• Amazon DynamoDB Console now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Dec 30, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that access to Amazon DynamoDB is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Management Console.

    DynamoDB is a fast, fully managed NoSQL database service that makes it simple and cost-effective to store and retrieve any amount of data, and serve any level of request traffic. All data items are stored on Solid State Drives (SSDs), and are replicated across 3 Availability Zones for high availability and durability.

    The AWS Management Console for the AWS GovCloud (US) Region provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for AWS services and now is available for Amazon DynamoDB.

    AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region designed to allow U.S. government agencies, contractors and customers with regulatory needs to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud. Please join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Office Hours every Tuesday at 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST and the Intro to AWS GovCloud (US) Region webinar on January 8th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to learn more.

    Please contact us to get started in AWS GovCloud (US) today!

  • Announcing the next generation of Amazon EC2 High I/O instance

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2013

    We are excited to announce the I2 new instance type – the next generation of Amazon EC2 High I/O instances. I2 instances provide you the highest IOPS compared to all other Amazon EC2 instances. I2 instances are available in 4 sizes ranging from 4 to 32 vCPUs (i2.xlarge, i2.2xlarge, i2.4xlarge, and i2.8xlarge) and SSD-based instance storage ranging from 800 GB to 6400 GB. We recommend using I2 instances for transactional systems and high performance NoSQL databases like Cassandra and MongoDB.

    I2 instances feature the latest generation of Intel Ivy Bridge processors - each virtual CPU (vCPU) is a hardware hyperthread from an Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 (Ivy Bridge) processor. The largest of the I2 instances (i2.8xlarge) are capable of providing over 365,000 4 kilobyte (KB) random read IOPS and over 315,000 4 KB random write IOPS. Other I2 instance sizes provide proportionally lower IOPS. I2 instances support TRIM for better successive SSD write performance. I2 instances also support Enhanced Networking for low latency, low jitter, and very high packet per second performance. You can read more on how to Enable Enhanced Networking. For additional information visit I2 documentation.

    I2 instances currently support Hardware Virtualization (HVM) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) only. To obtain the highest IOPS performance from I2 instances, we recommend you use the latest Amazon Linux HVM AMI or any Linux HVM AMI that has a Kernel version 3.8 or later. For additional information on this, read I2 documentation.

    Compared with HI1 instances, I2 instances provide faster processors, three additional instance sizes, double the memory per vCPU, and 56% increase in SSD-based instance storage. i2.xlarge, i2.2xlarge, and i2.4xlarge support EBS-optimization and deliver dedicated throughput between Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS.

    I2 instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions. You can purchase I2 instances as On-Demand Instances or Reserved Instances.

    To learn more about I2 instances, visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page.

  • CloudFormation: New Management Console and support for more AWS features

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the release of a new Management Console for AWS CloudFormation. The new console simplifies creation and management of stacks of AWS resources. We’ve updated the look and feel of the console and made enhancements such as auto-refreshing of stack events. Please click on the “Feedback” button in the new console to let us know what you think, and you can switch back and forth between the old and the new console if you wish.

    We have also added support to CloudFormation for features of some other AWS services:

    Now, you can also define names of your choice for RDS DB Instances, Elastic Load Balancers, and ElastiCache Clusters (instead of the default - unique, auto-generated names). Please see the AWS Resource Type Reference for the complete set of resources supporting user-defined names.

    To learn more about CloudFormation, please visit the CloudFormation detail page, documentation or watch this introductory video. We have a large collection of sample templates that makes it easy to get started with CloudFormation within minutes.

  • Introducing AWS Direct Connect Inter-Region Connectivity

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2013

    We are excited to announce the launch of AWS Direct Connect Inter-Region Connectivity. Prior to the launch of this feature, you could only use your Direct Connect connections to access services in the AWS Region where you had established connectivity. Now, if you provision a single connection to any Direct Connect location in the US, you can use it to access AWS services in all US Regions and AWS GovCloud (US).

    Using this new feature is straightforward. To get started, all you need to do is create a public virtual interface on your Direct Connect connection with the AWS Management Console or AWS Direct Connect API. Once this interface is created, traffic will use your AWS Direct Connect connection to access AWS services in any US Region, or AWS GovCloud (US), instead of the Internet.

    We hope you find these new features useful. If you have any questions, we invite you to use any of our support resources to have them answered, and we welcome your feedback on the updated console.

  • Announcing the AWS China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2013

    AWS is excited to announce its upcoming limited preview of its China (Beijing) Region. In the limited preview, which will be deployed in early 2014, a select group of China-based and multinational companies with customers in China will be invited to begin using the new Beijing Region to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. Businesses or software developers can apply for access to the limited preview of AWS services in the AWS China Region today at http://www.amazonaws.cn.

    Customers who wish to use the new Beijing Region are required to sign up for a separate set of account credentials unique to the China (Beijing) Region. Customers with existing AWS credentials will not be able to access resources in the new Region, and vice versa.

    Under the Limited Preview phase, access to the new Region will be by invitation only. AWS will periodically review applicants for the limited preview and invite more and more customers to experience our services in China. The China (Beijing) Region aims to help customers reduce latency to end-users based in China while avoiding the up-front expenses, long-term commitments, and scaling challenges associated with maintaining and operating their own infrastructure. Beijing joins Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo as the fourth Region in Asia Pacific and as the tenth Region worldwide. We will gradually open up the Region for a wider range of customers over time.

    AWS’s new Beijing Region will support Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Storage Gateway, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Glacier, Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF), AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS Management Console, and AWS Premium Support.

    Please visit the new China website for more information at www.amazonaws.cn.

    Read the press release.

  • Introducing AWS Trusted Advisor Notifications, New Dashboard, and Improvements

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2013

    Starting today, you will be alerted to changes in the status of your AWS resources by the new notification feature in the new AWS Trusted Advisor dashboard. You can sign up for up to 3 recipients to get weekly status updates and savings estimations in English or Japanese via emails.

    Trusted Advisor monitors your resource deployment and provides best-practice advice for cost optimization, security, performance, and fault tolerance. You can use the 31 Trusted Advisor checks to monitor and improve the deployment of Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, Auto Scaling, IAM, Amazon RDS, Route 53, and other services. Trusted Advisor has generated more than a million recommendations for customers, helping customers realize over $140 million in cost reductions. (Watch the AWS re:Invent 2013 Keynote)

    AWS Support Business and Enterprise customers can opt in to receive a weekly Trusted Advisor notification email, in English or Japanese, with check status updates and saving estimations. You can specify up to three notification recipients on the setting page for AWS Trusted Advisor. To learn more about Business and Enterprise-level support, check out the AWS Support product offering.

    We have reinvented the user interface of Trusted Advisor—the dashboard contains additional information and we think the navigation is both cleaner and simpler.

    In addition to the notification and new user interface, we are excited to introduce the new Overutilized Standard Amazon EBS Volumes check in the performance category. It checks for standard Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes that are potentially overutilized and might benefit from a more efficient configuration, such as using Provisioned IOPS volumes. We have also enhanced the Service Limit check to monitor EBS Provisioned IOPS along with other service limits in Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon EBS, and Amazon RDS. The Service Limit check flags resources if the usage is greater than 80% of the service limit. It allows you to proactively provision for increased capacity.

    To learn more about Trusted Advisor and the new features, see Trusted Advisor detail page.

  • Amazon CloudFront Adds Geo Restriction Feature

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2013

    We are excited to announce Geo Restriction, a new feature that allows you to use Amazon CloudFront to restrict access to your content based on the geographic location of your viewers. With Geo Restriction you can choose the countries where you want Amazon CloudFront to deliver your content.

    Geo Restriction is important for many customers. For example, licensing requirements restrict some media customers from delivering movies outside a single country. These customers can now configure a whitelist that only allows viewers in that country to access their videos. Other customers need to prevent the downloading of their encrypted software by users in certain countries. These customers can configure a blacklist of countries so end-users from those countries cannot download their software.

    You can use the Amazon CloudFront API or the AWS Management Console to enable this feature and configure the list of countries that should be included in your whitelist or blacklist. If an end-user from a restricted country tries to download your content, Amazon CloudFront will block their access with a 403 Forbidden HTTP response. You can also configure Custom Error Pages to customize the message that Amazon CloudFront will send to your viewers in these circumstances.

    There are no additional charges for using this feature. As with other Amazon CloudFront features, you pay only for what you use and there are no upfront fees or minimum monthly commitments. You can learn more about Geo Restriction by visiting the Amazon CloudFront Detail Page or by reading the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide. You can also join our webinar at 10:00 AM PST on February 4th, 2014 to learn more about Geo Restriction and other recent Amazon CloudFront features that give you the protection and control you need to deliver your content. Register for the webinar

  • AWS Console for iOS and Android Now Supports AWS OpsWorks

    Posted On: Dec 17, 2013

    We’re excited to announce support for AWS OpsWorks in the AWS Console mobile app, available on Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and iTunes. Use the mobile app to view status and health of your AWS resources on your mobile device. The mobile app also features support for EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Relational Database Service, Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, and the Service Health Dashboard.

    The latest update introduces new features for mobile app users to view information about AWS OpsWorks resources, including stacks, layers, instances, and apps. AWS OpsWorks customers can view resource configuration details in addition to deployments, instance logs, and CloudWatch metrics and alarms.

    Android users will find the mobile app easier to use than before. The AWS Console for Android also now features a native interface for navigating between services and regions.

    Let us know how you use the mobile app and tell us what features you’d like using the feedback link in the app’s menu.

  • Amazon Kinesis Available for All Customers

    Posted On: Dec 16, 2013

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Kinesis is now available for your evaluation and use! Using Amazon Kinesis, you can store and process terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of sources, making it easy to write applications that take action on real-time data such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial transactions, social media feeds, logs and metering data, and location-tracking events. Amazon Kinesis-enabled applications can power real-time dashboards, generate alerts, drive real-time business decisions such as changing pricing and advertising strategies, or send data to other big data services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (Amazon EMR), or Amazon Redshift. Customers can create an Amazon Kinesis stream with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console or through a simple API call.

    Amazon Kinesis takes care of all the “heavy-lifting” for you, providing easy data ingestion and storage, high data durability, and the ability to scale seamlessly from kilobytes to terabytes an hour – at a fraction of the cost and effort. The Amazon Kinesis Client Library simplifies load balancing, coordination, and fault tolerance, and you can use AWS Auto Scaling to easily create elastic, high-performance Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) processing clusters. Amazon Kinesis also integrates with third-party products, giving you control and freedom to choose your preferred method of data processing, including popular open source products.

    For more information about Amazon Kinesis, please visit the product detail page, where you can learn more and watch a short introductory video that will explain the service. You can also get started with the service using the AWS Management Console.

  • Amazon RDS now Supports Oracle Database 11.2.0.3

    Posted On: Dec 16, 2013

    We are pleased to announce Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 support for Amazon RDS. Starting today, you can launch new RDS database instances running Oracle 11.2.0.3 and upgrade your existing Oracle database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

    To create a new Oracle 11.2.0.3 database instance, just use the "Launch DB Instance Wizard" in the AWS Management Console and select the DB Engine Version 11.2.0.3v1.

    To upgrade your existing database instance use the “Modify” option in the AWS Management Console and select the DB Engine Version 11.2.0.3v1. Before you upgrade your production database instances, we recommend you test the upgrade process on a test instance to verify its duration and to validate your applications. We do not recommend upgrading Micro DB Instances.

    Learn more by visiting the Oracle section of the Amazon RDS User Guide.

  • Announcing VM Import for Linux

    Posted On: Dec 16, 2013

    We are excited to announce the immediate availability of VM Import for Linux, a new feature that enables you to import Linux VMs to Amazon EC2. Using VM Import for Linux, you can now take VMs running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu, CentOS, or Debian on top of VMware, the Hyper-V role in Windows Server, or Citrix Xen and convert them into EC2 instances.

    VM Import can help you migrate your existing workloads, Enterprise applications, or VM catalog to Amazon EC2. In addition to the newly-added support for Linux VMs, you can also import Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 VMs to EC2 using VM Import. You can also use VM Export to export your previously imported Linux and Windows VMs. 

    You can learn more about VM Import in the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

  • Announcing New Edge Locations in Manila, Marseille and Warsaw for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: Dec 15, 2013

    We are excited to announce the launch of three new edge locations – Manila in the Philippines, Marseille in France and Warsaw in Poland. These new locations will improve performance and availability for end users of your applications being served by Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 and bring the total number of AWS edge locations to 49 worldwide.

    If you're already using Amazon CloudFront or Amazon Route 53, you don't need to do anything to your applications to take advantage of these new edge locations - requests from your end users will automatically be routed to these locations for the best possible performance.

    The new locations support all of the Amazon CloudFront functionality including acceleration of static, dynamic and interactive content, live and on-demand streaming media, and custom SSL certificates. They also support all Amazon Route 53 functionality including health checks, DNS failover, and latency-based routing.

    The Amazon CloudFront pricing for the edge location in Manila is the same as that in Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore, and the pricing for the edge locations in Marseille and Warsaw is the same as that in Europe. Amazon Route 53's pricing is the same for all worldwide edge locations including the three launching today. That means you can deliver content to your end users in these regions with lower latency at no additional cost.

    To learn more about Amazon CloudFront, please visit the Amazon CloudFront detail page. To learn more about Amazon Route 53, please visit the Amazon Route 53 detail page.

    Also, if you weren't able to make it to AWS re:Invent this year, we've included links to some of the presentations relating to Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53:

    Posted on Dec 15, 2013

  • Amazon CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon EC2 Status Checks at One Minute Frequency

    Posted On: Dec 13, 2013

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch metrics for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) status checks are now available at one minute frequency. Since July 2012, CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status check metrics have been available at five minute frequency and allowed EC2 customers to monitor their instances for problems which might prevent applications from running. With CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks at one minute frequency, EC2 customers can learn about and respond to problems effecting their EC2 instances even more quickly.

    CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks at one minute frequency are free to all EC2 customers and are automatically enabled on all EC2 instances. To view these metrics, select a running instance in the EC2 console and click on the “Monitoring” tab or view them in Amazon CloudWatch. To create an alarm on these metrics, click on the instance’s “Status Check” tab and choose the “Create Status Check Alarm” button. Alarms can also be created in the CloudWatch console.

    To learn more about how to use CloudWatch metrics for EC2 status checks, please visit the documentation for Monitoring Instances with Status Checks.

  • New Query Capability in DynamoDB - Global Secondary Indexes Enable Queries on any Field

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2013

    DynamoDB is a fast, fully managed NoSQL database service that makes it simple and cost-effective to store and retrieve any amount of data, and serve any level of request traffic. Global Secondary Indexes (GSI) provide you with the flexibility to query your DynamoDB tables in new and powerful ways.

    Now you can query any field (attribute) in your DynamoDB table using Global Secondary Indexes (GSI). GSIs can treat any table attribute as a key, even attributes not present in all items. When changes are made to the table, DynamoDB automatically updates all GSIs. In addition, a GSI's performance is designed to meet DynamoDB's single-digit millisecond latency. For example, you can add items to a Users table for a gaming app with tens of millions of users with UserId as the primary key, but retrieve them based on their home city, with no reduction in query performance.

    Learn more about GSI by reading the blog post.

    To get started, visit:

  • Announcing Support for Impala with Amazon Elastic MapReduce

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2013

    We are pleased to announce support for Impala with Amazon EMR. Impala is an open source tool for real-time, ad hoc querying using a familiar SQL-like language. By using Impala on Amazon EMR, you can perform fast interactive analytics on unstructured data. For many types of queries, it's much faster than Hive. Impala's performance makes it a great engine for iterative queries and many popular BI tools. With Amazon EMR, you can use Impala as a reliable data warehouse to execute tasks such as data analytics, monitoring, and business intelligence. Here are three use cases:

    • Use Impala instead of Hive on long-running clusters to perform ad hoc queries. Impala reduces interactive queries to seconds, making it an excellent tool for fast investigation. You could run Impala on the same cluster as your batch MapReduce workflows, use Impala on a long-running analytics cluster with Hive and Pig, or create a cluster specifically tuned for Impala queries.
    • Use Impala instead of Hive for batch ETL jobs on transient Amazon EMR clusters. Impala is faster than Hive for many queries, which provides better performance for these workloads. Like Hive, Impala uses SQL, so queries can easily be modified from Hive to Impala.
    • Use Impala in conjunction with a third party business intelligence tool. Connect a client ODBC or JDBC driver with your cluster to use Impala as an engine for powerful visualization tools and dashboards.

    To get started, you can launch an Amazon EMR cluster with Impala using the EMR Command Line Interface (CLI), Management Console, APIs, and SDKs. You also must be using an AMI and Amazon distribution of Hadoop 2.x (AMI 3.0.2 or later). To learn more about using Impala with Amazon EMR, please visit the Developer's Guide or FAQ.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds Background Task Handling and RDS PostgreSQL support

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2013

    We are excited to announce Worker Tiers - Elastic Beanstalk environments optimized to process application background tasks at scale. For example, if you have an application that sends confirmation e-mails, you can now simply enqueue a task to later send the e-mail in the background while your application code immediately renders the rest of the webpage. A Worker Tier in your environment will later pick up the task and send the e-mail in the background. Worker Tiers complement the familiar existing Web Tiers and are ideal to run time consuming tasks such as lengthy reports, database cleanup tasks, etc.

    You can develop worker-code like any other web-application using PHP, Python, Ruby, Java or Node.js. A worker is simply another HTTP request handler that Beanstalk invokes with messages buffered using Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS). Messages put in the queue are forwarded via HTTP POST to a configurable URL on the local host. Elastic Beanstalk takes care of creating and managing the queue if one isn't provided. You can create a single instance or an auto-scaled, load balanced Worker Tier that will scale based on the work load. Worker Tiers let you focus on developing code to process work without learning any new API or worrying about servers. For detailed information, see Environment Tiers.

    Also, Elastic Beanstalk now supports Amazon RDS PostgreSQL. Starting today, you can launch an Elastic Beanstalk web or worker tier environment with an Amazon RDS PostgreSQL data tier.

    To learn more about Elastic Beanstalk, visit the Elastic Beanstalk detail page, documentation, and watch this introductory video. To get started now, go to the Elastic Beanstalk Console and create an environment.

  • Auto Scaling for Amazon EC2 in the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Dec 10, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that it’s now even easier to use Auto Scaling to manage your Amazon EC2 capacity, and to maintain availability of your applications. Starting today, you can use the AWS Management Console to create and update Auto Scaling groups, launch configurations, and scaling policies.

    To get started, log in to the Amazon EC2 console and choose "Auto Scaling Groups" in the panel at the left, or visit: https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2/autoscaling/home.

    First, create an Auto Scaling group starting from customizable templates based on your Amazon Machine Image (AMI), known as launch configurations. Next, specify how many instances to run. Auto Scaling will launch and maintain them as a group, provisioning instances when you need them while keeping them balanced across Availability Zones and replacing unhealthy ones.

    You can also create scaling policies that adjust your group size dynamically in response to Amazon CloudWatch metrics. Even if your application runs on a single instance, launching it into an Auto Scaling group can help you keep it available by replacing it when it fails status checks.

    For more information, see Get Started with Auto Scaling Using the Console in the Auto Scaling Developer Guide.

  • AWS OpsWorks announces resource-level permissions

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that AWS OpsWorks now supports resource-level permissions. AWS OpsWorks is an application management service that lets you provision resources, deploy and update software, automate common tasks, and monitor the state of your environment. You can optionally use the popular Chef automation platform to extend OpsWorks using your own custom recipes. With resource-level permissions you can now:

    • Grant users access to specific stacks, making management of multi-user environments easier. For example, you can give a user access to the staging and production stacks but not the secret stack.
    • Set user-specific permissions for actions on each stack, allowing you to decide who can deploy new application versions or create new resources on a per-stack basis for example.
    • Delegate management of each OpsWorks stack to a specific user or set of users.
    • Control user-level SSH access to Amazon EC2 instances, allowing you to instantly grant or remove access to instances for individual users.

    To learn more about how to manage users and permissions with AWS OpsWorks, see the AWS OpsWorks Developer Guide.

  • Announcing Tagging for Amazon Elastic MapReduce Clusters

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that you can now add tags to your Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) clusters. This gives you the ability to attach metadata to your cluster and segment your Amazon EMR billing statements by tag. A tag consists of a user-defined key and value, and you can add up to ten tags to your cluster. Tags added to your cluster will also be automatically propagated to the Amazon EC2 instances that are part of the cluster. This new feature allows you to add details to your cluster (for instance: owner, workflow, or cost center), and use this information to organize your Amazon EMR and associated Amazon EC2 billing statements.

    You can use the Amazon EMR Command Line Interface (CLI), APIs, SDKs (available soon), and Management Console to manage tags on your Amazon EMR clusters. If you choose to use the CLI, you must use version 2013-12-02 or later (click here to download the latest version). To learn more about tagging your Amazon EMR clusters and enabling Amazon EMR tags in your billing statements, please see the Amazon EMR developer guide.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 resource-level permissions for RunInstances

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2013

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 now supports resource-level permissions for RunInstances. You can now construct fine-grained AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies for EC2's RunInstances API, the API most-commonly used for creating new Instances.

    This new feature enables you to construct IAM policies that provide you with significantly more control over the instances that your users can create. For example, you can restrict users so that they can only use certain AMIs and Snapshots. You can control which Subnets, VPCs, and Security Groups they can use. You can limit the instance types they can create and the instance features they can use. And you can limit the types of volumes they can create and the size of those volumes. As with other resource-level permissions for EC2, you also have the option to construct these policies using the tags applied to your resources, which in turn enables you to write simple policies to do things like control the instances a user can create in your "development" environment.

    To learn more about resource-level permissions for EC2, please visit the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

  • Introducing Amazon Kinesis

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce Amazon Kinesis, a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at any scale. Amazon Kinesis can collect and process hundreds of gigabytes of data per second from hundreds of thousands of sources, allowing you to easily write applications that process information in real-time, from sources such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial information, manufacturing instrumentation and social media, and operational logs and metering data. Amazon Kinesis is available as a Limited Preview - read more at http://aws.amazon.com/kinesis/.

  • Amazon Redshift announces cross-region backups

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2013

    We're delighted to announce Cross-Region Snapshots for Amazon Redshift. Starting today, you can have your Redshift cluster automatically backed up to a second AWS Region. Once you enable this feature, Amazon Redshift will automatically, continuously and incrementally backup your cluster to two AWS Regions, giving you additional options for business continuity. You can choose the retention period for automated snapshots; user snapshots are retained until you explicitly delete them.

    To learn more, please visit the Amazon Redshift detail page and the Amazon Redshift documentation.

  • Announcing Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2013

    We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. Amazon RDS manages complex and time-consuming administrative tasks such as PostgreSQL software installation and upgrades, storage management, replication for high availability and back-ups for disaster recovery. With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can now deploy a PostgreSQL database in minutes with automatically configured database parameters for optimal performance. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instances can be provisioned with either standard storage or Provisioned IOPS storage. Once provisioned, you can scale from 10GB to 3TB of storage and from 1,000 IOPS to 30,000 IOPS. PostgreSQL is the fourth database engine for Amazon RDS, which already supports fully managed MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

    Over the past few years, PostgreSQL has become the preferred open source relational database for many enterprise developers and start-ups, powering leading web, mobile, social, and geospatial applications. With Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, application developers can now take advantage of PostgreSQL in a fully managed service, offloading database management tasks to free up more time to focus on application innovation and delivering value to their customers.

