• Introducing Amazon EC2 R4 Instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    You can now launch R4 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory Optimized instances, featuring a larger instance size, a new Intel Broadwell processor, improved networking and EBS performance, and cheaper on per GiB of RAM compared to R3 instances. R4 instances are well-suited for memory-intensive, latency-sensitive workloads like Business Intelligence (BI), data mining & analysis, in-memory databases, distributed web scale in-memory caching, and applications performing real-time processing of unstructured big data.

  • Introducing Amazon Rekognition

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon Rekognition is a service that makes it easy to add image analysis to your applications. With Rekognition, you can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can also search and compare faces. Rekognition’s API lets you easily build powerful visual search and discovery into your applications. With Amazon Rekognition, you only pay for the images you analyze and the face metadata you store. There are no minimum fees and there are no upfront commitments.

  • Introducing Amazon Polly

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Polly lets you create applications that talk, enabling you to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Polly is an Amazon AI service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. Polly includes 47 lifelike voices spread across 24 languages, so you can select the ideal voice and build speech-enabled applications that work in many different countries. With Polly, you only pay for the number of characters you convert to speech, and you can save and replay Polly’s generated speech. Polly’s low cost per character converted, and lack of restrictions on storage and reuse of voice output, make it a cost-effective way to enable Text-to-Speech everywhere.

  • Announcing AWS Greengrass, now in limited preview

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    AWS Greengrass is software that lets you run local compute, messaging & data caching for connected devices in a secure way. With AWS Greengrass, connected devices can run AWS Lambda functions, keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices securely – even when not connected to the Internet. Using AWS Lambda, Greengrass ensures your IoT devices can respond quickly to local events, operate with intermittent connections, and minimize the cost of transmitting IoT data to the cloud.

  • Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 I3 Instances, next-generation Storage Optimized High I/O instances

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon EC2 I3 instances are the latest generation of Storage Optimized High-I/O instances, designed for the most demanding High I/O workloads, featuring low-latency Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based SSDs. I3 instances are ideal for workloads like transactional processing systems, relational and NoSQL databases, data warehousing applications, analytics workloads and Elasticsearch workloads.

  • Announcing PostgreSQL compatibility for Amazon Aurora

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Today, we’re adding PostgreSQL compatibility to Amazon Aurora. With Amazon Aurora’s new PostgreSQL support, customers can get up to several times better performance than the typical PostgreSQL database and take advantage of the scalability, durability, and security capabilities of Amazon Aurora – all for one-tenth the cost of commercial grade databases. Read more about Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility in the AWS Blog

  • Introducing AWS Mobile Hub Integration With Amazon Lex

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    AWS Mobile Hub now includes an integration with Amazon Lex, so you can build mobile apps that use speech and text, in addition to touch to your mobile app. This lets you use the technology that powers Amazon Alexa to create engaging speech- and text-based conversational bots in your own app. Each bot you create with Mobile Hub uses Amazon Lex to recognize the intent of natural language input and triggers appropriate business functions. You can create engaging conversational experiences for common app scenarios such as booking tickets, ordering products, logging tickets with customer support, querying an internal IT helpdesk system, and more.

  • Introducing Amazon Athena: a pay-as-you-go interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Today, we announced the general availability of Amazon Athena, a serverless query service that makes it easy to analyze data directly in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can point Athena at their data stored in S3 and begin using standard SQL to run ad-hoc queries and get results in seconds. With Athena, there are no clusters to manage and tune, there is no infrastructure to setup, and customers pay only for the queries they run. Athena scales automatically – executing queries in parallel – so results are fast, even with large datasets and complex queries.

  • Introducing Amazon Lightsail

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Today we announce the newest member of the AWS Compute family - Amazon Lightsail. Lightsail is designed to be the easiest way to launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS. Lightsail plans include everything you need to jumpstart your project – a virtual machine, SSD-based storage, data transfer, DNS management, and a static IP – for a low, predictable price.

  • Amazon EFS Introduces the Ability to Access Amazon EFS File Systems from On-premises Servers via AWS Direct Connect

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), which provides simple and scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud, now allows you to access your file data from on-premises datacenters. On-premises servers can now move file data to and from your Amazon EFS file systems when connected to your Amazon VPC with AWS Direct Connect, allowing you to migrate data sets to EFS, enable cloud bursting scenarios, or backup your on-premises data to EFS. 

  • Announcing Regional Edge Caches for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Today, we are pleased to announce that Amazon CloudFront has added a new type of edge location called Regional Edge Cache that further improves performance for your viewers. Regional Edge Caches, in addition to improving performance, also help reduce the load on your origin resources, minimizing operational burden associated with scaling your origin and reducing your origin costs.  Regional Edge Caches are turned on by default for your CloudFront distributions; you do not need to make any changes to your distributions to take advantage of this feature. There are also no additional charges to use this feature.

  • Available for Preview: Amazon EC2 F1 instances, custom FPGAs for Hardware Acceleration

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon EC2 F1 is a compute instance with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that you can program to create custom hardware accelerations for your application. F1 instances are easy to program and come with everything you need to develop, simulate, debug, and compile your hardware acceleration code, including an FPGA Developer AMI and Hardware Developer Kit (HDK). Once your FPGA design is complete, you can register it as an Amazon FPGA Image (AFI), and deploy it to your F1 instance in just a few clicks. You can reuse your AFIs as many times, and across as many F1 instances as you like. You can offer AFIs you develop on the AWS Marketplace for other customers to purchase. 

  • Announcing an Improved AWS IoT Button Developer Experience

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    In May, we officially launched the AWS IoT Button and were overwhelmed by the support the button received from the developer community. We listened to your suggestions and are pleased to announce an improved developer experience for the AWS IoT Button.

  • Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, the next generation of Compute Optimized instances

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon EC2 C5 instances are the most powerful Compute Optimized instances and the best price to compute performance in EC2. C5 is the first AWS cloud instance based on Intel’s next-generation Skylake Xeon® processors. They are ideal for compute-intensive workloads like ad serving, scientific modeling, 3D rendering, cluster computing, machine learning inference, and distributed analytics.

  • Available for Preview: Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs for attachable graphics acceleration

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs allow you to easily attach low-cost graphics acceleration to current generation EC2 instances. With Elastic GPUs, you choose the GPU resources that are sized for your workload, so you can accelerate the graphics performance of your applications for a fraction of the cost of stand-alone graphics instances.  Elastic GPUs are ideal If you need a small amount of GPU for graphics acceleration, or have applications that could benefit from some GPU, but also require high amounts of compute, memory, or storage. 

  • Introducing Amazon Lex, now in Preview

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. Lex provides the advanced deep learning functionalities of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for converting speech to text, and natural language understanding (NLU) to recognize the intent of the text, to enable you to build applications with highly engaging user experiences and lifelike conversational interactions. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are now available to any developer, enabling you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language, conversational bots (“chatbots”). 

  • Move Exabyte-Scale Data Sets with AWS Snowmobile

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    AWS Snowmobile is an exabyte-scale data transfer service that can move extremely large amounts of data to AWS in a fast, secure, and cost-effective manner. You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck. Snowmobile makes it easy to move massive volumes of data to the cloud, including video libraries, image repositories, or even a complete data center migration. All data is encrypted with 256-bit encryption and you can manage your encryption keys with AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). Snowmobile includes GPS tracking, alarm monitoring, 24/7 video surveillance and an optional escort security vehicle while in transit. 

  • Announcing AWS Snowball Edge

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    AWS Snowball Edge is a 100TB data transfer device with on-board storage and compute. You can use Snowball Edge to move large amounts of data into and out of AWS, as a temporary storage tier for large local data sets, or to support independent local workloads in remote locations. 

  • Announcing the AWS IoT Button Enterprise Program, now in limited preview

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    The AWS IoT Button Enterprise Program is designed for businesses to expand their existing applications or build new applications that connect to a simple IoT button device. It enables businesses to offer new services or improve existing products using the click of a physical button to trigger services in the cloud.

  • Introducing t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge: Two New Larger Burstable Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

    You can now launch the t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge, the newest Amazon EC2 burstable-performance instances. The t2.xlarge features 16 GiB of memory and 4 vCPU, and the t2.2xlarge features 32 GiB of memory and 8 vCPU. These two new instances provide burstable-performance options for larger workloads. As with other T2 instances, t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge are well suited for workloads that require a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst. T2 instances are backed by Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz. 

  • Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL are now HIPAA-eligible services

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. You can now use Amazon Aurora or RDS for PostgreSQL databases to build your HIPAA-compliant applications and store healthcare related information, including protected health information (PHI) under an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces introduces Windows 10 desktop experience

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    Amazon WorkSpaces now offers bundles that come with a Windows 10 desktop experience, powered by Windows Server 2016. Amazon WorkSpaces Windows 10 bundles provides you an easy way to move users to a modern operating system, while also simplifying licensing. Amazon WorkSpaces continues to offer bundles that come with a Windows 7 desktop experience, provided by Windows Server 2008 R2. You can also run Windows 7 and Windows 10 Enterprise operating systems with Amazon WorkSpaces if your organization meets the licensing requirements set by Microsoft.

  • AWS Storage Gateway price reductions

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    Effective December 1, 2016, we’re updating pricing for AWS Storage Gateway, making it more cost-effective to adopt cloud storage for your on-premises applications. There will be 3 changes to pricing: storage prices for volume and virtual tapes will be reduced; the monthly gateway fee will be replaced with pricing based on the amount of data you write to AWS; and virtual tape retrieval will be simplified, moving from rate-based fees to per GB pricing. 

