• New SQL-like SELECT API for Amazon SimpleDB

    Posted On: Dec 17, 2008

    AWS today released a new SELECT API for Amazon SimpleDB. Developers and business can now utilize this API when constructing queries and building applications, taking advantage of the familiar SQL-like syntax. The SELECT API will further reduce the training required for new developers to begin using SimpleDB.

  • Amazon EC2 Crosses the Atlantic

    Posted On: Dec 10, 2008

    Developers and businesses can now run their Amazon EC2 instances in the EU to help achieve lower latency, operate closer to other resources like Amazon S3 in the EU, and meet EU data storage requirements when required. The new European Region for Amazon EC2 contains two Availability Zones enabling you to easily and cost effectively run fault-tolerant applications with the same scalability, reliability and cost efficiency achieved with Amazon EC2 in the US.

    Learn more about Amazon EC2.

  • Public Data Sets on AWS Now Available

    Posted On: Dec 3, 2008

    Public Data Sets on AWS provides a centralized repository of public data sets that can be seamlessly integrated into AWS cloud-based applications. AWS is hosting the public data sets at no charge for the community, and like all AWS services, users pay only for the compute and storage they use for their own applications. An initial list of data sets is already available, and more will be added soon.

    Previously, large data sets such as the mapping of the Human Genome and the US Census data required hours or days to locate, download, customize, and analyze. Now, anyone can access these data sets from their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances and start computing on the data within minutes. Users can also leverage the entire AWS ecosystem and easily collaborate with other AWS users. For example, users can produce or use prebuilt server images with tools and applications to analyze the data sets. By hosting this important and useful data with cost-efficient services such as Amazon EC2, AWS hopes to provide researchers across a variety of disciplines and industries with tools to enable more innovation, more quickly.

    For more information please visit the Public Data Sets on AWS page.

  • Amazon SimpleDB now in Unlimited Beta

    Posted On: Dec 1, 2008

    AWS today announced the unlimited public beta of Amazon SimpleDB. Any developer or business may now sign up and start using the service immediately. Also announced today, Amazon SimpleDB users can take advantage of a free monthly usage tier, and reduced pricing for structured data storage.

    Read More and Get Started Here

  • AWS Start-Up Challenge Winner

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2008

    Tonight at the AWS Start-Up Event in Seattle, the winner of the AWS Start-Up Challenge was announced. YieldEx is the grand prize winner and receives $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in service credits. This event capped off an exciting final round of the contest in which seven finalists presented their businesses to judges from Amazon.com and venture capital firms.

    Learn more about all seven finalists.

  • Announcing Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2008

    Today, AWS announces the public beta of Amazon CloudFront, a new AWS service for content delivery. CloudFront integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.

    Read More and Get Started Here

  • Capgemini Introduces Cloud Computing Center of Excellence

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2008

    Capgemini has announced a new Cloud Computing Center of Excellence, focused on cloud computing and Amazon Web Services, to help enterprise customers integrate cloud computing into their IT and business strategies.

  • AWS Developer Bootcamp - Register Today

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2008

    AWS is excited to offer AWS Developer Bootcamp taking place in Silicon Valley, CA on December 2 and Boston, MA on December 4. These one-day, hands-on training sessions are a great opportunity for software developers and engineers who want to get started with AWS. We will walk developers through the AWS infrastructure services (Amazon S3, EC2, SQS, and SimpleDB) and show them how to deploy their applications “in the cloud”.

    Learn more about AWS Training.

  • Announcing the Finalists in the AWS Start-Up Challenge

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2008

    AWS has chosen the top finalists in the 2008 AWS Start-Up Challenge. The finalists include Encoding.com, MedCommons, Knewton, Pixily, Sonian, Yieldex, Zephyr. The finalists will enter the final round and compete for $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and more.

  • Salesforce.com Announces Force.com Toolkit for AWS

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2008

    Salesforce.com has created the Force.com Toolkit for Amazon Web Services, which enables developers to build new cloud-based applications quickly by leveraging the database, logic and user interface features of the Force.com platform and the storage and compute capabilities of Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2.

