Posted On: Dec 28, 2010
We’re excited to announce that AWS Import/Export now supports importing and exporting data into and out of Amazon S3 buckets in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region. For significant data sets, AWS Import/Export is often faster than Internet transfer and more cost effective than upgrading your connectivity. To create your first AWS Import/Export job in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region, follow the steps in the Getting Started section of the Developer Guide.
Posted On: Dec 21, 2010
We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new location in Jacksonville, FL to help improve performance for end users of Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 in the south east United States. Both CloudFront and Route 53 utilize a global network of locations to provide your end users with low latency and high performance in accessing your content. With this addition, the number of locations utilized by CloudFront and Route 53 in the United States has increased to 10, and number of global locations to 17. We plan to continue to add new locations worldwide for each service throughout 2011. To learn more about CloudFront and Route 53, visit their respective product detail pages on our website.
Posted On: Dec 15, 2010
We are excited to announce the immediate availability of VM Import for Amazon EC2. VM Import enables you to easily import virtual machine images from your existing environment to Amazon EC2 instances. VM Import allows you to leverage your existing investments in the virtual machines that you have built to meet your IT security, configuration management, and compliance requirements by seamlessly bringing those virtual machines into Amazon EC2 as ready-to-use instances. This offering is available at no additional charge beyond standard usage charges for Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3.
The VM Import process currently supports VMware VMDK images for Windows Server 2008 SP2. We plan to support additional operating systems and versions in the future as well as additional image formats. We also plan to make VM Import available via a plugin for VMware’s vSphere console in the coming months. To learn more about VM Import, visit the VM Import detail page.
Posted On: Dec 9, 2010
Amazon S3 is excited to announce an increase in the maximum size of an object from 5 gigabytes to 5 terabytes. You can now easily store and reference high resolution videos, large backup files, scientific instrument data or other large datasets as single objects. The AWS SDKs, the Amazon S3 Management Console, and the AWS Import/Export service have all added support for objects up to 5 terabytes in size. For more information on uploading large objects into Amazon S3, review the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.
Posted On: Dec 9, 2010
Amazon Web Services is pleased to launch two mobile SDKs:
The mobile SDKs make it easier for software developers to call an AWS web service API directly from a mobile application. Previously, developers either wrote their own libraries to handle the HTTP connection, request retries, and error handling, or built additional infrastructure to proxy the API requests through a server fleet. With the mobile SDKs, developers can write software that uses AWS infrastructure in their mobile applications, including:
- Storage—Store and retrieve data using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
- Database—Add a highly available, scalable, and flexible non-relational data store using Amazon SimpleDB with little or no administrative burden.
- Messaging—Integrate reliable, highly scalable mobile-to-mobile communication into applications using Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), and Amazon Simple Notifications Service (Amazon SNS).
Example applications developers can build with the mobile SDKs include:
- A media application that uploads photos, videos, and more to Amazon S3 for world-wide distribution through Amazon CloudFront.
- A social game that shares moves, high scores, and other data between devices using Amazon SimpleDB.
- A messaging client that broadcasts messages between devices using Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS, without requiring any additional server infrastructure.
Learn more about the AWS SDK for Android at http://aws.amazon.com/sdkforandroid.
Learn more about the AWS SDK for iOS at http://aws.amazon.com/sdkforios.
See all resources for mobile development at http://aws.amazon.com/mobile.
Posted On: Dec 9, 2010
Amazon Web Services, Inc. announced M-Dot Network as the winner of the fourth annual AWS Start-Up Challenge. The global competition received more than 1,500 applications from 22 countries across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. M-Dot Network was awarded $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS service credits at the finale event in Palo Alto, California. Read press release for full details.
Posted On: Dec 7, 2010
AWS has achieved Level 1 PCI compliance and is now a validated PCI Service Provider. This is a key designation that provides a means for merchants and other service providers to become Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified while storing, processing, and transmitting credit card information in AWS. This validation also provides further clarity and assurance for customers evaluating the breadth and strength of our security practices.
Learn more about PCI in AWS by visiting our PCI DSS Level 1 FAQs.
Posted On: Dec 6, 2010
We’re excited to introduce today a highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) service – Amazon Route 53. It is designed to give developers and businesses a reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating human readable names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other. Route 53 effectively connects user requests to infrastructure running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) – such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, or an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket – and can also be used to route users to infrastructure outside of AWS.
With Route 53, you can create a “hosted zone” to add DNS records for a new domain or transfer DNS records for a domain you currently own. Route 53 is also designed to work well with other AWS offerings, such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). By using AWS IAM with Route 53, you can control who in your organization can make changes to your DNS records. In the future, we plan to add additional integration features such as the ability to automatically tie your Amazon Elastic Load Balancer instances to a DNS name, and the ability to route your customers to the closest EC2 region.
Route 53 is also designed to be fast and simple. It uses a global network of DNS servers to respond to end users with low latency and has an easy-to-use, self-service API. There are no long-term contracts or minimum usage commitments for using Route 53 – you pay $1.00 per month for the hosted zones you manage, $0.50 per million queries for the first billion queries, and $0.25 per million queries above a billion. To learn more about Amazon Route 53 visit the Amazon Route 53 detail page or the Getting Started Guide.