  • Revolutionizing S3 Storage Management with 4 new features

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    We’re excited to announce new features to the growing portfolio of Amazon S3 Storage Management capabilities to help you better analyze and manage your storage. Today’s release includes:

  • AWS Storage Gateway provides a file interface to objects in your Amazon S3 buckets

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    AWS Storage Gateway now provides a virtual on-premises file server, which enables you to store and retrieve Amazon S3 objects through standard file storage protocols. With file gateway, existing applications or devices can use secure and durable cloud storage without needing to be modified. File gateway simplifies moving data into S3 for in-cloud workloads, provides cost-effective storage for backup and archive, or expands your on-premises storage into the cloud. 

  • Announcing AWS Organizations, Now in Preview

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    AWS Organizations makes it easier for IT teams to manage multiple AWS accounts. You can use Organizations to create groups of AWS accounts, and then apply policies to these groups to help centrally manage security and automation settings.

  • AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, Financial Services Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    AWS Competency Program & Financial Services Partners
    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Financial Services Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated industry expertise, readily implemented solutions that align with AWS architectural best practices, and have staff with AWS-certifications.

  • Introducing the AWS Service Delivery Program

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    Today, the AWS Partner Network (APN) team announced the launch of the AWS Service Delivery Program, a new program to help AWS customers quickly locate APN Partners who have proven expertise delivering specific AWS services such as Amazon Aurora, or AWS Lambda. Attaining an AWS Service Delivery Distinction allows APN Partners to differentiate themselves by showcasing to AWS customers areas of specialization.

  • The AWS Partner Network (APN) makes it easier to find the right APN Partner to engage through the Partner Solutions Finder

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is making it easier to explore the APN Partner ecosystem by launching a new site called the AWS Partner Solutions Finder. Visit the AWS Partner Solutions Finder to discover APN Partners by Use Case, Industry, Product, or Location. Interested in learning more about a specific APN Partner? You can now search APN Partners of any tier within the APN. The Partner Solutions Finder gives you more visibility into APN Partners who are members of APN Programs including the AWS Competency, Service Delivery, and Managed Service Provider Programs. The new Partner Profile pages offer a new user experience that enables you to explore APN Partners either at a glance, or in detail. On the Partner Profile page, you can view the APN Partner’s skillset (validated by AWS), partner solutions and/or AWS-created case studies, and office locations. How can you engage with an APN Partner you identify through the Partner Solutions Finder? Simply click “connect” on the Partner Profile page, and the APN Partner will receive your inquiry.

    Interested in accelerating your AWS Business? Find APN Partner Solutions today.

  • AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, IoT Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2016

    AWS Competency Program & IoT Partners
    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS IoT Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas and categories.

  • Amazon Aurora now supports T2.Medium instances

    Posted On: Nov 23, 2016

    Starting today you can launch t2.medium instances when using Amazon Aurora in addition to the R3 class instances previously available. Using t2.medium instances of Amazon Aurora will be a cost effective option for your smaller workloads like dev/test, still giving you the option to use larger R3 class instances for production deployment.  

  • Amazon CloudFront adds new Edge Locations in Minneapolis, MN, Berlin, Germany and our Fourth in London, England

    Posted On: Nov 23, 2016

    We are excited to announce new edge locations in the cities of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Berlin, Germany. We have also added a fourth edge location in London, England.  

  • Introducing SaaS Connectors on Mobile Hub

    Posted On: Nov 23, 2016

    Today we are announcing the SaaS Connectors feature for AWS Mobile Hub. SaaS Connectors make it easy to securely access data in 3rd party enterprise SaaS applications from your mobile apps.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk supports Managed Updates for Single-Instance environments

    Posted On: Nov 23, 2016

    You can now use Managed Updates for your single-instance environments in AWS Elastic Beanstalk. With Managed Updates, Elastic Beanstalk automatically updates your environment to the latest version of the underlying platform running your application during specified maintenance windows. Previously, you could only use Managed Updates for Load Balanced, auto scaling environments. To get started, you must enable Managed Updates using the Elastic Beanstalk console, EB CLI, or API.

  • SQL Server Enterprise is now available with Amazon EC2 in expanded regions and for more instance types

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2016

    Amazon EC2 now offers SQL Server Enterprise Edition in AWS US West (N. California), South America (Sao Paolo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud regions running on any instance type with a minimum of 4 vCPUs, including M4, X1, R3, and several other instance types. You can now launch SQL Server Enterprise On-Demand on Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems. Reserved Instances pricing is coming soon.

  • Now Available: Updated AWS Business and Technical Accreditations for APN Partners

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2016

    Today we released updated English-language versions of AWS Business Professional and AWS Technical Professional, free and online accreditation courses designed to help APN Partners articulate the benefits of AWS solutions and services. Both courses are available at no cost to APN Partners via the APN Portal and count toward APN tier requirements that help Partners advance. The 2016 English versions of each course add coverage of key new AWS services and features. For more information, visit Partner Training & Certification.

  • Elastic Load Balancing support for request tracing

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2016

    We are pleased to announce support for request tracing, a unique identifier appended to the HTTP header of each request processed by an Application Load Balancer. This allows for each request to be uniquely identified, providing improved monitoring and request-level diagnostics. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs increases default storage to 1TB, enhances commenting, and updates sync clients

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2016

    Today, Amazon WorkDocs released three updates. First, Amazon WorkDocs users will now have a storage quota of 1 TB, increased from 200 GB, at no additional charge. The new storage quota applies to new and existing customers, and for Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon WorkMail customers purchasing Amazon WorkDocs at the discounted rate. You can purchase additional storage at the rates published here.

  • AWS CloudFormation Introduces Resource Specifications, Cross-Stack Reference Update, and Coverage Updates

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2016

    AWS CloudFormation now publishes a machine-readable specification of the AWS resources and properties it supports. The CloudFormation resource specification file is a JSON-formatted text file that can aid you in template authoring and validation. Visit here to learn more. 

  • Announcing the new AWS IoT Console, available today

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2016

    Announcing the new AWS IoT console. We have redesigned the AWS IoT management console to make it even easier to use. The management console is the primary tool for interacting with and monitoring AWS IoT. This includes connecting your devices, diving into thing details, finding key resources, and testing with the MQTT client.

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Sends State Changes to CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    Amazon ECS now sends container instance and task state changes to CloudWatch Events. In the past, in order to obtain updates on the state of a running Amazon ECS cluster, customers have had to rely on periodically polling the state of container instances and tasks using the AWS CLI or an SDK. With the new Amazon ECS event stream feature, it is now possible to retrieve near real-time, event-driven updates on the state of your Amazon ECS tasks and container instances. Events are delivered through Amazon CloudWatch Events, and can be routed to any valid CloudWatch Events target, such as an AWS Lambda function or an Amazon SNS topic. 

  • Amazon WorkMail now allows you to use journaling to support compliance requirements

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    Amazon WorkMail now offers SMTP journaling, which allows you to record all email communication sent or received by your Amazon WorkMail organization. By enabling journaling, you can integrate with third party compliance solutions for email archiving and e-discovery, allowing you to meet your data security and information protection policies.  

  • AWS CloudTrail Supports S3 Data Events

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    AWS CloudTrail now supports Amazon S3 Data Events. You can now record all API actions on S3 Objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account of the caller, IAM user role of the caller, time of the API call, IP address of the API, and other details. All events are delivered to a S3 bucket and CloudWatch Events, allowing you to take programmatic actions on the events. For example, if the Access Control Lists (ACLs) of an object are modified, you can quickly reapply the original ACLs on that object.

  • Access your Amazon Glacier data in minutes with new retrieval options

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    You now have two new options to retrieve data from Amazon Glacier that allows you to access all the archives you need, when you need them, and for a simple, low price. Starting today, you can use Expedited retrievals to access data in 1 – 5 minutes for a flat rate of $0.03 per GB retrieved. Expedited retrievals allow you to quickly access your data when occasional urgent requests for a subset of archives are required. And when you have large amounts of data to retrieve, even petabytes, you can use Bulk retrievals to access your data in approximately 5 – 12 hours for a flat rate of just $0.0025 per GB retrieved. Bulk retrievals allow you to cost-effectively access significant portions of your data for things like big data analytics and media transcoding. 

  • Amazon EMR now supports using Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    You can now use Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase on Amazon EMR using the EMR File System. Apache HBase is a distributed, non-relational database built for random, strictly consistent realtime access for tables with billions of rows and millions of columns. By using Amazon S3 as a data store for Apache HBase, you can separate your cluster’s storage and compute nodes. This enables you to save costs by sizing your cluster for your compute requirements instead of paying to store your entire dataset with 3x replication in the on-cluster Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

  • Amazon S3 & Amazon Glacier Price Drops

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    Today, AWS announced that we are collapsing Amazon S3 price tiers and reducing storage prices across Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. We will collapse the number of Amazon S3 price tiers from six to three – 0-50 TB; 50 TB-500 TB; and 500+ TB – making it easier to understand your bill and project future costs. We will also reduce Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage prices by more than 20% in most regions. Together, these changes will help AWS customers even further reduce their cost of storage while still enjoying the simplicity, durability, and massive scalability of Amazon’s object storage services.

    AWS customers will see the effect of these prices in their billing effective December 1, 2016. Check out the AWS blog for further detail.  

  • Amazon Route 53 Now Supports Health Checks of IPv6 Endpoints

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Route 53 health checks now support endpoints with Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) addresses. Last month, Amazon Route 53 began rolling out support for DNS queries over IPv6. With today’s release, customers can now use Amazon Route 53 health checks to monitor resources with IPv6 addresses.  

  • Amazon SES Now Offers Dedicated IP Addresses

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now offers dedicated IP addresses, which enable you to manage the reputation of the IP addresses that Amazon SES uses to send your email. Dedicated IP addresses, often simply called dedicated IPs, are Amazon SES IP addresses that are reserved exclusively for your email sending. 