    Here is a quick glimpse into the PostgreSQL features supported by Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL.

    • PostGIS
    • Language Extensions :PL/Perl, PL/pgSQL, PL/Tcl
    • Full Text Search Dictionaries
    • Advanced Data Types : HStore, JSON
    • Core PostgreSQL engine features

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL currently supports PostgreSQL with all the core database engine features in addition to all the extensions listed above. Please refer to the rds.extensions parameter or the user guide to see an extensive list of extensions supported.

    New customers can get started with a Free Usage Tier, which provides for one year free usage of Amazon RDS micro instance with 750 usage hours, 20GB of storage, and 10 million I/O requests per month. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL is available in all regions including GovCloud. You can start running production workloads from day one with high availability using Multi-AZ. You have a range of instance types to choose from: db.t1.micro with 630MB of memory to db.cr1.8xl with 244GB of memory.

    To learn more about using Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, please visit the Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL detail page or our documentation.

  • Announcing New Amazon EC2 Compute Optimized Instances

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2013

    We are excited to announce C3 – the next generation of Amazon EC2 Compute Optimized instances. The C3 instance type is available in five sizes: c3.large, c3.xlarge, c3.2xlarge, c3.4xlarge and c3.8xlarge with 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 vCPUs respectively. C3 instances will provide you with the highest performance processors and the lowest price/compute performance compared to all other Amazon EC2 instances. C3 instances also feature Enhanced Networking and SSD-based instance storage.

    We recommend using C3 instances for CPU-bound, scale out applications and compute-intensive HPC applications. Customers running high traffic front-end fleets, batch processing, distributed analytics or cluster computing applications will benefit from the high processor and network performance of these instances.

    You can purchase C3 instances as On-Demand instances, Reserved instances, or Spot instances. C3 instances are initially available in in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions.

    To learn more about C3 instances, please visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page.

  • Introducing Amazon WorkSpaces

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2013

    We are pleased to announce Amazon WorkSpaces. Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces lets you easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users. WorkSpaces is available as a Limited Preview –
    read more at http://aws.amazon.com/workspaces/

  • Announcing AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2013

    We are excited to announce AWS CloudTrail, a web service that records API calls made on your account and delivers log files to your Amazon S3 bucket.

    CloudTrail provides increased visibility into AWS user activity that occurs within an AWS account and allows you to track changes that were made to AWS resources. CloudTrail makes it easier for customers to demonstrate compliance with internal policies or regulatory standards. For more details, refer to the AWS compliance white paper “Security at scale: Logging in AWS”. Additionally, You can use the API call history produced by CloudTrail to perform security analysis and troubleshoot operational issues.

    There is no additional charge for CloudTrail, but standard rates for Amazon S3 and Amazon SNS usage apply. Refer to Amazon S3 and Amazon SNS pricing pages for details.

    You can turn on CloudTrail from the AWS Management Console in two clicks. To learn more about CloudTrail, visit the CloudTrail detail page, frequently asked questions, documentation, CloudTrail partners page and Jeff Barr’s blog post. We welcome your feedback and feature requests on CloudTrail in our support forums.

  • Introducing Amazon AppStream

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2013

    We are excited to introduce Amazon AppStream. Amazon AppStream is a flexible, low-latency service that lets you stream resource intensive applications and games from the cloud. It deploys and renders your application on AWS infrastructure and streams the output to mass-market devices, such as personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Because your application is running in the cloud, it can scale to handle vast computational and storage needs, regardless of the devices your customers are using. Using Amazon AppStream, your games and applications are no longer constrained by the hardware in your customer’s hands. AppStream is available as a Limited Preview – read more at http://aws.amazon.com/appstream/

  • NASA NEX Public Data Sets

    Posted On: Nov 12, 2013

    We are excited to announce that three NASA NEX data sets are now freely available through the AWS Public Data Sets program. One data set, the NEX downscaled climate simulations, provides high-resolution climate change projections for the 48 contiguous U.S. states. The second data set, provided by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, offers a global view of Earth's surface every 1 to 2 days. Finally, the Landsat data record from the U.S. Geological Survey provides the longest existing continuous space-based record of Earth's land.

    You can learn more about the new NASA NEX data sets here.

    NASA NEX is a collaboration and analytical platform that combines state-of-the-art supercomputing, Earth system modeling, workflow management and NASA remote-sensing data. Through NEX, users can explore and analyze large Earth science data sets, run and share modeling algorithms, collaborate on new or existing projects and exchange workflows and results within and among other science communities.

    The AWS Public Data Sets program hosts a variety of public data sets that anyone can access for free. Previously, large data sets required hours or days to locate, download, customize, and analyze. Now, anyone can access these data sets and analyze them using Amazon EC2 instances or Amazon EMR (Hadoop) clusters. By hosting this important data where it can be quickly and easily processed with elastic computing resources, AWS hopes to enable more innovation, more quickly.

  • Announcing New Features in the Amazon EC2 Console

    Posted On: Nov 12, 2013

    We’re excited to announce a number of new features and improvements to the Amazon EC2 Management Console.

    Discover and Launch AWS Marketplace Software in the EC2 Console

    Starting today, you can search, browse and launch more than 800 popular Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) listed in the AWS Marketplace directly from the EC2 Console. AWS Marketplace is an online store that allows you to find and launch commercial and free-tier-eligible software on Amazon EC2 instances. To get started, log in to the Amazon EC2 Console, click on the Launch Instances button and choose the AWS Marketplace tab. Click here to learn more about the AWS Marketplace.

    Updates to the Launch Instance Wizard

    The EC2 Console’s Launch Instance Wizard has also been updated to include a number of new features and improvements to make it easier for you to launch EC2 instances.

    • Searching for public and private AMIs is faster.
    • Selecting the right instance type for your workload is easier.
    • Copy an existing security group to a new one with just one click.
    • Choosing a snapshot is one search away.
    • Tagging instances now supports auto-complete.

    A Refreshed Look and Feel

    In the last month, we have updated several key pages on the EC2 Console with a refreshed user interface that makes it easier to use. Over the next few weeks, we will be completing the transition with the remaining EC2 Console pages.

    Check out these changes in the Amazon EC2 Console.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce Console now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Nov 12, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that access to Amazon Elastic MapReduce is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Management Console.

    Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) is a web service that makes it easy to quickly and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data. Amazon EMR uses Hadoop, an open source framework, to distribute and process your data across a resizable cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EMR is used in a variety of applications, including log analysis, web indexing, data warehousing, machine learning, financial analysis, scientific simulation, and bioinformatics. AWS customers launch millions of Amazon EMR clusters every year.

    The AWS Management Console for the AWS GovCloud (US) Region provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for AWS services and now is available for Amazon EMR.

    AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and customers with regulatory needs to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud. Please join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Office Hours every Tuesday at 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST and the Intro to AWS GovCloud (US) Region webinar on December 11th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to learn more.

    Please contact us to get started with Amazon EMR in AWS GovCloud (US) today!

  • Amazon Redshift - New performance, data loading and security features

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2013

    We're delighted to announce a number of new Amazon Redshift performance, data loading and security features today. These features will roll out to all clusters worldwide over the next two weeks.

    Performance and Data Loading

    Security and Control

    To learn more, please visit the Amazon Redshift detail page and the Amazon Redshift documentation. If you have feedback or there are other features you'd like to see, please let us know in the Amazon Redshift forum.

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Adds Support for SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) 2.0

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2013

    AWS supports identity federation that makes it easier to manage users by maintaining their identities in a single place. We are excited to announce we’ve expanded our identity federation to include support for the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, an open standard used by many identity providers. This new feature enables federated single sign-on, or SSO, empowering users to log into the AWS Management Console or make programmatic calls to AWS APIs, by using assertions from a SAML-compliant identity provider, such as Shibboleth and Windows Active Directory Federation Services.

    There are many great use cases that illustrate how identity federation makes user administration easier. For instance, if a user leaves your company, you can simply delete the user's corporate identity, which then also revokes access to AWS. End users also benefit because they only need to remember one username and password. Using SAML can make configuring federation with AWS easy, because system administrators can set it up using existing identity provider software instead of writing code.

    AWS IAM detail page AWS Blog
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Announces Rolling Updates

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2013

    We are excited to announce a new AWS Elastic Beanstalk feature called “Rolling Updates” that gives you control over how changes are applied to environments in situations that require your Amazon EC2 instances to be updated or replaced. For example, you can now control how updates are propagated when you change from a single-instance to a load-balanced environment or alter instance types to scale your application vertically.

    By enabling "Rolling Updates" on your Elastic Beanstalk environments, you can balance an environment’s request handling capacity versus the duration of the update. For example, you can choose to update all the instances concurrently for a development environment but only a fraction of instances at a time for a production environment. This ensures that the updates are completed faster for the development environment, whereas, the production environment is able to serve requests during the update process by keeping a minimum number of instances in service at all times.

    Elastic Beanstalk provides default values for the parameters required by this feature (batch size, minimum number of instances to keep in service, and the time to pause between consecutive batches). If required, you can tune and override these values. For more information on customizing these parameters, please refer to Updating AWS Elastic Beanstalk Environments with Rolling Updates.

  • New Stack Management and Template Features in AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Nov 8, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports fine-grained policies for controlling stack and resource modifications, and has introduced some new language features for writing versatile templates. AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage collections of AWS resources.

    Policies for controlling stack and resource modifications

    You can now define IAM Policies for CloudFormation Stacks. By granting users permissions to modify or delete specific stacks, you can now protect critical stacks from accidental modification by users in your account. Learn more.

    You can now set a stack policy to specify which stack resources should not be updated or replaced during a stack update. For example, using a stack policy, you could update web servers in a stack update but ensure database servers in the same stack will not be updated or replaced during the stack update.

    Language features for writing versatile templates

    You can now write a template that creates a resource or assigns a property value only if a specified condition is met. For example, you could use the same template for both a production and a development environment that would create a CloudWatch alarm only in the production environment. Learn more about Conditions.

    You can now specify a name of your choice for several AWS resources (CloudWatch alarms, DynamoDB tables, Elastic Beanstalk applications and environments, S3 buckets, SNS topics, and SQS queues). This can make it easier to identify which resources you create. By default, CloudFormation auto-generates unique resource names. See AWS Resource Types Reference to learn more.

    Lastly, you can now refer to the AWS AccountID inside CloudFormation templates by referring to the new pseudo parameter AWS::AccountID.

    To learn more about the CloudFormation service, visit the CloudFormation detail page, documentation or watch this introductory video. We also have a large collection of sample templates that makes it easy to get started with CloudFormation within minutes.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds Python 2.7, Java 7 and Node.js 0.10.21 Support

    Posted On: Nov 8, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Python 2.7, Java 7 with Tomcat 7 and Node.js 0.10.21. Starting today, you can launch environments and deploy applications on Elastic Beanstalk that depend on the above mentioned language versions.

    Also, the following Elastic Beanstalk platforms have been updated to the latest (2013.09) release of the Amazon Linux AMI:

    • Java 6 with Tomcat 7
    • Node.js (All versions)
    • PHP 5.4
    • Python 2.6
    • Ruby 1.8.7
    • Ruby 1.9.3

    To learn more about the platforms supported by AWS Elastic Beanstalk, see AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supported Platforms. Or to get started now, go to the Elastic Beanstalk Console and create an environment.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Introduces Clip Generation

    Posted On: Nov 8, 2013

    We're excited to let you know that starting today you can use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to generate partial excerpts of content, or "clips," from your source media. This feature lets you transcode only a portion of your source media by specifying the start time and the duration for the clip that you want to transcode. This makes it easy to work with source media that might contain extraneous material at its beginning or end – a common occurrence in lectures, presentations as well as content containing broadcast graphics at the start of the file (like "slates" or clocks).

    You can immediately get started with clip generation by using the Amazon Elastic Transcoder API or the AWS Management Console. There is no additional cost for using this feature - you only pay for the duration of the transcoded output at the current prices for audio, SD and HD transcoding.

    To learn more about Amazon Elastic Transcoder and this new feature, please visit the detail page and documentation.

  • AWS OpsWorks announces Java support

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that AWS OpsWorks now supports Java applications. OpsWorks is an application management service that lets you provision resources, deploy and update software, automate common tasks, monitor the state of your environment, and control who can manage your instances. With this release, OpsWorks also includes Java in addition to existing support for Ruby, PHP and Node.js. The new OpsWorks Java layer automatically configures Amazon EC2 instances with Apache Tomcat using sensible defaults in order to run your Java application. You can customize or extend the Java layer. For example, you can choose a different Tomcat version, change the heap size, or use a different JDK. You can also deploy multiple Java applications to your Java application servers; simply point to each application's archive and hit deploy.

    To learn more about the AWS OpsWorks Java layer, see the AWS OpsWorks Developer Guide. Or to get started now, go to the OpsWorks console and create a stack.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2013

    We are pleased to announce Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server. You can now use TDE to encrypt your SQL Server data and log files, thus allowing you to protect your data "at rest". TDE support is available for Amazon RDS for SQL Server Enterprise Edition (Bring-your-own-license) in all AWS regions.

    With the addition of TDE support, you can now secure your data both "at rest" and "in transit" via SSL. TDE and SSL, combined with Amazon VPC, provide you with a comprehensive approach to protecting your data.

    To learn more about using TDE with Amazon RDS for SQL Server, please visit the Amazon RDS for SQL Server detail page or our documentation.

  • AWS Data Pipeline adds Support for Amazon Redshift

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2013

    We’re delighted to announce that AWS Data Pipeline now supports Amazon Redshift. You can now accomplish two new tasks using AWS Data Pipeline:

    • Load data directly from either DynamoDB or S3 to Amazon Redshift
    • Run SQL queries on Amazon Redshift data

    You now can use AWS Data Pipeline to easily create scalable workflows to integrate data across AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon Relational Database Service, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce, Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift and on-premises data sources.

    Support for Amazon Redshift unlocks new use cases within AWS Data Pipeline. For example, you can ingest weblogs stored on S3, analyze them using Amazon EMR / Hive, output the results to Amazon S3, load the results into Amazon Redshift and run periodic SQL queries to create reports.

    To learn more, view the documentation. To get started with AWS Data Pipeline for free, visit the AWS Data Pipeline detail page.

  • Elastic Load Balancing Announces Cross-Zone Load Balancing

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2013

    We are pleased to announce support for cross-zone load balancing, which changes the way that Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) routes incoming requests, making it even easier for you to deploy applications across multiple Availability Zones.

    Until now, ELB relied on DNS to distribute requests from clients to the Availability Zones where the back-end instances were located. This meant that you could experience situations where some instances would receive a disproportionally higher amount of inbound requests than others because clients were incorrectly caching DNS information. In addition, if you did not have an equal number of healthy instances in each of the Availability Zones (e.g. if you had taken some instances down for maintenance), your requests would be balanced across a smaller number of healthy back-end instances in the affected Availability Zones – meaning that you would have to closely monitor and adjust your back-end instance capacity.

    If you enable cross-zone load balancing, you no longer have to worry that clients caching DNS information will result in requests being distributed unevenly. And now, ELB ensures that requests are distributed equally to your back-end instances regardless of the Availability Zone in which they are located. This change makes it easier for you to deploy and manage your applications across multiple Availability Zones.

    To learn more about cross-zone load balancing, please visit the Elastic Load Balancing Guide.

  • New EMR Management Console

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the new Management Console for Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). The new console is much faster than the old console and has some powerful new features, including support for:

    • Resizing a running cluster (add/remove instances)
    • Cloning a running or terminated cluster
    • Hadoop 2 and custom CloudWatch metrics for Hadoop 2
    • Targeting a specific Availability Zone
    • Creating clusters with IAM Roles
    • Submitting multiple processing steps (before and after cluster creation)
    • EMR Doc Search via a new EMR Help Portal

    The new console leverages EMR's new high performance read APIs. (IAM users who do not have permission to call the new APIs will be redirected to the old console. Click here for more detail.)

    Please click on the Feedback button in the console to let us know what you think.

    New to Hadoop/EMR? Follow this step-by-step tutorial to launch your first cluster in minutes.

  • AWS CloudHSM Now Available in US West (Oregon) and Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Simple Deployment

    Posted On: Nov 5, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that AWS CloudHSM is now available in the US West (Oregon) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions. In addition, CloudHSM is now easier to deploy and integrate with your applications.

    CloudHSM allows you to increase data security and meet compliance requirements by using dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS Cloud. With AWS CloudHSM, you maintain full ownership, control and access to keys and sensitive data while Amazon manages the HSM appliances in close proximity to your applications and data for maximum performance.

    We’ve added new resources to make CloudHSM easier to use. A new AWS CloudFormation template makes it simple to configure your AWS environment and get started with the CloudHSM service.

    AWS has partnered with SafeNet to provide application notes that give step-by-step instructions for integrating CloudHSM with third party software applications. The notes include applications that are frequently requested by AWS customers, including Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, SafeNet ProtectV volume encryption for EBS, and Apache Web Server.

    For more information about the CloudFormation template or the new application notes, please refer to the AWS CloudHSM Getting Started Guide.

    AWS CloudHSM is available in US East (Northern Virginia), EU (Ireland), US West (Oregon), and Asia Pacific (Sydney). To learn more about AWS CloudHSM, visit the AWS CloudHSM detail page.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Announces Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (Gateway-VTL)

    Posted On: Nov 5, 2013

    We’re excited to announce the availability of a new gateway configuration, Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (Gateway-VTL). Gateway-VTL is the newest addition to AWS Storage Gateway, a service that integrates your on-premises IT environment with AWS storage. With Gateway-VTL, AWS Storage Gateway now provides you with a cost-effective, scalable, and durable virtual tape infrastructure that allows you to eliminate the challenges associated with owning and operating an on-premises physical tape infrastructure.

    With Gateway-VTL you can have a limitless collection of virtual tapes. Each virtual tape can be stored in a Virtual Tape Library backed by Amazon S3 or a Virtual Tape Shelf backed by Amazon Glacier. The Virtual Tape Library exposes an industry standard iSCSI interface which provides your backup application with on-line access to the virtual tapes. When you no longer require immediate or frequent access to data contained on a virtual tape, you can use your backup application to move it from its Virtual Tape Library to your Virtual Tape Shelf in order to further reduce your storage costs.

    Learn more and get started by visiting the AWS Storage Gateway detail page.

  • Announcing price reduction for M3 instances

    Posted On: Nov 4, 2013

    We are excited to announce a reduction in the On Demand and Reserved Instance prices for M3 instances, effective November 1. The On Demand prices for Linux and Windows M3 instances have been reduced by 10% in all AWS regions. We are also reducing Reserved Instance pricing for Linux and Windows M3 instances by 15% in all regions. New Reserved Instance prices will only apply to Reserved Instances purchases made on or after November 1.

    To see a complete list of prices, please visit the Amazon EC2 Pricing page.

    To learn more about M3 instances, please visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page.

  • Announcing New Amazon EC2 GPU Instance Type

    Posted On: Nov 4, 2013

    We are excited to announce G2 instances, a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type designed for applications that require 3D graphics capabilities. The new instance is backed by a high-performance NVIDIA GPU, making it ideally suited for video creation services, 3D visualizations, streaming graphics-intensive applications, and other server-side workloads requiring massive parallel processing power. With this new instance type, customers can build high-performance DirectX, OpenGL, CUDA, and OpenCL applications and services without making expensive up-front capital investments.

    Customers can launch G2 instances using the AWS console, Amazon EC2 command line interface, AWS SDKs and third party libraries. Customers can launch the new instances in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland). In addition to On-Demand Instances, customers can also purchase instances as Reserved and Spot Instances. To learn more about G2 instances, visit http://aws.amazon.com/ec2. To get started immediately, visit the AWS Marketplace for GPU machine images from NVIDIA and other Marketplace sellers.

  • Announcing General Availability for Elastic Load Balancing in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) has exited beta and is now Generally Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. You will no longer need to request initial access to use ELB, and you will be billed for any usage starting on November 1, 2013. For more information about ELB in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, visit the AWS GovCloud (US) User Guide.

    ELB is a cost-effective and easy to use service that improves the availability and scalability of applications running on Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2). ELB automatically distributes application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances, and supports scaling by enabling availability through redundancy.

    AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and customers with regulatory needs to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud. Please join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Office Hours every Tuesday at 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST and the Intro to AWS GovCloud (US) Region webinar on November 6th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to learn more.

    Please contact us to get started using AWS GovCloud (US) today!

  • Amazon CloudFront Announces Atlanta, GA PoP and Additional Pops in London and Frankfurt

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2013

    We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Amazon CloudFront edge location in Atlanta, GA. We have also recently added third edge locations in London, UK and Frankfurt, Germany to provide even better service for our customers.

    With the new launch in Atlanta and the addition of third edge locations in London and Frankfurt, CloudFront now has a total of 46 edge locations worldwide. Each new edge location helps lower latency and improves performance for your end users. If you’re already using CloudFront, you don't need to do anything to your applications to take advantage of these new edge locations - requests from your end users will automatically be routed to these locations for the best possible performance.

    We would also like to invite you to attend our webinar "Using Amazon CloudFront to Accelerate Your Static, Dynamic, and Interactive Content" on November 7, 2013 at 10AM PT to learn more about CloudFront including some of our recent feature launches such as POST/PUT, Custom SSL, Wildcard CNAME support, and support for Custom Error pages.

    And, if you are attending AWS re:Invent, we invite you to join the following CloudFront sessions:

  • Announcing point-and-click copy of Amazon RDS DB Snapshots across AWS Regions

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of DB Snapshot Copy, a new cross-region copy feature for Amazon RDS DB snapshots for all the supported database engines – MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server. This feature enables you to copy your databases across AWS regions using a few clicks on the AWS Management Console or a single API call, making it easier for you to leverage multiple AWS regions for use cases such as geographical expansion, data center migration and disaster recovery.

    DB Snapshot Copy is very easy to use. To get started, navigate to the Amazon RDS page of the AWS Management Console, simply select the DB Snapshot to be copied, set the destination AWS Region, and start the copy. The copied DB snapshots behave exactly the same as existing DB snapshots. They can be used to restore your data to new DB instances in the destination region. You can also set up DB Event Subscriptions to receive notifications when the copy is complete.

    Once a DB Snapshot is copied to a specific AWS Region, any subsequent copy operations of the DB Snapshots of the same DB Instance to that Region will only transfer the data that has changed since the last copy. Thus the subsequent copy operations transfer fewer amounts of data and complete faster.

    According to Joel Callaway, IT Operations Manager from Zoopla Property Group Ltd, a property and house prices website that attracts over 20 million visits per month, “We are very happy with RDS cross region snapshot copy feature as it gives us the ability to copy our data from one AWS region to another AWS region with minimal effort. Prior to this feature, it used to take 3 days and a number of manual steps to copy our snapshots. Now we have an automated process that helps us to achieve disaster recovery capabilities in just few steps.”

    You will be charged only for the data transferred to copy the DB Snapshot and to store the copied snapshot at the destination region. As the DB Snapshot Copy is incremental as described above, for subsequent copy operations, you will only pay for the transfer of the changed data since the last copy, reducing your cross-regional data transfer costs.

    Please refer to the DB Snapshot Copy section of the Amazon RDS User Guide to learn more.