Posted On: Dec 3, 2010
We’re excited to let you know that as of today, all Amazon EC2 instances come with free Basic Monitoring metrics from our Monitoring service, Amazon CloudWatch. You don’t need to do anything to make this happen. It’s there for you to use. Simply sign in to the AWS Management Console and select one of your active instances. You will immediately be able to view graphs and track performance on metrics such as CPU utilization, disk reads and writes, and network traffic.
Basic Monitoring for Amazon EC2 is available immediately in all regions (US-N. Virginia, US-N. California, EU-Ireland, APAC-Singapore), and we invite you to try it today! Learn more about Amazon CloudWatch.
Posted On: Dec 3, 2010
SimpleDB now supports a BatchDeleteAttributes API that allows you to perform multiple DeleteAttributes operations in a single call, which reduces round trips and latencies. This enables Amazon SimpleDB to optimize requests, which generally yields better throughput. This new API is available for use immediately in all Amazon SimpleDB Regions. To learn more, please visit the Amazon SimpleDB Developer Guide.
Posted On: Nov 24, 2010
The 2010 AWS Start-Up Challenge finalists are announced! This year, start-ups in 22 countries across the Americas, Asia, and Europe competed for a chance to win $100,000 in cash and credits. We received innovative applications from around the world and the AWS judges selected 15 regional semi-finalists and 7 global finalists: Compass Labs, Loggly, Mediology, M-Dot, TellApart, Yottaa, and Zoombu. Please visit the announcement blog post to read more about all semi-finalists and finalists or visit the AWS Start-Up Challenge home page.
We will select one global grand prize winner on December 8th, at the Start-Up Challenge Finale Event in Palo Alto, CA.
Posted On: Nov 23, 2010
At Amazon Web Services (AWS) we strive to be the most customer centric company on earth and use customer feedback to help us improve our products and services. We would like to hear from you. Please take a moment to fill out our annual AWS Customer Satisfaction Survey to tell us more information about you and your use of Amazon Web Services. The survey is completely anonymous and we anticipate that it will take 15 minutes to complete. We appreciate your time and feedback. Click here to start the survey.
Posted On: Nov 18, 2010
AWS has achieved ISO 27001 certification of our Information Security Management System (ISMS) covering our infrastructure, data centers, and services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). ISO 27001/27002 is a widely-adopted global security standard that sets out requirements and best practices for a systematic approach to managing company and customer information that’s based on periodic risk assessments appropriate to ever-changing threat scenarios. In order to achieve the certification, a company must show it has a systematic and ongoing approach to managing information security risks that affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of company and customer information. This certification reinforces Amazon’s commitment to providing transparency into our security controls and practices. AWS’s ISO 27001 certification includes all AWS data centers in all regions worldwide and AWS has established a formal program to maintain the certification. For more information please visit our ISO 27001 FAQs.
Posted On: Nov 15, 2010
We are excited to announce the immediate ability for Amazon Elastic MapReduce customers to take advantage of Cluster Compute (cc1.4xlarge) and Cluster GPU (cg1.4xlarge) instances, allowing you to combine Hadoop’s massively parallelized architecture with high performance computing. You can focus on developing HPC applications and Elastic MapReduce will handle workload parallelization, node configuration and scaling, and cluster management. Further, Elastic MapReduce applications that are I/O intensive have the opportunity to realize performance improvement by leveraging the low latency, full bisection bandwidth 10 Gbps Ethernet network between the instances in these clusters.
Posted On: Nov 15, 2010
We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Cluster GPU Instances for Amazon EC2, a new instance type designed to deliver the power of GPU processing in the cloud. GPUs are increasingly being used to accelerate the performance of many general purpose computing problems. However, for many organizations, GPU processing has been out of reach due to the unique infrastructural challenges and high cost of the technology. Amazon Cluster GPU Instances remove this barrier by providing developers and businesses immediate access to the highly tuned compute performance of GPUs with no upfront investment or long-term commitment.
Posted On: Nov 10, 2010
Amazon S3 is excited to announce Multipart Upload which allows faster, more flexible uploads into Amazon S3. Multipart Upload allows you to upload a single object as a set of parts. After all parts of your object are uploaded, Amazon S3 then presents the data as a single object. With this feature you can create parallel uploads, pause and resume an object upload, and begin uploads before you know the total object size. For more information on Multipart Upload, review the Amazon S3 Developer Guide or attend the Amazon S3 Multipart Upload webcast on November 17.
Amazon CloudFront Announces General Availability, Support for Custom Origins, and Service Level AgreementPosted On: Nov 9, 2010
We are excited to make 3 announcements today for Amazon CloudFront, the easy-to-use AWS content delivery network.
First, Amazon CloudFront is entering General Availability (GA), after adding many highly-requested features during the course of our public beta period.
Second, you can now use Amazon CloudFront with any origin server that holds the original, definitive versions of your content. When we launched CloudFront, we designed it to work with Amazon S3 as your origin server. Starting today, customers can also use Amazon CloudFront with origin servers running on Amazon EC2 instances or with any other custom origin. This is especially useful for customers with custom content management systems that don’t use Amazon S3, or for customers who want to do object manipulation, like image resizing or ad insertion, in their origin. To utilize this new functionality, please see our Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide. There is no additional charge to use a custom origin. Of course, Amazon S3 remains a great choice to use with CloudFront and is the recommended option for most use cases.
Third, we are providing a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for Amazon CloudFront, with a service level commitment of 99.9% availability. If availability falls below this level, customers are eligible to receive service credits. The new Amazon CloudFront SLA is designed to give you additional confidence that your content will always be available. You can read more about the Amazon CloudFront SLA here.