  • Announcing CloudWatch Metrics Price Reduction and New Volume-Based Pricing Tiers

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    We are reducing the base price of CloudWatch Metrics from $0.50 per metric per month to $0.30 per metric per month, a 40% reduction in price. In addition, we are introducing new volume-based tiered pricing with even lower prices per metric, with savings up to 96%. These will take effect in all regions beginning December 1, 2016.  

  • Amazon API Gateway Available in US West (N. California)

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    Amazon API Gateway is now available in US West (N. California) region.

  • AWS Lambda Available in US West (N. California)

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

    AWS Lambda is now available in US West (N. California) region.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now allows you to access your virtual cloud desktop using Chrome and Firefox

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    You can now access your Amazon WorkSpaces through Chrome and Firefox web browsers, using a new feature called Amazon WorkSpaces Web Access. Web Access establishes a secure connection to your Amazon WorkSpace from the browser, giving you safe access to your cloud desktop from almost anywhere you can connect to the public internet, all without having to install a client.

  • Amazon Redshift introduces multibyte (UTF-8) character support for database object names and updated ODBC/JDBC

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    You can now use multibyte (UTF-8) characters in Amazon Redshift table, column, and other database object names. For more information, see Names and Identifiers in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide. To support this new feature, we have updated the Amazon Redshift ODBC and JDBC drivers. The driver updates include support for multibyte characters and other enhancements. For details, see Amazon Redshift JDBC Release Notes and Amazon Redshift ODBC Release Notes.

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports AWS Serverless Application Model, AWS Lambda Environment Variables, and New CLI Commands

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    You can now provision and manage resources for AWS Lambda-based applications using AWS CloudFormation and the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM). SAM helps you more effectively model, package, and deploy “serverless” applications which use services like AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon API Gateway. SAM is a specification for describing Lambda-based applications and offers a syntax designed specifically for expressing serverless resources. Learn more about SAM here.

  • Introducing the AWS Serverless Application Model

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    The AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM, previously known as Project Flourish) extends AWS CloudFormation to provide a simplified way of defining the Amazon API Gateway APIs, AWS Lambda functions, and Amazon DynamoDB tables needed by your serverless application.

  • Amazon EMR now supports Auto Scaling and configurable scale down behavior

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    You can now configure policies to automatically add (scale out) and terminate (scale in) nodes in your Amazon EMR cluster. Amazon EMR can programmatically scale out applications like Apache Spark and Apache Hive to utilize additional nodes for increased performance and scale in the number of nodes in your cluster to save costs when utilization is low. Your cluster can scale based on Amazon CloudWatch metrics provided by Amazon EMR, including YARN utilization metrics.

  • AWS Lambda Supports Environment Variables

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    You can now set environment variables for your Lambda functions, making it easy for you to configure your code for development, test, and production without having to change the function’s implementation. You can provide key-value pairs as part of your function configuration and access them easily within your function code at execution time simply by reading environment variables. You can easily create and modify environment variables from the AWS Lambda Console, CLI or SDKs.  

  • Trusted Advisor enables automated actions and custom notifications

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    You can now create configurable, rule-based events for notifications and automated actions based on AWS Trusted Advisor’s library of best-practice checks using Amazon CloudWatch Events. With this new integration, you can now more easily build workflows and processes that are triggered by the status of individual Trusted Advisor checks. 

  • Informatica Big Data Management and PowerCenter on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployments

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    These latest Quick Starts automatically deploy two products from Informatica, Big Data Management and PowerCenter, on the AWS Cloud. Informatica is an advanced AWS technology partner that provides data integration software and services. The Quick Starts were created by AWS solutions architects in collaboration with the Informatica Big Data Management and PowerCenter teams, to integrate solutions and services from both companies. 

  • Announcing Third Edge Location in Hong Kong for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    We are excited to announce a new edge location in Hong Kong for Amazon CloudFront. Hong Kong now has three edge locations which brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 65. 

  • Amazon GameLift Adds On Demand Fleet and Instance Access

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    Amazon GameLift is a fully managed service that makes it simple and cost-effective to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer game servers in the cloud. GameLift has launched a new feature, remote instance access. This feature enables game developers to access fleets and instances in real time to debug their game or better understand player behavior. 

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds Support For Clip Stitching

    Posted On: Nov 18, 2016

    You can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to stitch together two or more input clips to create a longer clip in the desired output format(s). You can do this by specifying multiple inputs when creating a transcode job on Amazon Elastic Transcoder. Clips are stitched together in the order that they are specified in the job request. For each input, you can specify a Start Time and a Duration, which allows you to stitch together only the parts of each input that you want included in the output. You can leverage clip stitching to create highlight clips or add bumpers and trailers to your videos as part of the transcode process. 

  • AWS CodePipeline Available in EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    AWS CodePipeline is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS region.  

  • Binary Data Now Supported by API Gateway

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    You can now send and receive binary data through API endpoints hosted on Amazon API Gateway. Binary data can either pass through directly or be converted to Base64 encoded text.

  • AWS Schema Conversion Tool Adds Netezza and Greenplum Sources

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) has added two more data warehouses as sources for schema conversion. SCT can now convert Netezza and Greenplum data warehouse schemas to their equivalent in Amazon Redshift giving you the flexibility to move AWS’ fast, fully-managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse.

  • Amazon CloudWatch adds new Dashboards widgets

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    Amazon CloudWatch announces the availability of two new Dashboards widgets that provides additional data visualization options for CloudWatch Metrics. The Number widget is a view of the latest data-point of the metric giving customers a “glance-able” update to understand the state of a resource. The Stacked area graph widget helps customers visualize the contribution of individual metrics and their impact in totality. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK is now in public preview

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    The Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK allows you to integrate your applications with Amazon WorkDocs. By using the Administrative SDK, you can perform content and permissions updates, and manage users, programmatically. This means your content management, content migration, virus-scanning, data loss prevention (DLP), and eDiscovery apps can now also work with content stored on Amazon WorkDocs.

  • Amazon SQS Introduces FIFO Queues with Exactly-Once Processing and Lower Prices for Standard Queues

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) for applications that require messages to be processed in a strict sequence and exactly once using First-in, First-out (FIFO) queues. FIFO queues are designed to ensure that the order in which messages are sent and received is strictly preserved and that each message is processed exactly once.

  • AWS Service Catalog Administrator API set now available

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    Starting today, IT Administrators, IT Asset managers and Central Cloud teams can integrate with AWS Service Catalog administrator actions using the AWS API and CLI. Previously, you could setup AWS Service Catalog products and portfolios only through the AWS Management Console. Now you can automate call patterns, or integrate with your private console or ITIL management tool. Additionally, we are announcing AWS Service Catalog APIs and admin console now support AWS CloudTrail logging.  

  • Elastic Load Balancing: Support for CloudWatch percentile metrics

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing now supports percentile metrics, providing customers with improved visibility into the performance of their applications.

  • Amazon CloudWatch adds support for percentiles

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2016

    Amazon CloudWatch announced support for percentiles on CloudWatch Metrics. This new capability allows customers to visualize and alarm on any percentile of an AWS or custom metric.

  • AWS CodeCommit Available in EU (Ireland) Region

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2016

    AWS CodeCommit is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS region.

  • AWS CloudTrail Now Tracks Cross-Account Activity to Its Origin

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2016

    You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles and AWS Security Token Service (STS) to set up cross-account access between AWS accounts. When you assume an IAM role in another AWS account to obtain cross-account access to services and resources in that account, AWS CloudTrail logs the cross-account activity. Starting today, CloudTrail logs AssumeRole calls in the role-owning account (the account being accessed), including the unique ID of the IAM entity (a user or role) assuming the role in the account being accessed. This additional information helps you identify the entity that requested cross-account access and then trace its subsequent cross-account activity.

  • Amazon EMR now supports fine-grained access control using cluster tags

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2016

    You can now use cluster tags to enable fine-grained access control on Amazon EMR clusters. Using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy statements, you can use conditions to allow or deny actions on clusters with tags and tag values that you specify. Additionally, you can use a policy statement that requires users to add specific tags when a cluster is created. Fine-grained access control using cluster tags is available on all Amazon EMR releases that support tags.

  • Now available: IAM console updates that make it easier to create and manage users

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2016

    Today, we updated the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to make it easier for you to create and manage your IAM users. These improvements include an updated user creation workflow and new ways to assign and manage permissions. The new user workflow guides you through the process of setting user details, including enabling programmatic access (via access key) and console access (via password). In addition, you can assign permissions by adding users to a group, copying permissions from an existing user, and attaching policies directly to users. We also introduced 10 new AWS managed policies that align with common job functions in organizations that you can use to assign permissions. Finally, we updated the tools to view details and manage permissions for existing users. 

  • Announcing regional expansion of Amazon EC2 P2 instances

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2016

    Amazon EC2 P2 instances are now available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

    To learn more about these instance types, visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page, the Amazon EC2 User Guide's section on Instance Types, or the Amazon EC2 Pricing page.

  • SaaS Subscriptions now available from AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2016

    AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,500 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced that customers can now subscribe to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Application Programming Interface (API) products directly through AWS Marketplace with SaaS Subscriptions. With this feature, customers consume software directly through an API or web browser and sellers manage and update the product. Customers can now subscribe to SaaS and API products through AWS Marketplace and pay on an existing AWS bill. Following the launch of SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, customers will be able to choose from more products than ever before and sellers will have greater access to the AWS customer base.

  • Automate Amazon Kinesis Streams scaling and shard limit monitoring using new APIs

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2016

    Amazon Kinesis Streams enables you to capture, store, and analyze terabytes of data per hour from clickstreams, financial transactions, social media feeds, and more. Starting today, you can use the new UpdateShardCount feature in the AWS Management console or AWS CLI to to scale your streams up and down automatically to match your data volume and processing needs in real time. For example, you can call UpdateShardCount from an AWS Lambda function to automatically scale the shard capacity in your stream in response to an Amazon CloudWatch alarm or Amazon CloudWatch metric. For more information, see UpdateShardCount in the Amazon Kinesis Streams Service API Reference.

