• Amazon Glacier is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Dec 30, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Glacier is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

  • Resource APIs for AWS SDK for .NET (Developer Preview)

    Posted On: Dec 30, 2014

    The new Resource APIs for AWS SDK for .NET introduce a more intuitive and object-oriented way of working with AWS services for .NET developers. Instead of the traditional request-response coding pattern, Resource APIs represent AWS resources as .NET objects with methods that map to API actions and attributes that are automatically loaded from the service upon first-time access. Also, Resource APIs abstract out pagination in "List*" operations and allow you do easily iterate over large resource sets.

    Here's a bit of sample code to demonstrate these features:

  • Amazon SQS Client Libraries for Java Messaging Service Now Available

    Posted On: Dec 29, 2014

    You can now send messages to an Amazon SQS queue from applications that use Java Messaging Service (JMS). This makes it easier to use JMS for exchanging messages between applications, by simply choosing an Amazon SQS queue as the JMS provider in your client application – without the need to deploy and manage a separate JMS provider or to write additional code. You can send as many or as few messages as applications need, and pay only for what you use.

  • Lean and Flexible Configuration with Dynamic Fields

    Posted On: Dec 22, 2014

    We are excited to announce a new feature, dynamic fields, which adds increased flexibility to search document indexing.

  • AWS Console Mobile App Adds Support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2014

    The AWS Console mobile app now supports AWS Elastic Beanstalk, enabling customers to view and manage Elastic Beanstalk application environments from a mobile device. Download the app now from Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and iTunes.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) regions

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2014

    We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) regions.

  • Easily Get Started with Auto Scaling from the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2014

    It is now even easier to get started with Auto Scaling for your Amazon EC2 instances. Auto Scaling helps you maintain application availability and allows you to scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down automatically according to conditions you define. You can use Auto Scaling to help ensure that you are running the number of Amazon EC2 instances you need. Auto Scaling can also automatically increase the number of instances during demand spikes to maintain performance and decrease capacity during lulls to help reduce costs.

  • Introducing Amazon Mobile Analytics Auto Export

    Posted On: Dec 17, 2014

    You can now use the Amazon Mobile Analytics Auto Export feature to set up automatic export of your app data to Amazon S3. You can use this exported data with analytics tools such as Amazon Redshift, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) software, or your own data warehouse.

    To learn more, visit our webpage or check out our documentation.

  • AWS CodeDeploy supports AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Dec 17, 2014

    AWS CodeDeploy now supports AWS CloudTrail, a web service that records AWS API calls for your account and delivers log files to you. AWS CloudTrail logs can now include details for your AWS CodeDeploy API calls including identity of the API caller, the time of the API call, the source IP address of the API caller, the request parameters, and the response elements. For more information about logging AWS CodeDeploy API calls with AWS CloudTrail, please see the documentation for this feature.

  • Assign Priority Levels to Tasks in Amazon SWF Workflows

    Posted On: Dec 17, 2014

    You can now assign priority levels to Amazon Simple Workflow Service (SWF) workflows and activities, giving you more control over the order in which work is completed. Since SWF workflows automatically dispatch higher priority activities ahead of lower priority activities, you can design your workflows to execute in the order and at the speed that suits your application. For example, if your product catalog application has higher performance requirements for processing price or availability updates on more commonly viewed items, you can set priority to handle those tasks ahead of processing new product images or adding color/size options.

  • AWS Mobile SDK for Unity Developer Preview Now Available

    Posted On: Dec 17, 2014

    The AWS Mobile SDK for Unity is now available in Developer Preview. The AWS Mobile SDK for Unity makes it easier for you to take advantage of AWS services for your games built in Unity. Specifically, the AWS Mobile SDK for Unity supports Amazon DynamoDB for NoSQL database, Amazon S3 for cloud storage, and Amazon Cognito for user identity management and data synchronization. The AWS Mobile SDK for Unity is compatible with Unity 4.0 and onwards, and supports both the Free and Unity Pro versions. To learn more, read our blog.

    Please help us improve the SDK and post your questions and suggestions.

  • AWS Management Console announces Resource Groups and Tag Editor

    Posted On: Dec 17, 2014

    We’re excited to announce two new features in the AWS Management Console: Resource Groups and Tag Editor. Use these features today to easily find and organize resources.

    With Resource Groups, you can easily view and access a collection of resources that share common tags. Quickly navigate to each saved resource group using the new “AWS” menu. Streamline your use of the console by creating a resource group for each application, service, or collection of related resources that you work with regularly. Resource Groups are specific to each identity, so each user in an account can create unique resource groups for frequently accessed resources and common tasks. Users can also generate a URL to share a resource group’s settings with others in the same account.

  • Amazon CloudFront Now Allows Directory Path as Origin Name

    Posted On: Dec 16, 2014

    When you specify the origin for a CloudFront distribution - the Amazon S3 bucket or the custom origin where you store the original version of content - you can now specify a directory path in addition to a domain name. This makes it easier for you to deliver different types of content via CloudFront without changing your origin infrastructure.

  • AWS CloudTrail is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region

    Posted On: Dec 16, 2014

    AWS CloudTrail is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. By turning on CloudTrail, you gain increased visibility into API calls made on your AWS account. CloudTrail records API calls made on your AWS account and delivers log files to an Amazon S3 bucket you specify. The log files generated by CloudTrail enable you to perform operational troubleshooting, security incident analysis, track changes to AWS resources and makes it easier to ensure compliance with internal policies and regulatory standards. For more details, see the AWS compliance white paper, Security at Scale: Logging in AWS.

  • AWS Storage Gateway API calls are now available in AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Dec 16, 2014

    We are pleased to announce AWS Storage Gateway is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail is a service that records AWS API calls for your account and delivers log files to you. With CloudTrail, you can get a history of AWS API calls for your account, including API calls made via the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, command line tools, and higher-level AWS services (such as AWS CloudFormation). The AWS API call history produced by CloudTrail enables security analysis, resource change tracking, and compliance auditing.

  • VM Import for Amazon EC2 is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region

    Posted On: Dec 15, 2014

    VM Import enables you to easily import virtual machine images from your existing environment to Amazon EC2 instances. VM Import allows you to leverage your existing investments in the virtual machines that you have built to meet your IT security, configuration management, and compliance requirements by seamlessly bringing those virtual machines into Amazon EC2 as ready-to-use instances. This offering is available at no additional charge beyond standard usage charges for Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3.

  • AWS OpsWorks supports custom shutdown timeouts and Elastic Load Balancing connection draining

    Posted On: Dec 15, 2014

    You can now set custom shutdown timeout values with AWS OpsWorks. Previously, OpsWorks would wait 90 seconds for shutdown recipes to run after a stop instance command was issued. Now, you can configure the timeout value to match the execution time of your recipes.

  • New Amazon CloudFront Reports: Locations, Browsers, OS and Top Referrers

    Posted On: Dec 16, 2014

    You can now learn more about the end users who access the content that Amazon CloudFront is delivering for you by using four new reports.

  • Introducing Data Retrieval Policies and Audit Logging for Amazon Glacier

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2014

    Data retrieval policies is a new Amazon Glacier feature that allows you to easily set data retrieval limits and simplify data retrieval cost management. Amazon Glacier provides a free retrieval tier of 5% of your monthly storage (pro-rated daily) and charges for retrievals that exceed the free tier based on how quickly you retrieve data. Previously, if you wanted to set retrieval limits you needed to develop code to manage your data retrieval costs.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Now Supports Pass-Through Metadata for Jobs

    Posted On: Dec 10, 2014

    You now have the option to attach up to 10 custom metadata key-value pairs to your Elastic Transcoder jobs. This metadata will be included in the job notifications and when reading the job via the API or console. This custom metadata helps map your jobs to identifiers used by your internal CMS, so you can manage jobs or efficiently resume workflows upon a transcoding job completion. To learn more, please see our documentation.

  • Earth Science on AWS with new CGIAR and Landsat Public Data Sets

    Posted On: Dec 9, 2014

    To support the growing number of Earth science researchers on AWS, we are adding two new members to the collection of Public Data Sets on AWS: CGIAR Global Circulation Models (GCM) data and imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite.

  • Amazon Zocalo available in Sydney

    Posted On: Dec 9, 2014

    Amazon Zocalo is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region, making it easier for users in the southern hemisphere to access their files. Because administrators can choose the AWS Region in which to use Amazon Zocalo, this additional location will reduce latency for many users, and provide more flexibility in complying with regulatory requirements that govern where data must be stored.

    Amazon Zocalo is now available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions. Users can access Amazon Zocalo from anywhere in the world regardless of which AWS Region is chosen by the administrator.

  • Update to AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 is Now Available

    Posted On: Dec 9, 2014

    Version 2 of the AWS Management Pack for SCOM 2007 is designed to reliably handle more workflows. You can view and monitor your AWS resources directly in the System Center Operations Manager console whether on-premises or in the AWS Cloud.

  • AWS OpsWorks Supports Existing Amazon EC2 Instances and On-Premises Servers

    Posted On: Dec 8, 2014

    You can now use AWS OpsWorks with existing EC2 instances and on-premises servers. OpsWorks is a service that helps you automate operational tasks like code deployment, software configurations, package installations, database setups, and server scaling using Chef. OpsWorks gives you the flexibility to define your application architecture and resource configuration and handles the provisioning and management of your AWS resources for you. Click here to learn more about OpsWorks.

    Previously, you could only deploy and operate applications on EC2 instances created by OpsWorks. Now, you can use OpsWorks to deploy, manage, and scale your application on any server such as existing EC2 instances or servers running in your own data center (your servers will need to be able to connect to AWS public endpoints).

    OpsWorks costs $0.02 per hour for each on-premises server on which you install the agent, and it is available at no additional charge for EC2 instances. Click here to learn more about our pricing.

    You can learn more about this new feature by visiting our blog.

  • Delete All Messages in an Amazon SQS Queue

    Posted On: Dec 8, 2014

    Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a fast, reliable, scalable, fully managed message queuing service. You can use SQS to transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available.

  • Introducing the Identity and Access Management (IAM) GetAccountAuthorizationDetails API

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2014

    We are excited to announce an easier way for you to export your AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) settings. You can now programmatically retrieve a snapshot of all your IAM entities (users, groups, and roles) with a single API call.

  • Announcing New Price Reductions for AWS Data Transfer and Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Dec 4, 2014

    We are excited to announce that effective December 1st, we have reduced the price for three types of AWS data transfer.

  • New PutRecords API in Amazon Kinesis to Enable Batch Data Records Input

    Posted On: Dec 4, 2014

    Amazon Kinesis is a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. Amazon Kinesis can continuously capture and store terabytes of data per hour from hundreds of thousands of sources.

  • Amazon EC2: Announcing New and Simplified Reserved Instance Payment Options

    Posted On: Dec 2, 2014

    Today, we are simplifying our RI model by consolidating Reserved Instances (RIs) into one RI type while introducing two new payment options.

  • AWS Data Pipeline support for templates

    Posted On: Nov 26, 2014

    You can now create a pipeline from the AWS Management Console by selecting one of 13 sample templates. Using a template makes it easy for you to configure and activate a pipeline by providing relevant parameters. For example, you can select a template that loads AWS detailed billing report into Amazon Redshift, provide values for parameters such as an Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket, the name of an Amazon Redshift table, etc., to create a pipeline. Other sample templates you can choose from include uses cases such as Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) to Amazon Redshift, loading data into Amazon RDS for MySQL and running Amazon Elastic MapReduce jobs. To learn more click here.

    You can also build your own templates and use them to create pipelines with the AWS Command Line Interface. To learn more about building your own templates click here.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Now Supports Media File Encryption

    Posted On: Nov 24, 2014

    You can now exchange encrypted media files with Amazon Elastic Transcoder. This enables you to use encrypted mezzanine files as input to Amazon Elastic Transcoder, or protect your transcoded files by letting the service encrypt the output. Supported options range from fully managed integration with Amazon S3's Server-Side Encryption, to keys that you manage on your own and protect using the new AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Furthermore, encryption support is not limited to your video files. You can protect thumbnails, captions, and even watermarks.

    Using server-side encryption is as simple as setting the encryption mode when submitting a transcoding job. You may choose either S3-Managed keys or KMS-Managed keys. If you prefer to retain the keys yourself, you simply choose an encryption mode and pass KMS-protected copies of your keys.

    There are no additional Elastic Transcoder charges for using these new encryption options. Standard AWS Key Management Service fees apply.

    To learn more, please see our documentation.

  • Announcing the AWS Partner Network (APN) Blog

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2014

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) Blog will serve as a central source for information of interest to current and prospective APN Partners.

    Follow the APN Blog to read about APN and AWS launches of interest to APN Partners, APN Partner highlights, and content releases on the APN Portal.

    To learn more, visit the APN Blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/

  • Amazon AppStream: Now stream your existing application as-is

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2014

    Amazon AppStream offers a new interactive deployment flow that enables you to deploy your existing Windows applications and stream them from the cloud, without requiring any code modifications. This interactive workflow saves you time and makes it easy to deliver your application to more users on more devices.

  • Amazon Zocalo supports 5TB files and makes phone apps available

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2014

    You can now use the Amazon Zocalo Sync client to store and share files up to 5TB. The speed of uploads and downloads has been improved, and they will resume if there is an interruption in the connection.

  • Amazon CloudSearch lowers prices across all regions and instance types

    Posted On: Nov 19, 2014

    We are lowering prices for Amazon CloudSearch by up to 50% (depending on instance type). The price reductions apply to all AWS Regions where Amazon CloudSearch is available and will be retroactively applied for usage beginning on November 1, 2014. For example, in the US East Region, the price of a small search instance was reduced to $0.059 per hour, and the price of a large search instance was reduced to $0.236 per hour. The full list of new prices can be found on the Amazon CloudSearch Pricing page.

  • Support for new instance types and price reduction for MapR distribution in Amazon EMR

    Posted On: Nov 19, 2014

    We have added support for the latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families (M3, C3, R3, I2, and G2) for the Community (M3), Enterprise (M5), and Enterprise Database (M7) editions of the MapR Distribution in Amazon EMR.

  • AWS IP Ranges Are Now Available in JSON Format

    Posted On: Nov 19, 2014

    We are now publishing our current IP address ranges in JSON format to help you manage network access controls and support other use cases. To view the current ranges, download the .json file using the download link ( ip-ranges.json ) . If you access this file programmatically, please make sure to ensure that the application downloads the file only after successfully verifying the TLS certificate presented by the server.

    For more information, please read the blog, or visit the AWS IP Address Ranges documentation.

  • Amazon Redshift is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2014

    We are delighted to announce that Amazon Redshift is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

  • Introducing AWS Lambda

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2014

    AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you, making it easy to build applications that respond quickly to new information. AWS Lambda starts running your code within milliseconds of an event such as an image upload, in-app activity, website click, or output from a connected device. You can also use AWS Lambda to create new back-end services where compute resources are automatically triggered based on custom requests. With AWS Lambda you pay only for the requests served and the compute time required to run your code. Billing is metered in increments of 100 milliseconds, making it cost-effective and easy to scale automatically from a few requests per day to thousands per second.

  • Event Notification Feature in Amazon S3

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2014

    Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), provides developers and IT teams with secure, durable, highly-scalable object storage.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 Container Service

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2014

    Amazon EC2 Container Service is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles. You can use EC2 Container Service to schedule the placement of containers across your cluster based on your resource needs, isolation policies, and availability requirements. Amazon EC2 Container Service eliminates the need for you to operate your own cluster management and configuration management systems or worry about scaling your management infrastructure.

  • Introducing AWS Config

    Posted On: Nov 12, 2014

    AWS Config is a fully managed service that provides you with an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance. With AWS Config you can discover existing AWS resources, export a complete inventory of your AWS resources with all configuration details, and determine how a resource was configured at any point in time. These capabilities enable compliance auditing, security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting.

  • Introducing AWS Key Management Service

    Posted On: Nov 12, 2014

    AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data, and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys. AWS Key Management Service is integrated with other AWS services including Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, and Amazon Redshift. AWS Key Management Service is also integrated with AWS CloudTrail to provide you with logs of all key usage to help meet your regulatory and compliance needs.

  • Introducing Amazon RDS for Aurora

    Posted On: Nov 12, 2014

    Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora provides up to five times better performance than MySQL at a price point one tenth that of a commercial database while delivering similar performance and availability. Amazon Aurora joins MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL as the fifth database engine available to customers through Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS handles routine database tasks such as provisioning, patching, backup, recovery, failure detection, and repair.

  • Introducing AWS CodeDeploy

    Posted On: Nov 12, 2014

    AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications. You can use AWS CodeDeploy to automate deployments, eliminating the need for error-prone manual operations, and the service scales with your infrastructure so you can easily deploy to one EC2 instance or thousands.

  • New AWS TCO and Cloud Economics Accreditation for APN Partners

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2014

    AWS Training and Certification has released AWS TCO and Cloud Economics, a new web-based training course designed help APN Partners gain foundational level knowledge of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) concept and the economics of data centers as it relates to AWS. This course helps enable learners to use the AWS TCO Calculator to understand the value of AWS and to explain the benefits of AWS IT solutions based on TCO. It is intended for individuals who have completed AWS Business Professional or AWS Technical Professional. Accreditation can be earned by completing the series of e-learning modules and assessments. This training is available at no cost to APN Partners via the APN Portal. Click here for more information about Partner Training.

  • Introducing DynamoDB Streams

    Posted On: Nov 10, 2014

    DynamoDB Streams provides a time ordered sequence of item level changes in any DynamoDB table. The changes are de-duplicated and stored for 24 hours. This capability enables you to extend the power of DynamoDB with cross-region replication, continuous analytics with Redshift integration, change notifications, and many other scenarios.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports Read Replicas, PostgreSQL 9.3.5, Data Migration enhancements, and Three New Extensions

    Posted On: Nov 10, 2014

    Read Replicas
    This replication feature makes it easy to elastically scale out beyond the capacity constraints of a single DB Instance for read-heavy database workloads. You can create multiple replicas of a PostgreSQL database instance within an AWS Region and distribute high-volume application read traffic across them, thereby increasing aggregate read throughput. To add a Read Replica to a PostgreSQL instance, use the "Add Read Replica" option in the AWS Management Console.

  • AWS Direct Connect location in Las Vegas NV

    Posted On: Nov 10, 2014

    We are thrilled to announce a new AWS Direct Connect location in Las Vegas NV as the Switch SUPERNAP facility. This is the second Direct Connect location supporting our US (Oregon) region, and brings the total number of locations to 14. If you have your own equipment running at Switch SUPERNAP, you can use Direct Connect to optimize the connection to AWS. If your equipment is located somewhere else, you can work with one of our APN Partners supporting Direct Connect to establish a connection from your location to a Direct Connection location, and from there on to AWS.

  • Announcing AWS CloudTrail integration with Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Nov 10, 2014

    We are excited to announce the integration of AWS CloudTrail with Amazon CloudWatch Logs. Now you can receive SNS notifications from CloudWatch about specific API activity captured by CloudTrail, such as when Security Groups or Network ACLs are created, updated, or deleted.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports HUE - an interactive query editor and file browser

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2014

    Amazon EMR now supports HUE, an open source user interface for Hadoop that makes it easier to run and develop Hive queries, manage files in HDFS, run and develop Pig scripts, and manage tables. HUE on Amazon EMR also integrates with Amazon S3, so you can query directly against Amazon S3 and easily transfer files between HDFS and Amazon S3.

  • New AWS Certification Available for DevOps Engineers

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2014

    AWS Training and Certification announces a new certification for the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional. This certification helps IT professionals validate their skills in the DevOps area and allows employers to identify qualified candidates to lead DevOps initiatives. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional is the next step in the path for AWS Certified Developers and SysOps Administrators. This exam validates technical expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform. It is intended to identify individuals who are capable of implementing and managing systems which are highly available, scalable, and self-healing on the AWS platform. To be eligible for this exam, you must already be certified as an AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate. The beta exam will be available Monday, November 10 – Friday, November 14 at AWS re:Invent 2014, and then available globally through mid-December. To find out more about this exam and find resources to help you prepare, visit AWS Certification.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Introduces Value Bundle

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2014

    Today we are refreshing the available hardware and software options for Amazon WorkSpaces.

