It's been an exciting month for AWS! We expanded to Australia, added a new TCO Calculator, and rolled out new service and support features from Amazon EC2, Storage Gateway, CloudSearch, Elastic Beanstalk, DynamoDB and more. The deadline for the Global Start-up Challenge is nearing, so don't miss out on this unique opportunity. We're less than two weeks to AWS re: Invent and thrilled that conference passes have sold out. If you can't join us in person, then join us virtually for the Keynotes Live Stream. AWS is looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!
Global Start up Challenge – Last Chance to Enter
If you are a start-up or privately held business with less than $10M in annual revenue, then it’s time to enter this year’s AWS Global Start-Up Challenge. This contest is a way for promising start-ups and businesses to win some great rewards.
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AWS re: Invent Keynotes Live Stream
AWS re: Invent is less than two weeks away and conference passes are sold out. But you don't have to miss AWS re: Invent entirely...you can join us virtually! Join us for the live stream of the Keynotes presentations on November 28 and 29.
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Check out the latest news items and announcements from AWS.
Announcing the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region
Customers can now run their applications and workloads in the new AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region to reduce latency to end-users based in Australia and New Zealand while avoiding the up-front expenses, long-term commitments, and scaling challenges associated with maintaining and operating their own infrastructure. Learn more »
Announcing Second Generation Standard Instances
Amazon EC2 announced second generation standard instances (M3 instances), which provide customers with similar ratio of CPU and memory resources as M1 instances, but 50% more compute capability/core. M3 instances can be used for a broad variety of applications, and are ideal for applications that require high absolute CPU capabilities. You can purchase M3 instances as On Demand, Reserved or Spot instances in the US East (N. Virginia) region. M3 instances are available in two sizes, Extra Large and Double Extra Large and start with at a Linux On Demand price of $0.58/hr. We will expand support for these instances to other regions in the coming months. Learn more »
Announcing a price reduction for M1 Standard Instances
Amazon EC2 announced a reduction in the On Demand Linux price for M1 Standard instances by almost 19% in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) regions. The changes are described in the table below.
|Instance Type||New On Demand Price||Old On Demand Price|
There were no changes to Reserved Instance or Windows pricing. For detailed pricing click here.
TCO Comparison Calculator for Web Applications
Developing comprehensive and accurate TCO models is difficult and time consuming. We are excited to share with you the availability of a new TCO cost comparison calculator, powered by AWS Advanced Consulting Partner 2nd Watch. In three easy steps, use this calculator to compare the cost of running web applications on-premises to the costs with AWS. Adjust the simple sliders and radio buttons to describe on-premises reference configurations in order to produce a simple cost comparison with AWS, or for a more detailed comparison use the "Configure" drop down menus. A comprehensive report with CapEx and OpEx breakdowns and explanations is provided.
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Support for 2,000 IOPS per Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS Volume
Amazon EBS announced support for up to 2,000 IOPS per Provisioned IOPS volume, doubling the previously available performance delivered from a single volume. Provisioned IOPS volumes are designed to provide predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads, such as database applications, that rely on consistent and fast response times. With Provisioned IOPS, you can flexibly specify both volume size and volume performance, and Amazon EBS will consistently deliver the desired performance over the lifetime of the volume. For more information on using Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, please see the Amazon EC2 Developer Guide.
Amazon Route 53 now supported in Hayward, CA and Madrid, Spain edge locations
We are excited to announce support for Amazon Route 53, AWS’s DNS service, in the Hayward, CA (new location) and Madrid, Spain edge locations. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for your end users. Learn more »
Amazon CloudFront launches new edge location in Hayward, CA
We are excited to announce the launch of our newest edge location in Hayward, CA. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for your end users. Learn more »
Free Elastic MapReduce Bootcamp
The Elastic MapReduce Bootcamp is a proof-of-concept and knowledge transfer workshop that helps customers get started with and develop applications for Amazon Elastic MapReduce. If your company is planning to process more than 1 TB per day, you may be eligible for a free onsite visit by an AWS Elastic MapReduce expert.
