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September 2012 - Amazon Glacier, Reserved Instance Marketplace, and new features for CloudFront, DynamoDB and RDS, plus more AWS re: Invent details

This month we've got more news than ever to share. Since our last newsletter, we introduced Amazon Glacier –an extremely low-cost data archiving and backup storage service, the EC2 Reserved Instance Marketplace, Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) in Amazon S3, and billing improvements through Cost Allocation Reports enabling you to organize and track your AWS costs using tagging. Additionally, numerous new features have rolled out across CloudFront, DynamoDB, RDS, VPC and Auto Scaling, to name just a few. We also have newly published white papers, offerings form the AWS Partner Network and a couple of new case studies featuring AWS customers, Netflix and Nokia Siemens Network. AWS re: Invent continues to pick up steam, especially with the announcement that Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon, has been added to the conference agenda!

  • Special Event
    • AWS re: Invent
  • News & Announcements
    • Amazon Glacier
    • Announcing the Amazon EC2 reserved instance marketplace
    • Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support on Amazon S3
    • AWS Billing Enables Cost Allocation Reports
    • Auto Scaling introduces new Termination Policies
    • Announcing IPsec VPN and Route Propagation Support for Amazon VPC
    • New Region Support and VPC Support for Cluster GPU instances
    • Amazon CloudFront announces several new features and adds Madrid Edge Location
    • Announcing Provisioned IOPS for Amazon EBS
    • DynamoDB now supports Binary Data Types
    • DynamoDB announces In-Console Item Editing
    • Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Data Pump for easier Import/Export
    • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Amazon VPC
    • Four New Trusted Advisor Recommendations
    • Frost Sullivan: Comparing CDN Performance: Amazon CloudFront’s Last Mile Testing Results
    • Amazon SES Best Practices
    • Mapping and GeoSpatial Analysis Using Esri ArcGIS
    • Selected new software in AWS Marketplace
    • AWS Global Startup Challenge
    • Featured Customer success story: Netflix
    • Featured Customer success story: Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Developer Resources
  • AWS Partner Network News
  • AWS on the Road
  • Online Events

Special Event


Become a Cloud Expert at AWS re: Invent
Register now for AWS re: Invent, the largest gathering ever of the AWS community. You will be joined by the best and the brightest developers, hottest start-ups, and visionary technology leaders. Choose from over 150 sessions to help you with migration, security, high availability and more in the AWS Cloud.



News & Announcements


Check out the latest news items and announcements from AWS.


Amazon Glacier
Announcing Amazon Glacier, a secure, reliable and extremely low cost storage service designed for data archiving and backup. The service is designed for archive data that is infrequently accessed, such as digital media archives, historical financial and healthcare records, raw genomic sequence data, long-term database backups, and any data that must be retained for regulatory compliance. Customers can reliably and durably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month. You pay only for what you use, and there are no up-front expenses or long-term commitments. Learn More »


Announcing the Amazon EC2 reserved instance marketplace
We are excited to introduce the Reserved Instance Marketplace, an online marketplace that provides AWS customers the flexibility to sell their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Reserved Instances to other businesses and organizations. The Reserved Instance Marketplace gives you the flexibility to sell the remainder of your existing Reserved Instances as your needs change. Customers can also browse the Reserved Instance Marketplace to find an even wider selection of Reserved Instance term lengths and pricing options sold by other AWS customers. Learn More »


Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support on Amazon S3
We are delighted to announce support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) in Amazon S3. You can now easily build web applications that use JavaScript and HTML5 to interact with resources in Amazon S3, enabling you to implement HTML5 drag and drop uploads to Amazon S3, show upload progress, or update content. You can use the AWS Management Console or the Amazon S3 API to configure your Amazon S3 bucket for CORS. Learn More »


AWS Billing Enables Cost Allocation Reports
Cost Allocation Reports, a new AWS billing feature that enables you to organize and track your AWS costs using tagging. Tags represent your business dimensions and are used in your cost allocation report. As of today, you can tag resources for the following services: EC2, EBS, S3, RDS, VPC and CloudFormation. Learn More »


Auto Scaling introduces new Termination Policies
You can now choose which Amazon EC2 instances Auto Scaling should select for termination when reducing the number of instances in your Auto Scaling group or rebalancing your group across availability zones. For example, you can now choose to terminate the oldest or newest instance in the group, or the instance that is nearest to approaching the next instance-hour. Learn More »


Announcing IPsec VPN and Route Propagation Support for Amazon VPC
You can now create IPsec VPN connections to Amazon VPC using static routing configurations. Before today, VPN connections required the use of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). We now support both types of connections and are excited to announce that you can now establish connectivity from devices that do not support BGP, including Cisco ASA and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.