  • Latest Amazon Cognito Features

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2014

    Over the past few weeks we introduced 5 new features in Amazon Cognito. We can now support your own user database and all OpenID Connect compatible providers. Also, push synchronization helps you keep data on end-user devices in sync by sending silent push notifications whenever a dataset in the cloud is modified. We are also excited to announce the availability of Amazon Cognito in the EU West 1 region and the developer preview of a new JavaScript SDK.

  • Build applications that read and process CloudTrail log files using CloudTrail Processing Library

    Posted On: Nov 5, 2014

    AWS CloudTrail Processing Library is a Java library that makes it easy to build an application that reads and processes CloudTrail log files.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Java 8 Tomcat 8

    Posted On: Nov 5, 2014

    Java 8 Tomcat 8 is now available on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Elastic Beanstalk already makes it easier to quickly deploy, manage and scale Java, Docker, Node.js, Python, PHP, .NET, and Ruby applications on AWS. Now, Elastic Beanstalk offers the same functionality for Java 8 Tomcat 8 applications. For a complete list of supported platforms, see Supported Platforms.

    For more information on AWS Elastic Beanstalk:

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Python 3.4, Java 7 GlassFish 4.0, and Java 8 GlassFish 4.1

    Posted On: Nov 5, 2014

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Python 3.4, Java 7 GlassFish 4.0, and Java 8 GlassFish 4.1. You can now deploy your applications relying on these languages/frameworks on Elastic Beanstalk using the AWS Management Console and the new EB CLI v3 we launched last week.

  • Amazon Route 53 Now Supports Private DNS With Amazon VPC

    Posted On: Nov 5, 2014

    You can now use Amazon Route 53, AWS's highly available and scalable DNS service, to easily manage your internal domain names with the same simplicity, security, and cost effectiveness that Route 53 already provides for external DNS names. You can use the Route 53 Private DNS feature to manage authoritative DNS within your Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), so you can use custom domain names for your internal AWS resources without exposing DNS data to the public Internet.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Health Check Failure Reasons and Reusable Delegation Sets

    Posted On: Nov 5, 2014

    We are excited to announce the release of health check failure reasons and reusable delegation sets for Amazon Route 53, AWS’s highly available and scalable DNS service.

  • Amazon Redshift adds Four New Features and Sixteen New SQL Commands and Functions

    Posted On: Nov 4, 2014
    Amazon Redshift has added a number of features this week and over the past month, including the ability to tag resources and cancel queries from the console, enhancements to data load and unload, and sixteen new SQL commands and functions. Amazon Redshift is a fast, easy-to-use, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that costs as little as $1,000/TB/Year. To get started for free with Amazon Redshift and partner tools, please see our Free Trial page.
  • Amazon SWF Workflow Replayer now available in the AWS Flow Framework for Ruby

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2014

    You can now debug workflow executions using the AWS Flow Framework for Ruby using the new WorkflowReplayer class, which allows you to replay the history of past workflow executions and step through your workflow code in a debugger.

  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now available for Amazon Zocalo

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2014

    Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now available for Amazon Zocalo. MFA can provide an additional layer of security during the authentication process. Users validate their identity by providing something they know (e.g. password), as well as something they have (e.g. hardware or software generated one-time password.)

  • AWS Storage Gateway support for Veeam and Microsoft backup applications

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2014

    AWS Storage Gateway now supports backup applications from Veeam and Microsoft, in addition to updated versions from Symantec. You can use these to backup and archive with a Storage Gateway Virtual Tape Library (VTL) to the scalable, cost-effective, and secure Amazon S3 and Glacier storage.

  • AWS Support Center now available in the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2014

    AWS Support Center is the hub for managing your Support cases. The newly designed Support Center is moving to the AWS Management Console, providing both federated access support and an improved case management experience. The new Support Center location is https://console.aws.amazon.com/support.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk 2014.09 Amazon Linux AMI Support

    Posted On: Oct 30, 2014

    You can now use the 2014.09 Amazon Linux AMI with AWS Elastic Beanstalk across all our supported platforms. For more information on the new features in the 2014.09 Amazon Linux AMI, please see our release notes. We encourage you to migrate to these updated platforms. For instructions on how to migrate, click here.

  • AWS Systems Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager is Now Available

    Posted On: Oct 29, 2014

    AWS Systems Manager for SCVMM lets you administer your AWS resources using SCVMM. Now you can monitor and manage your EC2 for Windows instances in the AWS Cloud, as well as on-premises virtual machines—from the SCVMM console.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (EB CLI) Update

    Posted On: Oct 29, 2014

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk has just updated the CLI. We have expanded the range of commands that you can now use (e.g., ‘eb scale’) and added additional functionality allowing you greater control over your Elastic Beanstalk environments. We have also updated the commands so it more closely resembles the Elastic Beanstalk API.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces adds support for Custom Images

    Posted On: Oct 28, 2014

    You can now use custom images to create images based on existing, running, WorkSpaces. The new functionality allows you to create images specially tailored to your users from running WorkSpaces and use them to launch cloud based desktops. This makes it possible to quickly build templates with software used in your organization and launch WorkSpaces for all your users. An easier to manage experience for administrators, this new functionality also makes it possible to create a more relevant experience for end users.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Rolling Application Version Deployments

    Posted On: Oct 28, 2014

    You can now choose how your applications are deployed to Elastic Beanstalk environments. You can select whether to deploy an application to all EC2 instances in your environment at once or roll the deployment through all the instances. You can set the number of instances to incrementally update as a percentage of the entire fleet or as a fixed number. This feature enables you to make an update without having to take all your instances offline.

  • Hunk now integrated with Amazon EMR

    Posted On: Oct 28, 2014

    You can now use Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL with Amazon EMR to interactively explore data stored in HDFS and Amazon S3.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder API calls are now available in CloudTrail

    Posted On: Oct 27, 2014

    You can now record and log API calls to Amazon Elastic Transcoder through AWS CloudTrail. These logs will be delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Announces Multi-AZ with Automatic Failover for Redis

    Posted On: Oct 24, 2014

    We are delighted to announce Multi-AZ for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis with Automatic Failover capability. Until now, failing over to a read replica in the event of a primary node loss required manual intervention. Starting today, when you enable Multi-AZ, ElastiCache will detect the failure, select a read replica, and promote it to become the new primary. This will enable higher availability of your ElastiCache for Redis environment.

  • Announcing the AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Oct 23, 2014

    AWS is excited to announce the immediate availability of the new EU (Frankfurt) infrastructure region. The Frankfurt region joins Ireland as AWS’ second European location, and provides customers with a new option for end users and applications benefiting from infrastructure located in continental Europe.

  • Announcing OpenID Connect Support for Amazon Cognito

    Posted On: Oct 23, 2014

    We are making Amazon Cognito even more flexible by enabling app developers to make use of identities from any identity provider that supports OpenID Connect (OIDC). OIDC is an open standard that enables app developers to leverage additional identity providers for authentication. This way they can focus on developing their app rather than dealing with user names and passwords. Today’s launch adds OIDC identities to the variety of identities that Cognito already supports – public provider identities (Login with Amazon, Facebook, and Google), guest user identities, and developer authenticated identities.

  • Introducing AWS Directory Service

    Posted On: Oct 21, 2014

    AWS Directory Service is a managed service that allows you to connect your AWS resources with an existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory or to set up a new, stand-alone directory in the AWS Cloud. Connecting to an on-premises directory is easy and once this connection is established, all users can access AWS resources and applications with their existing corporate credentials. You can also launch managed, Samba-based directories in a matter of minutes, simplifying the deployment and management of Windows workloads in the AWS Cloud.

  • Amazon Kinesis Client Library for Python Developers

    Posted On: Oct 21, 2014

    The Amazon Kinesis team has released the Kinesis Client Library (KCL) for Python developers. The Kinesis Client Library enables developers to build Amazon Kinesis Applications for reading and processing data from an Amazon Kinesis stream. Amazon Kinesis Client Library (KCL) handles complex issues such as adapting to changes in stream volume, load-balancing streaming data, coordinating distributed services, and processing data with fault-tolerance.

  • AWS Mobile SDK for Android – Maven Support

    Posted On: Oct 21, 2014

    If you are a Maven user, adding the AWS Mobile SDK for Android in your Android project is now as simple as adding few lines to your pom.xml. You no longer need to download the entire AWS Mobile SDK for Android zip file and include the JAR files in your project manually. You can specify the services you want to use in your app in your project’s pom.xml file, and Maven will handle the rest.

  • Amazon Kinesis Storm Spout update with support for Ack/Fail semantics

    Posted On: Oct 21, 2014

    The Amazon Kinesis team has released an update to the Amazon Kinesis Storm Spout. The Amazon Kinesis Storm Spout enables developers to use Amazon Kinesis with Storm, an open source, distributed real-time computation system. This update to the Spout supports Ack/Fail semantics. Specifically, the spout will now re-emit failed messages up to the customer configured retry limit. This makes it easier to build reliable data processing applications with Storm using Kinesis streams. This builds on the core functionality of the spout that fetches data from the Amazon Kinesis stream and emits it as tuples that Storm topologies can process. Developers can add the Spout to their existing Storm topologies, and leverage Amazon Kinesis as a reliable, scalable, stream capture, storage, and replay service that powers their Storm processing applications.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs Announces Enhanced Support for Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows Server

    Posted On: Oct 21, 2014

    You can now send a wider variety of data to Amazon CloudWatch Logs from your Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows Server. You can send any event log, Event Tracing (ETW) log, Performance Counters (PCW) data, or text-based log for inclusion in your CloudWatch metrics.

  • New Amazon CloudFront Cache Statistics, Popular Objects Report, and More Timely Access Logs

    Posted On: Oct 21, 2014

    You can now view detailed Cache Statistics Reports and the list of your most Popular Objects delivered by Amazon CloudFront. These reports are available by visiting the Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics dashboard in the AWS Management Console. These new reports complement the Usage Charts that are already available to track trends in your usage and the near real-time operational metrics available via CloudWatch that were released last week.

  • New in the IAM Console: At a Glance View of Last AWS Sign In

    Posted On: Oct 20, 2014

    To help you identify at a glance when your users last signed in, the Identity and Access Management (IAM) console now displays the date and time when an IAM user or root account last signed in to the AWS Management Console, the AWS forums, the AWS Support Center, or AWS Marketplace. This builds on the credential lifecycle management features for managing your IAM users’ passwords that we released in July 2014. "Last sign in" information complements what you get from AWS CloudTrail, so that you get both an at-a-glance view in the IAM console or credential reports, in addition to the more comprehensive event logs in CloudTrail.

  • Amazon CloudSearch announces enhanced Japanese language processing and CloudTrail support

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2014

    We are excited to announce two new features for Amazon CloudSearch: support for custom tokenization dictionaries for Japanese and integration with Amazon CloudTrail. These new features are available immediately for all new and current CloudSearch domains based on the 2013-01-01 API version.

  • Amazon RDS now supports Oracle Database 11.2.0.4v2

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2014

    You can now launch new RDS DB instances running Oracle 11.2.0.4v2 and upgrade existing Amazon RDS for Oracle DB instances with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.The new RDS Oracle Database version includes the July 2014 Oracle Patch Set Update (PSU) 11.2.0.4.3, improvements in handling XA transactions, better Oracle LogMiner support, and other benefits.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now supports zero clients

    Posted On: Oct 15, 2014

    Amazon WorkSpaces now offers support for zero clients. When used with Amazon WorkSpaces, PCoIP zero clients are a secure and easy to manage alternative to a standard PC, and an efficient means of delivering applications to end users. Zero clients are a low cost solution that offer increased flexibility for companies considering alternative devices for their users.

    You can use zero clients in all AWS Regions where Amazon WorkSpaces is available. To get started, you will need to run the PCoIP Connection Manager in a Virtual Private Cloud. To learn more, read the PCoIP zero client admin guide.

  • Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub (EDH) on AWS: Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Oct 15, 2014

    This new Quick Start Reference Deployment outlines architectural considerations and steps for deploying Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub (EDH) on the Amazon Web Services cloud. This reference deployment will assist you in building an EDH cluster on AWS by integrating Cloudera Director with an automated deployment initiated by an AWS CloudFormation template.

  • Developer Preview - Version 3 of the AWS SDK for PHP

    Posted On: Oct 14, 2014

    The version 3 of the AWS SDK for PHP is now in developer preview.

    The new version comes with significant performance improvements and a number of new features, which we hope will help developers code more efficiently and create exciting new applications. These features include

  • Easier Role Selection for SAML-based Single Sign-On

    Posted On: Oct 14, 2014

    We've made improvements to the AWS sign-in page for users who federate to the AWS Management Console using SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language).

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Extended HLS Support

    Posted On: Oct 13, 2014

    You can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to create outputs for adaptive streaming, compatible with version 4 of the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. This expands on version 3 capabilities by adding support for byte-range requests, late-binding audio, and I-frame only playback.

  • Amazon RDS now supports new General Purpose (SSD) storage type

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2014

    You can now launch DB Instances that use General Purpose (SSD) storage, a new SSD-backed storage option for Amazon RDS. This new storage option is designed to offer more cost-effective performance than previous choices for a variety of database workloads.

  • AWS Mobile SDK for Xamarin - Available on AWSLabs

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2014
  • Amazon CloudFront Now Publishes Six Operational Metrics to Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2014

    You can now monitor, alarm and receive notifications on the operational performance of your Amazon CloudFront distributions using Amazon CloudWatch, giving you more visibility into the overall health of your web application. CloudFront now automatically publishes six operational metrics, each at 1-minute granularity, into Amazon CloudWatch. You can then use CloudWatch to set alarms on any abnormal patterns in your CloudFront traffic.

  • Amazon SNS is now integrated with CloudTrail

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2014
  • Amazon DynamoDB now supports JSON document data structure and large items

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2014

    Today we are adding native JSON support to Amazon DynamoDB. You can now write JSON documents directly into DynamoDB tables. We have also increased the maximum item size to 400KB, allowing you to store large JSON documents and nested objects in one transaction. These new features are available now and you can start using them today in the US East (Nothern Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. It will be available soon in other AWS Regions.

  • Amazon CloudFront Announces Wildcard Cookies and Options Caching

    Posted On: Oct 7, 2014

    You can configure CloudFront to forward cookies to your origin and cache your objects based on cookie values in viewer requests. Previously, you could specify a whitelist of cookie names, but you had to specify exact names. Starting today, you can use wildcard characters in the whitelisted cookie names that you want Amazon CloudFront to forward to your origin server. This feature makes it easy to set multiple cookies to forward to the origin server at the same time. For example, several applications, including Drupal and WordPress, alter cookie names with a hash to identify logged in users, so SESS (for session-ID) becomes SESS<MD5 hash>. In this example, you can now whitelist *wordpress*, or *SESS* values as valid cookie names, and CloudFront will forward any cookie containing “wordpress” or “SESS”.

  • AWS Management Portal for vCenter Setup Enhancements

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2014

    If you are not familiar with the AWS Management Portal for vCenter, you can install it as a plug-in within VMware vCenter and use it to manage AWS infrastructure using vCenter. The AWS Management Portal for vCenter includes support for Amazon EC2 and VM Import. Using the portal, you can migrate your existing VMware VMs to Amazon EC2, launch new EC2 instances, create VPCs and Subnets, and manage your EC2 instances. The portal interface is simple to use and is designed to make it easy for users with VMware experience to get started with AWS. There is no cost to use the portal, aside from the cost of the underlying AWS services consumed.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Smooth Streaming Support

    Posted On: Oct 1, 2014

    Amazon Elastic Transcoder now has the ability to create and deliver videos that use the Smooth Streaming format with Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Amazon CloudFront. Smooth Streaming is an adaptive media protocol that delivers your media assets as small fragments over HTTP that can be consumed by platforms and devices such as Xbox, Windows Phone and browsers that use Microsoft Silverlight players. This means that you can now reach Smooth Streaming devices with the same easy workflows Elastic Transcoder already supports for iOS devices that use the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol common on Apple devices.

  • AppStream availability in Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    Posted On: Sep 30, 2014

    Amazon AppStream is now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. Amazon AppStream allows Windows application developers to reach mass-market devices, avoid lengthy downloads, simplify software updates and improve security of their intellectual property by streaming resource intensive applications from the cloud. Developers who cater to users in Asia Pacific can now offer lower latencies to their users by streaming their applications from the AWS Data Center in Tokyo. On-Demand AppStream sessions from Tokyo will be charged at $ 1.20/hour.

  • Updated AWS Business Professional and Technical Professional Accreditation Courses

    Posted On: Sep 30, 2014

    AWS Training and Certification has released updated versions of AWS Business Professional and Technical Professional. These two web-based courses help APN Partners gain foundational level knowledge of AWS services and how AWS solutions address customer business requirements. AWS Business Professional is intended for individuals in business development roles who are new to Cloud Computing and AWS. It is a foundational level course to help you get started with AWS and learn to articulate the business benefits of AWS services and solutions. AWS Technical Professional is the technical counterpart of this course. It is intended for technical business development roles and provides foundational level technical knowledge on key concepts around AWS cloud computing, including global infrastructure, services, common solutions, migration, security, and compliance. AWS Business Professional and AWS Technical Professional Accreditations can be earned by completing the series of e-learning modules and assessments within each course. Both are available at no cost to APN Partners via the APN Portal. Click here for more information about Partner Training.

     

  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs in US West (Oregon) Region and EU (Ireland) Region

    Posted On: Sep 30, 2014

    We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the US West (Oregon) Region and the EU West (Ireland) Region. This adds to the existing availability of Amazon CloudWatch Logs in the US East (N. Virginia) Region.

  • Announcing AWS Mobile SDK General Availability

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that version 2 of the AWS Mobile SDK has reached General Availability (GA) and is no longer in Developer Preview. Since releasing Version 2 in Developer Preview on July 10th, we have received great feedback from the developer community, and we have made numerous improvements. You can read about some of the more significant improvements that we made during the developer preview on Jeff Barr's blog.

  • AWS CloudFormation Updates Support for ELB, CloudFront, OpsWorks, and SNS

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2014

    We have extended AWS CloudFormation support for a few additional features of Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront, AWS OpsWorks, and Amazon SNS.

  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2014

    This new Quick Start Reference Deployment outlines architectural considerations and steps for implementing a configuration management solution using the PowerShell DSC platform. This reference is specifically designed to provide an understanding of how to use AWS CloudFormation and PowerShell DSC to bootstrap your servers and applications from scratch, how to deploy a highly available PowerShell DSC pull server environment using AWS resources, and how to ensure that your instances are resilient to configuration drift once your Windows-based application stack has been deployed on AWS.

  • Announcing support for your own Identity Management System in Amazon Cognito

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2014

    Amazon Cognito is a simple user identity and data synchronization service that helps you securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices. We have now added functionality so that in addition to supporting public login providers (such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and unauthenticated users, you can utilize your own user identity system. Click here to learn more about Amazon Cognito.

  • Developer Preview - Resource APIs for Version 2 of AWS SDK for Ruby

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2014

    The new Resource APIs for the Version 2 Preview of the AWS SDK for Ruby are now available on Ruby Gems. These APIs are designed to help developers write more intuitive and resource-oriented code for working with AWS services. AWS resources such as EC2 instances and S3 objects are exposed as Ruby objects, with attributes that are automatically loaded from the service when accessed for the first time, and methods that map to various actions available for the resource objects. Improved from similar concepts that exist in the Version 1 of the SDK, the new APIs introduce a number of improvements including easier control over underlying network calls, model-driven resource classes, and resource waiters. While the request-response APIs available in the aws-sdk-core gem allow explicit and granular control over the network calls your application makes to AWS, using the new resource APIs can help you simplify your code and reduce development time.