Amazon S3 Now Supports Archiving Data to Amazon Glacier
We are pleased to introduce a new storage option for Amazon S3 that enables you to utilize Amazon Glacier’s extremely low-cost storage service for data archival. Amazon Glacier stores data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, and is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. You can now define rules to automatically archive sets of Amazon S3 objects to Amazon Glacier for even lower cost storage. To get started, check out the Archiving Amazon S3 data to Amazon Glacier video. You can also learn more by visiting the Amazon S3 Developer Guide or joining our Dec 12 webinar.
AWS Storage Gateway Announces Gateway-Cached Volumes
Customers have asked us how they can use the AWS Storage Gateway to save their primary data to Amazon S3 (to enjoy more cost savings) yet retain some portion of it locally in a cache for frequently accessed data. For this use case, we’re excited to announce the availability of Gateway-Cached Volumes. Gateway-Cached volumes enable you to store primary data in Amazon S3 via the standard Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI). By storing your data on Amazon S3, you minimize the need to scale your local storage infrastructure for use cases like backup and corporate file share storage. You can learn more by visiting the AWS Storage Gateway User Guide or joining our Dec 5 webinar.
Need acceleration for your web site? Japanese information is here!
Here is the information about how accelerate your website with Amazon Web Services. Amazon CloudFront can accelerate you existing web site easily. You can learn more about this in Japanese at http://www.awsmicrosite.jp/cloudfront-cdn/.
ElastiCache Announces New Cache Node Types
We are excited to announce availability of new cache node types for Amazon ElastiCache:
Amazon ElastiCache improves the performance of your web applications by retrieving data from a fast, in-memory cache instead of relying entirely on disk-based storage. Unlike other caching mechanisms, Amazon ElastiCache is fully-managed so you don’t have to worry about maintaining your own caching infrastructure. In addition, it is Memcached-compatible, so if you have existing Memcached-enabled applications, they should work with ElastiCache without any code changes.
Customers can purchase these cache node types for On-Demand or Reserved Instance usage. For more information about the new cache node types and prices, please visit the Amazon ElastiCache page.
New Improvements to Amazon DynamoDB
We are happy to announce three new improvements to Amazon DynamoDB.
To take advantage of the latest improvements to DynamoDB, make sure you have the latest SDK libraries, which you can download at http://aws.amazon.com/code.
Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB Page.
Amazon RDS and Amazon ElastiCache Announce New Lower Prices
As part of our on-going commitment to drive down costs and pass on those savings to you, we are lowering prices for Amazon RDS for MySQL and Oracle engines by up to 14% for On-Demand usage. We are also lowering On-Demand usage prices for Amazon ElastiCache by up to 16%. These new prices are applicable to M1 DB Instance Classes and M1 Cache Node Types in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) Regions.
The price reductions are effective starting November 1.
Along with these price reductions, we are also excited to announce availability of two new Instance Classes for Amazon RDS:
Amazon SQS Announces Long Polling and Enhanced Client Support
Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) now supports long-polling, which reduces extraneous polling associated with empty receives. With long polling, receiving a message from an empty queue will no longer return immediately. You can get started enabling queues for long-polling using any supported version of the SQS WSDL, and you can enable long-polling for individual requests using the latest WSDL, version 2012-11-05. You can learn more about Long Polling via the SQS Developer Guide and SQS API Reference.
We are also launching an enhanced client in the AWS Java SDK. This extension of the existing AmazonSQSAsyncClient interface provides automatic batching of outgoing messages and pre-fetching of incoming messages. This extension of the existing AmazonSQSAsyncClient interface enables easier batching of outgoing messages, and also pre-fetching of incoming messages. To take advantage of the latest improvements to SQS, make sure you have the latest SDK libraries, which you can download at http://aws.amazon.com/code. Getting started with Amazon SQS is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon SQS page.
Amazon CloudSearch Announces Free Trial Program and a Price Reduction
For a limited time, AWS is offering a free trial program for Amazon CloudSearch that enables new users to set up fully-functional search domains that they can use for up to 30 days at no charge. The free trial is available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region to users worldwide.
Along with the introduction of the free trial program, CloudSearch search instance pricing has been reduced. The new pricing reflects a savings of 17-19%, with small search instances available for $0.10/hour. The new pricing is effective November 1.
Some restrictions apply. For more details and information about the trial program and how to participate, see Amazon CloudSearch Free Trial. For pricing details and to learn more about Amazon CloudSearch, see the Amazon CloudSearch Overview.