  • AWS CloudFormation Console now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that access to AWS CloudFormation is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Management Console. AWS CloudFormation provides a simple way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, allowing you to provision and update your resources in an orderly and predictable fashion. The AWS Management Console for the AWS GovCloud (US) Region provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for AWS services. Using the AWS CloudFormation sample templates for the AWS GovCloud (US) Region with the console, you can harness the power of CloudFormation in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region within minutes.

    AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and customers with regulatory needs to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud. Please join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Office Hours every Tuesday at 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST and the Intro to AWS GovCloud (US) Region webinar on November 6th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to learn more.

    Please contact us to get started with AWS CloudFormation in AWS GovCloud (US) today!

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Announces Policy Simulator

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2013

    The IAM policy simulator enables you to test the effects of IAM access control policies before committing them into production, making it easier to verify and troubleshoot permissions. Simply choose the policy you want to evaluate, select from the list of AWS actions, and click a button to simulate whether the policy will allow or deny the selected actions.

    To learn more about the IAM policy simulator, watch our Getting Started video or jump straight into the documentation.

  • Announcing Support for AWS-backed JavaScript Applications in the Browser

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2013

    We are excited to release the developer preview of the AWS SDK for JavaScript. You can now start building full-featured, dynamic JavaScript web applications that directly access AWS services from the browser. Not only can you easily upload and download objects with Amazon S3, but you can also make direct calls to Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon SNS, and Amazon SQS, all of which now support CORS (cross-origin resource sharing). There is no need to write any server-side code, and you don't need to configure an application server for hosting. Deploying your application can be as simple as uploading the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files to an S3 bucket.

    With full support for web identity federation, AWS SDK for JavaScript allows you to authenticate users with third-party identity providers including Facebook, Google, and Login with Amazon. These users can be granted permissions to an isolated set of objects in Amazon S3 buckets. Now with the Fine-Grained Access Control feature, you can also specify what items and attributes users can access in DynamoDB tables.

    To get started building browser applications that connect to AWS, visit the AWS SDK for JavaScript web page. To provide feedback to the SDK team, please submit issues to our GitHub project.

  • Announcing Fine-Grained Access Control for Amazon DynamoDB

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2013

    We are excited to announce Fine-Grained Access Control (FGAC), a novel security feature for Amazon DynamoDB. Requests to a DynamoDB table can now be restricted to specific items and even attributes. Additionally, requests can now be authenticated and authorized directly by DynamoDB.

    FGAC gives a DynamoDB table owner a high degree of control over data in the table. Specifically, the table owner can indicate who (caller) can access which items or attributes of the table and perform what actions (read / write capability). FGAC is used in concert with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), which manages the security credentials and the associated permissions.

    Any application that tracks information in a DynamoDB table, where the end user (or application client acting on behalf of an end user) wants to read or modify the table directly, without a middle-tier service, can benefit from FGAC. For instance, a developer of a mobile game can use FGAC to track the top score of every user in a DynamoDB table. FGAC will ensure that the application client is only able to modify the top score for the user that is currently running the application.

    To enable FGAC, please use the Access Control Policy Generator in the DynamoDB Console. You can learn more by visiting the Fine-Grained Access Control Documentation page or Jeff Barr’s blog post.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Improves Metric Search and Discovery in the AWS Console

    Posted On: Oct 30, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that starting today, you can more quickly and easily find Amazon CloudWatch metrics in the AWS Management Console to view graphs, diagnose issues, and set alarms to be notified about your AWS resources and custom metrics. We’ve reduced load times, so now when you visit Amazon CloudWatch you can search for specific metrics and get results right away even if you have several thousand of them. You can now also browse all your metrics by category, making it easier to narrow down your search or discover new metrics.

    To get started, log in to Amazon CloudWatch dashboard in the AWS Management Console. Simply type a term into the search box at the top of the page to begin, or click “Browse Metrics” to view a categorized listing. Then, to refine your search, add another term or simply click on a highlighted word in the results table. Once you found the metric(s) that interest you, click on it to view its graph, set an alarm, or create a bookmark.

    To learn more about Amazon CloudWatch, please visit our detail page . To view a list of the AWS resources and metrics you can monitor, please view Supported AWS Services in the Amazon CloudWatch Developer Guide. For a walkthrough showing how to find and view metrics, check out Search for Available Metrics in the Amazon CloudWatch Developer Guide.

  • Elastic Load Balancing Adds New CloudWatch Metrics

    Posted On: Oct 28, 2013

    Elastic Load Balancing has added new CloudWatch metrics to provide you with more insight into the state of your back-end instances and applications.

    The following new metrics are now available:

    • Backend Connection Errors: the number of errors encountered by the load balancer while attempting to connect to your application.
    • Surge Queue Length: the number of requests queued by the load balancer, awaiting a back-end instance to accept connections and process the request.
    • Spillovers: the number of rejected requests due to a full surge queue.

    These new metrics help you understand if your application is appropriately scaled and performing correctly. For example, an increase in the surge queue length indicates that your application is unable to service the incoming request volume. Spillovers occur when no more requests can be queued, alerting you to a potential problem with your application that requires investigation.

    For more information on these metrics, see the Elastic Load Balancing Developer Guide.

  • New AWS Direct Connect Features and Easier Provisioning

    Posted On: Oct 22, 2013

    We’ve updated the AWS Direct Connect Management Console to make it easier for you to work with connections. The console now proactively identifies actions that you need to take to complete connection provisioning, such as ordering a cross-connect, or configuring BGP. Using the new console, you can choose the IP addresses to use when creating virtual interfaces to connect to a VPC and you can specify the BGP MD5 authentication key you wish to use.

    You can also now use the AWS Direct Connect Management Console to access multiple AWS accounts (such as those owned by different departments in your organization) to connect to their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud VPCs.

    Finally, in addition to 1Gbps and 10Gbps connections, AWS Direct Connect now supports connections at speeds of 50 – 500Mbps that can be ordered via select Amazon Partner Network (APN) partners at all of our 11 worldwide locations. Learn more by visiting the AWS Direct Connect homepage.

    We hope you find these new features useful. If you have any questions, we invite you to use any of our support resources to have them answered, and we welcome your feedback on the updated console.

  • AWS Console for iOS/Android Now Supports Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Oct 21, 2013

    We’re excited to announce support for Auto Scaling in the AWS Console mobile app, available on Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and iTunes. Use the app to view status and health of your AWS resources on your mobile device. The app features support for EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Relational Database Service, Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, and the Service Health Dashboard.

    The latest update introduces new features for app users to view Auto Scaling groups. For each Auto Scaling group, you can view details, policies, and alarms. You can also manage instances in your Auto Scaling groups.

    We are rapidly building features that our customers are asking for, so tell us what you need using the feedback link in the app’s menu. To learn more, download the app from Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and iTunes.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Audio Transcoding

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2013

    We are excited to let you know that you can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder for audio transcoding. This new feature lets you use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to transcode audio-only content like music or podcasts from one format to another. You can also use this new feature to create an audio-only alternate stream in an HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) file set, which is frequently needed to meet low bandwidth requirements for mobile applications.

    Audio transcoding with Amazon Elastic Transcoder works in the same way as video transcoding: you create a transcoding pipeline (or use one you’ve already defined) and submit a transcoding job that specifies either one of the new audio transcoding system presets or your own custom transcoding preset. You can choose to create output using the AAC, MP3 or Vorbis audio codecs. Metadata like track name, artist, genre and album art is included in your output file and you can specify replacement or additional album art if you wish.

    Amazon Elastic Transcoder has simple pricing: you pay according to the output duration of your content. There is no upfront commitment and you only pay for what you use. For audio-only transcoding, prices start at $0.0045/minute. To help you test Amazon Elastic Transcoder, you can use the AWS Free Tier. The Free Tier provides 20 minutes of free audio output per month, 20 minutes of free SD output per month and 10 minutes of free HD output per month. Please see AWS Free Tier for more information.

    You can learn more about Amazon Elastic Transcoder and this new feature by visiting the detail page and by reading the documentation.

  • Announcing Amazon CloudFront Support for POST, PUT and other HTTP Methods

    Posted On: Oct 15, 2013

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudFront, AWS’s easy-to-use and cost-effective content delivery service, has expanded its capabilities to now allow you to upload content to your web servers. This release adds support for five additional HTTP methods, including POST, PUT, DELETE, OPTIONS and PATCH. This means you can improve the performance of dynamic websites that have web forms, comment and login boxes, “add to cart” buttons or other features that upload data from end users. It also means you can now use a single domain name to deliver your whole website through CloudFront thereby accelerating both the download and upload parts of your website.

    You can use existing Amazon CloudFront distributions for upload requests by simply enabling support in the AWS management console. When end users upload content, CloudFront will send the upload request back to the origin web server (such as an Amazon S3 bucket, an Amazon EC2 instance, an Elastic Load Balancer, or your own origin server) over an optimized route that uses persistent connections, TCP/IP and network path optimizations.

    There are no minimum usage commitments or long-term contracts to use CloudFront for uploading content. You simply pay for the data transfer and requests for what end users actually upload with the service. Data transfer prices for uploaded content are as much as 83% lower than the price for content downloads. Detailed pricing information is available on the Amazon CloudFront Pricing Page (see Regional Data Transfer Out to Origin table).

    You can learn more about Amazon CloudFront’s support for these new HTTP methods by visiting the Amazon CloudFront Detail Page or by reading the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide. You can also attend our webinar "Using Amazon CloudFront to Accelerate Your Static, Dynamic, and Interactive Content" on November 7, 2013 at 10AM PDT to learn more.

  • AWS CloudFormation now supports AWS IAM Temporary Security Credentials and Federated Users

    Posted On: Oct 14, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports AWS IAM Temporary Security Credentials and Federated Users.

    IAM Temporary Security Credentials are security credentials that are valid for a specified duration and for a specific set of permissions. They can be requested for IAM users, or for federated users that you manage in your own corporate directory, such as Microsoft Active Directory.

    The introduction of this feature means that users with credentials in your own corporate directory can now access AWS CloudFormation resources without you having to create and manage multiple AWS IAM users, or separate AWS accounts. In addition, Amazon EC2 instances using IAM roles can now access the AWS CloudFormation service, without you having to copy AWS access keys onto each instance.

    For more information about this new feature, please read this blog post. To learn more about AWS CloudFormation, please see our detail page, documentation or watch this introductory video. We also have a large collection of sample templates that makes it easy to get started with CloudFormation within minutes.

  • Announcing AWS Activate, a new global program for startups

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2013

    We are excited to announce AWS Activate, a new package of resources for startups, including AWS credits, training, developer support, a special startup community forum and special offers from third parties. Starting today, startups anywhere in the world can apply for the AWS Activate Self-Starter Package, and startups affiliated with select accelerators or seed funds can apply for the AWS Activate Portfolio Package. These packages provide startups with the following benefits:

    • AWS Training: Learn how to take full advantage of the complete suite of AWS services through comprehensive technical training.
    • AWS Support: Leverage our team of expert engineers to help you make the right decisions for your business.
    • AWS Promotional Credit: Ramp up on AWS with AWS Promotional Credit or the AWS Free Usage Tier.
    • Startup Forum: Tap into the vast body of knowledge in the community of startups building on AWS.
    • Special Offers: Receive promotional offers from select companies that can add valuable tools to your startup.

    To learn more and sign up, visit http://aws.amazon.com/activate.

  • Amazon EC2 Now Offers Reserved Instance Modification for Instance Type

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2013

    We are excited to announce the ability to modify the instance type of Linux/UNIX Reserved Instances (RIs) within an instance family.

    RIs allow you to make a low, one-time payment to reserve compute capacity for a one- or three-year term and receive a significant discount on the hourly compute charges. Prior to the introduction of this feature you could not change the instance type of an RI. Now if you have a Linux/UNIX RI and capacity is available, you can change the instance type of your reservation to a larger or smaller type in the same family. For example, if you have a Linux/UNIX RI covering eight m1.smalls and want to migrate your application to a larger instance type in the M1 family, you can still get the pricing benefit of your RI by modifying it to cover four m1.mediums. There is no additional cost for instance type modification.

    To learn more about how instance type modification works, please refer to the RI user guide. To get started modifying your RIs, please go to the Reserved Instances page of the EC2 Management Console.

  • EBS Provisioned IOPS Maximum IOPS:GB ratio increased to 30:1

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that the Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes maximum IOPS:GB (input/output operations per second to Gigabytes) ratio has been increased from 10:1 to 30:1. Prior to this change, customers could provision up to 1,000 IOPS for a 100 GB volume. Now, they can provision up to 4,000 IOPS for a 133 GB volume, enjoying greater flexibility in how they configure Provisioned IOPS volumes.

    Provisioned IOPS volumes are designed to provide predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads such as databases, distributed file systems and other enterprise applications. Customers can provision up to 1 TB and 4,000 IOPS per Provisioned IOPS volume. For more information on using Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, please refer to the Amazon EC2 Developer Guide.

  • Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage Instances now in APAC

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage (HS1) instances are now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney).

    Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. The service is optimized for analyzing data sets of several hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and delivers fast query and I/O performance by using columnar storage technology and parallelizing and distributing queries across multiple nodes. Amazon Redshift also frees you from the muck associated with provisioning, monitoring, backing up, patching, securing, and scaling your data warehouse.

    Amazon EC2 HS1 instances are optimized for customers whose applications require high sequential read and write performance over very large data sets. HS1 instances provide customers with 16 virtual CPUs (vCPUs), 117 GiB of RAM, and 48 Terabytes of storage across 24 hard disk drives, delivering over 2.4 Gigabytes per second of sequential I/O performance. HS1 instances can be launched into cluster placement groups, enabling low latency, 10 gigabits per second, inter-node network performance.

    To learn more visit the Amazon Redshift detail page and the Amazon EC2 instance type page.

  • Amazon Glacier now available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2013

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Glacier is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region.

    Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. It is designed for data that is infrequently accessed yet still important to retain, and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. Customers in Asia Pacific (Sydney) can now use Amazon Glacier to reliably and durably store large or small amounts of data for US$0.012 per gigabyte per month, with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments. Amazon S3 customers whose data resides in Asia Pacific (Sydney) can use the Amazon Glacier storage class for Amazon S3 to setup rules to automatically archive infrequently accessed objects to Amazon Glacier at the same low rates.

    In addition to the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, Amazon Glacier and Amazon Glacier storage class for Amazon S3 are 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 and Amazon S3 Object Archival guide.

  • AWS OpsWorks announces new resource management features

    Posted On: Oct 7, 2013

    We are pleased to announce a new AWS OpsWorks resource view that lets you:

    • Import existing Amazon EBS volumes, snapshots and Elastic IP addresses that you have created outside of AWS OpsWorks.
    • Move Amazon EBS volumes and Elastic IP addresses from one AWS OpsWorks instance to another.
    • View all the resources used by each stack from one central view.

    In addition, AWS OpsWorks now lets you control the timing of when Amazon Linux updates are applied. If your stack uses Amazon Linux, please see the documentation for more information.

    To learn more about how to manage resources with AWS OpsWorks, see the AWS OpsWorks Developer Guide. To learn more about Amazon Linux, see the FAQs.

  • Announcing New Webinar Series: Video Streaming Options Using Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Oct 6, 2013

    We'd like to invite you to join us for a series of webinars to help you learn how AWS can be used to stream video. Whether you need to serve highly-popular live events or provide on-demand video to viewers on multiple devices, delivering streaming video can seem challenging. Later this month, we will be hosting a series of three webinars to show you hands-on tips and tricks that make streaming video using AWS easy and cost effective.

    Our first webinar will provide an overview of video streaming on AWS and the next two webinars will describe solutions from our third-party ecosystem. These three webinars will be held during the week of October 21st:

    • Scalable Streaming of Video using Amazon Web
      Date: October 22, 2013
      Time: 10:00 AM PDT (UTC-7) - 11:00 AM PDT (UTC-7)
      Details: Learn about the various steps needed to build a production level video streaming solution and how AWS helps you achieve those in an easy, scalable and low-cost manner.
      Register for this webinar.
    • Live Streaming using Amazon CloudFront and Wowza Media Server
      Date: October 23, 2013
      Time: 10:00 AM PDT (UTC-7) - 11:00 AM PDT (UTC-7)
      Details: Learn how you can easily configure a production quality live streaming setup using Amazon CloudFront and Wowza Media Server (available through AWS Marketplace).
      Register for this webinar.
    • Using JW Player and Amazon CloudFront to Stream HLS Video
      Date: October 24, 2013
      Time: 10:00 AM PDT (UTC-7) - 11:00 AM PDT (UTC-7)
      Details: Learn how you can use Amazon CloudFront and JW Player to stream video in the HTTP Live Streaming Format to multiple devices.
      Register for this webinar.

    You can learn more about these and other streaming options by visiting the CloudFront streaming media tutorial page.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Statspack

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2013

    We are excited to announce that the Oracle Statspack performance diagnostic tool is now supported by Amazon RDS for Oracle. Starting today, you can collect and analyze database performance metrics helping you to more effectively tune the performance of your database.

    Oracle Statspack is available for all Oracle editions and engine versions offered by RDS for Oracle. It is an option that can be installed on your RDS instance, and there is no extra charge from AWS to use Oracle Statspack.

    To learn more about using Oracle Statspack on RDS for Oracle please see the RDS Documentation.

  • AWS CloudFormation Introduces Support for RDS Read Replicas

    Posted On: Sep 24, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports provisioning and managing of Read Replicas for Amazon RDS.

    AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage collections of AWS resources. Amazon RDS Read Replicas make it easy to elastically scale out beyond the capacity constraints of a single DB Instance for read-heavy database workloads. With this launch, provisioning and managing of application architectures with RDS Read Replicas is easier.

    Try provisioning RDS Read Replicas using this CloudFormation sample template. To learn more about CloudFormation, visit the CloudFormation detail page, documentation or watch this introductory video. We also have a large collection of sample templates that makes it easy to get started with CloudFormation within minutes.

  • Amazon CloudFront Now Supports Customized Error Responses

    Posted On: Sep 23, 2013

    We’re excited to let you know that we’ve added two new features that allow to you to configure how CloudFront handles error responses for your website. Error responses can occur for many reasons. For instance, a user might request objects that don’t exist (and receive a 404 Not Found response) or a user you haven’t authorized might attempt to download an object you have secured using CloudFront’s private content feature (and receive a 403 Forbidden response). Previously, CloudFront would respond with a standard HTML page that would be cached for 5 minutes. These two new features provide you with more control over error responses:

    • Custom Error Pages allow you to serve error pages with your own branding and content. For example, you can now help your visitors navigate to other sections of your website when they request an invalid URL, or you can configure a static page to serve as a fallback for failure of an origin webserver.
    • Configurable Cache Duration for Error Responses allows you to specify how long you want each error page to be cached at CloudFront edge locations. Previously, error responses were cached for five minutes. With the introduction of this feature, you can now choose how long you would like to cache error responses and how frequently CloudFront checks with your origin after an error.

    Getting started with these features is easy – just visit the CloudFront developer guide to learn more about Custom Error Pages and Configurable Cache Duration for Error Responses. There is no additional fee to use these features – you continue to pay our existing low data transfer and request rates for your use of CloudFront.

    You can also learn more about CloudFront by visiting the Amazon CloudFront product page.

  • Amazon CloudFront Announces Wildcard CNAME Support

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2013

    We’re excited to let you know that you can now map a wildcard domain name to your Amazon CloudFront distribution. This feature makes it easy to serve multiple subdomains for a website from the same CloudFront distribution without having to modify the distribution to include each subdomain. For instance, you could serve www.example.com, images.example.com, and videos.example.com from the same CloudFront distribution by simply adding a Wildcard CNAME of *.example.com.

    Wildcard CNAMEs make it easier for you to use a wildcard SSL certificate with CloudFront’s custom SSL certificate feature. You can use the same wildcard domain name in your distribution’s configuration as is on the SSL certificate that you use with CloudFront. You can also use Amazon Route 53, the AWS DNS service, to map your wildcard domain to your CloudFront distribution by creating a Route 53 Alias record. Queries for alias records that are mapped to a CloudFront distribution are provided free of charge.

    There is no additional fee for using this new feature with CloudFront. Getting started is easy – just use the AWS Management Console to configure a wildcard CNAME entry for a new or existing CloudFront distribution. More information about the Wildcard CNAME feature is available in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide or by visiting the Amazon CloudFront product page.

  • AWS Console for iOS/Android Now Supports ELB, RDS

    Posted On: Sep 17, 2013

    We’re excited to announce a major update to the AWS Console mobile app, available on Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and iTunes. Use the app to view status and health of your AWS resources on your mobile device. The app features support for EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Relational Database Service, CloudWatch, and the Service Health Dashboard.

    The latest update introduces new features for app users to view information on load balancers and RDS instances, including configuration details, metrics, and alarms. ELB customers can view health check stats, security groups, and instances assigned to each load balancer. RDS customers can view security and network settings for their instances.

    We are rapidly building features that our customers are asking for, so tell us what you need using the feedback link in the app’s menu. To learn more, download the app from Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and iTunes.

  • AWS CloudFormation Introduces Support for Additional VPC Resource Types and Properties

    Posted On: Sep 17, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports additional VPC resource types and properties, including support for automatic public IP assignment in non-default subnets and support for ElastiCache in VPC. AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) enables users to provision a logically isolated section of the AWS Cloud where they can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that they control.

    The newly supported resource types and properties are:

    • AssociatePublicIpAddress property on the EC2 Network Interface type embedded in AWS::EC2::Instance resource type
    • PrivateIpAddresses property on AWS::EC2::Instance resource type and on the EC2 Network Interface type embedded in AWS::EC2::Instance resource type
    • EnableDnsSupport and EnableDnsHostnames properties on AWS::EC2::VPC resource type
    • A new AWS::EC2::VPNConnectionRoute resource type
    • StaticRoutesOnly property on AWS::EC2::VPNConnection resource type
    • PrivateIpAddress property on AWS::EC2::EIPAssociation resource type
    • A new AWS::EC2::NetworkInterfaceAttachment resource type
    • Lastly, AWS::ElastiCache::* resource types and properties are now usable in VPC

    We are also making available five new sample templates to demonstrate how to use the newly supported VPC resource types and properties:

    With the introduction of these new capabilities, building a catalog of commonly used VPC architectures and provisioning them with CloudFormation is further simplified and more effective. To learn more about CloudFormation, visit the CloudFormation homepage, documentation or watch this introductory video. We also have a large collection of sample templates that makes it easy to get started with CloudFormation within minutes.

  • Announcing DynamoDB Cross-Region Copy feature in AWS Data Pipeline

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2013

    We are excited to announce the availability of “DynamoDB Cross-Region Copy” feature in AWS Data Pipeline service. DynamoDB Cross-Region Copy enables you to configure periodic copy of DynamoDB table data from one AWS region to a DynamoDB table in another region (or to a different table in the same region). Using this feature can enable you to deliver applications from other AWS regions using the same data, as well as enabling you to create a copy of your data in another region for disaster recovery purposes.

    To get started with this feature, from the AWS Data Pipeline console choose the “Cross Region DynamoDB Copy” Data Pipeline template and select the source and destination DynamoDB tables you want to copy from and to. You can also choose whether you want to perform an incremental or full copy of a table. Specify the time you want the first copy to start and the frequency of the copy, and your scheduled copy will be ready to go.