  • Welcome the First AWS Community Heroes

    Posted On: Sep 24, 2014

    AWS is comprised of users whose enthusiasm has created a vibrant community worldwide. Amongst those are AWS experts who go above and beyond to share their experience and knowledge through social media, blogs, events, user groups and workshops. These developers are known as AWS Community Heroes.

    AWS Community Heroes is a program designed to recognize and honor our most engaged developers who’ve had a real impact within the community. To learn more about these amazing individuals, view their profiles by visiting: http://aws.amazon.com/heroes/

  • AWS Console Mobile App Adds Support for Amazon DynamoDB

    Posted On: Sep 24, 2014

    The AWS Console mobile app now supports Amazon DynamoDB, enabling app users to view DynamoDB tables, view indexes for each table, and modify throughputs. Use the new features to monitor and manage your DynamoDB tables on the go from your mobile device.

  • Amazon Linux AMI 2014.09

    Posted On: Sep 23, 2014

    The Amazon Linux AMI 2014.09 is now available in all EC2 regions.

    This updated release includes the 3.14 kernel, Ruby 2.1, Java 8, Tomcat 8, PostgreSQL 9.3, Docker 1.2, and several other new features and package updates.

    Please see our release notes for more information.

  • Amazon SNS Mobile Push introduces enhanced iOS 8 Support

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2014

    With iOS 8, Apple introduced new features that enable some rich new use cases for mobile push notifications — interactive push notifications, third party widgets, and larger (2 KB) payloads. Today, we are pleased to announce support for the new mobile push capabilities announced with iOS 8. We are publishing a new iOS 8 Sample App that demonstrates how these new features can be implemented with SNS, and have also implemented support for larger 2KB payloads.

  • We’re Back! Starting October 1st, the AWS Pop-up Loft is Relaunching in San Francisco

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2014

    Starting October 1st, the AWS Pop-up Loft will relaunch in San Francisco as a space and community where startups and anyone interested in AWS can drop in, hang out, enjoy snacks and candy, and receive free in-person AWS technical guidance from our experts. The architects and engineers who helped build services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon RDS are taking-up residence in this space and available to help you on demand. The AWS Loft will be open Monday - Friday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and remember, everything at the AWS Pop-up Loft is free. Learn more and register here >>

  • Amazon EMR adds consistent view and server-side encryption support for Amazon S3

    Posted On: Sep 17, 2014

    The EMR File System (EMRFS) allows Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) clusters to read from and write data to Amazon S3 securely and with high performance. EMRFS now supports consistent view, a feature that checks for list and read-after-write consistency for new objects in Amazon S3 by comparing EMRFS metadata with the results of Amazon S3 operations. EMRFS will retry Amazon S3 operations when needed, and you have the ability to define the retry logic. EMRFS also supports encryption for data at rest using Amazon S3 server-side encryption (SSE).

  • Amazon EMR Now Provides ODBC and JDBC Drivers

    Posted On: Sep 17, 2014

    Amazon EMR now provides ODBC and JDBC drivers for Hive, Impala, and HBase. This makes it easier to use a variety of popular business intelligence (BI) tools with Amazon EMR, including SQL Workbench, Microsoft Excel, Tableau, MicroStrategy, and QlikView. You can download the drivers here.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports EBS General Purpose (SSD)

    Posted On: Sep 16, 2014

    You can now choose an EBS General Purpose (SSD) or EBS Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volume as the boot device when setting up your Elastic Beanstalk environment. Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) provides block storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances. General Purpose (SSD) volumes take advantage of SSD storage offering customers faster boot times along with low-latency and consistent I/O performance. EBS Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volumes allow you to set the level of throughput that you need, and currently support up to 4,000 IOPS per volume.

  • AppStream Chrome Browser and Chromebook Support

    Posted On: Sep 16, 2014

    Amazon AppStream now enables you to build high-resolution, low-latency applications for Chromebooks and Chrome web browsers on Windows, Mac, or Linux desktops.

  • Amazon ElastiCache API calls are now available in AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Sep 15, 2014

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

  • Tagging Support for Kinesis Streams

    Posted On: Sep 11, 2014

    Amazon Kinesis is a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. Using Amazon Kinesis, developers can continuously capture, and store terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of sources including web site click-streams, financial transaction data, social media feeds, IT logs, location-tracking events, and more. Developers can write stream processing applications with the Kinesis Client Library that take action on real-time data, and power real-time dashboards, generate alerts, implement dynamic pricing, and advertising strategies, or even emit data to other big data services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (Amazon EMR), or Amazon Redshift.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Now Supports T2 Cache Nodes

    Posted On: Sep 11, 2014

    You can now use T2 cache nodes with Amazon ElastiCache for both Memcached and Redis engines. T2 cache nodes are a new low-cost cache node family that is ideal for test and development environments, as well as small workloads. They are up to 70% cheaper per-GB than comparable T1/M1 cache nodes. Customers eligible for the AWS Free Usage tier can start for free and use up to 750 hours per month of a t2.micro cache node for a year.

  • Amazon Kinesis Connector Library update to emit data into ElasticSearch

    Posted On: Sep 11, 2014

    The Amazon Kinesis team has released an update to the Kinesis Connector Library that enables emitting data to Elasticsearch clusters. Using the connector library, developers can easily write an application that loads streaming data from Kinesis into an Elasticsearch cluster continuously, and reliably at scale.

  • You can now deploy your Amazon SWF Apps with AWS OpsWorks

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2014

    You can now deploy your Ruby-based Amazon Simple Workflow (Amazon SWF) applications through AWS OpsWorks, a service that deploys, operates, and automates applications of any shape or size.

  • Hive 0.13.1 now available on Amazon Elastic MapReduce

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2014

    We have added support for Hive 0.13.1 to Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR). Hive 0.13.1 is the latest release of Hive, a popular application for running SQL queries on Hadoop for ad hoc analysis or extract-transform-load (ETL) workflows.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports unlimited steps on AMI 3.1.1+

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2014

    We have removed the 256 step limit for Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) clusters with AMI 3.1.1 and later. A step is a unit of work you can submit to your cluster. Steps are executed sequentially and can contain one or more Hadoop jobs or instructions.

  • AWS GovCloud (US) region expands EC2 offering with the addition of HS1, C3, I2, R3 and T2 instance types

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2014

    The AWS GovCloud (US) region 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.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports pre-warming InnoDB buffer pool on reboot

    Posted On: Sep 3, 2014

    You can now configure your MySQL 5.6 instances to pre-warm their InnoDB buffer pool on reboot. This capability enhances a DB Instance's ability to deliver high performance quickly after a planned reboot: for example, as part of an instance-type scaling operation, a minor version upgrade, a parameter change, or other planned maintenance.

  • Query instances by tag and attributes with Advanced Search

    Posted On: Sep 2, 2014

    Advanced Search is a new feature in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) console that makes it easy for you to manage your growing number of instances. It allows you to query your EC2 instances using a combination of tags and instance attributes. Not only can you perform simple keyword searches as you always could, but now you can also define granular set of filter criteria to query your instances and generate customized views in the console that you can easily come back to in the future.

  • Developer Preview of AWS Resource APIs for AWS SDK for Java

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2014

    The new resource APIs expose AWS resources such as EC2 instances and IAM users as Java objects with attributes that can be implicitly loaded from the service and actions that can be taken directly on the resource objects. While the SDK's current request-response APIs allow explicit and granular control over the network calls your application makes to AWS, using the new resource APIs can reduce development time by simplifying your code and giving you a more object-oriented way to work with your AWS resources.

  • Amazon Zocalo is now Available to All Customers

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that Amazon Zocalo is now available to all AWS customers.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Available in Japan

    Posted On: Aug 26, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region.

  • DoD 3-5 Provisional Authorization

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2014

    AWS GovCloud (US) achieves the first ever DoD Security Impact Level 3-5 Provisional Authorization enabling DoD customers’ use of AWS.

  • Amazon CloudFront Adds Support for Advanced SSL Features

    Posted On: Aug 20, 2014

    We have made several enhancements to Amazon CloudFront to further improve the security and performance of your content delivery over HTTPS.

  • Amazon SNS adds Large Topics and enhanced MPNS

    Posted On: Aug 19, 2014

    We have added support to Amazon SNS for large topics (more than 10,000 subscribers) and authenticated delivery to MPNS (Microsoft Push Notification Service).

    Large Topics: SNS already supports broadcast notifications with SNS Topics, which are ideal for breaking news, announcing flash deals, and announcing in-game events or new features. Today we are lifting the limit of 10,000 subscriptions per SNS topic; you can now create as many as you need and no longer need to partition large subscription lists across multiple topics. This has been a frequent request from AWS customers that use SNS to build news and media sharing applications.

    There is an administrative limit of 10 million subscriptions per topic, but we'll happily raise it if you expect to have more subscribers for a single topic. To raise your limit, please submit a Service Limit Increase request for Amazon SNS using the form here.

    Authenticated Delivery to MPNS: Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS) is the push notification relay service for Windows Phone devices prior to Windows 8.1. SNS now supports authenticated delivery to MPNS. If you require this functionality for devices that run Windows 8.1 and above, please also consider using Amazon SNS for Windows Notification Service (WNS).

  • Announcing Amazon CloudWatch Logs Agent Support on Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS

    Posted On: Aug 18, 2014

    We are excited to announce that the Amazon CloudWatch Logs Agent is now supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS. The Amazon CloudWatch Logs Agent is free of charge and can be used to quickly and easily send your log data to CloudWatch Logs from your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances or other sources for near real-time monitoring and storage. This update adds to the existing support for Amazon Linux, Ubuntu and Windows. Customers who are already using the CloudWatch Logs Agent do not need to make any changes.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Ruby 2.1

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2014

    You can now deploy and manage Ruby 2.1 applications with AWS Elastic Beanstalk. You can use Elastic Beanstalk with Ruby 2.1 on Passenger Standalone or Puma with Nginx as reverse proxy.

    To get started, please see the walkthroughs for deploying Rails and Sinatra applications on Elastic Beanstalk. Or, you can launch a sample Rails application directly by clicking here.

  • Amazon CloudSearch adds enhanced IAM integration

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2014

    Amazon CloudSearch now supports IAM integration for all search domain services. Developers could already use IAM to control access to the CloudSearch configuration service. With this release, developers can also use IAM to control access to each domain’s document, search, and suggest services and use AWS Signature Version 4 to sign all CloudSearch requests. Requests are signed automatically when developers use the latest AWS SDKs and command line tools.

  • AWS Data Pipeline Monitoring and Debugging Features

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2014

    We are pleased to announce several new monitoring and debugging features for AWS Data Pipeline, Amazon's managed ETL service.

  • New Free Videos & Labs for DynamoDB, Elastic Beanstalk, and Elastic MapReduce

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2014

    Three new “Introduction to AWS” instructional videos and labs are available to help you get started using an AWS Service in minutes. New topics include Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and Amazon Elastic MapReduce. Six additional topics are also available, including Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, and Amazon RDS.

  • AWS OpsWorks Supports Application Environment Variables

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2014

    AWS OpsWorks now allows users to define environment variables per application. Instead of creating a custom recipe and managing environment variables as Chef attributes, you define the environment variables on each app and OpsWorks takes care of securely storing and sending the environment variables from your OpsWorks app definition to your instances and adding them to the application server context. All you have to do is reference the environment variables in your application's code using the methods defined in the Java, Ruby, PHP, and Node.js application servers. The environment variables are passed to the application server during instance setup and can be updated on each application deployment. Environment variables can also be defined as protected values, so that they cannot be read by OpsWorks users. For example, a user can set separate environment variables for database endpoint, username, and password. The password environment variable can be defined as a protected value, so it cannot be viewed in the console, SDK or CLI and is only made available to the defined application.

  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Aug 12, 2014

    This new Quick Start Reference Deployment covers the implementation of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 in a highly available architecture on the AWS cloud. The automated solution used to deploy the Quick Start is provided by an AWS CloudFormation template that allows you to choose a highly available architecture that is sized for medium or large environments based on your input. Additionally, the foundation for this environment will utilize the Active Directory Domain Services and Microsoft SQL AlwaysOn Availability Group Quick Starts, which are deployed in a highly available architecture across two Availability Zones. This Quick Start Reference Deployment discusses how the Microsoft SharePoint environment is built so that you can deploy the automated solution or customize the provided AWS CloudFormation template to meet your own requirements.

  • Introducing Multi-Factor Authentication for Amazon WorkSpaces

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2014

    Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Amazon WorkSpaces is now available. MFA can provide you with an additional layer of security during the authentication process. Users must validate their identify by providing something they know (e.g. password), as well as something they have (e.g. hardware or software generated one-time password (OTP)).

  • Elastic Load Balancing Introduces Support for Tagging

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2014

    Elastic Load Balancing now allows you to tag your load balancers to simplify the administration of your AWS resources.

  • AWS SDK for Python (Boto) now supports Python 3

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2014

    The AWS SDK for Python (Boto) now supports Python 3 with full backwards-compatibility. The SDK now works with Python versions 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, and 3.4. Download the latest build from PyPI or GitHub, and start using AWS for your Python 3 projects today!

  • New Elastic MapReduce commands on the AWS CLI

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2014

    We have added a new set of commands for Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) to the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). These commands will allow you to create, describe, manage, and terminate your Amazon EMR clusters using the AWS CLI. Also, these new commands offer an improved syntax than those on our previous Ruby-based CLI. In the future, we will only be adding new Amazon EMR functionality to our commands on the AWS CLI, and we will not be updating our Ruby-based CLI. The AWS CLI is easy to install and allows you to interact with multiple AWS services using a single tool.

  • Introducing the Redesigned IAM Console

    Posted On: Aug 4, 2014

    We are excited to announce the redesigned IAM console, now with a streamlined look and feel that makes it even easier to manage your IAM settings. We’ve made it more convenient to manage large resource lists (for example, hundreds of users, groups, or roles), eliminated tab switching, and optimized the console to offer a better experience on mobile devices by restructuring resource detail pages and task workflows.

    To get started, simply visit the IAM homepage in the AWS Management Console. To learn more about the redesign, see this post on the AWS Security Blog.

  • Amazon RDS now supports new T2 Instances, starting at just $6 a month

    Posted On: Aug 4, 2014

    You can now take advantage of the T2 instance type with Amazon RDS. T2 instances are a new low-cost standard instance type designed to provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline. These instances are recommended for workloads that don't use the full CPU often or consistently, but occasionally need to burst to higher CPU performance, such as small database workloads in test and developer environments.

    T2 DB Instances feature the latest Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz during burst periods and are offered at prices up to 40% lower than comparable T1/M1 DB Instances.

    Amazon RDS supports the use of T2 DB Instance types with MySQL 5.6, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server (except for Standard Edition — License Included). Support for MySQL versions 5.1 and 5.5 is coming soon. T2 DB instances are only supported in VPC and are available in all AWS Regions except GovCloud (US).

    To use T2 DB Instance types, you can either launch a new DB Instance or perform a scale operation on an instance running a supported engine type. Amazon RDS for MySQL customers running MySQL 5.5 who wish to use T2 instances should first upgrade from MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6 before performing an instance scale operation.

    Pricing for T2 DB Instances starts at $0.008/hour (effective price) for 3 year Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances and $0.017/hour for On-Demand usage. These pricing examples are for MySQL DB Instances in the US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. For more information on pricing, visit the Amazon RDS pricing page.

    To learn more about T2 DB Instances, see the Amazon RDS instance class table.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Domain Name Registration, Geo Routing, and Lower Pricing

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2014

    Today, we are pleased to inform you about some changes regarding Amazon Route 53, a highly available and scalable DNS service:

    Domain Name Registration

    You can now purchase a new domain name or transfer the management of your existing domain name to Route 53. When you purchase new domains via Route 53, the service will automatically configure a Hosted Zone for each domain. Route 53 offers privacy protection for your WHOIS record at no additional charge. In addition, you benefit from AWS's consolidated billing to manage your domain name expenses alongside all of your other AWS resources. Route 53 offers a selection of more than 150 top-level domains (TLDs), including the major generic TLDs like .com, .net, .org, and .info, and country TLDs including .co.uk, .de, .tv, and .com.au. Getting started with Route 53 Domain Name Registration is easy. Please see the Route 53 documentation for more details.

    Geographic Routing with Geo DNS

    Route 53's Geo DNS support lets you balance load by directing requests to specific endpoints based on the geographic location from which the request originates. Geo DNS makes it possible to customize localized content, such as presenting detail pages in the right language or restricting distribution of content to only the markets you have licensed. Geo DNS also lets you balance load across endpoints in a predictable, easy-to-manage way, ensuring that each end-user location is consistently routed to the same endpoint. Geo DNS provides three levels of geographic granularity: continent, country, and state, and Geo DNS also provides a global record which is served in cases where an end user's location doesn't match any of the specific Geo DNS records you have created. You can also combine Geo DNS with other routing types, such as Latency Based Routing and DNS Failover, using Route 53's Alias feature in order to enable a variety of low-latency and fault-tolerant architectures To learn more, please see the Route 53 documentation.

    Lower Prices for DNS Queries

    Effective August 1, we are lowering Route 53 prices for both Standard Queries and Latency Based Routing Queries by 20%. As before, queries to Alias records that are mapped to Elastic Load Balancers, Amazon CloudFront distributions, and Amazon S3 website buckets are free. Full details are available on the Route 53 pricing page.

  • AWS Trusted Advisor Security and Service Limits Checks Now Free

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2014

    Starting today, all AWS customers can start optimizing their cloud resources by using four of AWS Trusted Advisor’s most popular best-practice recommendations on service limits and security configurations. Access to the four free checks does not expire, and you can access the remaining 33 checks and additional features by upgrading to Business or Enterprise-level Support.

  • Amazon ElastiCache now supports flexible placement for Memcached clusters

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2014

    Starting today, you can enjoy flexible cache node placement for your ElastiCache for Memcached clusters. Until now, all the nodes in an ElastiCache for Memcached cluster had to be placed in a single Availability Zone. With the introduction of flexible cache node placement, you can create clusters with nodes in multiple availability zones. This will help improve the reliability of the cluster by allowing you to spread your cache nodes across availability zones.

    To learn more please read our blog.

  • New Auto Scaling features for controlling individual Amazon EC2 instances

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2014

    You now have more control over what happens to the Amazon EC2 instances running in your Auto Scaling groups at each stage of their lifecycle, from launch through termination. This makes it easier to update and run software on your EC2 instances, and troubleshoot and fix problems.

    Starting today, you can use new instance lifecycle action APIs to hold your newly launched instances in a pending state while you perform actions on them, such as installing software, before they are added to your Auto Scaling group and become in service. Similarly, when instances are terminating, you can temporarily stop the termination to investigate the cause or retrieve logs from an instance before it terminates.

    While instances are running in your Auto Scaling group, you can use the new DetachInstances action, and manage them just like instances that are not members of an Auto Scaling group. Combined with the AttachInstances action, you can easily move instances into and out of groups.

    You can also place instances into the new Standby state to troubleshoot or perform maintenance on them, then put them back into service once you are finished. When you place an instance in Standby, it will no longer receive new inbound connections from Elastic Load Balancers or count toward your group’s capacity until you put it back into service again.

    You can access these new features using the Auto Scaling API and command-line tools. They will be available in the AWS SDKs soon. To learn more about Auto Scaling, please visit the Auto Scaling Developer Guide.

  • Amazon Climate Research Grants Program

    Posted On: Jul 29, 2014

    We are delighted to announce a call for proposals designed to drive innovative climate change research with a focus on computational analysis. In early September, AWS will award grants of free access to supercomputing resources running on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). By providing grants in excess of fifty million core hours via the EC2 Spot Market, AWS intends to accelerate research that will result in an improved understanding of the scope and effects of climate change, and analyses that could suggest potential mitigating actions. Awardees will receive an opportunity to present their progress and early findings at our re:Invent conference in November. Expanding upon our investments in the Open NASA Earth eXchange (OpenNEX), this call will also accelerate the development of open climate data and software resources.