Amazon CloudSearch Adds Features for Tuning Result Ranking
Amazon CloudSearch users can now use field weighting and query time rank expressions to fine-tune their search results. Field weighting prioritizes results from certain fields to improve document ranking. For example, if you are selling books on your site, you could have matches to the title field score higher than matches in other fields. Query time rank expressions enable you to personalize search results by customizing ranking for each search request. You can also use query time rank expressions to rapidly iterate and test changes in how you rank search results for all users without having to rebuild your index.
These features are available immediately. For more information, see Using Field Weighting to Customize Text Relevance and Defining Rank Expressions in Search Requests in the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk Runs Ruby and Integrates with Amazon VPC
AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Ruby applications and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Elastic Beanstalk allows you to focus on building your application, without having to worry about the provisioning, deployment, monitoring, and scaling details of your Java, PHP, Python, .NET, and now Ruby applications. To get started running your Ruby applications on Elastic Beanstalk, visit the Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide. The Developer Guide also includes walkthroughs for Ruby on Rails and Sinatra applications.
With Amazon VPC, Elastic Beanstalk lets you provision a private, isolated section of your application in a virtual network that you define. Using Amazon VPC, you can now easily deploy a new class of web applications on Elastic Beanstalk, including internal web applications (such as your recruiting application), web applications that connect to an on-premise database (using a VPN connection), as well as private web service backends. To learn more about deploying your Elastic Beanstalk application in a VPC, visit the Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.
AWS CloudFormation Supports User-Defined Resources
We are excited to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) DB parameter groups and provisioned IOPS for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes and Amazon RDS DB Instances. AWS CloudFormation provides an easy mechanism to provision and configure a set of AWS resources. Using CloudFormation text-based templates, you can automate the creation and management of resources such as Amazon RDS DB Instances and Amazon EC2 instances.
*RDS DB Parameter Groups
Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale MySQL, SQL Server, and Oracle relational databases in the cloud. Amazon RDS parameter groups allow you to provide custom configuration values for Amazon RDS DB Instances. AWS CloudFormation now allows you to create Amazon RDS DB parameter groups and to associate them with RDS DB Instances. Using the text-based templates, you can easily list all of the parameters and their associated values and you can share them when you collaborate with other team members. To learn more about using RDS DB parameter groups with CloudFormation, visit the user guide.
*Provisioned IOPS for Amazon EBS and Amazon RDS
Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes deliver predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads such as database applications. Using CloudFormation, you can now create an EBS Provisioned IOPS volume with a specific volume size and volume performance, and attach the volume to Amazon EC2 instances. You can also use CloudFormation to create Amazon RDS DB Instances with specific Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS for your I/O intensive, transactional database workloads. If your application’s IO needs change, you can simply modify the CloudFormation template and update your IOPS for both Amazon EBS and Amazon RDS. To learn more about Provision IOPS and CloudFormation, visit the user guide. Learn more »
Billing Alerts Now Available for Consolidated Billing Linked Accounts
We are pleased to announce that billing alerts now support the individual accounts that are linked to a consolidated bill in your organization. Individual accounts can now monitor their allocated charges and set up automated email alerts to be notified when charges reach a specified threshold. You may want to use billing alerts for linked accounts if developers or projects in your organization are responsible for managing their own budgets or reducing costs. Read more about this announcement or learn more about billing alerts.
