• Amazon WorkSpaces Now Supports Configurable Storage and Switching Between Hardware Bundles

    Posted On: Dec 28, 2017

    Today, Amazon WorkSpaces is making two new features available. First, you can now configure how much storage your WorkSpaces get when you launch them, and increase the storage for a running WorkSpace at any time. Second, you can now change the hardware bundle that your WorkSpace is running on with a simple reboot. All of your applications, data, and storage stay the same, but now you can move to a more powerful bundle to support resource-intensive applications, or move to a less powerful bundle to save costs. With these features, Amazon WorkSpaces now provides additional flexibility to support the diverse needs of end users, while still helping you optimize your costs.  

  • Amazon ECS Adds ELB Health Check Grace Period

    Posted On: Dec 27, 2017

    The Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service scheduler now allows you to define a grace period to prevent premature shutdown of newly instantiated tasks. 

  • Throttling Logic for the Amazon ECS Service Scheduler

    Posted On: Dec 22, 2017

    The Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service scheduler now includes logic that throttles how often tasks are restarted if they repeatedly fail to launch. 

  • Support for Apache Spark 2.2.1 with Amazon SageMaker integration and Apache Hive 2.3.2 on Amazon EMR release 5.11.0

    Posted On: Dec 22, 2017

    You can now use Apache Spark 2.2.1, Apache Hive 2.3.2, and Amazon SageMaker integration with Apache Spark on Amazon EMR release 5.11.0. Spark 2.2.1 and Hive 2.3.2 include various bug fixes and improvements. Amazon SageMaker Spark is an open-source Spark library for Amazon SageMaker, a fully-managed service which can build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. It enables you to interleave Spark stages and stages that interact with Amazon SageMaker in your Spark ML Pipelines, allowing you to train models using Spark DataFrames in Amazon SageMaker with Amazon-provided ML algorithms like K-Means clustering or XGBoost.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the EU (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Dec 22, 2017

    The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in the AWS EU (Paris) region. This increases the number of available regions to nine, giving you more options for database placement, availability, and scalability. 

  • AWS Direct Connect added two new locations in Minneapolis, MN and Bangalore, India

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    Today AWS Direct Connect has landed sites in two new cities – Minneapolis, MN and Bangalore, India. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. In the US, Cologix MIN3, Minneapolis brings the total AWS Direct Connect sites in the country to 30. In the AWS Management Console, Minneapolis will be found under its home region of US East (Ohio). In India, NetMagic DC2, Bangalore, is the third city for AWS Direct Connect after Mumbai and Chennai, and will be found in the console under Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region.  

  • Amazon Redshift Introduces Late Materialization for Faster Query Processing

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    Amazon Redshift now uses late materialization to reduce the amount of data scanned and improve performance for queries with predicate filters. 

  • AWS Glue is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    AWS Glue is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region, marking its first availability in Asia Pacific. 

  • Lambda@Edge now Allows you to Customize Error responses From Your Origin

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    Starting today, Lambda@Edge enables you to customize error responses from your origin, by allowing you to execute Lambda functions in response to HTTP errors that Amazon CloudFront receives from your origin. This means Lambda@Edge functions associated with Amazon CloudFront origin response event will now be invoked for 4XX and 5XX error status codes, in addition to the currently supported 2XX (success) and 3XX (redirection) status codes. 

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics can now Output Real-Time SQL Results to AWS Lambda

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    You can now configure your Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics applications to send real-time analytics to AWS Lambda. Based on the processed data from Kinesis Data Analytics, your AWS Lambda functions can take actions such as update an Amazon DynamoDB or Amazon Aurora database, send real-time alerts using Amazon SNS or Amazon SQS, or invoke your own custom API. 

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Builds for .NET Core 2.0

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    AWS CodeBuild now supports builds for .NET Core 2.0 for Linux in addition to previous support for .NET Core 1.1.

  • Amazon Cognito Compliance Support

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    Now, you can use Amazon Cognito to quickly and easily add user sign-in, sign-up, and access control to your web and mobile apps that are subject to AWS System & Organization Control (SOC) or ISO 27001 compliance. 

  • Amazon QuickSight Now Supports Cross-Account Access to Amazon S3 Buckets

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    Now you can use your QuickSight account that is tied to one AWS account and access specific Amazon S3 buckets from other AWS accounts to create your analyses and dashboards.  

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now Allows Customers to Tag Their Elastic IP Addresses

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Cloud (VPC) now provides customers an ability to tag Elastic IP addresses. This enables customers to add Key and Value metadata to search, filter and organize their Elastic IPs.  

  • AWS CodeStar is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: Dec 20, 2017

    AWS CodeStar is now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Canada (Central) Regions. 

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Available in 4 New Regions: Beijing, Frankfurt, Singapore and Mumbai

    Posted On: Dec 20, 2017

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are now available in four new regions: China (Beijing) operated by Sinnet, EU Central (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai).  

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Amazon CloudWatch Log Streaming for Windows Platforms

    Posted On: Dec 20, 2017

    Elastic Beanstalk allows you to automatically stream application and server logs directly from your Elastic Beanstalk managed Windows EC2 instances to a CloudWatch Logs log group. 

  • Over-the-Air Updates for Amazon FreeRTOS Now in Beta

    Posted On: Dec 20, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon FreeRTOS offers support for an over-the-air (OTA) update feature. You can now securely update your Amazon FreeRTOS devices remotely with feature enhancements or security patches. To get started, login to the AWS IoT Device Management console, provide a firmware image, select the devices to update, select a code signing method, and schedule the update.  

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types

    Posted On: Dec 20, 2017

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for PostgreSQL.  

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Dec 20, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that AWS CodeBuild is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. 

  • AWS Support Center Redesigned to Offer Consolidated Support Resources

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    The AWS Support Center has been redesigned to help resolve your AWS support questions faster and to proactively alert you to potential issues through a convenient integration of information, tools and resources. 

  • AWS Marketplace announces enhanced product detail pages

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog with over 4,200 software listings from more than 1,280 software sellers, has announced an enhanced product detail page for Amazon Machine Image (AMI) based products. With this new product page design, customers are enabled with easier navigation, readability, and clarity.  

  • AWS Organizations Enhancements

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    Now, you can use the AWS Organizations console to remove accounts from your organization more easily. Using the console, you can remove created accounts from an organization without assistance from AWS Support.  

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum Launches in Three Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    Amazon Spectrum is now available in three additional AWS regions: US West (Northern California), EU (London), and Canada (Central). 

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports October 2017 Oracle Patch Set Update

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    The October 2017 Oracle Patch Set Update (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Tagging API Stages

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    You can now assign tags to API Stages in Amazon API Gateway. Using tags, it becomes easier for customers to categorize and track cost allocation for API request invocation and caching.  

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Content Encoding for API Responses

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    You can now enable content encoding support for API Responses in Amazon API Gateway. Content encoding allows API clients to request content to be compressed before being sent back in the response to an API request. This reduces the amount of data that is sent from API Gateway to API clients and decreases the time it takes to transfer the data. You can enable content encoding in the API definition. You can also set the minimum response size that triggers compression. By default, APIs do not have content encoding support enabled. 

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports API Keys in Custom Authorizer Responses

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    You can now create custom AWS Lambda authorizers that return API keys in their responses for APIs in Amazon API Gateway. This makes it easier to control usage plans assigned to API requests. You can use the application logic in your custom Lambda authorizer to determine the API key without needing the API client to specify it. This also allows you to map other request properties to an API key known to API Gateway. For example, you can map a different request header as the API Key.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    AWS Elemental MediaLive is a video processing service that lets you encode high-quality live video streams for broadcast television and multiscreen devices. The service functions independently or as part of AWS Media Services, a family of services that form the foundation of cloud-based workflows and offer you the capabilities you need to create, package, and deliver video. 

  • Run Petabyte-Scale Clusters on Amazon Elasticsearch Service Using I3 instances

    Posted On: Dec 19, 2017

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports I3 instances, allowing you to store up to 1.5 petabytes of data in a single Elasticsearch cluster for large log analytics workloads. Using I3 instances, you can store up to 15 terabytes of data in each node and gain up to 3x increase in indexing throughput for less than 50% of the cost of the previous generation I2 instances.

  • Announcing the AWS EU (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2017

    AWS is excited to announce immediate availability of the new AWS EU (Paris) Region. Paris joins Ireland, Frankfurt, and London as the fourth AWS Region in Europe and as the 18th region worldwide, bringing the global total of AWS Availability Zones to 49.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Now Supports Service-Linked Roles for EC2 Actions in Alarms

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2017

    Today, Amazon CloudWatch added support for using Service-Linked Roles to setup CloudWatch Alarms with EC2 actions. A service-linked role is a unique type of IAM role that is linked directly to CloudWatch. Service-linked roles are predefined by CloudWatch and include all the permissions that the service requires to call other AWS services on your behalf. 

  • AWS Glue is Now Available in the EU (Ireland) AWS Region

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2017

    AWS Glue is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS Region, marking its first availability in EU. 

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum Now Supports DATE Data Type

    Posted On: Dec 21, 2017

    You can now leverage Amazon Redshift Spectrum to query DATE data type stored in Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) and text files in Amazon S3. For example, you can use the DATE data type to query clickstream data within specific time windows to gain insights into business trends. To learn more, visit our documentation

  • AWS and NICE announce the general availability of Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) 2017

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2017

    AWS and NICE are pleased to announce the general availability of Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) 2017, our next-generation streaming and remote visualization solution for remote access of 2D/3D interactive applications over LAN or WAN networks. 

  • AWS OpsWorks is Now Available in Nine Regions

    Posted On: Dec 18, 2017

    AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate and AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise are available in six new regions: US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney). With this release, this service is available in nine regions, including US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland). 

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Tagging to Track Your Resources

    Posted On: Dec 15, 2017

    Starting today, you can assign tags to manage and track Amazon AppStream 2.0 image builders, images, fleets, and stacks. AWS enables you to assign metadata to your AWS resources in the form of tags. 

  • Amazon Inspector is Now Available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Dec 15, 2017

    Amazon Inspector, an on-demand security assessment service for AWS customers, is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region.  

  • View Amazon Inspector Agent Availability and Health Status for All Targeted Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Dec 15, 2017

    Amazon Inspector released an enhancement to the ‘Preview Targets’ functionality. Now you can easily see if an Amazon Inspector agent is installed on a targeted EC2 instance and the health status of that agent.

  • Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR now available in São Paulo and Mumbai regions.

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) are now available in South America (São Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) regions. 

  • AWS Server Migration Service is now available in US West (Northern California) Region

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) is now available to customers in the US West (Northern California) Region. AWS Server Migration Service is an agentless service which makes it easier and faster for you to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. AWS SMS allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Amazon Cognito OAuth2 Scopes

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    You can now define and require OAuth2 scopes as part of the method-level authorization when using an Amazon Cognito Authorizer in Amazon API Gateway. This simplifies building APIs that support Cognito Oauth2 scopes by removing the need to create an AWS Lambda function that performs the authorization. A scope defines the level of access to a resource that an application has permission to. For example, if you have a resource server for storing photos, you could define two scopes: one for read access to the photos and one for write/delete access. You can require applications to request access to your APIs by including a token with one or more scopes embedded inside it. API Gateway will then use it to determine whether the API caller is authorized to access the API. 

  • AWS Service Catalog Announces Console Enhancements

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to create, govern, and manage a catalog of IT services, is announcing enhancements to the Service Catalog console. These changes provide a simplified user experience to find and launch products in the catalog.  

  • AWS Managed Microsoft AD Regional Expansion

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. AWS Managed Microsoft AD enables you to use a highly available managed Microsoft Active Directory in the AWS Cloud.  

  • Now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region: Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    The ability to migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS using AWS Server Migration Service is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. 

  • Introducing Field-Level Encryption on Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    Starting today, you can use a new Amazon CloudFront capability called Field-Level Encryption to further enhance the security of sensitive data, such as credit card numbers or personally identifiable information (PII) like social security numbers. CloudFront’s field-level encryption further encrypts sensitive data in an HTTPS form using field-specific encryption keys (which you supply) before a POST request is forwarded to your origin. This ensures that sensitive data can only be decrypted and viewed by certain components or services in your application stack.

  • Introducing Lumberyard Beta 1.12

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    Lumberyard Beta 1.12 adds over 400 updates, including a new Fur Shader, Gems for rain, lightning, water, and snow, plus updates to Script Canvas and the Text-to-Speech Gem. Head over to the release notes to learn more.

  • Amazon CloudWatch introduces a new CloudWatch Agent with AWS Systems Manager Integration for Unified Metrics and Logs Collection

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    The new CloudWatch Agent, integrated with AWS Systems Manager (SSM) for simplified deployment and management, unifies collecting multi-platform metrics and logs into one agent and enhances the observability of your EC2 instances and virtual machines by collecting in-guest system metrics. Using SSM Run Command or State Manager, you can deploy the agent on EC2 instances, on-premise servers, or hybrid environments, for collecting both Linux and Windows OS metrics and logs, including Windows performance counters and event logs.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events now Supports AWS CodeBuild as an Event Target

    Posted On: Dec 14, 2017

    Amazon CloudWatch Events enables you to respond quickly to application availability issues or configuration changes that might impact performance or security by notifying you of AWS resource changes in near-real-time. You simply write rules to indicate which events are of interest to your application and what automated action to take when a rule matches an event. You can, for example, invoke AWS Lambda functions or notify an Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic.

  • Introducing Amazon Linux 2

    Posted On: Dec 13, 2017

    Amazon Linux 2 is the next generation Amazon Linux operating system. It provides a high performance, stable, and secure execution environment for cloud and enterprise applications. Amazon Linux 2 will offer extended availability of software updates for the core operating system through 5 years of long-term support and provides access to the latest software packages through the Amazon Linux Extras repository.

  • Deploy SAP NetWeaver on the AWS Cloud With New Quick Start

    Posted On: Dec 13, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically sets up an SAP environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud with SAP NetWeaver and SAP HANA.  

  • Amazon EC2 P3 Instances, most powerful GPU compute instances in the cloud, now available in additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Dec 13, 2017

    Amazon EC2 P3 instances are now available in AWS US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Seoul) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. 

  • EFS File Sync Now Available in All Amazon EFS Regions

    Posted On: Dec 13, 2017

    EFS File Sync for Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in two additional AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Frankfurt). 

  • Amazon ECS Supports Memory and CPU Limits at the Task Level

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    A task consists of a group of containers running together on a single host. You can now set a limit on the resources available to a task running on Amazon ECS. 

  • AWS Direct Connect brings the Amazon network to South Africa in Cape Town & Johannesburg

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    Today AWS Direct Connect has landed for the first time on the African continent with two new sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. In Cape Town, AWS Direct Connect is at the Teraco CT1 data center and in Johannesburg, at the Teraco JB1 data center. Both these AWS Direct Connect sites can be found under the EU West (Ireland) AWS region in the AWS Management Console. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. 

  • AWS Direct Connect added four new locations in Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and London

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    Today AWS Direct Connect has landed sites in four cities – Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and London. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. In the US, Equinix MI1, Miami brings the total AWS Direct Connect sites in the country to 29. In the AWS Management Console, Miami will be found under its home region of US East (Northern Virginia). In South America, Equinix RJ2, Rio de Janeiro, marks the first AWS Direct Connect site in Brazil outside of Sao Paulo. The AT Tokyo Chuo Data Center site is the second AWS Direct Connect site in Tokyo and third in Japan. In the UK, Telehouse North Two is the third site in the London area that will be found in the console under EU West (London) region.

  • AWS CloudTrail Enhances Event History View and Search

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    You can now use AWS CloudTrail event history console page to view, search, and download the past 90 days of your account activity. You can also customize the display of columns to improve the view of your CloudTrail events.  

  • Amazon WorkMail Releases an Administrative SDK and Enables AWS CloudTrail Integration

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    Today, Amazon WorkMail released two new features: an administrative SDK and AWS CloudTrail integration.

  • AWS CodePipeline Adds Support for Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    AWS CodePipeline now supports deployments to Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and AWS Fargate. This makes it easy to create a continuous delivery pipeline for container-based applications.

  • Automatic Migration Updates for AWS Migration Hub

    Posted On: Dec 12, 2017

    AWS Migration Hub now automatically pushes migration status updates to an application’s detail page. With this new feature, you can always see the latest migration status for all the servers and databases in your application migration without needing to refresh the page every single time. This saves you time and worry by displaying the latest migration status updates in a timely and accurate manner. 

  • Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Speeds Query Processing with Hash Join and Batched Scans

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2017

    Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility now supports hash joins to speed up equijoin queries. Aurora’s cost-based optimizer can automatically decide when to use hash joins; you can also force their use in a query plan. In our internal testing, use of hash joins improved the latency of queries in a decision support benchmark when using a cold buffer pool by up to 8.2x on an R3.8xlarge instance.

  • Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Natively Supports Synchronous Invocation of AWS Lambda Functions

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2017

    Last year, we announced support for asynchronously invoking AWS Lambda functions from Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility via an in-built stored procedure. Starting with version 1.16, we are extending this feature to be able to able to synchronously invoke Lambda functions. Further, we have implemented both the synchronous and asynchronous versions of the feature using native functions, allowing Lambda functions to be invoked from within queries. 

  • Deploy Couchbase on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys the Couchbase Data Platform on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The Quick Start was created by AWS partners Couchbase and ClearScale in partnership with AWS.

  • Updated AWS Deep Learning AMIs: New Versions of TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, Keras, and PyTorch

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2017

    This release of the AWS Deep Learning AMIs support Apache MXNet 1.0, including a new model serving capability for MXNet that packages, runs, and serves deep learning models with just a few lines of code. Also included are a new gradient compression capability, and a new model converter that converts neural network code written with the Caffe framework to MXNet code, making it easier for developers to take advantage of MXNet’s scalability and performance.  

  • Announcing Preview of Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 Compatibility

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2017

    Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 compatibility offers enhancements such as JSON support, spatial indexes, generated columns and performance improvement of 5x over MySQL 5.7, and up to 10x for spatial datasets.

  • Amazon CloudWatch now supports two new chart visualization options in metrics and dashboards

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2017

    We are excited to announce Zoom & Pan, and Leaderboard chart visualization options in CloudWatch Metrics console and CloudWatch Dashboards. You can use the CloudWatch console to graph metric data generated by AWS services and your applications. Now, you can zoom into a shorter time period such as one minute or five minutes while viewing the metric graph at a longer interval. To zoom into a metric graph please click and drag your mouse across the graph for the period needed. Once zoomed, you can also pan the metric graph across your selected interval, but at a zoomed detail level. To reset the zoom, simply click the zoom-out button at the top. In addition, you can also view a leaderboard of all the graphed metrics when you hover over the graph. The leaderboard shows a list of metrics and the values in the order they appear at a selected time. The Zoom & Pan, and Leaderboard visualization options are also available in CloudWatch Dashboards.  

  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs now Supports KMS Encryption

    Posted On: Dec 8, 2017

    Amazon CloudWatch today announces KMS support for CloudWatch Logs. You can now encrypt your logs using keys managed through AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and customer master key (CMK).

  • Amazon Compute Service Level Agreement Extended to Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate

    Posted On: Dec 8, 2017

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and AWS Fargate are now included in the Amazon Compute Service Level Agreement (SLA) for 99.99% uptime and availability.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Alarms now alerts you when any M out of N metric datapoints in an interval are above your threshold

    Posted On: Dec 8, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch Alarms now supports alarming when any M out of N datapoints cross the alarm threshold. A datapoint is the value of a metric for a given metric aggregation period i.e. if you use one minute as an aggregation period for a metric, then there will be one datapoint every minute. With this launch, you can now create a CloudWatch alarm that alerts you when M out of N datapoints of a metric are above your predefined threshold, such as three out of five times in any given five minutes interval or two out of six times in a thirty minutes interval. When any M out of N datapoints are below your threshold in an interval, the alarm will be in OK state. Please note that the M datapoints out of N datapoints in an interval can be of any order and does not need to be consecutive. Consequently, you can now get alerted even when the spikes in your metrics are intermittent over an interval. 

  • Announcing AWS Single Sign-On (SSO)

    Posted On: Dec 7, 2017

    AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) is a cloud SSO service that makes it easy to centrally manage SSO access to multiple AWS accounts and business applications. It enables users to sign in to a user portal with their existing corporate credentials and access all of their assigned accounts and applications from one place. 

  • Amazon SES introduces Custom Emails Verification

    Posted On: Dec 7, 2017

    You can now customize the emails that Amazon SES sends when verifying new identities. This feature is helpful for developers whose applications send email through Amazon SES on behalf of their customers. By changing the verification email to match the style and branding of your application, you can reduce customer confusion and improve the rate at which new customers complete the onboarding process. 

  • AWS Service Catalog is now available in 14 regions

    Posted On: Dec 7, 2017

    AWS Service Catalog is announcing that it is now available in new regions: Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul), US West (N. California), and South America (Sao Paulo). With the latest release, AWS Service Catalog is now available in 14 regions including US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (N. California, Oregon), Canada (Central), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, and London), South America (Sao Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo). 

