• Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports SQL Server 2012

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2012
    We are excited to announce SQL Server 2012 support for Amazon RDS. Starting today, you can launch new RDS instances running Microsoft SQL Server 2012, in addition to SQL Server 2008 R2. SQL Server 2012 for Amazon RDS is available for multiple editions of SQL Server including Express, Web, Standard, and Enterprise.

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server delivers several important benefits to Microsoft SQL Server customers including simple deployment, push button scalability, automated back-ups, point-in-time restore, automated software upgrades and patching, and pay-as-you-go payment flexibility.

    With added support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Amazon RDS customers can use the new features Microsoft has introduced as part of SQL Server 2012 including improvements to manageability, performance, programmability, and security. A few of these new features are highlighted below:

    • Contained database – a database that is isolated from other SQL Server databases including system databases like the ‘master’ database. This simplifies the task of moving databases from one instance of SQL Server to another by removing dependencies to other SQL Server databases.
    • Columnstore index – a new type of index for data warehouse type queries. It can greatly reduce I/O and memory utilization on large queries.
    • Sequence object – an object that acts as a counter similar to SQL Server’s identity column, but it is not restricted to a single table.
    • User-defined roles – a new role management system in SQL Server 2012 allows users to create custom server roles.
    For more information on what’s new in SQL Server 2012, please visit Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012 MSDN documentation.

    To learn more about using RDS for SQL Server 2012, please visit the Amazon RDS for SQL Server detail page, our documentation and our FAQs.
  • New High-Performance Provisioned IOPS Storage for Amazon RDS

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2012

    We are excited to announce the availability of Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS, a new high-performance storage option for the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a MySQL, Oracle, or SQL Server database in the cloud – and now enables you to provision up to 10,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) with 1TB of storage for your new database instances.

    Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS is optimized for I/O-intensive, transactional (OLTP) database workloads. We are delivering this functionality to you in two stages. Starting immediately, when you create new database instances using the AWS Management Console or the Amazon RDS APIs, you can provision from 1,000 IOPS to 10,000 IOPS with corresponding storage from 100GB to 1TB for MySQL and Oracle databases. If you are using SQL Server then the maximum IOPS you can provision is 7,000 IOPS.

    In the near future, we plan to provide you with an automated way to migrate existing database instances to Provisioned IOPS storage for the MySQL and Oracle database engines. If you want to migrate an existing RDS database instance to Provisioned IOPS storage immediately, you can export the data from your existing database instance and import into a new database instance equipped with Provisioned IOPS storage.

    Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS can be used with all RDS features like Multi-AZ, Read Replicas, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and with all RDS-supported database engines (MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server). Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS is immediately available for new database instances in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), and EU West (Ireland) Regions. We plan to launch in our other AWS Regions in the coming months.

    To learn more and get started with Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS, please see the Amazon RDS detail page, the Amazon RDS User Guide and the Technical FAQ.

  • Announcing RDS SQL Server, IPsec VPN, and Route Propagation Support for Amazon VPC

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2012

    Many of our customers value the network management capabilities, availability, and scalability of Amazon VPC. Today we are excited to announce three new features that provide customers with more capabilities for running their applications in Amazon VPC:

    • You can now use Amazon RDS for SQL Server in Amazon VPC. The same functionality of Amazon RDS including managing backups, automatic failure detection and recovery, software patching, and ease of scaling your compute capacity based on your application demand, is now available in Amazon VPC. Support for Amazon VPC is available for new DB Instances of all SQL Server editions.
    • Also available today, you can now create IPsec VPN connections to Amazon VPC using static routing configurations. Before today, VPN connections required the use of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). We now support both types of connections and are excited to announce that you can now establish connectivity from devices that do not support BGP, including Cisco ASA and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. See the VPC FAQs for a list of VPN devices that we've tested with Amazon VPC.
    • Finally, you can now configure automatic propagation of routes from your VPN and Direct Connect links to your VPC routing tables. This feature simplifies the effort to create and maintain connectivity to Amazon VPC.
    Amazon RDS for SQL Server documentation FAQs Amazon VPC User Guide
  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Data Pump

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2012

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

    Oracle Data Pump is available immediately for new RDS for Oracle DB Instances. If you are running 11.2.0.2.v3 or 11.2.0.2.v4 DB Instances, you can upgrade to the 11.2.0.2.v5 (v5) DB Engine to use Data Pump. Additionally, you can upgrade your v3 DB Instance to v4 or v5 to use Oracle Apex and Oracle XML DB. To upgrade your databases, please follow the instructions documented in the RDS User Guide.

    To learn more about using Data Pump with RDS for Oracle, please visit the Amazon RDS Data Import Guide for Oracle.

  • Announcing Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance Marketplace

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2012

    We are excited to announce the Reserved Instance Marketplace, an online marketplace that provides AWS customers the flexibility to sell their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Reserved Instances to other businesses and organizations. Customers can also browse the Reserved Instance Marketplace to find an even wider selection of Reserved Instance term lengths and pricing options sold by other AWS customers.

    Reserved Instances allow customers to lower costs by making a low, one-time payment to reserve compute capacity for a specified term, and in turn, receive a significant discount on the hourly charge for that instance. The Reserved Instance Marketplace gives you the flexibility to sell the remainder of your existing Reserved Instances as your needs change, such as wanting to move instances to a new AWS Region, changing to a new instance type, or selling capacity for projects that end before your term expires. Amazon EC2 Instances purchased on the Reserved Instance Marketplace offer the same capacity reservations as Reserved Instances purchased directly from AWS.

    You can also now shop the Reserved Instance Marketplace to purchase Reserved Instances outside the standard one-year and three-year term lengths. For example, if you anticipate increased website traffic for a short period of time, or if you have remaining end-of-year budget to spend, you will be able to search for Reserved Instances with shorter duration times.

    To learn more about the Reserved Instance Marketplace, visit the Reserved Instance Marketplace web page.

  • Amazon CloudFront Announces New Edge Location in Madrid, Spain

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2012

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudFront, the easy-to-use content delivery network , has added a new edge location in Madrid, Spain. This is our first edge location in Spain and this new location will speed up the delivery of static, streaming and dynamic content to end users in and around Spain. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for your end users.

    If you’re already using Amazon CloudFront, you don't need to do anything to your applications as requests are automatically routed to this location when appropriate. The Amazon CloudFront location in Madrid supports all Amazon CloudFront features including support for dynamic content, cookies, low minimum content expiration periods, live streaming to multiple devices using FMS 4.5 or Live Smooth Streaming, streaming media, private content, invalidation, and custom origins.

    To learn more about Amazon CloudFront, please visit the detail page for the service.

  • Amazon CloudFront Announces Support for Cookies and Price Classes

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2012

    We are very excited to announce three new features for Amazon CloudFront, the easy-to-use content delivery service that enables you to deliver static, dynamic and streaming content.

    First, Amazon CloudFront now supports delivery of dynamic content that is customized or personalized using HTTP cookies. To use this feature, you specify whether you want Amazon CloudFront to forward some or all of your cookies to your custom origin server. Amazon CloudFront then considers the forwarded cookie values when identifying a unique object in its cache. This way, your end users get both the benefit of content that is personalized just for them with a cookie and the performance benefits of Amazon CloudFront.

    Second, starting today you have a new option to lower the prices you pay to deliver content out of Amazon CloudFront. By default, Amazon CloudFront minimizes end user latency by delivering content from its entire global network of edge locations. However, because we charge more where our costs are higher, this means that you pay more to deliver your content with low latency to end-users in some locations. While this is the right choice for most Amazon CloudFront customers, we heard that for some use cases cost is a more important concern than latency. So, starting today we’re giving you the option to exclude the more expensive Amazon CloudFront locations from your distributions.

    By default, nothing changes: your existing distributions will continue to use the entire network of edge locations. However, if you wish, you can use the AWS Management Console or the Amazon CloudFront API to specify whether you want to deliver content only through a subset of edge locations (we call each subset a price class) where our prices are lower. Note, if you select a price class that does not include all locations, you’ll pay less, but your end users who would normally be served by the locations you exclude will experience higher latency than if your content was being served from all Amazon CloudFront locations.

    Finally, we have added three new fields to your Amazon CloudFront access logs:

    • The result type of each HTTP(s) request (for example, cache hit/miss/error).
    • The cookie header in the request (if any). Logging of this field is optional.
    • The value of X-Amz-Cf-Id for that request. This is an encrypted string that uniquely identifies a request to help AWS troubleshoot/debug any issues.

    To learn more about Amazon CloudFront and these new features, please visit the detail page for the service.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. Developers can now leverage the service in the US East (North Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and EU (Ireland) regions.

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides an easy way for you to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.

    Elastic Beanstalk currently supports Java applications running on the familiar Apache Tomcat stack, .NET applications running on IIS 7.5, Python applications and PHP applications running on the Apache HTTP Server stack. Elastic Beanstalk allows you to deploy and manage your applications using a set of tools, including the AWS Management Console, Git deployment and the eb command line interface, the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, and the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse. With Elastic Beanstalk, you retain full control over the AWS resources powering your application, such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling.

    There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk – you pay only for the AWS resources needed to store and run your applications. To get started, visit the Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Amazon S3 announces Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2012

    We're delighted to announce support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) in Amazon S3. You can now easily build web applications that use JavaScript and HTML5 to interact with resources in Amazon S3, enabling you to implement HTML5 drag and drop uploads to Amazon S3, show upload progress, or update content. Until now, you needed to run a custom proxy server between your web application and Amazon S3 to support these capabilities. A custom proxy server was required because web browsers limit the way web pages loaded from one site (e.g. http://mywebsite.com) can interact with content from another site (e.g. a location in Amazon S3 like assets.mywebsite.com.s3.amazonaws.com). Amazon S3’s support for CORS replaces the need for this custom proxy server by instructing the web browser to selectively enable these cross-site interactions.