Deploy a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Server Farm in the AWS Cloud in 6 Simple Steps
Amazon Web Services is pleased to announce the publication of the article “Deploy a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Server Farm in the AWS Cloud in 6 Simple Steps.” Based on the previously published white paper in April, “Microsoft SharePoint Server on AWS Reference Architecture,” the article provides a step-by-step approach to the setup and deployment of the public website scenario described in the white paper. The article also includes all of the necessary resources you will need to deploy a SharePoint Server farm repeatedly, such as the easy-to-launch AWS CloudFormation templates, and a link to the “Advanced Implementation Guide,” which provides detailed instructions on how to customize and launch a fully functional, enterprise-class SharePoint Server farm to suit your requirements. All templates are available to download and customize. Learn more »
Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (Oct 2012)
Gartner Research positions Amazon Web Services in the Leaders Quadrant of the new Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (October 2012). Cloud IaaS, in the context of this Magic Quadrant, is defined as "computing resources, along with associated storage and network resources, offered to the customer via self-service in a highly-automated way, on-demand." Read the report online »
Amazon VPC Network Connectivity Options
Amazon VPC provides customers with several options for interconnecting their AWS virtual networks with other remote networks. This whitepaper describes several such common network connectivity options available to our customers. This includes connectivity options for integrating remote customer networks with Amazon VPC as well as interconnecting multiple Amazon VPCs into a contiguous virtual network. Download Whitepaper »
Development and Test on AWS
This whitepaper describes how AWS adds value in the various phases of the software development cycle, with specific focus on development and test. The intended audiences for this paper are project managers, developers, testers, systems architects, or anyone involved in software production activities. Download Whitepaper »
Migrating AWS Resources to a New Region
Customers may wish to migrate AWS Resources from one region to another for a variety of reasons. In particular, if a new region is available closer to their user base, they may wish to locate various services geographically closer to those users. This technical whitepaper is intended for experienced customers of AWS who would like to migrate existing resources to a new AWS region. The whitepaper provides technical guidance and best practices on migrating each AWS Resource such as AMI, keypairs etc. to another region. Download Whitepaper »
AWS Trusted Advisor releases three new checks, bringing the total to twenty
AWS Support is pleased to announce the addition of three more checks for Trusted Advisor. The Underutilized EBS Instances check highlights potential cost savings for EBS volumes that are unattached or have low IO, but incur charges regardless of their usage. The second check calls out EC2 instances that have PIOP enabled EBS volumes attached, but have not been configured to enable this capability. The final check examines your AutoScaling Groups and warns when the ELB health check is not enabled. Trusted Advisor now has twenty checks that will save money, increase security, and help your solution be highly available. Learn More »
Wrap-up site for Nikkei Cloud Days Tokyo
AWS participated in Nikkei Cloud Days Tokyo (10/10 – 10/12) with 10 partners. Now the key contents of the event are available at http://aws.amazon.com/jp/messages/clouddaystokyo2012fall/. Please access the site for more information.
Announcement: New Big Data category on AWS Marketplace
Selected new software in AWS Marketplace
Featured Customer Success Story: TinyCo
Mobile gaming start-up, TinyCo, moved to AWS after outgrowing its first cloud service provider. Now powered by the AWS Cloud, TinyCo is able to manage 20 billion requests and deliver 400 TB of content to customers per month, allowing the company to focus on game development instead of managing infrastructure. Read the story »
Check out these developer resources to help you build and grow on AWS.
Introducing the AWS SDK for PHP 2
Our PHP SDK has been completely re-written to embrace modern PHP coding patterns and better integrate with popular PHP community frameworks. The new version uses Guzzle for improved networking performance and Symfony2 for event-driven customization hooks. The AWS SDK for PHP 2 enables you to write faster AWS applications with less code. Learn more »
Check out the latest announcements from the AWS Partner Network.
Security-as-a-Service for AWS by Bitdefender promotion
Bitdefender welcomes AWS customers with a new promotional offer for its Security-as-a-Service antimalware solution. Purpose-built for Amazon EC2 infrastructures, it provides highly-scalable, low-impact, centralized antimalware billed by the hour. Sign up today and benefit from 6 full months of enterprise-class security completely free of charge. The promotion ends on December 31, 2012 and is subject to specific terms and conditions. Security-as-a-Service for AWS: security HOW you want it, WHEN you need it.
We hope you will join AWS, our customers, and partners at the following events.
Developing applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or moving your business into the cloud is more straightforward than you think. Whether you are a developer eager to learn new skills, a solutions architect who wants to solve existing technology problems, the IT professional who wants access to cost-effective, on-demand computing resources, this workshop is for you.
Learn more about AWS by attending an upcoming webinar or online event.
Lower Costs and Increase Agility with AWS
November 22, 8:30am to 9:30am (India), 10:00am to 11:00pm (Bangkok, Jakarta), 11:00am to 12:00pm (Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Perth, Singapore, Taipei), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne)
With do-it-yourself options such as collocation or managed hosting, you know that your servers are always available. Reserved Instances provide the same capacity and cost savings, but with greater flexibility and less effort. Direct costs of do-it-yourself solutions include hardware, facility fees, and maintenance. Doing it yourself requires dedicated support resources within your organization, which result in additional indirect costs and distraction to your core business. When you do-it-yourself, you only have access to a set number of physical servers; any hardware problems result in costly repairs and lost time. Reserved Instances transfer responsibility for these support activities to Amazon EC2, leaving you free to focus on your business. Join this webinar to learn more.