  • Amazon EC2 Running Windows Server Now Available

    Posted On: Oct 23, 2008

    Starting now you can employ Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL Server with all of the performance, reliability, and scalability benefits of Amazon EC2. AWS customers have commonly requested Amazon EC2 running Windows Server since the service launched, and this announcement means that Amazon EC2 will provide an ideal environment for deploying ASP.NET web sites, high performance computing clusters, media transcoding solutions, and many other Windows-based applications. Like all services offered by AWS, Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL 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 Windows Server.

  • AWS Provides Glimpse at New Amazon EC2 Features

    Posted On: Oct 23, 2008

    To help you better plan your future hardware and software investments, AWS is providing visibility into plans to release several new features in 2009 that will make managing cloud-based applications on Amazon EC2 even easier. Thousands of customers employ the massive computing power of Amazon EC2 to build highly scalable and reliable applications. In the coming months, AWS will deliver capabilities that further enhance the efficiency of applications running in the AWS cloud. These features include Load Balancing, Auto-Scaling, Monitoring, and Management Consoles. Learn more about these new features.

  • Amazon EC2 Exits Beta and Now Offers a Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Oct 23, 2008

    Amazon EC2 today is entering General Availability (GA), after just over two years of operation in beta and the addition of many highly-requested features. We are also providing an SLA for Amazon EC2, with a service level commitment of 99.95% availability within a Region. If availability falls below this level, customers are eligible to receive service credits. The new Amazon EC2 SLA is designed to give you additional confidence that even the most demanding applications will run dependably in the AWS cloud. Learn more about the SLA for Amazon EC2

  • New Tiered Pricing for Amazon S3 Storage

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2008

    Effective November 1st, Amazon is lowering prices for storage by introducing tiered pricing, with prices as low as $0.12 per GB per month. This new pricing structure means that your costs will continue to decrease over time as your storage increases. Please see http://aws.amazon.com/s3 for full Amazon S3 pricing info.

  • AWS Start-Up Challenge – Extended to Oct. 10

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2008

    We are giving you more time to submit your ideas for the AWS Start-Up Challenge. This contest is a great opportunity to gain some exposure for your great app or idea built on AWS and compete for a chance to win $100,000 in cash and AWS credits. To enter, simply submit your business application, the entry period has been extended to October 10th.

  • Amazon EC2 Running Windows Server: Coming Soon

    Posted On: Oct 1, 2008

    Starting later this Fall, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) will offer the ability to run Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server. Today, you can choose from a variety of Unix-based operating systems, and soon you will be able to configure your instances to run the Windows Server operating system. In addition, you will be able to use SQL Server as another option within Amazon EC2 for running relational databases. To learn more, please go to: http://aws.amazon.com/windows

  • Important changes to Amazon DevPay pricing and policy

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2008

    Based on feedback from our developer community, we are pleased to announce that we have made changes to Amazon DevPay pricing and policy that should make it more attractive for you to sell your products and services using Amazon DevPay. Amazon DevPay is a simple-to-use online billing and account management service that makes it easy for businesses to sell applications that are built in, or run on top of, Amazon Web Services.   Read More…

  • Oracle Products Licensed for Amazon Web Services

    Posted On: Sep 22, 2008

    Oracle customers can now license Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Enterprise Manager to run in the AWS cloud computing environment. By delivering a set of free Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), Oracle has made it easy to start deploying Oracle solutions on Amazon EC2. Developers can take advantage of the provisioning and automated software deployment in these AMIs to rapidly build applications using Oracle’s popular development tools such as Oracle Application Express, Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse and Oracle Workshop for WebLogic.

  • New AWS Service Under Development for Content Delivery

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2008

    We are excited to share some early details with you about a new offering we have under development here at AWS—a content delivery service. This new service will provide you a high performance method of distributing content to end users, giving your customers low latency and high data transfer rates when they access your objects. Learn more.

