a SharePoint Server farm on AWS.



AWS On The Road


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


Americas

AWS at NAB Booth #SL10315
April 16-19th, Las Vegas, NV


AWS Summit – NYC
April 19, 2012 New York City


Systems Operations Training
April 23-26, 2012 Seattle


AWS Big Data Event
April 27, 2012 Boston, MA


Architecting with AWS
April 30-May 2, 2012 Seattle, WA


Content Delivery Summit – Amazon CloudFront Keynote
May 14th, New York, NY


Amazon Cloudfront at Streaming Media East
May 15th-16th, NY, NY


AWS Cloud Storage Summit - NYC
June 6, New York City, NY


Asia Pacific

AWS Business Seminar 101
April 13, Taipei, Taiwan


AWS Business Seminar 101
April 23, Busan, Korea


AWS Business Seminar 101
April 24, Seoul, Korea


Go Venture
April 24, Seoul, Korea


AWS Business Seminar 101
Apr 24, Chennai, India


AWS Business Seminar 101
Apr 25, Bangalore, India


Europe

AWS Cloud for Start-Ups & Developers | London
April 23, 2012 London


Cloud Computing for the Enterprise | London
April 24, 2012 London



Online Events


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


The AWS Report
In the first episode of his video podcast, AWS Evangelist Jeff Barr interviews Rob Frederick, co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based Gripwire. Rob discusses his decision to use AWS to host his products, and touches on many of the reasons why AWS makes sense for businesses of all sizes. View the first episode online now. Future episodes will feature interviews with members of the AWS team and developers of interesting AWS-powered applications. If you are interested in appearing on The AWS Report (taped in our studio in Seattle), please contact us at awsreport@amazon.com.

Introducing DynamoDB
[UK] April 18, 10:00AM
This webinar will introduce the Cloud platform offered by Amazon, and discuss how organisations can make use of Amazon’s massive scale and operational experience to build highly scalable businesses and move to market more quickly.

Using the AWS Flow Framework and Amazon SWF
April 19, 10:00 AM PDT
This webinar will give you an overview of using the AWS Flow Framework for leveraging Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF) in building scalable, resilient, distributed applications. You will learn about building complex application logic with simple code, and using concepts you are familiar with to deal with new problems such as tracking distributed executions and handling remote failures. We will walk through building a sample application and show how the framework and Amazon SWF can be leveraged in different use cases such as infrastructure automation, business processes and social applications.

Accelerating Application Development using Amazon RDS
April 24, 10:00am PST (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
Want to know why AirBnB, Washington Post, and Sega use Amazon RDS to manage their MySQL databases in the cloud? In this webinar, we will demonstrate how Amazon RDS makes it easier to set up, operate and scale relational databases in the cloud, go over the benefits it provides to you, demo how the service works, and walk you through how you can use it to power your applications in minutes.

Introduction to Latency Based Routing (LBR) with Amazon Route 53
April 26, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT /5:00PM GMT
In this webinar we will demo Amazon Route 53's new Latency Based Routing (LBR) feature. LBR helps improve your application’s performance for a global audience. LBR works by routing your customers to AWS endpoints (e.g. EC2 instances, Elastic IPs or ELBs) that provides the fastest experience based on actual performance measurements of different AWS regions where your application is running.

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud - Learn Why Customers are Choosing AWS for Disaster Recovery
May 2, 9:00am PST (local time) / 5:00pm GMT
Attend this live webinar and get an inside look at how Washington Trust Bank, Red Lion Hotel and IT-Lifeline use AWS to cut disaster recovery costs from reduction of infrastructure to management of cloud architecture. Learn how to address compliance issues associated with cloud solutions, leverage flexible short-term commitments, and use cloud disaster recovery for other purposes like infrastructure migration.

Live Streaming for Amazon CloudFront using Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5
Friday, May 4, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT /5:00PM GMT
Speakers from Amazon CloudFront and Adobe will provide an overview and demo of Amazon CloudFront's improved live HTTP streaming support for both Flash-based and Apple iOS devices using Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5. With this solution, you can easily and cost-effectively deliver your live video via AWS to multiple platforms and to a world-wide audience.

Introduction to Amazon CloudSearch
May 10, 10:00 AM PDT
In this webinar we will show you how to use Amazon CloudSearch to add powerful search capabilities to your website or application. We'll explain details about using the service, review the key components, and show you how search can be added to a sample application. You will learn how to create an Amazon CloudSearch search domain, upload your data, and submit search requests. Learn more by registering for the webinar.

Microsoft SharePoint Solutions in the Cloud: Optimizing Storage and Management with AvePoint Amazon Web Services
May 15, 10:00 AM PDT
Join AvePoint and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for an exclusive webinar providing the blueprint for hosting, managing, and integrating Microsoft SharePoint cloud deployments made possible with the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) of AWS and AvePoint’s DocAve Software Platform. Topics that will be discussed include the co-existence and integration data from on-premises environments to the cloud; protection and management of all hosted data; and finding an infrastructure layer that is both flexible and scalable. We shall also illustrate best practices for the following three SharePoint scenarios: High Availability & Disaster Recovery; Geographically Distributed Environments; and Data Backup & Archiving.

Digital Media in the AWS Cloud
May 22, 9:00 AM PT
With the advent of digital media, 3D, HD, animated video, and an expanding array of internet devices, Media and Entertainment companies find it more difficult to maximize the monetization of both their new and back catalog content. Join us for a webinar, Digital Media in the AWS Cloud May 22 at 9:00 A.M. PT to learn how AWS and partner solutions solve these problems. Specifically, how to transfer large media files quickly, scale your storage, speed up your processing and analytics jobs, and deliver your content at scale.

Empowering IT to Govern AWS Cloud by BMC Software
May 23, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Learn how BMC CLM solution empowers IT to deploy and govern AWS cloud in the enterprise.

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