    You can use the AWS Management Console or the Amazon S3 API to configure your Amazon S3 bucket for CORS. To learn more, please refer to the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

  • Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large Instances Now Available in US West (Oregon)

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2012

    We are very happy to announce the availability of Amazon EC2 Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large instances in the US West (Oregon) region.

    Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large (cc2.8xlarge) instances provide elastic supercomputing class performance using Intel Xeon E5 processors and high bandwidth, low latency networking. Customers use cc2.8xlarge instances for a variety of scientific, engineering and business applications, and can now run these applications on the US West Coast in addition to existing availability in the US East (N. Virginia) and EU West (Ireland) regions. Customers can launch instances immediately in a single availability zone, including Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. Customers can purchase instances as On Demand, Reserved or Spot Instances. Pricing in the US West (Oregon) region is the same as the US (N. Virginia) region.

    You can find more information about Cluster Compute Instances on the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page. To get started with cluster computing on Amazon EC2, visit the Amazon EC2 User Guide. We are also providing a new CloudFormation template that launches a 8-node cluster with MIT StarCluster and includes examples for MPI applications.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Announces Binary Data Types

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2012

    We are happy to announce that DynamoDB now supports two new data types: Binary and Binary Sets.

    Using binary data types allows customers to reduce the size of items stored in DynamoDB. This helps customers lower costs in two ways:

    • The smaller items will lower the cost of storage
    • Since smaller items may consume less throughput capacity, they can also lower the cost of throughput

    To use binary data types, make sure you have the latest SDK libraries, which you can download at http://aws.amazon.com/code.

    The EMR integration with DynamoDB does not yet support binary data types, but we will add this support shortly.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB Page.

  • AWS Billing Enables Cost Allocation Reports

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2012

    We are excited to announce Cost Allocation Reports, a new AWS billing feature that enables you to organize and track your AWS costs using tagging. Tags represent your business dimensions and are used in your cost allocation report.

    As of today, you can tag resources for the following services: EC2, EBS, S3, RDS, VPC and CloudFormation.

    To learn more about Cost Allocation and tagging, please visit About AWS Account Billing.

  • Announcing Amazon Glacier

    Posted On: Aug 20, 2012

    We are excited to announce Amazon Glacier, a secure, reliable and extremely low cost storage service designed for data archiving and backup. Amazon Glacier is designed for data that is infrequently accessed, yet still important to retain for future reference, and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. Examples include digital media archives, financial and healthcare records, raw genomic sequence data, long-term database backups, and data that must be retained for regulatory compliance. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably and durably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month. As with all Amazon Web Services, you pay only for what you use, and there are no up-front expenses or long-term commitments.

    A few clicks in the AWS Management Console are all it takes to setup Amazon Glacier. Amazon Glacier is currently available in the US-East (N. Virginia), US-West (N. California), US-West (Oregon), EU-West (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Japan) Regions. To learn more, please visit the Amazon Glacier detail page.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Runs Python and Seamlessly Integrates with Amazon RDS

    Posted On: Aug 19, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Python applications. Elastic Beanstalk is an easy and fast way to deploy and manage scalable PHP, Java, .NET, and now Python applications on AWS.

    Elastic Beanstalk supports Python applications and frameworks that run on the familiar Apache HTTP Server and the WSGI interface. To get started running your Python applications on Elastic Beanstalk, visit the Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide. The Developer Guide includes walkthroughs for Django applications and Flask applications.

    We are also introducing new features that make it easier to build Python web applications on Elastic Beanstalk.

    First, you can now easily leverage Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) database instances with your Elastic Beanstalk applications. Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud, making it a great fit for scalable web applications running on Elastic Beanstalk. To learn more about how to setup and use an Amazon RDS database instance with your application, visit "Using Amazon RDS with Python" in the Developer Guide.

    Second, you can customize the Python runtime for Elastic Beanstalk using a set of declarative text files within your application. If your application contains a requirements.txt in its top level directory, Elastic Beanstalk automatically installs the dependencies using pip. Elastic Beanstalk is also introducing a new configuration mechanism that allows you to install packages from yum, run setup scripts, and set environment variables. To learn more about customizing your Python environment, visit "Customizing and Configuring a Python Container" in the Developer Guide.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Amazon VPC and Oracle APEX, XML DB, and Time Zones

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2012

    We are excited to announce four new features for Amazon RDS for Oracle. Starting today, Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports:

    These four features are available to you at no additional charge for all supported RDS for Oracle licensing models in all Regions where Amazon RDS for Oracle is available.

    All of the above features are available immediately for new RDS for Oracle DB Instances launched with the 11.2.0.2.v4 (v4) DB Engine. Support for Amazon VPC is available for new DB Instances of all engine versions. The v4 DB Engine also incorporates Oracle's April and July Patch Set Updates. Customers will be able to upgrade existing v3 DB Instances to v4 within a few weeks.

    To learn more about using RDS for Oracle in Amazon VPC, Oracle APEX, Oracle XML DB, and Oracle Time Zone with Amazon RDS for Oracle, please visit the Amazon RDS for Oracle detail page, our documentation, and our FAQs.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Announces In-Console Item Updating

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2012

    We are excited to announce that the Amazon DynamoDB Console now enables Item Updating.

    The Table Explorer in the DynamoDB Console already allows you to view, add, or delete items in your DynamoDB tables. Starting immediately, you can now also update or make copies of existing items in your tables. To learn more about the Amazon DynamoDB Console, please see our documentation.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB page.

  • Announcing management console and two new locations for AWS Direct Connect

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2012

    We are excited to announce that you can now manage your AWS Direct Connect service through the AWS Management Console. Select the AWS Direct Connect option to quickly and easily order new AWS Direct Connect connections or manage existing connections and virtual interfaces. You can also use the AWS Management Console to download router templates customized for your networking equipment.

    We are also pleased to announce two new AWS Direct Connect locations at CoreSite 32 Avenue of the Americas in New York and Terremark NAP do Brasil in Sao Paulo. These locations serve the US East (Virginia) and South America (Sao Paulo) Regions.

    Click here to get started with AWS Direct Connect. If you are connecting from a remote location to an AWS Direct Connect location, AWS will contact you to discuss your needs further.

    Additional AWS Direct Connect locations are planned worldwide in 2012. For more details, including pricing, please refer to the AWS Direct Connect page and a list of frequently asked questions.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Announces Lower Minimum Provisioned Table Throughput

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2012

    We are happy to announce that we have lowered the minimum provisioned throughput for Amazon DynamoDB.

    The smallest provisioned throughput you can now request for a DynamoDB table is 1 write capacity unit and 1 read capacity unit. With this announcement you can:

    • Achieve fine grained I/O provisioning of tables
    • Create multiple tables and still use DynamoDB for free provided the total provisioned throughput across all the tables in your account is within the Free Tier usage limits

    To learn more about Provisioned Throughput for Tables, you can view our documentation.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB page.

  • Announcing Provisioned IOPS for Amazon EBS

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2012

    We are delighted to announce new features for customers looking to run high performance databases in the cloud with the launch of Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS and EBS-Optimized instances for Amazon EC2.

    Provisioned IOPS are a new EBS volume type designed to deliver predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads, such as database applications, that rely on consistent and fast response times. With EBS Provisioned IOPS, customers can flexibly specify both volume size and volume performance, and Amazon EBS will consistently deliver the desired performance over the lifetime of the volume. Customers can then attach multiple volumes to an Amazon EC2 instance and stripe across them to deliver thousands of IOPS to their application.

    To enable Amazon EC2 instances to fully utilize the IOPS provisioned on an EBS volume, we’re also introducing the ability to launch selected Amazon EC2 instance types as EBS-Optimized instances. EBS-Optimized instances deliver dedicated throughput between Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS, with options between 500 Megabits per second and 1,000 Megabits per second depending on the instance type used.

    To learn more about EBS Provisioned IOPS, see the Amazon EBS detail page.

  • Amazon EC2 Now Offers Reserved Instances for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2012

    We are excited to announce the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Reserved Instances, an additional way to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2. With RHEL Reserved Instances, you have the option to make a low, one-time payment to reserve compute capacity and receive a significant discount on the hourly charge for that instance. RHEL Reserved Instances are complementary to existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux On-Demand Instances and give businesses even more flexibility to reduce computing costs and enjoy easy access to subscriptions. Now customers who want Reserved Instances with RHEL no longer need to perform additional steps to rebuild On-Demand RHEL AMIs before they can use them on Reserved Instances. Reserved Instances are available for all major versions of RHEL in both 32 and 64-bit architectures, in all Regions except AWS GovCloud.

    To learn more about Reserved Instances for Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazin EC2 go to http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/reserved-instances/. To learn more about Pricing for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including Reserved Instances, go to http://aws.amazon.com/rhel/.

  • Announcing High I/O Instances for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2012

    We are excited to announce the availability of High I/O Instances for Amazon EC2, a new instance type that provides very high, low latency, disk I/O performance using SSD-based local instance storage. Customers whose applications require low latency access to tens of thousands of random IOPS can take advantage of the capabilities of this new Amazon EC2 instance. High I/O instances are ideal for high performance clustered databases, and are especially well suited for NoSQL databases like Cassandra and MongoDB. Customers across a spectrum of use cases, including media streaming, gaming, mobile, and social networking, can run applications storage I/O needs even more efficiently than before, while continuing to take advantage of the low cost and elasticity of Amazon EC2.

    High I/O instances are available as a single instance type, High I/O Quadruple Extra Large (hi1.xlarge), in three Availability Zones in the US East (N. Virginia) region, and in two Availability Zones in the EU West (Ireland) region. We will add support for other regions in the coming months. For customers using Microsoft Windows Server, High I/O Instances are only supported with the Microsoft Windows Server AMIs for Cluster Instance Type.

    You can learn more about the I/O performance and capabilities of High I/O instances for Amazon EC2 by visiting the Amazon EC2 instance type page.