  • Announcing the AWS Start-Up Challenge - Win $100,000 in Prizes

    Posted On: Sep 3, 2008

    AWS has launched this year’s AWS Start-Up Challenge, a contest for entrepreneurs and start-ups that will award the winner $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, a potential investment offer from Amazon.com, and more. Submissions will be accepted until October 3, 2008. Learn more about the contest and enter your great idea today!

  • Amazon SimpleDB Releases QueryWithAttributes

    Posted On: Aug 25, 2008

    This highly requested Amazon SimpleDB feature extends the existing Query functionality and simplifies the application development process. Instead of issuing a query followed by a series of read requests, application developers can now use a single API call to retrieve all information about items stored in Amazon SimpleDB. For more on QueryWithAttributes, see the Amazon SimpleDB Developer Guide.

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store Now Available

    Posted On: Aug 20, 2008

    AWS is excited to announce Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) a new persistent storage feature for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With Amazon EBS, storage volumes can be programmatically created and attached to Amazon EC2 instances. Prior to Amazon EBS, storage within an Amazon EC2 instance was tied to the instance itself so that when the instance was terminated, the data within the instance was lost. Now with Amazon EBS, users can choose to allocate storage volumes that persist reliably and independently from Amazon EC2 instances. For even more durable backups, Amazon EBS provides the ability to create snapshots of volumes that are stored to Amazon S3. Amazon EBS is well suited for databases, as well as many other applications that require running a file system or access to raw block-level storage. Read more on the Amazon EBS detail page or the press release.

  • AWS Start-Up Tour

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2008

    The 2008 AWS Start-Up Tour is set to take off September 3rd. We invite all start-up leaders and entrepreneurs to join us for these half-day events to learn how AWS empowers entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable growth. Join us in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Boston, New York, Austin, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, London, and Amsterdam. Seats are limited, RSVP today.

  • Announcing New Web-Based Tools for Mechanical Turk

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2008

    AWS is pleased to announce a new set of web-based tools for Amazon Mechanical Turk that make it easier for developers and businesses to outsource work to an on-demand, scalable workforce. These new tools allow users to create 1,000s or 100,000s of Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) in a matter of minutes via mturk.com. Now users can choose from SDKs, Command Line Tools, or web-based tools to design, publish and manage their HITs.

  • SimpleDB Releases Query Sort

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2008

    Amazon SimpleDB has released a highly requested feature: Query Sort. Query Sort allows you to sort a Query result set on a single attribute, in ascending or descending order. This new feature extends SimpleDB’s existing Query functionality and provides even more flexibility for developers.

  • Cloud Architectures White Paper

    Posted On: Jul 16, 2008

    In this white paper, AWS Technical Evangelist Jinesh Varia outlines the benefits of building architectures in the cloud, documents a Hadoop-run application (GrepTheWeb) with architecture diagrams, and discovers best practices for using Amazon S3, EC2, SQS, and SimpleDB. View the two-part HTML version: Cloud Architectures and AWS Best Practices.

  • Using Amazon SQS to Scale EC2 Applications

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2008

    The Amazon SQS team have released new resources to showcase the value of using their message queuing service in the cloud with Amazon EC2-powered applications. This white paper outlines high-level benefits of incorporating asynchronous message queuing with Amazon EC2; a new developer article focuses on implementing auto-scaling with Amazon SQS.

  • JBoss on Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Jun 17, 2008

    Red Hat has announced their second offering on Amazon EC2 – JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. Now available on EC2’s flexible, pay-as-you-go computing environment, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform provides developers with the most popular clustered Java EE application server and next generation application frameworks to build innovative and scalable Java applications.

  • New Functionality Added to Amazon FPS Widgets

    Posted On: May 13, 2008

    Amazon FPS has released a new Marketplace Widget, which allows developers to easily move money between two third parties, and a new Marketplace Fee feature enables them to charge a fee for doing so. In addition, new functionality has been added to the "Pay Now" Widget allowing developers to quickly integrate with Amazon FPS. This new functionality includes Reserve and Settle, Instant Payment Notification, Refund API, and more.