  • Encryption at rest now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

    Posted On: Dec 7, 2017

    We are pleased to announce Amazon Elasticsearch Service now allows you to encrypt your data using keys that you manage through AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Elasticsearch is a popular open source search and analytics engine for log analytics, full text search, application monitoring, and more. Amazon Elasticsearch Service delivers Elasticsearch’s easy-to-use APIs and real-time capabilities along with the availability, scalability, and security required by production workloads. 

  • You Can Now Automate Amazon AppStream 2.0 Agent Updates on your Streaming Instances

    Posted On: Dec 7, 2017
  • Use AWS Budgets advanced filtering options to extend your cost monitoring capabilities

    Posted On: Dec 7, 2017

    AWS Budgets gives you the ability to set custom budgets that alert you when costs and usage exceed (or are forecasted to exceed) your user-defined thresholds. Using AWS Budgets, you can monitor your total monthly costs or refine your budgets to track costs associated with specific usage dimensions (e.g., Amazon EC2 resource costs tagged as project: secretProject for a set of linked accounts). 

  • New Quick Start Deploys Security-Focused, Standardized Environment for CJIS Security Policy 5.6

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    This new Quick Start deploys a standardized environment that helps support the requirements for the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy version 5.6. These requirements typically apply to systems that must go through a formal assessment and authorization process to ensure sufficient protection of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and information systems, based on the security category and impact level of the system (low, moderate, or high), and a risk determination. Note that this Quick Start will help organizations get started, but additional effort will be needed for full alignment to the CJIS Security Policy. 

  • Amazon Pinpoint Extensions (Public Beta) enables enhanced Pinpoint segmentation and to add new messaging channels to Pinpoint using AWS Lambda

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    Amazon Pinpoint Extensions (Public Beta) now enables customers: 1) to integrate new channels such as social messenger and in-app messaging channels, with Pinpoint segmentation and campaign management capabilities and 2) to enrich campaign segmentation and messaging during campaign execution by defining AWS Lambda functions to run on each campaign execution. 

  • Elasticsearch 6.0 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Elasticsearch 6.0 and Kibana 6.0 on Amazon Elasticsearch Service. Elasticsearch is a popular open source analytics and search engine for log analytics, full text search, application monitoring, and more. Amazon Elasticsearch Service delivers Elasticsearch’s easy-to-use APIs and real-time capabilities along with the availability, scalability, and security required by production workloads. 

  • Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) Volumes now support 32,000 IOPS and 500 MB/s per volume.

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    Today we are announcing an improvement in performance of Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) Volumes from 20,000 IOPS to 32,000 IOPS and from 320 MB/s to 500 MB/s of throughput per volume.

  • AWS Free Tier usage alerts automatically notify you when you are forecasted to exceed your AWS service usage limits

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    AWS Free Tier enables you to gain free, hands-on experience with the AWS platform, products, and services. AWS Budgets allows you to manage your AWS costs and usage by creating custom budgets that alert you if your user-defined thresholds are breached. 

  • Easily Apply Amazon Cloud Directory Schema Changes with In-Place Schema Upgrades

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    Now, Amazon Cloud Directory makes it easier for you to apply schema changes across your directories with in-place schema upgrades. Your directories now remain available while backward-compatible schema changes are being applied, such as the addition of new fields. This means you can upgrade your schemas without migrating data between directories or applying code changes to your applications. You also can view the history of your schema changes in Cloud Directory by using both major and minor version identifiers, which can help you track and audit schema versions across directories.  

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: Dec 6, 2017

    The AWS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance program has been expanded to include the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora, which recently went into general availability. With this update, we are maintaining full HIPAA eligibility for all Amazon RDS database engines. 

  • Amazon Inspector Announces AWS Cloudformation Support, a New AMI Pre-Installed with the Inspector Agent, and Use of Service-Linked Roles

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2017

    AWS is announcing three new enhancements that make it easier to get started with Amazon Inspector and to run security assessments. You can now automatically configure Inspector assessments through AWS CloudFormation as your Amazon EC2 instances are deployed. Next, you can now select an Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI) pre-installed with the Inspector Agent and run security assessments without having to manually install the agent. Finally, Inspector now uses AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles, which means you can leave the registration and management of IAM roles for Inspector to us.

  • Amazon IoT Rules Engine Now Supports Error Actions

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2017

    You can now harden your IoT applications by configuring a back-up action to perform in the event your primary rule action(s) fail. Amazon IoT Rules Engine also attaches the error information to the message payload affected. You can use this feature to ensure that message data is handled in context of the error or routed to a back-up resource. Error Actions may be used to handle a range of user and service error conditions such as insufficiently provisioned downstream services, or unavailability of services.

  • Amazon Route 53 Releases Auto Naming API for Service Name Management and Discovery

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2017

    Beginning today, you can use the Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming API to automate the registration of microservices in DNS. The new API simplifies the management of DNS names and health checks for microservices that run on top of AWS when microservices scale up and down.

  • Amazon ECS Support for Windows Server Containers is Generally Available

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2017

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports running Windows Server containers for production workloads. 

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose announces the general availability of Splunk as a destination

    Posted On: Dec 5, 2017

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, the easiest way to load streaming data into data stores and analytics tools, now supports Splunk as a delivery destination. Splunk is an operational intelligence tool for analyzing machine-generated data in real-time. You can now use Kinesis Data Firehose to stream data to your Splunk cluster in real-time at any scale. This integration supports Splunk versions with HTTP Event Collector (HEC), including Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud. 

  • AWS Contributes to Milestone Apache MXNet 1.0 Release and Adds Model Serving Capability

    Posted On: Dec 4, 2017

    Today AWS announced contributions to the milestone 1.0 release of the Apache MXNet deep learning framework, as well as the introduction of a new model serving capability. 

  • New Quick Start Implements Security Configurations to Support CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark

    Posted On: Dec 4, 2017

    This new Quick Start deploys a standardized environment that supports compliance with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark for AWS Foundations. The Quick Start was built by AWS solutions architects and compliance experts in collaboration with Accenture, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner. 

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds Logging of Execution Activity for AWS Lambda Functions

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    You can now log the execution activity of your AWS Lambda functions with AWS CloudTrail Lambda data events. Previously, you could only log Lambda management events, which provide information on when and by whom a function was created, modified, or deleted. Now, you can also record Lambda data events and get additional details on when and by whom an Invoke API call was made and which Lambda function was executed. All Lambda data events are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket and Amazon CloudWatch Events, which allows you to respond to events recorded by CloudTrail. For example, you can quickly determine which Lambda functions were executed in the past three days and identify the source of the Invoke API calls. You can take immediate action to restrict Invoke API calls to known users or roles if you detect inappropriate Lambda activity.

  • AWS Lambda Doubles Maximum Memory Capacity for Lambda Functions

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    You can now allocate 3008MB of memory to your AWS Lambda functions. Previously, the maximum amount of memory available to your functions was 1536MB. Now, it's easier to process workloads with higher memory or denser compute requirements, such as big data analysis, large file processing, and statistical computations.

  • Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    AWS Server Migration Service now supports the ability to migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS. With this launch, you can now migrate virtual machines running in on-premises virtualization stacks from both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX/ESXi environments. AWS Server Migration Service is an agentless service that makes it easier to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. It allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations. Automating incremental replication, Server Migration Service helps you speed up your migration process and reduce the operational cost of migration. It’s easy to get started with AWS Server Migration Service either using the AWS Console, or CLI and is available at no cost to you in the following AWS regions. To learn more about Hyper-V support for AWS Server Migration Service, click here

  • AWS Lambda Introduces Enhanced Console Experience

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    The AWS Lambda console has been updated with enhancements and new features that improve the experience of creating, configuring, testing, and monitoring your Lambda functions. 

  • Set Concurrency Limits on Individual AWS Lambda Functions

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    You can now set a concurrency limit on individual AWS Lambda functions. The concurrency limit you set will reserve a portion of your account level concurrency limit for a given function. This feature allows you to throttle a given function if it reaches a maximum number of concurrent executions allowed, which you can choose to set. This is useful when you want to limit traffic rates to downstream resources called by Lambda (e.g. databases) or if you want to control the consumption of elastic network interfaces (ENI) and IP addresses for functions accessing a private VPC. 

  • Announcing New AWS Deep Learning AMI for Microsoft Windows

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    Amazon Web Services now offers an AWS Deep Learning AMI  for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016. These new Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) contain all the necessary pre-built packages, libraries, and frameworks you need to start building AI systems using deep learning on Microsoft Windows. The AMIs also include popular deep learning frameworks such as Apache MXNet, Caffe and Tensorflow, as well as packages that enable easy integration with AWS, including launch configuration tools and many popular AWS libraries and tools. The AMIs come prepackaged with Nvidia CUDA 9, cuDNN 7, and Nvidia 385.54 drivers, and contain the Anaconda platform (supports Python versions 2.7 and 3.5).

  • AWS Serverless Application Repository Enables Customers to Discover, Deploy, and Publish Serverless Applications

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    The AWS Serverless Application Repository is a collection of serverless applications published by developers, companies, and partners in the serverless community.

  • Alexa for Business Is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    Alexa for Business is now generally available for all customers. Alexa for Business makes it easy for you to introduce Alexa to your organization, providing the tools you need to set-up and manage Alexa-enabled devices, enroll users, and assign skills at scale.

  • Introducing AWS Cloud9

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    AWS Cloud9 is a cloud based IDE for writing, running, and debugging your code.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Endpoint Integrations with Private VPCs

    Posted On: Nov 30, 2017

    You can now provide access to HTTP(S) resources within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without exposing them directly to the public Internet. You can use API Gateway to create an API endpoint that is integrated with your VPC. You create an endpoint to your VPC by setting up a VPC link between your VPC and a Network Load Balancer (NLB), which is provided by Elastic Load Balancing. The NLB send requests to multiple destinations in your VPC such as Amazon EC2 instances, Auto Scaling groups, or Amazon ECS services. NLBs also support private connectivity over AWS Direct Connect, so that applications in your own data centers will be able to connect to your VPC via the Amazon private network.

  • Introducing the Amazon Time Sync Service

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    The Amazon Time Sync Service provides a highly accurate and reliable time reference that is natively accessible from Amazon EC2 instances.

  • Announcing Amazon EC2 T2 Unlimited for Sustained High CPU Performance

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon EC2 T2 instances can now deliver high CPU performance for as long as a workload needs it. T2 instances have previously enabled customers to optimize costs for their workloads with a generous baseline CPU performance and the ability to burst above baseline for short periods. With T2 Unlimited, workloads can now burst beyond the baseline for as long as required. This enables customers to enjoy the low T2 instance hourly price for a wide variety of general purpose applications, and ensure that their instances are never constrained to the baseline. Common general-purpose workloads on T2 instances include micro-services, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development, build and stage environments, code repositories, and product prototypes.

  • Introducing Spread Placement Groups for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017
  • Amazon Lightsail adds load balancers with integrated certificate management

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Lightsail has added load balancers to its easy-to-use cloud platform, enabling developers to build scalable, highly available websites and applications easily and quickly. Load balancers can be launched in minutes, fully configured and ready to route traffic to Lightsail instances for a low, predictable price of $18 per month. Lightsail load balancers also allow customers to easily build and maintain secure applications that accept HTTPS traffic with free SSL/TLS certificates and intuitive, built-in certificate management. 

  • Introducing Launch Templates for Amazon EC2 instances

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Launch Templates is a new capability that enables a new way to templatize your launch requests. Launch Templates streamline and simplify the launch process for Auto Scaling, Spot Fleet, Spot, and On-Demand instances.

  • AWS Greengrass adds feature for Machine Learning Inference

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    AWS Greengrass Machine Learning (ML) Inference makes it easy to perform ML inference locally on AWS Greengrass devices using models that are built and trained in the cloud.  Until now, building and training ML models and running ML inference was done almost exclusively in the cloud.  Training ML models requires massive computing resources so it is a natural fit for the cloud.  With AWS Greengrass ML Inference your AWS Greengrass devices can make smart decisions quickly as data is being generated, even when they are disconnected.

    The capability simplifies each step of deploying ML, including accessing ML models, deploying models to devices, building and deploying ML frameworks, creating inference apps, and utilizing on device accelerators such as GPUs and FPGAs.  For example, you can access a deep learning model built and trained in Amazon SageMaker directly from the AWS Greengrass console and then download it to your device as part of an AWS Greengrass group.  AWS Greengrass ML Inference includes a prebuilt Apache MXNet framework to install on AWS Greengrass devices so you don't have to create this from scratch.  The pre-built Apache MXNet package for NVIDIA Jetson, Intel Apollo Lake, and Raspberry Pi devices can be downloaded directly from the cloud or can be included as part of the software in your AWS Greengrass group.

    AWS Greengrass ML Inference also includes prebuilt AWS Lambda templates that you use to create an inference app quickly.  The provided Lambda blueprint shows you common tasks such as loading models, importing Apache MXNet, and taking actions based on predictions.

    In many applications, your ML model will perform better when you fully utilize all the hardware resources available on the device, and AWS Greengrass ML Inference helps with this. To let your application access the hardware resources on your device, you declare them as a local resource in your AWS Greengrass group in the AWS Greengrass console.

    To use these features, please sign up for the preview.

  • Ready-to-Use Managed Rules Now Available on AWS WAF

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Managed Rules for AWS WAF, available today, enable you to easily protect your web applications and APIs from Internet threats. Choose from preconfigured RuleGroups provided in the AWS Marketplace by industry leading security experts: Alert Logic, Fortinet, Imperva, Trend Micro and TrustWave. Rules are automatically updated as new threats emerge and offer a wide range of protections, including OWASP Top 10 mitigations, bad-bot defenses, and virtual patching against recent CVE’s. Other, more specialized managed RuleGroups protect application platforms including content management systems like WordPress or Drupal. Each RuleGroup is the product of a Seller’s unique expertise, made available to you at an affordable pay-as-you-go price. Managed Rules for AWS WAF are designed to help you spend less time writing security rules and maintaining servers, and more time building applications for your customers.

  • Announcing Support for Inter-Region VPC Peering

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon EC2 now allows peering relationships to be established between Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) across different AWS regions. Inter-Region VPC Peering allows VPC resources like EC2 instances, RDS databases and Lambda functions running in different AWS regions to communicate with each other using private IP addresses, without requiring gateways, VPN connections or separate network appliances.

  • Introducing AWS Systems Manager

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    AWS Systems Manager provides a unified user interface that allows you to view operational data from multiple AWS services and automate operational tasks across your AWS resources.

  • AWS IoT Core Adds Enhanced Authentication Features

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Starting today, AWS IoT Core is providing new authentication mechanisms that allow you to connect your devices to AWS. Using the custom authentication feature, customers can utilize bearer token authentication strategies, such as OAuth, to connect to AWS without using a X.509 certificate on their devices. With this, customers can reuse their existing authentication mechanism that they have already invested in.

  • Introducing Amazon Translate – Now in Preview

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Neural machine translation uses deep learning to deliver more accurate and more natural sounding translation than older statistical and rule-based translation algorithms. Amazon Translate enables translation at scale so that you can easily translate large volumes of text efficiently to handle tasks like localizing content for international users and facilitating real-time cross-lingual communication.

  • Amazon FreeRTOS: IoT Operating System for Microcontrollers

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon FreeRTOS is an IoT operating system for microcontrollers that makes small, low-powered edge devices easy to program, deploy, secure, connect, and maintain. Amazon FreeRTOS extends the FreeRTOS kernel, a popular open source real-time operating system for microcontrollers, and includes software libraries for security, connectivity, and updateability. Amazon FreeRTOS provides everything you need to easily program connected microcontroller-based devices and collect data from them for IoT applications, and helps you scale those applications across millions of devices. Amazon FreeRTOS is free of charge, open source, and available to all today. To learn more and get stared, click here.

  • Introducing Amazon Kinesis Video Streams

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Customers use Amazon Kinesis to run real-time analytics using data streams. Today, we are adding video streams to Kinesis. We are announcing Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, a fully managed video ingestion and storage service. Kinesis Video Streams makes it easy to securely stream video from connected devices to AWS for machine learning, analytics, and processing. You can also stream other time-encoded data like RADAR and LIDAR signals using Kinesis Video Streams.

  • Announcing AWS IoT Analytics

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    You can now use AWS IoT Analytics to cleanse, process, enrich, store, and analyze IoT data at scale. It is the easiest way to run analytics on IoT data and get insights that help you make better and more accurate decisions for IoT applications and machine learning use cases.  

  • Amazon Glacier Select Makes Big Data Analytics of Archive Data Possible

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Glacier Select is a new way to query archived data in Amazon Glacier. Glacier Select allows queries to run directly on data stored in Amazon Glacier, retrieving only the data you need out of your archives to use for analytics. This allows you to reduce total cost of ownership while massively extending your data lake into cost-effective archive storage.

  • Introducing Amazon Transcribe – Now in Preview

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for developers to add speech to text capability to their applications. Amazon Transcribe can analyze audio files stored in Amazon S3 and return a text file of the transcribed speech with time stamps for every word so you can easily locate the audio in the original source by searching for the text.

  • Introducing Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Preview)

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate, and maintain your own Kubernetes clusters.

  • Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Serverless

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Aurora Serverless is an on-demand auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora, where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale up or down capacity based on your application's needs. Aurora Serverless enables you to run your relational database in the cloud without managing any database instances or clusters.

  • AWS IoT Device Defender Helps You Manage Device Security

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    AWS is pleased to announce AWS IoT Device Defender, a fully managed service that allows you to secure your fleet of IoT devices on an ongoing basis. AWS IoT Device Defender audits your fleet to ensure it adheres to security best practices, detects abnormal device behavior, alerts you to security issues, and recommends mitigation actions for these security issues. AWS IoT Device Defender is currently not generally available. In order to learn more about AWS IoT Device Defender and to express your interest in the service, please sign up here.  

  • AWS Launches Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    On-Demand Backup allows you to create full backups of your DynamoDB tables data for data archival, helping you meet your corporate and governmental regulatory requirements. You can backup tables from a few megabytes to hundreds of terabytes of data, with no impact on performance and availability to your production applications.

    On-Demand Backup processes back up requests in seconds regardless of the size of your tables, so you don’t have to worry about backup schedules or long-running processes. All backups are automatically encrypted, cataloged, easily discoverable, and retained until you explicitly delete them. You can execute backup and restore operations with a single-click in the AWS Management Console or a single API call.

  • AWS Launches Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Global Tables builds upon DynamoDB’s global footprint to provide you with a fully managed, multi-region, and multi-master database that provides fast, local, read and write performance for massively scaled, global applications. Global Tables replicates your Amazon DynamoDB tables automatically across your choice of AWS regions.

    Global Tables eliminates the difficult work of replicating data between regions and resolving update conflicts, enabling you to focus on your application’s business logic. In addition, Global Tables enables your applications to stay highly available even in the unlikely event of isolation or degradation of an entire region.

  • Amazon ECS CLI Version 1.1.0 adds AWS Fargate Support

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    The Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) command line interface (CLI) is now available as version 1.1.0.

  • Introducing Amazon Comprehend – Discover Insights from Text

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to analyze your text. Amazon Comprehend identifies the language of the text, extracts key phrases, places, people, brands, or events, understands sentiment about products or services, and identifies the main topics from a library of documents. The service learns from a variety of information sources, including Amazon.com product descriptions and consumer reviews and it retrains against new data constantly to keep pace with the evolution of language. Because of the depth and breadth of this training approach, it is able to provide accurate coverage for a wide range of scenarios like analyzing customer feedback, intelligent document search, and automatically organizing content.

  • Announcing AWS IoT Device Management

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    You can now use AWS IoT Device Management to securely onboard, organize, monitor, and remotely manage your IoT devices at scale throughout their lifecycle. With IoT Device Management, you can upload device information and configuration, organize your device inventory, monitor your fleet of devices, and remotely manage devices deployed across many locations including updating device software over-the-air (OTA). This helps you scale your device fleets and reduce the cost and effort of managing large IoT device deployments.

  • Over-the-air updates, access to local resources, and OPC-UA industrial protocol adapter now available on AWS Greengrass

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    AWS Greengrass is a software that lets you run local compute, messaging, data caching, and sync capabilities for connected devices in a secure way. AWS Greengrass has three new features. First, AWS Lambda functions running on Greengrass Core devices can natively interact with the capabilities of the underlying host device, such as a camera, serial bus, or GPU so that Greengrass devices can more easily interact with their physical environments. Second, Greengrass can now use the popular industrial messaging protocol OPC-UA to communicate with other equipment, and customers can also easily create their own protocol adapters. Third, you can now remotely update the Greengrass Core software to take advantage of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements.

  • Introducing Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed service that enables data scientists and developers to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale. Amazon SageMaker includes modules that can be used together or independently to build, train, and deploy your machine learning models.

    Build
    Amazon SageMaker makes it easy to build ML models and get them ready for training by providing everything you need to quickly connect to your training data, and to select and optimize the best algorithm and framework for your application. Amazon SageMaker includes hosted Jupyter notebooks that make it is easy to explore and visualize your training data stored in Amazon S3. You can connect directly to data in S3, or use AWS Glue to move data from Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Redshift into S3 for analysis in your notebook.