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Self Service Tool to Associate Amazon VPCs and Private Hosted Zones That are Created with Different AWS Accounts

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2016

    You can now use Amazon Route 53, AWS's highly available and scalable DNS service, to easily manage association of Amazon VPCs and private hosted zones that you create with different AWS accounts with the same simplicity, security, and effectiveness that Route 53 already provides for VPC to Private Hosted Zone association. You can use the Route 53 Private DNS to manage authoritative DNS within your Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), so you can use custom domain names for your internal AWS resources belonging to different accounts without exposing DNS data to the public Internet. This gives you greater leverage to manage your security and account pairing more effectively via self-service. Earlier this was only possible via engaging support.

    Please see the Amazon Route 53 documentation for more detais.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces introduces new Graphics bundles

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2016

    Today we announced the availability of Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles. These new bundles offer a virtual cloud desktop which includes a high-end GPU that supports engineering, design, and architectural applications. Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles apply the same benefits of security, economics, flexibility, and agility to a graphics-capable desktop running on the AWS cloud. In addition, if you are already using the AWS cloud to run simulations on large datasets, using Amazon WorkSpace Graphics bundles for visualization of simulation results offers a faster end user experience because your apps stay close to your data. Amazon WorkSpaces Graphics bundles allow you to run high-end graphics applications on low-cost hardware, which means you can do away with expensive physical workstations and save money.

  • Amazon QuickSight Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2016

    Amazon QuickSight is now generally available for all customers. At 1/10th the cost of traditional BI solutions, QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy for you to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from your data. You can upload Excel files, connect to databases like SQLServer, MySQL or PostgreSQL, in the cloud or on-premises; access third-party applications, like Salesforce; or analyze data from other AWS services such as Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift and Amazon S3. QuickSight’s power stems from its Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory, Calculation, Engine (SPICE), which delivers fast and responsive query performance and scales to hundreds of thousands of users. Once you’ve built your analysis or dashboard, you can access QuickSight via your web browser or your iOS mobile app and securely share your insights with colleagues and stakeholders.  

  • AWS CodeCommit Available in US West (Oregon) Region

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2016

    AWS CodeCommit is now available in the US West (Oregon) region.

  • HashiCorp Consul and Vault on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployments

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2016

    These two new Quick Starts automatically deploy Consul and Vault, which are two popular DevOps tools from HashiCorp, Inc., on the AWS Cloud. The Quick Starts were created by AWS solutions architects in collaboration with HashiCorp, to integrate solutions and services from both companies. 

  • Add more application support to your Microsoft AD directory by extending the schema

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2016

    Now, you can run more applications with AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) directory, also known as Microsoft AD, when the applications require extensions to your Active Directory (AD) schema. Today, we have added the ability for you to extend the schema of your Microsoft AD directory. Extending the schema allows you to add new attributes and object classes to your Microsoft AD that are required by your applications and that are not present in the core Microsoft AD classes and attributes.

  • Simplified Permission Management for AWS IoT

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2016

    AWS IoT now supports Simplified Permission Management. This feature allows you to easily manage permission policies for a large number of devices by using variables that reference the Device Registry or X.509 certificate properties. The integration of Device Registry and Certificate properties with device policies offers the following benefits:

    1. You can now reference Registry properties in device permission policies.

    Referencing device properties defined in the Device Registry allows your policies to reflect any changes made in the Device Registry. For example, referencing the Thing Attribute “building-address” as a variable in the policy, devices will automatically inherit a new set of permissions when they move buildings.

    2. You can share a single generic policy for multiple devices.

    A generic policy can be shared among the same category of devices instead of creating a unique policy per device. For example, a policy that references the “serial-number” as a variable, can be attached to all the devices of the same model. When devices of the same model connect, policy variables will be automatically substituted by their serial-number.

  • Introducing CloudWatch Events for Amazon EBS Snapshots

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2016

    Starting today, you can monitor and automate action on your Amazon EBS snapshots using Amazon CloudWatch Events. CloudWatch Events provide a stream of events describing changes to your AWS resources. EBS CloudWatch Events fire when a snapshot completes or when a snapshot has been shared with you. This allows you to automate and streamline your data backup workflows by eliminating the need to poll the snapshot API to track snapshot status. You can also better adhere to best practices for multi-region disaster recovery by automating the copy of snapshots across regions upon snapshot completion. We will continue to add support for additional snapshot and volume events in future releases.

  • Amazon Kinesis Streams console now supports configuring data retention and shard level metrics

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2016

    Amazon Kinesis Streams enables you to build custom applications that process or analyze streaming data for specialized needs. We have added new functionality to the Amazon Kinesis Streams management console and made it easier to use. You can now choose a custom data retention period between 1 to 7 days for your streams, and enable shard level Amazon CloudWatch metrics using the console. The console also now has a simpler user interface. For example, you can create a new stream in just one step and get started with Amazon Kinesis Streams in minutes. For more information, see the Amazon Kinesis Streams developer guide

  • AWS Snowball now a HIPAA-eligible service

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2016

    AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include AWS Snowball. With the addition of Snowball, you can now transfer large amounts of data, including Protected Health Information (PHI), into and out of AWS in a secure and cost-effective manner. Snowball addresses common challenges with large-scale data transfers, such as high network costs, long transfer times, and security concerns. Using Snowball to migrate data to AWS is a simple first step towards leveraging a full suite of HIPAA-eligible, cloud-based services for data lifecycle management, such as S3, Glacier, database services, and a managed Big Data platform. Read our whitepaper to learn more on how to configure AWS services to support your HIPAA applications. 

  • Amazon Redshift announces new data compression, connection management, and data loading features

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2016

    We are excited to announce four new Amazon Redshift features that improve data compression, connection management, and data loading. 

  • Announcing Our Fourth Edge Location in Japan for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2016

    We are excited to announce a new edge location in Tokyo, Japan for Amazon CloudFront. This is the third edge location for Tokyo and fourth in Japan which brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 64. 

  • Amazon RDS now supports PostgreSQL 9.6.1

    Posted On: Nov 11, 2016

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports the next major release of the PostgreSQL open source database, version 9.6.1. New features include parallel query, phrase search, and improvements to performance and usability. With this release, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL also supports the bloom and pg_visibility extensions. 

  • Burst Bucket Metric Now Available for Amazon EBS General Purpose SSD (gp2) Volumes

    Posted On: Nov 10, 2016

    You can now monitor the burst-bucket performance and ensure you have the right volume size for Amazon EBS General Purpose SSD (gp2) volumes using Amazon CloudWatch. Amazon EBS gp2 volumes have the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS for extended periods of time for workloads that need to burst beyond the baseline performance. Amazon EBS now publishes the Burst Balance metric into Amazon CloudWatch for all gp2 volumes. The vast majority of customers have sufficient burst for their workloads. However, if visibility into the Burst Balance is desired, you now have the ability to monitor and take appropriate action. You can automate Burst Balance monitoring by creating a CloudWatch alarm that notifies you when the Burst Balance falls below a user-specified threshold.

  • AWS Mobile Hub announces three new features: Cloud logic for serverless apps, email and password app sign-in, and authentication via SAML

    Posted On: Nov 9, 2016

    Today we are announcing three new features for AWS Mobile Hub that simplify developing secure mobile apps on AWS.

  • CI/CD Pipeline for Microsoft Windows on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2016

    This new Quick Start automates the deployment of a continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline on AWS. It uses standard Microsoft Windows technologies such as Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild), Internet Information Services (IIS), Windows PowerShell, and .NET Framework in combination with the Jenkins CI tool and AWS services to deploy and demonstrate the CI/CD pipeline. 

  • CloudWatch releases the ability to pivot from Metrics to Logs

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2016

    Amazon CloudWatch announces the availability of “Metrics to Logs” - a feature that helps customers pivot from a high level view of system or application behavior in a graph to the specific log events that caused the behavior. This complements the existing ability to extract aggregated metrics using metric filter patterns from log data as it streams through the CloudWatch services. Metrics created using metric filter patterns now have a View Logs option that help customers navigate to the associated logs groups from a graph to a chosen time stamp. This unifies the Logs and Metrics experiences to help customers solve problems faster.  

  • Test drive Amazon Kinesis Firehose using built-in sample data

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2016

    We are excited to announce the ability to test drive Amazon Kinesis Firehose from the AWS Management Console using built-in sample data.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2016

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions. You can now leverage SQL Server 2016 features such as Query Store, Operational Analytics, Temporal Tables, Always Encrypted and JSON Support on your Amazon RDS SQL Server Instances. 

  • Now run real-time stream processing at scale with Apache Flink on Amazon EMR

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2016

    You can now use Apache Flink 1.1.3 and upgraded versions of Apache Zeppelin (0.6.2) and Apache HBase (1.2.3) on Amazon EMR release 5.1.0. Also, the interactive notebook in Hue now supports querying data using Presto.

  • Continuously Deliver Changes to AWS CloudFormation Stacks with AWS CodePipeline

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2016

    You can now apply continuous delivery practices to your AWS CloudFormation stacks using AWS CodePipeline. AWS CodePipeline is a continuous delivery service for fast and reliable application and infrastructure updates. CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.  

  • AWS CodePipeline Introduces AWS CloudFormation Deployment Action

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2016

    You can now choose AWS CloudFormation as a deployment action in your release workflows built using AWS CodePipeline. This allows you to build, test, and deploy AWS infrastructure changes modeled as CloudFormation templates. CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion.

  • Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.6 now available, introduces Twitch Metastream and more

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2016

    We are excited to announce the release of Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.6, which includes 337 new improvements, fixes and features to Amazon’s free, AAA game engine deeply integrated with AWS and Twitch.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports 11g to 12c Major Version Upgrade

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2016

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports major version upgrade from 11g to 12c.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) is now available in the US East (Ohio) Region

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2016

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD, is now available in the US East (Ohio) Region. This makes it possible for you to use an AWS fully managed Active Directory in the cloud. Among the use cases supported by Microsoft AD, you can:

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events is now available in the China (Beijing) AWS region

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2016

    The Amazon CloudWatch Events service is now available in the China (Beijing) region.

  • Amazon SES Now Provides Fine-Grained Email Sending Metrics

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2016

    Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now enables you to track your bounce, complaint, sent, and rejected email metrics with fine-grained granularity. Previously, Amazon SES provided your email sending metrics at an AWS account level. Now, you can access your metrics based on characteristics you define. For example, you can track metrics for a particular email campaign, a particular subset of recipients, or whatever aspect of email sending is important to your business operations and analytics. You can choose to publish the metrics to either Amazon CloudWatch or Amazon Kinesis Firehose.

  • Backup to AWS with HP Data Protector 9.07 using Storage Gateway VTL

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2016

    We are pleased to announce we have added HP Data Protector 9.07 to the AWS Storage Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (VTL) compatibility list. You can backup and archive from HP Data Protector using Gateway-VTL to scalable, cost-effective, secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier.

  • Swift Web Applications on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2016

    Note: This Quick Start is no longer available. For the latest Quick Start catalog, see https://aws.amazon.com/quickstart.

  • AWS Marketplace Announces Product Support Connection

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2016

    Today, AWS Marketplace, which offers more than 2,700 software listings from more than 925 independent software vendors, announced Product Support Connection (PSC), a new program that lets AWS Marketplace customers share contact details with software vendors through the AWS Marketplace web site to access and receive timely, more seamless product support. For products that support PSC, AWS Marketplace customers can choose to share contact details such as name, telephone number, organization, and email address with the vendor during or after a product subscription.  

  • Introducing New Amazon Linux Container Image for Cloud and On-Premises Workloads

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2016

    We’re announcing the availability of an Amazon Linux container image through Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR) and Docker Hub. The Amazon Linux container image is built from the same software components included in the Amazon Linux AMI, but is now publicly available for use in any environment as a base image for Docker workloads. We’re excited to be able to provide the security and performance of the Amazon Linux AMI to applications that run in containers.

  • CloudWatch extends Metrics retention and new User Interface

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2016

    CloudWatch announces the extension of metric retention from 14 days to 15 months, free of charge. CloudWatch has already stored at least 3 months of all existing metrics, which customers can begin using immediately to analyze seasonality, monthly trends and in the future, year-over-year comparisons and forecasts.

  • Enable Your Federated Users to Work in the AWS Management Console for up to 12 Hours

    Posted On: Jul 29, 2016

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) supports identity federation, which enables external identities, such as users in your corporate directory, to sign in to the AWS Management Console via single sign-on (SSO). Now with a small configuration change, your AWS administrators can allow your federated users to work in the AWS Management Console for up to 12 hours, instead of having to reauthenticate every 60 minutes. In addition, administrators can now revoke active federated user sessions. 

  • Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory Enables Routing to On-premises Public IP Addresses

    Posted On: Jul 29, 2016

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also referred to as Microsoft AD, now supports routing to your on-premises DNS servers, conditional forwarders and hosts that use public Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Through the link to your VPC, you can now create trusts and domain join hosts with on-premises computers that have public IP addresses. This provides you more flexibility in how you integrate Microsoft AD with your on-premises environment. 

  • Amazon Cognito Your User Pools is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jul 28, 2016

    This feature makes it easy for developers to add user sign-up, sign-in, and enhanced security functionality to their mobile and web apps. With User Pools, you get a simple, fully managed service for creating and maintaining your own user directory that can scale to hundreds of millions of users. You benefit from the security and privacy best practices of AWS, and retain full control of your user data. This feature is now available in the following AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and EU (Ireland).

  • Announcing DNS Resolution Support for VPC Peering

    Posted On: Jul 28, 2016

    Today, we are announcing DNS resolution support for a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) peering connection. You can now enable resolution of public DNS hostnames to private IP addresses when queried from the peered VPC. This functionality is also supported cross-account so the two VPCs can be in different accounts. This feature simplifies DNS setup for VPC peering connections.

  • AWS CodeCommit Adds Commit History View

    Posted On: Jul 28, 2016

    You can now view the commit history of an AWS CodeCommit repository from the CodeCommit console. This helps you more easily understand the changes made to a repository, who made the changes, and when the changes were made.

  • AWS Application Discovery Service now supports Agentless Mode

    Posted On: Jul 28, 2016

    Today, we are enhancing the AWS Application Discovery Service to collect information about on-premises VMware environments without requiring on-host agent installation, making it easier and faster for enterprises to assess their environment. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports Elasticsearch 2.3

    Posted On: Jul 27, 2016

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports Elasticsearch version 2.3. Amazon Elasticsearch Service makes it easy to run Elasticsearch, which is a popular tool for real-time analytics use cases such as log analytics and application monitoring. Elasticsearch 2.3 offers many new features, including support for pipeline aggregations, improved geo-point fields, and support for data compression. Elasticsearch version 2.3 also offers many benefits over version 1.5, including improved performance, memory management and resiliency, and security enhancements. Starting today, customers can choose between Elasticsearch version 1.5 or 2.3 when creating an Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain. 

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports SQL Server Native Backup/Restore with S3

    Posted On: Jul 27, 2016

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports SQL Server Native Backup/Restore using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). You can now take database level backups as SQL Server backup files (.bak) and store them in your Amazon S3 bucket. SQL Server full backups are commonly used to migrate or move databases among different SQL Server instances, whether in the cloud or on-premises, for data ingestion, disaster recovery and other backup purposes. You can export a full backup of your on-premises database, store it in S3 and then use the custom stored procedures offered by RDS to restore that backup to an existing RDS instance. You will also be able to backup an RDS database into S3 and restore the backup file later onto an on-premises or RDS database. Storing and transferring backup files into and out of AWS through S3 affords customers an added layer of protection for disaster recovery and gives customers a peace of mind that their data can be moved around easily. On RDS, you can encrypt your backup files across SQL Server Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions.

  • AWS Support announces update to Developer Support plan

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2016

    A new pricing model for our Developer Support plan has been launched, reducing the entry cost from $49 per month to $29 per month, while providing the same level of customer service and support. As of July 26th, 2016 all new AWS accounts subscribing to Developer Support will receive the new pricing, set at the greater of $29 or 3% of monthly AWS spend. 

  • Now Access CloudWatch Metrics directly from the Amazon ML Console

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2016

    Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) now publishes your CloudWatch metrics in the Amazon ML console, making it even easier to use and access these graphs. Currently, Amazon ML publishes metrics to CloudWatch, enabling you to monitor the performance of your models in production. As part of the ML model report, you can view recent CloudWatch metrics related to the model. Now with a single click from the Amazon ML console, you can directly to go the view of metrics for that model in CloudWatch to get further detail.

  • AWS IoT announces support for Thing Types in the Thing Registry

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2016

    AWS IoT now supports Thing Types in the Thing Registry. Thing Types allow you to effectively manage your catalogue of devices by defining common characteristics for devices that belong to the same device category. In addition, a Thing associated with a Thing Type can now have up to 50 attributes including 3 searchable attributes.

    To learn more about the Thing Registry and Thing Types visit the AWS IoT site or AWS developer documentation.  

  • Announcing the availability of Snowball in EU (Frankfurt) region

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2016

    We are pleased to announce the expansion of the Snowball service to EU (Frankfurt) region. With this launch, AWS Import/Export Snowball is now available in the eight regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (India), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and AWS GovCloud (US). 

  • AWS Lambda Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore)

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2016

    AWS Lambda is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. 

  • Now evaluate AWS Config Rules on demand, trigger rules on both configuration changes and periodic frequency, delete evaluation results, and assess a broad set of resources

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2016

    AWS Config is a fully managed service that continuously records configurations changes to your resources in AWS and notifies you when your resources change. With AWS Config Rules, you can define guidelines for provisioning and configuring AWS resources and then continuously monitor compliance with those guidelines. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now allows you to bring your Windows 10 Desktop licenses to Amazon WorkSpaces

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2016

    In October 2015, we announced that you can bring your existing Windows 7 Desktop licenses to Amazon WorkSpaces, a program we call Bring Your Own License (BYOL). Today we are pleased to announce that we are adding Windows 10 Desktop licenses to the BYOL program, allowing you to use the Windows 10 Desktop operating system on your Amazon WorkSpaces running on hardware that is dedicated to you. Just like when you bring your own Windows 7 Desktop licenses, this option entitles you to a discount of $4 per month per WorkSpace, and also allows you to use a single Windows 10 Desktop golden image on-premises and for your Amazon WorkSpaces.

    To take advantage of this option, your organization must meet the licensing requirements set by Microsoft, and you must commit to running at least 200 WorkSpaces in a given AWS region each month.

    To learn more about this option and the eligibility requirements, please see the Amazon WorkSpaces FAQ page.  

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service Automatic Service Scaling Region Expansion

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2016

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) automatic service scaling is now available in five additional regions: US West (N. California), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney).

  • Amazon EC2 Run Command is now available in China (Beijing) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2016

    Amazon EC2 Run Command is now available in China (Beijing) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions. AWS customers in these regions can now automate administrative tasks such as executing Linux Shell scripts and commands, running Windows PowerShell commands, installing software or patches, and more across instances. Furthermore, customers can now perform these tasks on instances or virtual machines across any location, enabling hybrid cloud and cross cloud management.