  • Elastic Load Balancing Now Supports Idle Timeout Configuration

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2014

    Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) now offers support for configurable idle timeouts. This setting allows you to specify the length of time that a connection should remain open while in an idle state.

    Until now, ELB provided a default idle timeout of 60 seconds for all load balancers. Although this is suitable for most applications, some use cases require longer-running sessions, while others benefit from shorter sessions. With configurable timeouts, you can now set a timeout, between 1 second and 60 minutes, that best suits the needs of your application.

    You can configure the idle timeout via the AWS Management Console, API, or Command Line Interface (CLI).

    To learn more, please see the documentation.

  • AWS CloudTrail now logs AWS Management Console sign-in events

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2014

    We are excited to announce support for logging AWS Management Console sign-in events with AWS CloudTrail. Logging successful and unsuccessful console sign-in events for IAM and federated users can help you with your compliance and security efforts.

    All customers who have enabled CloudTrail will now see log entries associated with these sign-in events, including the IP address of the entity signing in and whether MFA was enforced for that sign-in. In addition to logging these events, CloudTrail captures successful sign-ins by root accounts.

    For more information on logging events, see the AWS CloudTrail page.

  • Introducing AWS Trusted Advisor Console

    Posted On: Jul 23, 2014

    Today we are excited to introduce the new AWS Trusted Advisor console.

    AWS Trusted Advisor is now available in the AWS Management Console, with an enhanced dashboard and new customization features.

  • New AWS Training Course - “Big Data Technology Fundamentals”

    Posted On: Jul 22, 2014

    AWS Training & Certification released Big Data Technology Fundamentals, a new online training course designed to help individuals who are new to big data concepts learn about the technologies used in big data solutions. This 3-hour web-based course covers the technologies used in the development of big data solutions using the Hadoop ecosystem, including MapReduce, HDFS, and the Pig and Hive programming frameworks. The course teaches you to identify common tools and technologies that can be used to create big data solutions so that you can build a foundation for working with AWS services for big data solutions. Big Data Technology Fundamentals is available at no cost. It can be used on its own or to prepare for the instructor-led Big Data on AWS course.

  • CloudTrail support for Autoscaling and Simple Queue Service (SQS)

    Posted On: Jul 16, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Autoscaling and Simple Queue Service (SQS) API calls are recorded and available in CloudTrail. If you have turned on CloudTrail for your account, you do not need to take any action. All Autoscaling API calls are recorded and available in your CloudTrail log files. The following SQS API calls are recorded and available in your CloudTrail log files.

  • Amazon Kinesis now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions

    Posted On: Jul 16, 2014

    Amazon Kinesis is a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. Using Amazon Kinesis, you can capture, and store terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of sources. Developers can write stream processing applications with the Kinesis Client Library that take action on real-time data such as web site click-streams, financial transaction data, social media feeds, IT logs, location-tracking events, and more. Amazon Kinesis-enabled applications can power real-time dashboards, generate alerts, drive real-time business decisions such as changing pricing and advertising strategies, or emit data to other big data services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (Amazon EMR), or Amazon Redshift.

  • AWS IAM Adds Enhanced Password Management and Credential Reports

    Posted On: Jul 16, 2014

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is excited to release new credential lifecycle management features that enable AWS account administrators to define and enforce security best practices for IAM users, at no additional cost.

  • New Functionality in AWS Support API – Attachments and lightweight case monitoring capability

    Posted On: Jul 16, 2014

    The AWS Support API allows programmatic access to support cases and Trusted Advisor and allows you to integrate your internal error and ticketing system with AWS Support.

  • Microsoft WSFC and SQL Server AlwaysOn Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Jul 15, 2014

    This new Quick Start Reference Deployment includes a guide covering architectural considerations and configuration steps for running Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) clusters in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. We discuss how to launch the necessary AWS services, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), and how to run a WSFC cluster across different subnets and Availability Zones. Then we provide instructions for installing, configuring, and testing the WSFC cluster and a SQL Server 2012 or 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Group.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Covered by RDS SLA

    Posted On: Jul 15, 2014

    Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. The RDS Service Level Agreement affirms that AWS will use commercially reasonable efforts to make Multi-AZ instances of Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL (as well as MySQL and Oracle) available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage of at least 99.95% during any monthly billing cycle. In the event Amazon RDS does not meet the Monthly Uptime Percentage commitment, customers will be eligible to receive a service credit.

  • Annual Software Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Jul 14, 2014

    Annual subscriptions are now available for over 90 software products on AWS Marketplace, including offerings from top ISVs like Citrix, Barracuda, Fortinet and Tenable. You can save between 10%–40% over what you would pay using hourly pricing when you purchase an annual subscription for a software product that you use regularly for steady-state workloads. Annual subscriptions also enable you to better forecast your software expenses. Additionally, software bought under the annual subscription model can run in any AWS Region or Availability Zone.

  • Amazon SNS adds support for Cross-Platform Time To Live (TTL)

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2014

    Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a fast, flexible, fully managed push messaging service. Amazon SNS makes it simple and cost-effective to push notifications to Apple, Google, Fire OS, and Windows devices, as well as Android devices in China with Baidu Cloud Push.

    Many of the messages that you can send with SNS are relevant or valuable for a limited period of time. With Cross platform Time to Live (TTL), Amazon SNS allows developers to set a time value of up to two weeks for time-specific app messages. If a recipient’s device does not become available by the end of the time value, the message expires since it is no longer relevant.

    To learn more about cross-platform TTL: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/sns-ttl.html.

  • Introducing Amazon Zocalo

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2014

    Amazon Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity. Users can comment on files, send them to others for feedback, and upload new versions without having to resort to emailing multiple versions of their files as attachments. Users can take advantage of these capabilities wherever they are, using the device of their choice, including PCs, Macs, and tablets. Amazon Zocalo offers IT administrators the option of integrating with existing corporate directories, flexible sharing policies, audit logs, and control of the location where data is stored. Customers can get started using Amazon Zocalo with a 30-day free trial providing 200 GB of storage per user for up to 50 users.

    Amazon Zocalo is currently available as a Limited Preview. Learn more at http://aws.amazon.com/zocalo.

  • Introducing Amazon Mobile Analytics

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2014

    Amazon Mobile Analytics is a service that lets you easily collect, visualize, and understand app usage data at scale. Many mobile app analytics solutions deliver usage data several hours after the events occur. Amazon Mobile Analytics is designed to deliver usage reports within 60 minutes of receiving data from an app so that you can act on the data more quickly.

    Amazon Mobile Analytics is available to all AWS customers. Learn more at http://aws.amazon.com/mobileanalytics.

  • Introducing Amazon Cognito

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2014

    Amazon Cognito is a simple user identity and data synchronization service that helps you securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices. You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline. With Amazon Cognito, you can save any kind of data in the AWS Cloud, such as app preferences or game state, without writing any backend code or managing any infrastructure. This means you can focus on creating great app experiences instead of having to worry about building and managing a backend solution to handle identity management, network state, storage, and sync.

    Amazon Cognito is available to all AWS customers. Learn more at http://aws.amazon.com/cognito.

  • Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2014

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor and troubleshoot your systems and applications using your existing system, application, and custom log files. You can send your existing log files to CloudWatch Logs and monitor these logs in near real-time.

  • New Locations in Australia for Amazon CloudFront, Route 53, and Direct Connect

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2014

    We are excited to announce new locations in Australia for Amazon CloudFront, Route 53, and Direct Connect. First, Amazon CloudFront and Route 53 customers have a new edge location in Melbourne, Australia. This is the second edge location in Australia (joining Sydney), and brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 52. The new edge location can improve performance and availability for end users of your application and supports all Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 features at no additional cost.

  • Billing and cost management are now accessible to IAM and federated users

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2014

    We are excited to announce that effective immediately, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users and federated users can now access and manage your account settings, view your bills, manage consolidated billing, and perform cost management. This new capability enables you to grant employees in your finance department full access to the financial setup of your AWS account, without having to give them access to your AWS production environment. You no longer need to use your AWS root credentials to access billing and cost management for your account, enabling you to improve the security of your account by applying the principle of least privilege.

    To learn more about managing access to account settings, billing, consolidated billing, and cost management, please visit Controlling Access to Your Billing Information. 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 WorkSpaces: New Active Directory integration features

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2014

    We have added three new features to Amazon WorkSpaces that help improve its integration with your on-premises Active Directory.

    Organizational Unit (OU) selection: You can now search for and select an Organizational Unit in your Active Directory to which WorkSpaces will be joined. Joining your WorkSpace to an Organizational Unit allows you to apply Group Policies for Amazon WorkSpaces that you launch, improving security and manageability.

    User and resource domain separation: If you use separate user and resource domains in your Active Directory for your on-premises desktops, you can opt to do the same with Amazon WorkSpaces. You can now join your WorkSpaces to a resource domain you provide. This improves both security and manageability for your WorkSpaces, as you can apply Group Policies at both a domain and OU level for your WorkSpaces.

    Security Group selection: You can add a security group that you create in your Amazon VPC to all the WorkSpaces that belong to your Directory. This allows you to control network access from Amazon WorkSpaces in your VPC to other resources in your Amazon VPC and on-premises network.

    These features are available now via the Amazon WorkSpaces console, in all the AWS regions where Amazon WorkSpaces is available. OU and Security Group selection are available for both Cloud Directory and WorkSpaces Connect. User and Resource domain separation is only available with WorkSpaces Connect. To learn more, click here.

  • AWS Certification Practice Exams Now Available

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2014

    To help individuals study and prepare for AWS Certification exams, we have released four practice exams. These practice exams supplement each exam blueprint guide and help an individual test their knowledge before taking the final exam. Associate practice exams include 20 questions within a 30 minute period. The Professional practice exam has 40 questions within 1 hour. Practice exams can be accessed online and on-demand through our testing partner Kryterion. To learn more about available exams, see AWS Certification.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Health Check Enhancements: Editable Checks and Tagging

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2014

    Starting today, you can now edit the parameters for your existing health checks - including target IP address or domain name, port, filename/path, and search string. Previously, to update a health check you had to delete the existing health check and create a new one with the desired changes. With editable health checks, you can change the parameters of your health checks, which removes the need to update your resource record sets. You will also not lose any CloudWatch history for your health checks.

    You can now also use health check tagging to attach metadata to your health checks via tags. When you create a new health check, the Route 53 console allows you to enter a "Name" tag, and the console displays the "Name" tag in the list of your health checks. You can also add a "Name" tag to any of your existing health checks. The "Name" tag appears in the Route 53 console when you associate a health check with a resource record set. In addition, you can add other tags to your health checks (for example, owner, workflow, or cost center tags) that you can then use for cost allocation in your AWS billing statements.

    Editable health checks and tagging support are available today at no additional cost. To learn more, visit the Route 53 product page or see our documentation.

  • Amazon Redshift Free Trial and Price Reductions in Asia Pacific

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2014

    AWS is delighted to announce a free trial and reserved instance price reductions for Amazon Redshift, a fast, fully-managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse for as little as $1,000/TB/Year. You can now try Amazon Redshift's SSD node for free for two months. What's more, a number of Business Intelligence and Data Integration partners are offering free trials of their own to help you ingest and report on your data in Amazon Redshift. Amazon Redshift has also reduced three year Reserved Instance prices in Japan, Singapore, and Sydney by over 25%.

    Two Month Free Trial
    If you are new to Amazon Redshift, you may be eligible for 750 free hours per month for two months to try the dw2.large node - enough hours to continuously run one node with 160GB of compressed SSD storage. You can also build clusters with multiple dw2.large nodes to test larger data sets, which will consume your free hours more quickly. Please see the Amazon Redshift Free Trial Page for more details.

    Price Reductions in Asia Pacific
    You can now purchase a three year reserved dw1.8xlarge instance in Japan for $30,000 upfront and $1.326 per hour, down 28% from $30,400 upfront and $2.288 hourly. A three-year reserved dw1.8xlarge instance in Singapore and Sydney now costs $32,000 upfront and $1.462 per hour, down 26% from $32,000 upfront and $2.40 hourly. The dw1.xlarge instance price has also decreased and continues to be one eighth the cost of dw1.8xlarge. Please see the Amazon Redshift Pricing Page for more details.

    To learn more about Amazon Redshift, please visit our detail page and getting started page. To find out about recently released features, please visit the Developer Guide and the Management Guide history. To receive alerts when new features are announced, please subscribe to our feature announcements thread in the Amazon Redshift forum.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Announces Higher Performance M3 and R3 Cache Nodes

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2014

    You can now take advantage of the M3 and R3 cache nodes with Amazon ElastiCache.

    R3 cache nodes are memory-optimized and support enhanced networking, ideal for your in-memory and caching workloads. These new cache nodes can deliver higher sustained memory bandwidth with lower network latency and jitter. M3 cache nodes provide better, more consistent performance than M1 cache nodes. The new M3 and R3 cache nodes also represent cost savings of 16%-25% compared to M1 and M2 families.

    The M3 cache nodes are available in all AWS regions where ElastiCache is available. R3 cache nodes are available in all AWS regions except South America (São Paulo).

    To learn more please read our blog.

  • Introducing T2, the New Low-Cost, General Purpose Instance Type for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2014

    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Amazon EC2 T2 instances. T2 instances are a new low-cost, General Purpose instance type that are designed to provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline. With On-Demand Instance prices starting at $0.013 per hour ($9.50 per month), T2 instances are the lowest-cost Amazon EC2 instance option and are ideal for web servers, developer environments, and small databases.

    T2 instances are for workloads that don’t use the full CPU often or consistently, but occasionally need to burst to higher CPU performance. Many applications such as web servers, developer environments and small databases don’t need consistently high levels of CPU, but benefit significantly from having full access to very fast CPUs when they need them. T2 instances are engineered specifically for these use cases.

    T2 instances are available in three sizes: t2.micro, t2.small, and t2.medium and work well in combination with Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes for instance block storage.

  • AWS CloudTrail is now available in Tokyo, Singapore and Sao Paulo regions

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2014

    AWS CloudTrail is now available in Tokyo, Singapore and Sao Paulo regions. By turning on CloudTrail in these regions, you gain increased visibility into API calls made on your AWS account. CloudTrail records API calls made on your AWS account and delivers log files to an Amazon S3 bucket you specified. The log files generated by CloudTrail enables you to perform operational troubleshooting, security incident analysis, track changes to AWS resources and makes it easier to ensure compliance with internal policies and regulatory standards. For more details, see the AWS compliance white paper, Security at Scale: Logging in AWS.

    To turn on CloudTrail for your account, go to the AWS management console or use the AWS CLI and SDKs.

    To learn more about CloudTrail, go to CloudTrail detail page or review the user guide.

  • Amazon Kinesis now available in US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2014

    Amazon Kinesis is a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. Using Amazon Kinesis, you can capture, and store terabytes of data an hour from hundreds of thousands of sources. Developers can write stream processing applications with the Kinesis Client Library that take action on real-time data such as web site click-streams, financial transaction data, social media feeds, IT logs, location-tracking events, and more. Amazon Kinesis-enabled applications can power real-time dashboards, generate alerts, drive real-time business decisions such as changing pricing and advertising strategies, or emit data to other big data services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (Amazon EMR), or Amazon Redshift.

  • Amazon Redshift Announces Cross Region Ingestion and Improved Query Functionality

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2014

    We are delighted to announce cross region ingestion and improved query functionality for Amazon Redshift, a fast, easy-to-use, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud that costs as little as $1,000/TB/Year. Customers can now COPY data directly into Amazon Redshift from an Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon DynamoDB table that is not in the same region as the Amazon Redshift cluster. We've also launched new numeric SQL functions, greatest and least, as well as new window functions, percentile_cont and percentile_disc, for more advanced analytics. These features will be rolling out to all new and existing Amazon Redshift customers over the next week, during maintenance windows.

    To get started with Amazon Redshift, please visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, please visit the Developer Guide and the Management Guide history. To receive alerts when new features are announced, please subscribe to our feature announcements thread in the Amazon Redshift forum.

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is now available with AWS OpsWorks

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2014

    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is now available with AWS OpsWorks. Get access to updated Linux kernel and packages (Python, PHP, LXC, MySQL, Apache, etc) with this Ubuntu release.

    Since the beginning of this year, OpsWorks has added a number of new features ranging from new AWS resources support to updated programming language support. You can use the new Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes as well as EBS Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volumes. We have added support for new Amazon EC2 instance types (c3, r3, and m3) along with the ability move RAID volumes between EC2 instances. OpsWorks has also updated support for Ruby (2.0 and 2.1) and Node.js (0.10.21, 0.010.24, 0.10.25, 0.10.27). Finally, you can now choose to associate your EC2 instances with custom EC2 security groups or OpsWorks built-in security groups.

    Try out these new features in the AWS Management Console.

  • Amazon CloudSearch adds enhanced SDK and CLI support

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2014

    The AWS SDK and CLI now offer enhanced support for Amazon CloudSearch with new search and document features. Developers could already use the AWS SDK and CLI to set up and configure their CloudSearch domains. With this release, developers can also use them to upload documents and submit search requests. With the addition of these features, the AWS SDK and CLI provide developers with centralized tools for interacting with CloudSearch domains in conjunction with other AWS services.

    The AWS SDKs simplify using AWS services in your applications with an API tailored to your programming language or platform. Click here for more information about the AWS SDKs. Download the latest version of the AWS SDKs to access the new features. The AWS CLI makes it easy to interact with other AWS services from a single, easy-to-install client. If you have previously installed the AWS CLI, please upgrade to the latest version to access the new features. If you are new to the AWS CLI, see the installation and configuration instructions for more information.

    Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction to Amazon CloudSearch, visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.

  • Amazon CloudFront Adds Device Detection, Geo Targeting, Host Header Forwarding, CORS Support, and more!

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2014

    Starting today, you can use Amazon CloudFront to further customize or personalize your dynamic content delivery. You can now configure Amazon CloudFront to forward request headers to your origin and deliver customized content to your end users depending on the characteristics of their request, such as the device they are using to access your site or the country from which they access your content.

  • Amazon AppStream Update - New Features and New Docs

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2014

    On Tuesday June 24th AppStream launched a new version of the SDK. The latest 1.5.0.51 release, has the following improvements:

  • New Marketing Analytics Tools for AWS Marketplace Partners

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2014

    AWS Marketplace is AWS's cloud software store that makes it easy for AWS customers to find, buy, and use software configured especially for the AWS cloud. The Marketplace also helps Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Value-added Resellers (VARs), and System Integrators (SIs) reach new customers and build their businesses on AWS.

  • New Global Class Schedule for AWS Training

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2014

    AWS released a new AWS Global Class Schedule tool that provides customers with a centralized view of all AWS Training classes available through both AWS and our APN Training Partners, making it easier for you to register for the class that is most convenient to you. To learn more about AWS Training and sign up for an upcoming class, visit aws.amazon.com/training.

  • Amazon SES Adds Support For Delivery Notifications

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2014

    Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now supports delivery notifications. Delivery notifications enable you to more accurately track your sending by alerting you when Amazon SES successfully delivers your email to a recipient's mail server.

    Delivery notifications are provided in the form of Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) messages. You enable delivery notifications by configuring your verified identities to publish these notifications to an Amazon SNS topic of your choice. In addition to a delivery timestamp, delivery notifications include the response of the remote mail server that accepted your message, the length of time Amazon SES took to process the email, and more.

    Delivery notifications join the existing bounce and complaint notifications to provide increased transparency into your email sending. To learn more about Amazon SES, visit the Amazon SES detail page. For details about using notifications with Amazon SES, see the Amazon SES Blog.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Caption Support

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2014

    We are excited to let you know that Amazon Elastic Transcoder now includes Captioning Support for video content. Captioning is the process of displaying text that accompanies the video to transcribe the audio portion of the program or translate the audio into a different language. Starting today you can now use Elastic Transcoder to add, remove, or preserve captions as you transcode your video from one format to another.