Please visit http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront to learn more about Amazon CloudFront, the custom origin feature, and the SLA. We’re excited to make Amazon CloudFront the right content delivery choice for even more customers.
Posted On: Nov 1, 2010
Amazon S3 is excited to announce a storage price reduction for both Standard and Reduced Redundancy Storage in all regions effective November 1st. We’ve also lowered the threshold for our volume based discounts from 50 terabytes to 1 terabyte, extending volume pricing discounts to more customers. The new lower prices can be found on the Amazon S3 Detail Page. We’re happy to be able to once again pass along savings as we’ve continued to lower our costs.
Posted On: Oct 21, 2010
To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a new free usage tier. Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage, and free tiers of Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, and AWS data transfer. In addition, customers can benefit from the existing free tiers for Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service, and Amazon Simple Notifications Service. To learn more about the new AWS free usage tier, visit aws.amazon.com/free.
Posted On: Oct 20, 2010
We are excited to announce the immediate ability for Amazon Elastic MapReduce customers to dynamically modify the size of their running job flows. Through the API, command line client, or Java SDK, you now have the flexibility to add or remove slave nodes based on the changing capacity needs of your job flow. You may also include a predefined step in your workflow that automatically resizes a job flow between steps that are known to have different capacity needs. This will allow you to better customize your capacity usage to meet the unique requirements of your job flows, improving performance while enabling you to save money. Further, Elastic MapReduce now automatically provisions new slave nodes if a slave node fails, providing you an even greater level of fault tolerance. For more details on modifying the size of your running job flows, please visit Resizing Running Job Flows in the Elastic MapReduce Developer’s Guide.
Posted On: Oct 14, 2010
We are pleased to announce the availability of HTTPS support for Elastic Load Balancing. This feature allows you to decrypt SSL/TLS traffic at the load balancer – offloading this task from your application instances. All of the load balancing features available to HTTP sessions, including session stickiness, are available for use with the decrypted HTTPS sessions. HTTPS support for ELB also includes centralized storage and management for your SSL server certificates rather than managing certificates on individual application instances. For more information about using Elastic Load Balancing with support for HTTPS, please see Elastic Load Balancing.
Posted On: Oct 12, 2010
We’re excited to announce today that we’ve added support for Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) to the AWS Management Console. Amazon SNS makes it easy to manage and send notifications from the cloud. This service offers ‘push’ notifications and pub-sub messaging which can be used to support distributed applications or exchange time-sensitive data with users or Amazon EC2 instances. The AWS Management Console adds the simplicity of a point-and-click web interface. You can now create topics, add subscribers, and send notifications – all from your browser. In addition, the AWS Management Console makes it easy to publish messages over your protocol of choice (HTTP, email, SQS protocol, etc.) and edit topic policies to control publisher and subscriber access. The AWS Management Console is available free of charge at: http://console.aws.amazon.com.
Posted On: Oct 5, 2010
We are excited to announce that starting today you can employ Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11 (SLES) in all regions. Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux Enterprise is available as an on-demand, reserved or spot instance. This announcement provides enterprise customers with a commercially maintained and supported Linux distribution with more than 6000 certified applications from over 1500 ISVs. The offering will include maintenance that automatically keeps the operating system up-to-date with Novell’s most current security patches, bug fixes and new features. Like all services offered by AWS, Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server offers a low-cost, pay-as-you-go model with no long-term commitments and no minimum fees. Learn more about Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Posted On: Oct 5, 2010
We are excited to announce the release of Read Replicas for Amazon RDS. You can now create one or more replicas of a given “source” DB Instance and serve incoming read traffic from multiple copies of your data. This new database deployment option enables you to elastically scale out beyond the capacity constraints of a single DB Instance for read-heavy database workloads. You can use Read Replicas in conjunction with Multi-AZ replication for scalable, reliable, and highly available production database deployments. To learn more about the release of Read Replicas, please visit the forum post here.
In addition to the release of Read Replicas, we have also lowered the On-Demand and Reserved prices for High Memory Double Extra Large (m2.2xlarge) and Quadruple Extra Large (m2.4xlarge) DB Instances. See the pricing section of the Amazon RDS detail page for full details.
Posted On: Sep 29, 2010
Amazon Web Services launches the official AWS SDK for PHP, enabling developers to get started building scalable PHP web applications in minutes. The AWS SDK for PHP provides a library, code samples, and documentation for developers to build PHP applications that tap into the cost-effective and reliable AWS cloud, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon SimpleDB, and more.
Posted On: Sep 21, 2010
Amazon Web Services and Oracle have just announced that a wide selection of Oracle enterprise software has been certified to run on Amazon EC2 using Oracle Virtual Machine. For the first time, customers who power their businesses with Oracle software will be able to fully leverage the scalability, reliability, and utility-based pricing model of Amazon Web Services for production workloads with support from Oracle and AWS.
All products certified on the Oracle VM, including enterprise applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle’s Siebel CRM, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle Linux will now be certified to run on Amazon EC2 using Oracle VM. This certification allows customers to apply standard Oracle partitioned licensing models to software running on Amazon EC2 without restrictions.
Oracle and AWS will publish a set of pre-configured platform and application templates as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) allowing instances to run on Oracle VM. In addition to minimizing installation and hardware maintenance costs, these templates reduce implementation times from days to minutes. Initial templates will be available for Oracle Linux, Oracle Database 11gR2, the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies including Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Business Process Management. Future releases will include templates for PeopleSoft Enterprise, Siebel CRM, and Oracle’s JD Edwards applications.