Additionally, you can now configure automatic propagation of routes from your VPN and Direct Connect links to your VPC routing tables. This feature simplifies the effort to create and maintain connectivity to Amazon VPC. Learn More »


New Region Support and VPC Support for Cluster GPU instances
Customers use Amazon EC2 Cluster GPU instances for a range of applications that benefit from the massive parallel processing capabilities of GPUs for high performance general purpose computing. Examples of common use cases include rendering, molecular modeling, engineering design, computer vision and transcoding. We are very excited to announce that the high parallel computing capabilities of Cluster GPU instances are now available for customers in the EU (Ireland) region. We are also adding the ability to launch Cluster GPU instances inside Amazon VPC in all supported regions.

Customers can launch instances as On Demand, Reserved or Spot instances in two regions in the EU (Ireland) region. To find out more about Cluster GPU instances, visit the Amazon EC2 instance type page.


Amazon CloudFront announces several new features and adds Madrid Edge Location
Amazon CloudFront is excited to announce several new features along with the launch of a new edge location in Madrid, Spain. First, Amazon CloudFront now supports delivery of dynamic content that is customized or personalized using HTTP cookies. Second, Amazon CloudFront has introduced Price Classes which is an optional feature that provides you more control over the prices you pay to deliver content out of Amazon CloudFront by excluding Amazon CloudFront’s more expensive edge locations from your Amazon CloudFront distribution. Finally, we have added new fields to Amazon CloudFront access log files download distributions. These fields include the cookie header in the request, the result type of a request (cache hit/miss/error enabling you to calculate hit ratios) and the value of X-Amz-Cf-Id for that request (this is an encrypted string that uniquely identifies a request to help AWS troubleshoot/debug issues.

For more information on cookie support, price classes and the new additions to the log files, you can read Jeff Barr's blog post or visit the CloudFront detail page.


Announcing Provisioned IOPS for Amazon EBS
We are delighted to announce new features for customers looking to run high performance databases in the cloud with the launch of Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS and EBS-Optimized instances for Amazon EC2. Provisioned IOPS are a new EBS volume type designed to deliver predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads, such as database applications, that rely on consistent and fast response times. With EBS Provisioned IOPS, customers can flexibly specify both volume size and volume performance, and Amazon EBS will consistently deliver the desired performance over the lifetime of the volume. Customers can then attach multiple volumes to an Amazon EC2 instance and stripe across them to deliver thousands of IOPS to their application. To enable Amazon EC2 instances to fully utilize the IOPS provisioned on an EBS volume, we’re also introducing the ability to launch selected Amazon EC2 instance types as EBS-Optimized instances. EBS-Optimized instances deliver dedicated throughput between Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS, with options between 500 Megabits per second and 1,000 Megabits per second depending on the instance type used. To learn more about EBS Provisioned IOPS, see the Amazon EBS detail page.


DynamoDB now supports Binary Data Types
DynamoDB has added support for Binary Data Types. Customers can use the new data types to make DynamoDB even more cost-efficient. Learn more here: http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2012/08/21/dynamodb-announces-binary-data-types/


DynamoDB announces In-Console Item Editing
The DynamoDB console has been upgraded and now gives you the ability to edit or make copies of items stored in DynamoDB through a simple graphical interface. Learn more here: http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2012/08/14/dynamodb-announces-in-console-item-updating/


Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Data Pump for easier Import/Export
We are excited to announce the availability of Data Pump for Amazon RDS for Oracle. Oracle Data Pump provides fast data movement between Oracle databases, much faster than the original Export and Import utilities. Data Pump makes it easy to import your data into Amazon RDS (or export out of Amazon RDS) from both on-premise databases and databases running on Amazon EC2. We currently support the network mode of Data Pump where the job source is an Oracle database.


Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Amazon VPC
We are excited to announce Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server. With Amazon VPC you can launch new RDS instances running SQL Server in a virtual network that you define.

You can now take advantage of the manageability, availability and scalability benefits of Amazon RDS for SQL Server in your own isolated network. The same functionality of Amazon RDS including managing backups, automatic failure detection and recovery, software patching and ease of scaling your compute capacity based on your application demand, are now available in Amazon VPC.


Four New Trusted Advisor Recommendations
AWS Support is excited to announce additional checks this month for AWS Trusted Advisor, a service available to Business-level or greater support subscribers. Recommendations have been added for EC2 Reserved Instance Optimization, VPN Tunnel Redundancy, RDS Backup, RDS Multi-AZ, and we have also expanded Service Limits to include EBS. Since its launch in June, customers have taken action over 50,000 times based on Trusted Advisor’s recommendations. Additionally, Support for Health Checks (SHC) has been expanded for Basic-level support to allow all AWS customers to open support tickets for EBS volumes with I/O disabled.