    Captioning Support helps you make your videos easily accessible to a broader set of viewers who are either hearing impaired, consuming the video in noisy environments such as train rides, or want to enjoy a video presented in a language they don’t understand. To get started with this feature, you simply include caption data with each video in your transcoding job. You may transcode embedded broadcast caption formats such as CEA-608 to newer formats such as WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks) to reach modern internet enabled devices. You may also supply a separate sidecar file (a stand-alone file containing only captions) along with the original caption file to add support for a language that was not included in the original video. Finally, you may include an output DFXP caption file (which is compatible with the SMPTE-TT standard) to prepare content that complies with FCC rules that require captioning support for programs re-shown on the Internet.

    There are no additional costs for using Captioning Support with Amazon Elastic Transcoder beyond the normal usage fees for the service. Learn more about all the supported conversions for captions by visiting the Captioning Support section of the Amazon Elastic Transcoder Developer Guide, or by reading the AWS Blog announcement.

  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce now supports IAM roles and federated users

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2014

    Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) has introduced two new AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) integration features.

  • Education and Research category launched within AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2014

    Announcing the launch of a new category within AWS Marketplace specifically dedicated to solutions that address the needs of the Education and Research industry sectors. Leaders at Higher Education Institutions and K12 schools and districts can now browse, search and launch software products that are focused on the specific needs of today's students, instructors, researchers and school-administrative staff. Education customers can take advantage of the ease of use and flexibility that the AWS Marketplace offers when launching applications such as 1-click deployments with no procurement of hardware or complicated software installation.

    The Education and Research category launched with a number of high-value products including two leading Learning Management Systems - Canvas and Moodle, three virtual labs - MIMIC Virtual Lab, Cloud vLab and MATLAB/Simulink, and video-collaboration and conferencing tools - Adobe Connect, Zoom Cloud Meetings and Collaaj. Moving forward, many more products will be added to create a diverse set of learning tools, research platforms and information systems essential to the modern online learning environment.

    Resources:
    AWS Marketplace category page
    Jeff Barr blog post

  • Amazon EC2 Service Limits Report Now Available

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2014

    Announcing the immediate availability of EC2 Service Limits Report. EC2 Service Limits Report is designed to make it easier for you to view and manage your limits for Amazon EC2 by providing the latest information on service limits and links to quickly request limit increases. EC2 Service Limits Report displays all your service limit information in one place to help you avoid encountering limits on future EC2, EBS, Auto Scaling, and VPC usage.

  • CloudFormation supports VPC peering, EBS encryption, additional CloudFront configuration and more

    Posted On: Jun 17, 2014

    AWS CloudFormation now supports VPC peering, EBS encryption, additional CloudFront configuration and more. You can now use CloudFormation to configure these AWS features:

  • Introducing the Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volume type

    Posted On: Jun 16, 2014

    We are pleased to introduce the Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volume type. General Purpose (SSD) volumes are our new default Amazon EBS storage option and are suitable for a broad range of use cases, including small to medium-sized databases, development and test environments, and boot volumes.

    Backed by Solid-State Drives (SSDs), General Purpose (SSD) volumes provide the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS per volume, independent of volume size, to meet the performance needs of most applications and also deliver a consistent baseline of 3 IOPS/GB. General Purpose (SSD) volumes offer the same five nines of availability and durable snapshot capabilities as other volume types. Pricing and performance for General Purpose (SSD) volumes are simple and predictable. You pay for each GB of storage you provision, and there are no additional charges for I/O performed on a volume. Prices start as low as $0.10/GB.

    You can now choose between three Amazon EBS volume types to best meet the needs of your workloads: General Purpose (SSD), Provisioned IOPS (SSD), and Magnetic volumes. General Purpose (SSD) volumes are suitable for a broad range of workloads, including small to medium-sized databases, development and test environments, and boot volumes. Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volumes offer storage with consistent and low-latency performance, are designed for I/O-intensive applications such as large relational or NoSQL databases, and allow you to choose the level of performance you need. Magnetic volumes, formerly known as Standard volumes, provide the lowest cost per gigabyte of all Amazon EBS volume types and are ideal for workloads where data is accessed infrequently and applications where the lowest storage cost is important.

    It’s easy to create a new General Purpose (SSD) volume with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. If you have an existing volume you would like to migrate to a General Purpose (SSD) volume, you can simply take a snapshot, and use the snapshot to create a new General Purpose (SSD) volume.

    To learn more please see the Amazon EBS details page.

  • AWS SDK for iOS Version 2 - Developer Preview

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2014

    AWS SDK for iOS Version 2 is now in Developer Preview. We have re-built it from the ground up to conform to Objective-C conventions and take advantage of new features in the Cocoa framework. The new SDK will also improve interoperability with a number of other frameworks and projects in the iOS developer ecosystem.

  • Amazon S3 now supports Server Side Encryption with Customer-provided Keys (SSE-C)

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2014

    With SSE-C, Amazon S3 encrypts your data, on your behalf, using keys that you provide. Your key is discarded immediately after your request, and your key is never stored by S3. Since Amazon S3 performs the encryption for you, you get the benefits of using your encryption keys without the cost of writing or executing your own encryption code.

    In addition to REST API updates, the AWS SDKs for Java, Ruby, PHP, and. NET provide the necessary functionality to leverage SSE-C. You can learn how to use SSE with Customer-provided Keys today by visiting the Using SSE with Customer-provided Keys topic in the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

  • SNS now has Windows support, and China Android support with Baidu

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2014

    We have added the following features to Amazon SNS:

    Windows push notifications support. Now, you can use Amazon SNS to send push notifications to Windows Phone devices and Windows 8 desktops. SNS supports the Windows Push Notification Service (WNS) for Windows 8 desktops, and also for Windows Phone 8.1 and higher. Amazon SNS also supports the Microsoft Push Notification Service for older Windows Phone 7 apps.

    China Android support with Baidu Cloud Push. Baidu Cloud Push lets you deliver push notifications to Android devices in China via any Android app store, from all AWS Regions except Govcloud (US). Delivering push notifications in China on Android is more complex than other parts of the world. With many different app stores and push services, our customers are now realizing that this is a difficult issue to solve and have asked for additional options. In order to allow app developers to address this large and rapidly growing market and to avoid having to customize their code for every app store, Amazon SNS can now deliver messages to users in China through the Baidu Cloud Push, regardless of the app store that they use.

    Message Attributes: Message attributes allow you to provide structured metadata items (such as timestamps, geospatial data, signatures, and identifiers) about the message. Message attributes are optional and separate from, but sent along with, the message body. This information can be used by the receiver of the message to help decide how to handle the message without having to first process the message body. You can use SNS message attributes in conjunction with SQS and mobile push endpoints.

    These new features are available now, and you can start using them immediately. To start sending messages today, please visit the SNS Getting Started Guide.

  • Announcing a Preview of Amazon Elastic MapReduce commands on the AWS Command Line Interface

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2014

    A Preview of commands for Amazon Elastic MapReduce on the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is now available. The Preview gives you early access to try these commands, and it gives us the opportunity to receive feedback and iterate on the design before it becomes generally available. These new commands will allow you to create, describe, manage, and terminate your Amazon EMR clusters using the AWS CLI. Additionally, the AWS CLI makes it easy to interact with other AWS services from a single client and is easy to install. During the Preview, we request your feedback on our new Amazon EMR commands. Please send your feedback to emr-cli-feedback@amazon.com, and we appreciate your input.

    You can enable the Preview and use the new commands for Amazon EMR on the AWS CLI by entering “$ aws configure set preview.emr true” on the AWS CLI. If you have previously installed the AWS CLI, please upgrade to version 1.3.15 to access the Preview. If you have not installed the AWS CLI, please click here for installation instructions and here for configuration instructions. To learn more about the new commands and which commands are available, type “$ aws emr help” after you enable the Preview.

  • AWS Console Mobile App Adds Multiple Identities and Access Key Authentication

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2014

    The AWS Console mobile app now supports switching between multiple identities and the ability to authenticate using access keys. Use the new features to add credentials for multiple accounts and easily switch between them without signing out. Users can optionally use AWS access keys to authenticate without using the sign-in form every 12 hours.

    The AWS Console mobile app is 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 app also features support for EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon S3, Amazon Relational Database Service, Route 53 Hosted Zones, Auto Scaling, AWS OpsWorks, CloudWatch, and the Service Health Dashboard.

    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.

  • AWS OpsWorks supports AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2014

    We are excited to announce that AWS OpsWorks now supports 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.

    AWS OpsWorks is an application management service that makes it easy to deploy and operate applications of all shapes and sizes. To learn more about OpsWorks, visit the OpsWorks detail page.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 AMIs

    Posted On: Jun 3, 2014

    Windows Server 2012 R2 AMIs are now available in 19 languages, including built-in support for enhanced networking via SR-IOV on R3, C3 and I2 instances. You can also import your existing Windows Server 2012 R2 VMs to AWS using VM Import.

    In addition, new Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard, Web and Express Edition AMI’s running on Windows Server 2012 R2 are available in localized versions for English, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese. Also, a Server Core for Windows Server 2012 R2 AMI is now available reducing the servicing and management requirements as only components required for a manageable DHCP, File, DNS, Media Services, and Active Directory server can be installed.

    The AMIs are available from the AWS Marketplace as well as in the EC2 console. Administrators using PowerShell can query for the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 AMIs by using Get-EC2ImageByName -Names Windows_Server-2012-R2_RTM-English-64Bit-Base-*

  • SAP HANA Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Jun 3, 2014

    This week at the SAP Sapphire conference we are announcing the availability of an SAP HANA Quick Start Reference Deployment guide and implementation. The guide serves as a reference for customers interested in deploying SAP HANA on the flexible AWS platform in a self-service fashion.

  • Amazon RDS adds Multi-AZ support for SQL Server in US East Region

    Posted On: Jun 2, 2014

    Amazon RDS now offers Multi-AZ support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server in the US East (Northern Virginia) AWS Region. This new high availability option leverages SQL Server Mirroring technology with additional improvements to meet the requirements of enterprise-grade production workloads running on SQL Server. The Multi-AZ deployment option provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating database updates between two AWS Availability Zones. Availability Zones are physically separate locations with independent infrastructure engineered to be insulated from failures in other Availability Zones.

    When you create or modify your SQL Server database instance to run using Multi-AZ, Amazon RDS will automatically provision a primary database in one Availability Zone and maintain a synchronous "standby" replica in a different Availability Zone. In the event of planned database maintenance or unplanned service disruption, Amazon RDS will automatically fail over the SQL Server database to the up-to-date standby so that database operations can resume quickly without any manual intervention.

    Multi-AZ is available with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and 2012 Standard and Enterprise Editions. The increased availability and fault tolerance offered by Amazon RDS for SQL Server Multi-AZ are well suited for critical production environments using SQL Server. Multi-AZ deployments for Amazon RDS for SQL Server are also available in the US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) AWS Regions.

    To learn more, visit the RDS SQL Server details page.

  • The AWS Management Portal for vCenter is Now Available

    Posted On: May 30, 2014

    The AWS Management Portal for vCenter is now available for you to install. If you use VMware infrastructure, you can now install the AWS Management Portal for vCenter as a plug-in for VMware vCenter and use it to manage AWS infrastructure using vCenter. The portal interface is simple to use and is designed to make it easy for users with VMware experience to get started with AWS. There is no cost to use the portal, aside from the cost of the underlying AWS services consumed.

    The AWS Management Portal for vCenter includes support for Amazon EC2 and VM Import. Using the portal, you can migrate your existing VMware VMs to Amazon EC2, launch new EC2 instances, create VPCs and Subnets, and manage your EC2 instances. We will add additional functionality to the portal over the coming months. AWS resources created using the portal run in your AWS account, so you get all of the benefits of AWS, when managing your resources using vCenter. You can also use other AWS tools in combination with the portal, including the AWS Management Console and AWS CLI.

    The AWS Management Portal for vCenter makes it easy for enterprises to offer self-service access to AWS to their internal users. It includes Single Sign-On support for Active Directory. It provides integrated Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), so you can set fine-grained permissions for what end users can view, create, or modify. Resources created within the portal are automatically tagged, so administrators can also generate tag-based cost allocation reports for any resources that users create with the portal.

    Learn more here.

  • Amazon CloudSearch adds Hebrew language support and user controlled domain partitioning

    Posted On: May 29, 2014

    We are excited to announce two new features for Amazon CloudSearch: expanded language support and more user control over search domain scaling. These new features are available immediately for all new and existing CloudSearch domains.

    With the expanded language support, you can now configure language specific text processing for Hebrew in addition to the 33 other languages Amazon CloudSearch supports.

    The new desired partition count scaling option gives you more control over the starting footprint of a search domain. This option enables you to preconfigure the number of index partitions for a domain when you use the m2.2xlarge search instance type. The desired partition count can be configured through the CloudSearch management console, API, or CLI.

    Preconfiguring a search domain to use more partitions enables faster uploads when you have a large amount of data to upload. If you need to boost query performance, you can also add partitions to drop the per-partition document count and speed up complex queries. Amazon CloudSearch will still scale the domain up or down based on the volume of data or traffic, but the number of partitions will never drop below your desired partition count.

    Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction to Amazon CloudSearch, visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.

  • Amazon CloudFront API Calls Now Supported by AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: May 28, 2014

    We are excited to let you know that you can now log configuration changes to your Amazon CloudFront distributions through AWS CloudTrail, the AWS service that records API calls for your account and delivers log files to you. It can be used to enable security analysis, track changes to your AWS resource, and aid in compliance auditing. AWS CloudTrail logs can now include details for your configuration calls for Amazon CloudFront, including the identity of the API caller, the time of the API call, the source IP address of the API caller, the request parameters, and the response elements returned by Amazon CloudFront.

    If you are already using AWS CloudTrail, you will start seeing Amazon CloudFront API calls in your AWS CloudTrail log. If you haven't turned on AWS CloudTrail for your account, you can turn on CloudTrail from the AWS Management Console. There is no additional charge for turning on CloudTrail, but standard rates for Amazon S3 and Amazon SNS usage apply. Please visit the AWS CloudTrail detail page or the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide to learn more.

    To learn more about Amazon CloudFront, please visit the Amazon CloudFront detail page. You can also join technical experts from Amazon CloudFront for an interactive "Office Hours" session on June 25th, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST. This online session will enable technical audiences to interact directly with our engineers in the form of a live Q&A. Register for Amazon CloudFront Office Hours here.

  • Lower prices, better performance with Amazon RDS Memory Optimized DB Instances

    Posted On: May 28, 2014

    You can now take advantage of the R3 instance type with Amazon RDS. R3 instances are optimized for memory-intensive applications, have the lowest cost per GiB of RAM among Amazon RDS instance types, and are recommended for high performance database workloads. These new instances feature the latest Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge processors and deliver higher sustained memory bandwidth with lower network latency and jitter at prices up to 28% lower than comparable M2 DB Instances.

    Of these new DB instances, db.r3.xlarge, db.r3.2xlarge, and db.r3.4xlarge are optimized for Provisioned IOPS storage. For a workload with 50% writes and 50% reads running on db.r3.8xlarge instance type, it is possible to realize up to 20,000 IOPS for MySQL and 25,000 IOPS for PostgreSQL. Refer to the Provisioned IOPS storage section of the User Guide to learn more.

    To take advantage of R3 instance types for RDS, you can either launch a new instance of a supported engine type, or perform an instance scale operation on an instance running a supported engine type. We currently support PostgreSQL, SQL Server and MySQL version 5.6 database engines for R3 instances, with support for MySQL version 5.1 and 5.5 coming soon. Amazon RDS for MySQL customers running MySQL 5.5 who wish to take advantage of R3 instances now should first upgrade from MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6 before performing an instance scale operation.

    Pricing for R3 database instances starts at $0.089/hour (effective price) for 3 year Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances and $0.240/hour for On-Demand usage. These pricing examples are for MySQL instances in the US West (Oregon) AWS Region. For more information on pricing, visit the Amazon RDS pricing page.

    These new instances are available in all AWS regions except GovCloud (US), China (Beijing), and South America (São Paulo). Support for RDS R3 instances is coming to those regions in the future.

    To learn more about R3 instances, view the RDS instance class table.

  • Amazon RDS in AWS GovCloud (US) now supports Provisioned IOPS and M3 Instance Types

    Posted On: May 28, 2014

    We have four pieces of good news to share regarding Amazon RDS in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. 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. Third, you can scale IOPS and storage independently. And, finally, you can now launch M3 database instances. 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 with Oracle and PostgreSQL and 12,500 IOPS with MySQL. However, by provisioning up to 30,000 IOPS, you may be able to achieve lower latency and higher throughput. For SQL Server you can provision up to 10,000 IOPS and 1 TB of allocated storage. 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.

    M3 Instance Type Support: These new instances provide you with a similar ratio of CPU and memory resources as our previous M1 database instances but offer 50% more computational capability/core, significantly improving overall compute capacity. Out of these new DB instances, the db.m3.xlarge and db.m3.2xlarge are optimized for Provisioned IOPS storage. For a workload with 50% writes and 50% reads running on db.m3.2xlarge instance type, it is possible to realize up to 12,500 IOPS for MySQL and 25,000 IOPS for Oracle and PostgreSQL. Refer to the Provisioned IOPS storage section of the User Guide to learn more.

    You are also invited to attend the AWS GovCloud (US) Solutions Architect Office Hours on June 3rd and the Introduction to AWS GovCloud (US) webinar with the AWS GovCloud (US) team on June 11th, where you can learn more about the AWS GovCloud (US) region and the new RDS offerings.

  • New automatic CRM (customer relationship management) features for AWS Marketplace ISVs, VARs, and SIs

    Posted On: May 27, 2014

    AWS Marketplace is AWS's cloud software store that makes it easy for AWS customers to find, buy, and use software configured especially for the AWS cloud. The Marketplace also helps Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Value-added Resellers (VARs), and System Integrators (SIs) reach new customers and build their businesses on AWS.

  • Announcing the AWS Pop-up Loft

    Posted On: May 27, 2014

    We’re excited to announce the AWS Pop-up Loft, a temporary space in downtown San Francisco where startups can drop in, hang out, and receive free in-person AWS technical guidance from our technical experts including AWS Solution Architects and AWS Support. Our doors are open June 4th-27th. Make an appointment to reserve 1:1 time with an AWS technical expert or drop in with availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Take free self-paced Hands-on Labs, attend technical sessions and bootcamps, and mingle with the AWS Activate startup community during evening networking events. We’ll have snacks, drinks, and a bike rack to park your pedals.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Announces Performance Enhancements

    Posted On: May 22, 2014

    We are excited to let you know that Amazon Elastic Transcoder has added multiple parallel processing enhancements that will improve your experience when running transcoding jobs.

  • Update to AWS Management Pack for System Center

    Posted On: May 22, 2014

    AWS Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2012 Version 2 is now available.

    Version 2 of the AWS Management Pack for SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2012 R2 takes advantage of features introduced in SCOM 2012, most notably resource pools. A resource pool is a collection of management servers used to distribute work amongst themselves and take over work from a failed member. This ensures the continuity of monitoring by providing multiple management servers that can take on monitoring workflows if one of the management servers becomes unavailable and thereby enables customers to reliably monitor large scale AWS environments using SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2012 R2.

    The management pack can be downloaded from http://aws.amazon.com/windows/system-center/ and for more information you can review the management pack documentation.

  • Amazon EMR Adds New Memory-Optimized Instance Types

    Posted On: May 22, 2014

    Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) is a web service that makes it easy to process large amounts of data using Hadoop on AWS. Amazon EMR now supports 4 new memory-optimized instances types: r3.xlarge, r3.2xlarge, r3.4xlarge, and r3.8xlarge. These instance types have the lowest cost per GiB of RAM among all Amazon EC2 instance types. They are ideal for applications like Impala and Spark that need large amounts of memory.