    To learn more, view the DynamoDB Cross-Region Copy section of the AWS Data Pipeline documentation.

  • AWS Trusted Advisor adds three new Amazon Route 53 Checks

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2013

    AWS Support announces three new AWS Trusted Advisor checks that offer best practices for using Amazon Route 53. Trusted Advisor now provides 30 checks for major AWS services, including EC2, S3, EBS, RDS, ELB, and Route 53. The new checks are:

    • Amazon Route 53 Alias Resource Record Sets (Performance category): This check identifies opportunities to use alias resource record sets to route DNS queries to AWS resources. Using alias resource record sets is the most efficient way to route to AWS resources, and the routing is free of charge.
    • Amazon Route 53 High TTL Resource Record Sets (Fault Tolerance category): This check examines resource record sets that can benefit from having a lower time-to-live (TTL) value. A long TTL can cause unnecessary delays in rerouting traffic.
    • Amazon Route 53 Name Server Delegations (Fault Tolerance category): This check examines Amazon Route 53 hosted zones for which your domain registrar or DNS is not using the correct Route 53 name servers. Correct configuration helps to ensure maximum availability.
    • For more information on AWS Trusted Advisor and the other 27 checks, visit AWS Trusted Advisor.

  • Announcing DynamoDB Local Test Tool

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2013

    We are excited to announce the availability of DynamoDB Local, a client side test tool that mimics the Amazon DynamoDB web service. You can now write and test code that uses the Amazon DynamoDB API even if you have no network connection.

    When you use DynamoDB Local, all Amazon DynamoDB API actions are routed to DynamoDB Local – a small, efficient server that runs on your computer. When your application creates a table, it is created in DynamoDB Local. Similarly, when your application modifies data in that table, DynamoDB Local applies the change and stores it in a file on the local file system.

    Get started by visiting the Amazon DynamoDB Best Practices, How-Tos, and Tools page and downloading DynamoDB Local. There are no charges for using DynamoDB Local. To learn more see documentation and Jeff Barr’s Blog post.

  • Amazon EC2 Now Offers Reserved Instance Modifications

    Posted On: Sep 11, 2013

    We are excited to announce the ability to migrate your Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RIs) between Availability Zones in the same Region and between Network Platforms (to and from Amazon VPC).

    RIs allow you to make a low, one-time payment to reserve compute capacity for a one- or three-year term and receive a significant discount on your hourly compute charges. Prior to this announcement, the Availability Zone you specified at the time of purchase would remain fixed for the duration of the RI term. Now, if you want to use your RIs in a different Availability Zone within the same region, you can easily request to migrate them. Also, if your account supports both EC2-Classic and EC2-VPC network platforms, you can request to migrate RIs between the two.

    To get started modifying your RIs, please go to the Reserved Instances page of the EC2 Management Console. For more information about RIs and RI modifications, please refer to the RI user guide.

  • AWS Free Usage Tier Now Includes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS now offers SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) as an option in addition to Linux/UNIX and RHEL in the Linux free usage tier pool. Free usage tier eligible customers now have the option to run SLES as part of the 750 hours of free Linux usage each month to test drive SLES on Amazon EC2.

    See the AWS Free Usage Tier Section to learn how to get started with SLES in the free usage tier, or the SUSE Section to learn about SLES on Amazon EC2. You can also get started on SLES on AWS Free Usage Tier by logging into the AWS Management Console or through 1-Click on AWS Marketplace. Visit the Resources Section to find Getting Started Guides, development tools, and tutorials, or visit the Community Forums to get your questions answered.

  • New data migration capabilities for Amazon RDS for MySQL

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the availability of new data migration capabilities for Amazon RDS for MySQL. These new capabilities allow you to perform near zero downtime data migration from your external MySQL database instances (running on-premise or on Amazon EC2) to your Amazon RDS MySQL database instances and vice versa.

    Until now, in order to import data from your external MySQL instance to your Amazon RDS instance you had to start by setting up a baseline (using the mysqldump or mysqlimport utilities). Then, you had to manually replay the transactions that had occurred on your external MySQL instance since the initial baseline was created. This process was difficult and error-prone. Now, with this new feature, once your initial baseline is set, you can simply configure your Amazon RDS instance as a replication target for your external MySQL instance and capture all the transactions that have occurred since the time you setup the initial baseline. For more information about this feature, please refer to the data import section of the Amazon RDS User Guide. Also, please note that this feature is only supported for MySQL database instances running MySQL 5.5.33, or 5.6.13 and above.

    Furthermore, with MySQL 5.6.13 you can utilize your Amazon RDS MySQL binlogs to export your data as and when required. Please refer to the data export section of the Amazon RDS User Guide to learn more.

    We hope that these new capabilities will give you an easy way to migrate your MySQL database workloads to Amazon RDS for MySQL.

  • Announcing Geospatial Indexing Library for Amazon DynamoDB

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2013

    We are excited to announce support for geospatial indexing on Amazon DynamoDB datasets. The library takes care of managing geohash indexes. Developers can use these indexes for fast and efficient execution of location-based queries over Amazon DynamoDB items representing points of interest (latitude/longitude pairs). Some features of this library are:

    • Query Support: Box queries return items that fall within a pair of geo points that define a rectangle as projected on a sphere. Radius queries return items that fall within a given distance from a geo point.
    • Life Cycle Operations: Create, retrieve, update, and delete geospatial data items.
    • Easy Integration: This library integrates with the AWS SDK for Java, making it easy to use from your existing Java applications on AWS.

    To get you started, we have added an AWS Elastic Beanstalk application and a sample iOS project which you can get from GitHub. To learn more, visit Jeff Barr’s blog post and the AWS mobile tools page.

  • AWS OpsWorks announces support for Amazon VPC

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that AWS OpsWorks now supports 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. This release lets you take advantage of the application management benefits of AWS OpsWorks in your own isolated network to support common scenarios such as using a private source repository behind your firewall, running databases in a protected subnet, or using application servers in a private subnet behind a public load balancer. All it takes to get started is to create an AWS OpsWorks stack using a new or existing Amazon VPC. You can then create OpsWorks instances in any subnet that you have created.

    To learn more about how to use AWS OpsWorks with Amazon VPC, see the documentation for a step-by-step example or join our AWS OpsWorks webinar on September 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM PT.

  • New Amazon ElastiCache for Redis Capabilities

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2013

    We are excited to announce Amazon ElastiCache for Redis which makes it easy for developers to set up, and operate Redis engine in the cloud.

    Customers requiring in-memory performance have taken advantage of Amazon ElastiCache to offload the operational responsibilities of their Memcached clusters. With this launch, Amazon ElastiCache brings the same ease of management to Redis. Applications involving gaming, social networks, and media sharing type workloads, and needing a data structure server will find Redis most useful. Below are the key highlights of the service:

    • Easy Administration: Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is a fully managed Redis service with features to manage setup and configuration, security, monitoring, and handling of node failures.
    • Replication Support: Amazon ElastiCache for Redis allows you to create replicas for your Redis node in different AWS Availability Zones and allows the failover of the node to one of the replicas.
    • Seamless Integration: If you are running Redis on EC2, you can transfer its contents to a new Amazon ElastiCache for Redis node. You may also attach a Redis node running on EC2 to an Amazon ElastiCache for Redis node.
    • Simple Pay as You Go Pricing: Pick the node type that fits your application’s memory requirements. Pricing begins at $0.022/hour for a micro cache node. Refer to Amazon ElastiCache pricing for more details.

    A few clicks in the AWS Management Console is all it takes to get your Redis node running on AWS. You can also launch a Redis cluster within minutes using AWS CloudFormation. AWS CloudFormation provides an easy way to create and manage a collection of AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion. Click here to launch a Redis node with a connected PHP app. Alternatively, download the sample ElastiCache Redis template for future use with CloudFormation.

    With the Amazon ElastiCache Free Usage Tier new AWS customers can get started with a managed caching service in the cloud for free. Customers eligible for the AWS Free Usage tier receive 750 hours per month of a t1.micro Cache node. You can learn more by visiting the Amazon ElastiCache detail page or the AWS blog post, or join us for a webinar on ElastiCache for Redis on September 26. Sign up here >>.

  • Amazon RDS Supports New High Memory Instance with 244GB memory and 88 ECUs of compute capacity

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new High Memory Amazon RDS database instance type (db.cr1.8xlarge) for high performance database workloads. We currently support the MySQL database engine version 5.6 for this instance type.

    AWS customers run a wide range of database workloads on Amazon RDS and have ever expanding memory, compute and IOPS requirements. This new instance type has 244GB of memory and 88ECUs of compute capacity (2 Intel Xeon E5-2670 8-core processors). This instance also operates on a high bandwidth network. For a workload with 50% writes and 50% reads running on this instance type, it is possible to realize up to 20,000 IOPS for MySQL, which is 60% more than previously realizable maximum IOPS of 12,500. Your actual results may vary depending on your workload characteristics. These specifications make this instance type an ideal candidate for high performance workloads in enterprise, social media, mobile applications or gaming.

    Please note that Amazon RDS for MySQL (version 5.6) provides support for both SQL and Memcached API access to the underlying data in your database. This means that using db.cr1.8xlarge with MySQL 5.6, you can architect applications that use SQL for complex transactions and joins as well as Memcached APIs for high performance NoSQL operations – all operating out of one database. In addition, with 244GB of available memory, you may be able to configure MySQL to fit most OLTP databases (typically 100GB or less) fully in memory and achieve the best possible performance.

    The db.cr1.8xlarge provides 3.6 times the memory and 3.4 times the compute capacity of db.m2.4xlarge, but only costs about 2.1 times that of db.m2.4xlarge. You may be able to consolidate your workloads from multiple smaller instances (read replicas/write shards/cache nodes for example) to fewer db.cr1.8xlarge instances, and reduce network latencies as well as minimize overall administrative effort and cost.

    Pricing starts at $2.074 per hour (effective price) for 3 year Heavy Utilization and $4.725 per hour for On-demand usage in US East (Northern Virginia) and US West (Oregon). This instance type is also available for MySQL 5.6 in EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo). For more information on pricing, visit the Amazon RDS pricing page.

  • Announcing AWS Command Line Interface - General Availability

    Posted On: Sep 3, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the General Availability (GA) release of the AWS Command Line Interface, a unified tool to manage your AWS services. With just one tool to download and configure, you can control multiple AWS services from the command line and automate them through scripts. The GA release supports 23 services and includes new file commands for Amazon S3. Using a file system command syntax, you can easily list the contents of online buckets, upload a folder full of files, and synchronize local files with objects stored in Amazon S3.

    To get started with the AWS CLI, see the User Guide.

  • AWS CloudFormation now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that AWS CloudFormation is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. AWS CloudFormation provides an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

    To learn more about AWS CloudFormation, visit the AWS CloudFormation detail page, watch this introductory video, and try these sample templates. Visit the AWS GovCloud (US) detail page and user guide to learn more about AWS GovCloud (US), and contact us to sign up for an AWS GovCloud (US) account. Use the AWS GovCloud (US) sample templates to try AWS CloudFormation in AWS GovCloud (US) within minutes.

    To learn how to use AWS CloudFormation for building mission-oriented solutions in AWS GovCloud (US), register now for the 2013 AWS Worldwide Public Sector Summit on September 10. Also, join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Region Office Hours on September 3, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST for a live demonstration.

  • New Read Replica capabilities for Amazon RDS for MySQL

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2013

    New Read Replica capabilities for Amazon RDS for MySQL

    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of three new capabilities for Amazon RDS for MySQL. These capabilities enhance the manageability experience of your Read Replicas and will offer performance benefits for some of your use cases. Following are more details:

    Create multiple Read Replicas in quick succession - You can now create multiple Read Replicas (limited to five per master) of the master database instance in quick succession without having to wait for the first or any subsequent create Read Replica operations to complete. This capability helps you save time and reduce the administrative burden when creating and or maintaining multiple Read Replicas.

    Take database snapshot and perform Point in Time Recovery operation of a Read Replica (supported for MySQL 5.6) You can now take database snapshots and perform Point in Time Recovery operations of a Read Replica in addition to performing these operations on a master database instance. When taking a database snapshot of a Single-AZ master instance, you may experience a brief I/O suspension. Taking a database snapshot from a Read Replica instead, can help you mitigate this brief performance impact. However, please note that the database snapshots taken from a Read Replica at a given time may not include all the transactions present on the master at that time because of possible replica lag.

    Create a replica from an existing Read Replica (supported for MySQL 5.6) - You can now create a second-tier Read Replica from an existing first-tier Read Replica. By creating a second-tier Read Replica, you may be able to move some of the replication load from the master database instance to a first-tier Read Replica. Please note that a second-tier Read Replica may lag further behind the master because of additional replication latency introduced as transactions are replicated from the master to the first tier replica and then to the second-tier replica.

    Refer to the Working with Read Replicas section of the Amazon RDS User Guide to learn more.

  • Amazon Redshift - Resource-level IAM, improved CSV support and CRC32

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2013

    We're excited to announce several improvements and features for Amazon Redshift.

    We've improved security and control by enabling you to construct resource-level AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies for Amazon Redshift. We've improved loading by adding support for standard CSV double quote escaping, query flexibility by adding a new function for CRC32 and manageability by adding a restore progress indicator to the console.

    Please visit our forum and continue to give us your feedback so we can understand and prioritize the things you need.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Zone File Import and Integrated Health Check Graphs

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2013

    We are excited to announce two new enhancements to the Route 53 console available today: zone file import and integrated health check graphs.

    With the zone file import feature, it is now even easier to migrate a domain into Route 53. The Route 53 console now lets you import standard DNS zone files that can be exported from many DNS providers or standard DNS server software such as BIND. When you create a new Route 53 hosted zone for your domain, you now have the option to paste your zone file directly into the Route 53 console, and Route 53 will automatically create the records in your hosted zone.

    With health check graphs integrated into the Route 53 console, it is now even easier to manage your Route 53 health checks—it is no longer necessary to switch between the Route 53 and CloudWatch consoles to view current and past statuses of your health checks or configure alarms and notifications. Amazon CloudWatch Alarms and notifications based on your health check results can be configured in the Route 53 console tab where you create and manage your health checks.

    To get started with zone file import, read our walkthrough in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide. You can also learn more about Route 53 DNS Failover and health checks in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.

  • Announcing Mobile Push from Amazon SNS

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2013

    We’re excited to announce Mobile Push for Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). App developers can now easily send push notifications to Apple, Google and Kindle Fire devices using one simple API, and easily scale from a few notifications a day to millions of notifications or higher.

    Our customers tell us that prior to availability of SNS Mobile Push, supporting push notifications at large scale was incredibly complicated. Amazon, Apple, and Google each maintains a separate relay service to deliver notifications for devices running the platforms they own. Supporting millions of users on multiple mobile platforms has often meant integrating with each of these platform-specific relay services, thus introducing operational complexity and cost for our customers.

    Customers tell us that virtually all use cases for push notifications require an intermediary application to manage security tokens, queue outgoing messages, and abstract platform-specific APIs. Many developers tell us that they used to maintain their own intermediary relay applications, even though they found the process of operating these intermediaries to be painful and error prone.

    SNS Mobile Push alleviates the need to build and operate one’s own intermediary service, and enables developers to push once, deliver anywhere. This reduces the cost and complexity for developers, as they do not have to integrate and maintain different versions of the same push software for multiple mobile platforms.

    With SNS, you can target unique messages to individual devices, or broadcast identical messages to many subscribers at once. You can start using this feature right away at no charge. The AWS Free Tier means all AWS customers can send one million push notifications per month across iOS, Android and Kindle platforms at no charge. After that, you pay $0.50 for each million messages that you publish, plus $0.50 for every million mobile push deliveries.

    To learn more about Amazon SNS Mobile Push, sign up for the webinar on August 29th, 2013. You can get started right away by visiting http://aws.amazon.com/sns/ today.

  • AWS CloudFormation Introduces Parallel Stack Creation and Nested Stack Updates

    Posted On: Aug 12, 2013

    We are excited to announce two significant CloudFormation enhancements: 1) parallel stack creation, update, and deletion, and 2) nested stack updates. AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion by using custom or predefined templates.

    Parallel Stack Creation, Update and Deletion

    CloudFormation now creates, updates and deletes resources in parallel in order to improve performance of these operations. For example, provisioning a RAID 0 setup, which involves the creation of multiple EBS volumes, is now faster because CloudFormation can provision the volumes in parallel. CloudFormation automatically determines which resources in a template can be created in parallel. CloudFormation template authors can use the DependsOn attribute for control over the order of resource creation.

    Nested Stack Updates

    CloudFormation allows nesting a stack as a resource inside a template. This feature has enabled design and creation of related stacks together. Today, we are introducing the ability to update a top-level stack and its nested stacks together. Nested stack updates can be triggered by running the UpdateStack command on a top-level stack, or by selecting the top-level stack and clicking the ‘Update Stack’ button in the CloudFormation Management Console. CloudFormation will detect the updates made to the top-level template as well as the nested templates and update only those stacks whose templates have changed. Before introduction of this feature, users had to update each nested stack separately.

    To learn more about CloudFormation, visit the CloudFormation detail page, documentation, and watch this introductory video. Our large collection of sample templates makes it easy to try our service within minutes.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports Hive 0.11.0 and Pig 0.11.1

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) now supports Hive 0.11.0 and Pig 0.11.1. By default EMR uses the latest version of Hive and Pig available. To specify an older version of Hive or Pig, you can use the --hive-versions or --pig-versions command line options.

    These new versions of Hive and Pig provide performance improvements and offer multiple new features including new operators and data types as well as bug fixes.

    To learn more about these updates, or for more information on Hive or Pig, please see the Hive or Pig sections of the Amazon EMR documentation.

  • Amazon Simple Workflow launches AWS Flow Framework for Ruby

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2013

    We are excited to announce the availability of the AWS Flow Framework for Ruby, an ease of use library that makes it faster and easier to build applications with Amazon Simple Workflow (Amazon SWF). Developers can use Amazon Simple Workflow to coordinate, audit, and scale work on one or more machines – in the AWS cloud or other data centers. With Amazon Simple Workflow there is no need to write your own complex glue-code or maintain your own state machines. Instead, you can focus on the business logic that makes your application unique.

    Using the AWS Flow Framework for Ruby, you write code in a programming model that is natural for Ruby programmers while the framework’s pre-built objects and classes handle the details of the Amazon Simple Workflow APIs. Using the framework, you can easily build applications that run tasks in sequence or in parallel on one or more machines. The framework and Amazon Simple Workflow track the state of your application’s processing steps and helps retry those steps that may have failed. This lets you spend more time writing code that delights customers and less time maintaining state machinery.

    The AWS Flow Framework for Ruby is open source. You can get the libraries from Rubygems. To get the source code, visit the GitHub project. Visit the SWF documentation page to see the Developer Guide and API Reference. You can also get code samples from the sample download page and view the getting started video on the AWS YouTube channel.

    To learn more about the service, visit the the Amazon SWF page.

  • Amazon Redshift - New features and built-in functions

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2013

    We’re delighted to announce a number new features for Amazon Redshift.

    Over the past month, we’ve simplified loading with support for scientific notation, automatic detection of date and time formats and seconds or milliseconds since epoch. We’ve improved compression with byte dictionary encoding of VARCHAR columns, query flexibility with functions for SHA1, MD5, time zone conversions, and workload management with support for setting maximum query execution times for queues. All new clusters launched since 1pm PT on July 25th already have these features and all others will receive them in their next maintenance window.

    There’s more coming soon. To help us understand and prioritize the things you need, please visit our forum and give us your feedback. To learn more about Amazon Redshift and its new features visit the Amazon Redshift product detail page and our documentation.

  • Elastic Load Balancing adds support for Proxy Protocol

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2013

    Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) now supports Proxy Protocol version 1. This feature allows you to identify the client’s connection information when using TCP load balancing, providing additional insight into visitors to your applications. Having this information can be useful for analyzing traffic logs, gathering connection statistics, troubleshooting, or managing whitelists of IP addresses.

    With Proxy Protocol support, the client’s IP address and port are included in the header of the request sent to the back-end servers when using TCP load balancing. Previously, ELB allowed you to obtain the client’s IP address only when using HTTP(S) load balancing, which adds this information in the X-Forwarded-For headers of the request.

    Proxy Protocol support is now available for all TCP load balancers. To learn more, visit our our blog or the Elastic Load Balancing Development Guide.

  • Announcing AWS Self-Paced Labs

    Posted On: Jul 29, 2013

    We are excited to announce that APN Technology Partner Cloud vLab now offers AWS self-paced labs on their online software training platform run.qwikLAB.com. AWS hands-on training labs are designed to help you test products, acquire new skills, and gain practical experience working with AWS technologies. Available anywhere, anytime, you have freedom to take self-paced labs on-demand and learn at your own pace.

    AWS self-paced labs were designed by AWS subject matter experts and provide an opportunity to use the AWS console in a variety of pre-designed scenarios and common use cases, giving you hands-on practice in a live AWS environment to help you gain confidence working with AWS. You have flexibility to choose from topics and products about which you want to learn more.

    To learn more about the AWS Self-Paced Labs, visit http://aws.amazon.com/training/self-paced-labs.

  • Amazon CloudFront and Route 53 Add India Edge Locations in Chennai and Mumbai

    Posted On: Jul 28, 2013

    We are excited to announce that we’ve launched two new India edge locations in Chennai and Mumbai for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. These new edge locations help lower latency and improve performance for your end users. These two sites bring the total number of AWS edge locations to 42 worldwide. If you’re already using CloudFront or Route 53, you don't need to do anything to your applications to take advantage of these new edge locations - requests from your end users will automatically be routed to these locations for the best possible performance.

    Many of our customers have large and growing user bases in India and surrounding countries, and our customers have frequently requested edge locations in India. The locations in India support all CloudFront and Route 53 capabilities, including delivery of your entire website (including dynamic content), live and on-demand streaming media, and security features like custom SSL certificates.

    To learn more about CloudFront and the pricing for our new India edge locations, please visit the Amazon CloudFront detail page. To learn more about Route 53, please visit the Amazon Route 53 detail page.

  • Introducing Version 2 of the AWS SDK for .NET (Developer Preview)

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2013

    We are excited to release the Developer Preview of the next major version of our AWS SDK for .NET. The Version 2 SDK adds support for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps, helping Windows developers use the AWS cloud from these new platforms. The SDK also adopts the .NET task-based asynchronous pattern, which simplifies making asynchronous calls with the new async and await keywords.

    To explore the new SDK, visit the SDK page.

  • AWS OpsWorks supports Chef 11 and custom Amazon Machine Images

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2013

    We are pleased to introduce two new features for AWS OpsWorks that make it easier for you to manage applications.

    Chef 11 OpsWorks now supports Chef 11. With this update, you can use Chef 11 features in your recipes and a broader set of community cookbooks. New stacks will now support Chef 11 by default. See the documentation for steps to update existing stacks.

    Custom Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) You can now use custom Amazon Machine Images (AMI) with AWS OpsWorks. Custom AMIs let you save the state of an Amazon EC2 instance including any software packages that you require in your desired configuration. OpsWorks' support for custom AMIs lets you speed boot times and gives you greater control over installed software and package versions, simplifying your development and QA process. The combination of custom AMIs and Chef recipes gives you faster boot times for components that change less frequently and the ability to easily and quickly change dynamic components.