For more information on running Oracle Applications on Amazon EC2 or to register to be notified when application templates become available, visit aws.amazon.com/oracle.
Posted On: Sep 20, 2010
We are excited to let you know about four separate features that will make EC2 easier to use for customers with large deployments. First, we’ve added the ability to tag EC2 resources to simplify the administration of your cloud infrastructure. A form of metadata, tags can be used to create user-friendly names, enhance searchability, and improve coordination between multiple users. The AWS Management Console has also been updated to support tagging.
We’re also announcing the ability to filter among your EC2 resources to find ones that match specified criteria. For example, you can use filtering to quickly determine which instances are running in a particular Availability Zone or which snapshots are associated with a particular EBS volume. Filtering will make it easier to manage resources within your deployment.
Starting today, you can also use your own RSA keys to access your EC2 instances instead of relying on AWS generated keys. This feature gives you complete control over your private keys and will also allow you to use the same RSA key across different regions, simplifying resource management.
Last but not the least, you will also be able to idempotently launch instances so that timeouts or connection errors do not result in the launch of more instances than you originally intended, saving you time and money.
Posted On: Sep 14, 2010
We are excited to announce availability of the Amazon Linux AMI. The Amazon Linux AMI is a supported and maintained Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). It is designed to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running on Amazon EC2. It also includes several packages that enable easy integration with AWS, including launch configuration tools and many popular AWS libraries and tools. Amazon Web Services also provides ongoing security and maintenance updates to all instances running the Amazon Linux AMI. The Amazon Linux AMI is provided at no additional charge to Amazon EC2 users. For more information, please visit the Amazon Linux AMI page.
Posted On: Sep 9, 2010
We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Micro instances for Amazon EC2, a new, low cost instance type designed for lower throughput applications and web sites.
Micro instances provide 613 MB of memory and support 32-bit and 64-bit platforms on both Linux and Windows. Micro instance pricing for On-Demand instances starts at $0.02 per hour for Linux and $0.03 per hour for Windows.
Customers have asked us for a lower priced instance type that could satisfy the needs of their less demanding applications. Micro instances are optimized for applications that require lower throughput, but which still may consume significant compute cycles periodically. Micro instances provide a small amount of consistent CPU resources, and also allow you to burst CPU capacity when additional cycles are available.
Learn more about the new Micro instances for Amazon EC2.
Posted On: Sep 8, 2010
We’re excited to announce that we’ve added support in the AWS Management Console for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), a secure and seamless bridge between a company’s existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud. With the simplicity of a point-and-click web interface, customers can now manage their Amazon VPC resources such as subnets and VPN connections, and can also use a simple, straightforward wizard to create and connect to a VPC for the very first time. Access to the AWS Management Console is provided free of charge at http://aws.amazon.com/console.
Posted On: Sep 2, 2010
We’re pleased to release today a Preview Beta of a new AWS feature: AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). IAM enables you to create multiple Users and manage the permissions for each of these Users within your AWS Account. A User is an identity (within your AWS Account) with unique security credentials that can be used to access AWS Services. IAM eliminates the need to share passwords or access keys, and makes it easy to enable or disable a User’s access as appropriate. IAM offers you greater flexibility, control and security when using AWS.
We are excited to offer you early access to this new functionality. As part of this Preview Beta, we are enabling you to programmatically add Users to your AWS Account, set groups and permissions for these Users, and enable your Users to call AWS Service APIs.
In the near future, we plan on adding support for your Users to login to the AWS Management Console. We also plan to extend the AWS Management Console to support IAM, providing a web-based interface to manage your Users, groups, and permissions.
Learn more about AWS Identity and Access Management Preview Beta at: http://aws.amazon.com/iam
Posted On: Sep 1, 2010
Effective immediately, we have lowered the On-Demand and Reserved prices for High Memory Double Extra Large (m2.2xlarge) and Quadruple Extra Large (m2.4xlarge) instances for Linux/UNIX and Windows by up to 19%. If you have existing Reserved Instances, your hourly usage rate starting September 1st will be lowered to the new usage rate and your estimated bill will reflect these changes later this month. We continuously strive to be more efficient, and are excited to pass cost savings on to you in the form of lower prices. For more details on Amazon EC2 pricing, please visit the Amazon EC2 pricing page.
Posted On: Aug 31, 2010
Amazon CloudFront, Amazon’s easy-to-use content delivery network, now supports the ability to remove files from all edge locations prior to the expiration date set on those files. If you need to remove multiple files at once, you may also send a list of files to remove as a batch. The invalidation feature is helpful in unexpected circumstances, such as an encoding error on a video you uploaded or an occasional update to your website’s css file, in which you to need to remove the file from Amazon CloudFront. Invalidation can also be helpful in the event that offensive or potentially harmful material needs to be removed before the specified expiration time. Invalidation requests for the first 1,000 files each month are provided at no additional charge; above this level, there is a $0.005 charge for invalidating each additional file. You can read more about the invalidation feature in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide. For more information on Amazon CloudFront, visit the Amazon CloudFront page.