    You can learn more about these instance types on the EC2 Instance Types page. To use these instance types with EMR, you must use AMI version 2.4.5 or later (for Hadoop 1) or AMI version 3.0.4 or later (for Hadoop 2).

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

  • Amazon EBS encryption now available

    Posted On: May 21, 2014

    We are excited to announce the availability of Amazon EBS encryption for new EBS storage volumes, enabling you to meet security and encryption compliance requirements. This frequently requested feature provides you with seamless support for data encryption on block-level storage, at no additional cost.

    Until today, you needed third-party security tools to encrypt data for EBS volumes. With Amazon EBS encryption, you can now create an encrypted EBS volume and attach it to a supported instance type. Data on the volume, disk I/O, and snapshots created from the volume are then all encrypted. The encryption occurs on the servers that host the EC2 instances, providing encryption of data as it moves between EC2 instances and EBS storage. EBS encryption is based on the industry standard AES-256 cryptographic algorithm.

    To get started, simply enable encryption when you create a new EBS volume using the AWS Management Console, API, or CLI. Amazon EBS encryption is available for all the latest EC2 instances in all commercially available AWS regions. To learn more about Amazon EBS encryption, see the Amazon EBS details page.

  • AWS Trusted Advisor now monitors service limits for Amazon SES, Amazon VPC, and Auto Scaling

    Posted On: May 21, 2014

    Starting today, AWS Trusted Advisor will help you monitor service usage for Amazon SES, Amazon VPC, and Auto Scaling, bringing the service coverage from four (Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, Amazon RDS, and Elastic Load Balancing) to seven. The Service Limits check alerts you if your usage goes over 80% of the default limit, so you can request a service limit increase ahead of time. You can review your Service Limits report in Trusted Advisor’s Performance category.

  • Amazon EC2 expands regional availability for C3 and G2 instance types

    Posted On: May 21, 2014

    Amazon EC2 G2 instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions. Amazon EC2 C3 instances are now available in the South America (Sao Paulo) AWS Region.

    G2 instances are intended for graphics and general purpose GPU compute applications. G2 instances feature a high-performance NVIDIA GPU with 1,536 CUDA cores and 4GB of video memory, making them ideally suited for video creation services, 3D visualizations, streaming graphics-intensive applications, and other server-side workloads requiring massive parallel processing power. G2 instances are available in one size – g2.2xlarge.

    C3 instances are ideal for applications that benefit from a higher amount of compute capacity relative to memory, and are recommended for high performance web servers, and other scale-out compute-intensive applications. C3 instances are available in five sizes – c3.large, c3.xlarge, c3.2xlarge, c3.4xlarge, c3.8xlarge.

    You can purchase G2 and C3 instances as On-Demand Instances, Reserved Instances, or as Spot Instances. To learn more about G2 and C3 instances, please visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page.

  • Amazon S3 Now Supports Lifecycle Rules for Versioning

    Posted On: May 20, 2014

    Amazon S3 now supports lifecycle rules for versioning. This means that you can now use lifecycle rules for S3 buckets regardless of whether they are enabled for versioning or not.

    Versioning provides protection against overwrites and deletes by enabling you to preserve, retrieve, and restore every version of every object in an Amazon S3 bucket. Lifecycle rules provide you the ability to configure rules that define what automatically happens to objects stored in your buckets after a specific date or period of time.

    Now that lifecycle rules are supported for versioning, you can combine versioning and lifecycle rules to enable scenarios such as easily setting up a rule that stores all your previous object versions in the lower cost Glacier storage class and deletes them from Glacier storage after 100 days. This example would provide a 100 day window to roll back any changes made to your data and automatically lower your storage costs.

    To learn more about configuring lifecycle rules with versioning, please review the Amazon S3 Developers Guide.

  • Amazon RDS introduces Multi-AZ support for SQL Server

    Posted On: May 19, 2014

    Amazon RDS now offers Multi-AZ support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server. This new high availability option leverages SQL Server Mirroring technology with additional improvements to meet the requirements of enterprise-grade production workloads running on SQL Server. The Multi-AZ deployment option provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating database updates between two AWS Availability Zones. Availability Zones are physically separate locations with independent infrastructure engineered to be insulated from failures in other Availability Zones.

    When you create or modify your SQL Server database instance to run using Multi-AZ, Amazon RDS will automatically provision a primary database in one Availability Zone and maintain a synchronous "standby" replica in a different Availability Zone. In the event of planned database maintenance or unplanned service disruption, Amazon RDS will automatically fail over the SQL Server database to the up-to-date standby so that database operations can resume quickly without any manual intervention.

    Multi-AZ is available with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and 2012 Standard and Enterprise Editions. It is presently available in the US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) AWS Regions, with availability in the US East (Northern Virginia) region coming soon. The increased availability and fault tolerance offered by Amazon RDS for SQL Server Multi-AZ are well suited for critical production environments using SQL Server.

    To learn more, visit the RDS SQL Server details page.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Available in Sydney!

    Posted On: May 15, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region!

    Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud that allows you to 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. You can also integrate Amazon WorkSpaces with your corporate Active Directory so that your users can continue using their existing enterprise credentials to seamlessly access company resources.

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

    The Amazon WorkSpaces Team

  • Announcing new features in AWS Activate: Startup Blog, Startup Spotlight, and the Amazon Toolbox

    Posted On: May 14, 2014

    We're excited to announce new features through the AWS Activate program:

  • AWS OpsWorks supports Amazon RDS

    Posted On: May 14, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that you can now use Amazon RDS with AWS OpsWorks. Amazon RDS gives you access to the capabilities of a familiar MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or PostgreSQL database engine and manages time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing you up to focus on your applications and business.

    With today's announcement, you can register RDS databases to use with your OpsWorks applications. Configuration details such as the database endpoint are automatically made available to your application servers. To get started, create an RDS DB instance, and then in your OpsWorks stack add the RDS DB instance as a layer and associate it with your applications. To learn more and see examples, see our documentation or get started in the AWS OpsWorks console.

  • Amazon AppStream - adding support for Log Collection and YUV444

    Posted On: May 13, 2014

    We are pleased to let you know about two new features that we have added to Amazon AppStream:

    Log Collection for your streaming application. Amazon AppStream now enables you to collect application logs, standard streams (stdin, stdout), Windows mini dumps, and host utilization logs to quickly debug issues and iterate on your streaming application development. Learn more about setting up log collection for your application here.

    YUV444 Support. You now have the option to encode and stream your applications with YUV444 color. YUV444 encoding will result in higher fidelity images for applications with wireframes and drawings, commonly used in CAD applications. For streaming applications with continuous colors such as landscapes, you can continue to use the default color space of YUV420. Learn more about configuring YUV444 here under “Choose a Color Subsampling Rate.”

    Visit the AppStream Product Updates page to see all AppStream enhancements since our launch in March.

  • AWS CloudTrail is now available in Northern California, Ireland and Sydney Regions

    Posted On: May 13, 2014

    We are excited to share an important update about AWS CloudTrail.

    CloudTrail is now available in Northern California, Ireland and Sydney Regions.

    CloudTrail records API calls made on your AWS account and delivers log files to an Amazon S3 bucket you specified. The CloudTrail log files enable you to perform operational troubleshooting, security incident analysis, AWS resource change tracking and ensure compliance with internal policies and regulatory standards. For more details, see our compliance white paper, Security at Scale: Logging in AWS. You can also register for AWS security webinar on May 20th 2014 10 am to 11 am PDT featuring AWS CloudTrail, AWS partner Splunk and FINRA (a joint AWS/Splunk customer).

    To learn more about CloudTrail, please visit our detail page.

  • Amazon Simple Workflow (Amazon SWF) Supports Amazon CloudTrail

    Posted On: May 13, 2014

    Amazon SWF Customers, Amazon SWF now supports 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 , and CloudTrail partners page.

    You can learn more about Amazon SWF at the Amazon SWF product detail page.

  • AWS CloudFormation enables parameter-only stack updates and stack notification topic changes

    Posted On: May 12, 2014

    You can now update an AWS CloudFormation stack with only parameters. Previously, you needed to submit a new template even when you wanted to update only the parameters. We now provide you an option to update a stack by passing in only parameters and having CloudFormation automatically re-use the current stack template.

  • Amazon Redshift Announces Improvements to Query Flexibility and Data Export

    Posted On: May 8, 2014

    We are delighted to announce improvements to query flexibility and data export for Amazon Redshift, a fast, easy-to-use, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud that costs as little as $1,000/TB/Year. Customers can now use three additional regular expressions when writing SQL queries (regexp_instr, regexp_replace, regexp_count) and unload data from their cluster to a single file. These features will be rolling out to all new and existing Amazon Redshift customers over the next two weeks, during maintenance windows. For more information on these and other recently launched Redshift features, please see Jeff Barr's blog post.

    To get started with Amazon Redshift, please visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, please visit the Developer Guide and the Management Guide history. To receive alerts when new features are announced, please subscribe to our feature announcements thread in the Amazon Redshift forum.

  • AWS Free Usage Tier Now Includes Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: May 8, 2014

    We are excited to announce that starting May 1, 2014, the AWS Free Usage Tier benefits will include Amazon CloudFront, AWS’s content delivery web service. Free-tier eligible customers can now try Amazon CloudFront at no additional cost. The free tier for Amazon CloudFront includes up to 50 GB data transfer and 2,000,000 requests per month aggregated across all AWS edge locations. Please visit the AWS Free Usage Tier page for more information.

    Getting started with Amazon CloudFront is easy. To learn more, visit the Amazon CloudFront detail page and the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide. You can also join technical experts from Amazon CloudFront for an interactive “Office Hours” session on May 27th, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST. These online sessions enable a technical audience to interact directly with our engineers in the form of a live Q&A. Register for Amazon CloudFront Office Hours here.

  • AWS Console Mobile App Now Supports Route 53

    Posted On: May 7, 2014

    We’re excited to announce support for Amazon Route 53 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 S3, Amazon Relational Database Service, Auto Scaling, AWS OpsWorks, CloudWatch, and the Service Health Dashboard.

    The latest update introduces new features for app users to view information about Route 53 hosted zones and record sets. Amazon Route 53 customers can browse hosted zones, view hosted zone details, browse record sets in a hosted zone, and view record set details.

    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.

  • AWS Data Pipeline: New Scheduling Options and Pipeline State

    Posted On: May 7, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that you can now schedule a pipeline to run once, run upon pipeline activation, or run a fixed number of times. These additional scheduling options are available on the new Create Pipeline page in the Management Console.

    We also introduced a new pipeline state called "Finished". Pipelines that have a scheduled end date in the past and have no pending executions are now classified as "Finished", making it easier for you to identify pipelines that are no longer actively executing tasks.

    Please let us know what you think by clicking on the "Feedback" button in the AWS Data Pipeline Management Console.

  • New Professional Level Certification Exam Available for Solutions Architects

    Posted On: May 7, 2014

    AWS has released our first Professional Level certification exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional Level. This exam validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. It is intended to recognize highly experienced individuals who are capable of standing behind complex professional engagements. Available to individuals who have achieved the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level certification, this exam is the next level of proficiency in the AWS Certified Solutions Architect path.

    AWS Certifications designate individuals with IT competence in working with AWS technology, helping both employers to identify qualified candidates and IT professionals to acquire certifications that validate their expertise for continued career growth. Exams are administered through Kryterion testing centers in more than 750 testing locations worldwide.

    The Architecting on AWS – Advanced Concepts course is offered to help individuals to prepare for this exam. Additional study resources are provided in the exam blueprint.

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

  • Amazon SQS Announces Attributes for Messages

    Posted On: May 6, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon SQS (SQS) now offers metadata for your messages (message attributes). With message attributes, you can separate the body of a message from the metadata that describes it. This allows you to route, process and store information with greater speed and intelligence because your applications no longer have to inspect an entire message before understanding what processing steps are necessary.

  • Provision Amazon Kinesis with AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 6, 2014

    You can now provision Amazon Kinesis streams using AWS CloudFormation. A Kinesis stream is an ordered sequence of data records. You can already use CloudFormation to provision applications consuming data from the Kinesis streams.

    Amazon Kinesis is a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. With Amazon Kinesis applications, you can build real-time dashboards, capture exceptions and generate alerts, drive recommendations, and make other real-time business or operational decisions.

    AWS CloudFormation simplifies resource provisioning and management for a wide range of AWS services. The CloudFormation service quickly and reliably provisions application architectures (or ‘stacks’) that you model in the CloudFormation template files. You can also easily update or replicate the stacks as needed.

    Here is a sample CloudFormation template provisioning a Kinesis producer application, a Kinesis stream, and a Kinesis consumer application. Please see our documentation for more details on provisioning Amazon Kinesis with AWS CloudFormation.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Available in Europe!

    Posted On: May 5, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the AWS EU (Ireland) region!

    Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud that allows you to 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. You can also integrate Amazon WorkSpaces with your corporate Active Directory so that your users can continue using their existing enterprise credentials to seamlessly access company resources.

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

    The Amazon WorkSpaces Team

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk announces updated application containers and R3 instance type support

    Posted On: May 5, 2014

    We are excited to announce that the following AWS Elastic Beanstalk platforms have been updated to the latest release (2014.03.1) of the Amazon Linux AMI and support the new R3 instance types,

  • Tag Auto Scaling Groups in the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: May 1, 2014

    We are pleased to announce you can now create, view, and edit tags for your Auto Scaling groups in the AWS Management Console. To get started, log in to Amazon EC2 in the AWS Management Console and select an Auto Scaling group. Then, choose the Tags tab in the lower panel to view, edit, and create tags. You can also add tags when you first create a group, and optionally configure a group to tag each instance it launches.

    Tagging Auto Scaling groups can help you identify their purpose or status, for example by using tags such as App = web server, Role = back end, Stage = production, or Version = 2014.05.01. You can also use tags to make it easier to allocate costs and optimize spending, for example by tagging your groups with details such as cost center, administrator, or project. Learn more about tagging your Auto Scaling groups and Amazon EC2 resources.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Domain Name Based Health Checks

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2014

    We are excited to announce the launch of domain name based health checks for Amazon Route 53. You can now create Route 53 health checks against an endpoint where the IP address is not fixed or is served by multiple IPs (e.g. EC2 or RDS instances whose underlying IP addresses may change) by specifying its domain name such as server1234.example.com. You can also use domain name based health checks with Route 53's DNS failover to help improve the availability of your entire application by automatically routing requests only to healthy endpoints.

    All advanced health check features like HTTPS based health checks and string-matching health checks can now also be created using domain names instead of the endpoint's IP address. You can continue to use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor the availability of your endpoints and also configure alarms and notifications in order to be alerted when one of your endpoints becomes unreachable.

    Getting started is easy. To learn more, visit the Route 53 product page for full details and pricing, or see our documentation.

  • Amazon CloudWatch API calls are now available in CloudTrail

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch API calls are recorded and available in AWS CloudTrail. If you are an existing CloudTrail customer, you do not need to take any action. The following CloudWatch API calls are recorded and delivered to your S3 bucket.

  • Amazon Simple Workflow (Amazon SWF) Announces Metrics in CloudWatch

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Simple Workflow (Amazon SWF) now publishes metrics through Amazon CloudWatch. You can now use Amazon SWF metrics to scale your worker fleets, troubleshoot problem areas, and intervene when processes get stuck.

    Amazon SWF metrics are available starting today in all AWS regions.

    Amazon SWF is a background job, task coordination and state management service for cloud and on-premise applications. It provides features that let you build and run reliable background jobs and other applications that need to track and manage state. With Amazon SWF, you can stop writing complex glue-code and state machinery and invest more in the business logic that makes your applications unique.

    Amazon SWF metrics give you latency information to tell you how long steps in your workflows are taking and give you counts for key state changes in those workflows. Now, in addition to using CPU metrics to scale your worker fleets with Amazon Auto Scaling, you can use information about how long your workflow steps are taking to determine if your workers are falling behind and automatically add or reduce computing capacity. This helps you make sure your workflow applications can efficiently keep up with demand from your end-users.

    For more information about Amazon SWF metrics, please read the blog post or review the Amazon SWF Documentation. You can learn more about Amazon SWF at the Amazon SWF product detail page.

  • Storage price reduction for AWS Storage Gateway and support for Symantec Backup Exec with Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (VTL)

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2014

    In line with recent Amazon S3 price reductions, we have reduced Volume storage and VTL storage prices by 65%, effective April 1, 2014. You can find pricing details on the AWS Storage Gateway pricing page.

    We have also introduced support for Symantec Backup Exec with Gateway-VTL. You can now backup and archive directly to Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier using Gateway-VTL with Symantec Backup Exec. Details for getting started are in the AWS Storage Gateway-VTL user guide.

    The updated AWS Storage Gateway virtual machine (VM) image is available for download from the AWS Management Console. For gateways you've already deployed, Symantec Backup Exec support will be delivered through a software update deployed during your gateway's specified weekly maintenance time.

  • Streamline Your Code with Improved Query and Update Functionality

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2014

    Today’s release of Query Filters and Conditional Updates introduces capabilities that help streamline your application code. With query filters, you can refine the results from a Query operation before they are returned to you. With Conditional Updates, you can include a richer set of conditions in an update operation to perform operations like “update an item if it is less than a certain value,” or “update an item if its value is present in a given set of values.”

  • Announcing Backup and Restore capability for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2014

    We are delighted to announce Backup and Restore capability for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis. Starting today, you can create snapshots of your ElastiCache for Redis clusters, which can later be used for restore operations. Snapshots can be automatically created daily, as well as taken manually at any time. This is a convenient way to protect your Redis data.

    To learn more, we encourage you to read Jeff Barr’s blog. You can easily enjoy the Backup and Restore feature via just a few clicks on the AWS Management Console.

  • Amazon RDS Now Supports Oracle Database 11.2.0.4

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2014

    To create a new Oracle 11.2.0.4 database instance when using the "Launch DB Instance Wizard" in the AWS Management Console, select the DB Engine Version "11.2.0.4v1".

    To upgrade an existing database instance, use the "Modify" option in the AWS Management Console and select the DB Engine Version "11.2.0.4v1". Before you upgrade a production database instance, we recommend that you test the upgrade process with a test DB instance to verify how long the upgrade process takes, and that you test your application with the new DB Engine version. We do not recommend upgrading Micro DB Instances, because the upgrade process may run slowly and impact database performance.

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

  • Amazon RDS introduces MySQL 5.5 to 5.6 upgrade using Read Replicas

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2014

    You can now upgrade your existing MySQL database instances running MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6 using Read Replicas. To upgrade your existing instances, create a new Read Replica, upgrade it to MySQL 5.6, and once it has caught up to your existing master, promote it to be the new master. Also, starting today, for any newly created MySQL 5.5 instances, you can simply select the "Modify" option corresponding to the DB Instance to upgrade it to the latest version of MySQL 5.6.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds Docker support

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2014

    We are excited to announce that you can now create and manage Docker containers in AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

  • Auto Scaling Expands Support for Dedicated Instances

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that you can now use Auto Scaling to launch dedicated instances into any of your Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs). If your applications require instances be isolated at the hardware level, starting today you can choose dedicated tenancy for the instances in your Auto Scaling groups whether they are running in shared tenancy or dedicated-only Amazon VPCs.

    To run dedicated instances in your Auto Scaling groups, simply create a new launch configuration and set the Placement Tenancy property to 'dedicated'. When new instances are launched using this configuration, they will run on hardware dedicated to you. Learn more about using Auto Scaling in VPCs.

  • Amazon Redshift - Increased concurrency, easy load from Amazon EMR and new SSL Cipher Suites

    Posted On: Apr 22, 2014

    We are delighted to announce three new features for Amazon Redshift that enable increased concurrency, simpler data loading from Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) and expanded SSL cipher suite support. These new features will be released to all new and existing Amazon Redshift customers over the coming week. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in our forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.