    A few clicks in the AWS Management Console are all it takes to get your first application running on AWS OpsWorks. You can learn more by reading the OpsWorks documentation or joining our AWS OpsWorks webinar on August 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST.

  • Introducing an Updated Elastic Beanstalk Management Console

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2013

    We are excited to announce an updated management console for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. With Elastic Beanstalk, you can deploy, monitor, and grow your application quickly and easily. Starting today, you can also leverage a new environment type for development workloads.

    The updated management console simplifies creating and configuring Elastic Beanstalk environments. In addition, you can now configure your environment to run inside an Amazon VPC, an isolated virtual network where your AWS resources run. Once your application is running, the new monitoring dashboard tracks how your application is doing and displays relevant Amazon CloudWatch metrics. Using the Elastic Beanstalk console, you can also setup alarms that alert you to critical events such as a spike in traffic for your application or an exceeded latency threshold. Try the new Elastic Beanstalk management console.

    The new environment type runs a single Amazon EC2 instance with the same Elastic Beanstalk software stack. It provides cost benefits for low-traffic, non-critical web applications and is ideal for development workloads. Elastic Beanstalk automatically monitors your EC2 instance and, if needed, replaces it and automatically reassigns the DNS name. When you are ready to grow your application, you can easily upgrade your environment with a few clicks to a production-ready auto-scaled one. To learn more about single-instance environments, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce introduces MapR M7 support

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2013

    We are excited to announce the availability of MapR M7 on Amazon Elastic MapReduce. MapR M7 delivers ease of use, dependability and performance for HBase and Hadoop. For customers looking to deploy HBase, M7 offers seamless splits, no compactions, instant recovery from failure, point-in-time recovery, full HA, mirroring, and consistent low latency.

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  • Price Reductions on Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2013

    We are excited to announce a price reduction of up to 80% on Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances. Dedicated Instances are EC2 instances that run on single-tenant hardware dedicated to a single customer account. They are ideal for workloads where corporate policies or industry regulations require that your EC2 instances be isolated from instances that belong to other customers at the host hardware level.

    Like our multi-tenant EC2 instances, Dedicated Instances let you take full advantage of On-Demand and Reserved Instance purchasing options. Today’s price drop continues the AWS tradition of exploring ways to reduce costs and passing on the savings to our customers. This reduction applies to both the dedicated per region fee and the per-instance On-Demand and Reserved Instance fee across all supported instance types and all AWS Regions. Here are the details:

    • Dedicated Per Region Fee - An 80% price reduction from $10 per hour to $2 per hour in any Region where at least one Dedicated Instance of any type is running.
    • Dedicated On-Demand Instances - A reduction of up to 37% in hourly costs. For example the price of an m1.xlarge Dedicated Instance in the US East (Northern Virginia) Region will drop from $0.840 per hour to $0.528 per hour.
    • Dedicated Reserved Instances - A reduction of up to 57% on the Reserved Instance upfront fee and the hourly instance usage fee. Dedicated Reserved Instances also provide additional savings of up to 65% compared to Dedicated On-Demand instances.

    These changes are effective July 1, 2013 and will automatically be reflected in your AWS charges.

    To learn more about Dedicated Instances and to see a complete list of prices, please visit the Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances page.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Visual Watermarking and Other Enhancements

    Posted On: Jul 8, 2013

    We are excited to announce three new enhancements to Amazon Elastic Transcoder that enable you to add visual watermarks to transcoded video output, and give you greater control over bit rates and frame rates for your transcoded output.

    • Visual watermarking lets you overlay up to four still images on your output video. To watermark your output videos, simply provide a file containing a PNG or JPG image and use a transcoding preset to specify position, scale, sizing, and opacity information for the watermark. One of the ways that you can use this feature is to add program or other identification logos to your output.
    • Maximum video bit rate parameter lets you limit the instantaneous bit rate in your output video. This is useful when you need to generate an output file with a limited or capped maximum bit rate, which may be required to meet the playback specifications for certain devices.
    • Maximum frame rate parameter lets you specify a maximum frame rate value for your output video. This is useful when you wish to maintain the frame rate of the source media except in cases where it would otherwise exceed a certain frame rate threshold. A common example would be to down-convert 60 fps content for a device that can only handle up to 30 fps.

    You can immediately get started with these new features by using the Amazon Elastic Transcoder API or the AWS Management Console. There is no additional cost for using these new features – you continue to pay the current prices for your HD and SD video transcoding.

    To see these new features in action, don’t forget to register for the “What’s New with Amazon Elastic Transcoder” webinar on Wednesday July 24th at 10 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). You can register for the webinar here.

  • Announcing Resource-Level Permissions for Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS

    Posted On: Jul 8, 2013

    We are excited to announce the immediate availability of resource-level permissions for Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS. You can now construct fine-grained AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies for EC2 and RDS to control which users are authorized to perform what actions on a given set of resources. You can also define permissions for groups of resources based on tags associated with your EC2 and RDS resources or based on other attributes of the resource. Whether you are a fast growing start-up or a large enterprise moving mission-critical workloads to AWS, these new features will give you more granular visibility and control over your development, test, staging and production deployments on EC2 and RDS.

    Using these resource-level permissions, you can define different permissions for different applications, environments, cost centers, departments, work groups, or any other organizational schema that you choose. For example, you can define specific user groups such as “Developers” and “Production System Administrators,” and then tag the appropriate EC2 and RDS resources with “Development,” “Test,” and “Production.” By setting up these granular IAM policies, you can dictate that only Developers can modify or delete ”Development” and “Test” resources, and only “Production System Administrators” can modify and delete “Production” resources. If you already use tags for Tag-Based Cost Allocation Reports, you can reuse the same tags for defining resource-level permissions.

    To learn more about resource-level permissions for EC2 and RDS, please visit the Amazon EC2 User Guide and the Amazon RDS User Guide. And if you are not using IAM to secure your account yet, we encourage you to learn more about IAM and the benefits it provides.

  • Amazon RDS now Supports MySQL 5.6 with Memcached and Binary Log Access

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2013

    We are excited to announce MySQL 5.6 support for Amazon RDS. Starting today, you can launch new RDS database instances running MySQL 5.6 with just a few clicks on the AWS Management Console. Amazon RDS for MySQL delivers several important benefits to MySQL customers including ease of deployment, high availability with automatic failure detection and failover, read replicas, push button scalability, automated back-ups, point-in-time restore and automated software upgrades and patching.

    New features in MySQL 5.6
    With the push button deployment provided by Amazon RDS, you can now easily take advantage of several new MySQL 5.6 features including a few highlighted below:

    • Crash safe slaves (Read Replicas): MySQL 5.6 enables Read Replicas to be more crash safe by making the binlog and table data transactionally consistent, so that Read Replicas can resume replication automatically after a master database instance crashes or fails over (in the case of Multi-AZ instances).
    • InnoDB integration with Memcached: With MySQL 5.6, you can use the Memcached API to interact with InnoDB data directly as a "key-value" store and bypass the SQL layer in the process. You can enable Memcached on your Amazon RDS for MySQL instance via the DB Option Group functionality.
    • Binary Log access: MySQL 5.6 allows downloading and streaming binary logs through the native mysqlbinlog tool. This can be useful for a variety of purposes such as synching data with an on-premises deployment, audit logging, analytics, and debugging of replication errors. In order to take advantage of this feature, the RDS database instance must have backup retention enabled. Review the "Accessing MySQL 5.6 Binary Logs" section of the User Guide to learn more.
    • Online schema changes: This is one of the most awaited features of MySQL 5.6 and enables you to perform several "ALTER TABLE" operations (for InnoDB tables) such as adding a column or an index in-place while allowing queries on the table concurrently.
    • Full Text Indexes: With MySQL 5.6, you can build full text indexes (for InnoDB tables) on columns with text based content to speed up searches for words/phrases.

    Launch new MySQL 5.6 instances now
    To create a new MySQL 5.6 database instance, just use the "Launch DB Instance Wizard" in the AWS Management Console and select the DB Engine Version 5.6.12.

    Upgrades to be supported soon

    Learn more by visiting the MySQL section of the Amazon RDS User Guide and the release notes for MySQL 5.6.

  • CentOS 6.4 now available on AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2013

    The latest version of the popular open source operating system CentOS is now available on AWS Marketplace. 1-Click deploy on multiple EC2 instance types and regions. Visit the CentOS 6.4 product page to learn more.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces CloudWatch Metrics for Health Checks and DNS Failover

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2013

    We are excited to announce the release of Amazon CloudWatch metrics for Route 53 health checks. Starting today, you can use CloudWatch to view the status of your Route 53 health checks, and you can set CloudWatch Alarms and configure notifications based on health check results. Now, in addition to using Route 53 DNS Failover and health checks to increase the availability of your website, you can also use Route 53 health checks for website monitoring.

    When you configure Route 53 health checks, the result of each health check is now automatically published as a CloudWatch metric. Using CloudWatch, you can easily see the status of a health check before using it in your DNS Failover configuration, and you can also view graphs showing the history of your health check’s results.

    Getting started with Route 53 is easy, and there are no upfront costs. See the Route 53 product page for full details and pricing. To get started with DNS Failover for Route 53, visit the Route 53 product page or review our walkthrough in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.

    Also, please feel free to join our webinar at 10:00 am PDT on July 9, 2013 to learn more about DNS Failover and the high-availability architecture options that it makes possible.

  • Announcing a new AWS Direct Connect location in Dublin

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce a new AWS Direct Connect location in Dublin supporting the AWS EU (Dublin) region.

    You can use AWS Direct Connect to create a dedicated network connection from your datacenter, office, or colocation environment to AWS. Connections are always made to a particular Direct Connect location, and can run at either 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps.

    Instructions on how to set up AWS Direct Connect are available in our AWS Direct Connect Users Guide. Sign in to your AWS Management Console to order AWS Direct Connect today!

  • Amazon RDS now supports point-and-click upgrade from MySQL 5.1 to 5.5

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that you can now upgrade existing MySQL database instances from MySQL 5.1 to MySQL 5.5 using the Major Version Upgrade feature.

    MySQL 5.5 offers several feature and performance benefits over MySQL 5.1 for many customers. Some of the improvements include enhanced multi-core scaling, better use of I/O capacity, and enhanced monitoring through the performance schema. Additionally, InnoDB Plugin 1.1 (which is the default storage engine for MySQL 5.5 on Amazon RDS) has several improvements over InnoDB Plugin 1.0 (which is the default storage engine for MySQL 5.1 on Amazon RDS). These improvements include faster recovery, multiple buffer pool instances and asynchronous I/O.

    We encourage you to read the release notes, test your applications for compatibility, and upgrade to MySQL 5.5. To upgrade, all you need to do is perform a few clicks on the AWS Management Console. Just select the “Modify” option corresponding to the DB Instance you want to upgrade, choose the latest version of the MySQL 5.5 (you will not be able to upgrade to earlier versions of MySQL 5.5) and proceed with the wizard. The upgrade will be applied either immediately (if you selected the Apply Immediately option) or during your next maintenance window (default). Please note that in either case, your database instance will have an availability impact for a few minutes as the upgrade completes and your database instance is rebooted. Review the Upgrading a DB Instance section of the Amazon RDS User Guide to learn more.

  • Amazon SQS and SNS Announce 256KB Large Payloads

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2013

    Today, we are increasing the maximum allowed payload size for the Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) and the Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) from 64 KB to 256 KB. We are also adding a new option to deliver SNS messages in raw format, in addition to the existing JSON format. This is useful if you are using SNS in conjunction with SQS transmit identical copies of a message to multiple queues. Here is more information about these new features:

    • 256KB Payloads (SQS and SNS) enable developers to send and receive more data with each API call. Previously, payloads were capped at 64KB. Now, large payloads are billed as one request per 64KB 'chunk' of payload. For example, a single API call for a 256KB payload will be billed as four requests. Our customers tell us larger payloads will enable new use cases that were previously difficult to accomplish.
    • SNS Raw Message Delivery enables developers to pack even more information content into their messaging payloads. When delivering notifications to SQS and HTTP endpoints, SNS today adds JSON encoding with metadata about the current message and topic. Now, developers can set the optional "RawMessageDelivery" property to disable this added JSON encoding. Raw message delivery is off by default, to ensure existing applications continue to behave as expected.


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  • Jaspersoft Promo - $175 EC2 Credit

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2013

    AWS customers who are new to Jaspersoft on AWS Marketplace will receive $175 of EC2 Promotional credit if they use at least 200 hours between June 15th and July 31st, 2013. Visit the Jaspersoft Reporting and Analytics page on Marketplace to learn more.

  • Announcing Custom SSL Certificates and Zone Apex Support for CloudFront

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2013

    Since we launched support for dynamic content in Amazon CloudFront last year, customers have increasingly used the service not just to deliver static objects, but also as a way to improve performance, reliability and security of their entire website. Today, we are excited to announce two more features – Custom SSL Certificates and zone apex support – that make it easier for you to accelerate and deliver your whole website using Amazon CloudFront.

    Custom SSL Certificate support lets you deliver content over HTTPS using your own domain name and your own SSL certificate. This helps give visitors to your website lower latency and higher reliability along with the security benefits of CloudFront over an SSL connection that uses your own domain name. You can also configure CloudFront to use HTTPS connections for origin fetches so that your data is encrypted end-to-end from your origin to your end users.

    Configuring Custom SSL Certificate support is easy; you don’t need to learn any proprietary code or hire any consultants to configure it for you. Starting today, you can sign up for an invitation to use the Custom SSL Certificate feature by filling out the form on the custom SSL certificate feature page. As soon as we approve your request, you can upload your SSL certificate and use the AWS Management Console to associate it with your CloudFront distributions.

    Pricing for Custom SSL Certificates is simple. We charge a fixed monthly fee for each custom SSL certificate you associate with your CloudFront distributions, pro-rated by the hour. As with other CloudFront features, you pay only for what you use and there are no upfront fees or minimum monthly commitments. You can learn more about Custom SSL Certificates by reading the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

    Also, starting today you can now use Amazon CloudFront to deliver content from the root domain, or "zone apex" of your website. For example, you can now configure both http://www.example.com and http://example.com to point at the same CloudFront distribution, without the performance penalty or availability risk of managing a redirect service. To use this feature, you create an Amazon Route 53 Alias record to map the root of your domain to your CloudFront distribution. There are no extra fees from Route 53, as Alias queries that are mapped to a CloudFront distribution are provided free of charge. You can start using this feature today by reviewing the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.

    Learn more about custom SSL certificate and zone apex support by visiting the custom SSL certificate feature page. You can also join our webinar at 10:00 AM Pacific (UTC-7) on June 20th, 2013 to learn more about these features for whole site delivery using Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53.

  • Amazon Announces Faster Cross-region EBS Snapshot Copy

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2013

    We are excited to announce a performance enhancement to EBS Snapshot Copy, making it faster to copy snapshots across AWS regions. Starting today, we will only transfer the data that has changed since your last snapshot copy, thus transferring and storing less data and completing the copy faster.

    Last December, we launched EBS Snapshot Copy to accelerate your geographical expansion, data center migration, and disaster recovery. With this enhancement, snapshot copies take even less time to complete. You can now make more frequent copies to other regions, making it easier for you to develop highly available applications.

    You can copy a snapshot by simply selecting it in the AWS Management Console, setting the destination region and starting the copy. You can also access it via the EC2 Command Line Interface or the EC2 API as described on the EBS Snapshot Copy page. The copied snapshots behave the same as other snapshots in the destination region. You will be charged for the data transferred and for the snapshot data stored in the destination region.

    This enhancement also improves the performance of EC2 AMI Copy. With EC2 AMI Copy, you can develop your AMIs in one region, and then copy them to other regions to develop a consistent, multi-region deployment.

    You can learn more about EBS Snapshot Copy by visiting the Amazon EBS Documentation and about AMI Copy by visiting the EC2 User’s Guide.

  • AWS Free Usage Tier Now Includes RHEL

    Posted On: Jun 10, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS now offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as an option in addition to Linux/UNIX in the Linux free usage tier pool. Free usage tier eligible customers now have the option to run RHEL as part of the 750 hours of free Linux usage each month to test drive RHEL on Amazon EC2.

    See the AWS Free Usage Tier Section to learn how to get started with RHEL in the free usage tier, or the Red Hat Section to learn about RHEL on Amazon EC2. You can also get started on AWS Marketplace by launching RHEL via 1-Click. Visit the Resources Section to find Getting Started Guides, development tools, and tutorials, or visit the Community Forums to get your questions answered.

  • Amazon RDS Lowers On-Demand and Reserved Instance Prices Globally

    Posted On: Jun 10, 2013

    We are excited to announce today that Amazon RDS is lowering prices globally for Single-AZ and Multi-AZ deployments. These price reductions follow a series of innovations we have launched recently (described later in this announcement).

    We have reduced the On-Demand prices by as much as 18% for MySQL and Oracle BYOL (Bring Your Own License) and 28% for SQL Server BYOL. All of your On-Demand usage will automatically be charged at the new and lower rates effective June 1, 2013.

    We have also reduced the Reserved Instance (RI) prices by as much as 27% for MySQL and Oracle BYOL. The new prices apply to Reserved Instance purchases made on or after June 11, 2013. With the new pricing, Reserved Instances will provide savings of up to 76% compared to On-Demand instances, so you may want to take this opportunity to review your usage and decide whether to purchase additional Reserved Instances to take advantage of these savings.

    For your quick reference, new On-Demand prices for an M1.Small DB instance, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for an M2.Xlarge DB instance using a 3-Year Heavy Utilization RI are shown in the tables below:

    Table 1: Amazon RDS for MYSQL and Oracle BYOL On-Demand Single-AZ Deployment Prices for M1.Small DB Instance

    Region Old Price New Price Savings
    US East (Northern Virginia) $0.090 $0.080 11%
    US West (Northern California) $0.098 $0.085 13%
    US West (Oregon) $0.090 $0.080 11%
    AWS GovCloud (US) $0.110 $0.090 18%
    Europe (Ireland) $0.098 $0.085 13%
    Asia Pacific (Singapore) $0.115 $0.100 13%
    Asia Pacific (Tokyo) $0.120 $0.110 8%
    Asia Pacific (Sydney) $0.115 $0.100 13%
    South America (Sao Paulo) $0.120 $0.100 17%

    Table 2: Amazon RDS for MYSQL and Oracle BYOL Single-AZ Deployment 3-Year TCO for M2.Xlarge DB Instance

    Region Old Price New Price Savings
    US East (Northern Virginia) $4,441 $3,507 21%
    US West (Northern California) $6,044 $4,410 27%
    US West (Oregon) $4,441 $3,507 21%
    AWS GovCloud (US) $4,835 $4,217 13%
    Europe (Ireland) $6,044 $4,444 26%
    Asia Pacific (Singapore) $6,044 $4,820 20%
    Asia Pacific (Tokyo) $6,569 $5,129 22%
    Asia Pacific (Sydney) $6,044 $4,820 20%
    South America (Sao Paulo) $8,437 $6,517 23%

    To learn more about our new prices, please visit Amazon RDS Pricing.

    Not only do we constantly strive to drive costs down so as to pass those savings on to you, but we also innovate quickly with new features that enable your important use cases. Following is the list of a few key features:

    These features are used by many of our customers who run production workloads on RDS today. And, last week’s announcement of the RDS Service Level Agreement (SLA) for Multi-AZ database instances was designed to give you additional confidence to run the most demanding and mission critical workloads dependably on RDS.

  • CloudFormer Now Supports Amazon VPC and More AWS Resources

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that CloudFormer now supports several additional AWS resources including Amazon VPC resources. CloudFormer is a tool for creating AWS CloudFormation templates from existing resources in your AWS account. AWS CloudFormation provides an easy way for creating and configuring collections of AWS resources.

    The CloudFormer tool displays a list of your existing AWS resources and allows you to select the resources to create a CloudFormation template from. The new version of CloudFormer supports all resources currently supported by CloudFormation. Today, we introduced support for the following AWS resources:

    • Amazon VPC (VPC, Subnets, RouteTables, Routes, etc.)
    • Amazon CloudWatch Alarms
    • Amazon DynamoDB
    • Amazon ElastiCache
    • Amazon SNS
    • Amazon S3 Bucket Policy
    • Amazon SQS Queue Policy
    • Amazon SNS Topic Policy

    Moreover, CloudFormer now has an improved error handling and resource-level error messages. With these improvements, creating a CloudFormation template from existing resources is even simpler.

    To learn more about CloudFormer, please visit the CloudFormer documentation. To learn more about AWS CloudFormation, please visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

  • Amazon announces RDS General Availability and Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2013

    The Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) was designed to simplify one of the most complex of all common IT activities: managing and scaling a relational database while providing fast, predictable performance and high availability.

    Amazon RDS in Action
    During the last 3.5 years in operation, a lot has happened. Amazon RDS is now being used in mission-critical deployments by tens of thousands of businesses of all sizes. We now process trillions of I/O requests each month for these customers. We're seeing strong adoption in enterprises such as Samsung and Unilever, web-scale applications like Flipboard and Airbnb, and large-scale organizations like NASA JPL and Obama for America.

    Amazon RDS Innovation
    We have added support for three major database engines (MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server), expanded support to all nine of the AWS Regions, and added more than 50 highly requested features. Following is the list of a few key features:

    • Multiple database engines: Support for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server in addition to MySQL.
    • Multi-AZ deployments: This feature enables you to create highly available database deployments with synchronous replication across Availability Zones, automatic failure detection, and failover using just a few clicks on the AWS Management Console.
    • Read Replicas: This feature makes it easy to elastically scale out beyond the capacity constraints of a single database instance for read-heavy database workloads. You can promote a Read Replica to a master as needed and monitor the replication status directly through the AWS Management Console.
    • Provisioned IOPS: Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS is a storage option designed to deliver fast, predictable, and consistent I/O performance, and is optimized for I/O-intensive, transactional (OLTP) database workloads. You can provision up to 3TB of storage and 30,000 IOPS per database instance.
    • Point-and-click access to database logs: You can view and download a variety of database log files to troubleshoot database issues directly using the AWS Management Console.
    • DB Notifications via e-mail and SMS: You can subscribe to receive e-mail or SMS notifications when certain database events such as failover, low storage, replication state change etc. occur.

    These innovations are powering some of the world’s most popular applications that are used by millions of users.

    General Availability and Amazon RDS SLA
    We’re officially calling Amazon RDS “Generally Available” after adding several important features as noted above. With the strong level of customer adoption, numerous new features and plenty of operational experience behind us, we also have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for Amazon RDS, with 99.95% availability for Multi-AZ database instances on a monthly basis. This SLA is available for Amazon RDS for MySQL and Oracle, which are currently the database engines with Multi-AZ deployment support. If availability falls below 99.95% for your Multi-AZ database instance (which is a maximum of 22 minutes of unavailability for a Multi-AZ database instance per month), you will be eligible to receive service credits. The new Amazon RDS SLA is designed to give you additional confidence to run the most demanding and mission critical workloads dependably in the AWS cloud. You can learn more by visiting the Amazon RDS SLA page.

  • Amazon EC2 announces four additional instance types in Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2013

    We are delighted to announce the immediate availability of four Amazon EC2 instance types – High Storage (HS1), High I/O (HI1), Cluster Compute (CC2), and High Memory Cluster (CR1) in Asia Pacific (Tokyo).