    To help you select your algorithm, Amazon SageMaker includes the 10 most common machine learning algorithms which have been pre-installed and optimized to deliver up to 10 times the performance you’ll find running these algorithms anywhere else. Amazon SageMaker also comes pre-configured to run TensorFlow and Apache MXNet, two of the most popular open source frameworks. You also have the option of using your own framework.

    Train
    You can begin training your model with a single click in the Amazon SageMaker console. Amazon SageMaker manages all of the underlying infrastructure for you and can easily scale to train models at petabyte scale. To make the training process even faster and easier, AmazonSageMaker can automatically tune your model to achieve the highest possible accuracy.

    Deploy
    Once your model is trained and tuned, Amazon SageMaker makes it easy to deploy in production so you can start running generating predictions on new data (a process called inference). Amazon SageMaker deploys your model on an auto-scaling cluster of Amazon EC2 instances that are spread across multiple availability zones to deliver both high performance and high availability. Amazon SageMaker also includes built-in A/B testing capabilities to help you test your model and experiment with different versions to achieve the best results.

    Amazon SageMaker takes away the heavy lifting of machine learning, so you can build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly and easily.

  • Introducing Amazon Rekognition Video

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Rekognition Video is a deep learning powered video analysis service that tracks people, detects activities, and recognizes objects, celebrities, and inappropriate content. Amazon Rekognition Video can detect and recognize faces in live streams. Rekognition Video can also analyze existing video stored in Amazon S3. It returns specific labels of activities, people and faces, and objects with time stamps so you can easily locate the scene. For people and faces, it also returns the bounding box, which is the specific location of the person or face in the frame. Rekognition Video’s easy-to-use APIs are ideal for immediate response for public safety customers, generating search index for media and entertainment customers, and monitoring for smart homes.

  • Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Multi-Master

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Aurora Multi-Master allows you to create multiple read/write master instances across multiple Availability Zones. This enables applications to read and write data to multiple database instances in a cluster, just as you can read across Read Replicas today.

  • Introducing AWS Fargate

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    AWS Fargate is a compute engine for deploying and managing containers without having to manage any of the underlying infrastructure. Fargate makes it easy to scale your applications. You no longer have to worry about provisioning enough compute resources for your container applications. You can launch tens or tens of thousands of containers in seconds.

  • Introducing AWS DeepLens, the World’s First Deep-Learning Enabled Video Camera for Developers

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    AWS DeepLens is a deep learning enabled wireless video camera specifically designed to help developers of all skill levels grow their machine learning skills through hands-on computer vision tutorials, example code, and pre-built models. DeepLens includes an HD video camera with on-board compute optimized for deep learning, which is fully programmable using AWS Lambda. Developers are free to focus on their machine learning skills, while DeepLens automatically optimizes and deploys models to the device and connects to the cloud for more advanced capabilities. DeepLens integrates with Amazon SageMaker giving developers an end-to-end solution to learn, develop, and test machine learning applications both in the cloud and at the edge, for the very first time.

  • Amazon Neptune: Fast, reliable graph database built for the cloud

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    Amazon Neptune is a fast, reliable, fully-managed graph database service that makes it easy to build and run applications that work with highly connected datasets. The core of Amazon Neptune is a purpose-built, high-performance graph database engine optimized for storing billions of relationships and querying the graph with milliseconds latency. Amazon Neptune supports popular graph models Apache TinkerPop and W3C's RDF, and their associated query languages TinkerPop Gremlin and RDF SPARQL, allowing you to easily build queries that efficiently navigate highly connected datasets. Neptune powers graph use cases such as recommendation engines, fraud detection, knowledge graphs, drug discovery, and network security.

  • AWS IoT One Click, Now in Preview

    Posted On: Nov 29, 2017

    AWS IoT 1-Click is a service that makes it easy for simple devices to trigger AWS Lambda functions that execute a specific action. With AWS IoT 1-Click, simple devices such as the AWS IoT Enterprise Button and the AT&T LTE-M Button are ready to securely connect to AWS IoT right out of the box, making it easy to deploy these devices. You can activate devices by associating them to actions such as Lambda functions with a single click.

  • AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, AWS Machine Learning Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Machine Learning 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 EC2 Spot Lets you Pause and Resume Your Workloads

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Spot can now hibernate Amazon EBS-backed instances in the event of an interruption. Spot can fulfill your request by resuming instances from a hibernated state when capacity is available. Hibernate is just like closing and opening your laptop lid, with your application starting up right where it left off.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 H1 Instances, the latest generation of Storage Optimized instances for high performance big data workloads

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Amazon EC2 H1 instances are the latest generation of Amazon EC2’s Storage Optimized instances, which are powered by 2.3 GHz Intel® Xeon® E5 2686 v4 processors (codenamed Broadwell), offer more vCPUs and more memory per terabyte of local magnetic storage compared to D2 instances. The largest instance size, h1.16xlarge, provides 64vCPUs and 16TB of HDD-based instance storage. H1 instances are designed for applications that need low cost storage, high disk throughput, and high sequential disk I/O access to large data sets. H1 instances are ideal for data-intensive workloads such as MapReduce-based workloads, distributed file systems such as HDFS and MapR-FS, network file systems, log or data processing applications such as Apache Kafka, and big data workload clusters.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 M5 Instances

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    M5 Instances are the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances, powered by 2.5 GHz Intel® Xeon Platinum 8175 processors (formerly codenamed Skylake), and featuring Intel’s newest vector processing instruction set, Advanced Vector Extension 512 (AVX-512). M5 instances are based on the Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor, which delivers practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to your instances. They deliver up to 14% improvement in price/performance compared to M4 instances with the updated processor. The addition of new AVX-512 delivers 2x the performance per core for vector and floating point intensive workloads such as image and video processing, data compression, cryptography, and high-performance web serving.

  • Announcing Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances (Preview)

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Bare Metal instances provide your applications with direct access to the processor and memory of the underlying server. These instances are ideal for workloads that require access to hardware feature sets (such as Intel VT-x), or for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot introduces new pricing model and the ability to launch Spot instances via RunInstances API

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Amazon EC2 simplified the Amazon EC2 Spot instance pricing by moving to a model that delivers low, predictable prices that adjust gradually based on long-term trends in supply and demand. You will continue to save up to 90% off the On-Demand instance price and you will continue to pay the Spot price that's in effect at the beginning of each instance-hour for your running instance.

  • AWS Batch Adds Support for Large-Scale Job Submissions with Array Jobs

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    AWS Batch now supports the submission of arrays of jobs with a single API call. With ArrayJobs, users can easily submit, with a single SubmitJob call, up to 10,000 copies of a job. Users can also express dependencies on Array Jobs, including 'N-to-N' dependencies between related elements across multiple Array Jobs. Array Jobs simplify the submission and management of large-scale Monte Carlo simulations, parametric sweeps, and jobs which need to perform the same operation on thousands of input files or objects. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters.

  • Announcing Advanced Security Features (Beta) for Amazon Cognito

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Now, you can use advanced security features (beta) for Amazon Cognito to help protect access to user accounts in your applications. These advanced security features provide risk-based adaptive authentication and protection from the use of compromised credentials.

  • Introducing Amazon MQ

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud. Message brokers allow different software systems–often using different programming languages, and on different platforms–to communicate and exchange information. Messaging is the communications backbone that connects and integrates the components of distributed applications, such as order processing, inventory management, and fullfillment for e-commerce. Amazon MQ manages the administration and maintenance of ActiveMQ, a popular open-source message broker. Amazon MQ takes care of time-consuming tasks such as provisioning the infrastructure, setting up the broker, updating the software, and managing security. Amazon MQ is designed to withstand failures so your messages are highly available. With Amazon MQ, you get direct access to the ActiveMQ console and industry standard APIs and protocols for messaging, including JMS, NMS, AMQP, STOMP, MQTT, and WebSocket. You can easily move from any message broker that uses these standards to Amazon MQ because you don’t have to rewrite any messaging code in your applications.

  • AWS Lambda Supports Traffic Shifting and AWS CodeDeploy Deployments

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    You can now shift incoming traffic between two AWS Lambda function versions based on pre-assigned weights. This allows you to gradually shift traffic between two versions, helping you reduce the risk and limit the blast radius of new Lambda deployments. You can now also use AWS CodeDeploy to automatically manage the rollout of new function versions. CodeDeploy is a service that automates software deployments to a variety of compute services like Lambda and Amazon EC2. CodeDeploy makes it easy to gradually and safely deploy updates to Lambda, and it is supported by the AWS Serverless Application Model.  

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Canary Release Deployments

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    You can now use canary release deployments to gradually roll out new APIs in Amazon API Gateway. This helps you more safely roll out API changes and limit the blast radius of new deployments.

  • Announcing Amazon GuardDuty – Intelligent Threat Detection

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Amazon GuardDuty is a threat detection service that provides you with an accurate and easy way to continuously monitor and protect your AWS accounts and the applications and services running within them. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, GuardDuty immediately begins analyzing billions of events from AWS CloudTrail, VPC Flow Logs, and other AWS data sources.

  • Introducing AWS AppSync, a managed GraphQL service with real-time data and offline programming

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    AWS AppSync is a new service in Public Preview that enables you to manage and update mobile app data in real-time between devices and the cloud, and allows apps to interact with the data on the mobile device when it is offline. With AWS AppSync, applications can easily access AWS services using a data language called GraphQL and an SDK that is optimized for mobile and web applications. GraphQL is an open standard that lets you request, change, and subscribe to the exact data you need in a single network request. This makes prototyping and building data intensive applications as simple as writing a few lines of code.

  • AWS PrivateLink Now Available for Customer and Partner Services

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    Earlier this month, we introduced AWS PrivateLink, a new service that allows customers to privately access select AWS services from their Virtual Private Cloud and from on-premises via AWS Direct Connect. We are now extending this capability to customer and partner services hosted on AWS.

  • AWS Partner Network Launches New Networking Competency

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Networking 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.

  • AWS PrivateLink on AWS Marketplace now available

    Posted On: Nov 28, 2017

    AWS Marketplace is pleased to announce that customers can now discover Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications that are available on AWS PrivateLink, and connect to these applications using verified DNS names on the service endpoints. AWS PrivateLink enables customers to access services hosted on AWS in a highly available and scalable manner, while keeping the network traffic within the AWS network.

  • Free AWS digital training and new Cloud Practitioner certification

    Posted On: Nov 27, 2017

    In order to make it easier for customers and partners to learn about AWS and to build cloud skills, AWS Training and Certification has launched free digital training and a new entry-level certification. At aws.training, you can enroll in free digital training and get unlimited access to more than 100 new courses built by AWS experts. You can also access previews of more advanced training on Machine Learning and Storage. Digital courses are generally 10 minutes long and are designed to help you build foundational knowledge for dozens of AWS services and solutions.  

  • AWS Alexa Skill Now Available

    Posted On: Nov 27, 2017

    You can now hear the latest launch announcements from AWS on your Alexa-enabled device with the AWS Alexa skill. The AWS skill augments the existing channels (Blog posts and What’s New posts) with a hands-free option for consuming information about new services and features from AWS. You can enable the skill on your Alexa-enabled device by filtering search results to Alexa Skills on amazon.com and searching for “AWS”. After enabled, you can customize the skill to only hear about your favorite services (e.g. EC2) or categories (e.g. Compute) from AWS.

  • Introducing AWS Elemental MediaLive

    Posted On: Nov 26, 2017

    Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaLive, a live video processing service that enables video providers to encode high-quality live video streams for broadcast television and multiscreen devices. It does all the heavy lifting behind the scenes for resource provisioning, service orchestration, scaling, healing, resiliency failover, monitoring, and reporting. With push-button deployment, customers can stand up live channels in minutes with resources that automatically scale up and down based on load and number of channels. To achieve the same result with on-premises solutions requires planning, procurement, installation, provisioning, configuration, setup, testing, and troubleshooting that can take weeks, months, or even years before going into production. The channel-based, pay-as-you-go service simplifies operational complexity, improves cost efficiency, and minimizes financial risk. AWS Elemental MediaLive enables customers to build flexible 24x7 live video workflows or deliver event-based live streams with full control over encoding parameters using a best-of-breed service with support for standard video players and CDNs.

  • Introducing AWS Elemental MediaConvert

    Posted On: Nov 26, 2017

    Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video processing service that allows video providers with any size content library to easily and reliably transcode on-demand content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery. You can build workflows to generate high-quality video outputs in minutes instead of weeks or months. With access to a comprehensive set of advanced transcoding features, workflows that in the past could only have been implemented on-premises can now be built in the cloud. Now you can focus on delivering compelling media experiences without having to manage the complexity of building and operating broadcast-grade video processing infrastructure. AWS Elemental MediaConvert is easy to use with a pay-as-you-go pricing model. It offers a high degree of availability, reliability, and scalability along with tight integration with other AWS services.

  • Introducing AWS Elemental MediaStore

    Posted On: Nov 26, 2017

    Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaStore, a video origination and storage service that offers the high performance, predictable low latency, and immediate consistency required for live and on-demand media combined with the security and durability of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The service provides an inexpensive method for simple pass-through content delivery with predictable pay-as-you-go pricing.

  • Announcing Amazon Sumerian (Preview)

    Posted On: Nov 26, 2017

    Amazon Sumerian lets you create and run virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. With Sumerian, you can build highly immersive and interactive scenes that run on popular hardware such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and iOS mobile devices (support for Android ARCore coming soon). For example, you can build a virtual classroom that lets you train new employees around the world, or you can build a virtual environment that enables people to tour a building remotely. Sumerian makes it easy to create all the building blocks needed to build highly immersive and interactive 3D experiences including adding objects (e.g. characters, furniture, and landscape), and designing, animating, and scripting environments. Sumerian does not require specialized expertise and you can design scenes directly from your browser.

  • Introducing AWS Elemental MediaTailor

    Posted On: Nov 26, 2017

    Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaTailor, a content personalization and monetization service that allows video providers to serve video with targeted ads to end users while maintaining broadcast quality-of-service in multiscreen video applications. Advertising is inserted upstream before delivery, on the server side; so, a continuous stream arrives at the consumer device, eliminating any possibility of discrimination between content and commercials. Ads are better monetized, maintain video quality that consistently matches the primary content, and are simpler to manage across multiplatform environments. AWS Elemental MediaTailor offers managed transcoding of ad content to provide the best end user experience while also enabling standards-based client- and server-side ad reporting within a single service. Customers are given full control over the player, origin, and CDN while providing the highest-quality viewer experience.

  • Introducing AWS Elemental MediaPackage

    Posted On: Nov 26, 2017

    Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental MediaPackage, a video origination and just-in-time packaging service that allows video distributors to securely and reliably deliver streaming content at scale. The service offers just-in-time packaging for cost-effective video distribution using multiple delivery and content protection standards, and makes it easy to enrich audience experiences with time-shifted TV and other advanced features. With AWS Elemental MediaPackage, customers can reduce workflow complexity, increase origin resiliency, and better protect multiscreen content without the risk of under or over-provisioning infrastructure for a solution to delivery content across a growing ecosystem of connected devices and dynamic viewing experiences.

  • Sync Files to Amazon Elastic File System Quickly, Easily and Securely with EFS File Sync

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    You can now use EFS File Sync to efficiently and securely sync files from on-premises or in-cloud file systems to Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) at speeds of up to 5x faster than standard Linux copy tools. Amazon EFS provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. 

  • Amazon EC2 now offers SQL Server 2017 with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    SQL Server 2017 is now available for Amazon EC2 instances running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4 as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) from the AWS Marketplace. With this release, you can now launch RHEL instances on-demand using SQL Server 2017 Enterprise License Included AMIs without having to bring your own license. SQL Server 2017 on RHEL 7.4 AMI is available in all public AWS regions starting today.

  • Amazon CloudFront adds six Edge Locations and expands into four new cities

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    Today, Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of six new Edge Locations to its global content delivery network. The new Edge Locations are located in: Helsinki, Finland; Madrid, Spain; Manchester, England; Denver, Colorado; Newark, New Jersey; and Phoenix, Arizona. 

  • Amazon RDS Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 16TB and Faster Scaling for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and PostgreSQL Engines

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    Starting today, you can create Amazon RDS database instances for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and PostgreSQL database engines with up to 16TB of storage. Existing database instances can also be scaled up to 16TB storage without any downtime.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Supports New R4 and M4 Instance Types

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    You can now launch R4, and db.M4.16xlarge instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for SQL Server. 

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Supports Scaling Storage Size

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    You can now scale the storage of your Amazon RDS for SQL Server database instances up to 16TB. An instance must use the Provisioned IOPS or General Purpose (SSD) storage types to be eligible. Some instances with older storage configurations are not eligible.

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) Introduces Message Filtering

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    You can now use message filtering on Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) to build simpler and more streamlined pub/sub architectures. Message filtering enables Amazon SNS topic subscribers to selectively receive only a subset of the messages they are interested in, as opposed to receiving all messages published to a topic. This new approach removes the design complexity of implementing message filtering logic in your subscribers, or message routing logic in your publisher systems.  

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Region Expansion

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in four additional AWS regions: Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai). This increases the number of available regions to eight, as the service launched on October 24, 2017 in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland).

  • AWS Certificate Manager: Easier Certificate Validation Using DNS

    Posted On: Nov 22, 2017

    Now, you can use AWS Certificate Manager DNS validation to establish that you own or control a domain name when requesting certificates with ACM. Certificates are used to secure network communications and establish the identity of websites over the Internet. Before issuing a certificate for your site, Amazon must validate that you own or control the domain name for your site. Previously ACM supported only email validation, which required the domain owner to receive an email for each certificate request and validate the information in the request before approving it. With DNS validation, you simply write a CNAME record to your DNS configuration to establish ownership or control of your domain name. The ACM management console can configure the DNS records for you if you manage your DNS records with Amazon Route 53. This makes it easy to validate your domain with a few mouse clicks. Once the CNAME record is configured, ACM can automatically renew DNS-validated certificates that are in use (associated with other AWS resources) before they expire, as long as the DNS record remains in place. Renewals are fully automatic and touchless. 

  • AWS Mobile introduces a new CLI and redesigned console to simplify building quality Web and React Native apps

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Starting today, AWS Mobile adds first class support for Web and React Native, allowing JavaScript (JS) developers to easily develop cloud enabled apps. Previously, web and react native developers needed to manually configure services in the AWS console, download base SDKs, and read documentation just to start interacting with the platform. With today’s launch, JS developers can very easily configure core app features like user sign-in, storage and serverless APIs using the redesigned console and the new AWS Mobile CLI.

  • Introducing AWS Amplify, a declarative JavaScript library for cloud development with mobile or web applications

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Today we are releasing AWS Amplify, an Open Source library under Apache 2.0 for developers looking to build cloud connected applications with JavaScript on web or mobile platforms. AWS Amplify is designed to give a declarative interface to client developers looking to perform common actions using cloud services in a scalable and secure manner. These new capabilities allow developers writing JavaScript applications to programmatically apply best practices with common abstractions, ultimately resulting in faster development cycles. Along with the release of AWS Amplify, we are also releasing a comprehensive CLI experience which is fully integrated with AWS Mobile Hub. This CLI experience is designed for developers who are either building applications from scratch or enhancing existing projects with features for the AWS cloud. 

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports Parameterizing Configurations with StackSets Parameter overrides and EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    AWS CloudFormation now allows you to override parameter values by account and region in stack instances. Previously, you could only make changes to StackSets from your original CloudFormation templates. Now, you can override template parameter values when you first create the stack instances, and you can override parameter values for existing stack instances allowing you to specify and customize stack instances based on your requirements.  

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Access Logging

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    You can now generate access logs in Amazon API Gateway. This is in addition to the detailed execution logs already provided by Amazon CloudWatch for API requests made to your APIs. The access logging feature lets you generate access logs in different formats such as CLF (Common Log Format), JSON, XML, and CSV. The access logs can be fed into your existing analytics or log processing tools so you can perform more in-depth analysis or take action in response to the log data. Any context variable can be used in the access log format.

  • Announcing Amazon Kinesis console enhancements

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    The new Amazon Kinesis management console (see screenshot below) makes it easy for you to learn about real-time analytics and simplifies the console user experience. You can use the new visual learning tools in the console to understand how Kinesis Streams, Kinesis Firehose, and Kinesis Analytics can help you stream real-time data from various data sources to AWS, and then process, analyze, and load the data to data stores. The new console experience also includes a dashboard showing all your Kinesis resources on one screen when you log in. To get started, visit the Amazon Kinesis management console

  • Customize Integration Timeouts in Amazon API Gateway

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    You can now customize the timeout value for API integrations in Amazon API Gateway. You can set the maximum amount of time an integration will run before it returns without a response. This gives you the flexibility to create better error-handling strategies for your APIs, such as using automatic retries with your APIs. You can set a timeout value starting at 50 milliseconds up to 29 seconds. Visit the documentation for more information about API Gateway integrations. 