Frost Sullivan: Comparing CDN Performance: Amazon CloudFront’s Last Mile Testing Results
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Amazon SES Best Practices
Download Whitepaper »


Mapping and GeoSpatial Analysis Using Esri ArcGIS
Download Whitepaper »


Selected new software in AWS Marketplace
Simplify your DB deployment and management: ScaleArc iDB for MySQL
Try out an app acceleration and WAN optimization solution: CloudOptimizer


AWS Global Startup Challenge
Announcing the 6th annual AWS Global Start-Up Challenge. This contest is a way for promising start-ups to get noticed and compete for an opportunity to win some great rewards. This year’s challenge offers big prizes, including 4 grand prizes of $100K in combined cash and credits, VC introductions, global PR, and more. If your start-up is built using AWS, we want you to apply! Enter now


Featured Customer success story: Netflix
By using AWS, Netflix grew their streaming video business to millions of users globally and can quickly deploy thousands of servers and Terabytes of storage within minutes. Watch the video.


Featured Customer success story: Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks uses AWS to analyze anywhere from 200GB to 2TB of consumer mobile device data as a central part of its new Customer Experience Management on Demand (CEMoD) solution. Read the story.



Developer Resources


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


The AWS SDK for Java and AWS SDK for .NET now support Amazon Glacier
The AWS Java and .NET SDKs have been updated with support for Amazon Glacier. Access Amazon Glacier using:


Managing ASP.Net Session State with DynamoDB and the AWS SDK for .NET
In version 1.5.0.0 of the AWS SDK for .NET, we added the AWS.Extensions.dll which contains an ASP.NET session state provider. We also added the AmazonDynamoDBSessionProviderSample sample which demonstrates using Amazon DynamoDB as a session state provider. Check out the Amazon Web Services Blog for more details.



AWS Partner Network News


Check out the latest announcements from the AWS Partner Network.


Bitdefender Security-as-a-Service for Amazon Web Services
Application security is a must in the cloud, yet traditional security solutions are not optimized for the cloud. Bitdefender AWS Security-as-a-Service is designed specifically for cloud and virtualized environments. Integrating with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the solution provides cost savings, while centrally protecting virtualized Windows and Linux systems from malicious attack. Sophisticated patent-pending cache mechanisms deliver optimized scanning, resulting in direct cost savings with less CPU and memory usage compared to traditional antimalware. Sign up today on the AWS Marketplace for on-demand antimalware, billed hourly based on your usage, fully integrated into your AWS bill. Security HOW you want it and WHEN you need it.


2nd Watch releases 2W Insight: A detailed but simple billing interface for AWS Customers
Having trouble understanding your AWS bill? Now you can track your spend by the hour with 2nd Watch’s new cloud billing application, 2W Insight. With 2W Insight you can manage AWS billing and consolidated billing environments in an easy to understand, streamlined manner. Clean summaries organize your AWS services by compute, storage and network categories, with charges summarized by region, size and VPC. A detailed breakdown of charges provides you transparency into your AWS bills, and hourly updates make this the most accurate billing tool on the market. To learn more, click here.


Netflix Selects Sumo Logic’s Next-Generation Log Management and Analytics Service
Sumo Logic, the next-generation log management and analytics company, announced that Netflix, Inc., the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV programs, is adopting Sumo Logic, a cloud-based Log Management and Analytics service. Netflix and Sumo Logic both utilize Amazon Web Services and share a common vision of leveraging cloud-based technologies to deliver operational efficiency and business value.

Sign up for Sumo Logic instantly and for free: http://www.sumologic.com/signup


Oracle Test Drive Program
Oracle on AWS Test Drive is a new program to help customers easily explore and experience the benefits of using Oracle software on AWS infrastructure. These labs have been developed by partners of Oracle and AWS and are provided free of charge for educational and demonstration purposes. A fully functional server instance of the application is freshly build and provisioned on demand for each new customer who registers for the labs, providing them with a glimpse into the power and flexibility of Oracle software running on AWS infrastructure. Fourteen labs have been launched so far with many more to be available soon. The Oracle on AWS Test Drive Labs can be accessed at http://AWSTestDrive.com



AWS On The Road

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


Americas

AWS re: Invent
November 27-29, Las Vegas, NV

Architecting on AWS
September 25-27, Seattle, WA
October 9-11, El Segundo, CA
October 16-18, Burlington, MA
October 23-25, Arlington, VA
October 23-25, Seattle, WA
November 11-13, San Francisco, CA
November 11-13, Seattle, WA
December 18-20, Arlington, VA
December 11-13, New York, NY
December 11-13, Burlington, MA
December 11-13, El Segundo, CA
December 18-20, Seattle, WA

AWS Intro to Cloud Workshop
October 17, Arlington, VA
November 14, Arlington, VA
December 12, Arlington, VA

AWS Technical Cloud Workshop
October 17, Arlington, VA
November 14, Arlington, VA
December 12, Arlington, VA

Digital Marketing in the AWS Cloud – NYC
October 10, New York, NY

AWS Public Sector Summit 2012: Achieving Success in the Cloud
October 10, Washington, D.C.