  • CloudWatch Metrics for EC2 Status Checks

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2012

    Today, we are excited to announce the availability of CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks. These new CloudWatch metrics let you view graphs, analyze history and set alarms on your EC2 instance’s status check results.

    • Free of Charge – CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks are free of charge with every EC2 instance and are included in EC2 Basic Monitoring. You will have up to fourteen days of status check history for all of your instances.
    • Automatically Enabled – CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks have already been enabled for all of your running instances and are automatically enabled for any new instances you launch.
    • CloudWatch Alarm Support – CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks can be used with CloudWatch alarms to automatically notify you if a status check has detected a problem with your instance (additional charges may apply for CloudWatch alarms usage.)

    To learn more about CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks, including ways to view status check metrics or add CloudWatch alarms for automatic notifications, see the Monitoring Your Instances and Volumes with CloudWatch.

    To learn more about EC2 status checks, see Monitoring Instances with Status Checks.

    To learn more about CloudWatch, including CloudWatch alarms pricing, see the CloudWatch detail page.

  • Easily DKIM-Sign Your Emails with Amazon SES

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2012

    Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is excited to announce support of Easy DKIM – an easy way to DKIM-sign the email you send via Amazon SES.

    DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) allows you to associate your domain reputation to an email message and assert that the message’s contents did not change in transit. Previously, you had to DKIM-sign your messages yourself and exclude certain headers, which could be challenging. With Easy DKIM, Amazon SES takes care of DKIM-signing your email for you, and all you have to do is add some CNAME records to your DNS and enable signing.

    You can administer Easy DKIM entirely through the AWS Management Console, and, if you use Amazon Route 53, you can create the CNAME records with a few clicks of your mouse. All of this is also available via three new API actions, so you can choose whether to set Easy DKIM up via the AWS Management Console or programmatically.

    We encourage you to try this new feature today, and let us know what you think by visiting the Amazon SES forum. For more information, please refer to the Amazon SES Developer Guide.

  • Announcing MFA-protected API access

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2012

    We’re pleased to announce MFA-protected API access, a new feature of AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). You can now enforce MFA authentication for AWS service APIs via AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies. This provides an extra layer of security over powerful operations that you designate, such as terminating Amazon EC2 instances or reading sensitive data stored in Amazon S3.

    AWS Blog documentation
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Available in US West (Oregon) and US West (Northern California)

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk is now available in the US West (Oregon) and the US West (Northern California) regions. Developers can also leverage the service in the US East (North Virginia), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and EU (Ireland) regions.

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides an easy way for you to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.

    Elastic Beanstalk currently supports Java applications running on the familiar Apache Tomcat stack, .NET applications running on IIS 7.5, and PHP applications running on the Apache HTTP Server stack. Elastic Beanstalk allows you to deploy and manage your applications using a set of tools, including the AWS Management Console, Git deployment and the eb command line interface, the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, and the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse. With Elastic Beanstalk, you retain full control over the AWS resources powering your application, such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling.

    There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk—you pay only for the AWS resources needed to store and run your applications. To get started, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Multiple IP Addresses for Amazon EC2 Instances in Amazon VPC

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2012

    We are excited to introduce multiple IP addresses for Amazon EC2 instances in Amazon VPC. Instances in a VPC can be assigned one or more private IP addresses, each of which can be associated with its own Elastic IP address. With this feature you can host multiple websites, including SSL websites and certificates, on a single instance where each site has its own IP address. Private IP addresses and their associated Elastic IP addresses can be moved to other network interfaces or instances, assisting with application portability across instances.

    The number of IP addresses that you can assign varies by instance type. Small instances can accommodate up to 8 IP addresses (across 2 elastic network interfaces) whereas High-Memory Quadruple Extra Large and Cluster Computer Eight Extra Large instances can be assigned up to 240 IP addresses (across 8 elastic network interfaces). For more information about IP address and elastic network interface limits, go to Instance Families and Types in the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

    With this release we are also lowering the charge for EIP addresses not associated with running instances, from $0.01 per hour to $0.005 per hour on a pro rata basis. This price reduction is applicable to EIP addresses in both Amazon EC2 and Amazon VPC and will be applied to EIP charges incurred since July 1, 2012.

    To learn more about multiple IP addresses, visit the Amazon VPC User Guide. For more information about pricing for additional Elastic IP addresses on an instance, please see Amazon EC2 Pricing.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Announces Updated Command Line Interface

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2012

    We are excited to welcome eb (pronounced ee-bee) to the family of Elastic Beanstalk command line tools. Eb simplifies the development and deployment tasks from the terminal on Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows. Getting started is as easy as running eb init, eb start, and git aws.push.

    Eb guides you through a few questions to configure your Elastic Beanstalk environment. If your source code is managed by Git, eb automatically configures Git to deploy to your Elastic Beanstalk environment.

    Using eb, you can quickly launch new environments, deploy and test your application, and update your configuration settings. This allows for quick development and test cycles without leaving your terminal window. Eb also provides information about the status of your environment and progress during deployments.

    The existing CLI that replicates the web service API continues to be supported for scripting and automated deployments.

    To give eb a try, download the updated Command Line Interface. To learn more about eb, go to Get Started in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Amazon SES Announces Bounce and Complaint Notifications

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2012

    Our most requested feature has been to provide an easier way to process bounces and complaints. Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is thrilled to announce feedback notification via Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS).

    Now, as an alternative to parsing bounces and complaints passed back to your mailbox, you can set an Amazon SNS topic for bounce or complaint notifications by verified domain or email address and receive them in a simple JSON format. The JSON object will include the message ID of the message that bounced or caused the complaint, along with the email address that bounced or most likely complained.

    You can set this up via the AWS Management Console or programmatically via API, so you can choose whichever method works best for you.

    We encourage you to try this new feature today, and let us know what you think by visiting the Amazon SES forum. For more information, please refer to the Amazon SES Developer Guide.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Breaks AWS Growth Records

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2012

    Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, recently announced that Amazon DynamoDB is the fastest growing new service in AWS history. You can read Werner's announcement here: http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/2012/06/amazon-dynamodb-growth.html.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB Page.

  • New Sydney, Australia Edge Location for Amazon CloudFront & Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2012

    We are excited to announce the launch of our newest edge location in Sydney, Australia to serve end users of Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. This is our first edge location in Australia and with this location Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 now have a total of 33 edge locations worldwide. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for your end users. We have launched 8 new edge locations in 2012 and we plan to continue to add new edge locations worldwide.

    An edge location in Australia has been frequently requested by our customers so we are excited to add this location to our global network. If you’re already using Amazon CloudFront or Amazon Route 53, you don't need to do anything to your applications as requests are automatically routed to this location when appropriate.

    To learn more about Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53, visit their respective product detail pages on our website.

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon CloudFront Dynamic Content

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports Amazon DynamoDB as well as Amazon CloudFront dynamic content. With AWS CloudFormation, you can easily provision and update a set of related AWS resources in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS CloudFormation templates are JSON-formatted text files that can be version controlled alongside your application source.

    Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. You can now create and update Amazon DynamoDB tables using CloudFormation templates. As the load of your application changes, you can easily adjust your Amazon DynamoDB request capacity by modifying your CloudFormation template and updating your running stacks. To learn more about how to create and manage Amazon DynamoDB tables using CloudFormation, visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

    Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery service that distributes content with low latency and high data transfer speeds. Using CloudFormation templates, you can now create and manage Amazon CloudFront distributions for your entire web application, including dynamic, static, and streaming content. CloudFormation also allows you to easily update your distributions as you add more content or origins to your application. To learn more about how to create and manage Amazon CloudFront distributions using CloudFormation, visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

    To get started, visit the AWS CloudFormation Sample Templates library.

  • AWS Support Expands Free Tier, Adds New Features, Lowers Prices

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2012

    We are excited to announce a number of improvements to AWS Support that we believe will deliver more value than ever to our customers. As part of today’s announcement of new support features and lower prices, the support plan names have been changed from metallic references to those that are more in line with their anticipated customers: Developer (Bronze), Business (Gold), Enterprise (Platinum). All plans include support for an unlimited number of cases, are available worldwide, have no long term contracts and can be cancelled at any time.

    Additional improvements include:

    • An expanded free Support tier
    • Lower prices on Premium tiers
    • Launch of the AWS Trusted Advisor Dashboard which provides customers self-service access to proactive alerts that identify opportunities to save money, improve system performance, or close security gaps
    • Launch of Chat for Business and Enterprise-level Customers
    • Expansion of Customer Service phone and email availability to anytime hours
    • Technical Support for Health Checks starting with Amazon EC2
    • Expansion of 3rd Party Software Support to include Support for Databases (MySQL, SQL Server), Disk Management tools (LVM, RAID), and VPN solutions (OpenVPN, RRAS) running on top of AWS Infrastructure Services
    • Increased Named Contacts from 3 to 5 for Business Customers

    It is now easier than ever for customers of all sizes and technical abilities to draw on the deep technical experience of AWS Support engineers to help build and manage applications on top of AWS Infrastructure Services. To learn more about available support plans and pricing, visit the AWS Support page, or sign up.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce Announces Support for HBase

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2012

    We’re excited to announce support for running Apache HBase on Amazon Elastic MapReduce, bringing real-time data access to Hadoop in the cloud. HBase is a distributed, column-oriented data store that provides strictly consistent reads and writes, automatic sharding of tables, and efficient storage of large quantities of sparse data. It is built to work seamlessly with Hadoop, sharing its file system and serving as the input and output for MapReduce jobs run in Hadoop. In addition, HBase on EMR provides customers the ability to perform full and incremental backups to Amazon S3 with the option of guaranteed consistency.

    For more information, please visit the Running HBase section of the EMR Developer's Guide.