  • Amazon Chime Now Allows Applications to Post Messages to Chat Rooms Using Incoming Webhooks

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon Chime, a service that simplifies video conferencing, online meetings, calls and chat, now supports incoming webhooks. Developers can configure their applications to use incoming webhooks to post messages into Amazon Chime chat rooms as soon as updates occur. This enables Amazon Chime chat rooms to become a central hub for real-time team collaboration where participants can be more responsive to messages from important applications, as well as respond to messages from each other. 

  • Amazon Lex now available in Europe (Ireland) AWS Region

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

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

  • Announcing a new pricing plan for AWS IoT

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    We are excited to announce a significant change to AWS IoT pricing that will go into effect January 1, 2018. Previously, AWS IoT charged for the use of connectivity, messaging, Device Shadow, Registry, and Rules Engine under a bundled pricing plan. The new plan unbundles pricing by charging for these components independently. This allows you to tailor costs around your specific workload, and ensures you only pay for what you use.

  • New Quick Start: Build Your Security and Analytics Environment on AWS with Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Firewall and Splunk Enterprise

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    This Quick Start builds an enterprise-class security and analytics environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, using the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series next-generation firewall, Splunk Enterprise, and the Palo Alto Networks App for Splunk, along with complementary services from AWS. 

  • Lambda@Edge Now Supports Content-Based Dynamic Origin Selection, Network Calls from Viewer Events, and Advanced Response Generation

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Starting today, you can use three new capabilities with Lambda@Edge that can further help you build personalized content for your viewers while improving latency and simplifying your origin infrastructure. First, with content-based dynamic origin selection, you can route requests to different backend origin servers based on request attributes such as viewer location, viewer device type, HTTP headers, URL path, query string or cookies. Second, you can make remote network calls from Amazon CloudFront viewer-facing events. Third, you can generate binary data from your Lambda@Edge functions which lets you deliver richer, more customized content using Amazon CloudFront. We have also increased the limits for Lambda@Edge functions. You can choose up to 1536MB of memory, deploy larger packages up to 50MB, and implement Lambda@Edge functions with longer timeouts – up to 30 seconds.  

  • Amazon Redshift Introduces Result Caching for Sub-Second Response for Repeat Queries

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Amazon Redshift improves performance for repeat queries by caching the result and returning the cached result when queries are re-run. 

  • Amazon Rekognition announces real-time face recognition, Text in Image recognition, and improved face detection

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Amazon Rekognition added three new features today: detection and recognition of text in images; real-time face recognition across tens of millions of faces; and detection of up to 100 faces in challenging crowded photos. Customers who are already using Amazon Rekognition for face verification and identification will experience up to a 10% accuracy improvement in most cases. 

  • AWS Shield Adds Advanced DDoS Protection for EC2 and Network Load Balancer

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Starting today, you can now use AWS Shield Advanced to get higher levels of protection for your applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) or Network Load Balancer (NLB) against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Simply enable AWS Shield Advanced on an AWS Elastic IP address attached to an internet-facing EC2 instance or NLB. AWS Shield Advanced will automatically detect the type of AWS resource behind the Elastic IP address and apply the relevant DDoS protections.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB Minor Versions 10.1.26 and 10.0.32

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Amazon RDS for MariaDB now supports MariaDB minor versions 10.1.26 and 10.0.32 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MariaDB database engine.

  • AWS CodeBuild Adds New Capabilities to Support Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Resources and Dependency Caching

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    Now, AWS CodeBuild supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) resources. The new capability allows CodeBuild to access VPC resources without being exposed to the public internet. This enables you to use CodeBuild to compile your software code within your VPC and access resources including Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS), as well as any service endpoints that are only reachable from within a specific VPC. To learn more, visit our blog here.

  • Now enable Kerberos authentication and EMRFS authorization in Amazon EMR

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    You can now enable authentication with Kerberos and fine-grained EMRFS authorization for Amazon S3 access on your Amazon EMR clusters. You can use Kerberos to authenticate requests between services running on your cluster, user actions on your cluster, and external client requests from remote services. Amazon EMR will create a MIT KDC on the master node of your cluster, and utilize the open-source Kerberos authentication settings for certain application components on your cluster. Additionally, you can easily enable a cross-realm trust with a Microsoft Active Directory to seamlessly allow users in the directory to authenticate using Kerberos to access and run workloads on a cluster. 

  • AWS X-Ray Supports Zoom and Pan Controls

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    AWS X-Ray now supports the ability to zoom and pan your service map. This allows you to focus on a particular service of interest and visualize service maps with large number of service nodes on a single screen. 

  • Amazon ElastiCache Now Supports the R4 Node Family

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Amazon ElastiCache now supports R4 node types. R4 nodes are optimized for latency sensitive and memory intensive workloads. They come in six sizes, providing 12.3GiB to 407GiB of available in-memory capacity. By setting up a 15-shard cluster for Redis, you can scale up to 6.1TiB of in-memory capacity. For Memcached, you can set up a 20-node cluster to support up to 8.14 TiB in-memory workloads. Equipped with the Intel Broadwell processor, and improved networking, R4 node family offers superior performance over the popular R3 node family. 

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDB.

  • Support for Apache MXNet, GPU instance types P3 and P2, and Presto integration with the AWS Glue Data Catalog on Amazon EMR release 5.10

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    You can now use deep learning framework Apache MXNet (0.12.0), GPU instance types P3 and P2, and the AWS Glue Data Catalog with Presto on Amazon EMR release 5.10.0. Apache MXNet is a scalable deep learning framework that allows you to define, train, and deploy deep neural networks. Furthermore, you can preinstall custom machine learning and deep learning libraries on an Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI), and create your Amazon EMR clusters with that AMI. Additionally, Amazon EMR now supports Amazon EC2 P3 and P2 instances, EC2 compute-optimized GPU instances, for deep learning and machine learning workloads. Also, you can now use the AWS Glue Data Catalog to store external table metadata for Presto instead of utilizing an on-cluster or self-managed Hive metastore.  

  • Introducing the AWS Cost Explorer API

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    AWS Cost Explorer helps you visualize, understand, and manage your AWS costs and usage over time. This is done via an intuitive interface that enables you to quickly create custom reports (including charts and tabular data) and analyses of your cost and usage data, both at a high level and for highly-specific requests. Starting today, you can directly access the Cost Explorer API, the low-latency ad-hoc query service that powers the Cost Explorer web application. 

  • AWS IoT Rules Engine Now Supports Calling Lambda Function from Rule SQL

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    You can now call a lambda function in the SQL statement of your rule by calling it in the SELECT statement to enrich IoT message data with external services like weather, geo-location, and maps. You can also call a lambda function from the WHERE clause to evaluate a condition with context from external services. For example, you can evaluate if the reported device position lies inside or outside a geographic area by calling an external geo-fencing endpoint like HERE maps (sample) and then triggering an SNS Action if it lies outside the area.

  • Amazon QuickSight adds support for Geospatial Visualizations, Tabular Reports, Private VPC Access, Calculations for SPICE datasets in analysis, and HIPAA compliant workloads

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    As part of our one-year anniversary, we’re pleased to bring a number of new features to QuickSight. Starting today, you can visualize geospatial data using maps, create tabular reports using flat tables in your dashboards, and perform run-time calculations for SPICE data sets in analysis. For high cardinality data, we’ve added an “Others” bucket feature so you can combine the long tails of values into a single category. You can also now create data sets in QuickSight with up to 1000 columns to support wide-table use cases.

  • Announcing Amazon Lex integration with Kik messaging platform

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Amazon Lex now supports integration with the Kik messaging platform.

  • AWS CodeCommit Supports Pull Requests

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    AWS CodeCommit now supports pull requests, which provide a mechanism to request code reviews and discuss code with collaborators. Previously, you had to use tools outside of CodeCommit to request code reviews, which made it difficult to track input and ensure all updates were incorporated. Now, you can use pull requests to enable a workflow where you can request code reviews, reviewers can view the commits and comment on the code, and you can merge code once you have final approval.

  • Amazon EC2 now offers application consistent snapshots with Microsoft VSS

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) now supports Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) enabled EBS snapshots for Windows Server AMIs. VSS is a Microsoft technology that allows application data to be backed up while applications are still running, by coordinating between user applications that update data on disk and those that back up applications. With this launch, you can now take VSS-enabled EBS snapshots of your running Windows instances without the need to create custom scripts, or shutting down the instances. To read more about this capability go to the AWS documentation.

  • Amazon Connect Adds Automated Outbound Calling, Now Available in Preview

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Amazon Connect now allows you to automatically make calls to customers, using the outbound contact API. You can schedule automated calls for appointment reminders or notification calls in response to business events, such as credit card fraud. Enterprise applications like CRM systems can use the outbound contact API when triggered by an event, such as a service outage, to initiate an outbound call using a predetermined contact flow. The contact flow will determine if an agent interaction is required, or if the call is routed to an Amazon Lex chatbot. 

  • AWS Trusted Advisor Adds Service Limit Dashboard and CloudWatch Metrics

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    With Trusted Advisor’s new Service Limit Dashboard, you can now view, refresh, and export utilization and limit data on a per-limit basis, allowing you to proactively monitor and more efficiently plan your use of AWS resources.

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum is Now Available in Four Additional AWS Regions, and Enhances Query Performance in All Available AWS Regions

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Amazon Redshift Spectrum is now available in four additional AWS Regions: EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Seoul). Additionally, large bzip2-compressed files and ORC files are automatically split to enhance query performance in all available AWS Regions. 

  • Identify opportunities for cost savings using AWS Cost Explorer’s new Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance purchase recommendations

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Starting today, you can access custom Reserved Instance (RI) purchase recommendations based on your Amazon EC2 usage via AWS Cost Explorer. These recommendations are calculated based on your past usage and indicate opportunities for cost savings. 

  • Introducing the AWS Connected Vehicle Solution

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Automotive manufacturers and suppliers can more easily develop and deploy a wide range of innovative connected vehicle services on the AWS Cloud.  

  • Amazon Redshift Uses Machine Learning to Accelerate Dashboards and Interactive Analysis

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    Amazon Redshift introduces Short Query Acceleration to speed up execution of short running queries. Short Query Acceleration provides higher performance, faster results, and better predictability of query execution times. 

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Generating SDK in Ruby

    Posted On: Nov 20, 2017

    You can now generate SDKs for APIs in Ruby with Amazon API Gateway. This is in addition to API Gateway’s support for SDKs in Java, JavaScript, Android and iOS (Swift and Objective-C). The generated Ruby SDK reduces coding complexity for your API’s consumers and it helps them use coding best practices. Using the generated SDKs, your API consumers can automatically utilize already provided support for API keys management, custom or AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) authentication, automatic and configurable retries with exponential backoff and exception handling. The generated Ruby SDKs are compatible with Ruby 1.9 or later. 

  • AWS Storage Gateway adds upload notifications, MIME-type detection, SUSE Linux support and additional features to File Gateway

    Posted On: Nov 21, 2017

    You can now receive Amazon CloudWatch Events when files that are written to AWS Storage Gateway’s file interface (File Gateway) are uploaded to Amazon S3. You can use these notifications to trigger in-cloud or on-premises automated workflows. For instance, a file upload notification could initiate an API call to start a data processing job using AWS analytics services, such as Amazon Athena, or invoke an AWS Lambda function for transcoding. Alternatively, you can use a file upload notification to make a RefreshCache API call to File Gateways in remote offices, so that on-premises applications can then read the uploaded data, such as reports, files for print presses, code updates or database backup files.

  • Amazon Redshift Allows Regular Users to be Granted Access to All Rows in Selected System Tables

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon Redshift allows Superusers to grant regular users access to all rows in selected system tables and views. 

  • Amazon Redshift Improves Performance by Automatically Hopping Queries Without Restarts

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon Redshift improves query performance by automatically moving read and write queries to the next matching queue without restarting the moved queries. This enhancement to Workload Management enables more efficient use of resources to improve query performance. 

  • AWS Database Migration Service Offers Migration Validation

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) offers two new ways to validate your database migration: pre-migration validation and post-migration data validation. 

  • Easily restore an Amazon RDS MySQL database from your MySQL backup

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    Starting today you can easily restore a new Amazon RDS for MySQL database instance from a backup of your existing MySQL database, including MySQL databases running on Amazon EC2 or outside of AWS. This is done by creating a backup using the Percona XtraBackup tool and uploading the resulting files to an Amazon S3 bucket. You then create a new Amazon RDS DB Instance from the backup files in Amazon S3, directly through the RDS Console or AWS Command Line Interface. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs Adds Additional Capabilities To Manage Your Feedback

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    You can now resolve comments, organize comments with filters, and disable email notifications for files. This makes it easier to keep track of your feedback, disable the notifications not relevant to you, and focus on the feedback that matters.

  • S3 Inventory Adds Apache ORC output format and Amazon Athena Integration

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    Customers can now query Amazon S3 Inventory with standard SQL language using Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, and other tools such as Presto, Hive, and Spark. You can easily get started by pointing Amazon Athena to the S3 Inventory report in ORC or CSV format with a few clicks, run ad hoc queries, and get results in seconds. This is available in all AWS Regions where Athena is available. Learn more by visiting our developer guide

  • Amazon Aurora now supports Auto Scaling for Aurora Replicas

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    Starting today, you can use Aurora Auto Scaling to automatically add or remove Aurora Replicas in response to changes in performance metrics specified by you. Aurora Replicas share the same underlying volume as the primary instance and are well suited for read scaling. With Aurora Auto Scaling, you can specify a desired value for predefined metrics of your Aurora Replicas such as average CPU utilization or average active connections. You can also create a custom metric for Aurora Replicas to use it with Aurora Auto Scaling. Aurora Auto Scaling adjusts the number of Aurora Replicas to keep the selected metric closest to the value specified by you. For example, an increase in traffic could cause the average CPU utilization of your Aurora Replicas to go up and beyond your specified value. New Aurora Replicas are automatically added by Aurora Auto Scaling to support this increased traffic. Similarly, when CPU utilization goes below your set value, Aurora Replicas are terminated so that you don't pay for unused DB instances. 

  • AWS Config Adds Support for Classic Load Balancers

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    You can now record configuration changes to Classic Load Balancers (CLB) using AWS Config and track changes to load balancer configuration attributes, such as subnets, security groups, stickiness policies, listeners, and health checks. 

  • AWS Database Migration Service Adds Support for AWS Snowball

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) now supports installing a local replication agent on-premises and can now migrate data to the AWS cloud with AWS Snowball, a petabyte-scale data transport solution. Snowball uses secure physical appliances to transfer large amounts of data into and out of the AWS cloud.  

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU5

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU5 for Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions on the Windows Operating Systems. You can now leverage SQL Server 2017 features such as GraphDB, Automatic Plan Correction, and Resumable Index Rebuilds on your Amazon RDS SQL Server Instances.  

  • Spot Fleet now supports Target Tracking and new plug-in for Atlassian Bamboo

    Posted On: Nov 17, 2017

    Spot Fleet now supports a new type of scaling policy called target tracking scaling policies that you can use to set up dynamic scaling for your application in just a few simple steps. Adding Auto Scaling to your Spot Fleet is one way to maximize the benefits of AWS. Auto Scaling helps you build systems that respond to changes in demand by automatically launching or terminating Amazon EC2 instances based on conditions that you define. This dynamic scaling helps to improve application availability and reduce costs. For example, you can use Auto Scaling to automatically launch EC2 instances for your Spot Fleet when demand increases to help maintain performance, and terminate instances when demand drops to save money.

  • New Amazon Connect Contact Flow Logs Provide Customer Interaction Details

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Amazon Connect now provides contact flow logs for real-time details about events in your contact flows. Contact flows are used to define the path a customer takes to resolve their issue. You can view the contact flow logs to understand what is happening during the interaction, and quickly identify areas for improvement in your contact center. 

  • Amazon Connect Adds Contact Flow Import/Export (Beta)

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Amazon Connect contact flow import/export (beta) enables you to import contact flows into, and export contact flows from, your Amazon Connect instance. Contact flows are used to define the path a customer takes to resolve their issue. Now you can easily move your contact flows from a test environment to a production environment, copy them from one region to another as you expand your customer service organization, or share contact flows with others. Exported contact flows can be used to create backup copies and used as version control for your contact flows. 

  • Amazon SES introduces email pausing and reputation metrics for configuration sets

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) introduces two new features that can help to protect your sender reputation: email pausing and configuration set reputation metrics. 

  • Amazon Route 53 Releases API to View Service Limits

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Beginning today, you can use the Amazon Route 53 API to view your current limits on Route 53 resources such as hosted zones and health checks. The same APIs also return how many of each resource you're currently using. This lets you see how close you are to reaching a service limit at any time.  

  • Announcing an increased monthly service commitment for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Amazon EC2 is announcing an increase to the monthly service commitment in the EC2 Service Level Agreement (“SLA”), for both EC2 and EBS, to 99.99%. This increased commitment is the result of continuous investment in our infrastructure and quality of service. This change is effective immediately in all regions, and is available to all EC2 customers.

  • AWS CodeDeploy Supports Local Testing and Debugging

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    You can now locally test and debug your deployment through the updated AWS CodeDeploy agent. The updated agent is a software package that, when installed on an instance, enables the instance to be used in CodeDeploy deployments and provides a command line interface for troubleshooting. 

  • Introducing new instance sizes to the Amazon EC2 X1e Memory Optimized instance family

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    In September 2017, Amazon Web Services announced the new Amazon EC2 X1e instance family with the launch of the x1e.32xlarge instances. This Amazon EC2 instance size offers 3,904 GiB of DRAM available in four AWS regions, enabling customers to run larger in-memory databases such as SAP HANA. Today, five additional sizes (x1e.xlarge, x1e.2xlarge, x1e.4xlarge, x1e.8xlarge, x1e.16xlarge) of the X1e Memory Optimized instance family are being made available. Offering the highest memory per vCPU and one of the lowest price per GiB memory among Amazon EC2 instance types, the new X1e instance sizes are ideally suited for high performance databases, in-memory databases and other memory intensive enterprise applications.

  • Announcing AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    AWS OpsWorks now supports Puppet Enterprise, offering a fully-managed configuration management service that hosts Puppet Enterprise and maintains Puppet master servers. 

  • Amazon Connect Adds Agent Event Streams for Insight into Agent Activity

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    You can now monitor and report on agent activity in your Amazon Connect contact center in real-time, with the data provided by Amazon Connect agent event streams. The data can be used to create dashboards in Amazon Connect that display agent information and activities, integrate the event streams into workforce management (WFM) solutions, and configure alerting tools to notify you about specific agent activity. 

  • Utilization Alerts for Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache Reservations

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    AWS Budgets now allows you to set RI utilization alerts for your Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache reservations, in addition to setting alerts on your Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances.

    RI Utilization alerts allow you to set a custom utilization target for one or more reservations pertaining to the same AWS service, and notify you when your reservation utilization drops below that threshold. Reservation utilization tracks the percentage of reserved hours that were used by matching instances, and can be monitored by AWS Budgets at a daily, monthly, quarterly, or yearly level. You can monitor your reservation utilization at an aggregate level (e.g., monthly utilization of your Amazon RDS fleet) or at a granular level of detail (e.g., daily utilization of db.m4.2xlarge instances running in a specific region). From there, you can define up to five notifications. Each notification can be sent to a maximum of ten email subscribers, and can be broadcast to an Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) topic.

    To get started with utilization alerts, please access the AWS Budgets dashboard or refer to the Managing your Costs with Budgets user guide.

     

  • Use the New Visual Editor to Create and Modify Your AWS IAM Policies

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) made it easier for you to create and modify your IAM policies by using a point-and-click visual editor. You can now use the new visual editor to create and modify your AWS IAM policies in the IAM console. The visual editor guides you through granting permissions using IAM policies without requiring you to author policies in JSON (although you can still author and edit policies in JSON, if you prefer). This update to the IAM console makes it easier to grant least privilege by listing all the supported resource types and request conditions for the AWS service actions you select. Policy summaries identify unrecognized services and actions and permissions errors when you import existing policies, and now you can use the visual editor to correct them. To start using the point-and-click visual editor, navigate to the IAM console

  • Announcing ONNX support for Apache MXNet

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), is an open source format to encode deep learning models. The ONNX-MXNet open source Python package is now available for developers to build and train models with other frameworks such as PyTorch, CNTK, or Caffe2, and import these models into Apache MXNet to run them for inference using MXNet’s highly optimized engine. 

  • Deploy Informatica Secure@Source on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Nov 16, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys Secure@Source, a data security intelligence and analytics tool from Informatica, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. 

  • New normalized units, instance family, and region information in the AWS Cost & Usage Report

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    The AWS Cost & Usage Report contains the most comprehensive set of AWS cost and usage data available, including metadata about AWS services, pricing, and reservations. Starting today, you can view your normalized usage and normalization factor information for your Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS On-Demand instance usage, as well as for instance usage covered by Regional and Zonal Reserved Instances. These columns allow you to easily calculate your usage in normalized units, which can help you identify opportunities for savings.

    Additionally, you can now access information related to the region and instance family associated with your usage line items. These columns allow you to group your cost and usage by a specific region (e.g., US East (Ohio)) or instance family (e.g., m4) to help you dive deeper into your underlying cost drivers and usage trends.