    The four additional EC2 instance types available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) are:

    • HS1 instances are optimized for customers whose applications require high sequential read and write performance over very large data sets. HS1 instances provide customers with 16 virtual CPUs (vCPUs), 117 GiB of RAM, and 48 Terabytes of storage across 24 hard disk drives, delivering over 2.4 Gigabytes per second of sequential I/O performance.
    • HI1 instances are optimized for customers whose applications require high random I/O performance. HI1 instances provide customers with 16 virtual CPUs (vCPUs), 60.5 GiB of RAM, and 2 Terabytes of SSD-backed storage capable of delivering over 120,000 random read IOPS.
    • CC2 instances are optimized for customers whose applications require high CPU and network performance. CC2 instances provide customers with dual 2.6 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors, and 60.5 GiB of RAM.
    • CR1 instances are optimized for customers whose applications require memory capacity, in addition to high CPU and network performance. CR1 instances provide customers with dual 2.6 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors with NUMA support, and 244 GiB of RAM.

    HS1, HI1, CC2, and CR1 instances can be launched into cluster placement groups, enabling low latency, 10 gigabits per second, inter-node network performance.

    Amazon EC2 CC2, CR1, HS1 and HI1 instances are now available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU West (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) with additional regions coming soon. To learn more visit the Amazon EC2 instance type page.

  • Amazon Redshift now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that Amazon Redshift is now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo).

    Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. The service is optimized for analyzing data sets of several hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and can provide significantly better performance for under $1,000 per terabyte per year, less than one tenth the price of most data warehousing solutions available to you today. Amazon Redshift also frees you from all the muck associated with provisioning, monitoring, backing up, patching, securing, and scaling your data warehouse.

    Amazon Redshift is now available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU West (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), with additional regions coming soon. To learn more visit the Amazon Redshift detail page.

  • Amazon Route 53 Adds Elastic Load Balancer Integration for DNS Failover

    Posted On: May 30, 2013

    We are excited to announce that Route 53 DNS Failover now supports Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) endpoints. Starting today, you can use Route 53’s existing health checking and DNS failover features for applications running behind an ELB, to increase redundancy and availability for these apps.

    With DNS Failover, Amazon Route 53 can help detect an outage of your website and redirect your end users to alternate locations where your application is operating properly. When you enable this feature, Route 53 uses health checks—regularly making Internet requests to your application’s endpoints from multiple locations around the world—to determine whether each endpoint of your application is up or down.

    For ELB endpoints, Route 53 evaluates the health of the load balancer itself and the health of your application running on the EC2 instances behind it. If any part of the stack goes down, Route 53 detects the failure, routes traffic away from the load balancer, and directs traffic to other healthy ELB endpoints. Route 53 DNS Failover also supports EC2 endpoints as well as endpoints located in your own datacenter.

    Using Route 53 DNS Failover, you can run your primary application simultaneously in multiple AWS regions around the world. Route 53 automatically removes from service any region where your application is unavailable. You can also take advantage of a simple backup site hosted on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), with Route 53 directing users to this backup site in the event that your application becomes unavailable.

    Health checks of Amazon ELB endpoints are free, and getting started is easy. To learn more, visit Jeff Barr’s blog post, the Route 53 product page or the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.

    Also, please feel free to join our webinar at 10:00 am PDT on July 9, 2013 to learn more about DNS Failover and the high-availability architecture options that it makes possible.

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Adds Support for Web Identity Federation

    Posted On: May 28, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce that we’ve expanded our identity federation capabilities to support web identity federation. This new feature introduces a new AWS Security Token Service (STS) API, AssumeRoleWithWebIdentity, which you can use to create cloud-backed mobile apps that use public identity providers such as Facebook, Google, or the newly launched Login with Amazon service for authentication. With web identity federation, you have an easy way to integrate Amazon.com, Facebook, or Google sign-in into your apps without having to write any server-side code and without distributing long-term AWS security credentials with the app.

    For more information about web identity federation and how to get started, please see Creating Temporary Security Credentials for Mobile Apps Using Public Identity Providers in the AWS STS guide.

  • Amazon RDS announces an easier way to monitor Read Replicas

    Posted On: May 23, 2013

    We are pleased to announce an easier way to monitor the replication status of your Amazon RDS for MySQL Read Replicas. In addition to the option to connect to your Read Replica and run the Show Slave Status command to review the replication status, you can now view the replication status of your Read Replicas by simply looking at the “Replication State” field on the DB Instances page of the AWS Management Console.

    Amazon RDS monitors the replication status of your Read Replicas and updates the Replication State field to Error if replication stops for any reason (e.g., running DML queries on your replica that conflict with the updates made on the master database instance could result in a replication error). You can review the details of the associated error thrown by the MySQL engine by viewing the Replication Error field and take an appropriate action to recover from it. You can learn more about troubleshooting replication issues in the Troubleshooting a Read Replica problem section of the Amazon RDS User Guide. If a replication error is fixed, the Replication State changes to Replicating.

    We encourage you to use Amazon RDS Event Notifications to automatically get notified when you encounter a replication error. Separately, you can also monitor the Replication Lag metric and set up a CloudWatch alarm to receive a notification when the lag crosses a particular threshold tolerable by your application. Learn more about monitoring Read Replicas by visiting the Working with Read Replicas section of the Amazon RDS User Guide.

  • Riverbed Stingray Promo - $175 EC2 Credit

    Posted On: May 20, 2013

    AWS customers who are new to Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager on AWS Marketplace will receive $175 of EC2 Promotional credit if they use at least 200 hours between May 15th and June 30th, 2013. Visit the Stingray Traffic Manager Developer Edition page on Marketplace to learn more.

  • AWS GovCloud (US) Achieves a FedRAMP℠ Compliant Agency ATO

    Posted On: May 20, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that AWS GovCloud (US) has received an Agency Authority to Operate (ATO) from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMPSM). FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

    Leveraging the HHS authorization, U.S. government agencies can evaluate AWS GovCloud (US) for their applications and workloads, complete their own authorizations to use AWS, and deploy systems into the AWS environment.

    Agencies can immediately request access to the "Amazon Web Services - AWS GovCloud (US) Region" FedRAMP package by submitting a FedRAMP Package Access Request Form using package ID "AGENCYAMAZONGC".

    Join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Region Office Hours on May 21st, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST and the Intro to AWS GovCloud (US) Region webinar on June 12th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to learn more about AWS FedRAMP Compliance.

    Please visit our AWS GovCloud (US) home page and contact us to get started today!

  • AWS Achieves FedRAMP℠ Compliance

    Posted On: May 20, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS has been granted two Agency Authority to Operate (ATOs) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). FedRAMP is a mandatory U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud products and services.

    Some of the major benefits of FedRAMP for agencies include:

    • Significant savings in cost, time and resources
    • Risk-based security management
    • Enhanced transparency

    Already numerous government agencies and other entities that provide systems integration and other products and services to governmental agencies are using the wide range of AWS services today. Now all U.S. government agencies can leverage the AWS HHS ATO packages in the FedRAMP repository to evaluate AWS, provide their own authorizations to use AWS, and transition workloads into the AWS environment.

    You can learn more by reading the AWS FedRAMP FAQs.

  • What’s New: Elastic Load Balancing now supports additional HTTP methods

    Posted On: May 20, 2013

    Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) now supports additional HTTP methods specified in requests from client applications. Previously, ELB restricted the set of supported HTTP methods to those commonly used by conventional web applications.

    With an increasing number of applications requiring support for new HTTP extensions, customers have indicated that they would like more control over the HTTP methods used by their applications. ELB will now accept all HTTP methods sent to your applications. Some examples of methods you can use include “PATCH” for Ruby on Rails 4+ applications, and “REPORT” or “MKCALENDAR” for CalDAV applications.

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

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Seven New Enhancements, Including HLS Support

    Posted On: May 16, 2013

    We’re excited to announce seven new enhancements to Amazon Elastic Transcoder that make it easier for you to encode and deliver your content to a wider set of video devices and players. Amazon Elastic Transcoder is a web service that converts your video files into versions that will play back on devices like smartphones, tablets, PCs and web browsers.

    Starting today you can use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to output content in three new ways:

    • HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support lets you create videos that play on compatible players for Apple iOS, Android devices, set-top boxes and web browsers. With HLS support, you can now easily deliver your content without a streaming server – just point your users to the video in Amazon S3 or Amazon CloudFront.
    • WebM support lets you transcode content into VP8 video and Vorbis audio for playback in browsers, like Firefox, that do not natively support H.264 and AAC.
    • MPEG-2 TS output container support lets you output transport streams that are commonly used in broadcast systems.

    We’ve also added four features that make it even easier to use Amazon Elastic Transcoder:

    • Multiple outputs per job make it easy to create different renditions of the same content. Instead of having to create one transcoding job per rendition, you can now create a single job to produce multiple renditions. For example, with a single job you can create H.264, HLS and WebM versions of the same video for delivery to multiple platforms.
    • Automatic video bit rate optimization takes the guesswork out of choosing the right bit rate for your video content. With this feature, Amazon Elastic Transcoder will automatically adjust the bit rate in order to optimize the visual quality of your transcoded output.
    • Enhanced aspect ratio and sizing policies make it easier to resize your content to your output frame size. You can use these new settings in transcoding presets to precisely control scaling, cropping, matting and stretching options to get the output that you expect regardless of how the input is formatted.
    • Integration with Amazon S3 permissions and storage options lets you set permissions on your output files from within Amazon Elastic Transcoder. Your files are then created with the right permissions in-place, ready for delivery to end-users.

    You can learn more about Amazon Elastic Transcoder and these new features by visiting the detail page. To see these new features in action, don’t forget to register for the “What’s New with Amazon Elastic Transcoder” webinar on May 29, 2013 at 10am Pacific time.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Announces Parallel Scan and Lower-Cost Reads

    Posted On: May 15, 2013

    We are excited to announce the availability of Parallel Scan, a new feature that allows you to access your Amazon DynamoDB data even more quickly than before. In addition, we have made it up to four times cheaper to read large amounts of data out of Amazon DynamoDB. This also reduces the cost of copying your data from Amazon DynamoDB to Amazon Redshift. You can read more about these improvements 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 OpsWorks launches Amazon CloudWatch metrics view

    Posted On: May 14, 2013

    We are excited to announce AWS OpsWorks now offers a convenient view of the Amazon CloudWatch metrics generated by your OpsWorks instances. Without any additional costs or setup you can see thirteen one-minute metrics that provide an overview of the state of your instances. All metrics are automatically collected, grouped, and filtered. You can start with an overview of CPU, memory and load summarized by stack and then drill down to specific layers and instances. All metrics can be used to create alarms via Amazon CloudWatch.

    A few clicks in the the AWS Management Console are all it takes to get your first application running on AWS OpsWorks. You can learn more by reading how to use the OpsWorks monitoring view or joining our AWS OpsWorks webinar on May 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST.

  • AWS Management Console in AWS GovCloud (US) adds support for Amazon SWF

    Posted On: May 14, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that the AWS Management Console for the AWS GovCloud (US) region now supports Amazon Simple Workflow (Amazon SWF)!

    The AWS GovCloud (US) region is designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. The console provides an easy-to-use graphical interface to manage your AWS GovCloud (US) resources.

    Amazon Simple Workflow is a service to coordinate work across multiple machines. With our APIs, ease-of-use libraries, and control engine, you can build multi-step application components that are independent of any single component’s state and progress. This allows you to change and scale your business logic with greater selectivity and ease – across the AWS Cloud or your own data centers.

    With Amazon Simple Workflow, there is no need to write your own state machine or infrastructure code. Instead, you can focus on writing the business logic that makes your application unique. The AWS Management Console provides an easy-to-use graphical interface to manage these powerful capabilities of Amazon SWF. Instructions on how to access the console are available in our Users Guide.

    To learn more about the service, please visit the Amazon SWF detail page, the AWS GovCloud (US) home page and contact us to get started!

  • AWS OpsWorks supports Elastic Load Balancing

    Posted On: May 14, 2013

    We are excited to announce developers can now add Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) to their OpsWorks application stacks and get all the built-in capabilities ELB is known for, including:

    • Elastic Load Balancing automatically scales its request handling capacity in response to incoming application traffic.
    • SSL certificates are stored using IAM credentials, allowing you to control who can see your private keys.
    • Elastic Load Balancing spans multiple AZs for reliability, but provides a single DNS name for simplicity.
    • Elastic Load Balancing metrics such as request count and request latency are reported by Amazon CloudWatch.
    • By default, Elastic Load Balancing supports SSL termination at the Load Balancer, including offloading SSL decryption from application instances, centralized management of SSL certificates, and encryption to back-end instances with optional public key authentication.

    A few clicks in the AWS Management Console are all it takes to get your first application running on AWS OpsWorks. You can learn more by reading the OpsWorks documentation or joining our AWS OpsWorks webinar on May 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST.

  • Announcing AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center

    Posted On: May 8, 2013

    We are excited to announce the AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center. The AWS Management Pack enables you to view and monitor your AWS resources directly in the System Center Operations Manager console. This way, you can use a single, familiar console to monitor all your resources, whether they are on-premises or in the AWS cloud.

    The AWS Management Pack gives you a consolidated view of your AWS resources across regions and Availability Zones. It also has built-in integration with Amazon CloudWatch so that the metrics and alarms defined in Amazon CloudWatch surface as performance counters and alerts in Operations Manager. With the AWS Management Pack, you can gain a deep insight into the health and performance of your applications running within the Amazon EC2 instances. The diagram view generated by the management pack makes it easy to traverse between the application and the infrastructure hosting it, with just a few clicks.

    The AWS Management Pack is available for “System Center 2012 – Operations Manager” and “System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2”.

    To learn more or download the AWS Management Pack, visit https://aws.amazon.com/windows/system-center/.

  • AWS Direct Connect location in Seattle and access to AWS GovCloud (US) now available

    Posted On: May 8, 2013

    We are delighted to make two important announcements today - a new AWS Direct Connect location in Seattle supporting the AWS US West (Oregon) region and support for AWS Direct Connect to the AWS GovCloud (US) region from any AWS Direct Connect location are both now available!

    You can use AWS Direct Connect to create a dedicated network connection from your datacenter, office, or colocation environment to AWS. Connections are always made to a particular Direct Connect location, and can run at either 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps.

    Instructions on how to set up AWS Direct Connect are available in our AWS Direct Connect Users Guide. For AWS GovCloud (US) access, please see the AWS GovCloud (US) Users Guide.

    Join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Region Office Hours on May 14th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST to learn more about AWS Direct Connect for the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

    Sign in to your AWS Management Console to order AWS Direct Connect today!

  • Raising the bar: Amazon announces 4,000 IOPS per EBS Volume and Provisioned IOPS products on AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: May 7, 2013

    We are excited to announce support for up to 4,000 IOPS per Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volume. This represents a fourfold increase from the original Provisioned IOPS volume performance since its launch last year. Provisioned IOPS volumes are designed to provide predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads such as databases, distributed file systems and other enterprise applications; all of which are available on AWS Marketplace.

    You can get up to 4,000 IOPS from one volume. For performance beyond 4,000 IOPS, you can attach and stripe multiple volumes to deliver thousands of IOPS to your application. You can set the level of performance you need and EBS will consistently deliver it over the lifetime of the volume. To enable your Amazon EC2 instance to fully utilize the IOPS provisioned on an EBS volume, we recommend launching them as "EBS-optimized" instances, which deliver dedicated throughput between Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS. The EBS-optimized option is currently available for our m1.large, m1.xlarge, m2.2xlarge, m2.4xlarge, m3.xlarge, m3.2xlarge and c1.xlarge instance types.

    One way to get started with Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS is to launch a product from AWS Marketplace with 1-Click. AWS Marketplace is an online store where you can find, buy, and quickly deploy software that runs on AWS such as high-performance versions of MongoDB, NuoDB and OrangeFS. You can learn more about these products on the AWS Marketplace Provisioned IOPS information page.

    Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, EBS-optimized instances and AWS Marketplace products are now supported in all AWS regions except GovCloud. For more information on using Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, please see the Amazon EC2 Developer Guide.

  • Announcing General Availability of the AWS SDK for Node.js

    Posted On: May 6, 2013

    We are excited to announce the General Availability (GA) release of the AWS SDK for Node.js. This SDK enables developers to tap into the cost-effective, scalable, and reliable AWS cloud from their Node.js applications. Since releasing the Developer Preview of the AWS SDK for Node.js in December, we expanded support to cover the full set of AWS services, collaborated with the community to fine tune the SDK design patterns, and added a few new features. The latest SDK now supports proxy servers, IAM roles on EC2 instances, and optionally using a Stream interface on operations.

    This release moves the SDK to a stable API. Read the Getting Started Guide to begin using the SDK in your Node.js project.

  • Announcing New Edge Location in Seoul, Korea for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: May 1, 2013

    We are excited to announce the launch of our newest edge location in Seoul, Korea to serve end users of Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53. This is our first edge location in Korea and each new edge location helps to lower latency and improve performance for your end users. We plan to continue to add new edge locations worldwide.

    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.

    Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service. Amazon Route 53 is designed to be fast, easy to use, and cost-effective. It answers DNS queries with low latency by using a global network of DNS servers. Queries for your domain are automatically routed to the nearest DNS server, and thus answered with the best possible performance.

    Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) that can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static and streaming content using a global network of edge locations. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no required minimum commitments.

    We’d also like to invite you to join our “Whole Site Delivery with Amazon CloudFront” webinar on May 16th at 10:00AM Pacific Time. In this webinar, we’ll demonstrate how you can use Amazon CloudFront to help architect your site to deliver both static and dynamic content (portions of your site that change for each end-user). You can register here for this webinar.

    Like all Amazon CloudFront edge locations, our Seoul edge location supports all Amazon CloudFront features. With the addition of this location, Amazon CloudFront now has a total of 40 edge locations worldwide.

    To learn more, please visit the detail page for Amazon CloudFront or Amazon Route 53.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) now supports S3 Server Side Encryption

    Posted On: May 1, 2013

    Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) now supports S3 Server Side Encryption. This feature is useful for any customers that need to move or process large amounts of sensitive data. S3 Server Side Encryption (S3 SSE) makes it easy to encrypt data stored at rest in S3. With S3 SSE, every S3 object is encrypted with a unique key; the key itself is encrypted with a regularly rotated master key. Decryption happens automatically when data is retrieved. S3DistCp is an EMR feature that uses MapReduce to efficiently move large amounts of data from S3 into HDFS, from HDFS to S3, and between S3 buckets. EMR S3DistCp now supports S3 SSE.

    To learn more about this feature, please visit EMR’s Developer Guide.

  • Announcing Amazon Web Services Global Certification Program

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2013

    We are excited to announce the launch of the Amazon Web Services Global Certification Program. AWS Certifications designate individuals who demonstrate knowledge, skills and proficiency with AWS services. This program is built around the three primary roles for engineering teams delivering cloud-based solutions: Solutions Architect, SysOps Administrator, and Developer. Role-based certification credentials can be earned on three proficiency levels: Associate, Professional and Master.

    AWS certifications are designed to certify the technical skills and knowledge associated with best practices for building secure and reliable cloud-based applications using AWS technology. To earn an AWS Certification, individuals must prove their proficiency by passing an exam. Exams are administered through Kryterion testing centers in more than 100 countries and 750 testing locations worldwide. Once achieved, individuals can display the AWS Certified logo on business cards and resumes to gain visibility for their AWS expertise while fostering credibility with employers and peers.

    The first certification to be offered is the “AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level,” which certifies skills for technical professionals and solutions architects involved in the design and development of applications on AWS. Additional role-based certifications, including certifications for Systems Operations (SysOps) Administrators and Developers, will follow later this year.

    To learn more about the AWS Certification Program, visit http://aws.amazon.com/certification.

  • AWS OpsWorks now supports more Amazon EC2 instance types including the micro instance

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2013

    We are excited to announce the addition of Amazon EBS-backed Amazon EC2 instances to give users more instance types to choose for their development needs, including the AWS Free Usage Tier-eligible micro instance. Users now have the ability to use micro instances to reduce costs in development environments as well as larger instance types such as the second generation M3 family for applications that demand more performance. See offer terms for more details and other restrictions on the AWS Free Usage Tier.

    A few clicks in the AWS Management Console are all it takes to get your first application running on AWS OpsWorks. You can learn more by reading our documentation walk-through.

  • AWS Marketplace Applications Now Available With 1-Click Deployment In Sydney

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2013

    AWS Marketplace applications are now available to all customers using the AWS Sydney Region with 1-Click Deployment for building solutions and running their businesses. Customers can easily find, compare, and immediately start using the software listed in AWS Marketplace, and experience lower latency when deploying in Sydney. Over 100 software products for production, testing and development purposes are currently available, including MongoDB, aiCache, Citrix Netscaler, F5, MicroStrategy and others. Sellers continually add new AWS Marketplace products for deployment the AWS Sydney Region. For more information or to find software on AWS Marketplace, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/marketplace.

  • AWS Management Console now available for AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that the AWS Management Console is now available for access to the AWS GovCloud (US) region!

    When you sign in using the AWS GovCloud (US) specific login page, the console provides access to your AWS GovCloud (US) resources and is completely isolated from other AWS regions. The console provides an easy-to-use graphical interface to manage your AWS GovCloud (US) resources. Consoles available today are Amazon EC2, Amazon VPC, Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS. The Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR and Amazon SWF consoles will be coming soon.

    Instructions on how to access the console are available in our Users Guide.

    Join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Region Office Hours on April 30th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST for a live demonstration of the console and to learn more about AWS GovCloud (US). Also, register now for the Intro to AWS GovCloud (US) Region Webinar on May 15, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST.

    To learn more, please visit our AWS GovCloud (US) home page and contact us to get started!

  • Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage Instances available in EU West (Ireland)

    Posted On: Apr 22, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce that Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage Instances are now available in EU West (Ireland).

    Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. The service is optimized for analyzing data sets of several hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and can provide significantly better performance for less than one tenth the price of most data warehousing solutions available to you today. Amazon Redshift also frees you from all the muck associated with provisioning, monitoring, backing up, patching, securing, and scaling your data warehouse.

    High Storage Instances (hs1.8xlarge) are an Amazon EC2 instance type that is ideal for customers whose applications require high sequential read and write performance over very large data sets. High Storage instances provide customers with 35 EC2 Compute Units (ECUs) of compute capacity, 117 GiB of RAM, and 48 Terabytes of storage across 24 hard disk drives, delivering over 2.4 Gigabytes per second of sequential I/O performance.

    Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage Instances are now available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and EU West (Ireland), with additional regions coming soon. To learn more visit the Amazon Redshift detail page and the Amazon EC2 instance type page.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Announces Support for Local Secondary Indexes

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce that we have expanded the query capabilities of DynamoDB. We call the newest capability Local Secondary Indexes (LSI). While DynamoDB already allows you to perform low-latency queries based on your table’s primary key, even at tremendous scale, LSI will now give you the ability to perform fast queries against other attributes (or columns) in your table. This gives you the ability to perform richer queries while still meeting the low-latency demands of responsive, scalable applications.

    With LSI we expand DynamoDB’s existing query capabilities with support for more complex queries. Customers can now create indexes on non-primary key attributes and quickly retrieve records within a hash partition (i.e., items that share the same hash value in their primary key).