  • Amazon EC2 Run Command now supports event driven notifications

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2016

    Amazon EC2 Run Command now supports event-driven notifications. You can now monitor the status of your commands either at fleet or instance level, and receive real-time updates. These notifications are supported by Amazon EC2 Run Command or through AWS CloudWatch Events

  • Now use AWS Config to record changes to RDS and ACM resources and write Config Rules to evaluate their state

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2016

    AWS Config continuously records configurations changes to resources in your AWS account and notifies you of these changes through Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). Config rules check these resources for compliance with desired configurations you specify. 

  • Four New AWS Training Bootcamps to Help You Build Technical Skills

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2016

    We’ve made four of our most popular Technical Bootcamps from AWS re:Invent and Summits part of our broader AWS Training portfolio so you can attend a class convenient to you.

    • Taking AWS Operations to Next Level teaches you how to leverage AWS CloudFormation, Chef, and AWS SDKs to automate provisioning and configuration of AWS infrastructure resources and applications. We also cover how to work with AWS Service Catalog. This course is designed for solutions architects and SysOps administrators.
    • Securing Next-Gen Applications at Cloud Scale teaches you how to use a DevSecOps approach to design and build robust security controls at cloud scale for next-generation workloads. We cover design considerations of operating high-assurance workloads on the AWS platform. Labs teach you governance, configuration management, trust-decision automation, audit artifact generation, and native integration of tasks into custom software workloads. This course is for security engineers, developers, solutions architects, and other technical security practitioners.
    • Running Container-Enabled Microservices on AWS teaches you how to manage and scale container-enabled applications by using Amazon ECS. Labs teach you to use Amazon ECS to handle long-running services, build and deploy container images, link services together, and scale capacity to meet demand. This course is for developers, solutions architects, and system administrators.
    • Building a Recommendation Engine on AWS teaches you to build a real-time analytics and geospatial search application using Amazon ES, Amazon DynamoDB, DynamoDB Streams, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, and Amazon S3. We discuss a real-world location-aware social application that displays information generated from a model created with Amazon Machine Learning. We also cover best practices for processing and analyzing data, such as the lambda data processing pattern and automating development process, using Swagger, Grunt, and the AWS SDK. This course is for developers, solutions architects, and data scientists.

     

    You can find upcoming classes in our Global Class Schedule or learn more at AWS Training.

  • Now Easily Delete Multiple Objects through the Amazon ML Console

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2016

    You now have the ability to quickly and easily delete multiple objects through the Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) console. Interactively select and/or deselect multiple objects, either individually or in bulk, to delete these objects via the Amazon ML console. For instance, once a model is trained to meet your business requirements, you can search, select, and delete the datasources, models, and evaluations produced during the iterative process of model development.

    For more information on using this new feature to select and delete multiple objects through the console, visit the Amazon ML documentation.

  • Create an Amazon Aurora database from your MySQL backup in S3

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2016

    Starting today you can create a new Amazon Aurora database from an existing MySQL backup. This can be done by creating a backup of your MySQL database using the Percona XtraBackup tool and uploading the file(s) to an Amazon S3 bucket. You can then create a new Aurora cluster from the backup file(s) in Amazon S3, directly through the RDS console.

  • AWS CloudFormation Adds Support for AWS IoT and Additional Updates

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2016

    You can now provision AWS IoT resources using AWS CloudFormation. Visit our documentation to learn more.

  • AWS Device Farm Remote Access for Manual Testing on Android and iOS Devices – Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2016

    AWS Device Farm Remote Access is now generally available. Gesture, swipe, and interact with mobile devices in real time, directly from your web browser. You can use AWS Device Farm Remote Access for manual tasks like debugging new functionality, running manual tests, and reproducing customer issues. Note: New device types will be coming on-line on a daily basis. We use market data and customer feedback to continuously update the fleet.

    To learn more see the documentation or visit the AWS Device Farm site.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events Available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2016

    CloudWatch Events is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds Support For WAV

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2016

    You can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to create WAV outputs with PCM audio. The WAV format primarily stores raw and uncompressed audio and is ideal for use in editing workflows and for archival. You can try out this format by using the newly available system presets.

    To learn more, please consult the Elastic Transcoder Developer Guide.

  • New Regional Provisioning Capability in AWS Mobile Hub - Multi-region Resource Creation Now Available

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2016

    AWS Mobile Hub now allows you to set the AWS region where you would like your project’s AWS resources to be provisioned. These include – US East (N Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Sydney). Simply login to the AWS Mobile Hub console, create a new project and set the region you would like your resources for that project to be created in. Mobile Hub then uses this setting to provision AWS resources as you enable features like Cloud Logic, NoSQL database and User Data Storage in that region. Additionally, if a particular AWS service needed by a feature is not available in a region that you have provisioned, Mobile Hub will provision services in the nearest region where that AWS service is available.

    Start today by visiting AWS Mobile Hub console.

  • AWS Schema Conversion Tool now supports conversions from Oracle DW and Teradata to Amazon Redshift, Embedded Code Conversion, and Cloud native Code Optimization

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that AWS Schema Conversion Tool now supports conversions from Oracle Data Warehouse and Teradata to Amazon Redshift. SCT actively analyzes the application and custom database code in the source data warehouse platform in order to provide optimized DDL statements with appropriate sort and distribution keys for Amazon Redshift.

  • AWS Database Migration Service now supports continuous data replication with high-availability, enables SSL endpoints, and adds support for SAP ASE (formerly SAP Sybase ASE)

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2016

    AWS Database Migration Service now supports continuous data replication. Customers have the option of enabling Multi-AZ which provides a replication stream that is fault tolerant through redundant replication servers. Continuous replication, when combined with DMS’ ability to migrate data between database engines, results in an exponential growth of potential use cases. 

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Supports IAM Roles for Tasks

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2016

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) now allows you to specify an IAM role that can be used by the containers in an ECS task.

  • Python Serverless Microframework for AWS - Developer Preview

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2016
  • Announcing Cost Allocation Tagging for AWS Directory Service

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that you can now add cost allocation tags to your AWS Directory Service directories. Tags make it easier for you to allocate costs and optimize spending by categorizing and grouping AWS resources. For example, you can use tags to group resources by administrator, application name, cost center, or a specific project. 

  • AWS WAF is now Included in the set of Services that are PCI DSS 3.2 Level 1 Compliant.

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2016

    AWS WAF (Web Application Firewall) is now included in the set of services that are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS 3.2) Merchant Level 1, the highest level of compliance for service providers.

    PCI DSS compliance is a requirement for any business that stores, processes, or transmits credit card data. AWS WAF's PCI compliance now makes it easier for retail e-commerce, travel booking, ticket sale, or in-app purchase applications to integrate AWS WAF as a part of their architecture and adhere to PCI DSS. Customers who need to adhere to PCI compliance, can now use AWS WAF to protect their web applications from common web exploits like SQL Injection or Cross-Site Scripting, or content abuse like bots and scrappers, or attacks that consume excessive resources (like HTTPS floods).

  • AWS Becomes First Cloud Service Provider to Adopt New PCI DSS 3.2

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2016

    We are happy to announce the availability of the Amazon Web Services PCI DSS 3.2 Compliance Package for the 2016/2017 cycle. AWS is the first cloud service provider (CSP) to successfully complete the assessment against the newly released PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2, 18 months in advance of the mandatory February 1, 2018, deadline.

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service CLI supports Docker Compose version 2 format

    Posted On: Jul 8, 2016

    You can now use Docker Compose version 2 YAML files with the Amazon EC2 Container Service CLI (Amazon ECS CLI) to create an Amazon ECS service. 

  • Build a Modular and Scalable Amazon VPC Architecture with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jul 8, 2016

    This new Quick Start builds a modular Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) environment on the AWS Cloud to provide a virtual networking foundation for your AWS deployments. 

  • AWS IoT Announces Java and Python Device SDKs

    Posted On: Jul 8, 2016

    We are proud to announce the availability of the AWS IoT SDK for Java and the AWS IoT SDK for Python for AWS IoT

  • AWS Service Catalog User API Set now available and product version limit increased

    Posted On: Jul 8, 2016

    Starting today, you can integrate with AWS Service Catalog user actions using the API and CLI. Previously, you could integrate with AWS Service Catalog only through the AWS Management Console. Now you can automate call patterns or integrate with your private console. The AWS Service Catalog API and console now support AWS CloudTrail logging.

  • AWS CloudTrail: Now access configuration history of resources referenced in your API calls

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2016

    AWS CloudTrail allows you to look up API calls and notable events that contain relevant details such as the user identity and source IP address of the API caller, and the AWS resources impacted by the API call. With the new capability, you can also access the configuration details of impacted resources and history of changes in AWS Config.  

  • AWS Config now supports Deletion of Configuration Recorder

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2016

    AWS Config now allows you to delete the configuration recorder using the AWS SDK or CLI.  

  • AWS IoT Available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2016

    AWS IoT is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS region. 

  • AWS CodePipeline Adds Manual Approval Actions

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2016

    You can now add manual approval actions to different stages of your pipelines in AWS CodePipeline. This allows someone with the proper permissions to approve a code change before it can progress further down your pipeline. Manual approvals make it easier for your team to manage and review code changes before they are deployed. 

  • AWS Marketplace Introduces support for ISV Sellers Based in the European Union

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2016

    We are happy to announce that Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with legal entities in countries participating in the European Union (EU) can now register, list, and sell products on AWS Marketplace, bringing a broad new selection to AWS’s worldwide customers. 

  • Easily model your app data in a NoSQL database with AWS Mobile Hub

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2016

    You can now use AWS Mobile Hub to model and store app data in a NoSQL database using the Wizard flow. This feature is powered by Amazon DynamoDB which provides a fully managed and fast (single-digit millisecond latency) service at any scale.