    To learn more, please reference the Understanding your Usage with Billing Reports user guide or visit the AWS Cost & Usage Reporting webpage.

  • Now available in 14 AWS Regions - Amazon Polly Adds New Korean Language Support and an Indian English Voice

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    To better serve a global audience, Amazon Polly announces the expansion to nine additional AWS Regions, as well as the release of Korean language support, and a new Indian English voice to our Text-to-Speech portfolio. Listen to the voice introductions from Seoyeon, a new Korean female voice, and Aditi, a new Indian English female voice.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Now Supports Four Monitors

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    You can now use up to four monitors with Amazon WorkSpaces when accessing your WorkSpace from a Windows or Apple Mac computer. Working with four monitors provides additional screen space, which makes it easier to multitask, and lets you keep relevant information always visible. Amazon WorkSpaces also now supports 4K Ultra HD resolution on up to two monitors, which lets you see more information on each screen and in greater detail. 

  • New AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Machine Learning Practitioners

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    We’re pleased to announce the availability of two new versions of the AWS Deep Learning AMIs. The first, a Conda-based AMI, available in Amazon Linux and Ubuntu versions, is for developers who need ready-to-run deep learning environments with Python support. The Conda-based AMI comes packaged with latest official releases of the following deep learning frameworks: Apache MXNet 0.12 with Gluon, TensorFlow 1.4, Caffe2 0.8.1, PyTorch 0.2, CNTK 2.2, Theano 0.9, Keras 1.2.2 and Keras 2.0.9.  

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS WAF and Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    AWS Config adds support for the following resource types: 

  • AWS Step Functions adds Support for Updating State Machines

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    AWS Step Functions now supports updating state machines, allowing you to easily change your state machine definitions and configurations. AWS Step Functions makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function lets you scale and change applications quickly. Step Functions is a reliable way to coordinate components and step through the functions of your application. 

  • Amazon EC2 F1 Instances are now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    Amazon EC2 F1 instances are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.  

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis In-Transit and At-Rest Encryption Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Nov 15, 2017

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis in-transit and at-rest encryption is now available in AWS GovCloud (US), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) regions. This announcement brings support for ElastiCache for Redis encryption to all AWS regions except the Asia Pacific (Beijing) region. 

  • Amazon ECS Introduces Task Networking for Containers

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2017

    Tasks running on Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) can now take advantage of awsvpc mode for container networking. This new mode allocates an elastic networking interface to each running task, providing a dynamic private IP address and internal DNS name. This simplifies container networking operations, allowing tasks to run with full networking features on AWS, just like EC2 instances. 

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Amazon Linux 2017.09, C5 and P3 Instance Types, and Python 3.6

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2017

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Amazon Linux AMI 2017.09, C5 and P3 Instance Types, and Python 3.6. 

  • Introducing additional block storage for Amazon Lightsail

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2017

    We are excited to announce the availability of Amazon Lightsail block storage that allows customers to extend their Lightsail instances with additional solid state drive (SSD) -backed storage disks for $0.10 per GB-month. With block storage, customers can attach performant, secure storage disks to their Lightsail instances with just a few clicks. With Lightsail block storage, users can now further customize their instances and scale their applications at a low, predictable price.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Drive Is Now Available for Microsoft Windows in Preview

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2017

    Amazon WorkDocs Drive is now available for Microsoft Windows in limited preview. With Amazon WorkDocs Drive, all of your files are available in Windows File Explorer on-demand, and are not stored locally. You can use Amazon WorkDocs Drive as your personal home drive, and no longer need to use network file shares for your team’s home drive.

  • New One-step Migration Wizard to Migrate a Classic Load Balancer

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2017

    Today, AWS announced the ability to migrate from a Classic Load Balancer to an Application Load Balancer or a Network Load Balancer in one step using a console-based migration wizard. The migration wizard makes it very easy to create an Application Load Balancer or a Network Load Balancer with a configuration that is equivalent to your Classic Load Balancer. It removes need for step-by-step configuration and enables you to quickly test your application with a new type of load balancer. It also provides a single-screen view of the new configuration with flexibility to modify it before creating the new load balancer. After the migration, you can configure the advanced features offered by the new load balancer. You can access the migration wizard from the Migration tab in the console for a Classic Load Balancer. 

  • View and Filter Amazon ECS Services

    Posted On: Nov 14, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now allows you to to view and filter services in the AWS management console. 

  • Amazon Athena adds support for querying data using an ODBC driver

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2017

    Today, we announced support for an ODBC driver for Amazon Athena.

  • Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.2, and Available in Four Additional Regions

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2017

    We are announcing Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs support for OpenGL 4.2, and availability in the EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions. To activate OpenGL 4.2 support for existing Elastic GPUs, simply stop and start your instances, and a new driver will be automatically installed in your instance to support OpenGL 4.2.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Makes It Easier to Collaborate with Third Parties

    Posted On: Nov 13, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon WorkDocs makes it easier to share files with contractors, vendors, and other third parties in a quick, easy, and secure way. WorkDocs users can now collaborate with third parties by selecting “Share by invite” from the file drop-down menu, and entering a valid email address.

  • Spot Fleet can now auto-attach instances to your load balancers and scale down to 0 target capacity

    Posted On: Nov 10, 2017

    Spot Fleet now integrates with Elastic Load Balancing to enable you to attach one or more load balancers to a Spot Fleet. By attaching a load balancer Spot Fleet automatically registers the instances it launches with the load balancer or target groups, the load balancer then distributes incoming traffic across your instances.  

  • Monitor your Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache reservations using AWS Cost Explorer’s RI Utilization report

    Posted On: Nov 10, 2017

    Starting today, you can monitor your Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache reservations, in addition to your Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RI), using the RI Utilization report, available in AWS Cost Explorer.

  • New Amazon Connect Integrations Offer Popular Contact Center Solutions from SpiceCSM, Pindrop, DialogTech, and Aria Solutions

    Posted On: Nov 9, 2017

    The AWS Quick Start team and solutions architects, in collaboration with AWS partners, are pleased to announce Amazon Connect integrations—automated deployments that extend the cloud-based contact center functionality provided by Amazon Connect with popular services and solutions from AWS partners.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis introduces dynamic addition and removal of shards while continuing to serve workloads

    Posted On: Nov 9, 2017

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis introduces Online Cluster Resizing to add and remove shards from a running cluster. You can now dynamically scale-out or scale-in your Redis cluster workloads to adapt to changes in demand. ElastiCache will resize the cluster and redistribute hash slots uniformly across the new shard configuration, all while the cluster continues to stay online and serve requests. Additionally, for optimized processing, you can also rebalance a cluster and uniformly distribute the slot space, without changing the number of shards.

  • Amazon Polly Releases New Timbre Effect

    Posted On: Nov 9, 2017

    Control the tonal quality of Amazon Polly’s voice output with the new vocal-tract-length Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) tag. Adjusting the “vocal tract length” will modify the tone quality, called timbre, to make a voice sound characteristically different without adjusting rate and pitch. This tag can be used with any of the voices in the Amazon Polly Text-to-Speech portfolio to produce many variations for a single voice. 

  • Amazon Inspector adds security findings data enhancements and operating system support

    Posted On: Nov 9, 2017

    Amazon Inspector is pleased to announce the addition of native severity data for the Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), and CIS Benchmarks rule packages, along with support for security assessments on CentOS Enterprise Linux 7.4 within Amazon EC2.  

  • AWS Direct Connect added five new locations today in Denver, Phoenix, Madrid, Helsinki and Chennai

    Posted On: Nov 9, 2017

    Today AWS Direct Connect has landed sites in five cities – Denver, Phoenix, Madrid, Helsinki and Chennai. In the US, CoreSite DE1, Denver and phoenixNAP, Phoenix bring the total AWS Direct Connect sites in the country to 28. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS Region. In the AWS Management Console, Denver will be found under its home region of US West (Oregon) and Phoenix will be found in US West (N.California). In Europe, ITConic Madrid 2, now an Equinix datacenter, marks the second AWS Direct Connect site in Madrid and Equinix HE6, Helsinki is the first AWS Direct Connect presence in Finland. Both these sites, Madrid and Helsinki, will be found under the EU Central (Frankfurt) AWS Region in the console. In Asia, India gets its first site outside Mumbai with STT GDC Chennai VSB in Chennai, which will be found in its home region of Asia Pacific (Mumbai).  

  • Scheduled Scaling Now Available For Application Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Nov 8, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that Application Auto Scaling now supports scheduled scaling, which makes it possible to scale resources at specific preset times or intervals. Application Auto Scaling allows you to automatically scale resources for AWS services beyond Amazon EC2, including Amazon ECS, Amazon EC2 Spot Fleets, Amazon EMR Clusters, AppStream 2.0 fleets, and Amazon DynamoDB. 

  • Introducing AWS PrivateLink for AWS Services

    Posted On: Nov 8, 2017

    Customers can now privately access AWS services from their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), without using public IPs, and without requiring the traffic to traverse across the Internet.

    AWS PrivateLink is a purpose-built technology designed for customers to access AWS services in a highly available and scalable manner, while keeping all the network traffic within the AWS network. When you create endpoints for AWS services powered by AWS PrivateLink, these service endpoints will appear as Elastic Network Interface (ENI) with private IPs in your VPCs. PrivateLink removes the need of whitelisting public IPs, or managing the Internet connectivity using an Internet Gateway, Network Address Translation (NAT) devices, or firewall proxies to connect to AWS services. AWS services available on PrivateLink also support private connectivity over AWS Direct Connect, so that applications in your own data centers will be able to connect to AWS services via the Amazon private network using the service endpoints.

    AWS services currently available on AWS PrivateLink include Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Kinesis Streams, Service Catalog and EC2 Systems Manager, and support for additional AWS services will be added in the coming months. AWS PrivateLink is available in all the commercial regions except China (Beijing). For the region availability of each individual service, please check service details.

    Visit here to learn more about AWS PrivateLink. 

  • AWS Glue API calls are now recorded and available in AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2017

    Starting today, AWS Glue API calls are recorded and available in AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account.  

  • New Quick Start: Build a data lake on the AWS Cloud with Talend Big Data Platform and AWS services

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2017

    This Quick Start automates the design, setup, and configuration of hardware and software to implement a data lake on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The Quick Start provisions Talend Big Data Platform components and AWS services such as Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) to build a data lake. It also provides an optional sample dataset and Talend jobs developed by Cognizant Technology Solutions to illustrate big data practices for integrating Apache Spark, Apache Hadoop, Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon S3 technologies into a data lake implementation. 

  • AWS Batch Adds Support for P3 Instances in Managed Compute Environments

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2017

    AWS Batch users are now able to create Managed Compute Environments which launch Amazon EC2 P3 instances. This allows developers to submit GPU-accelerated jobs without having to worry about managing compute resources.  

  • Amazon ECS CLI Version 1.0.0

    Posted On: Nov 7, 2017

    The Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) command line interface (CLI) is now available as version 1.0.0. 

  • Amazon S3 Adds New Features for Data Security and Compliance

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    You now have a number of new Amazon S3 features to augment data protection and simplify compliance.

  • Access detailed product pricing information using the AWS Price List API

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    The AWS Price List API lets you access detailed pricing information for AWS services in JSON form. You can also opt in to receive updates when prices change by subscribing to Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) topics.  

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds New Inventory Types

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports inventory collection from Windows Registry, Windows services, roles and features enabled in Windows Server, and Windows and Linux file metadata such as when a file is created, modified, or accessed. 

  • Amazon EC2 Convertible RIs - Now Available for a 1 Year Term and supports Splits & Merges

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    In September 2016, we introduced Convertible RIs which provide customers with the flexibility to change an RI’s instance type, OS, tenancy or payment option during its term. Today, we are announcing a few enhancements to Convertible RIs.

  • AWS CloudFormation Increases Stack Instance Limits for StackSets

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    AWS CloudFormation has increased the number of stack instances you can create per StackSet to manage your AWS resources. Previously, you could create maximum of 50 stack instances per StackSet. Now, you can create a maximum of 500 stack instances per StackSet allowing you to provision more stack instances across accounts and regions from a single template with a single operation. 

  • Amazon CloudFront opens its 101st Point of Presence by launching its first Edge Location in Palermo, Italy.

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    Just last week we announced our 100th Point of Presence, today Amazon CloudFront introduces a brand new city into its network with the launch of its first Edge Location in Palermo, Italy. We now have two Edge Locations in Italy, with the other being in Milan. Our network now has 101 Points of Presence comprised of 90 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches. The addition of Palermo, Italy as a new city is the first of many new network expansions to be announced over the coming months. 

  • Customize your organization’s AWS credit and Reserved Instance (RI) discount sharing using new billing preferences

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    AWS launches new billing preferences that give you control over how AWS credits and RI discounts are shared among the accounts in your organization. 

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, the next generation of Compute Optimized instances

    Posted On: Nov 6, 2017

    Amazon EC2 C5 instances are the next generation of Amazon EC2’s compute optimized instances and are powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake). C5 instances are built using a new light-weight hypervisor, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customers’ instances. As a result, C5 instances deliver the best price/compute performance in the EC2 product family, with a 25% improvement in price/performance compared to C4 instances and certain applications delivering greater than 50% improvement. C5 instances are ideal for running compute-heavy workloads like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), machine/deep learning inference, ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding.

  • Bookmark your favorite CloudWatch Dashboards for quicker access

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2017

    Amazon CloudWatch is excited to announce that you can now bookmark your critical CloudWatch dashboards and quickly view them when needed. With this launch, a new “Favorites” section has been added to the sidebar in CloudWatch console. You can add any of your CloudWatch dashboards to the Favorites and quickly access them from the any other AWS regions. If you rename one of your bookmarked dashboards, the new name is automatically reflected in the Favorites. There is no additional charge for using Favorites.  

  • Deploy Pivotal Cloud Foundry on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), a cloud-native platform for deploying and operating modern enterprise applications, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. 

  • July 2017 Oracle Patch Set Update (PSU) Is Available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2017

    The July 2017 Oracle Patch Set Update (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation

  • Hide your CloudWatch alarms that you use for Auto Scaling actions

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2017

    Amazon CloudWatch is excited to announce that you can now hide your Auto Scaling Alarms in the CloudWatch console. Auto Scaling Alarms are CloudWatch alarms that use actions to dynamically scale your Auto Scaling groups to handle the load for your application. To learn more about Dynamic Auto Scaling, please visit here. With a single click, you can now hide all your Auto Scaling alarms from being displayed in the CloudWatch console along with your other CloudWatch alarms. In addition, the Alarms counter on the sidebar that shows the number of alarms in each state will also reflect your selection. Please note the hidden alarms will continue to perform the Auto Scaling actions as before. 

  • AWS Marketplace announces the availability of Seller Private Offers

    Posted On: Nov 3, 2017

    AWS Marketplace, which lists over 4,000 software listings from over 1,250 popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced that customers can now receive specific pricing and end-user license terms with Seller Private Offers. With this feature, software sellers participating in the Enhanced Data Sharing (EDS) program can extend any AWS account a version of their product, enabling volume discounts through AWS Marketplace. This means that AWS customers can enjoy all the same benefits of consolidated billing, cost analysis, and subscription management of AWS Marketplace while paying a lower privately negotiated price visible only to that customer and the seller.  

  • Amazon ECS Adds Support for Docker Device and Init Flags in Container Task Definitions

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2017

    Device and init flags can now be specified in task definitions for Docker containers managed by Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS). 

  • Amazon ECS Allows Containers to Directly Access Environmental Metadata

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now allows applications running in containers to directly access metadata about their environment.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Can Reconfigure Storage Type on Snapshot Restore

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2017

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now allows you to reconfigure the volume type and Provisioned IOPS (PIOPS) upon snapshot restore. You can restore or point-in-time-restore (PiTR) to a different storage type than the source instance. When restoring the database instance, you can easily change the storage type and PIOPS in the Amazon RDS Console.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is now HIPAA Eligible to help you power secure Healthcare Applications with sub-millisecond latency

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2017

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is now a HIPAA Eligible Service and included to the AWS Business Associate Addendum (BAA). This announcement means you can use ElastiCache for Redis to store, process, and access protected health information (PHI) and power secure healthcare applications.  

  • Now Get Explanations for Anomaly Scores with Amazon Kinesis Analytics Anomaly Detection

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2017

    Amazon Kinesis Analytics allows you to detect anomalies on streaming data in real time. Today, we launched two new features that provide explanations of the anomalies, making it easy for you to perform root cause analysis. You can learn which fields in your data lead to high anomaly scores and identify trends associated with the anomaly.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Regional API Endpoints

    Posted On: Nov 2, 2017

    You can now choose from two types of API endpoints when creating REST APIs and custom domains with Amazon API Gateway. A regional API endpoint is a new type of endpoint that is accessed from the same AWS region in which your REST API is deployed. This helps you reduce request latency when API requests originate from the same region as your REST API. Additionally, you can now choose to associate your own Amazon CloudFront distribution with the regional API endpoint. The second type of API endpoint is the edge-optimized API. Edge-optimized APIs are endpoints that are accessed through a CloudFront distribution that is created and managed by API Gateway. Previously, edge-optimized APIs were the default option for creating APIs with API Gateway.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Oracle Management Agent (OMA) for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Cloud Control 13c1 and 13c2. OEM 13c offers web-based tools to monitor and manage your Oracle databases. Amazon RDS for Oracle installs OMA, which then communicates with your Oracle Management Service (OMS) to provide monitoring information.

  • AWS OpsWorks Now Supports Chef Automate With Integrated Compliance

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate now supports Chef Automate version 1.6.x, which includes Chef Automate with integrated compliance.

  • Apache MXNet Release Adds Support for New NVIDIA Volta GPUs and Sparse Tensor

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    Apache MXNet version 0.12 is now available with two new important features—support for NVIDIA Volta GPUs, and support for Sparse Tensors. 

  • Global Threat Environment Dashboard: View DDoS Attack Trends Across AWS

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    AWS Shield Advanced, a managed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection service, now provides the global threat environment dashboard that shows DDoS trends and metrics across Amazon CloudFront, Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Route 53.

  • Amazon Athena adds support for querying Geospatial data and is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), & EU (London) regions.

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    With the latest release of Amazon Athena, you can now run SQL queries on Geospatial data. To use the Geospatial functions in Amazon Athena, your data must be in WKT (Well-known Text) or WKB (Well-known Binary formats). You can use specialized data types such as point, line, polygon, multiline, & multi-polygon and calculate relationships such as distance, crosses, touches, overlaps, & disjoints between geometries. A full list of functions are available in the Athena documentation.  

  • Amazon Connect Adds New Login/Logout Report

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    You can now easily view the time stamps and duration for when agents log in and log out of Amazon Connect with the new Login/Logout report. This report provides you with the information you need to generate agent time cards for payroll. 

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Reduces User Fees by 89% for Qualified Educational Users

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    Starting today, qualified educational customers can reduce their Amazon AppStream 2.0 user fee by 89% from $4.19 per user per month to $0.44. The user fee is required for every AppStream 2.0 user as part of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Subscription Access License (RDS SAL) fee. 

  • AWS Direct Connect Enables Global Access

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect provides private, high bandwidth connectivity between customer networks and AWS Cloud. The traffic sent over AWS Direct Connect connection stays within the AWS private network instead of traversing the public internet.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.5, 9.5.9, 9.4.14, and 9.3.19 in AWS commercial regions and AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Nov 1, 2017

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 9.6.5, 9.5.9, 9.4.14, and 9.3.19. This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains other bug fixes and improvements.

  • Amazon CloudFront now has 100 Points of Presence with the launch of its fifth Edge Location in Tokyo, Japan.

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2017

    Nearly nine years ago, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of Amazon CloudFront, its global Content Delivery Network (CDN). What started as a novel, high-performing edge network with 14 Points of Presence has now grown to support millions of viewers around the world. Today, we are excited to announce our 100th Point of Presence (89 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches) in one of Amazon CloudFront’s fastest growing geographies, Japan. Our 100th Point of Presence (POP) is also the fifth Edge Location in Tokyo, and our sixth in Japan. 

  • AWS Storage Gateway is now HIPAA eligible

    Posted On: Oct 31, 2017

    AWS Storage Gateway is now HIPAA eligible. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS, you can now use Storage Gateway to store, backup and archive protected health information (PHI) on scalable, cost-effective, and secure AWS storage services, including Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier and Amazon EBS, which are also HIPAA eligible.

  • Amazon CloudWatch adds support for Extended metrics retention, Percentile statistics and High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms in the AWS GovCloud (US) region

    Posted On: Oct 30, 2017

    We are excited to announce that CloudWatch added support for Extended metrics retention, Percentile statistics on metrics, and High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. 

  • Amazon CloudFront Announces its 99th Point of Presence with its Second Edge Location in Miami, FL.

    Posted On: Oct 30, 2017

    The Amazon CloudFront team is happy to announce its 99th Point of Presence with the addition of a second Edge Location in Miami, Florida. Amazon CloudFront’s 99 Points of Presence includes 88 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches. Our network spans across 50 cities in 23 countries around the world. To learn more about Amazon CloudFront and how to get started, please visit our webpage to see our upcoming webinars

  • Announcing New AWS Deep Learning AMI for Amazon EC2 P3 Instances

    Posted On: Oct 27, 2017

    We’re pleased to announce a new set of AWS Deep Learning AMIs, which come pre-installed with deep learning frameworks optimized for the NVIDIA Volta V100 GPUs in the new Amazon EC2 P3 instance family.  