  • OpenSolaris and MySQL Enterprise on Amazon EC2

    Posted On: May 5, 2008

    Sun Microsystems and Amazon Web Services are collaborating to offer two open source solutions on Amazon EC2: OpenSolaris and MySQL technical support. With OpenSolaris OS on Amazon EC2, you have access to a robust operating system on a scalable, cost-effective virtual computing environment. And now MySQL Enterprise customers can choose to deploy their database on Amazon EC2 and receive full database software and production support from MySQL. These new offerings extend the breadth and support of EC2’s on-demand, pay-as-you-go computing environment.

  • AWS Lowers Data Transfer Costs - Effective May 1

    Posted On: Apr 22, 2008

    As a result of driving down costs for data transfer, we are pleased to announce that we’re lowering our pricing for data transfer, effective May 1, 2008. We’ve reduced price at every existing usage tier of transfer out, as well as added an additional tier for the heaviest users; all customers will see a reduction in the price of transfer out. For more details, please see our forum posts for Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon SQS, or Amazon DevPay.

  • Announcing AWS Premium Support

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2008

    AWS is pleased to announce the availability of AWS Premium Support. AWS customers who sign up for AWS Premium Support will receive personalized technical assistance from the Amazon Web Services team, whenever and as frequently as their business demands. Customers can contact AWS developer support engineers and count on fast, predictable response times and personalized support for operational issues or technical questions associated with AWS Infrastructure Services. In addition to the launch of AWS Premium Support, we are also announcing a Service Health Dashboard, which reports the status of our services and is available free-of-charge to all AWS customers.

  • Announcing Elastic IP Addresses and Availability Zones for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Mar 26, 2008

    We are excited to announce Elastic IP addresses and Availability Zones, two features that were among the top requests of Amazon EC2 developers (view press release). These new capabilities allow developers to achieve greater reliability and redundancy for their applications in the cloud, especially hosting websites. Unlike traditional static IP addresses, Elastic IP addresses can be dynamically remapped on the fly to point to any Amazon EC2 instance. Also available is the ability to launch instances in multiple Availability Zones, each with its own reliable, physically independent infrastructure, which allows developers to build fault resilient web applications through simple API calls. Read more about these new Amazon EC2 features.

  • Announcing Amazon Fulfillment Web Service

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2008

    Amazon Fulfillment Web Service (Amazon FWS) allows merchants to access Amazon.com’s world-class fulfillment capabilities through a simple web services interface. Amazon FWS makes it easy for merchants and developers to programmatically integrate the benefits of Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) into their own web sites or other sales channels. With FBA, merchants can store inventory in Amazon’s warehouses and Amazon will pick, pack, and ship products directly to merchant’s customers.

  • Amazon SQS New Pricing Plan and New WSDL

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2008

    Based on customer feedback and usage patterns of Amazon SQS, we have made some changes to the service and its pricing structure. Many customers want to be able to use SQS along with our other services (e.g. Amazon EC2, Amazon S3), but need SQS to be less expensive for this to be more feasible. To meet customer needs, we are introducing a new pricing structure that replaces the previous per-messages-sent charge ($0.10/1,000 messages) with a new per-request fee ($0.01/10,000 requests, including all Amazon SQS operations). The net result is that the new pricing will be significantly lower charges for most developers being billed for SQS.

    The changes are effective as of February 6, 2008 for new customers. For existing Amazon SQS users, you can continue to use the prior version of the service – with the prior pricing – until May 6, 2009. Read about the changes to Amazon SQS and the new pricing plan on the Amazon SQS detail page.

  • Building Facebook Applications on Amazon Web Services

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2008

    Amazon Web Services and Facebook are teaming up to help developers build instantly scalable applications. Build your Facebook app on AWS to ensure reliability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness as your application grows in popularity. Check out the AWS/Facebook page for developer tools, case studies, and tutorials to help you get started.