  • Announcing AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles for EC2 instances

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2012

    We are excited to introduce AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles for EC2 instances, a new feature that makes it even easier for your applications to securely access AWS service APIs from EC2 instances. Now you can create an IAM role, which has a set of permissions, and launch EC2 instances with the IAM role. You can launch individual EC2 instances or use Auto Scaling or AWS CloudFormation to launch a fleet of instances with IAM roles.

    AWS access keys with the specified permissions are automatically made available on EC2 instances that have been launched with an IAM role. IAM roles for EC2 instances manages the muck of securely distributing your AWS access keys out to your EC2 instances so that you can focus on what matters to you most – your application.

    Working with Roles Using IAM roles with Amazon EC2 Instances
  • Amazon RDS MySQL on t1.micro, starting at just $19 a month

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2012

    We are excited to announce the availability of Micro instances for Amazon RDS for the MySQL database engine. Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. Customers have asked us for a lower priced instance type that could satisfy the needs of their less demanding applications. The micro RDS instance allows you to run a fully-featured relational database, starting at just $19 a month ($0.025 an hour). Micro RDS instances also support Multi-AZ deployments and Read Replicas.

    The t1.micro RDS instance is designed for lower traffic web applications, test applications and small projects. Micro DB instances provide a small amount of consistent CPU resources, and also allow you to burst CPU capacity when additional cycles are available. The Micro DB instance type is available now in all AWS Regions. See the RDS pricing page for more information on the On Demand and Reserved Instance pricing.

  • Announcing Internal Load Balancing in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

    Posted On: Jun 10, 2012

    We are excited to announce that you can now create a load balancer in your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud ("VPC") for internal load balancing. With this new feature, you can balance requests between tiers of your application using the private IP addresses of the load balancer, enabling you to use a load balancer without being required to expose it to the internet. For example, if you have a web server front-end that makes requests to application server instances, you can now place a load balancer in front of the application server instances and send the requests from the web server to the internal load balancer. You can still use the Elastic Load Balancing features such as session stickiness, SSL encryption, health checks, and instance registration and de-registration.

    To learn more, visit the Elastic Load Balancing page or view the Elastic Load Balancing Developer Guide.

  • Announcing Spot Integration with Auto Scaling and CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2012

    We are excited to announce that you can now use Amazon EC2 Spot Instances with Auto Scaling and AWS CloudFormation, making it even easier to use Spot Instances to provide significant savings on your batch computing workloads. We are also releasing a new code tutorial that showcases how you can use Amazon SNS notifications to alert on key changes in Spot pricing. These features make it even easier to use Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.

    Auto Scaling
    You can now use Spot Instances With Auto Scaling, enabling you to scale the number of Spot Instances you run automatically based on your demand or a schedule you define. For example, you can now easily launch additional Spot Instances as your queue depth increases.

    AWS CloudFormation
    You can easily provision Spot Instances using AWS CloudFormation templates. To get you started, we are providing three new CloudFormation templates that are optimized to save you money and manage interruption. These new templates include: a template that manages asynchronous processing using Amazon SQS and Auto Scaling, a web site load testing template using Bees with Machine Guns and Auto Scaling, and a grid-computing template using StarCluster.

    Notifications
    We are releasing a new code tutorial that enables you to generate and manage Amazon SNS notifications when there are changes in the state of your Amazon EC2 Instances, current Spot Instance Requests, and Spot Prices within a particular region. By leveraging this new code sample, you can now setup your applications running on Spot Instances to more easily manage potential interruptions.

    Amazon EC2 Spot Instances web page Amazon EC2 Release Notes
  • AWS Billing enables enhanced CSV reports and programmatic access

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2012

    All customers can now access an enhanced Billing CSV Report with similar granularity of detail as is available on the Account Activity page. For Consolidated Billing customers this report includes both Payer and Linked Account line item detail. Additionally, you can configure your account preferences to publish your CSV Report to your Amazon S3 bucket for programmatic access.

    To learn more about these features, please visit About AWS Account Billing

  • Amazon ElastiCache Launches Free Trial Program

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2012

    AWS is introducing a limited time free trial program to help new Amazon ElastiCache customers get started. Customers eligible for the free trial will be able to run one free small Cache Node for sixty (60) days. The free trial is now available in all Regions.

    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.

    For more information about the Amazon ElastiCache Free Trial program, please visit the Amazon ElastiCache Free Trial page. To learn more about Amazon ElastiCache, visit the Amazon ElastiCache page.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce Now Supports Hive 0.8.1

    Posted On: May 30, 2012
    We are excited to announce the availability of Hive 0.8.1 on Amazon Elastic MapReduce. This introduces a number of important new features to Hive such as binary and timestamp data types, export/import functionality, a plug-in developer kit, support for per partition SerDes, and the ability to debug Hive remotely. For more information, please visit the Hive Version Details page in the EMR Developer Guide.
  • Amazon RDS Announces Oracle Enterprise Manager Support

    Posted On: May 29, 2012

    We are excited to announce the availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Database Control (OEM) for Amazon RDS for Oracle. Starting today, you can enable OEM Database Control for your DB instances with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

    In conjunction with OEM, we are excited to announce support for Option Groups. This feature simplifies DB administration by enabling you to save a set of options and their configurations so you can easily apply them to other DB Instances in the future. To enable OEM for your RDS for Oracle DB Instance, simply create an Option Group, add OEM to it, and apply the Option Group to your DB Instance.

    OEM Database Control is available at no additional charge for new and existing Amazon RDS for Oracle DB instances and all supported Oracle Editions: Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, and Standard Edition One.

    To learn more about Amazon RDS for Oracle and OEM and Option Groups, please see our documentation. If you are new to Amazon RDS, you can get started for free with our sixty-day free trial.

  • Announcing VM Export for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: May 25, 2012

    We are excited to announce that you can now easily export EC2 instances that you previously imported with VM Import to your on-premise virtualization infrastructure. VM Import enables you to easily import virtual machine images from your existing virtualization environment to Amazon EC2 instances, allowing you to leverage your existing investments in the virtual machines that you have built to meet your IT security, configuration management, and compliance requirements. With VM Export, you can now export these EC2 instances back to your on-premise infrastructure, enabling you to seamlessly deploy and move your workload between your IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud.

    This feature is available at no additional charge beyond standard usage charges for Amazon S3 and EBS.

    The VM Export process currently supports VMware VMDK images, VMware OVA images, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix Xen VHD images for Windows Server 2003 R2 and 2008 R1 and R2. We plan to support additional operating systems, image formats and virtualization platforms in the future. To learn more about VM Import/Export, visit the VM Import/Export detail page.

  • AWS Console Enhancements for Elastic Load Balancing: Listener, Certificate, and Cipher Management

    Posted On: May 18, 2012

    We are excited to announce that you can now manage the listeners, SSL certificates, and SSL ciphers for your Elastic Load Balancers from within the AWS Console. This enhancement makes it even easier to get started with Elastic Load Balancing and simpler to maintain a highly available application using Elastic Load Balancing. While this functionality has been available via the API and command line tools, we heard from many customers that it was critical to be able to use the AWS Console to manage these settings on existing load balancers.

    With this update, you can add a new listener with a front-end protocol/port and back-end protocol/port after your load balancer has been created. If the listener uses encryption (HTTPS or SSL listeners), then you can create or select the SSL certificate (if applicable), and SSL ciphers and protocols to accept. For an existing load balancer, you can now update the certificate directly from the console or alter the SSL protocols and ciphers presented to clients.

    In addition to the AWS Console updates, we have also expanded IPv6 support for Elastic Load Balancing to include the US West (Northern California) and US West (Oregon) regions.

    To learn more, visit the Elastic Load Balancing page or view the Elastic Load Balancing Developer Guide.

  • Amazon RDS announces support for MySQL Read Replica in Amazon VPC

    Posted On: May 17, 2012

    We are pleased to announce support for running Amazon RDS MySQL Read Replicas in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Read Replicas provide the capability to scale out beyond the capacity constraints of a single DB Instance for read-heavy database workloads. Read replicas in Amazon VPC provide you read scalability inside Amazon VPC environments.

    Amazon VPC allows you to define a virtual network topology and customize the network configuration to closely resemble a traditional network that you might operate in your own datacenter. You can now take advantage of the manageability, availability and scalability benefits of Amazon RDS DB Instances in your own isolated network.

    To learn more about running Amazon RDS DB Instances in Amazon VPC, visit the Amazon RDS User Guide and Amazon RDS FAQs.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Available in the EU (Ireland) Region

    Posted On: May 16, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk is now available in the EU (Ireland) region. Developers can now leverage the service in the US East (North Virginia) region, the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region, and the EU (Ireland) region.

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides an easy way for you to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto scaling, and application health monitoring.

    Elastic Beanstalk currently supports Java applications running on the familiar Apache Tomcat stack, .NET applications running on IIS 7.5, and PHP applications running on the Apache HTTP Server stack. Elastic Beanstalk allows you to deploy and manage your applications using a set of tools, including the AWS Management Console, Git deployment and the command line interface, the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, and the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse. With Elastic Beanstalk, you retain full control over the AWS resources powering your application, such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling.

    There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk – you pay only for the AWS resources needed to store and run your applications. To get started, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Amazon Simple Email Service Announces Domain Verification

    Posted On: May 15, 2012

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now supports domain verification. Now, instead of needing to verify each email address you want to send from, you can simply verify your entire domain and send from any email address on it.

    You can verify any domain in the Amazon SES tab of the AWS Management Console, or you can verify domains via the API. You can use whichever method works best for you. This feature is also integrated with Amazon Route 53 so that you can verify any domain you manage with Amazon Route 53 with a few clicks of your mouse.

    To make Amazon SES even easier to use, we have also expanded the number of verified email addresses and domains that you can have in your account from 100 to 1,000.

    We encourage you to try this new feature today, and let us know what you think by visiting the Amazon SES forum. For more information, please refer to the Amazon SES Developer Guide.