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Adds Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Support PCoIP Zero Clients

    Posted On: Oct 27, 2017

    Amazon WorkSpaces now supports multi-factor authentication when users access their WorkSpaces from PCoIP Zero Clients running the PCOIP firmware version 6.0.0 (or newer). This allows administrators to require an additional factor of authentication when users are accessing their WorkSpaces from a PCoIP Zero Client device. This update also removes the need to use the PCoIP Connection Manager to connect to WorkSpaces, making it easier for you to use PCoIP Zero Clients in your organization.  

  • Tag Your AWS Batch Spot Managed Compute Environments

    Posted On: Oct 26, 2017

    AWS Batch now supports user tags that will automatically propagate to Spot instances launched by your Managed Compute Environments. This makes it easier for AWS Batch customers to track ownership, drive their cost accounting processes, implement compliance protocols, and to control access to Spot instances via IAM policies. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs Now Makes It Easier to Edit Your Files When Using the Web Client

    Posted On: Oct 26, 2017

    Starting today, you can open Microsoft Office, .pdf, and .txt files directly from the Amazon WorkDocs web client using the default application installed on your computer. When you save your changes, the file is automatically updated on Amazon WorkDocs. With this feature, you no longer need to manually download, save, and upload files when using the web client.

  • Amazon Aurora (MySQL) Doubles Maximum Write Throughput with Support for R4 Instances

    Posted On: Oct 26, 2017

    Starting today, you can launch instances in the R4 family when using Amazon Aurora (MySQL). R4 is the next generation of memory-optimized instances and improves upon the popular R3 instances with a larger L3 cache and faster memory.

  • Amazon Aurora (MySQL) Speeds Join Queries by More than 10x with Asynchronous Key Prefetch

    Posted On: Oct 26, 2017

    Amazon Aurora (MySQL) now supports the asynchronous key prefetch (AKP) feature which can speed up join queries by more than an order of magnitude.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store Adds Versioning Support

    Posted On: Oct 26, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store now supports versioning for each parameter.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Now Integrates With GitHub

    Posted On: Oct 26, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports the ability to run any script or Systems Manager Document stored on GitHub or Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

  • Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.5.57, 5.6.37 and 5.7.19

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2017

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.5.57, 5.6.37 and 5.7.19 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MySQL database engine. 

  • Amazon Kinesis Analytics now supports configuring multiple destinations in the console

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2017

    You can now configure your Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications to send real time analytics to up to three destinations in the AWS Management console. You can use this feature to send notifications in response to a high anomaly scores on applications, update a live leaderboard from a group ranking of mobile app data, and much more in the same application. 

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 P3 Instances

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2017

    We are excited to announce the availability of Amazon EC2 P3 instances, the next-generation of EC2 compute-optimized GPU instances. P3 instances are powered by up to 8 of the latest-generation NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs and are ideal for computationally advanced workloads such as machine learning (ML), high performance computing (HPC), data compression, and cryptography. They are also ideal for specific industry applications for scientific computing and simulations, financial analytics, and image and video processing.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis now supports In-Transit and At-Rest Encryption to Help Protect Sensitive Information

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2017

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis now supports encryption in-transit and at-rest for secure internode communications to help keep personally identifiable information (PII) safe. The new encryption in-transit feature enables you to encrypt all communications between clients and Redis server as well as between the Redis servers (primary and read replica nodes). The encryption at-rest feature allows you to encrypt your backups on disk and in Amazon S3. Additionally, you can use the Redis AUTH command for an added level of authentication. 

  • Amazon Pinpoint Adds Several Push Notification Enhancements

    Posted On: Oct 25, 2017

    Amazon Pinpoint now supports the Apple PushKit framework, and includes expanded support for collapse keys, message priority, and Time to Live (TTL) for Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) and Apple Push Notification Service (APNs).

  • AWS Glue can now be configured using AWS CloudFormation templates

    Posted On: Oct 24, 2017

    You can now create AWS Glue entities such as jobs, triggers, development endpoints, and crawlers using CloudFormation templates. You can also create AWS Glue Data Catalog objects, such as tables and partitions, via CloudFormation templates. To learn more, please visit the CloudFormation documentation.

  • Announcing Open Preview of Performance Insights

    Posted On: Oct 24, 2017

    Performance Insights is a new feature of Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) that helps you quickly detect database performance problems and take corrective action. Performance Insights has now been released in open preview.

  • Announcing General Availability of Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility

    Posted On: Oct 24, 2017

    Amazon Aurora is a fully managed relational database that combines the performance and availability of commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. In April 2017, we announced an open preview of the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora. The service is now generally available to all customers.

  • Introducing AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Standard Edition)

    Posted On: Oct 24, 2017

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Standard Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition), is a managed Microsoft Active Directory (AD) that is optimized for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Now, customers running typical SMB workloads can use AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition) to create a cost-effective, highly available, and managed Microsoft AD in the AWS Cloud.

  • AWS Batch now sends job state changes to CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Oct 24, 2017

    AWS Batch now emits CloudWatch Events as your jobs transition from one state to another. In the past, in order to obtain updates on the state of a running AWS Batch job, customers have had to rely on periodically polling the state of each job using the AWS CLI or an SDK. With the new AWS Batch event stream feature, it is now possible to retrieve near real-time, event-driven updates on the state of your AWS Batch jobs. 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 RDS for Oracle Supports New R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types

    Posted On: Oct 23, 2017

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle.

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS CodeBuild

    Posted On: Oct 20, 2017

    You can now record configuration changes to AWS CodeBuild projects with AWS Config. CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With Config, you can now view a list of your CodeBuild projects and track project configuration changes such as changes to the configuration source, service role, environment image, tags, timeout settings, and artifacts. You can also view the configuration of your project at any point in time in the past using the Config timeline page. For more information, please see CodeBuild documentation here.  

  • Amazon QuickSight Adds Support for Combo Charts and Row-Level Security

    Posted On: Oct 20, 2017

    Amazon QuickSight users can now add combo charts to their analyses and dashboards. Combo charts are useful for visualizing data of different scales, such as product revenue ($) and units sold (#), in a single visualization. Data can be visualized as bars or lines, with two axes to display separate scales for each. Combo charts are available in both Standard and Enterprise Editions of Amazon QuickSight.

  • AWS Direct Connect now live in Vancouver, Manchester and Perth

    Posted On: Oct 19, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect has landed in three new cities – Vancouver, Manchester and Perth. Cologix VAN2, Vancouver provides dedicated access to the Canada (Central) AWS Region and to public AWS resources in other North America AWS Regions. Equinix MA3 in Manchester provides dedicated access to the EU West (London) AWS Region and NextDC Perth P1 to the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region.  

  • Manage Amazon Simple Queue Service costs using Cost Allocation Tags

    Posted On: Oct 19, 2017

    Starting today, you can use cost allocation tags to manage your costs in Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS). You can now use tags to categorize your queues, so you can easily identify their purpose and track their costs. For example, you can use tags to identify all the Amazon SQS queues for a particular department, project, or application. Once you have tagged your queues, you can use the AWS Tag Editor console to filter and search for queues with specific tags. You can also sign up to include usage and cost details for particular tags in your AWS account bill.  

  • Amazon Athena is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region.

    Posted On: Oct 19, 2017

    You can now use Amazon Athena in the EU (Frankfurt) region. Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries that you run. 

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum is now available in Europe (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    Posted On: Oct 19, 2017

    Amazon Redshift Spectrum is now available in the Europe (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Regions. Redshift Spectrum is a feature of Amazon Redshift that enables you to analyze all of your data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL, with no data loading or transformations needed. 

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Can Now Encrypt your EBS volumes at launch time

    Posted On: Oct 18, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Spot now supports encryption of EBS volumes. Ec2 Spot will create encrypted EBS volumes at launch so you no longer have to boot from an encrypted snapshot or an encrypted AMI. To use this new feature, specify "Encrypted: true" as the encryption behavior within block device mappings, when submitting a Spot request. When you specify "Encryption:true", Spot will encrypt the EBS volume at the launch time and create encrypted volumes. If you already have an encrypted EBS volume in use then specify the snapshot ID without the "Encrypted" flag and Spot will continue to create encrypted volumes in your existing encrypted EBS snapshot. 

  • AWS Deep Learning AMI Now Supports PyTorch, Keras 2 and Latest Deep Learning Frameworks

    Posted On: Oct 18, 2017

    Today, we’re pleased to announce an update to the AWS Deep Learning AMI.

  • Amazon Redshift announces Dense Compute (DC2) nodes with twice the performance as DC1 at the same price

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2017

    You can now launch Amazon Redshift clusters on our second-generation Dense Compute (DC2) nodes. DC2 is designed for demanding data warehousing workloads that require low latency and high throughput. They feature powerful Intel E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) CPUs, fast DDR4 memory, and NVMe-based solid state disks (SSDs). We’ve tuned Amazon Redshift to leverage the better CPU, network, and disk on DC2 nodes, providing up to twice the performance of DC1 at the same price. Our DC2.8xlarge instances now provide twice the memory per slice of data and an optimized storage layout with 30% better storage utilization. You can save up to 75% over On-Demand rates by committing to use Amazon Redshift on Reserved Instances for a 1 or 3 year term. Reserved Instance pricing is specific to the node type purchased, and remains in effect until the reservation term ends.

  • AWS Marketplace: Announcing Availability of Multi-AMI Solutions.

    Posted On: Oct 18, 2017

    AWS Marketplace customers can now subscribe to and purchase software solutions from popular software vendors, which contain multiple Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) from the same vendor. In addition, software vendors may now create listings that combine multiple server roles or product offerings into new predefined solutions that are specifically designed to improve security, availability or performance. Customers can then browse these new solution listings and subscribe to them with a single click. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2017

    You can now easily set up access to Amazon Elasticsearch Service from your VPC without having to configure and maintain firewall rules and IP-based access policies for each domain. This new feature lets you keep all traffic between your Amazon VPC and Amazon Elasticsearch Service within the AWS network instead of traversing the public Internet. VPC support for Amazon Elasticsearch Service enhances security, simplifies network administration and is available today at no additional cost.

  • AWS CloudHSM is now available in the US West (N. California), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions.

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2017

    CloudHSM is a cloud-based hardware security module (HSM) that enables you to easily generate and use your own encryption keys on the AWS Cloud. With CloudHSM, you can manage your own encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs. CloudHSM offers you the flexibility to integrate with your applications using industry-standard APIs, such as PKCS#11 and Java Cryptography Extensions (JCE). CloudHSM is also standards-compliant and enables you to export all of your keys to most other commercially-available HSMs. It is a fully-managed service that automates time-consuming administrative tasks for you, such as hardware provisioning, software patching, high-availability, and backups. CloudHSM also enables you to scale quickly by adding and removing HSM capacity on-demand, with no up-front costs. 

  • Introducing Windows Server for Amazon Lightsail

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon Lightsail customers can launch Windows virtual servers easily and for a low, predictable price. Lightsail makes starting with Windows on AWS simple by allowing customers to launch pre-configured Windows instances with a few clicks and directly connect to them via RDP through the intuitive Lightsail web console. Customers can also track metrics, create snapshots, and manage DNS records and static IPs associated with their Windows instances. 

  • Amazon Device Farm Launches Direct Device Access for Private Devices

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2017

    Delivering high-quality applications is a critical priority for mobile application developers. As part of their development and quality assurance process, developers can work with emulators that come with their IDE and/or connect to a real device to their machines. However, it is impractical for developers to maintain a large set of local devices. Amazon Device Farm allows developers to test and debug their applications against a large set of real devices in the cloud.

  • AWS WAF Now Supports Geographic Match

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2017

    Today, we are excited to announced new Geographic (Geo) Match Conditions in AWS WAF. This new condition type allows you to use AWS WAF to restrict application access based on the geographic location of your viewers. With geo match conditions you can choose the countries from which AWS WAF should allow access. 

  • AWS WAF Now Supports Regular Expressions (Regex)

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2017

    Today, we are excited to announce Regular Expression (regex) support in AWS WAF. Regex complements the string match conditions previously available in AWS WAF, allowing you to match more sophisticated request patterns when inspecting and filtering web requests. 

  • Optimize your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains using slow logs

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2017

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now lets you enable slow logs, which provide valuable information for optimizing and troubleshooting your search and indexing operations. The slow logs are published to the Amazon CloudWatch Logs service and can be turned on or off at will. You only need to pay for the CloudWatch charges that you incur based on your usage. No additional Amazon Elasticsearch Service fees apply. 

  • Switch the tenancy of your VPC from Dedicated to Default instantly

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2017

    Amazon EC2 now allows customers to switch the tenancy of existing VPCs from dedicated to default instantly, by using the AWS CLI/SDK. Dedicated tenancy ensures all EC2 instances that are launched in a VPC run on hardware that's dedicated to a single customer. 

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Ability to Update Tags

    Posted On: Oct 13, 2017

    Elastic Beanstalk allows you to add, delete, or update user defined tags leveraging API, SDK, Management console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (CLI).

  • Amazon EMR now supports I3 instances

    Posted On: Oct 12, 2017

    You can now create Amazon EMR clusters with I3 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 Storage Optimized instances. This is available for Amazon EMR clusters with release 5.9.0 and later. For pricing information, please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/emr/pricing/

  • Amazon Polly Releases Two New Voices and is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Oct 12, 2017

    Introducing Matthew and Takumi – the latest additions to the Amazon Polly text-to-speech portfolio.

  • Deploy a Sophos Outbound Web Proxy on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Oct 12, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys an outbound web filtering proxy on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, using the Sophos Unified Threat Management (UTM) virtual appliance. In addition, it uses Sophos Outbound Gateway to extend security to multiple virtual private clouds (VPCs). 

  • AWS and Microsoft Announce Gluon to Simplify Deep Learning for Developers

    Posted On: Oct 12, 2017

    Today Amazon Web Services and Microsoft announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon, which allows developers of all skill levels to prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps.

  • Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Offer Instance Size Flexibility

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    Today we’re announcing enhancements to Amazon RDS Reserved Instances (RIs) that make them more flexible and easier to use, helping you get the most out of your RI discount. RIs give you the option to reserve a database instance for a one or three year term, and in turn receive a significant discount compared to on-demand instance pricing.

  • Introducing Lifecycle Policies for Amazon EC2 Container Registry

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR) now allows you to create rules to automate image cleanup across your Amazon ECR repositories.

  • Amazon Redshift announces support for uppercase column names

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    You can now specify whether column names returned by SELECT statements are uppercase or lowercase. With this feature, you can now set a session-based parameter to enable your case-sensitive applications to easily query Amazon Redshift. For more information, see describe_field_name_in_uppercase in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide. 

  • Amazon Redshift announces support for LISTAGG DISTINCT

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    The LISTAGG aggregate function orders the rows for each group in a query according to the ORDER BY expression, then concatenates the values into a single string. With the new DISTINCT argument, you can now eliminate duplicate values from the specified expression before concatenating the values into a single string. For more information, see LISTAGG Function in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide.

  • Amazon SES Introduces Email Templates for Sending Personalized Email

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    Email is one of the most effective channels for customer engagement, but generic, one-size-fits-all emails typically have lower engagement rates. Amazon SES now includes the ability to create email templates, which you can use to send personalized emails to your customers. 

  • Announcing AWS CodeStar Integration With GitHub

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    AWS CodeStar, which enables you to quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS, now integrates with GitHub. Starting now, each AWS CodeStar project template will provide you an option to use GitHub as your version control system for the software projects you build with AWS.

  • AWS CodePipeline Executions Support Push Events from AWS CodeCommit

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    AWS CodePipeline can now execute pipelines in response to push-based triggers from AWS CodeCommit. Previously, CodePipeline checked CodeCommit periodically to see if there was a change. Now, CodeCommit will send an Amazon CloudWatch Event when a change is committed to trigger a pipeline execution in CodePipeline.  

  • Amazon CloudFront continues to add capacity to the Nordics, Western Europe, and Western United States with new locations in Stockholm, London, and Dallas!

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    The Amazon CloudFront team is excited to announce three additional Points of Presence located in Stockholm, London, and Dallas. Stockholm now has three Points of Presence, London now has five, and Dallas has four! These three network additions continue to expand Amazon CloudFront’s capacity in each region, ensuring that each end user’s experience is reliable, secure, and fast.

  • Amazon Inspector agents can now be installed via Run Command, and Amazon Inspector now supports Amazon Linux 2017.09

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2017

    We are thrilled to announce another way for customers to install the Amazon Inspector agent on their EC2 instances. Customers can now use Amazon EC2 Systems Manager (SSM) Run Command to install the Inspector agent on a single instance or groups of instances. Previously, customers who wanted to install the Amazon Inspector agent on a fleet had to either manually install, or build their own installation script. With this launch, customers can use the AmazonInspector-ManageAWSAgent Systems Manager Document in Run Command. You can target instances you wish to install it on either by using tags or by providing instance ids. As an example, if you wanted to install the agent on all instances in an Inspector assessment target, you can specify the same tags used for creating that assessment target.  

  • Lambda@Edge Now Provides Access to Query String Parameters, Country and Device Type Headers

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2017

    Lambda@Edge enables you to personalize content with low latency, without having to manage origin servers. Starting today, Lambda@Edge makes it even easier to further personalize your content by giving you access to additional attributes of the request. You can now access query string parameters, country and device type headers in your AWS Lambda functions. With this capability, for instance, you can redirect your end users to country or language specific versions of your website based on your end user’s location from where the request was made.  

  • Amazon ECR Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. 

  • Now you can configure Amazon side private Autonomous System Number for your Virtual Private Gateway

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2017

    We are excited to announce support for configurable Autonomous System Number (ASN) for its AWS Direct Connect (DX) and VPN services to enhance use of their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

  • Elastic Load Balancing: Application Load Balancers now support multiple SSL certificates and Smart Certificate Selection using Server Name Indication (SNI)

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2017

    We are pleased to announce support for multiple SSL certificates on Application Load Balancers using Server Name Indication (SNI). You can now host multiple secure (HTTPS) applications, each with its own SSL certificate, behind one load balancer. This greatly simplifies application management as many secure applications or multi-tenant SaaS applications can run behind the same load balancer. 

  • Announcing ATADATA ATAmotion Migration Module integration with the AWS Migration Hub

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2017

    Today, we are adding ATADATA ATAmotion as an integrated partner migration tool to provide more choices so you can use the migration tools that work best for your organization. For example, you can track server migrations from ATADATA ATAmotion alongside database migration from AWS Database Migration Service all in one central location in the Migration Hub.  

  • Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.0 and Available in Two Additional Regions

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs now support OpenGL 4.0, and they are available in the US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) regions. To activate OpenGL 4.0 support for existing Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs, simply stop and start your instances, and a new driver will be automatically installed in your instance to support OpenGL 4.0. 

  • Quick Start Update: Deploy Magento on the AWS Cloud with Amazon Aurora

    Posted On: Oct 6, 2017

    AWS is pleased to release a major update to the Magento Quick Start reference deployment. This update adds support for Amazon Aurora as a relational database option, deployed using Amazon Relational Database System (Amazon RDS), in addition to Amazon RDS MySQL. The Quick Start also includes enhancements to the networking infrastructure through the deployment of Linux bastion hosts.

  • Support for Apache Livy, Hue 4.0.1, and Presto 0.184 on Amazon EMR release 5.9.0

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2017

    You can now use Apache Livy (0.4) and new versions of Hue (4.0.1), Presto (0.184), Flink (1.3.2) and Apache Pig (0.17) on Amazon EMR release 5.9.0. Apache Livy is an application that enables you to submit, interact with, and manage Apache Spark applications over a REST interface. Hue 4.0.1 includes a redesigned interface and new SQL editor, interactive Spark notebook, and an improved job browser UI. Also, Apache Spark on release 5.9.0 now uses SSL instead of 3DES for in-transit encryption for the block transfer service, giving performance enhancements when using Amazon EC2 instance types with AES-NI. Additionally, we have added several enhancements to Spark to improve resilience and performance during Auto Scaling.

  • AWS Database Migration Service Adds Amazon S3 and Azure SQL Database as Sources

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2017

    AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) has added Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Azure SQL Database as migration sources. Amazon S3 is object storage with a simple web interface to store and retrieve any amount of data. Now that S3 is supported as both a source and a target, you can easily move your data between S3 buckets and any database supported by DMS.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) releases SDK for Node.js, support for R4 instances and general availability in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and South America (São Paulo) regions

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2017

    Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX), today announced the release of the following:

    • SDK for Node.js.
    • General availability in two new regions, Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and South America (São Paulo). DAX is already available in US East (N. Virginia), EU (Ireland), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and US West (N. California.
    • Support for new R4 instances in US East (N. Virginia), EU (Ireland), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and South America (São Paulo). R4 is the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory Optimized instances, with 2X the cache sizes of current R3 instances, well-suited for memory-intensive, latency-sensitive workloads such as DAX.
  • Announcing Accelerated Scale-Down of AWS Batch Managed Compute Environments

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2017

    Amazon EC2 recently transitioned from hourly to per-second billing. Previously, as your jobs completed, AWS Batch would retain idle compute resources for the majority of the billing hour in order to avoid the cost associated with additional instance launches within the hour. With per-second billing, AWS customers are able to focus on their applications instead of maximizing usage to the hour. As a result, AWS Batch will now evaluate compute resources more frequently and immediately scale down any idle instances when there are no more runnable jobs in your job queues.