Posted On: Aug 23, 2010
Today Amazon Web Services published the fourth version of our Overview of Security Processes whitepaper. It contains ten pages of new and additional detailed information. Highlights of new content include:
- A description of the AWS control environment
- A list of our SAS-70 Type II Control Objectives
- Some discussion of risk management and shared responsibility principles
- Greater visibility into our monitoring and communication processes and our employee lifecycle
- Descriptions of our physical security, environmental safeguards, configuration management, and business continuity management processes and plans
- Updated summaries of new AWS security features
- Additional detail about the security attributes of various AWS components
Posted On: Aug 18, 2010
The AWS Start-up Challenge is back with an expanded world footprint – start-ups in 22 countries across the Americas, Asia, and Europe can compete for a chance to win $100,000 in cash and credits. This year, we will recognize 15 regional semi-finalists, 6 global finalists, and select one global grand prize winner. We’re looking for the most promising start-ups that can grow into significant, meaningful businesses that leverage AWS for their infrastructure. The contest submission closes October 31. To learn more and enter the competition, visit the AWS Start-Up Challenge home page.
Posted On: Aug 16, 2010
We’re excited to announce today that we’ve added Reserved Database Instances (Reserved DB Instances) for Amazon RDS. With Reserved DB Instances, you can now make a one-time, up-front payment to create a one or three year reservation to run your DB Instance in a specific Region and receive a significant discount off of the ongoing hourly usage charge. Your DB Instances will work just as they do today, but can lower your costs over the life of your database. For more information on Reserved DB Instances, visit the Amazon RDS detail page.
Posted On: Aug 5, 2010
Amazon CloudFront, the easy to use content delivery network, now supports the ability to assign a default root object to your HTTP or HTTPS distribution. This default object will be served when Amazon CloudFront receives a request for the root of your distribution – i.e., your distribution’s domain name by itself. This feature should make it easier for you to serve all of your static content from edge locations close to your end users and provide them with a better experience. You can read more about the default root object feature in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide. For more information on Amazon CloudFront, visit the Amazon CloudFront page.
Posted On: Jul 14, 2010
We are excited to announce enhancements to Amazon S3’s Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) option: Notifications for RRS object loss and RRS support in the AWS Management Console. Customers using the console can now select the RRS storage option when uploading new files and can easily move a set of objects or even an entire folder from Standard storage to RRS. Additionally, Amazon S3 customers can now configure their bucket so that when Amazon S3 detects the loss of an RRS object, a notification will be sent through Amazon Simple Notification Service. For more information on these new features, attend the Introducing Amazon S3 Enhanced Support for Reduced Redundancy Storage webinar on July 20. For more information on RRS, visit the Amazon S3 detail page.
Posted On: Jul 13, 2010
We are excited to announce the availability of Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, a new instance type specifically designed for high-performance computing (HPC) applications and other demanding network-bound applications. Customers with complex computational workloads such as tightly coupled parallel processes, or with applications sensitive to network performance, can now achieve the same high compute and network performance provided by custom-built infrastructure while benefiting from the elasticity, flexibility and cost advantages of Amazon EC2.
Posted On: Jul 13, 2010
We are pleased to announce that you can now assign the IP address of your choice to each of your Amazon EC2 instances you launch in your Virtual Private Cloud. This eagerly anticipated feature gives you greater control of your network configuration and makes it easier to run services within Amazon VPC that your users and applications expect to have a consistent IP address, such as DNS servers and Active Directory domain controllers. If you do not require your instance to have a specific IP address, you can continue to launch instances by specifying only a subnet, and AWS will continue to assign an IP address to your instance automatically. Please note that when you specify an IP address, it is retained for the instance’s lifetime. An IP address previously assigned to a running instance can only be used again once that instance is in a “terminated” state.
For more information about how to leverage this highly requested capability, please see the Amazon VPC documentation. Please note that ElasticFox has also been updated to support this capability.
Posted On: Jul 6, 2010
We are pleased to announce beta support for Amazon S3 bucket policies, which gives customers the ability to create conditional rules for managing access to their buckets and objects. Bucket policies can restrict access based on AWS account as well as request-based attributes, such as HTTP referrer and IP address. With bucket policies, customers can also now define security rules that apply to more than one object, including all objects or a subset of objects within a bucket. For more information, please refer to the Amazon S3 FAQs and Developer Guide.
Posted On: Jul 1, 2010
Amazon Simple Queue Service now offers a free service tier that makes trying SQS risk free for developers. Starting July 1, 2010, developers and businesses can start leveraging Amazon SQS with no initial charge. Each month, Amazon SQS users will incur no charges for the first 100,000 Amazon SQS Requests. Many SQS applications may be able to operate within this free tier limit and pricing for additional requests continues to be $0.10 per 100,000 requests.
SQS now supports larger message sizes and longer message retention increasing the range of applications that can potentially use Amazon SQS. Previously SQS users were limited to a maximum message size of 8 kB, and this has been raised to accommodate a user configurable maximum of 64 kB. SQS message retention is also now configurable and can be set anywhere from 1 hour to 2 weeks (from a previous limit of 4 days). The option for adjustable message retention provides greater flexibility for application developers who need to accommodate varying message consumption rates or want to define specific message retention behavior.
Posted On: Jun 14, 2010
We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch has added monitoring support for all Amazon EBS volumes for no additional charge. This feature enables you to obtain performance metrics for your Amazon EBS volumes on bandwidth, throughput, latency and queue depth accessible via the AWS CloudWatch API or the AWS Management Console. For information on the metric schema and the graphs available through AWS Management Console, please see EC2 Users Guide: Monitoring Your Instances and Volumes.