  • Amazon CloudFront Now Supports Dynamic Content

    Posted On: May 13, 2012

    We’re very excited to announce that you can now use Amazon CloudFront to deliver dynamic content. This new capability gives you a simple, cost-effective way to improve the performance, reliability and global reach of your dynamic websites. Amazon CloudFront works seamlessly with dynamic applications running in Amazon EC2 or your origin running outside of AWS without any custom coding or proprietary configurations, making the service simple to deploy and manage. And, there are no additional costs beyond Amazon CloudFront’s existing low prices for data transfer and requests, and no long-term commitments for use.

    Amazon CloudFront can now deliver all of your content, including the dynamic portions of your site that change for each end-user. First, you can configure multiple origin servers for your Amazon CloudFront distribution. This allows you the flexibility to keep your content in different origin locations without the need to create multiple distributions or manage multiple domain names on your website. Second, you can include query string parameters to help customize your web pages for each viewer. Third, you can configure multiple cache behaviors for your download distribution based on URL patterns on your website. These cache behaviors give you granular control over how you want Amazon CloudFront to cache different portions of your website. In addition, Amazon CloudFront has implemented several performance optimizations that accelerate the delivery of your dynamic website from the origin to your end users. These performance improvements include maintaining persistent connections with the origin and other network path optimizations to speed up the delivery of dynamic content.

    You can get started at aws.amazon.com/cloudfront with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. Learn more about Amazon CloudFront’s support for dynamic content on the AWS blog or by visiting the Amazon CloudFront page.

  • TCO Study for SAP on Amazon Web Services (AWS) White Paper

    Posted On: May 11, 2012

    Research Finds that Running SAP on AWS Provides Costs Savings of Up to 69%!

    As more enterprises seek to understand cost savings of cloud deployments, Germany based consulting firm, VMS AG leveraged its industry-leading intelligence to develop a detailed cost analysis of running SAP on AWS using the best practices of more than 2,600 SAP environments. The research discovered that running SAP applications on AWS provides infrastructure savings of up to 69% compared to an SAP Business All-in-One system running on-premises. Download the full TCO White Paper today to learn more.

     

  • Monitor Your AWS Charges with Billing Alerts Using Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: May 10, 2012
    We are pleased to announce that you can now receive billing alerts that help you monitor the charges on your AWS bill. Starting today, you can set up an alert to be notified automatically via e-mail when estimated charges reach a threshold that you choose. To get started, visit the AWS billing console to enable monitoring for your AWS charges and set your first billing alert on your total AWS charges. Within minutes, you will also be able to set alerts for charges related to any of the individual AWS services or accounts that you use. Setting up a billing alert is simple. First, provide an e-mail address to subscribe to the alert, select the charges you want to monitor, and enter a threshold. Once you do that, you will receive a subscription confirmation e-mail from AWS sent to each address that you provided. Click the confirmation link to complete setup. Your alert will then be active and you will receive a notification as soon as your estimated charges exceed the threshold you chose. Each alert uses one Amazon CloudWatch alarm to monitor charges and one Amazon SNS topic to send the alert email, charged at standard rates. You can use up to 10 alarms and 1,000 e-mail notifications free each month as part of the AWS Free Tier, and most customers will be able to use billing alerts at no additional charge. To learn more, visit the billing alerts page or view Monitor Your Estimated Charges in the Amazon CloudWatch Developer Guide. Sincerely,
    The Amazon Web Services team
  • Announcing API and AWS Identity & Access Management Support for AWS Storage Gateway

    Posted On: May 9, 2012

    We are delighted to announce two new features for AWS Storage Gateway.

    First, you can now configure your AWS Storage Gateway resources programmatically through an API. You can use this API to automate your backup and disaster recovery workflows. You can develop scripts ahead of time so that, when necessary, you can quickly and seamlessly shift your operations to Amazon EC2. This API can be used directly or, if you prefer, you can use the AWS SDKs for .NET, PHP, and Java. Learn more by visiting the AWS SDK page, or referring to the AWS Storage Gateway User Guide.

    Second, we're announcing AWS Storage Gateway support for AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). With IAM, you can easily control which users in your organization have access to your AWS Storage Gateway resources. You can create multiple Users within your AWS Account, and specify which AWS Storage Gateway actions a User or a group of Users can perform on specific gateways. IAM also makes it easy to enable or disable a User's access to your gateways, simplifying and securing management of access credentials. Learn more by visiting the IAM page, or referring to the AWS Storage Gateway User Guide.

  • New Managed Services for Windows Developers Worldwide

    Posted On: May 8, 2012

    We are excited to announce the launch of Amazon RDS for SQL Server and .NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. You can now take advantage of these managed database and application services to deploy, manage and scale SQL Server databases and ASP.NET applications using familiar Microsoft tools.

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server: Deploying and managing databases is one of the most complex, time-consuming, and expensive activities in IT. Amazon RDS removes this complexity and makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud, fully managing database administration tasks such as software installation and patching, database and log back-ups for disaster recovery, and monitoring. Businesses of all sizes have taken advantage of Amazon RDS to offload the operational responsibilities of their MySQL and Oracle databases. With this launch, Amazon RDS brings the same benefits to all SQL Server customers. Below are the key highlights of the service:

    • Free Usage Tier: If you are new to Amazon RDS, you can get started with Amazon RDS for SQL Server with a Free Usage Tier, which includes 750 hours per month of Amazon RDS micro instances with SQL Server Express Edition, 20GB of database storage and 10 million I/O requests per month for a full year.
    • Multiple Editions: Amazon RDS supports Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions of SQL Server 2008 R2, and plans to add support for SQL Server 2012 later this year.
    • Flexible pricing options: Beyond the Free Usage Tier, you can run SQL Server on Amazon RDS using the “License Included” or the “Bring Your Own License” service models, with prices starting at $0.035/hour. Refer to Amazon RDS for SQL Server pricing for more details.

    ASP.NET Support for Elastic Beanstalk: AWS Elastic Beanstalk gives you an easy way to quickly deploy and manage your Java, PHP and as of today, ASP.NET applications in the AWS cloud. Below are the key highlights of the service:

    • Easy to Begin: You simply upload your ASP.NET application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.
    • Compatible and Inexpensive: Because Elastic Beanstalk leverages the familiar IIS 7.5 software stack, existing applications can be deployed with minimal changes to the underlying code. There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk, and you pay only for the AWS resources needed to run your applications.

    You can use the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio to get started, and create applications, environments and database instances directly from your Visual Studio environment. For a hands-on demo on how to deploy an ASP.NET application on Beanstalk with Amazon RDS for SQL Server, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide. To learn more about getting started with Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS Getting Started Guide.

  • New and Updated Microsoft SQL Server Offerings on Amazon EC2

    Posted On: May 3, 2012

    We are excited to announce support for several new instance sizes as well as support for new Microsoft SQL Server versions that will expand your options and lower the cost of running many of your SQL server database workloads on Amazon EC2. Starting today we are:

    • Offering the ability to run SQL Server on our Standard Small and Medium instance types, lowering the minimum size of a SQL Server database instance on EC2.
    • Providing support for SQL Server Web edition, which provides customers with internet-facing workloads similar functionality to SQL Standard at a significantly lower cost.

    In addition, we are excited to announce support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on EC2 at no additional cost over existing Microsoft SQL Server offerings. Customers now have immediate access to Amazon published AMIs for Express, Web, and Standard editions of SQL Server 2012.

    For more details, please visit the Windows on Amazon EC2 page.

  • New Amazon RDS for Oracle Capabilities and Multi-AZ Enhancements

    Posted On: May 2, 2012

    We are excited to announce new Amazon RDS for Oracle service capabilities and Multiple Availability Zone (Multi-AZ) deployment improvements.

    New Multi-AZ deployment capability for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Multi-AZ is a deployment option that significantly enhances database availability by synchronously replicating updates made to a primary DB instance to a standby instance located in a separate Availability Zone (AZ) within the same AWS Region. Many Amazon RDS MySQL customers already use the Multi-AZ option to increase the reliability of their production deployments and we are excited to make this feature available to Amazon RDS for Oracle customers.

    New Console and API Option to trigger a Failover in Multi-AZ deployments

    Many customers have requested the ability to initiate a failover from their primary to their standby DB instance. The typical use cases for this feature include testing the resilience of a new application by forcing a failover. The results can help customers tune DNS caching and connection retry mechanisms. To support this and other use cases, Amazon RDS has added a new console and API option to give Multi-AZ customers the ability to trigger a failover from primary to standby when rebooting a DB instance. This option is available immediately for Amazon RDS for MySQL and Amazon RDS for Oracle.

    New Multiple Character Set Support Option for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Oracle provides the capability to set a character set preference that controls which languages you can represent in your database. Amazon RDS for Oracle now enables customers to specify their preferred character sets when creating new DB instances. Customers can now specify any of thirty character sets, including Shift-JIS, when creating new DB instances.

    To learn more about Multi-AZ and Character Set Support for Amazon RDS for Oracle and the ability to failover on reboot for all Multi-AZ customers, please visit the Amazon RDS for Oracle Detail Page and the Amazon RDS FAQs and Documentation.

    If you are new to Amazon RDS, you can get started for free with our sixty-day free trial.

  • Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large Instance Type Support Now Available in Amazon VPC

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2012

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now supports the EC2 Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large instance type.

    Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large (cc2.8xlarge) instances provide you with on-demand supercomputing class performance by giving you access to the latest Intel Xeon processors and high bandwidth, low latency networking. Many of our customers in life sciences, oil and gas, manufacturing, space exploration, and business computing have asked for the ability to launch cc2.8xlarge instance into an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for improved network management and isolation for business critical tasks. At this time cc2.8xlarge instances can be launched into a VPC in a single Availability Zone in the US-East (N. Virginia) region. We will add support for additional Availability Zones and Regions in the coming months.