    Customers can now execute up to 50 queries concurrently, load data in parallel directly from Amazon Elastic MapReduce clusters with the COPY command, and use the ECDHE-RSA & ECDHE-ECDCSA cipher suites for SSL connections. For more details on this week's features and updates, please read the feature announcement in the Amazon Redshift forum.

    Over the past two months, we have also added numerous new features to enhance data loading and querying flexibility, including the ability to load directly from JSON files using the COPY command, specify the maximum cursor result size and use regular expressions when writing SQL queries.

    Amazon Redshift is a fast, easy-to-use, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud that enables customers to start small for just $0.25 per hour with no commitments or upfront costs and scale to a petabyte or more for $1,000 per terabyte per year, less than a tenth of most other data warehousing solutions.

    To get started with the service, please visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, please visit the Developer Guide and the Management Guide document history. To receive alerts when new features are announced, please subscribe to the feature announcements thread in the Amazon Redshift forum.

  • Announcing Tagging for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Posted On: Apr 22, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that you can now add tags to your AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments. A tag consists of a user-defined key and value. Tags added to your environment are automatically propagated to underlying resources that make up your Elastic Beanstalk environment, such as Amazon EC2 instances, Auto Scaling groups, etc. 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.

    Elastic Beanstalk automatically adds preset tags to your EC2, RDS and Auto Scaling resources. These preset tags contain the environment name and ID. Additionally, you can specify your custom tags at the environment level and have them propagate to all underlying resources which support tagging.

    For more information about AWS Elastic Beanstalk please visit the product page, read the documentation or watch this introductory video. For more information, see Tagging Your Environments.

  • R3: Announcing the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory-optimized instances

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2014

    We are very excited to announce the immediate availability of the R3 instance type -the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory-optimized instances. Our goal with R3 is to provide you with the best price point per GiB of RAM and high memory performance. R3 instances are available as On-Demand Instances, Reserved Instances, or Spot Instances with the following specifications.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk announces VPC Public IP support

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports assigning public IP addresses to EC2 instances in a VPC. This feature allows you to create Elastic Beanstalk environments in a VPC with a single public subnet. You no longer need to create a VPC with a private and public subnet, and a NAT instance.

    To begin using this feature, read Launching an AWS Elastic Beanstalk Application with Public Instances in a VPC. To learn more about this feature, please refer to IP Addressing in Your VPC.

    For more information about AWS Elastic Beanstalk please visit the product page, read the documentation or watch this introductory video.

  • Introducing Cost Explorer: View and analyze your historical AWS spend

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2014

    We are excited to introduce Cost Explorer, a tool that lets you analyze your historical AWS spend data with a graphical interface. Cost Explorer provides you with interactive graphical reports, designed to make it easier for you to view and analyze your historical spend on AWS. The data behind these reports is updated daily, so that you can view the most up-to-date information about your spending.

    Cost Explorer can be accessed from the AWS Management Console and you are provided with pre-configured views that show three common spend queries. These show your monthly spend broken down by AWS service, monthly spend broken down by linked account and total daily spend. You can further customize these preconfigured views to meet your needs, for example by customizing the time range you wish to view, view data at a monthly or daily grain or drill down further into your data based on services, linked accounts, and tags. You can also bookmark views to save custom settings for use in the future.

    You can start using this tool, by going to the Cost Explorer tab in the billing section of the AWS Management Console. For more information about the reports, please see the Cost Explorer Documentation.

  • Amazon EMR Adds New EC2 Instance Types and Lowers Prices

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2014

    Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) is a web service that makes it easy to process large amounts of data using Hadoop on AWS. Amazon EMR now supports 12 additional EC2 instance types and supports hs1.8xlarge, hi1.4xlarge, and cc2.8xlarge in additional AWS regions. These EC2 instance types are well suited to a variety of popular applications such as HBase, Spark, and Impala.

  • AWS Console for iOS and Android Now Supports Amazon S3

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2014

    We’re excited to announce support for Amazon S3 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, AWS OpsWorks, CloudWatch, and the Service Health Dashboard.

    The latest update introduces new features for app users to view information about Amazon S3 buckets and objects. Amazon S3 customers can browse buckets, view bucket properties, browse objects in a bucket, and view object properties.

    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.

  • You can now use Oracle GoldenGate with Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Apr 3, 2014

    We are excited to announce that you can now use Oracle Golden Gate with Amazon RDS for Oracle. Starting today, you can set your RDS Oracle Database Instances as a source and target using Oracle GoldenGate. You can use Oracle GoldenGate with Amazon RDS for Oracle for active-active database replication, zero-downtime migration and upgrades, disaster recovery and data protection, and cross region replication.

    Oracle Golden Gate allows real-time data integration. It enables high availability solutions, real-time data integration, transactional change data capture, data replication, transformations, and verification between operational and analytical enterprise systems.

    Oracle GoldenGate with Amazon RDS is available under the “Bring-your-own-license” model and is available in all AWS regions. To extract data from an RDS DB Instance using Oracle GoldenGate you need to use DB Engine Version 11.2.0.3.

    To learn more about using Oracle GoldenGate with Amazon RDS for Oracle, please visit our User Documentation.

  • Amazon CloudFront Adds EDNS-Client-Subnet Support

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2014

    We’re excited to let you know that Amazon CloudFront has added support for EDNS-Client-Subnet. With this enhancement, Amazon CloudFront now provides even better routing, hence improving performance for your end users who use Google Public DNS or Open DNS resolvers.

    Amazon CloudFront automatically routes requests for your content to the optimal edge location by looking at the IP address of the resolver making the DNS query. We do this because DNS resolvers are typically a good proxy for an end user's location. However, in some cases, your end users may be using DNS resolvers that are far from their geographic location and in those cases, end user requests may be routed to an Amazon CloudFront edge location that isn’t optimal for your end user. By supporting EDNS-Client-Subnet, Amazon CloudFront can now route requests to the optimal edge location by looking at a truncated version of the end user’s IP address added into the DNS request. Today, Google Public DNS and Open DNS are two providers that include this truncated IP address (specifically, the first three octets) of the end user in the DNS request. For more information about how EDNS-Client-Subnet works, see A Faster Internet.

    You don’t need to do anything to enable this feature; Amazon CloudFront will automatically route all requests using Google Public DNS and Open DNS to the edge location that provides the best possible performance.

    You can also learn more about Amazon CloudFront by visiting the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide or the Amazon CloudFront product detail page.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk announces Ruby 2.0 support

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that Ruby 2.0 is now available on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Elastic Beanstalk already makes it easier to quickly deploy, manage and scale Java, Node.js, Python, PHP, .NET and Ruby 1.9.3 applications on AWS. Now, Elastic Beanstalk offers the same functionality for Ruby 2.0. For a complete list of supported platforms, see Supported Platforms.

  • Latest Features Launched in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2014

    Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS Volumes and EBS-Optimized Instances


    We are delighted to announce that Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS Volumes are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

    Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS Volumes offer storage with consistent and low-latency performance, and are designed for applications with I/O-intensive workloads such as databases. Backed by Solid-State Drives (SSDs), Provisioned IOPS volumes support up to 30 IOPS per GB which enables you to provision 4000 IOPS on a volume as small as 134 GB. You can also stripe multiple volumes together to achieve up to 48,000 IOPS when attached to larger EC2 instances.

    To enable Amazon EC2 instances to fully utilize the IOPS provisioned on an EBS volume, we’re also introducing the ability to launch selected Amazon EC2 instance types as EBS-Optimized instances. Provisioned IOPS volumes can achieve single digit millisecond latencies and are designed to deliver within 10% of the provisioned IOPS performance 99.9% of the time. For more information about instance types that can be launched as EBS-optimized instances, see Amazon EC2 Instance Types.

    Amazon EC2 M3 Medium and Large Instance Sizes and Functionality


    We are excited to announce the availability of two new Amazon EC2 M3 instance sizes, m3.medium and m3.large in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

    Amazon EC2 M3 instance sizes and features: We have introduced two new sizes for M3 instances: m3.medium and m3.large with 1 and 2 vCPUs respectively. We have also added SSD-based instance storage and support for instance store-backed AMIs (previously known as S3-backed AMIs) for all M3 instance sizes. M3 instances feature high frequency Intel Xeon E5-2670 (Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge) processors. When compared to previous generation M1 instances, M3 instances provide higher, more consistent compute performance at a lower price. To learn more about M3 instances, please visit Amazon EC2 Instance Types.

    Learn More about AWS GovCloud (US) Region


    Join us for our weekly AWS GovCloud (US) Region Office Hours on April 1st at 1pm EST to learn more about the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.
  • Amazon SWF announces new samples and recipes for Ruby

    Posted On: Mar 31, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Simple Workflow (Amazon SWF) has released more samples and recipes for the AWS Flow Framework for Ruby.

  • AWS OpsWorks now supports Chef 11.10

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that AWS OpsWorks now supports Chef 11.10.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Available for All Customers

    Posted On: Mar 26, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon WorkSpaces is now available to all AWS customers!

    Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud that allows you to 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. You can also integrate Amazon WorkSpaces securely with your corporate Active Directory so that your users can continue using their existing enterprise credentials to seamlessly access company resources.

    With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

    Amazon WorkSpaces is initially available in the US-East-1 (N.Virginia) and US-West-2 (Oregon) AWS Regions with support for more regions coming soon.

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

  • Amazon CloudSearch introduces powerful new search and admin features

    Posted On: Mar 24, 2014

    Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. Customers from various industries including media and publishing, social networking, healthcare, eCommerce, legal, and the public sector use Amazon CloudSearch to build cutting edge content discovery systems.

  • Announcing Support for VPC Peering within a Region

    Posted On: Mar 24, 2014

    We are excited to announce VPC Peering within a region. You can now create a one-to-one networking connection between two VPCs in the same region and route traffic between them using private IP addresses. Instances in either VPC can communicate with each other as if they were within the same VPC. You can establish multiple VPC peering connections for each VPC that you own and you can create a VPC peering connection between VPCs in your own account, or with a VPC in another AWS account in the same region. VPC Peering is available in the new VPC Management Console.

  • New AWS Training Course - “Big Data on AWS”

    Posted On: Mar 24, 2014

    AWS Training & Certification released a new technical training course for individuals who are responsible for implementing big data environments, namely Data Scientists, Data Analysts, and Enterprise Big Data Solution Architects. This course is designed to teach technical end users how to use Amazon EMR to process data using the broad ecosystem of Hadoop tools like Pig and Hive. We also cover how to create big data environments, work with Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Redshift, understand the benefits of Amazon Kinesis, and leverage best practices to design big data environments for security and cost-effectiveness.

    Click here to review the course details and outline.

    Click here to learn more about AWS Training available to help you build technical expertise with the AWS Cloud.

  • Elastic Load Balancing adds support for Connection Draining

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2014

    We are pleased to announce Connection Draining, a new feature for Elastic Load Balancing. When you enable Connection Draining on a load balancer, any back-end instances that you deregister will complete requests that are in progress before deregistration. Likewise, if a back-end instance fails health checks, the load balancer will not send any new requests to the unhealthy instance but will allow existing requests to complete.

    This means that you can perform maintenance such as deploying software upgrades or replacing back-end instances without impacting your customers’ experience.

    Connection Draining is also integrated with Auto Scaling, making it even easier to manage the capacity behind your load balancer. When Connection Draining is enabled, Auto Scaling will wait for outstanding requests to complete before terminating instances.

    You can enable Connection Draining via the AWS Management Console, API, or Command Line Interface (CLI), as well as AWS CloudFormation.

    To learn more, please see the blog post and documentation.

  • AWS Trusted Advisor adds five new checks on AWS CloudTrail and Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2014

    AWS Support announces five new AWS Trusted Advisor checks that offer best practices for using AWS CloudTrail (for logging AWS API activity) and Amazon Route 53 (for DNS services). AWS Trusted Advisor now provides 37 AWS best practices, and the five new checks focus on security, cost optimization, and fault tolerance:

  • Announcing Amazon CloudFront Usage Charts for Web Distributions - Track Trends in Requests & Data Transfer

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2014

    We are excited to let you know that you can now view your Amazon CloudFront usage with CloudFront Usage Charts, six new charts in the AWS Management Console. You can use the charts to track trends in data transfer and requests (both HTTP and HTTPS) for each of your active CloudFront Web distributions. The charts show your usage from each CloudFront region at daily or hourly granularity, going back up to 60 days, and they also include totals, average, and peak usage during the time interval selected.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Announces Redis 2.8.6 Support

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that ElastiCache for Redis now supports engine version 2.8.6. Customers can now launch new clusters with Redis 2.8.6, as well as upgrade existing ones to the new engine version. Among the improvements in Redis 2.8.6 are partial resynchronization that speeds master-slave sync, and improved consistency through the ability to suspend writes to master if the number of slaves is insufficient.

    To learn more, we encourage you to read Jeff Barr’s blog. You can easily launch an ElastiCache for Redis cluster with engine version 2.8.6 via a few clicks on the AWS Management Console.

  • Amazon AppStream Available to All Customers

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2014

    Amazon AppStream Available to All Customers

    We are excited to announce that Amazon AppStream is now available to all AWS customers!

    Amazon AppStream is a flexible, low-latency service that lets you stream resource intensive applications 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. You can choose to stream either all or parts of your application from the cloud. Amazon AppStream enables use cases for applications that wouldn’t be possible running natively on mass-market devices. Using Amazon AppStream, your applications are no longer constrained by the hardware in your customer’s hands.

    Amazon AppStream includes a SDK that currently supports streaming applications from Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 to devices running FireOS, Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    Amazon AppStream is initially available in the US-East-1 (N.Virginia) region, with support for more regions coming soon.

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

  • Announcing DynamoDB Cross-Region Export/Import

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2014

    Amazon DynamoDB automatically replicates your data three-ways within a region. Now you can also backup your data across regions in a few steps via the Management Console. The Cross-Region Export/Import console feature enables you to back up the data from your DynamoDB tables to another AWS region, or within the same region, using AWS Data Pipeline, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), and Amazon S3. This feature allows you to set up the export/import without having to manually create the pipeline or manually provision and maintain the EMR cluster.

    To learn more about this new feature, please visit our blog.

    To get started, visit:

  • Elastic Load Balancing Announces Access Logs

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2014

    We are excited to announce a new feature for Elastic Load Balancing: Access Logs. This feature records all requests sent to your load balancer, and stores the logs in Amazon S3 for later analysis.

    With Access Logs, you can obtain request-level details in addition to the existing load balancer metrics provided via Amazon CloudWatch. The logs contain information such as client IP address, request path, latencies, and server responses. You can use this data to pinpoint when application errors occurred or response times increased, and which requests were impacted.

    These logs can also be used for web analytics to determine popular pages, page trends over time, or unique visitors. To make this analysis easier, we have integrated with Amazon Elastic MapReduce as well as analytics tools from our partners, Splunk and Sumo Logic.

    To learn more about Access Logs, please see the documentation.

  • Amazon CloudFront Adds SNI Custom SSL and HTTP to HTTPS Redirect Features

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2014

    We are excited to announce that you can now use your own SSL certificates with Amazon CloudFront at no additional charge with Server Name Indication (SNI) Custom SSL. SNI is supported by most modern browsers, and provides an efficient way to deliver content over HTTPS using your own domain and SSL certificate. There are no additional certificate management fees to use this feature; you simply pay normal Amazon CloudFront rates for data transfer and HTTPS requests.

    SNI Custom SSL relies on the SNI extension of the Transport Layer Security protocol, which allows multiple domains to serve SSL traffic over the same IP address by including the hostname viewers are trying to connect to. Amazon CloudFront delivers your content from each edge location and offers the same security as the Dedicated IP Custom SSL feature. SNI Custom SSL works with most modern browsers, including Chrome version 6 and later (running on Windows XP and later or OS X 10.5.7 and later), Safari version 3 and later (running on Windows Vista and later or Mac OS X 10.5.6. and later), Firefox 2.0 and later, and Internet Explorer 7 and later (running on Windows Vista and later). Some users may not be able to access your content because some older browsers do not support SNI and will not be able to establish a connection with CloudFront to load the HTTPS version of your content. If you need to support non-SNI compliant browsers for HTTPS content, we recommend using our Dedicated IP Custom SSL feature.

    Set up is easy: simply follow the instructions outlined in the CloudFront Developer Guide and start serving your content quickly and securely.

    You can also now configure Amazon CloudFront to require viewers to interact with your content over an HTTPS connection using the HTTP to HTTPS Redirect feature. When you enable HTTP to HTTPS Redirect, CloudFront will respond to an HTTP request with a 301 redirect response requiring the viewer to resend the request over HTTPS. There are no additional charges for using HTTP to HTTPS Redirect, but standard request fees apply.

    To learn more about the Amazon CloudFront SNI Custom SSL or HTTP to HTTPS Redirect features, please visit the Amazon CloudFront Custom SSL Page or the CloudFront Developer Guide.

  • VM Import for Windows Server 2012

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2014

    VM Import now supports virtual machines running Windows Server 2012. You can import VMs running Windows Server 2012 R1 (Datacenter or Standard edition) to Amazon EC2 from VMware ESX and VMware Workstation VMDK images, Citrix Xen VHD images, and Microsoft Hyper-V VHD images. Once imported, these VMs will run as Windows instances within Amazon EC2. You can also export previously imported EC2 instances running Windows 2012 to VMware ESX VMDK, VMware ESX OVA, Microsoft Hyper-V VHD or Citrix Xen VHD file formats using VM Export.

    In addition to adding Windows 2012 R1 support, VM Import has also enhanced the import experience for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 VMs. Amazon EC2 instances created from these VMs will now benefit from having the EC2Config service installed and from having the latest-generation Citrix PV drivers.

    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 Windows Server 2012 VMs, you can also import Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1-6.5 (using Cloud Access), Centos 5.1-6.5, Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, and Debian 6.0.0-6.0.8, 7.0.0-7.2.0 VMs to EC2 using VM Import. You can also use VM Export to export your previously imported Linux and Windows VMs.

    http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/vm-import/

  • Announcing Red Hat Enterprise Linux availability in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2014

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Red Hat® have teamed to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2, a complete, enterprise-class computing environment for running business-critical applications and workloads.

  • AWS CloudFormation supports AWS OpsWorks

    Posted On: Mar 3, 2014

    You can now use AWS OpsWorks and AWS CloudFormation together to manage applications on AWS. AWS CloudFormation enables modeling, provisioning and version-controlling of a wide range of AWS resources. AWS OpsWorks is an application management service that simplifies software configuration, application deployment, scaling, and monitoring.

    You can now model OpsWorks components (stacks, layers, instances, and applications) inside CloudFormation templates, and provision them as CloudFormation stacks. This enables you to document, version control, and share your OpsWorks configuration. You have the flexibility to provision OpsWorks components and other related AWS resources such as Amazon VPC and AWS Elastic Load Balancer with a unified CloudFormation template or separate CloudFormation templates.

    Here is a sample CloudFormation template provisioning an OpsWorks PHP application, and here is a sample CloudFormation template provisioning a load balanced OpsWorks application inside a VPC. Please refer to the documentation for details.

  • Announcing new features in AWS Activate

    Posted On: Mar 3, 2014

    We’re excited to announce three new features for members of AWS Activate:

    • One-on-one office hours with an AWS Solutions Architect. AWS Activate members from around the world can now book one-on-one office hours with an AWS Solutions Architect. A Solutions Architect has deep technical expertise and can address issues such as security, architectural best practices, application performance, high availability, and cost optimization. Discussing your use cases and architectural requirements with a Solutions Architect can help make sure that you are properly leveraging AWS services and are deploying scalable, resilient, cost-effective solutions in the cloud.
    • Expanded Training in the Self-Starter package. Members of the Self-Starter Package now have access to AWS Essentials eLearning training (normally $600) plus eight tokens for self-paced labs (normally $30 per token). These trainings can help you learn the fundamentals of AWS products and services and give you hands-on experience working with AWS technologies. Startups eligible for the Portfolio Package will continue to have access to these trainings.
    • New exclusive offers: As a member of AWS Activate, you have access to exclusive offers from third parties that can add valuable tools to your startup. We're happy to announce seven new offers today, including offers from Bitnami, Cloudability, CopperEgg, Amazon Login and Pay, Nitrous.IO, Stackdriver, and Trend Micro.