EMEA Webinar Series | Journey Through the AWS Cloud; Building Powerful Web Applications
November 22,10:00am GMT, 11:00am CET
In the penultimate webinar in our 'Journey Through the Cloud' series, we will be discussing how to build powerful web applications in the AWS Cloud. Bringing together many concepts from previous webinars in the series, we summarise a rule book to give you a reference point for architecting with AWS.
Delivering Static and Dynamic Content using Amazon CloudFront
December 4, 10:00am PST
In this webinar delivered by the Amazon CloudFront product team, we'll provide an overview on how you can use Amazon CloudFront to help architect your site to deliver both static and dynamic content (portions of your site that change for each end-user). We’ll also have a Q&A session.
SQL Server Database Management Made Easy with Amazon RDS
December 5, 9:00amPST
In this webinar, you will discover how Amazon RDS for Microsoft SQL Server® makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale SQL Server deployments in the cloud. We will discuss how to get started quickly and how Amazon RDS can make it easier to operate your database infrastructure, and free you to focus on higher value added development activities. Interact with the engineering experts behind Amazon RDS during a write-in Q&A session.
AWS Storage Gateway for Scalable, Cost-Effective Backup and Corporate File Share Storage
December 5, 10:00am PST
Join our webinar to learn more about how you can use the AWS Storage Gateway to back up your data to Amazon S3's scalable, reliable, secure, and cost-effective storage service. We'll also discuss how you can seamlessly store your corporate file shares on Amazon S3, while keeping a copy of frequently accessed files on-premises. After the presentation, we will be answering questions from the audience.
EMEA Webinar Series | Journey Through the AWS Cloud; Cost Optimisation
December 5,10:00am GMT, 11:00am CET
Join Amazon Web Services for the final 'Journey Through the AWS Cloud' webinar of the year. This webinar will discuss strategies to help you save money in the AWS Cloud.
The Total Cost of (Non) Ownership in the Cloud
December 6, 8:30am to 9:30am (India), 10:00am to 11:00pm (Bangkok, Jakarta), 11:00am to 12:00pm (Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Perth, Singapore, Taipei), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne)
Explore the financial considerations of owning and operating a traditional data center versus utilizing cloud infrastructure. The session will consider many cost factors which can be overlooked when comparing models, such as provisioning, procurement, training, support contracts and software licensing. Learn how to further reduce your current costs on AWS and improve your spend predictability. Join this webinar to learn more.
Get the Most From Your Search Results With Amazon CloudSearch
December 11, 10:00am PST / 6:00pm GMT
Attend this webinar to learn how Amazon CloudSearch will deliver better results for your search applications. You will learn how to use facets to provide a better user experience, tailor ranking for each search request to personalize search results, and use relative field weighting to boost the right search results. We will show you how Amazon CloudSearch can help you rapidly iterate and test changes for your search results - without having to rebuild your index. Register now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/844977514
Managing Your Data with Amazon S3
December 12, 10:00am PST
Join our webinar to learn more about how Amazon S3 makes it easy to manage your data. With Amazon S3’s data lifecycle management capabilities, you can automatically archive objects to even lower cost storage options or perform recurring deletions, enabling you to reduce your costs over an object’s lifetime. Amazon S3 also allows you to monitor and control your costs across your different business functions. After the presentation, we will be answering questions from the audience.
Amazon CloudFront Office Hours
December 18, 9:00am PST
In this webinar, join technical experts from Amazon CloudFront, AWS’s content delivery network, for an interactive “Office Hours” session. This session enables a technical audience the ability to interact directly with our team in the form of a live Q&A.
Learning AWS cloud with Japanese video tutorial
You can see the “Japanese” video tutorials about how to set up AWS services at dot.install
Dot.install is the well-known portal site of tutorials about popular technology in Japan. Now AWS vide tutorial is available at http://dotinstall.com/lessons/basic_aws . Please access dot.install for learning more.
AWS Senior Evangelist Jeff Barr recently posted eight new episodes of The AWS Report:
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