    For more information or to get started with Cluster Compute instances in Amazon VPC, visit the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

  • AWS CloudFormation Support for Creating VPC Resources

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports the creation of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) resources. AWS CloudFormation allows you to easily provision, manage and update a collection of related AWS resources. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you create a private, isolated section of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that you define.

    Now, you can create new Virtual Private Clouds (VPC), subnets, gateways, network ACLs, routes and route tables using CloudFormation templates. CloudFormation templates are declarative and allow you to easily enumerate what VPC resources, configuration values and interconnections you need to implement a VPC with public subnets, private subnets, and hardware VPN access.

    Resource types such as Amazon EC2 instances, security groups and Elastic IP addresses, Elastic Load Balancers, Auto Scaling Groups and Amazon RDS Database instances can already be deployed into any existing Amazon VPC using CloudFormation templates. A CloudFormation can now fully represent your VPC configuration along with all the resources needed to run your application in the VPC.

    To get started creating VPCs using CloudFormation, visit the CloudFormation user guide and try out the new VPC sample templates.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Now Available in Three Additional Regions

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2012

    We are excited to announce that Amazon DynamoDB is now available in the US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions. These new Regions join the US East (Northern Virginia), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions as locations in which DynamoDB is available.

    Amazon DynamoDB is a fully-managed NoSQL database service that provides extremely fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can easily create a new DynamoDB database table or scale your table’s request capacity to the level that you need without incurring any downtime.

    To learn more about DynamoDB, you can attend our webinar on Wednesday, May 16th, from 10am-11am PDT. Register here.

    With Amazon DynamoDB, customers get:

    • Fast, predictable performance at any scale. Customers can typically achieve average latencies in the single-digit milliseconds for database operations.
    • Durability and high-availability. DynamoDB stores data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and replicates it synchronously across multiple AWS Availability Zones in an AWS Region.
    • Seamless scalability. For example, you can easily grow your DynamoDB table from 1,000 writes per second to 100,000 writes per second using the AWS Management Console.
    • Easy administration. Amazon DynamoDB is a fully-managed service. You don’t need to worry about hardware or software provisioning, setup and configuration, software patching, operating a reliable, distributed database cluster, or partitioning data over multiple instances as you scale.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB Page.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. Developers can now leverage the service in both the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region and the US East (North Virginia) region.

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides an easy way for you to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.

    Elastic Beanstalk currently supports Java applications running on the familiar Apache Tomcat stack, and PHP applications running on the Apache HTTP Server stack. Elastic Beanstalk allows you to deploy and manage your applications using a set of tools, including the AWS Management Console, Git deployment and the command line interface, and the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse. With Elastic Beanstalk, you retain full control over the AWS resources powering your application, such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling.

    There is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk – you pay only for the AWS resources needed to store and run your applications. To get started, visit the Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Announces BatchWriteItem Feature

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2012

    We are happy to announce the availability of a new feature for DynamoDB: BatchWriteItem.

    BatchWriteItem allows you to add, delete, or replace up to 25 items in a single operation. With BatchWriteItem, you can:

    • Achieve higher throughput by writing, deleting, or replacing multiple items in a single request
    • Take advantage of parallelism without having to manage multiple threads on your own
    • Achieve lower average latencies, compared to using single PutItem or DeleteItem operations, when writing, deleting, or replacing multiple items

    To learn more about BatchWriteItem, you can view our documentation here: http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/amazondynamodb/latest/developerguide/API_BatchWriteItems.html

    To use the BatchWriteItem feature, 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.

  • Introducing AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2012

    Amazon Web Services is pleased to announce AWS Marketplace, an online store where customers can find, buy, and quickly deploy software that runs on AWS.

    You can select software from well-known vendors including CA, Canonical, Couchbase, Check Point, IBM, Microsoft, SUSE, Red Hat, SAP, and Zend as well as many widely used open source offerings, including Wordpress, Drupal, and MediaWiki.

    AWS Marketplace includes pay-as-you-go products, free software (AWS infrastructure fees still apply), and hosted software with varied pricing models.

    When you find the software you’d like to purchase, you can use AWS Marketplace’s 1-Click deployment to quickly launch pre-configured server images, or deploy with familiar tools like the AWS Console. You’ll be charged for what you use, by the hour or month, and software charges will appear on the same bill as your other AWS services.

    Here’s how to get started:

    • Go to http://aws.amazon.com/marketplace and search for software.
    • Learn about products, including pricing, support information, and customer reviews.
    • Launch the product in your EC2 account with 1-Click or, for hosted software, visit the vendor’s website to sign up.

    If you are a software vendor interested in selling your product on the AWS Marketplace, please visit our Seller Portal and participate in a webcast on May 29th.

  • AWS Announces The Availability of the Microsoft SharePoint Server on AWS Reference Architecture White Paper

    Posted On: Apr 13, 2012

    We are excited to announce the availability of the Microsoft SharePoint Server on AWS Reference Architecture White Paper.

    This white paper discusses general concepts regarding how to run SharePoint on AWS and provides detailed technical guidance on how to configure, deploy, and run a SharePoint Server farm on AWS. It illustrates reference architecture for common SharePoint Server deployment scenarios, such as an intranet SharePoint Server farm or internet Website or service based on SharePoint Server, and discusses their network, security, and deployment configurations in detail so you can run SharePoint Server workloads in the cloud with confidence.

    This white paper is targeted to IT infrastructure decision-makers and administrators. After reading it, a customer should have a good idea on how to set up and deploy the components of a typical SharePoint Server farm on AWS.

    To learn more, please register to download the SharePoint Server on AWS Reference Architecture White Paper.

    To learn more about Microsoft on the AWS Cloud, please visit the Microsoft landing page on our website at aws.amazon.com/microsoft.

  • AWS Announces CloudSearch

    Posted On: Apr 11, 2012

    We are excited to announce Amazon CloudSearch, a fully-managed search service in the cloud that allows customers to easily integrate fast and highly scalable search functionality into their applications.

    Amazon CloudSearch enables search functionality for your website or application without the administrative burdens of operating and scaling a search service. You don’t have to worry about hardware provisioning, data partitioning, setup and configuration, or software patches.

    Built for high throughput and low latency, Amazon CloudSearch supports a rich set of features including free text search, faceted search, customizable relevance ranking, configurable search fields, text processing options, and near real-time indexing.

    With Amazon CloudSearch, you get:

    • Fast & Easy Deployment
    • Automatic Scaling For Data & Traffic
    • High Performance
    • Easy Administration

    To learn more, please visit the Amazon CloudSearch Overview or Jeff Barr’s blog post on Amazon CloudSearch.

    You can get started by watching a service overview video, or a demo showing how to build a search application using Amazon CloudSearch.

    Please also join us for an Introduction to Amazon CloudSearch webinar on May 10 – reserve your seat now!

  • Announcing the Availability of Reserved Cache Nodes for Amazon ElastiCache

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2012

    We are excited to announce the availability of Reserved Cache Nodes for Amazon ElastiCache. This allows you to save up to 70% over On Demand prices while adding an in-memory cache to your application architecture in a matter of minutes.

    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 will work with ElastiCache without any code changes.

    Amazon ElastiCache can reduce the load on your databases significantly and improve throughput for read-heavy or compute-intensive workloads including:

    • Social Networking
    • Mobile and Social Gaming
    • E-Commerce Sites
    • Media Sites
    • Recommendation Engines

    To learn more about Amazon ElastiCache and saving money with Reserved Cache Nodes, please visit the Amazon ElastiCache detail page.

  • Live Smooth Streaming for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2012

    We are excited to announce the launch of Live Smooth Streaming for Amazon CloudFront. Smooth Streaming is a feature of Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services that enables adaptive streaming of live media to Microsoft Silverlight clients. You can also use this solution to deliver your live stream to Apple’s iOS devices using the Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format. And you can benefit from the scale and low-latency offered by Amazon CloudFront when delivering your live Smooth Streams.

    We've made it simple to get started by creating an AWS CloudFormation template that provisions the AWS resources you need for your live event. You only pay for the AWS resources you consume, and have full control over the origin server (Amazon EC2 instance running Windows Media Services) so you can configure additional IIS Live Smooth Streaming functionality for your specific needs.

    To learn more, please visit our blog post on Live Smooth Streaming for Amazon CloudFront. You can get started by reading our Live Smooth Streaming tutorial or visit the Amazon CloudFront product page for more information about Amazon CloudFront.

  • Improved Live Streaming for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2012

    We are pleased to announce that you can now use Amazon CloudFront with Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 running on Amazon EC2 to configure live HTTP streaming for both Flash-based and Apple iOS devices. With this solution, you can easily and cost-effectively deliver your live video via AWS to multiple platforms and to a world-wide audience, while paying for the AWS resources you consume.

    Our improved live streaming solution uses the lower minimum content expiration period we recently announced for Amazon CloudFront. With this feature, both long-lived live video fragments and the frequently updated live manifest file can be cached at Amazon CloudFront edge locations. This helps you scale your live event without having to scale the origin infrastructure (Amazon EC2 instance running Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5).

    The best way to get started is to follow the instructions in our live streaming tutorial. You can also learn more by reading about our blog post or by visiting the Amazon CloudFront product page.

    We'd also like to invite you to register for our webinar with speakers from both Amazon CloudFront and Adobe on May 4th, 2012, where we will be providing an overview and a demo of our improved live streaming solution.

  • Amazon RDS Launches Free Trial program

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2012

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

    For more information about the Amazon RDS Free Trial program, please visit the Amazon RDS Free Trial page. To learn more about Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS page.

  • Amazon Route 53 Adds Latency Based Routing

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2012

    We are excited to announce Latency Based Routing (LBR) for Amazon Route 53, AWS’s highly reliable cost-effective DNS service. LBR, one of Amazon Route 53’s most requested features, helps you improve your application’s performance for a global audience. LBR works by routing your customers to the AWS endpoint (e.g. EC2 instances, Elastic IPs or ELBs) that provides the fastest experience based on actual performance measurements of the different AWS regions where your application is running.