  • Amazon EC2 Run Command now supports Hybrid and Cross-Cloud Management

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2016

    Amazon EC2 Run Command now works with any instance or virtual machine outside of AWS, including VMs running in your own data centers or in other clouds. If you have hybrid environments that span on-premises to AWS, you now have a consistent experience to extend your scripts across locations. Through a single interface, you can now run scripts for repetitive tasks for both Windows and Linux operating systems running within Amazon EC2, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and many other platforms.   With Amazon EC2 Run Command, you can automate administrative tasks such as executing Linux Shell scripts and commands, running Windows PowerShell commands, installing software or patches, and more across instances, irrespective of location. 

  • Restore an encrypted Amazon Aurora database from an unencrypted backup

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2016

    You can now restore an encrypted Amazon Aurora cluster from an unencrypted backup. You can choose any existing KMS key or create a new key to encrypt the new database. For more information on creating encrypted Amazon Aurora databases, read the Amazon Aurora User Guide. To know more about Amazon Aurora, visit our product page

  • Learn AWS Security Fundamentals with Free and Online Training

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2016

    AWS Security Fundamentals is a free, online course that introduces you to fundamental cloud computing and AWS security concepts, including AWS access control and management, governance, logging, and encryption methods. It also addresses security-related compliance protocols, risk management strategies, and procedures for auditing AWS security infrastructure. We have significantly updated this course to include new content, demos, and knowledge checks that help you learn about AWS security concepts and services. This self-paced course is aimed at IT business or security professionals interested in cloud security practices and AWS, as well as IT auditors, analysts, and regulators. You can learn about this course and others training resources at AWS Training.

  • Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.3 now available, adds VR, HDR, and more

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2016

    We are excited to announce the release of Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.3, which includes 130 new improvements, fixes, and features. Lumberyard Beta 1.3 introduces new graphics features to help your team build visually stunning games including: support for VR devices such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, support for high-dynamic range (HDR) displays and their brighter pixels and wider color gamut, introduction of the Lumberyard Graphics Profiler that displays critical performance statistics in real time, and more. Read about the update in the GameDev Blog and the Lumberyard Beta 1.3 release notes.

  • New AWS Accounts Default to Long EBS and Storage Gateway Resource IDs

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2016

    In April, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of longer volume and snapshot IDs for EBS and Storage Gateway. Starting today, June 29, 2016, all newly created AWS accounts will use longer volume and snapshot IDs by default in all regions except China (Beijing) and AWS GovCloud (US). If you have not yet tested your systems for compatibility with longer volume and snapshot IDs, you still have the option to request the shorter ID format if necessary. For new AWS regions launching later in 2016, all accounts will default to longer EC2 and EBS IDs, with the option to opt out if needed. 

  • Announcing Amazon VPC Flow Logs Support in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2016

    Amazon VPC Flow Logs is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. VPC Flow Logs is a feature that enables you to capture information about the IP traffic going to and from your VPC. Once enabled for a particular VPC, Subnet or Elastic Network Interface (ENI), relevant network traffic will be logged to CloudWatch Logs for storage and analysis by your own applications or third-party tools. Additionally, metrics can be created to identify trends and patterns.

  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2016

    Amazon EFS provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. Amazon EFS is easy to use and offers a simple interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applications have the storage they need, when they need it.

  • Amazon SNS adds Worldwide SMS

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2016

    You can now use Amazon SNS to send SMS messages to phone numbers in 200+ countries. With the addition of the Worldwide SMS Delivery feature, Amazon SNS now offers a low cost, fully managed and highly scalable service that lets you deliver both transactional messages such as one-time passwords (OTP) and promotional messages such as marketing campaigns to your users across multiple destinations globally, over multiple channels such as text-messaging (SMS) mobile push, and email.

  • Red Hat OpenShift on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2016

    Update: September 2017

    This Quick Start was revised for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. For the new version, see these resources:

    - Announcement
    - Architecture and details
    - Deployment guide
    GitHub repository

  • Introducing Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), the next generation network interface for EC2 instances

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2016

    Amazon EC2 has announced Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), the next generation network interface and accompanying drivers that provide Enhanced Networking on EC2 instances. 

  • Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2016

    AWS is pleased to announce immediate availability of the new Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. Mumbai joins Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo as the sixth AWS Region in Asia and as the thirteenth worldwide, bringing the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 35 worldwide. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now comes with larger root volumes

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2016

    Starting today, we are expanding Amazon WorkSpaces root volumes from 60GB to 80GB for all Amazon WorkSpaces bundles, at no additional cost to you. Larger volumes allow your users to install and run more applications and store more data, which means they can use their Amazon WorkSpace in more ways than before.

  • New AWS Public Data Set - Amazon Bin Image Data Set

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2016

    Today, the Amazon Fulfillment Technologies team is releasing the Amazon Bin Image Data Set, which is made up of over 1,000 images of bins inside an Amazon Fulfillment Center. Each image is accompanied by metadata describing the contents of the bin in the image. This is a limited release, and several hundred thousand images will be released this fall. Learn more about the data set on its Public Data Set landing page.

  • Introducing Amazon VPC NAT Gateway in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016

    You can now use Network Address Translation (NAT) Gateway in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. NAT Gateway is a highly available AWS managed service that makes it easy to connect to the Internet from instances within a private subnet in an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Previously, you needed to launch a NAT instance to enable NAT for instances in a private subnet. 

  • Now use Object Tags in the Amazon Machine Learning Console

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016

    You now have the ability to add, modify, remove, and list tags on an object through the Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) console. Additionally, when objects are created through the Console wizard, existing tags of the antecedent objects (S3 bucket, Redshift cluster, Data source, ML model) will also be carried over into the new object.

  • AWS GovCloud (US) Receives FedRAMP High Baseline P-ATO from the JAB

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016
  • Amazon API Gateway Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016

    Amazon API Gateway is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

  • AWS Lambda Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016

    AWS Lambda is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

  • Amazon Cognito Adds Support for SAML identity providers

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016

    You can now use Amazon Cognito to let your users sign-in through identity providers that support Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) such as Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). You now have an additional option with SAML for adding sign-in to your mobile and web apps in addition to Cognito user pools, social identity providers such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Open ID Connect providers, and your own authentication system. 

  • AWS CodePipeline Available in EU (Ireland) Region

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016

    AWS CodePipeline is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS region.

  • AWS Support enables tagging capabilities for Trusted Advisor

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2016

    Customers can now more easily identify opportunities to optimize their AWS infrastructure with Trusted Advisor. With tagging support enabled, customers can filter Trusted Advisor reports using existing resource tags, and view best practice recommendations based on the context of their applications or workloads. AWS resources are often shared across multiple solutions, and tag-based views provide customers the ability to optimize based on the unique attributes of each workload. 

  • IAM Service Last Accessed Data Now Available for South America (Sao Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2016

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service last accessed data is now available for two additional regions: South America (Sao Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul). Service last accessed data helps you identify overly permissive policies attached to an IAM entity (a user, group, or role). With this release, you can view the date when an IAM entity last accessed an AWS service in these two regions.

  • AWS CodePipeline Enables Failed Action Retry

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2016

    You can now retry an action in AWS CodePipline after it has failed. Previously, you needed to manually restart the entire pipeline or commit a new change to your pipeline’s source stage to retry the failed action.

  • AWS Direct Connect Now Supports a Self-Service Feature for LOAs

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2016

    Today, we're announcing the ability to download your LOA-CFA for your Direct Connect connection in the AWS management console. This self-service feature makes it easier for you to access your LOA and provision your connection quicker. You now have access to your LOA anytime you need it from anywhere you can access the AWS console. Previously, LOAs were sent by email and if they expired after 90 days, you had to contact AWS Support for a refreshed LOA. Now, you can log into the AWS console and download your LOA without having to worry about which email address it was sent to.

  • AWS OpsWorks Supports CentOS

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2016

    You can now use AWS OpsWorks to configure and manage Amazon EC2 instances and on-premises servers running CentOS 7.

  • Amazon EBS now supports cross-account copying of encrypted snapshots

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2016

    Starting today, you can copy encrypted Amazon EBS snapshots between accounts, a capability previously supported only for unencrypted snapshots. Now you can easily copy encrypted snapshots between your development, test and production environments or between different department and project accounts. It also makes it easier for you to follow AWS security best practices which include copying encrypted snapshots to separately managed accounts, in the same or other regions, to provide an extra level of account isolation.

  • Docker Datacenter on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2016

    Note: Docker Datacenter is now Docker Enterprise Edition (EE). The AWS Quick Start reflects this change.

  • Amazon EC2 Windows support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2016

    Amazon EC2 now fully supports SQL Server 2016, the most recent release of Microsoft SQL Server. SQL Server 2016 AMIs are available in four editions - Web, Express, Standard and Enterprise and runs on Windows Server 2012 R2. Amazon EC2 support for SQL Server 2016 enables you to leverage new capabilities such as real-time analytics, visualizations across devices, deeper security and new big-data solutions for your mission-critical applications running on AWS. 

  • AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, Government Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2016

    AWS Competency Program & Government Partners

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Government Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas and categories.

    AWS Government Competency Partners provide solutions to—and/or have deep experience working with—government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS.

  • Oracle Repository Creation Utility (RCU) and April PSU Patches are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Jun 17, 2016

    You can now use the Oracle Repository Creation Utility (RCU) 12c to create schemas for Fusion Middleware components on Amazon RDS for Oracle. This feature is available with new Amazon RDS Oracle 12c and 11g database versions "11.2.0.4.v8", "12.1.0.1.v5" and "12.1.0.2.v4". These versions include the April 2016 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU). The “11.2.0.4.v8” and “12.1.0.2.v4” versions include the recommended database patches for Oracle GoldenGate. We also added the ability to grant privileges on SYS objects with the “grant option” to the versions.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events Available in the South America (São Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 16, 2016

    The Amazon CloudWatch Events service is now available in the South America (São Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions. 