Enterprise Search Summit
October 17 - 19, Washington, D.C.

Europe

The Lean Cloud for Startups with AWS | London
September 26, London, UK

CDN World Summit 2012 | London
October 2-4, London

DevReach, Bulgaria
October 4-5, Sofia

Digital Business Collaboration 2012
October 18, Cardiff

Asia Pacific

Lunch and Learn: Think Big. Start Small. Scale Fast. Testing and Development on AWS
September 20, Brisbane, Australia

AWS Summit India
September 25, Mumbai | September 28, Chennai | October 4, Bangalore

Technical Workshop: AWS DynamoDB and Elastic MapReduce
October 8, Taipei, Taiwan

Lunch and Learn: Deploy, Scale and Manage your Microsoft Investments with AWS
October 16, Melbourne, Australia
October 17, Sydney, Australia
October 23, Perth, Australia
October 25, Brisbane, Australia


Online Events


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


Getting your Agency into the Cloud using Amazon Web Services and cloudControl
This webinar will be presented in German.
September 25, 11:00 Uhr CET (Berlin Time)
Henning Paulke, Business Development Manager from PaaS vendor cloudControl provides a quick overview of the possibilities for web agencies and internet companies using Cloud services provided by Amazon Web Services. The presentation gives an overview of state-of-the-art cloud solutions, how companies can make best use of them and why vendors like cloudControl make development faster.

Implementing a Multi-Tier SharePoint Server Farm on AWS
September 25, 9:00am PST
Join AWS Solution Architects as they discuss implementing the necessary infrastructure for running a multi-server, 3-Tier SharePoint Server 2010 Farm on AWS. In this webinar we will cover how to architect for high availability and provision the relevant AWS services to run SharePoint Server workloads at scale on the AWS cloud. This webinar is designed for a technical audience and will feature write-in Q&A at the end of the session.

Securing the Microsoft Windows Platform on Amazon Web Services
September 26, 9:00am PST
In this webinar we will provide guidance and examples on how to best secure your Microsoft Windows Server-based applications on the AWS Cloud. We will discuss common principles for protecting the runtime environment of your Microsoft Windows Server applications with a focus on risk assessment, reducing attack surface, and adhering to the principle of “least privilege,” to protect your data. We will also cover design best practices and available controls and capabilities within the AWS platform that can help protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your application infrastructure or data in the system.

Big Data Marketing in the AWS Cloud: Improving Cross-Media Effectiveness
September 26, 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST
Learn how more and more customers are using AWS to manage Big Data enabling data-driven innovation. AWS and MarketShare, a leading cross-media analytics solution partner, invite you to attend a live webinar to learn how MarketShare Planner, a web-based, cross-media analytics solution is changing the way marketers and agencies plan media. Gain an understanding how to use advanced econometrics to connect marketing investments with revenue and profit on the AWS Cloud.

Running Oracle Applications on the AWS Cloud
September 27, 2012, 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST
AWS and Apps Associates invite you to attend this live webinar where you will learn more about how to leverage the AWS Cloud to quickly launch entire enterprise software stacks from Oracle in the cloud including Oracle EBS, Oracle BI applications and related Oracle technologies.

EMEA Webinar Series | Journey Through the AWS Cloud; Dev and Test in the AWS Cloud
October 10, 2012, 10:00am BST, 11:00am CET
The second in our 'Journey' series of webinars, this complimentary presentation discusses the use of AWS as a development and test environment. The flexible and pay as you go nature of AWS makes it perfect for compute environments that need to be spun up quickly and disposed of when not needed, and placing this power at the fingertips of developers means you can make step changes in productivity as you progress applications through the dev/test cycle.

Big Data Analytics and High Performance Computing with Amazon Web Services
October 16, 10:00am PDT
Join us on this live web event to discuss how to use Amazon Web Services for your analytics, data-intensive and high performance computing workloads. We'll discuss tools, techniques and tips you can use to build computationally demanding, big data projects using Amazon Elastic MapReduce, DynamoDB, Cluster Compute instances and software from AWS Marketplace.

Running PeopleSoft on the AWS Cloud
October 17, 11:00AM PDT / 2:00PM EDT
Learn how PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) and PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM) can take advantage of the scalability and low-cost provided by the AWS Cloud. This webinar will also cover how you can try these solutions today with free, online Test Drive labs.

Relational Databases Redefined with AWS
October 18
9:30am to 10:30am (India), 11:00am to 12:00pm (Bangkok, Jakarta), 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Perth, Singapore, Taipei), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne)

AWS Report
AWS Senior Evangelist Jeff Barr recently posted seven new episodes of The AWS Report:

For more information about AWS Report or if you want to be considered as a guest, please contact awsreport@amazon.com.

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