    You can learn more about LBR from Jeff Barr's blog post on Route 53's Latency Based Routing feature, by reviewing the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide or by visiting the Amazon Route 53 product page.

  • PHP and Git Deployment for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports a PHP runtime and Git deployment. Elastic Beanstalk already makes it easier to quickly deploy and manage Java applications in the AWS cloud. Now, Elastic Beanstalk offers the same functionality for your PHP applications.

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk leverages AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, Auto Scaling, and Amazon Simple Notification Service, to deliver the same highly reliable, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure to run your PHP applications. You can easily launch a PHP environment using the AWS Management Console or the Elastic Beanstalk command line interface.

    You can now set up your Git repositories to directly deploy changes to your AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments. Git speeds up deployments by only pushing your modified files to AWS Elastic Beanstalk. In seconds, PHP applications get updated on a set of Amazon EC2 instances.

    To learn more about how to launch your PHP environment and use Git to deploy, go to "Deploying PHP Applications Using Git" in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Amazon CloudFront Lowers Minimum Content Expiration Period

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2012
    We're excited to announce that you can now use Amazon CloudFront for frequently changing content. Before today, Amazon CloudFront’s edge locations cached objects for a minimum of 60 minutes. Effective today, we’ve removed the sixty minute minimum expiration period (also known as “time-to-live” or TTL) from Amazon CloudFront. With this change, you have the ability to configure a minimum TTL for all objects in your distribution using the Amazon CloudFront API. The minimum TTL value may be as short as 0 seconds. You can then set the TTL for each file by setting the cache control header on your file in the origin. Amazon CloudFront uses cache control headers to determine how frequently each edge location gets an updated version of the file from the origin. Note that our default behavior isn’t changing; if no cache control header is set, each edge location will continue to use an expiration period of 24 hours before checking the origin for changes to that file. You can also continue to use Amazon CloudFront's Invalidation feature to expire a file sooner than the TTL set on that file.

    You can learn more about the new expiration period policy in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide or by visiting the Amazon CloudFront product page.
  • Amazon RDS Increases Backup Retention Period

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2012

    The automated backup feature of Amazon RDS enables point-in-time recovery for your DB Instance, allowing you to restore your DB Instance to any second during your retention period, up to the last five minutes.

    Many customers have requested for longer backup retention periods for compliance purposes. We are excited to announce that the maximum retention period for automated backups has been increased from eight days to thirty five days. This new limit will enable you to store more than a month of backups. To modify the retention period for your DB instance to a higher limit, please visit the AWS Management Console.

    To learn more about Amazon RDS, please visit the Amazon RDS Page.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Now Available in South America

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2012
    The AWS Storage Gateway is now available in the South America (Sao Paulo) Region. Starting today, you can securely upload your on-premises application data to this Region for cost effective backup and rapid disaster recovery.

    The AWS Storage Gateway service connects an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between your on-premises IT environment and AWS’s storage infrastructure. The service supports a standard iSCSI interface, enabling you to take advantage of cloud based storage without re-architecting existing applications. It provides low-latency performance by maintaining data on your on-premises storage hardware while asynchronously uploading this data to AWS, where it is encrypted and securely stored in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Using the AWS Storage Gateway, you can back up point-in-time snapshots of your on-premises application data to Amazon S3 for future recovery. In the event you need replacement capacity for disaster recovery purposes, or if you want to leverage Amazon EC2’s on-demand compute capacity for additional capacity during peak periods, for new projects, or as a more cost-effective way to run your normal workloads, you can use the AWS Storage Gateway to mirror your on-premises data to Amazon EC2 instances.

    If your on-premises applications are running in South America, using the Sao Paulo Region will reduce the time to upload data to AWS. You can also use this Region to meet any requirements you have for keeping data in Brazil. Learn more by visiting the AWS Storage Gateway page or get started by visiting the AWS Management Console.
  • AWS Identity and Access Management enables password management and IAM user access to account billing information.

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2012

    We are excited to announce that we have added the following AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) features:

    • Customers can now grant IAM users direct access to the Account Activity and/or Usage Reports pages without having to give them access to other AWS resources.
    • Customers can now define an account-wide policy in the IAM console that enforces password strength for their IAM users upon password changes.
    • IAM users can now use a simple graphical user interface in the IAM console to change their own password.

    To learn more, visit the Using IAM guide.

  • Announcing three new Amazon EC2 features

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2012

    We are announcing three new features that will make it even easier for you to use Amazon EC2 for your application and development needs.

    • Customers can now launch 64-bit Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) on m1.small and c1.medium instances. This capability allows you to scale across micro, standard, high CPU and high memory EC2 instances with a single 64-bit AMI.
    • We are launching the thirteenth Amazon EC2 instance type, m1.medium. m1.medium instances are ideal for many applications that require a reasonable amount of CPU and memory, but do not require all the resources of an m1.large instance. This new instance type supports both 32 and 64-bit AMIs.
    • Customers can now log into their Linux instances directly from within the Amazon EC2 management console without the need to install additional software clients

    To learn more about Amazon EC2 and to try these new features, please visit the Amazon EC2 Page

  • Amazon DynamoDB Now Available in Europe

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2012

    We are excited to announce that Amazon DynamoDB is now available in the EU (Ireland) Region. The EU (Ireland) region joins the US East (Northern Virginia) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions as the third region in which customers can run the service.

    Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides extremely fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can easily create a new DynamoDB database table, or scale your table’s request capacity to the level that you need without incurring any downtime.

    To learn more about DynamoDB, you can attend our webinar on Tuesday, March 20th, from 10am-11am GMT. Register here.

    With Amazon DynamoDB, customers get:

    • Fast, predictable performance at any scale. Customers can typically achieve average latencies in the single-digit milliseconds for database operations.
    • Durability and high-availability. DynamoDB stores data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and replicates it synchronously across multiple AWS Availability Zones in an AWS Region.
    • Seamless scalability. For example, you can easily grow your DynamoDB table from 1,000 writes per second to 100,000 writes per second using the AWS Management Console.
    • Easy administration. Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed service. You don’t need to worry about hardware or software provisioning, setup and configuration, software patching, operating a reliable, distributed database cluster, or partitioning data over multiple instances as you scale.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB Page.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Resource Permissions

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports resource permissions through AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Whether you are an agency building applications for different customers, a large organization with many development teams, or a single developer, you now have fine grained control over which IAM users and groups have access to your Elastic Beanstalk resources.

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides a quick way to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. IAM enables you to manage permissions for multiple users within your AWS account. With Elastic Beanstalk and IAM, you now have fine grained access controls over specific Elastic Beanstalk resources such as applications, application versions, and environments. For example, if you have multiple development teams working on different Elastic Beanstalk applications, you can allow specific developers to create application versions for a specific application and only allow them to deploy to a staging environment. You can then allow a trusted IAM user or group of trusted IAM users to deploy the application versions in the staging environment to a production environment.

    To learn more about using IAM with Elastic Beanstalk, go to Using AWS Elastic Beanstalk with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • New, lower pricing for Amazon EC2, RDS, and ElastiCache

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2012

    We are excited to announce a reduction in Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache prices. Reserved Instance prices will decrease by up to 37% for Amazon EC2 and by up to 42% for Amazon RDS across all regions. On-Demand prices for Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache will drop by up to 10%. We are also introducing volume discount tiers for Amazon EC2, so customers who purchase a large number of Reserved Instances will benefit from additional discounts. Today’s price drop represents the 19th price drop for AWS, and we are delighted to continue to pass along savings to you as we innovate and drive down our costs.

    All of your On-Demand usage will automatically be charged at the new lower rate as of March 1st. New Reserved Instance prices will only apply to Reserved Instances purchases made on or after March 6th. With the new pricing, Reserved Instances will provide savings of up to 71% compared to On-Demand instances, so you may want to take this opportunity to review your current usage and to determine if you would like to purchase additional Light, Medium, or Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances.

    Please visit the Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache pricing pages for the complete list of new lower prices and an overview of the new volume discount program.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Now Available in Japan

    Posted On: Feb 29, 2012

    We are excited to announce that Amazon DynamoDB is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. The Tokyo region joins the US East (Northern Virginia) Region as the second location in which customers can run the service.

    Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides extremely fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can easily create a new DynamoDB database table, or scale your table’s request capacity to the level that you need without incurring any downtime.

    With Amazon DynamoDB, customers get:

    • Fast, predictable performance at any scale. Customers can typically achieve average latencies in the single-digit milliseconds for database operations.
    • Durability and high-availability. DynamoDB stores data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and replicates it synchronously across multiple AWS Availability Zones in an AWS Region.
    • Seamless scalability. For example, you can easily grow your DynamoDB table from 1,000 writes per second to 100,000 writes per second using the AWS Management Console.
    • Easy administration. Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed service. You don’t need to worry about hardware or software provisioning, setup and configuration, software patching, operating a reliable, distributed database cluster, or partitioning data over multiple instances as you scale.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB Page.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Now in Two Additional Regions

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2012

    We are excited to announce that Amazon ElastiCache is now available in two additional Regions: US West (Oregon) and South America (Sao Paulo). Starting today, you can use Amazon ElastiCache in these Regions to add an in-memory cache to your application architecture in a matter of minutes.

    Amazon ElastiCache improves the performance of web applications by retrieving data from a fast, managed, Memcached-compatible, in-memory caching system, instead of relying entirely on disk-based databases. It can significantly improve throughput for read-heavy or compute intensive workloads including:

    • Social Networking
    • Mobile and Social Gaming
    • E-Commerce Sites
    • Media Sites
    • Recommendation Engines

    To learn more about the service, please view our recorded webinar: “Turbo-charge Your Web Apps Using Amazon ElastiCache” and review our Getting Started Guide. You can launch a multi-node Memcached-compatible cluster with a few clicks using the AWS Management Console or a few simple API calls.