  • Amazon Kinesis Analytics can now pre-process data prior to running SQL queries

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2017

    You can now configure your Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications to transform data before it is processed by your SQL code. This new feature allows you to use AWS Lambda to convert formats, enrich data, filter data, and more. Once the data is transformed by your function, Kinesis Analytics sends the data to your application’s SQL code for real-time analytics.

  • Amazon EMR now supports per-second billing

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2017

    Amazon EMR is now billed in one-second increments in all AWS Regions. There is a 1 minute minimum charge per instance in your Amazon EMR cluster, and per-second billing is applicable to clusters that are newly launched or already running. The Amazon EC2 instances in your cluster, including On-Demand, Spot, and Reserved instances, and Amazon EBS volumes attached to these instances are billed in per-second increments effective October 2. Pricing is still listed on a per-hour basis, but bills are now calculated down to the second and show times in decimal form. Please visit the Amazon EMR pricing page for more information on per-second billing.

  • Use New Quick Start to Deploy a SaaS Identity and Isolation Solution with Amazon Cognito in the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2017

    This Quick Start provides the fundamentals for implementing identity and isolation in multi-tenant software as a service (SaaS) environments, using Amazon Cognito as the underlying identity provider. 

  • Amazon ECS Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region.

  • Amazon Kinesis Analytics can now discover data schemas from sample S3 objects

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2017

    You can now configure your Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications to automatically discover the schema of an Amazon S3 object. This new feature allows you to infer the schema for your streaming application by specifying sample data stored in S3. Kinesis Analytics infers column names, data types, and position of the data elements in the sample. With this new feature, you can predefine your schema prior to sending records to your Kinesis Firehose or Kinesis Streams. This builds upon the current functionality which infers the schema based on a sample of records from your data stream. 

  • Amazon EC2 instances now support Microsoft SQL Server 2017

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2017

    Amazon EC2 now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2017, the most recent release of Microsoft SQL Server. With this release, your Microsoft SQL Server 2017 workloads can take advantage of the scale, performance, and elasticity of the AWS Cloud. You can deploy SQL Server 2017 Always-On Availability Groups across multiple AWS Availability Zones (“AZs”) for enhanced availability and data durability. When you deploy your SQL Server databases on AWS, they benefit from all the security capabilities from AWS such as Amazon VPC, data encryption, and integration with AWS Microsoft AD for role based access control, while also leveraging security enhancements provided in SQL Server 2017 such as Always-Encrypted, dynamic data masking, and row-level security. You can integrate your SQL Server deployment with other AWS services such as AWS CloudFormation, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, and AWS CloudWatch to provide easy deployment, management, monitoring, and other administrative tasks. These capabilities help ensure your SQL Server deployments meet your performance, manageability, security, and availability requirements while benefitting from the scale and agility of the AWS Cloud. In addition, when you run SQL Server 2017 on Amazon EC2 instances, you can take advantage of all the latest features available in Microsoft SQL Server 2017 such as container support for DevOps scenarios, graph databases, automatic database tuning, as well as R and Python analytics.

  • AD Connector, part of AWS Directory Service, is now available in the EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2017

    AD Connector enables you to use your existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory (AD) identities to access the AWS Management Console and compatible AWS applications, such as Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Connect, and Amazon Chime. With AD Connector, you can enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for AWS applications users and use your existing Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS)–based infrastructure for an additional layer of security. You also can join Amazon EC2 instances to your on-premises AD domain and manage the instances using Group Policy objects.

  • Amazon Glacier Launches in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2017

    Amazon Glacier is now generally available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. 

  • The Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Agent is Now Pre-Installed on Amazon Linux AMIs

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2017

    The Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Agent is now installed by default on Amazon Linux AMIs, version 2017.09 and later, and available on the Amazon Linux package repository. 

  • AWS VPN Update – Custom PSK, Inside Tunnel IP, and SDK update

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2017

    We are excited to announce two new additions to the AWS VPN service. Starting today, the AWS VPN service supports custom Pre-Shared Keys (PSKs) and inside tunnel IP CIDR blocks for your VPN connection. These new features allow customers to better self-manage their VPNs, eliminating inside tunnel IP address conflicts, and enable support for additional devices.

  • Amazon Lex Built-in Slot Type for Percentage Now Available in Preview; Number slot type Now Supports Decimal

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2017

    You can now use Percentage as a built-in slot type in your Amazon Lex chatbots. Built-in slot types enable you to easily and quickly define slots in your chatbot to enable accurate resolution of user responses. The AMAZON.Percentage slot type enables resolution to percentage values. You can also now use decimal numbers with the AMAZON.Number slot type. The addition of the AMAZON.Percentage slot type further expands the Amazon Lex built-in slot library total to 97.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle SQLT Diagnostics Tool

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2017

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Oracle SQLTXPLAIN (SQLT) through the use of the SQLT option. You can improve SQL query performance by using the Oracle EXPLAIN PLAN statement, and looking at diagnostic information on the execution plan of a SQL statement. 

  • Announcing Amazon EC2 per second billing

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 usage of Linux based instances that are launched in On-Demand, Reserved and Spot form will be billed on one second increments, with a minimum of 60 seconds.

  • Announcing Enhancements to the AWS Lambda Console

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2017

    Today we are releasing enhancements to the AWS Lambda console that make it easier to create, configure, and test Lambda functions. You can now save up to ten test events for each Lambda function. You can access these saved test events from any machine or browser using the console. Previously, you were limited to only one saved test event per account, and you needed to use the same browser on the same machine in order to access the saved test event.

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their existing VPCs in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their VPCs by adding secondary IPv4 address ranges (CIDRs) to their VPCs. Customers can add the secondary CIDR blocks to the VPC directly from the console or by using the CLI after they have created the VPC with the primary CIDR block. Similar to the primary CIDR block, secondary CIDR blocks are also supported by all the AWS services including Elastic Load Balancing and NAT Gateway.

  • Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.11 Now Available, Adds New Animation and Visual Scripting Tools, New Cloud Gems, and More

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2017

    We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.11. With over 412 improvements, fixes, and features, this release introduces two new tools to help game teams create high quality and complex gameplay with less engineering resources. Additionally, Lumberyard Beta 1.11 adds new AWS integrations so game developers can add text-to-speech and speech recognition to their game experiences. Some highlights include:  

  • AWS Glue now supports Filter and Map transforms

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2017

    AWS Glue now supports Filter and Map as part of the built-in transforms it provides for your extract, transform, and load (ETL) jobs. You can use the Filter transform to remove rows that do not meet a specified condition and quickly refine your dataset. You can combine multiple fields in a dataset into a single field using the Map transform. You can also use the Map transform to do a lookup. To learn more, please visit the Filter and Map documentation. 

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 APIs can now programmatically manage your image builders

    Posted On: Sep 29, 2017

    Amazon AppStream 2.0 APIs now support programmatic access to image builder actions. The image builder APIs enable you to create, delete, start, and stop image builders, and generate URLs for AppStream 2.0 administrators to log in and install their apps. Now, AppStream 2.0 administrators can build or use existing workflow automation solutions to simplify application onboarding.

  • AD Connector, part of AWS Directory Service, is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) and South America (São Paulo) Regions

    Posted On: Sep 28, 2017

    AD Connector enables you to use your existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory (AD) identities to access the AWS Management Console and compatible AWS applications, such as Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Connect, and Amazon Chime. With AD Connector, you can enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for AWS applications users and use your existing RADIUS-based infrastructure for an additional layer of security. You also can join Amazon EC2 Windows instances to your on-premises AD domain and manage the instances using group policy objects.

  • Amazon CloudFront Now Lets You Select a Security Policy with Minimum TLS V1.1, V1.2, and Security Ciphers for Viewer Connections

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2017

    Starting today, you can further improve security for your web applications on Amazon CloudFront by selecting a pre-defined security policy that enforces TLS version 1.1 or 1.2 as the minimum protocol version. Amazon CloudFront will automatically select the cipher suite for your selected security policy which it will use to encrypt your content before returning it to viewers over HTTPS. For instance, with this feature, you can select the security policy that enforces TLS version 1.1 and weak ciphers such as RC4 and 3DES will automatically be excluded. This feature is available when you use custom SSL certificates to serve HTTPS requests using SNI. 

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds S3 Data Events in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail S3 Data Events allow you to record API actions on Amazon S3 objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account, IAM user role, and IP address of the caller, time of the API call, and other details. You can programmatically access and act upon the Data Events after they are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket or to Amazon CloudWatch Events. For example, you can quickly reapply the original Access Control List (ACL) on an object if the ACL of an object is modified. 

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Building GitHub Pull Requests

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2017

    AWS CodeBuild now allows you to build GitHub pull requests, making it easier to collaborate across your team while editing and building your application code with CodeBuild.  

  • Amazon Pinpoint broadens reach of multi-channel messaging with new support for Amazon Device Messaging, Baidu Cloud Push, and APNs Sandbox and .p8 token authentication for APNs

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2017

    Amazon Pinpoint now supports Amazon Device Messaging (ADM), Baidu Cloud Push (Baidu), as well as additional options for using Apple Push Notification service (APNs). These changes help Amazon Pinpoint customers reach more customers on more devices around the world using push notifications, one of the most effective channels for increasing customer engagement with applications.

  • Amazon Chime Now Allows You to Log Console Actions Using AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2017

    Starting today you can log, continuously monitor, and record account activity related to actions taken in the Amazon Chime console, using AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail is an AWS service that helps you enable governance, compliance, and operational and risk auditing of your AWS account. Using the information collected by CloudTrail, you can track Amazon Chime console actions related to your team or enterprise account, as well as user account administration and license management. CloudTrail allows you to record the action taken, as well as the source IP address, who took the action, and when it was taken.

  • AWS CloudFormation provides Stack Termination Protection

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2017

    AWS CloudFormation now allows you to protect a stack from being accidently deleted. You can enable termination protection on a stack when you create it. If you attempt to delete a stack with termination protection enabled, the deletion fails and the stack, including its status, will remain unchanged. To delete a stack you need to first disable termination protection. 

  • Quick Start Update: Deploy Splunk Enterprise on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2017

    AWS is pleased to release a major update to the Splunk Enterprise Quick Start, focused on high availability and ease of use. 

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Network Load Balancer

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2017
  • Amazon QuickSight now allows users to create analyses from dashboards and import custom date formats

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2017

    Amazon QuickSight users can now create analyses from dashboards within their account. This allows users to quickly create customized views of dashboard content by modifying existing visuals or adding new visuals. New users may utilize this capability to get started quickly by creating QuickSight analyses from dashboards shared with them. For data administrators, this capability reduces requests for customizations of dashboards and enables faster onboarding of users to QuickSight. 

  • Amazon Cognito Integrates with Amazon Pinpoint to Add Analytics for User Pools and Enrich Pinpoint Campaigns

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2017

    Today, we added an integration between Amazon Cognito User Pools and Amazon Pinpoint to provide analytics for Cognito User Pools and to enrich the user data for Pinpoint campaigns. Amazon Cognito User Pools provide user directories that makes it easy to add sign-up and sign-in to your mobile or web application. Amazon Pinpoint provides analytics and targeted campaigns to drive user engagement in mobile apps using push notifications. Using Amazon Pinpoint Analytics, you can track User Pool sign-ups, sign-ins, failed authentications, daily active users (DAUs) and monthly active users (MAUs). This feature will thus enable user based analytics within Amazon Pinpoint. You can drill into the data for different date ranges or attributes like device platform, device locale, app version etc. You can also set up user attributes specific to your app using the Pinpoint SDK. These can then be used to segment your users on Pinpoint and send them targeted push notifications, emails, and SMS text messages. 

  • Amazon Chime Now Supports Quick Actions on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon Chime users can perform a set of quick actions directly from the lock screen and the app icon when using iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. From the lock screen, users can quickly respond to messages, mute notifications, join or decline meetings, or notify participants that they are running late, without the need to unlock their devices and open the Amazon Chime app. By using 3D Touch with the Amazon Chime app icon, users can start a new conversation or an instant meeting. Quick actions allow users to respond to Amazon Chime activities with fewer interruptions. 

  • Now You Can Encrypt LDAP Communication with AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2017

    Starting today, you can encrypt Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) communication between your applications and AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Microsoft AD. Many Windows and Linux applications use LDAP to read and update information about users and devices, including personally identifiable information (PII). Now you can enable LDAP over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS), also called LDAPS, to encrypt your LDAP communications end to end. This helps you protect PII and other sensitive information exchanged with AWS Microsoft AD over untrusted networks.

  • Now view Apache Spark application history and YARN application status in the Amazon EMR console

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2017

    You can now view Apache Spark application history and YARN application status in the Amazon EMR console. Application history is updated throughout runtime, and the history is available for up to seven days after the application is complete. Additionally, application history is still viewable after you terminate your Amazon EMR cluster. The console now includes the list of running and completed YARN applications on your Amazon EMR cluster. For each Spark application, you can drill down into granular information and easily view logs in Amazon S3 for each Spark job, task, stage, and executor. 

  • Amazon Athena is now available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2017

    Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries that you run.

  • Deploy Qubole Data Service on a Data Lake Foundation in the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2017

    This Quick Start configures a production-ready Qubole Data Service (QDS) environment that is built on a data lake foundation in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. You can use this Qubole environment to process and analyze your own datasets, and extend it for your specific use cases. The Quick Start also deploys an optional environment with prepopulated data, notebooks, and queries to analyze structured and semi-structured data, in order to gain key business insights into product sales performance. 

  • Amazon ECS Adds Support for Adding or Dropping Linux Capabilities to Containers

    Posted On: Sep 22, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now allows you to add or drop Linux capabilities to containers through the use of Docker’s cap-add and cap-drop flags. Linux capabilities give fine grained access control to processes without granting them root access to a system. 

  • Amazon CloudFront Launches Its First Edge Location in Boston and Another in Seattle

    Posted On: Sep 22, 2017

    The Amazon CloudFront team is excited to announce the expansion of their Edge locations into a new city, Boston, MA! In addition to this new city, a third Edge location is now live in Seattle, Washington. Both of these new Edge locations continue to improve CloudFront’s performance making your end user’s experience faster and more reliable. 

  • New Amazon Lex Built-in Slot Types for Phone numbers, Speed, and Weight, Available in Preview

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2017

    You can now use additional built-in slot types for phone numbers, speed and weight with your Amazon Lex chatbot.

  • Now Use AWS IAM to Delete a Service-Linked Role When You No Longer Require an AWS Service to Perform Actions on Your Behalf

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2017

    Earlier this year, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) introduced service-linked roles, which provide you an easy and secure way to delegate permissions to many AWS services. Today, AWS IAM added support for deletion of service-linked roles through the AWS IAM console and API/CLI. This will enable you to revoke permissions from an AWS service to create and manage AWS resources in your account.

  • AWS CloudTrail Enables Option to Add All Amazon S3 Buckets to Data Events

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail now allows you to automatically add your new and existing Amazon S3 buckets to S3 Data Events. S3 Data Events allow you to record API actions on Amazon S3 objects and receive detailed information such as the AWS account, IAM user role, and IP address of the caller, time of the API call, and other details. Previously, you had to manually add individual S3 buckets in your account to track S3 object-level operations, and repeat the process for each new S3 bucket. Now, you can automatically log S3 Data Events for all of your new and existing S3 buckets with a few clicks. This ensures that all S3 object-level API activity in your account is recorded to help with your data exfiltration and S3 objects usage analysis.

  • Elastic Load Balancing: Network Load Balancer now supports load balancing to IP addresses as targets for AWS and on-premises resources

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that Network Load Balancers can now distribute traffic to AWS resources using their IP addresses as targets in addition to the instance IDs. You can now also load balance to resources in on-premises locations reachable over AWS Direct Connect and resources in EC2-Classic. Load balancing across AWS and on-premises resources using the same load balancer makes it easy for you to migrate-to-cloud, burst-to-cloud, or failover-to-cloud.

  • Now Reset Your AWS Root Account’s Lost MFA Device Faster by Using the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2017

    Now, you can reset your AWS root account’s lost multi-factor authentication (MFA) device faster by using the AWS Management Console. To reset your device, you first sign in with your root account’s user name and password, and then follow the steps to verify the email address and phone number associated with your root account. After you have signed in with these alternative factors of authentication, you can access your AWS account to reset your lost MFA device. To reset your device, you must deactivate your MFA device and enable a new MFA device. For more information, see What If an MFA Device Is Lost or Stops Working.

  • AWS Greengrass is available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region.

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2017

    AWS Greengrass now supports Java 8 and Node.JS 6.10 Lambda runtimes. Also, AWS Greengrass now allows already-deployed Greengrass Groups to be reset by deleting Lambdas, subscriptions, and configurations.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Customer-Initiated Snapshot Upgrades for Deprecated Oracle Database Versions

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2017

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports customer-initiated upgrade of snapshots for deprecated Oracle Database versions 11.2.0.2, 11.2.0.3, and 12.1.0.1 to supported database versions 11.2.0.4 and 12.1.0.2.

  • New Kinesis Analytics stream processing functions for time series analytics, real time sessionization, and more

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2017

    You can now use 6 new stream processing functions in your Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications to process streaming data in real-time.

  • Now Specify Request Level Attributes with Amazon Lex

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2017

    You can now use Request Attributes on Amazon Lex to pass specific information from the client to Amazon Lex as part of each request.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Offers On-Demand Fleets to Help You Optimize Your Streaming Costs

    Posted On: Sep 19, 2017

    Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing On-Demand fleets, a new type of fleet that can help you optimize your streaming costs. With this addition, you can now select between two different types of fleets when building your AppStream 2.0 streaming environment. With Always-On fleets, users get instant-on access to their applications, but you are charged streaming fees for all instances in the fleet, even if no users are connected. With On-Demand fleets, users experience a small delay accessing their first application. However, you are only charged streaming fees for instances when users are connected, and a small, fixed hourly fee for instances in your fleet that are not being used. On-Demand fleets provide an additional way to help you reduce your streaming costs while retaining the capability to use features such as auto-scaling your fleet size based on user demand, monitoring, and easy updates to your applications. 

  • AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Sep 19, 2017

    AWS Snowball and Snowball Edge are now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. 

  • AWS Mobile Hub releases React Native starter project with helper code to GitHub

    Posted On: Sep 19, 2017

    AWS Mobile Hub has released a React Native starter project with a Deploy to Mobile Hub button that leverages recently released functionality to configure an entire backend for mobile applications with a single click.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Can Now Stop and Start Your Spot Instances

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Spot now allows Amazon EBS-backed instances to be stopped in the event of interruption, instead of being terminated when capacity is no longer available at your preferred price. Spot can then fulfill your request by restarting instances from a stopped state when capacity is available within your price and time requirements. To use this new feature, choose “stop” instead of “terminate” as the interruption behavior when submitting a persistent Spot request. When you choose “stop”, Spot will shut down your instance upon interruption. The EBS root device and attached EBS volumes are saved, and their data persists. When capacity is available again within your price and time requirements, Spot will restart your instance. Upon restart, the EBS root device is restored from its prior state, previously attached data volumes are reattached, and the instance retains its instance ID.  

  • New Quick Start: Build a hybrid data lake on the AWS Cloud with WANdisco Fusion and AWS services

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2017

    This Quick Start deploys a hybrid architecture that integrates on-premises Hadoop clusters with a data lake environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The deployment takes about 15 minutes and includes WANdisco Fusion, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Athena, and supports cloud migration and burst-out processing scenarios. 

  • AWS Deep Learning AMI Now Includes Apache MXNet 0.11 and TensorFlow 1.3.0

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2017

    The AWS Deep Learning Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is designed to help you build stable, secure, and scalable deep learning applications on AWS. The AMI comes pre-installed with popular deep learning frameworks. It has GPU drivers and libraries that let you train sophisticated AI models and scale them in the cloud. 

  • AWS Config Adds Support for Auto Scaling Groups

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2017

    You can now record configuration changes to the following resource types using AWS Config. 

  • AWS Device Farm Launches ‘Custom Artifacts’ to Give Developers Flexibility in Customized Logs/Reports.

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2017

    Delivering quality mobile applications is a key issue for mobile developers as mobile application users are becoming more demanding and their attention is increasingly divided. 

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Run Command Adds Tag-Based Permissions and Multi-Tag Support

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Run Command now supports additional access control with tag-based permissions and multi-tag targeting. 