    The enhanced query flexibility that local secondary indexes provide means DynamoDB can support an even broader range of workloads. At Amazon, we have already come to start with DynamoDB as the default choice for every application that does not require the flexibility of relational databases like Oracle or MySQL. Customers tell us they’re adopting the same practice, particularly in the areas of digital advertising, social gaming and connected device applications where high availability, seamless scalability, predictable performance and low latency are very critical.

    Today, local secondary indexes must be defined at the time you create your DynamoDB tables. In the future, we plan to provide you with an ability to add or drop LSI for existing tables. If you want to equip an existing DynamoDB table to local secondary indexes immediately, you can export the data from your existing table using Elastic Map Reduce, and import it to a new table with LSI.

    Local secondary indexes are available today in all regions except GovCloud. You can get started with DynamoDB and Local Secondary Indexes by reading the developer guide.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Transparent Data Encryption and Native Network Encryption

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2013

    We have good news to share. Many of you have told us that data encryption, at rest and in transit, is very important to you as you move mission-critical database workloads to Amazon RDS. Today, Amazon RDS is announcing support for Oracle’s Transparent Data Encryption and Native Network Encryption in all regions. Both of these features are components of Oracle’s Advanced Security option for the Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition. Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition is available on Amazon RDS for Oracle under the Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL) model. There is no additional charge to use these features.

    Oracle Transparent Data Encryption encrypts data before it is written to storage, and automatically decrypts data when reading from storage. Oracle Transparent Data Encryption enables you to encrypt table spaces or specific table columns using industry standard encryption algorithms such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Data Encryption Standard (Triple DES). Oracle Native Network Encryption encrypts the data as it moves into and out of the database. Oracle Native Network Encryption enables you to encrypt network traffic travelling over Oracle Net Service using industry standard encryption algorithms such as AES and Triple DES.

    To learn more about using Oracle Transparent Data Encryption and Native Network Encryption on Amazon RDS for Oracle, please visit our User Documentation

  • Citrix NetScaler Promo - $175 EC2 Credit

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2013
    AWS customers who are new to Citrix NetScaler on AWS Marketplace will receive $175 of EC2 Promotional Credit if they use a least 200 hours between April 15th and May 31st, 2013. Visit the Citrix NetScaler VPX Platinum Edition page on Marketplace to learn more.
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports IAM Roles

    Posted On: Apr 17, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles. Elastic Beanstalk makes it easy to deploy and run your applications on AWS, and with IAM roles, these applications can securely access AWS services. IAM roles manage the muck of securely distributing your AWS access keys out to your EC2 instances that have been launched through Elastic Beanstalk.

    When creating new environments using the Elastic Beanstalk console or using the eb command line, Elastic Beanstalk can automatically create an IAM role. You can also create and assign existing roles to Elastic Beanstalk environments.

    You can easily grant additional permissions to this role to allow your application to access AWS services such as Amazon DynamoDB or Amazon S3. To learn more about IAM roles and Elastic Beanstalk, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Now Supports Microsoft Hyper-V

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2013

    The AWS Storage Gateway helps you connect your on-premises IT environment with the AWS cloud. Today, we are excited to announce support for running the AWS Storage Gateway on an additional virtualization platform, Microsoft Hyper-V.

    You can use the AWS Storage Gateway in two configurations. Gateway-Cached volumes provide local, low-latency access to your most frequently used files while storing all your data in Amazon S3’s elastic, highly durable storage infrastructure. Gateway-Stored volumes provide scheduled off-site backups to Amazon S3 for your on-premises data. With support for Microsoft Hyper-V in addition to already-supported VMware ESXi, you can now run the AWS Storage Gateway on two of the most popular virtualization platforms.

    Learn more and get started by visiting the AWS Storage Gateway User Guide.

  • AWS GovCloud (US) Region Announces Amazon EMR

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce that Amazon EMR is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region!

    Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) is a web service that makes it easy to process or analyze vast amounts of data using Hadoop in the AWS cloud. Using Amazon EMR, you can instantly provision as much or as little capacity as you like to perform data-intensive tasks without having to worry about time-consuming set-up, management or tuning of Hadoop clusters.

    The AWS GovCloud (US) Region was built with Government customers in mind. AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS Region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

    The AWS GovCloud (US) Region adheres to U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requirements. You can run workloads, including all categories of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and government oriented publically available data, in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Depending on your requirements, you can also run unclassified workloads in the AWS GovCloud (US) region to utilize the unique capabilities of this region.

    Join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Region Office Hours on April 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST which will feature a guest speaker from the Amazon EMR team. Also, register now for the Intro to AWS GovCloud (US) Region webinar on May 15, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST.

    To learn more, please visit our AWS GovCloud (US) home page, read about our Public Sector case studies, and contact us to get started!

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk for .NET Supports Amazon VPC and Configuration Files

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk for .NET now supports configuration files as well as integration with Amazon VPC and Amazon RDS. AWS Elastic Beanstalk for .NET allows you to easily run and manage your .NET applications on AWS using Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012.

    Using configuration files, you can setup software on Amazon EC2 instances within your environment, without having to create a custom AMI. For example, you can install and configure Windows services to run on the same instances as your web application. You can also use configuration files to provision resources such as an Amazon DynamoDB table, an Amazon CloudWatch alarm, or an Amazon SQS queue. To learn more about configuration files, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

    Elastic Beanstalk .NET environments now seamlessly integrate with Amazon RDS and can also run inside existing VPCs. Using Amazon VPC, you can now easily deploy private .NET web applications including intranet web applications and web service backends. To learn more about deploying your Elastic Beanstalk application in a VPC or connecting to RDS, visit "Using AWS Elastic Beanstalk with Amazon VPC" and "Using Amazon RDS" in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • Announcing Price Reduction for Windows On-Demand EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2013

    We are excited to announce a price reduction of up to 26% on Windows On-Demand EC2 instances. Today’s price drop continues the AWS tradition of exploring ways to reduce costs and passing on the savings to our customers. This reduction applies to the Standard (m1), Second-Generation Standard (m3), High-Memory (m2), and High-CPU (c1) instance families. All prices are automatically effective from April 1, 2013.

    As an example, a typical Microsoft Windows Application Server running on an m1 large On-Demand instance in US East (N. Virginia) would now cost only $0.364 per hour instead of $0.460 per hour– a 20% drop in price, which translates into more than $2000 in quarterly savings for running 10 such instances. The size of the reduction varies by instance family and region. We encourage you to visit the AWS Windows page for more information about Windows pricing on AWS.

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Adds Support for Variables in Access Control Policies

    Posted On: Apr 3, 2013

    We are excited to announce that we have extended the access policy language to include support for policy variables. This new feature allows you to define general purpose policies that include variables so you do not have to explicitly list all the components of the policy.

    For example, you can now use variables such as ‘username’ to create policies that lock down users’ access to a specific S3 folder determined by their username, or allow users to manage their own access keys and assign the policy to a group instead of assigning an individual policy to each user. This will simplify your policy management by reducing the number of policies necessary to grant individualized access control to AWS resources.

    For more information about the access control language and policy variables, please visit the Policy Variables section of the Using IAM guide. To get started please visit the AWS Management Console

  • Announcing New Lower Request Pricing for Amazon S3

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2013

    We are excited to announce that we are reducing Amazon S3 request prices in all nine of our regions. We are lowering the prices for GET requests by 60% and the prices for PUT, LIST, COPY, and POST requests by 50%. For example, in the US Standard Region, we are reducing the price of every 1,000 PUT requests from $0.01 to $0.005 and the price of every 10,000 GET requests from $0.01 to $0.004.

    We are happy to pass along these savings to you as we continue to drive down our costs. The new lower prices for all regions can be found on the Amazon S3 pricing page. New prices are effective April 1st and will be applied to your bill for all requests on or after this date.

  • Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage Instances available in US West (Oregon)

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce that Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage Instances are now available in US West (Oregon).

    Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. The service is optimized for analyzing data sets of several hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and can provide significantly better performance for less than $1,000 per terabyte per year, less than one tenth the price of most data warehousing solutions available to you today. Amazon Redshift also frees you from all the muck associated with provisioning, monitoring, backing up, patching, securing, and scaling your data warehouse.

    High Storage Instances (hs1.8xlarge) are an Amazon EC2 instance type that is ideal for customers whose applications require high sequential read and write performance over very large data sets. High Storage instances provide customers with 35 EC2 Compute Units (ECUs) of compute capacity, 117 GiB of RAM, and 48 Terabytes of storage across 24 hard disk drives, delivering over 2.4 Gigabytes per second of sequential I/O performance.

    Amazon Redshift and Amazon EC2 High Storage Instances are now available in US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon), with additional regions coming soon. To learn more visit the Amazon Redshift detail page and the Amazon EC2 instance type page.

  • Announcing AWS CloudHSM

    Posted On: Mar 26, 2013

    We are excited to announce AWS CloudHSM, a new service enabling customers to increase data security and meet compliance requirements by using dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS Cloud. The CloudHSM service allows customers to securely generate, store and manage cryptographic keys used for data encryption in a way that keys are accessible only by the customer.

    AWS provides a variety of solutions for protecting sensitive data within the AWS platform. But for some applications and data subject to rigorous contractual or regulatory mandates for managing cryptographic keys, additional protection is necessary. Until now, organizations’ only options were to maintain data in on-premises datacenters or deploy local HSMs to protect encrypted data in the cloud. Unfortunately, those options either prevented customers from migrating their most sensitive data to the cloud or significantly slowed application performance.

    With AWS CloudHSM, customers maintain full ownership, control and access to keys and sensitive data while Amazon manages the HSM appliances in close proximity to their applications and data for maximum performance. For more information about Amazon HSM, visit http://aws.amazon.com/cloudhsm/.

  • Announcing EBS-Optimized Support for Additional Instance Types

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2013

    We are excited to announce the global availability of EBS-optimized support for four additional instance types: m3.xlarge, m3.2xlarge, m2.2xlarge, and c1.xlarge. 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.

    EBS-optimized instances are designed for use with both Standard and Provisioned IOPS EBS volumes. Standard volumes deliver 100 IOPS on average with a best effort ability to burst to hundreds of IOPS, making them well-suited for workloads with moderate and bursty I/O needs. When attached to an EBS-optimized instance, Provisioned IOPS volumes are designed to consistently deliver up to 2000 IOPS from a single volume, making them ideal for I/O intensive workloads such as databases.

    For more information on Amazon EBS-optimized EC2 instances, please see the Amazon EC2 detail page.

  • Adobe ColdFusion now on AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2013

    Adobe ColdFusion 10 on AWS Marketplace is an easy and affordable way to access powerful yet easy-to-use features to build high performing, enterprise-ready applications that scale dynamically to meet your business needs. Easily create interactive web applications leveraging unique built-in HTML5 support. 1-Click deploy running on Windows Server or Ubuntu.

  • AWS GovCloud (US) Region Announces Amazon SWF

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2013

    We are delighted to announce that Amazon Simple Workflow is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region!

    Amazon Simple Workflow provides customers with the building blocks and processing engine to handle the complexity of application infrastructure programming and state machinery. This lets customers focus on the business logic that makes them unique. By using Simple Workflow to assemble applications with multiple interrelated steps, customers get cluster-wide functionality to coordinate tasks, manage the state of processes, retry on failed steps, and distribute task load.

    Customers are using Simple Workflow’s building blocks to: create SaaS analytics platforms, process big data, transcode video, manage web-based orders, train machine learning algorithms, deploy enterprise mobile assets, distribute mobile media, manage data center deployments, optimize on-line advertising, and much more.

    The AWS GovCloud (US) Region was built with Government customers in mind. AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS Region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. The AWS GovCloud (US) Region adheres to U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requirements. You can run workloads, including all categories of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and government oriented publically available data, in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Depending on your requirements, you can also run unclassified workloads in the AWS GovCloud (US) region to utilize the unique capabilities of this region.

    To learn more, please visit our AWS GovCloud (US) home page, read about our Public Sector case studies, and contact us to get started!

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Upgrading from SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2012

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2013
    Are you developing, testing, or migrating to SQL Server 2012? Your task just got easier with Amazon RDS for SQL Server. We are pleased to announce that you can upgrade existing SQL Server 2008 R2 DB Instances to SQL Server 2012 starting today using the new Major Version Upgrade feature. The Major Version Upgrade feature is available in all AWS regions for all SQL Server editions, including Express, Web, Standard, and Enterprise.

    With the Major Version Upgrade feature, you can easily develop and test your applications using the new features Microsoft has introduced as part of SQL Server 2012. In addition, you can upgrade your existing SQL Server 2008 R2 DB Instances and leverage new SQL Server 2012 features with your applications. 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. Columnstore indexes 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 is not restricted to a single table.
    • User-defined roles – a new role management system in SQL Server 2012 which allows users to create custom server roles.
    Upgrading your DB Instances to SQL Server 2012 is as easy as pushing a button on the Amazon RDS Console or using the Command Line Interface. This new feature further enhances the many benefits Amazon RDS for SQL Server offers to Microsoft SQL Server customers including easy deployment, push button scalability, automated back-ups, point-in-time restore, automated software upgrades and patching, and pay-as-you-go flexibility.

    For more information on upgrading your Amazon RDS for SQL Server DB Instances, please visit our Major Version Upgrade documentation.

    To learn more about Amazon RDS for SQL Server, please visit the Amazon RDS for SQL Server detail page, our documentation and our FAQs.

  • Amazon RDS now supports 3TB and 30,000 Provisioned IOPS per database instance

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2013

    We have three pieces of good news to share. First, you can provision up to 3 TB in storage and up to 30,000 IOPS for your database instances (maximum realized IOPS will vary by engine type). Second, you can convert an existing Amazon RDS instance that uses standard storage to use Provisioned IOPS storage. Finally, you can scale IOPS and storage independently. All three features are enabled for Amazon RDS for MySQL and Oracle database engines. Here are the details:

    Provision up to 3TB storage and 30,000 IOPS: You can now provision up to 3TB storage and 30,000 IOPS per database instance – three times the previous limit of 1 TB and 10,000 IOPS per database instance. For a workload with 50% writes and 50% reads running on an m2.4xlarge instance, you can realize up to 25,000 IOPS for Oracle and 12,500 IOPS for MySQL. However, by provisioning up to 30,000 IOPS, you may be able to achieve lower latency and higher throughput. Your actual realized IOPS may vary from the amount you provisioned based on your database workload, instance type, and database engine choice. Refer to the Factors That Affect Realized IOPS section of the documentation to learn more.

    Convert an existing database instance to use Provisioned IOPS storage: You can now convert database instances using standard storage to use Provisioned IOPS storage and get consistent throughput and low I/O latencies. Use the "Modify" action for your database instance on the DB Instances page of the AWS Management Console, check the "Use Provisioned IOPS" check box, specify the number of IOPS required for your workload, and proceed through the wizard. You can also perform this operation via the Amazon RDS APIs and the Command Line Interface.

    Scale storage and IOPS independently: You can now scale IOPS (in increments of 1000) and storage independently. The ratio of IOPS provisioned to the storage requested (in GB) should be between 3 and 10. For example, for a database instance with 1000 GB of storage, you can provision from 3,000 to 10,000 IOPS. You can scale the IOPS up or down depending on factors such as seasonal variability of traffic to your applications.

    Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS is available in all AWS Regions except GovCloud. To learn more and get started with Amazon RDS Provisioned IOPS, please refer to the Working with Provisioned IOPS storage section of the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    You are also invited to attend the webinar Amazon RDS - Running low admin, high performance databases in the cloud with the Amazon RDS team on March 27th, where you can learn more about Provisioned IOPS storage and how customers are using it to successfully run high performance applications. Register here.

  • Announcing AMI Copy for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2013

    We are excited to announce the immediate availability of a new feature: Amazon Machine Image (AMI) Copy. AMI Copy enables you to easily copy your AMIs across AWS regions, enabling the following scenarios:

    Consistent and Simple Multi-Region Deployment - You can copy an AMI from one region to another, enabling you to easily launch consistent instances based on the same AMI into different regions.

    Scalability - You can more easily design and build world-scale applications that meet the needs of your users, regardless of their location.

    Performance - You can increase performance by distributing your application and locating critical components of your application in closer proximity to your users. You can also take advantage of region-specific features such as instance types or other AWS services.

    Even Higher Availability - You can design and deploy applications across AWS regions, to increase availability.

    To use AMI Copy, simply select the AMI to be copied from within the AWS Management Console, choose the destination region, and start the copy.  AMI Copy can also be accessed via the EC2 Command Line Interface or EC2 API as described in the EC2 User’s Guide. Once the copy is complete, the new AMI can be used to launch new EC2 instances in the destination region.

    There are no additional charges for using AMI Copy, but you will be charged to transfer the AMI out of the source region and to store the copied AMI in the destination region.

    We recently launched Amazon EBS Snapshot Copy, which enables you to copy EBS Snapshots across AWS regions, and last month we significantly lowered the cost of transferring data between AWS Regions (by 26% to 83%). Together with AMI Copy we hope that these updates make it easier for you to take advantage of the AWS global footprint.

  • Amazon ElastiCache now in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, global expansion of M3 cache nodes, and price reduction in select regions

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2013

    We are excited to share three announcements today that give you more flexibility and lower costs when deploying Amazon ElastiCache, a fully managed, in-memory, Memcached-compatible caching service.

    1. Amazon ElastiCache availability in Sydney. Starting today, customers can use Amazon ElastiCache clusters for their scale-out caching needs in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region. Sydney joins Singapore and Tokyo as the third Region in Asia Pacific and as the ninth Region worldwide.
    2. Global expansion of enhanced (M3) cache nodes. The enhanced (M3) cache nodes, built on the next generation AWS infrastructure, are now available in all regions except AWS GovCloud.
    3. Reduced cache node pricing. We have reduced prices of M1 cache nodes in the US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), and South America (São Paulo) Regions. As a result, the m1.small cache node is now 19% cheaper in these regions. In addition, we reduced prices for M2, M3 and C1 cache nodes in the South America (São Paulo) region.

    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 existing Memcached-enabled applications should work with ElastiCache without any code changes.

    To learn more about the service, please see our recent presentation from the first AWS re:Invent Conference, and review the Getting Started Guide. You can launch a cache cluster with a few clicks using the AWS Management Console or a few simple API calls. For more information about the new cache node types and prices, please visit the Amazon ElastiCache page.

  • Announcing AWS Elastic Beanstalk for Node.js

    Posted On: Mar 11, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Node.js applications. Elastic Beanstalk already makes it easier to quickly deploy and manage Java, PHP, Python, Ruby, and .NET applications on AWS. Now, Elastic Beanstalk offers the same functionality for Node.js applications.

    Elastic Beanstalk for Node.js supports a wide number of configuration settings to help you customize the environment for your application. You can easily configure HTTP or TCP load balancing, configure the version and command to launch your Node.js application, and improve performance by offloading static content handling to Apache or Nginx.

    To get started using Elastic Beanstalk for Node.js, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide. Also check out the walkthroughs for how to deploy Express and Geddy applications on Elastic Beanstalk.

    Using Elastic Beanstalk, you can seamlessly integrate your application with Amazon RDS. You can also use configuration files to customize your Amazon EC2 instances or to provision additional AWS resources such as Amazon DynamoDB tables and Amazon ElastiCache clusters. To learn more about customizing your Elastic Beanstalk environment, visit the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

  • SAP Hana One Promo - $120 AWS Credit

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2013

    AWS customers who are new to SAP Hana One on the AWS Marketplace will receive $120 of AWS Promotion Credit if they use at least 10 hours of SAP Hana One between February 18 and March 31, 2013. Visit the SAP Hana One product page on Marketplace to learn more.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Reduces Prices

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2013

    We are excited to announce a reduction in Amazon DynamoDB pricing in all AWS regions. The price of indexed data storage has decreased by up to 75%. The price of provisioned throughput capacity has decreased by up to 35%.

    We have also introduced a new Reserved Capacity offering. Reserved Capacity pricing offers significant savings over the normal price of DynamoDB provisioned throughput capacity. When you buy Reserved Capacity, you pay a one-time upfront fee and commit to paying for a minimum usage level for the duration of the Reserved Capacity term. Using Reserved Capacity pricing, you can save up to 53% with a 1-year term and up to 76% with a 3-year term.

    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 Amazon ElastiCache

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2013

    We are excited to announce that starting March 2013, the AWS Free Usage Tier will include Amazon ElastiCache nodes. With this announcement, customers can gain hands-on-experience with Amazon ElastiCache at no-cost. Customers eligible for the AWS Free Usage tier can now use up to 750 hours per month of a t1.micro cache node.

    The expanded Free Usage Tier with Amazon ElastiCache t1.micro cache nodes is available today in all regions, except for Asia Pacific (Sydney) and AWS GovCloud. For more information about the AWS Free Usage Tier, please visit the AWS Free Usage Tier page. To get started using Amazon ElastiCache, visit the Amazon ElastiCache detail page.

  • Announcing New Lower Pricing for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2013

    We are excited to announce a reduction in reserved instance pricing for Amazon EC2 running Linux/UNIX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Linux/UNIX Reserved Instance prices will decrease by up to 27 % for Amazon EC2 for the Standard (M1), Second-Generation Standard (M3), High-Memory (M2), and High-CPU (C1) Instance families. New Reserved Instance prices will only apply to Reserved Instances purchases made on or after March 5th. Today’s price drop represents the 26th price drop for AWS, and we are delighted to continue to pass along savings to you as we innovate and drive down our costs.

    With the new pricing, Reserved Instances will provide savings of up to 65 % compared to On-Demand instances, and you will automatically receive additional savings on your future purchases of Reserved Instances in that AWS Region when you have more than $250,000 in active upfront Reserved Instances. We recommend that you take this opportunity to review your current usage and to determine if you would like to purchase additional Reserved Instances.

    To learn more, please visit the Amazon EC2 pricing page for the complete list of new lower prices and an overview of the volume discount program. For more details on optimizing your AWS costs, please visit the AWS Economics Center. And during the month of March you can take advantage of a free trial of AWS Trusted Advisor to generate a personalized report on how you can optimize your bill by taking advantage of the new, lower Reserved Instance prices.

  • Announcing point-and-click access to Amazon RDS database logs

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2013

    We are pleased to announce a significantly easier way for you to monitor a number of log files generated by your Amazon RDS DB Instances. You so far had the option to monitor most of these database logs by querying the database. You can now view database log files directly using the AWS Management Console or download them using Amazon RDS APIs to diagnose, trouble shoot and fix database configuration or performance issues. This functionality is available for all the database engines supported by Amazon RDS -- MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server.

    You have three different ways to access the log files using the AWS Management Console or Amazon RDS APIs:

    • View: You can view the content of a log file as of a point in time in the AWS Management Console. Just navigate to the "logs" section corresponding to your DB Instance, select the log file you are interested in and click "View".
    • Watch: You can obtain real time updates to log files directly using the AWS Management Console. Just navigate to the "logs" section corresponding to your DB Instance, select the log file you are interested in and click "Watch". You will then be able to see the last few lines of the log file and any ongoing updates being made by the database engine as they occur.
    • Download: You can use the rds-download-db-logfile command to download the content of your log files. Note that this functionality is not currently available through the AWS Management Console. Visit the Downloading a Database Log File section of the Amazon RDS User Guide to learn more.