    To learn more and sign up for AWS Activate, click here.

  • AWS Command Line Interface Launches AWS Data Pipeline Commands

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2014

    The AWS Command Line Interface now fully supports AWS Data Pipeline commands. You can create and manage data processing workflows in AWS Data Pipeline using the same familiar tool you use to manage other AWS services, including data sources such as Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS, and Amazon Redshift. The CLI lets you easily create and update pipelines with your existing pipeline definitions, query for specific objects and attributes within a definition or other command outputs using the --query option, and write scripts to automate your processes.

    To start using the AWS CLI, visit http://aws.amazon.com/cli/. To learn more about AWS Data Pipeline, visit http://aws.amazon.com/datapipeline/.

  • Announcing New Features in the Amazon EC2 Management Console

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2014

    We are pleased to announce a number of new features and design improvements to the Amazon EC2 Management Console. These changes follow updates we made in late 2013 when we introduced the new Launch Instance Wizard, AWS Marketplace integration and a refreshed look and feel to parts of the console. Now, we have updated the console with the new design consistently throughout, including in Events, Spot Requests, Bundle Tasks, Volumes, Snapshots, Security Groups, Placement Groups, Load Balancers and Network Interfaces.

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) announces MFA protection for cross-account access

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2014

    We are excited to announce support for multi-factor authentication (MFA) protection for cross-account access.

    MFA is a security best practice that adds an extra layer of protection to your AWS account. It requires users to present two independent credentials: what the user knows (password or secret access key) and what the user has (MFA device). IAM already supports adding MFA protection when you grant access to users within a single AWS account. With today’s announcement, you can add similar protection when granting access to users across accounts, by requiring them to authenticate with MFA before assuming an IAM role.

    For more information, visit the Configuring MFA-Protected API Access section in the Using IAM guide.

  • New Trusted Advisor check on CloudFront Content Delivery Optimization

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2014

    The new CloudFront Content Delivery Optimization check in AWS Trusted Advisor can help you optimize the delivery of popular content from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

    This new check calculates the ratio of data transferred out to data stored in your Amazon S3 bucket to identify cases where you could improve performance and perhaps save money by delivering your content with Amazon CloudFront instead of directly from Amazon S3.

    When you use Amazon CloudFront to deliver this content, requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, and your content is cached so it can be delivered with lower latency. When the data transferred is more than 10 TB per month, pricing for Amazon CloudFront is lower than for data transferred directly from Amazon S3, meaning you can also save money.

    CloudFront Content Delivery Optimization check in AWS Trusted Advisor

    To date, AWS Trusted Advisor provides 32 checks of your AWS environment and makes recommendations to reduce cost, improve system performance and reliability, or help close security gaps. You can stay up-to-date with your AWS resource deployment via weekly AWS Trusted Advisor notifications. Up to 3 recipients can get weekly status updates and savings estimations in English or Japanese. Learn more about setting up notifications on Jeff Barr's Blog and FAQ.

    For more information on AWS Trusted Advisor and the other 31 checks covering major AWS services, including Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon EBS, Amazon RDS, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Route 53, and Amazon CloudFront, visit AWS Trusted Advisor. Read more about Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Simple Storage Service.

  • AWS Data Pipeline Now Available in Four New Regions

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2014

    AWS Data Pipeline is now supported in four additional regions as follows:

  • Amazon CloudFront Expands Media Streaming Capabilities by Offering Smooth Streaming Support

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2014

    We’re excited to let you know that Amazon CloudFront now supports a new option for streaming on-demand video to your end users: Microsoft Smooth Streaming. You can now use CloudFront to deliver video using the Smooth Streaming format without the need to setup and operate any media servers. This adds Smooth Streaming to the set of video streaming technologies that CloudFront supports, which includes native on-demand streaming using HLS and multi-format live streaming using third party media servers such as Wowza and Adobe.

    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 usage commitments. You can learn more about Smooth Streaming using Amazon CloudFront by visiting the Amazon CloudFront streaming page or by reading the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

    You can also join our webinar at 11:00 AM Pacific (UTC-7) on March 19, 2014 to learn more about video streaming using Smooth Streaming over Amazon CloudFront and other Amazon CloudFront media specific capabilities that enable you to deliver your content at scale to a global audience. Register for this webinar.

  • Amazon RDS now offers new faster and cheaper DB instances

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2014

    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a set of new M3 database instances for Amazon RDS. These new instances provide you with a similar ratio of CPU and memory resources as our previous M1 database instances but offer 50% more computational capability/core, significantly improving overall compute capacity. These new instances are priced about 6% lower than M1 instances, providing you with significantly higher and more consistent compute performance at a lower price.

    These new instances are available for all database engines and in all AWS regions, with AWS GovCloud (US) support coming in the future.

    Out of these new DB instances, the db.m3.xlarge and db.m3.2xlarge are optimized for Provisioned IOPS storage. For a workload with 50% writes and 50% reads running on db.m3.2xlarge instance type, it is possible to realize up to 12,500 IOPS for MySQL and 25,000 IOPS for Oracle and PostgreSQL. Refer to the Provisioned IOPS storage section of the User Guide to learn more.

    Pricing for M3 database instances start at $0.053/hour (effective price) for 3 year Heavy Utilization RI and $0.150/hour for On-demand usage in the US West (Oregon) Region for MySQL. For more information on pricing, visit the Amazon RDS pricing page.

  • Analyze Streaming Data from Amazon Kinesis with Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR)

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2014

    We are pleased to announce the release of the Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) Connector to Amazon Kinesis. Kinesis can collect data from hundreds of thousands of sources, such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial information, manufacturing instrumentation, social media and more. This connector enables batch processing of data in Kinesis streams with familiar Hadoop ecosystem tools such as Hive, Pig, Cascading, and standard MapReduce. You can now analyze data in Kinesis streams without having to write, deploy and maintain any independent stream processing applications.

    You can use this connector, for example, to write a SQL query using Hive against a Kinesis stream or to build reports that join and process Kinesis stream data with multiple data sources such as Amazon Dynamo DB, Amazon S3 and HDFS. You can build reliable and scalable ETL processes that filter and archive Kinesis data into permanent data stores including Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, or Amazon Redshift.

    To facilitate end-to-end log processing scenarios using Kinesis and EMR, we have created a Log4J Appender that streams log events directly into a Kinesis stream, making the log entries available for processing in EMR. You can get started today by launching a new EMR cluster and using the code samples provided in the tutorials and FAQs. If you’re new to Kinesis you can learn more by visiting the Kinesis detail page.

  • Elastic Load Balancing – Perfect Forward Secrecy and more new security features

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2014

    We have made several enhancements to Elastic Load Balancing to further improve the security of your application traffic, making it easier for you to better protect end users’ confidential data and privacy.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Fast Interval Health Checks and Configurable Failover Thresholds

    Posted On: Feb 18, 2014

    We are excited to announce two new features for Route 53 health checks and DNS Failover: fast interval health checks and configurable failover thresholds.

    With fast interval health checks, Route 53 performs health check observations of your endpoint (for example, a web server) every 10 seconds instead of the default interval of 30 seconds. This enables Route 53 to confirm more quickly that an endpoint is unavailable and shortens the time required for DNS Failover to redirect traffic.

    Configurable failover thresholds let you specify the number of consecutive health check observations required for Route 53 to confirm that an endpoint has switched from a healthy to unhealthy state, or vice versa, from 1 to 10 observations. You can select a lower threshold in order to fail over more quickly after an endpoint becomes unavailable, or a higher threshold to prevent traffic from being redirected in response to temporary or transient events.

    You can use health checks along with Route 53's DNS Failover feature to help detect an outage of your website and redirect your end users to alternate locations where your application is operating properly. You can also use health checks to monitor your website's availability. Route 53 health checks are integrated with Amazon CloudWatch, so you can view the current and past status of your health checks, or configure alarms and notifications.

    Getting started is easy. To learn more, visit the Route 53 product page for full details and pricing, or see our documentation.

  • Amazon EC2 G2 Instances Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2014

    G2 Instances are now available in our Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. G2 instances are designed for applications that require 3D graphics capabilities. The 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. To learn more about G2 instances, visit Amazon EC2 details page. To get started immediately, visit the AWS Marketplace for GPU machine images from NVIDIA and other Marketplace sellers.

  • AWS CloudFormation supports Amazon Redshift and updating AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Posted On: Feb 10, 2014

    AWS CloudFormation now supports provisioning Amazon Redshift clusters and updating AWS Elastic Beanstalk applications. AWS CloudFormation is a service that simplifies provisioning and management of a wide range of AWS resources.

    You can now model a Redshift cluster configuration in a CloudFormation template file and have CloudFormation launch the cluster with a few clicks or CLI commands. The template enables you to version control, replicate, or share your Redshift configuration. Here is a sample CloudFormation template that provisions a Redshift cluster.

    Previously, you could provision an Elastic Beanstalk application as part of a CloudFormation stack, as shown in this sample template which provisions an Elastic Beanstalk application. Now as well as provisioning, you can also update an Elastic Beanstalk application by updating the associated CloudFormation template and the stack.

    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.

  • Amazon Route 53 Adds Health Checking Features: String Matching and HTTPS Support

    Posted On: Jan 30, 2014

    We are excited to announce two new health-checking features for Amazon Route 53: string matching and HTTPS support.

    When you enable Route 53 health checks, Route 53 regularly makes Internet requests to your application's endpoints—for example, web or application servers—from multiple locations around the world to determine whether the endpoint is available.

    With string matching health checks, Route 53 searches the body of the response that your endpoint returns. If the response body (typically a web page) contains a string that you specify, Route 53 considers the endpoint healthy. Using string matching health checks, you can help ensure that your web application is serving the correct content, in addition to verifying that the web server is running and reachable over the Internet.

    With HTTPS support, you can now create health checks for secure websites that are available only over SSL, to confirm that the web server is available and responding to requests over HTTPS. You can also combine string matching health checks with HTTPS health checks to verify that your secure website is returning the correct content.

    You can use health checks along with Route 53's DNS failover feature. 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. 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.

    You can also use health checks to monitor your website's availability. Route 53 health checks are integrated with Amazon CloudWatch, and you can view current and past statuses of your health checks, or configure alarms and notifications.

    Getting started is easy. To learn more, visit the Route 53 product page or the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide. See the Route 53 product page for full details and pricing.

  • Track and manage instance use and spending with new EC2 Usage Reports

    Posted On: Jan 29, 2014

    We are excited to announce the immediate availability of EC2 Usage Reports, which are designed to make it easier for you to track and better manage your EC2 usage and spending. You can use these interactive usage reports to view your historical EC2 instance usage, and help you plan for future EC2 usage. There are currently two reports available:

  • Amazon SES Adds Support for Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jan 29, 2014

    In addition to US East (Northern Virginia), Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is now available in two further AWS regions: EU (Ireland) and US West (Oregon).

    Support for these additional regions means that you can reduce the network latency of your email-sending application by choosing to use the Amazon SES endpoint in the AWS region that is closest to your application. And, if you are in Europe, you can now have an email delivery service hosted entirely in the EU Region.

    To learn more about Amazon SES, visit the detail page. For details about using Amazon SES in multiple regions, see the Amazon SES Developer Guide.

  • Amazon SQS announces Dead Letter Queues

    Posted On: Jan 29, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Amazon SQS (SQS) now offers Dead Letter Queues (DLQ). Now, with DLQs, you can designate special queues to collect messages that could not be delivered after a given number of attempts. With DLQs you can write applications or assign people to more effectively analyze and understand why messages cannot be delivered. This helps you troubleshoot events that may be impacting your end users or other systems.

  • Announcing Amazon Kinesis Storm Spout

    Posted On: Jan 28, 2014

    We are pleased to make the Amazon Kinesis Storm Spout available. The Amazon Kinesis Storm Spout helps developers use Amazon Kinesis with Storm, an open source, distributed real-time computation system. This version of the Amazon Kinesis Storm Spout fetches data from the Amazon Kinesis stream and emits it as tuples that Storm topologies can process. Developers can add the Spout to their existing Storm topologies, and leverage Amazon Kinesis as a reliable, scalable, stream capture, storage, and replay service that powers their Storm processing applications.

    To get started, see http://aws.amazon.com/kinesis/developer-resources/. You can learn more about Amazon Kinesis here.

  • CloudFormation supports Auto Scaling Scheduled Actions and DynamoDB Secondary Indexes

    Posted On: Jan 27, 2014

    AWS CloudFormation now supports Auto Scaling scheduled actions and DynamoDB local and global secondary indexes. AWS CloudFormation is a service that simplifies provisioning and management of a wide range of AWS resources.

    You can model your Auto Scaling architecture in a CloudFormation template. The CloudFormation service can automatically create the desired architecture from the template in a fast and consistent manner. With support for scheduled actions, you can now model Auto Scaling schedules in CloudFormation templates. If you have a predictable traffic pattern, you can scale Auto Scaling groups using scheduled actions. We have created a sample template to show you how.

    CloudFormation already provided the ability to provision DynamoDB tables. Now, you can also provision DynamoDB tables with local and global secondary indexes using CloudFormation. DynamoDB local and global secondary indexes enable more flexible queries based on a wider range of attributes other than the primary keys. We’ve created a sample template that creates DynamoDB tables with local and global secondary indexes.

    To learn more about CloudFormation, please visit the 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 in minutes.

  • Amazon Redshift announces new SSD-based node type

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2014

    We're delighted to announce the availability of Dense Compute nodes, a new SSD-based node type for Amazon Redshift. Dense Compute nodes allow customers to create very high performance data warehouses using fast CPUs, large amounts of RAM and SSDs. Customers can get started with a single Dense Compute node for as little as $0.25/hour with no commitments or an effective price of $0.10/hour when using 3 year Reserved Instances.

    For customers with less than 500GB of data in their data warehouses, Dense Compute nodes are the most cost-effective and highest performance option. Above 500GB, customers whose primary focus is performance can continue with Dense Compute nodes up to hundreds of terabytes, giving them the highest ratio of CPU, Memory and I/O to storage. If performance isn’t as critical for a customer’s use case, or if customers want to prioritize reducing costs further, they can use the larger Dense Storage nodes and scale up to a petabyte or more of compressed user data for under $1,000/TB/Year (3 Year Reserved Instance pricing). Scaling clusters up and down or switching between node types requires a single API call or a few clicks in the AWS Console.

    On-Demand prices for a single Large Dense Compute node start at $0.25/hour in the US East (Northern Virginia) Region and drop to an effective price of $0.10/hour with a three year reserved instance. Dense Compute and Dense Storage nodes for Amazon Redshift are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. To get started, please visit the Amazon Redshift detail page.

  • Announcing New Amazon EC2 M3 Instance Sizes and Lower Prices for Amazon S3 and Amazon EBS

    Posted On: Jan 21, 2014

    We are excited to announce the availability of two new Amazon EC2 M3 instance sizes, m3.medium and m3.large. We are also lowering the prices of storage for Amazon S3 and Amazon EBS in all regions, effective February 1st, 2014.

    Amazon EC2 M3 instance sizes and features: We have introduced two new sizes for M3 instances: m3.medium and m3.large with 1 and 2 vCPUs respectively. We have also added SSD-based instance storage and support for instance store-backed AMIs (previously known as S3-backed AMIs) for all M3 instance sizes. M3 instances feature high frequency Intel Xeon E5-2670 (Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge) processors. When compared to previous generation M1 instances, M3 instances provide higher, more consistent compute performance at a lower price. These new instance sizes are available in all AWS regions, with AWS GovCloud (US) support coming soon. You can launch M3 instances as On-Demand, Reserved or Spot instance. To learn more about M3 instances, please visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page.

    Amazon S3 storage prices are lowered up to 22%: All Amazon S3 standard storage and Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) customers will see a reduction in their storage costs. In the US Standard region, we are lowering S3 standard storage prices up to 22%, with similar price reductions across all other regions. The new lower prices can be found on the Amazon S3 pricing page.

    Amazon EBS prices are lowered up to 50%: EBS Standard volume prices are lowered up to 50% for both storage and I/O requests. For example, in the US East region, the price for Standard volumes is now $0.05 per GB-month of provisioned storage and $0.05 per 1 million I/O requests. The new lower prices can be found on the Amazon EBS pricing page.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2014

    We are delighted to announce that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is now available in AWS GovCloud (US).

  • Launch Popular Software into Amazon VPCs with 1-Click

    Posted On: Jan 14, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that AWS Marketplace now supports 1-Click launch for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Now, you can launch all our AMI-based AWS Marketplace products in a private, logically isolated network that you control. Once you have configured an Amazon VPC, just select the VPC and subnet, and launch with 1-Click. Additionally, for a select set of networking and security products, you will be able to configure multiple subnets and associate Elastic IPs directly from the AWS Marketplace website during the 1-Click launch process. Learn more on Jeff Barr's Blog.

    Both of these new capabilities make it even easier to apply security best practices to the Marketplace software you run in the AWS cloud.

  • New “Introduction to AWS” Instructional Videos and Labs

    Posted On: Jan 14, 2014

    AWS Training & Certification offers a new training series called “Introduction to AWS” designed to help you quickly get started using an AWS Service in 30 minutes or less. Start with a short video to learn about key concepts and terminology and watch a step-by-step console demonstration about an AWS Service. Following the video, you can get hands-on practice using that AWS service with a free self-paced training lab on run.qwiklabs.com.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports time zone change

    Posted On: Jan 13, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that starting today Amazon RDS for Oracle allows you to change the system time zone of your RDS Oracle DB Instance. This will allow you to have time compatibility with your on-premise environments or legacy applications.

    To modify the time zone of a new or existing RDS Oracle instance, use the “Option Group” option in the AWS Management Console. Please note that this option changes the time zone at the host level and impacts all date columns and values. We recommend that you analyze your data to determine what impact a time zone change will have. Before modifying the time zone in a production DB instance, we recommend you test the change in a test DB Instance.

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

  • New Certification Exams Available for Developers and SysOps Administrators

    Posted On: Jan 13, 2014

    Two new AWS Certification exams, the AWS Certified Developer – Associate Level and the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Level, are now available. AWS Certifications designate individuals with IT competence and confidence in working with AWS technology, helping both employers to identify qualified candidates and IT professionals to acquire certifications that validate their expertise for continued career growth. Exams are administered through Kryterion testing centers in more than 750 testing locations worldwide.

    Two role-based training courses for Developing on AWS and Systems Operations on AWS are offered to help individuals prepare for the new certification exams.

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

  • New Edge Locations Added in Taipei and Rio de Janeiro for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: Jan 7, 2014

    We are excited to announce the launch of edge locations in Taipei, Taiwan and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is our first edge location in Taiwan and our second edge location in Brazil (joining Sao Paulo). These new locations will improve performance and availability for end users of your applications being served by Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53, and they bring the total number of AWS edge locations to 51 worldwide.

    These new edge locations support all Amazon CloudFront functionality, including accelerating your entire website (static, dynamic and interactive content), live and on-demand streaming media, and security features like custom SSL certificates, private content and geo-restriction of content. They also support all Amazon Route 53 functionality including health checks, DNS failover, and latency-based routing.

    The pricing for the edge location in Taipei is the same as that in Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea and Singapore, and the pricing for the edge location in Rio de Janeiro is the same as that in Sao Paulo. That means your end users in these regions will benefit from the lower latency without any additional costs.

    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.

  • Create Auto Scaling Groups from Running Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Jan 2, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that you can now create Auto Scaling groups based on running instances and attach running instances to existing groups. You can also retrieve your limits for Auto Scaling groups and launch configurations.