  • New Amazon EC2 Spot Console Now Supports Spot Fleet and Spot Blocks

    Posted On: Jun 16, 2016

    Today, we are introducing a redesigned EC2 Spot Requests console, which now supports Spot fleet and Spot blocks, features which simplify and streamline how you use Amazon EC2 Spot instances. Previously, Spot fleet and blocks were available via the AWS CLI and SDK tools only.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports cross-region read replicas

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2016

    You can now quickly create cross-region read replicas for your unencrypted Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instances with just a few clicks on the AWS Management Console. You can use this feature to reduce read latency for your customers in different geographic locations, to create a backup of your primary database for disaster recovery purposes, or quickly migrate your database to a different AWS Region. 

  • AWS CodeDeploy Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2016

    AWS CodeDeploy is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS region.

  • New AWS Public Data Set - IRS 990 Filing Data

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2016

    Form 990 is the form used by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to gather financial information about nonprofit organizations. Data from over 1,000,000 IRS 990 electronic filings are now available for anyone to use via Amazon S3. Electronic filings from 2011 to the present are currently available, and the IRS will add new 990 filing data each month.

  • New Quick Start: Standardized Architecture for NIST High-Impact Controls on AWS Featuring Trend Micro Deep Security

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2016

    This new Quick Start deploys a standardized environment that helps organizations meet the following requirements: 

  • New Edge Location in New Delhi, India for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that we’ve added a new edge location in New Delhi, India for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53.  The New Delhi location is our third edge location in India (joining Mumbai and Chennai), and brings the total number of worldwide edge locations to 56. 

  • AWS Config offers a new rule for assessing license compliance and a console in Simplified Chinese

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2016

    AWS Config Rules is a set of governance capabilities that allow IT Administrators to define guidelines for provisioning and configuring AWS resources and then continuously monitor compliance with those guidelines. You can choose from a collection of AWS managed rules, which are predefined, customizable rules that are based on common best practices. AWS Config now offers a new managed rule that checks Amazon EC2 instances for a specified tenancy (host, dedicated or default). You can provide an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) ID to check EC2 instances launched only from that AMI and also specify an EC2 Dedicated Host ID to check whether your EC2 instances are launched on that EC2 dedicated host. This rule enables you to assess compliance with your server-bound software licenses by checking whether your EC2 instances are launched on a physical server dedicated to your use.  

  • Get Even More Details from Service Last Accessed Data

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2016

    In December, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) released service last accessed data, which shows the time when an IAM entity (a user, group, or role) last accessed an AWS service. This provided a powerful tool to help you grant least-privilege permissions. Starting today, it’s easier to identify where permissions can be reduced based on additional service last accessed data. With this release, you have access to the following for IAM entities and policies:

  • Amazon SES Now Supports Email Headers in Notifications

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2016

    Amazon SES can now include the original email headers in the bounce, complaint, and delivery notifications it provides through Amazon SNS. This feature enables you to more easily match a notification to the specific email that triggered it, because the notification can contain the email headers that you used when you passed the email to Amazon SES. Previously, when you wanted to match a notification to a specific sent email, you needed to store a mapping between the email and the message ID that Amazon SES returned when you sent the message. Now, you can add a custom header to the email and then retrieve that custom header from the notification, without storing the message ID on your side. You can include any other custom headers that might be useful to you. For example, resellers can now add client identifiers for improved tracking.

  • Microsoft Servers on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Jun 9, 2016

    NOTE: This Quick Start is no longer available. See https://aws.amazon.com/quickstart for our latest Quick Start catalog.

  • Amazon RDS adds Multi-AZ support for SQL Server in Tokyo, Sydney and Sao Paulo AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 9, 2016

    Amazon RDS now offers Multi-AZ support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server in three new regions - Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and South America (Sao Paulo) AWS Regions. 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. 

  • AWS CloudFormation Adds Support for Amazon VPC Flow Logs, Amazon Kinesis Firehose Delivery Streams, and Other Updates

    Posted On: Jun 9, 2016

    AWS CloudFormation has added new resource support. You can now provision the following resources using CloudFormation:

  • AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, Migration Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Jun 8, 2016

    AWS Competency Program & Migration

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Migration Competency. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas and categories.

    AWS Migration Competency Partners provide solutions or have deep experience helping businesses move successfully to AWS, through all phases of complex migration projects, discovery, planning, migration and operations.

    Migration Launch Partners

    Congrats to our initial launch partners who have qualified for the Migration Competency:

    • Migration Delivery Partners2nd Watch, Accenture, Classmethod, ClearScale, Cloud Technology Partners, cloudpack, Cloudreach, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Corpinfo, CSC, FPT Software, Infosys, Logicworks, REAN Cloud, Serverworks, Slalom Consulting, Smartronix

    Learn More

    If you're a customer interested in learning more about Migration Partner Solutions, click here.

    If you’re an APN Technology Partner or APN Consulting Partner focused on migrating customers to AWS, click here to learn more.

     

  • Tagging now Available with the Amazon Machine Learning API

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2016

    You now have the ability to add, modify, remove, and list tags on an object through the Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) API. You can also grant and revoke permissions for these operations through Identity and Access Management (IAM) on the API.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2016

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD, is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region. This makes it possible for you to use an AWS fully managed Active Directory in the cloud. Among the use cases supported by Microsoft AD, you can: 

  • Apache Tez 0.8.3 and Apache Phoenix 4.7.0 now available on Amazon EMR

    Posted On: Jun 2, 2016

    You can now use Apache Tez 0.8.3, Apache Phoenix 4.7.0, and upgraded versions of Presto (0.147), Apache HBase (1.2.1), and Apache Mahout (0.12.0) on Amazon EMR release 4.7.0. Also, Amazon Redshift JDBC drivers are now included on Amazon EMR clusters for use with components such as the Spark-Redshift connector. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events Available in the US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 2, 2016

    The Amazon CloudWatch Events service is now available in the US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions.  

  • Announcing Amazon VPC Flow Logs Support in the Beijing (China) Region

    Posted On: Jun 2, 2016

    Amazon VPC Flow Logs is now available in the Beijing (China) region. VPC Flow Logs is a feature that enables you to capture information about the IP traffic going to and from your VPC. Once enabled for a particular VPC, VPC subnet or Elastic Network Interface (ENI), relevant network traffic will be logged to CloudWatch Logs for storage and analysis by your own applications or third-party tools. Additionally, metrics can be created to identify trends and patterns. 

  • Introducing New Amazon EC2 Spot Jenkins Plug-In – Save up to 90% Off Jenkins Infrastructure Costs

    Posted On: Jun 2, 2016

    Starting today, you can now use the new Amazon EC2 Spot Jenkins plug-in to help you save up to 90% off Jenkins infrastructure costs, compared to when running them on Amazon EC2. This plug-in makes it easier to save money with EC2 Spot instances, by allowing you to configure Jenkins to automatically scale a fleet of Spot instances up or down depending on the number jobs to be completed. To learn more and get started, download the plug-in.  

  • AWS CodePipeline Adds Integration with AWS OpsWorks

    Posted On: Jun 2, 2016

    You can now choose AWS OpsWorks as a deployment provider in your software release pipelines modeled in AWS CodePipeline. This lets you automate the release of updated application code and Chef cookbooks to your applications and instances running in OpsWorks. 

  • New Data Warehousing on AWS Training Available

    Posted On: Jun 2, 2016

    Data Warehousing on AWS is a new three-day course that is designed for database architects, database administrators, database developers, and data analysts/scientists. It introduces you to concepts, strategies, and best practices for designing a cloud-based data warehousing solution using Amazon Redshift. This course demonstrates how to collect, store, and prepare data for the data warehouse by using other AWS services such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon S3. Additionally, this course demonstrates how you can use business intelligence tools to perform analysis on your data. Organizations who are looking to get more out of their data by implementing a Data Warehousing solution or expanding their current Data Warehousing practice are encouraged to sign up.  

  • Amazon RDS Now Supports MariaDB 10.1

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2016

    Starting today, customers can launch MariaDB version 10.1 instances on Amazon RDS. They can also upgrade their existing Amazon RDS for MariaDB database instances from version 10.0 to 10.1 using either the console or API.

  • Alces Flight: Effortless HPC is Born (Finally)

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2016
  • AWS Solutions Training for Partners: Big Data & Analytics

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2016

    We recognize how important it is for APN Partners to learn how AWS solutions can solve customer business needs. To this end, we’ve expanded our AWS Solutions Training for Partners with a second topic on Big Data & Analytics. This workshop is designed to help business professionals at APN Consulting Partner firms understand and address big data and analytics challenges faced by small-medium and enterprise businesses. We cover AWS best practices and case studies, and discuss how to address customer pain points with AWS big data and analytics solutions. This free, one day workshop compliments and extends concepts from the Big Data & Analytics e-learning and AWS Business Professional, which are both free, online courses available to all APN Partners via the APN Portal.

  • Standardized Architecture for NIST-based Assurance Frameworks on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2016

    This major update to the NIST 800-53 Quick Start (published earlier this year) deploys a standardized environment that helps support additional NIST-based security requirements on the AWS cloud. Specifically, it helps organizations with workloads that fall in scope for any of the following:

    • National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) SP 800-53 (Revision 4)
    • NIST SP 800-171
    • The OMB Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Initiative – FedRAMP Overlay (pilot)
    • The DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG)
  • Amazon Aurora now supports cross region replication

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2016

    Starting today, you can create cross-region read replicas for Amazon Aurora. This allows you to serve read traffic from your users in different geographic regions and increases your application’s responsiveness.