  • AWS Announces Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF)

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2012

    We are excited to announce Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF), a workflow service for coordinating the various processing steps in your application and managing distributed execution state. Whether automating business processes for finance or insurance applications, building sophisticated data analytics applications, or managing cloud infrastructure services, Amazon SWF reliably coordinates all of the processing steps within an application.

    Amazon SWF provides:

    • Consistent execution state management. You can rely on Amazon SWF to reliably track the execution state of an application across distributed components. The components themselves including the application flow logic do not have to deal with maintaining distributed execution state.
    • Reliable task distribution. Amazon SWF guarantees non-duplicated dispatch of tasks to application components and allows you to control the routing of tasks. Using such features, you can easily implement even complex application flows.
    • Ease of use. You can easily use Amazon SWF without having to learn new programming languages. You can use a combination of programming languages in implementing the application components and the application flow logic.
    • Full control over application execution. Amazon SWF manages task execution dependencies, scheduling and concurrency based on the application flow that you define. You have complete freedom in building, deploying and selectively scaling application components.
    • The AWS Flow Framework, a programming framework that helps developers easily incorporate asynchronous and event-driven programming into their applications using Amazon SWF.

    To learn more about the service, visit the Amazon SWF page. You can easily get started with Amazon SWF with the free tier of service. You can also run a sample workflow in the AWS Management Console.

  • Amazon S3 announces new lower prices for standard storage

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2012

    We are excited to announce that we’ve reduced the Amazon S3 standard storage prices in all regions, effective February 1st. With this price change, all Amazon S3 standard storage customers will see a reduction in their storage costs. For instance, if you store 50 TB of data on average, you’ll see a 12% reduction in costs, and if you store 500 TB of data on average, you’ll see a 13.5% reduction in costs. The price reduction applies to all standard storage- both existing storage and new added storage. You can find the new updated prices on the Amazon S3 Detail Page. We are happy to pass along these savings to you as we continue to innovate and drive down our costs.

  • Announcing AWS CloudFormation Support For VPC

    Posted On: Feb 2, 2012

    We are pleased to announce AWS CloudFormation support for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). AWS CloudFormation allows you to easily provision, manage and update a collection of related AWS resources. With Amazon VPC, you can now define a virtual network topology using a CloudFormation template and customize the network configuration to closely resemble a traditional network that you might operate in your own datacenter.

    All resource types such as Amazon EC2 instances, security groups and Elastic IP addresses, Elastic Load Balancers, Auto Scaling Groups and Amazon RDS Database instances can now be deployed into any existing Amazon VPC using CloudFormation templates. The templates allow you to run multi-tier web applications and corporate applications in a private network. With Amazon VPC and CloudFormation, you can easily control which resources you want to expose publicly and which ones should be private.

    To get started using AWS CloudFormation and Amazon VPC, visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide and try out the sample VPC templates in the template library.


  • New Osaka and Milan Edge Locations for Amazon CloudFront & Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: Feb 2, 2012

    We’re excited to announce the launch of new edge locations in Osaka, Japan and Milan, Italy to serve Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for your end users. We plan to continue to add new edge locations worldwide.

    With the launches in Osaka and Milan, our first edge location in Italy, Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 now have a total of 26 edge locations worldwide. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for your end users. These are the first two edge location launches of 2012 and we plan to continue to add new edge locations worldwide.

    To learn more about Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53, visit their respective product detail pages on our website.

  • Amazon Web Services Introduces New Premium Support Features

    Posted On: Jan 30, 2012

    We are excited to announce the addition of two new features for Gold and Platinum Premium Support customers - 3rd Party Software Support and AWS Trusted Advisor. With these support enhancements, customers of all sizes and technical abilities can continue drawing on AWS’s broad experience to successfully utilize the products and features provided by the AWS cloud.

    3rd Party Software Support: Providing 3rd Party Software Support enables customers to work directly with Premium Support on questions related to the customer’s Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance operating system as well as the configuration and performance of the most popular 3rd Party Software components on AWS. This support covers most widely used operating systems including Windows, Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Linux, Novell’s SuSE Linux, and Amazon Linux, as well as systems software including Apache, IIS, Amazon SDKs, FTP, Sendmail, and Postfix. AWS support engineers will now be available to address common problems that derail customers in the setup, configuration, and troubleshooting of their infrastructure components. In addition, through the use of desktop sharing technology, customers will have the option to share their desktops in real time with support engineers, allowing for a more hands on support experience.

    AWS Trusted Advisor: Building on our aggregated history of serving hundreds of thousands of customers, the AWS Trusted Advisor program is a best practices auditing service that monitors a customer’s use of AWS services and automatically recommends configuration changes or new services that may save money, improve system performance, or close security gaps. AWS has built systems to regularly run best practice feature checks against a customer’s AWS environment to flag potential opportunities for improvement. AWS Trusted Advisor launches with 8 checks and additional ones will be continuously deployed throughout the year. A more detailed description of AWS Trusted Advisor can be found in Jeff Barr’s Blog.
    http://aws.amazon.com/premiumsupport/signup/
  • Amazon RDS announces support for Amazon VPC

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2012

    We are pleased to announce support for running Amazon RDS DB Instances in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). With Amazon VPC, you can define a virtual network topology and customize the network configuration to closely resemble a traditional network that you might operate in your own datacenter.

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

    To learn more about running Amazon RDS DB Instances in VPC, refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide and Amazon RDS FAQs.

  • Announcing AWS Storage Gateway

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2012

    We are excited to announce the public beta launch of the AWS Storage Gateway, a new service connecting an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between an organization’s on-premises IT environment and AWS’s storage infrastructure. The service enables you to securely upload data to the AWS cloud for cost effective backup and rapid disaster recovery. The AWS Storage Gateway supports industry-standard storage protocols that work with your existing applications. It provides low-latency performance by maintaining data on your on-premises storage hardware while asynchronously uploading this data to AWS, where it is encrypted and securely stored in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

    Using the AWS Storage Gateway, you can back up point-in-time snapshots of your on-premises application data to Amazon S3 for future recovery. In the event you need replacement capacity for disaster recovery purposes, or if you want to leverage Amazon EC2’s on-demand compute capacity for additional capacity during peak periods, for new projects, or as a more cost-effective way to run your normal workloads, you can use the AWS Storage Gateway to mirror your on-premises data to Amazon EC2 instances. Learn more by visiting the AWS Storage Gateway page or check out the Introducing Storage Gateway Video.

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Enables Identity Federation to the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2012

    We are excited to announce that AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) has extended support for identity federation, now enabling federated users to access the AWS Management Console. Identity federation enables you to use your existing corporate identities to grant secure and direct access to the AWS Management Console without creating a new AWS identity for those users. You can enable your users to sign in to your corporate network and then access the AWS Management Console without having to sign in to AWS, providing them single sign on access to AWS. This complements IAM’s existing identity federation capability that enables you to provide federated users secure and direct access to AWS service APIs.

    To learn more about IAM and identity federation, please visit http://aws.amazon.com/iam

  • AWS Announces DynamoDB

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2012

    We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Amazon DynamoDB, a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides extremely fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can easily create a new DynamoDB database table, or scale your table’s request capacity to the level that you need without incurring any downtime.

    With Amazon DynamoDB, customers get:

    • Fast, predictable performance at any scale. Customers can typically achieve average latencies in the single-digit milliseconds for database operations.
    • Durability and high-availability. DynamoDB stores data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and replicates it synchronously across multiple AWS Availability Zones in an AWS Region.
    • Seamless scalability. For example, you can easily grow your DynamoDB table from 1,000 writes per second to 100,000 writes per second using the AWS Management Console.
    • Easy administration. Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed service. You don’t need to worry about hardware or software provisioning, setup and configuration, software patching, operating a reliable, distributed database cluster, or partitioning data over multiple instances as you scale.

    Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB Page.

  • AWS Free Usage Tier Now Includes Windows

    Posted On: Jan 15, 2012

    We are excited to announce that starting today, the AWS Free Usage Tier will now include Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows Server. Customers eligible for the AWS Free Usage tier can now use up to 750 hours per month of t1.micro instances running Microsoft Windows Server for free.

    With this announcement, customers familiar with Windows Server can gain hands-on-experience with AWS at no-cost. Customers can select from a range of pre-configured Amazon Machine Images with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. Once running, customers can connect via Microsoft Remote Desktop Client to begin building, migrating, testing, and deploying their web applications on AWS in minutes. The expanded Free Usage Tier with Microsoft Windows Server t1.micro instances is available today in all regions, except for AWS GovCloud.

    For more information about the AWS Free Usage Tier, please visit the AWS Free Usage Tier web page. To get started using Microsoft Windows Server on AWS, visit the AWS Windows web page.

  • AWS Direct Connect announces four new locations worldwide

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2012

    We are excited to announce four new AWS Direct Connect locations at CoreSite One Wilshire in Los Angeles, TelecityGroup Docklands in London, Equinix in Singapore, and Equinix in Tokyo. These locations serve the US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions.

    AWS Direct Connect offers several benefits for customers:

    • It lowers bandwidth costs out of AWS, which is valuable for applications that have bulk data transfer requirements
    • It offers more consistent network performance over Internet-based connections for applications that require real-time data feeds
    • It provides an alternative means to connect to the AWS cloud for customers who may have security or compliance policies that prevent VPN connectivity to the cloud

    To get started with AWS Direct Connect, click here to complete a sign-up form indicating your connection requirements (primarily the number of connections you require and connection bandwidth). AWS will contact you, usually within one business day.

    Additional AWS Direct Connect locations are planned worldwide in 2012. For more details, including pricing, please refer to the AWS Direct Connect page and a list of frequently asked questions.