Posted On: Jun 10, 2010
AWS Import/Export is now generally available and has a new web service interface for creating and managing Import and Export jobs. Now you can create and ship a new job in minutes, and check job status in real-time. To use AWS Import/Export, you can download an open source tool or program directly against the web service interface.
Learn more about AWS Import/Export at: http://aws.amazon.com/importexport
Posted On: Jun 10, 2010
We’re excited to announce the availability of Amazon S3 support in the AWS Management Console. Amazon S3 is storage for the internet. It can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. The AWS Management Console provides a simple and intuitive web interface for managing your Amazon S3 resources. You can manage your existing Amazon S3 resources, as well as create new buckets and upload objects to your buckets using the console. Manage buckets with billions of objects as well as those with folders and objects created with many popular 3rd party tools. Access to the console is available at http://aws.amazon.com/console.
Posted On: Jun 7, 2010
We’re excited to let you know about three separate changes to Amazon CloudFront, the easy-to-use AWS content delivery network. First, we’ve added the ability to deliver content over an HTTPS connection. Since we launched Amazon CloudFront, HTTPS support has been one of the most requested features by our customers. HTTPS lets you transfer content over an encrypted connection, helping ensure the authenticity of the content delivered to your users. Amazon CloudFront HTTPS delivery can be used to transfer inherently sensitive objects to your users, to avoid security warnings that some browsers present when viewing a mix of HTTP and HTTPS content, or for anything else that needs to be encrypted when transferred.
Using HTTPS is easy – just change your cloudfront.net links to use https:// instead of http://, and Amazon CloudFront will serve your content using HTTPS. By default, Amazon CloudFront will accept requests over both the HTTP and the HTTPS protocols. However, if you always want your content encrypted when transmitted, you can configure Amazon CloudFront to require HTTPS for all requests for your content and not allow requests made over the regular HTTP protocol. For HTTPS requests, Amazon CloudFront will also use HTTPS to retrieve your object from Amazon S3, so your object is encrypted whenever it is transmitted.
Pricing for HTTPS requests start at $0.01 per 10,000 requests. As always, you will pay only for what you actually use with the service.
We’re also announcing today that we’ve reduced our pricing for regular HTTP requests by 25%: prices for HTTP requests now start at $0.0075 per 10,000 requests, letting you save on content that doesn’t require HTTPS. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our costs, and we’re happy that we can pass these savings on to our customers. These lower prices will apply for all usage starting on June 1, 2010.
Finally, we wanted to let you know that we’ve opened a new edge location in New York City, adding to our existing US East Coast locations. We’re excited that this location will help make performance even better for users requesting your content from New York and the northeast United States.
You can read more about Amazon CloudFront, HTTPS delivery, and view pricing information on the Amazon CloudFront detail page.
Posted On: May 25, 2010
We’re excited to announce today that we’ve added support for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud, to the AWS Management Console. With the simplicity of a point-and-click web interface, you can now launch DB Instances (including highly available and durable Multi-AZ deployments), take real-time snapshots of your database, and view important statistics like read and write throughput, latency, free storage space and more, all from your browser. AWS Management Console support enhances the simplicity of running a MySQL database with Amazon RDS, making it even easier to get started.
Access to the AWS Management Console is provided free of charge at http://console.aws.amazon.com.
Posted On: May 19, 2010
Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) is a new storage option within Amazon S3 that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing non-critical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than Amazon S3’s standard storage. It provides a cost-effective, highly available solution for distributing or sharing content that is durably stored elsewhere, or for storing thumbnails, transcoded media, or other processed data that can be easily reproduced. Amazon S3’s standard and reduced redundancy options both store data in multiple facilities and on multiple devices, but with RRS, data is replicated fewer times, so the cost is less. Amazon S3 standard storage is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability and to sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities, while RRS is designed to provide 99.99% durability and to sustain the loss of data in a single facility. Both the standard and RRS storage options are designed to be highly available, and both are backed by Amazon S3’s Service Level Agreement. To get started using RRS and Amazon S3, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/s3.
Posted On: May 18, 2010
We are excited to announce Multi-Availability Zone (Multi-AZ) deployments for Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). This new deployment option provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating database updates between multiple Availability Zones. Availability Zones are physically separate locations with independent infrastructure engineered to be insulated from failure in other Availability Zones. When you create or modify your DB Instance to run as a Multi-AZ deployment, Amazon RDS will automatically provision and maintain a synchronous “standby” replica in a different Availability Zone. In the event of planned database maintenance or unplanned service disruption, Amazon RDS will automatically failover to the up-to-date standby so that database operations can resume quickly without administrative intervention.
The increased availability and fault tolerance offered by Multi-AZ deployments are well suited to critical production environments. To learn more, visit the Amazon RDS product page.
Posted On: May 13, 2010
Amazon CloudFront’s access log feature now works with streaming distributions. This means you can now get detailed activity records about every stream you serve from CloudFront. This information lets you answer important questions about how your customers are using your content. You can learn who is watching your videos, which videos they are watching, when they watch and when they stop watching.