    The type of log files available through this functionality by database engine are as follows:

    • MySQL: You can monitor MySQL Error Log, Slow Query Log and General Log directly through the AWS Management Console or Amazon RDS APIs. While the MySQL Error Log is generated by default, you need to configure DB Parameter Groups to enable the generation of Slow Query and General Logs to the file system. All these log files are rotated every hour and only the files corresponding to the last 24 hours are retained. Visit the Working with MySQL Database Log Files section of the User Guide to learn more.
    • Oracle: You can access Alert Log and Trace Files directly through the AWS Management Console or Amazon RDS APIs. These files are retained for seven days by default. You can configure the retention period as per your needs. Visit the Working with Oracle Database Log Files section of the User Guide to learn more.
    • SQL Server: You can access Error Log, Agent Log and Trace Files directly through the AWS Management Console or Amazon RDS APIs. These files are retained for seven days by default. You can configure the retention period as per your needs. Visit the Working with SQL Server Database Log Files section of the User Guide to learn more.
  • Amazon SQS and SNS Announce Lower Prices and Expanded Free Tiers - 50% price drop for SQS

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2013

    We have good news to share. Effective March 1, 2013, we are reducing prices and expanding the free tier for AWS messaging services – the Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Simple Notification Service (SNS).

    1. SQS API prices will decrease by 50% to $0.50 per million API requests.
    2. SNS API prices will decrease by 17% to $0.50 per million API requests.
    3. The SQS and SNS free tiers will each expand to 1 million free API requests per month, up 10X from 100K requests per month.

    Our customers constantly discover powerful new ways to build more scalable, elastic and reliable applications using SQS and SNS. We learned, for example, that some customers use SQS as a buffer ahead of their databases and other services. Other customers combine SNS + SQS to fanout/transmit identical messages to multiple queues.

    Over time, we've optimized our own systems in order to lower costs, and make SQS and SNS available for new customers and new workloads. Price cuts coupled with SQS features such as long polling (which reduces extraneous polling) and extensions to AmazonSQSAsyncClient (enables easier batching of outgoing messages, and also pre-fetching of incoming messages) give our customers a very cost-effective solution for their messaging needs. SQS can be even more cost effective for customers that use batching as SQS batches cost the same amount as single messages.

    We are happy to pass along these savings to you as we continue to innovate and drive down our costs. The expanded free tier and lower prices will be available in all regions except GovCloud.

    To learn more or get started with SQS and SNS, visit http://aws.amazon.com/sqs and http://aws.amazon.com/sns.

  • Amazon CloudSearch Now Available in Three Additional Regions Worldwide

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2013

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudSearch is now available in the the US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions. These new Regions join the US East (Northern Virginia) Region, and the recently added EU (Ireland) Region.

    Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed search service in the cloud that allows customers to easily integrate fast and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want to make searchable to Amazon CloudSearch, and the service then automatically provisions the technology resources required and deploys a highly tuned search index.

    Getting started with Amazon CloudSearch is easy with our free trial program. To learn more, see the Amazon CloudSearch Page.

  • Announcing AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server - Beta

    Posted On: Feb 26, 2013

    We are excited to announce the beta release of AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server. AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server is an easy to use tool that you can run on your EC2 Windows Server instances. It is a very valuable tool not just for collecting log files and troubleshooting issues, but also proactively identifying possible areas of concern.

    This tool can, for example, be used to diagnose configuration mismatch issues between the Windows Firewall and the Amazon EC2 security group that may affect your applications. It can even examine EBS boot volumes from other instances and collect relevant logs for troubleshooting Windows Server from the volume.

    The AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server is free for AWS Customer. You can learn more about it at http://aws.amazon.com/windows/awsdiagnostics/. Also note that this tool is in beta release and your feedback will be extremely useful in further improving this tool. You can give us feedback here.

  • Announcing New AWS CloudFormation Deployment Enhancements

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2013

    We are excited to announce new AWS CloudFormation deployment enhancements and expanded support for EBS-Optimized instances. AWS CloudFormation makes it easy for you to provision and configure a set of related resources, including installing and configuring software on your Amazon EC2 instances.

    Rolling Deployments for Auto Scaling Groups

    You can now define update policies on Auto Scaling groups in CloudFormation templates. These update policies describe how instances in the Auto Scaling group are replaced or modified as part of a stack update operation. Update policies give you control over the number of instances that can be modified concurrently, the number of instances that should remain in service, and the wait time between instances to be updated. With rolling deployments, you reduce downtime when updating your application.

    To learn more about update policies for Auto Scaling, see the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

    Cancel and Rollback Action for Stack Updates

    AWS CloudFormation now supports the ability to cancel a stack update. Using the cancel action, you can interrupt the stack update operation and trigger a rollback. The cancel action can be used in concert with update policies to automate the cancellation and rollback of a deployment. As you apply updates to your Auto Scaling group, you can validate your deployment and decide to cancel the operation.

    To learn more about the cancel action, visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

    EBS-Optimized Instances for Auto Scaling Groups

    Starting today, you can also provision EBS-optimized instances inside Auto Scaling groups using CloudFormation templates. EBS-optimized instances provide dedicated throughput to Amazon EBS and an optimized configuration stack to provide optimal EBS I/O performance.

    To learn more about how you can leverage EBS-optimized instances for Auto Scaling groups, visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

  • Announcing AWS OpsWorks

    Posted On: Feb 18, 2013

    We are excited to announce AWS OpsWorks, a new application management service for managing applications of any scale or complexity on the AWS cloud. OpsWorks features an integrated experience for managing the complete application lifecycle, including resource provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, software updates, monitoring, and access control.

    Three key attributes of OpsWorks are:

    Operational Control. OpsWorks promotes conventions and sane defaults, such as template security groups. It also supports the ability to customize any aspect of an application’s configuration. Developers can reproduce exact configurations on new instances and apply changes to all instances, ensuring consistency.

    Automation. OpsWorks uses automation to simplify operations. Users can leverage its event-driven configuration system and rich deployment tools to efficiently manage an application over its lifetime. OpsWorks supports customizable deployments, rollback, patch management, auto scaling, and auto healing. Application updates can be deployed by updating a single configuration and clicking a button, reducing the time spent on routine tasks.

    Flexibility. OpsWorks supports a wide variety of application architectures and any software with a scripted installation. Because OpsWorks uses the Chef framework, developers can use existing recipes or leverage hundreds of community-built configurations.

    A few clicks in the AWS Management Console are all it takes to get your first application running on AWS OpsWorks. You can learn more by visiting the AWS OpsWorks detail page or joining our Introduction to AWS OpsWorks webinar on March 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST.

  • Amazon Redshift Now Available to All Customers

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2013

    We are thrilled to announce the availability of Amazon Redshift, a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools.

    Amazon Redshift is optimized for analyzing data sets of several hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and can provide significantly better performance at less than one tenth the price of most data warehousing solutions available to you today. On-demand pricing starts at $0.85 per hour for a 2-terabyte data warehouse, scaling linearly to a petabyte or more. Reserved instance pricing lowers the effective price to $0.228 per hour or under $1,000 per terabyte per year. Amazon Redshift also frees you from all the muck associated with provisioning, monitoring, backing up, patching, securing, and scaling your data warehouse.

    Amazon Redshift is available in US East (N. Virginia) with additional regions coming soon. To learn more, visit the Amazon Redshift detail page.

  • Amazon RDS Reduces Price of Multi-AZ Deployments

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2013

    We have good news to share. Effective at the beginning of this month (February 1, 2013), Amazon RDS is lowering Multi-AZ deployment prices globally for MySQL and Oracle editions.

    Amazon RDS Multi-AZ deployments offer enhanced availability for your production database workloads. When a database is run as a Multi-AZ deployment, Amazon RDS operates a standby instance which maintains an up-to-date copy of the primary database. In case of an instance, storage, or network failure, Amazon RDS automatically initiates a failover from the primary to the standby. This ensures minimal database availability impact to your application.

    Today, many customers run production workloads on Amazon RDS as Multi-AZ deployments. However, we also know that there are many customers who‘ve wanted to run Amazon RDS Multi-AZ but haven’t been able to do so yet at the current price. So, we’re excited to lower our Amazon RDS Multi-AZ to make it even easier for customers to run production databases on Amazon RDS as Multi-AZ deployments.

    For your quick reference, new pricing for an M1.Small instance for On-demand MySQL and Oracle (BYOL) Multi-AZ deployments is shown in table 1 below.

    Table 1: Amazon RDS for MYSQL and Oracle BYOL On-Demand Multi-AZ Deployment Prices for M1.Small DB Instance

    Region Old Price New Price Savings
    US East (Northern Virginia) $0.180 $0.153 15%
    US West (Northern California) $0.230 $0.167 27%
    US West (Oregon) $0.180 $0.153 15%
    AWS GovCloud (US) $0.240 $0.187 22%
    Europe (Ireland) $0.230 $0.167 27%
    Asia Pacific (Singapore) $0.230 $0.196 15%
    Asia Pacific (Tokyo) $0.240 $0.204 15%
    Asia Pacific (Sydney) $0.230 $0.196 15%
    South America (Sao Paulo) $0.300 $0.204 32%

    To learn more about Amazon RDS Multi-AZ and our new prices, please visit Amazon RDS .

    Sincerely,
    The Amazon Relational Database Service Team

  • Announcing DNS Failover for Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: Feb 11, 2013

    We are excited to announce the release of DNS Failover for Route 53, Amazon’s Domain Name System (DNS) web service. With DNS Failover, Amazon Route 53 can help detect an outage of your website and redirect your end users to alternate locations where your application is operating properly. When you enable this feature, Route 53 health-checking agents will monitor each location (or "endpoint") of your application to determine its availability. In the event an endpoint fails, Route 53 will route traffic away from the failed endpoint and to other, healthy endpoints. This helps add redundancy to your applications and maintain high availability for your end users.

    You can take advantage of Amazon Route 53’s traffic management capabilities to improve the availability of your applications. For example, if you host your website on Amazon EC2, you can now leverage a simple backup site hosted on Amazon S3. You can also run your primary application simultaneously in multiple AWS regions around the world, with Route 53 automatically removing from service any region where your application is unavailable.

    Getting started is easy, and there are no upfront costs. See the Route 53 product page for full details and pricing.

    To get started with DNS Failover for Route 53, read Jeff Barr’s blog post, visit the Route 53 product page, or review our walkthrough in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports Tags for Amazon RDS and Amazon S3

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2013

    We are excited to announce that AWS CloudFormation now supports tags for Amazon RDS and Amazon S3 resources. AWS CloudFormation makes it easy for you to provision and configure a set of related resources. Tagged resources allow you to view your AWS usage based on your business dimensions (such as cost centers, application names, or owners). With cost allocation reports, you can also track your AWS costs by tag.

    CloudFormation automatically adds preset tags to your EC2, S3, and RDS resources. These preset tags contain the stack name and ID. Additionally, you can specify your custom tags at the stack level and have them propagate to all resources. Alternatively, you can specify tags for specific resources in your template, allowing you fine-grained control over what resources get tagged.

    To learn more about tagging resources in CloudFormation, visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

  • Amazon RDS Announces Support for DB Event Notifications via Email and SMS

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2013
    We are pleased to announce a new feature that enables you to receive email and SMS notifications when certain events occur with your Amazon RDS DB Instances, DB Parameter Groups, DB Security Groups, or DB Snapshots. For example, you can be notified when a restore from snapshot has been completed or when your multi-AZ DB Instance has initiated a failover. Currently over 40 events are supported and can be subscribed to via the new DB Event Subscription object found in the Amazon RDS Console, CLI, and API. Event notifications for Amazon RDS are available with all RDS-supported database engines (i.e. MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server). In addition, email notifications are supported in all AWS regions while SMS notifications are currently only supported in the US East region.

    For a complete list of supported events, as well as to learn more about DB Event Subscriptions, please refer to the events section of the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    For more information about using Amazon RDS, please visit our detail page, our documentation and our FAQs.
  • Price reduction for Amazon EC2, global expansion of M3 Standard Instances, and reduced data transfer pricing.

    Posted On: Jan 31, 2013

    We have a trio of announcements today that will help you run your applications globally at a reduced cost.

    1. Global Expansion of Second Generation Standard Instances
    Last year, we announced Second Generation Standard (M3) instances. M3 instances have the same CPU and memory ratio as First Generation Standard (M1) instances but provide more CPU capability, and the option of an instance type with 8 virtual cores. In this initial launch, M3 instances were only available in the Northern Virginia region, but now you can launch instances as On Demand, Reserved or Spot instances in the Oregon, Northern California, Ireland, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and GovCloud (US) regions as well. We will launch M3 instances in the São Paulo region in the coming weeks. For more on M3 instances, please visit the Amazon EC2 instance type page.

    2. Price reduction for Amazon EC2
    We are reducing Linux On Demand prices for First Generation Standard (M1) instances, Second Generation Standard (M3) instances, High Memory (M2) instances and High CPU (C1) instances in all regions. All prices are effective from February 1, 2013. These reductions vary by instance type and region, but typically average 10-20% price drops . For complete pricing details, please visit the Amazon EC2 pricing page.

    3. Reduced Data Transfer Pricing
    We are reducing prices for data transfer between AWS locations. Our new lower pricing applies to data transfer between all 9 global AWS regions, and from AWS regions to all global CloudFront edge locations. Previously, we have charged normal internet bandwidth prices for data transfer, but are now lowering these charges significantly -- allowing you to even more cost effectively move data between regions for serving customers in local geographies, for disaster recovery, and for many other use cases. The new prices are effective February 1, 2013, and you don’t need to do anything to take advantage of these new prices. To learn more, please visit the Amazon S3 pricing page.

  • Amazon Simple Workflow in Seven Additional Regions and Extends IAM Support

    Posted On: Jan 30, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF) is now available in seven additional AWS regions. In addition, you can also now use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to control permissions to SWF domains and APIs.

    With domain-level permissions, you can control access to individual SWF domains you’ve defined such as development, QA, and production regions. For example, if you have an operations team that uses a web-based app to interact with automated workflows, you can now control which employees can view workflows and limit which employees may stop, start, or interrupt them. With API permissions you can control access to individual APIs within those domains. If your organization has workflows that operate on sensitive information, you can enforce a policy that makes sure only automated processes with the appropriate permissions can execute these workflows.

    With the addition of seven new regions, you can help reduce latency and improve your applications’ performance by choosing to run Amazon SWF workflows in the AWS region that is closest to your users and processes. To learn more about all AWS offerings and locations, visit the AWS Global Infrastructure page.

    To learn more about SWF, visit the the SWF page. To learn more about extended IAM functionality with SWF please read Jeff Barr's blog for an overview and our Developer Guide for details. To learn ore about IAM, visit the the IAM page.

  • Announcing Amazon Elastic Transcoder

    Posted On: Jan 28, 2013

    Amazon Web Services is excited to announce the beta release of Amazon Elastic Transcoder, a new AWS service that makes it easy to convert video between different digital media formats in the cloud. Amazon Elastic Transcoder is designed to transcode videos from popular formats that are stored in Amazon S3 into versions that will work on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs. Amazon Elastic Transcoder provides you an easy, cost effective way to get high quality video on an increasing array of devices without having to become an expert in video or using expensive software.

    As with all Amazon Web Services, you pay only for what you use, and there are no up-front expenses or long-term commitments.

    We built Amazon Elastic Transcoder to be:

    • Easy-to-use – Amazon Elastic Transcoder is designed to be very simple to use. You can easily get started by using the AWS Management Console or the API. System transcoding presets make it easy to get transcoding settings right the first time for popular devices and formats.
    • Low cost – Amazon Elastic Transcoder has easy to understand pricing: you pay according to the duration of your video. Prices start at just $0.015/minute for Standard Definition content, and $0.030/minute for High Definition content with no minimums or monthly commitments. Plus, you can use Amazon Elastic Transcoder as part of AWS' free usage tier that lets you transcode up to 20 minutes of SD video or 10 minutes of HD video a month free of charge. To see terms and additional information, please visit the AWS Free Usage Tier page.
    • Highly scalable – Amazon Elastic Transcoder scales to meet your growing and often unpredictable video transcoding requirements.
    • Secure – You store your content in your own Amazon S3 buckets so you only give us access to what you want to transcode. Amazon Elastic Transcoder also makes use of AWS security best practices.

    You can get started at aws.amazon.com/elastictranscoder with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

    You can learn more by visiting the Amazon Elastic Transcoder detail page or joining our Introduction to Amazon Elastic Transcoder webinar on February 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST.

  • Announcing High Memory Cluster Instances for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Jan 21, 2013

    We are excited to announce the immediate availability of High Memory Cluster Eight Extra Large (cr1.8xlarge) instances for Amazon EC2. This new Amazon EC2 instance type is ideal for applications that benefit from a high level of memory capacity, computational power and network bandwidth. High Memory Cluster instances provide customers with 2 Intel Xeon E5-2670 8-core processors, 244 GiB of RAM, 240 GB of SSD-based instance storage, and high bandwidth networking with support for cluster placement groups. Customers can use these instances for a variety of memory-intensive applications including in-memory databases and analytics, graph and stream processing, engineering design, and scientific computing.

    High Memory Cluster instances are currently available in three availability zones in the US East (N. Virginia) region. Support for other regions is planned for the coming months. You can learn more about the specifications and capabilities of High Storage instances for Amazon EC2 by visiting the Amazon EC2 instance type page. Detailed pricing information is available on the EC2 pricing page.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Announces Gateway for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Jan 15, 2013

    In October, we launched Gateway-Cached volumes for AWS Storage Gateway. This capability provides you with the ability to store your application’s primary data in Amazon S3 while retaining frequently accessed data on-premises in the form of a Gateway-Cached volume. We’re excited to announce that AWS Storage Gateway for EC2 is now in the AWS Marketplace.

    This gives you a cloud-hosted solution that can mirror your entire production environment in case your on-premises infrastructure goes down or if you choose to add additional on-demand compute capacity. You can now make an EBS snapshot copy of a Gateway-Cached volume available to an EC2 instance of your on-premise application using AWS Storage Gateway in EC2. Using Amazon EC2, you can configure virtual machine images of your application servers in AWS. When you have a DR scenario or you need additional compute capacity, you can launch your application EC2 instances and an AWS Storage Gateway in EC2. You can then restore a snapshot from your on-premises Gateway-Cached volume to a new volume for your AWS Storage Gateway in EC2, connect your EC2 application instances to your restored volume through iSCSI, and your DR or on-demand environment is up and running. You only pay for these servers when you need them, so you can have your DR or on-demand environment at the ready without having to pay for capacity when it’s not in use.

    Learn more and get started by visiting the AWS Storage Gateway User Guide.

  • Amazon RDS Now Provides the Ability to Rename Database Instances

    Posted On: Jan 14, 2013
    We are pleased to announce a new feature that enables you to rename an existing database instance. You can now change the name and endpoint of your existing DB Instances via the AWS Management Console, Amazon RDS API, or the Amazon RDS command line toolkit. DB instance renaming feature is available with all RDS-supported database engines (i.e. MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server) and in all AWS regions.

    You can use this feature for a number of use cases:
    • Assume the name and endpoint of an existing DB Instance: Amazon RDS provides multiple options for data recovery include Point in Time Recovery, Read Replica Promotion, and Restore from DB Snapshot. With the ability to “Rename”, you can now have these “new” DB Instances assume the identity of an existing DB Instance, thus allowing you to avoid updating your applications with a new endpoint.
    • Create a new name and endpoint for an existing DB Instance: As your applications grow on Amazon RDS, the role of your DB Instances may evolve. “Rename” functionality will allow you to keep the names of your DB Instances in sync with the new roles your instances may take on.
    Please refer to the DB Instance section of the Amazon RDS User Guide to learn more.

    For more information about using Amazon RDS, please visit our detail page, our documentation and our FAQs.
  • Amazon SNS Announces Support for 64KB Payloads

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2013

    We're pleased to announce support for 64KB payloads in SNS. Previously, SNS notifications were capped at 32KB. Customers tell us larger payloads will enable new use cases that were previously difficult to accomplish. When subscribing SQS queues to SNS topics, customers can now take advantage of the full 64kb payloads that SQS allows.

    64KB SNS payloads are available today in all regions.

    Getting started with Amazon SNS and Amazon SQS is easy with our free tiers of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon SNS page and the Amazon SQS page.

  • Use Amazon CloudWatch to Detect and Shut Down Unused Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Jan 8, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that starting today you can use Amazon CloudWatch alarms to detect and shut down unused Amazon EC2 instances automatically. Whether you are an individual developer who uses an Amazon EC2 instance for occasional projects, or an IT professional who manages many Amazon EC2 instances for multiple developers, you can now use Amazon CloudWatch to avoid accumulating unnecessary usage charges.

    Stop or Terminate EC2 Instances That are Unused or Underutilized

    Amazon CloudWatch collects monitoring data for your AWS resources and applications. Amazon CloudWatch alarms help you react quickly to issues by emailing a notification to you or executing automated tasks when data values reach a threshold you set. Starting today, you can also set alarms that automatically stop or terminate Amazon EC2 instances that have gone unused or underutilized for too long. For example, a student who wants to stay within the AWS Free Usage Tier can set an alarm that automatically stops an instance once it has been left idle for an hour. Or, if you are a corporate IT administrator, you can create a group of alarms that first sends an email notification to developers whose instances have been underutilized for 8 hours, then terminates an instance and emails both of you if utilization doesn't improve after 24 hours.

    Get Started Using Automated Shutdown Alarms Today

    It's easy to set Amazon CloudWatch alarms that detect and shut down idle Amazon EC2 instances. To get started, first visit Amazon EC2 in the AWS Management Console, select an instance, and click the 'Create Alarm' button in the Monitoring tab that appears in the lower panel. Then, enter an email address to notify, choose 'Stop' or 'Terminate', set a utilization threshold that suits your needs, and you're done. If the threshold is ever reached, Amazon CloudWatch will shut down the instance and email you a notification.

    You can also set these alarms using the Amazon CloudWatch console, AWS SDKs, Amazon CloudWatch API, and command-line interface. For more information, visit Create Alarms That Stop or Terminate an Instance in the Amazon CloudWatch Developer Guide.

  • AWS Management Console Announces Tablet and Mobile Support

    Posted On: Jan 4, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the AWS Management Console now supports tablet devices. The Management Console lets you access and manage Amazon Web Services through a simple and intuitive web-based user interface. You can access the Management Console using your tablet’s web browser to view some of the changes we’re making that put your information front and center, such as full-screen wizards and tables, and a new monitoring view. To learn more about our tablet changes, please see our What's New guide or visit the Management Console.

    We are also pleased to announce the availability of the AWS Management Console app for Android phones. You can use this companion mobile app to quickly and easily view and manage your existing EC2 instances and CloudWatch alarms from your phone. To learn more or download the app, please visit our mobile detail page.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Announces Auto Discovery Client For PHP

    Posted On: Jan 2, 2013

    We are pleased to announce the availability of the Amazon ElastiCache Cluster Client for PHP. This Client supports Auto Discovery, a novel way to connect to your Amazon ElastiCache cluster. Auto Discovery enables automatic discovery of cache nodes by clients when the nodes are added to or removed from an ElastiCache cluster.

    As before, Amazon ElastiCache remains protocol-compliant with Memcached, a widely adopted memory object caching system, so code, applications, and popular tools that you use today with existing Memcached environments will continue to work seamlessly with Auto Discovery.

    To get started you will need the Amazon ElastiCache Cluster Client which is now available for both Java and PHP and can be downloaded from the Amazon ElastiCache Console.