Every time Amazon CloudFront receives a streaming event – like play, pause, seek or stop – an access log record is created. Included in that record is the name of the video being streamed, the type of event, the number of bytes sent, the edge location serving the stream, the viewer’s IP address, and several other data elements. Activity logs are formatted in a W3C standard format, so they are compatible with a wide variety of tools and analytics solutions. Once enabled, access logs are written at least once an hour to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. There are no additional charges for access logs, beyond normal Amazon S3 rates to write, store and access you logs.
Since we launched streaming, access logs have been one of the most requested features we’ve heard customers ask us for. We’re happy to make this capability available starting immediately. You can read more about this feature in the Amazon CloudFront developer’s guide.
Posted On: May 6, 2010
Amazon Web Services has extended Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) to the US West (Northern California) Region. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity for MySQL deployments in the cloud, while managing time-consuming tasks like backup, scaling, and patching. Developers and business can now run Amazon RDS DB Instances with closer proximity to other AWS resources in the Northern California Region in order to reduce latency.
Amazon RDS now supports the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions. Learn more about Amazon RDS and pricing by Region.
Posted On: May 4, 2010
Amazon Web Services has launched Amazon VPC in Europe. AWS customers can now connect their existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources in the EU via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and use their existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include their AWS resources. Customers based in Europe will benefit from reduced network latency between Amazon VPC and their existing IT infrastructure, allowing enterprise IT departments to provide the best possible user experience to their end users. Amazon VPC in the EU will also help European customers meet EU requirements for where their data is stored.
Posted On: Apr 29, 2010
AWS is excited to announce the launch of its first Asia Pacific Region in Singapore. Starting today, Asia Pacific-based businesses and global businesses with customers based in Asia can leverage AWS’s cloud infrastructure platform to build their businesses and run their applications. The new Singapore Region launches with multiple redundant availability zones and is currently available for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Amazon CloudWatch, and Amazon CloudFront. For Singapore Region pricing, please see the detail page for each service at: http://aws.amazon.com/products
Read the press release
Posted On: Apr 13, 2010
Amazon Web Services has extended Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) to Europe. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity for MySQL deployments in the cloud, while managing time-consuming tasks like backup, scaling, and patching. Developers and business can now run Amazon RDS DB Instances with closer proximity to other AWS resources in the EU Region in order to reduce latency and help meet EU data storage requirements (when applicable).
Posted On: Apr 8, 2010
Bootstrap Actions is a new feature in Amazon Elastic MapReduce that provides users a way to run custom set-up prior to the execution of their job flow. Bootstrap Actions can be used to install software or configure instances before running your job flow. You can write a Bootstrap Action script in any language including among others Bash, Perl, Python, Ruby, C++, or Java. There are several pre-defined Bootstrap Actions available. Please refer to the Developer’s Guide for details on how to use Bootstrap Actions.
Posted On: Apr 8, 2010
We are excited to announce support for session stickiness in Elastic Load Balancing. Until now, the behavior of load balancers has been to route each request independently to the Amazon EC2 instance with the least load. With the stickiness feature, you can configure the load balancer to bind user sessions to specific application instances. All requests coming from the user during the session will be sent to the same application instance. Elastic Load Balancing supports two mechanisms to provide session stickiness: load balancer-generated HTTP cookies, which allow browser-based session lifetimes, and application-generated HTTP cookies, which allow application-specific session lifetimes. You can learn more about this feature by visiting the ELB Developers Guide.
Posted On: Apr 7, 2010
Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud. It provides developers with a highly scalable, flexible, and cost-effective capability to publish messages from an application and immediately deliver them to subscribers or other applications. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
Amazon SNS provides a simple web services interface that can be used to create topics you want to notify applications (or people) about, subscribe clients to these topics, publish messages, and have these messages delivered over clients’ protocol of choice (i.e. HTTP, email, etc.). Amazon SNS delivers notifications to clients using a “push” mechanism that eliminates the need to periodically check or “poll” for new information and updates. Amazon SNS can be leveraged to build highly reliable, event-driven workflows and messaging applications without the need for complex middleware and application management. The potential uses for Amazon SNS include monitoring applications, workflow systems, time-sensitive information updates, mobile applications, and many others. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use.
Learn more about the Amazon SNS at: http://aws.amazon.com/sns
Posted On: Apr 1, 2010
Starting April 1, 2010, your Data Transfer Out pricing tier for a given Region will be based on your total Data Transfer Out usage within that region for Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon RDS, Amazon SQS, and Amazon VPC. Until now, usage tiers have been calculated individually for each service, based on data transfer related to that service. Because AWS is now aggregating your total Data Transfer Out usage across multiple services, you can reach higher usage tiers and lower pricing more quickly. In addition, you’ll benefit from a complimentary tier which provides your first GB of outbound transfer in each Region each month at no charge.
Posted On: Mar 28, 2010
Amazon CloudFront, the easy to use content delivery network from Amazon Web Services, now has an edge location in Singapore. We’re excited that this will help you deliver content to end users in Asia with even lower latency and faster data transfer rates than before. Amazon CloudFront now has 15 edge locations worldwide, including locations in Hong Kong and Tokyo, as well as 4 locations in Europe and 8 in the United States. The new Singapore CloudFront location precedes our upcoming launch of other AWS services in Singapore this year.
Starting immediately, Amazon CloudFront will begin using the Singapore edge location for requests for your content. There’s no need for you to change anything in order for this to happen – Amazon CloudFront will automatically route requests for your content to the Singapore location when it’s appropriate to do so. Prices for content delivered from the Singapore location are the same as prices for content delivered from Hong Kong; you can see these you can see these at http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/.
We’re also excited that you can have greater control over the content that you stream using Amazon CloudFront using our private content feature. This feature gives you detailed control over who is able to receive your streaming media, so you can use Amazon CloudFront to stream content that you do not wish to make publicly available. There are no additional charges for using private content above that service’s normal rates for streaming. You can learn more about streaming and private content on the Amazon CloudFront detail page.
Posted On: Mar 22, 2010
The AWS SDK for Java makes it even easier for developers to build Java applications that tap into the cost-effective, scalable, and reliable AWS cloud.
Using the SDK, developers can build solutions for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon SimpleDB, and more. With the AWS SDK for Java, developers get started in minutes with a single, downloadable package that includes the AWS Java library, code samples, and documentation. Eclipse Java IDE users can get started with the SDK easily using the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse.
Posted On: Feb 24, 2010
Amazon SimpleDB – the highly available, scalable, and flexible non-relational data store – now enables Consistent Reads and Conditional Puts & Deletes. Consistent Reads provide the ability to specify the consistency characteristic you require for each read call within your application, with an eventually consistent read optimized for lowest latency and highest throughput and a consistent read that provides “read my last write” capability. Conditional Puts & Deletes are mechanisms for inserting, updating, or deleting one or more attributes of an item with full transactional semantics using a single PutAttributes or Delete Attributes API call.
Previously, Amazon SimpleDB provided only eventually consistent reads. By offering a new Consistent Reads option and transactional semantics, AWS aims to facilitate development of additional classes of applications with Amazon SimpleDB. Visit the Amazon SimpleDB page to learn more.
Posted On: Feb 23, 2010
We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Reserved Instances with Windows, which work like Reserved Instances with Linux/UNIX. You simply pay a low, upfront fee for each Reserved Instances with Windows you want to reserve and in turn receive a significant discount on the hourly price during a 1 or 3 year period. After the one-time payment, that Windows-based instance is reserved for you, and you have no further obligation; you may choose to run that instance for the discounted usage rate for the duration of your term, or when you do not use the instance, you will not pay usage charges on it. You can find more detailed information on Reserved Instances at http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/reserved-instances/.
Posted On: Feb 23, 2010We are pleased to announce today the availability of Extra Large High Memory instances, for use with all operating systems. The new instance type is specifically designed for memory-intensive workloads such as databases, memory caching, and rendering. You can also leverage this new instance type as a lower cost option if you are already using Standard Extra Large instances. The High Memory Extra Large instance type is defined as:
- Extra Large: 17.1 GB memory, 6.5 ECU (2 virtual cores with 3.25 ECU each), 420 GB storage, 64-bit platform
Posted On: Feb 9, 2010
We’re excited to announce Consolidated Billing, a new billing option that enables you to consolidate payment for multiple Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts within your company by designating a single paying account. Consolidated Billing enables you to see a combined view of AWS costs incurred by all accounts in your department or company, as well as obtain a detailed cost report for each individual AWS account associated with your paying account. Consolidated Billing may also lower your overall costs since the rolled up usage across all of your accounts could help you reach lower-priced volume tiers more quickly.
In the future, AWS will continue to provide additional billing and account features, including self-service invoicing, the ability to set cost targets and receive notifications when those targets have been reached, and more sophisticated user management capabilities that will allow you to better manage access and permissions of multiple AWS users in your department or company.
To learn more about Consolidated Billing or to start using it, read the Consolidated Billing section of the AWS Cost and Account Billing User Guide.
Posted On: Feb 8, 2010
We are pleased to announce the availability of the Versioning feature for beta use across all of our Amazon S3 Regions. Versioning allows you to preserve, retrieve, and restore every version of every object in an Amazon S3 bucket. Once you enable Versioning for a bucket, Amazon S3 preserves existing objects anytime you perform a PUT, POST, COPY, or DELETE operation on them. By default, GET requests will retrieve the most recently written version. Older versions of an overwritten or deleted object can be retrieved by specifying a version in the request.
Amazon S3 provides customers with a highly secure and durable storage infrastructure. Versioning offers an additional level of protection by providing a means of recovery when customers accidentally overwrite or delete objects. This allows you to easily recover from unintended user actions and application failures. You can also use Versioning for data retention and archiving. For more information, please see the Amazon S3 FAQs and Developer Guide.
Posted On: Feb 2, 2010
We are excited to announce that we’ve added support for debugging Amazon Elastic Map Reduce job flows within the AWS Management Console – making Amazon Elastic MapReduce even easier to use for developing large data processing and analytics applications. This capability allows customers to track progress and identify issues in steps, jobs, tasks, or task attempts of their job flows. The job flow logs are saved in Amazon S3 and the state of tasks and task attempts is saved in Amazon SimpleDB so customers can analyze job flows even after they’ve completed. This functionality is accessible through the Amazon Elastic MapReduce Tab in the AWS Management Console.
Access to the AWS Management Console is provided free of charge at https://console.aws.amazon.com.
Posted On: Feb 1, 2010
As you know, we are constantly working to drive our costs down and become more operationally efficient. We then pass on those cost savings to our customers in the form of lower prices. Today we are pleased to announce that we are lowering AWS pricing for outbound data transfer by $0.02 across all of our services, in all usage tiers, and in all Regions. These changes will be effective February 1, 2010. For more information, consult the pricing section for any of the AWS infrastructure services on the AWS website.