  • AWS CodeDeploy Now Supports Using Network Load Balancers

    Posted On: Sep 15, 2017

    AWS CodeDeploy now supports using Network Load Balancers for both blue/green and in-place deployments. With this new update, you can now choose between a Classic Load Balancer, an Application Load Balancer, and a Network Load Balancer for your deployment groups. For more information read here.

  • AWS IAM Policy Summaries Now Help You Identify Errors and Correct Permissions in Your IAM Policies

    Posted On: Sep 15, 2017

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy summaries make it easier to view and understand the permissions in your policies when using the IAM console. Today, we updated policy summaries to help you identify and correct errors in your IAM policies. When you set permissions using policies, for each action you specify, you must match that action to supported resources or conditions. Now, you will see a warning if these policy elements (actions, resources, and conditions) defined in an IAM policy do not match. With this update, policy summaries make it easy to detect if a policy includes an action that does not support the resource or condition specified.

  • Deploy StorReduce on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Sep 15, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys a secure, performant, and fault-tolerant StorReduce cluster on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, into a configuration of your choice. 

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Multimedia, Spatial, and Locator Options

    Posted On: Sep 15, 2017

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports several additional Oracle Database features: Oracle Multimedia, Oracle Spatial, and Oracle Locator.

  • Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Enhanced Request Authorizers

    Posted On: Sep 15, 2017

    You can now pass information to your Amazon API Gateway custom authorizers via request parameters including headers, paths, query strings, stage variables, or context variables. An API Gateway custom authorizer is an AWS Lambda function that you provide to control access to your APIs using bearer token authentication strategies, such as OAuth or SAML.  

  • Amazon Inspector expands security assessment support for RHEL 7.4

    Posted On: Sep 15, 2017

    Amazon Inspector is pleased to announce expanded support for security assessments on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 within Amazon EC2. You can now run assessments for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), Amazon Security Best Practices, and Runtime Behavior Analysis on the most recent version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector AWS Agent on the desired EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Amazon Inspector console, and run your assessment. 

  • Amazon Aurora Enables Database Activity Monitoring with CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Sep 14, 2017

    Starting today, you can send events recorded in Amazon Aurora audit logs to CloudWatch Logs. Audit logs include events such as database logins, user information, details of queries executed, and impacted tables. With these events tracked in CloudWatch Logs, you can create CloudWatch Metrics and Alarms to continuously monitor activity in your Aurora database. For example, you can define metrics for DML (Data Manipulation Language) queries performed on critical tables, and set up alarms. These alarms can alert you whenever undesired changes are made to your tables. Additionally, you can create graphs and dashboards with CloudWatch to visualize activity in your database, detect patterns, and identify issues at a glance.

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Provides Ability To Manage Secrets

    Posted On: Sep 14, 2017

    AWS CodeBuild now further enhances securing your build environment. CodeBuild can now store sensitive information as secrets, which can now get directly passed to your build jobs. This can be achieved by modifying the parameter store directly in your buildspec.yml, or via the CodeBuild console. Learn more : http://docs.aws.amazon.com/codebuild/latest/userguide/build-spec-ref.html

  • Amazon WorkDocs Activity Feed Now Allows Administrators to Track Actions in Their WorkDocs Site

    Posted On: Sep 14, 2017

    The Amazon WorkDocs Activity Feed now allows administrators to track actions on their Amazon WorkDocs site in near real time. This makes it easy for administrators to review file and user activities for legal, regulatory, compliance, or internal inquiries.

  • Amazon Redshift now supports late-binding views referencing Amazon Redshift and Redshift Spectrum external tables

    Posted On: Sep 14, 2017

    You can now create a view that spans Amazon Redshift and Redshift Spectrum external tables. With late-binding views, table binding will take place at runtime, providing your users and applications with seamless access to query data. Late-binding views allows you to drop and make changes to referenced tables without affecting the views. With this feature, you can query frequently accessed data in your Amazon Redshift cluster and less-frequently accessed data in Amazon S3, using a single view. Simply archive historical data to Amazon S3, create an external table referencing the relevant files, and then create a view referencing both the Amazon Redshift and the Redshift Spectrum external tables.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Versions 5.0.4 and 5.1.2

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports multiple Oracle Application Express (APEX) versions, including versions 5.0.4 and 5.1.2 for Oracle Database 12c and 11g. Using APEX, developers can build applications entirely within their web browser.

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

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    This Quick Start automates the deployment of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a platform as a service (PaaS) solution, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. OpenShift Container Platform uses Docker containers, Google Kubernetes orchestration, and the container-optimized Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system to help developers and IT create and deploy their apps.

  • Deploy IBM Spectrum Scale on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys a highly available IBM Spectrum Scale cluster with replication on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, into a configuration of your choice. (A small cluster can be deployed in about 25 minutes.)

  • Amazon Connect Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud-based contact center, is now HIPAA eligible. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can now use Amazon Connect to handle contacts containing protected health information (PHI).

  • Auto Scaling Lifecycle Hooks Enhancements

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    You can now create and manage lifecycle hooks for Auto Scaling Groups using the AWS management console. Previously, this functionality was only available through the AWS Application Programming Interface (API), Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS CloudFormation. In addition, creating lifecycle hooks is now more convenient as it can be done in the same step as creating your Auto Scaling Group using the ‘CreateAutoScalingGroup’ call through the AWS API and CLI.

  • Amazon Kinesis Analytics improves application performance for high volume data streams

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    You can now process higher volume streams of data with Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications by increasing parallelism and removing default processing limits.

  • Amazon WorkMail Adds Two New Features: Send as Aliases and support for S/MIME Signing and Encryption

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    Amazon WorkMail now supports sending with aliases. Sending with aliases allows users to send email using an alternative email address. With this feature, users can easily assume different roles when communicating with external parties. The new alias functionality is available in the Amazon WorkMail web application and other supported clients. To use this feature, visit Send as an Alias.

  • Announcing enhancements to the Amazon Lex test console

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    Building your chatbot in the Amazon Lex console takes just a few steps, and now enhancements to the test console provide more details, for easy troubleshooting. The test console dynamically displays information related to dialog state as you interact with your bot. In the “Summary” view, you can review the slot values for the intent being fulfilled. This allows you to keep track of the conversation flow. In the “Detail” view, you can review the parsed response from the chatbot. The response detail gives you deeper visibility into the bot interaction and the current state of the dialog as you troubleshoot and debug your chatbot.

  • General Availability: A new addition to the Amazon EC2 memory-optimized X1 Instance family – x1e.32xlarge

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2017

    Amazon EC2 X1 instances were launched to extend the elasticity, simplicity, and cost savings of the AWS cloud to enterprise-grade applications with the largest dataset requirements for our customers. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of a new EC2 instance in the X1 family – x1e.32xlarge – to take those benefits further for our customers. x1e.32xlarge offers 3,904 GiB of DDR4 instance memory, the most memory offered by any EC2 instance. This new instance enables customers to run larger in-memory databases, such as SAP HANA, and other memory-intensive and latency sensitive workloads compared to the previously available X1 instances.

  • Deploy Solace VMR on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys Solace Virtual Message Router (VMR) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 20 minutes, into a configuration of your choice.

  • Announcing New AWS Direct Connect Location in Houston, TX

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect has now landed in Houston, TX at CyrusOne West I-III data center supporting the US East (Ohio) AWS Region. Customers in Houston can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

  • Announcing New AWS Direct Connect Location in Canberra, Australia

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect has now landed in Canberra, Australia at NEXTDC C1 Canberra data center supporting the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region. Customers in Canberra can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

  • Amazon Pinpoint Introduces Two-Way Text Messaging

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2017

    Amazon Pinpoint now supports two-way text messaging which enables Amazon Pinpoint customers to receive text messages from their users. When a user replies back to a text message, Amazon Pinpoint will pass that text message to the customer who can programmatically respond back to that text message.

  • AWS GovCloud (US) Receives an Impact Level 5 (IL5) Department of Defense Provisional Authorization to Support Mission-Critical Systems

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2017

    Amazon’s AWS GovCloud (US) has achieved a Provisional Authorization (PA) by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Impact Level (IL) 5, as defined in the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing (CC) Security Requirements Guide (SRG) v. 1, Release 3.

  • Backup to AWS with Commvault V11 and the AWS Storage Gateway virtual tape library (VTL)

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2017

    AWS Storage Gateway has added Commvault V11 as a supported backup application for use with its virtual tape library (VTL), the Tape Gateway. You can now use Commvault V11 and the Storage Gateway VTL to backup and archive application data to scalable, cost-effective, and secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage, while preserving established tape management processes.

  • AWS Config Adds Support for Amazon DynamoDB Tables

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2017

    You can now record configuration changes to the following resource types using AWS Config.

  • New Quick Start: Build a Data Lake Foundation on the AWS Cloud with AWS Services

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2017

    This Quick Start deploys a data lake foundation that integrates Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Redshift, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Athena, Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), and Amazon QuickSight.  

  • AWS CodePipeline now provides notifications on pipeline, stage, and action status changes

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2017

    Now, you can get notified whenever there is a pipeline, stage, or action status change in AWS CodePipeline. This makes it easy for you to track, manage, and react to any changes during a pipeline execution. CodePipeline now integrates with Amazon Cloudwatch and enables you to receive notifications with Amazon Simple Notification Service or invoke an AWS Lambda function on a status change. Learn how to configure CodePipeline notifications by visiting here. You can also follow our step by step tutorial to receive a notification on pipeline state change here

  • IoT Device SDK For Python - Now With Greengrass Discovery

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2017

    We are pleased to announce an updated IoT Device SDK for Python, now including group discovery for Greengrass. With Greengrass Discovery, the Python SDK makes it easier for your device to interact locally with another device running Greengrass Core. The updated SDK package includes a full changelog. You can download each of the IoT Device SDKs here: https://aws.amazon.com/iot/sdk/ 

  • AWS Glue is Now Available in the US West (Oregon) and US East (Ohio) regions

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2017

    AWS Glue is a fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service that makes it easy for customers to prepare and load their data for analytics. AWS Glue is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to set up or manage. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create and run an ETL job. You simply point AWS Glue to your data stored on AWS, and AWS Glue discovers your data and stores associated metadata (e.g. table definition and schema) in the AWS Glue Data Catalog. Once cataloged, your data is immediately searchable, queryable, and available for ETL. With AWS Glue, data can be available for analytics in minutes. 

  • Create and Manage AWS IAM Roles More Easily with the Updated IAM Console

    Posted On: Sep 8, 2017

    Today, we updated the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to make it easier for you to create and manage IAM roles. Roles help you manage access to your AWS resources for trusted users, applications, and AWS services. The new IAM console role-creation wizard helps you create the correct type of role with the right permissions with a better organized role creation workflow. The updated IAM console also provides you policy summaries for each role in your AWS account to help you view and manage your role permissions. 

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service Now Integrated with Network Load Balancer to Support High-Throughput and Direct TCP Connections with Containers

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports the Network Load Balancer for load balancing TCP traffic to container tasks and services.

  • Amazon Polly Adds Dynamic Range Compression (DRC) Tag

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    You can now use the new dynamic range compression (DRC) tag to enhance the volume of certain sounds in your audio file. The sounds in an audio file range from softer sounds to louder, depending on the text, the language, and the voice. For example, conflicting ambient sounds such as those of a moving vehicle can often mask the softer sounds, making the audio track difficult to hear clearly. To enhance the clarity of the Text-to-Speech output, simply use the SSML tag “DRC” to mark the text input. This is especially suitable for audio to be used in noisy environments. DRC is a boolean parameter (meaning that it's either on or off) that can be used with any Amazon Polly supported voice or language. It can be used for an entire section of text, or only for a few words, based on your needs. 

  • Amazon Route 53 Announces Support For DNS Query Logging

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    If you are using Amazon Route 53 as your public, authoritative DNS, you will now have the capability to easily log DNS queries received by Amazon Route 53 through integration with CloudWatch Logs. This capability makes it easier to debug issues, conduct security audits, and run business analytics. With near real-time log delivery, customers can react quickly to events, and the power of CloudWatch Logs makes it easy to search, export, or archive your query logs. 

  • Elasticsearch 5.5 now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    Your analytics and search applications can now benefit from support for Elasticsearch 5.5 and Kibana 5.5 in Amazon Elasticsearch ServiceElasticsearch is a popular search and analytics engine for log analytics, full text search, application monitoring, and more. Amazon Elasticsearch Service delivers Elasticsearch’s easy-to-use APIs and real-time capabilities along with the availability, scalability, and security required by production workloads. 

  • Amazon Glacier Console Is Now Available in Japanese and Korean Languages

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost storage service for data archiving and online backup. Today, AWS made the Amazon Glacier console available in Japanese and Korean languages. The availability of Glacier console in five languages—it was already available in English, French, and Chinese—reduces the need to have multilingual staff that can manage and administer Glacier vaults and archives. 

  • AWS Batch is Now a HIPAA Eligible Service

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    AWS has expanded its HIPAA Compliance Program to include AWS Batch. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS, you can now use AWS Batch to build HIPAA-compliant applications and run batch processing workloads that contain protected health information (PHI). AWS Batch is a fully-managed service that enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters that you use to run your jobs, allowing you to focus on analyzing results and solving problems. Information about HIPAA eligible services on AWS can be found at our HIPAA Compliance page.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Raspbian OS and Raspberry Pi Support

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports the Raspbian operating system. Customers can now manage Raspberry Pi devices just like any other Linux server.

  • Connect Your Git Repository to Amazon S3 and AWS Services Using Webhooks and New Quick Start

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys HTTPS endpoints and AWS Lambda functions for implementing webhooks, to enable event-driven integration between Git services and Amazon Web Services (AWS) services on the AWS Cloud. 

  • Export your Amazon Lex chatbot to the Alexa Skills Kit

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    You can now export your Amazon Lex chatbot schema into the Alexa Skills Kit to simplify the process of creating an Alexa skill. 

  • Amazon VPC NAT Gateways now support Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring and Resource Tagging

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    You can now monitor bytes, packets, active connections and several other metrics for NAT Gateways via CloudWatch console and AWS CLI. You can setup CloudWatch Alarms to notify you of crossing thresholds. All metrics are provided with a 1 min frequency. For more information about the metrics, see  Monitoring Your NAT Gateway with Amazon CloudWatch.

  • Announcing Network Load Balancer for Elastic Load Balancing

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Network Load Balancer for the Elastic Load Balancing service designed to handle millions of requests per second while maintaining ultra-low latencies. This new load balancer is optimized to handle volatile traffic patterns while using a single static IP address per Availability Zone. Network Load Balancer operates at the connection level (Layer 4), routing connections to Amazon EC2 instances and containers within Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) based on IP protocol data. It also preserves the client side source IP, allowing applications to see the IP address of the client that can then be used by applications for further processing. 

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.3, 9.5.7, 9.4.12 and 9.3.17 in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2017

    We have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support minor versions 9.6.3, 9.5.7, 9.4.12 and 9.3.17 in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains other bug fixes and improvements.

  • Apache MXNet Version 0.11 Now Supports Apple Core ML and Keras

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2017

    We’re excited about the availability of Apache MXNet version 0.11. With this release, MXNet hit major milestones, both in terms of community development and as an incubating Apache project. Contributors—including developers from Apple, Samsung and Microsoft—committed code to this release. There are over 400 contributors on the project so far. The project has now fully migrated its codebase to Apache and has made its first official release as an incubating project. This post covers some of the key features included with this release.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server and Amazon RDS for MariaDB Achieve HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2017

    The AWS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance program has been expanded to include Amazon RDS for SQL Server and Amazon RDS for MariaDB. All Amazon RDS database engines are now HIPAA-eligible. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs SDK Now Supports OAuth 2.0 For User Authorization in Third Party Applications

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2017

    The Amazon WorkDocs SDK now supports OAuth 2.0 for user authorization in third-party applications. OAuth 2.0 allows users to access content and feedback on Amazon WorkDocs through third-party applications. Using the Amazon WorkDocs API, these applications can programmatically manage user content, feedback, metadata, labels, permission, activity tracking, and notifications at a user level. You can easily build or integrate security, enterprise content management systems, productivity, project management, and other applications with Amazon WorkDocs.  

  • Introducing Amazon AppStream 2.0 Graphics Design, a New, Lower Cost Instance Type for Streaming Graphics Applications

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2017

    Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing a new GPU instance type, called Graphics Design. This new Graphics Design instance type allows you to run graphics applications at a fraction of the cost of using graphics workstations, and reduces the cost of streaming graphics applications with AppStream 2.0 by up to 50%. Graphics Design instances are ideal for delivering applications that rely on hardware acceleration of DirectX, OpenGL, or OpenCL, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk Revit, and Siemens NX. With this launch, AppStream 2.0 now offers three graphics instance types – Graphics Design, Graphics Desktop, and Graphics Pro – optimized to support a broad selection of graphics workloads.

  • Amazon GameLift available in 5 more regions across Australia, Europe and North America, now with R4 instance support and VPC peering capabilities

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon GameLift supports game deployment to five additional regions. New regions Asia Pacific (Sydney), EU West (London), US West (San Francisco), US East (Ohio) and Canada (Montreal) join US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU West (Ireland), EU Central (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and South America (São Paulo) to make Amazon GameLift available in 14 regions worldwide. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces users can now use Amazon WorkDocs Drive

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2017

    Amazon WorkSpaces users can now use Amazon WorkDocs Drive, a new way to access your files. With Amazon WorkDocs Drive, all of your Amazon WorkDocs files are streamed to your WorkSpace desktop on demand. You can easily access any file on Amazon WorkDocs through Windows File Explorer without needing to keep a local copy.  

  • Announcing improved networking performance for Amazon EC2 instances

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2017

    Amazon EC2 instances now provide a maximum bandwidth of 25 Gbps. This feature is available on the largest instance sizes of the M4, X1, P2, R4, I3, F1, and G3 instance types. Using Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) based Enhanced Networking, customers can utilize up to 25 Gbps of bandwidth. All of these instances, including those already running, can take advantage of the additional network bandwidth without any additional steps. 

  • Amazon Aurora Can Migrate Encrypted Databases from Amazon RDS for MySQL

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2017

    You can now migrate encrypted databases from Amazon RDS for MySQL to Amazon Aurora. Previously, only unencrypted databases were supported. Migration can be done either by restoring an RDS MySQL snapshot to Aurora, or by creating an Aurora Read Replica, which has the advantage of automating the copying and replication and minimizing downtime. 

  • Use OpenCL Development Environment with Amazon EC2 F1 FPGA Instances to accelerate your C/C++ applications, also F1 instances are now available in US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) Regions

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2017

    Since we made Amazon EC2 F1 instances generally available earlier this year, we have seen exciting adoption by customers, partners and the developer and research community. Customers are using F1 for accelerating a diverse set of applications such as genomic processing, data analytics, security, image and video processing and machine learning. F1 Partners and developers are taking advantage of AWS Marketplace to make their innovations available to the broader community of AWS customers.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces is Available in the EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2017

    Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the EU (London) region, increasing the number of AWS Regions WorkSpaces is available to eight. This expansion into a new AWS Region allows you to provision WorkSpaces closer to your users, providing a more responsive experience. Additionally, you can quickly add or remove WorkSpaces to meet changing demand, without the added cost and complexity of on-premises VDI infrastructure.

  • Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow Announces Support For Geoproximity Routing With Traffic Biasing

    Posted On: Sep 1, 2017

    If you're using Route 53 traffic flow, you can now use geoproximity routing, which lets you route traffic based on the physical distance between your users and your resources. You can also route more or less traffic to each resource by specifying a positive or negative bias. 

  • Amazon QuickSight now supports Search, Filter Groups and Amazon S3 Analytics Connector

    Posted On: Sep 1, 2017

    Starting today, you can search for your data sets, analyses and dashboards in QuickSight using the unified search box, making it faster and easier for find and access your data. Additionally, we are introducing Filter Groups. You can now create a filter group in QuickSight with multiple filter conditions that are evaluated together using the OR operation. Across filter groups, the AND operation is applied. This provides you with more flexibility to apply advanced filtering criteria to your data. Finally, we releasing the Amazon S3 Analytics Connector in QuickSight. Amazon S3 customers can now create data sets and analyses of their S3 Analytics data that spans across multiple S3 buckets and configs. This allows you to analyze and optimize your S3 usage using a single comprehensive QuickSight dashboard. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch adds Horizontal Annotations for Metrics and Dashboards

    Posted On: Sep 1, 2017

    We are excited to announce that you can now add horizontal annotations to your graphs and dashboards in CloudWatch. 

  • Amazon Redshift Introduces SQL Scalar User-Defined Functions

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    You can now create and run scalar user-defined functions (UDFs) using SQL in Amazon Redshift.  

  • AWS CloudFormation adds Rollback Triggers Feature

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    Use Rollback Triggers to monitor the state of your application during the stack creation and update process. You can specify the alarms and the thresholds you want AWS CloudFormation to monitor, and if any of the alarms are breached, CloudFormation rolls back the entire stack operation to the previous deployed state.

  • Elastic Load Balancing: Application Load Balancer now supports load balancing to IP addresses as targets for AWS and on-premises resources

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that Application Load Balancers can now distribute traffic to AWS resources using their IP addresses as targets in addition to the instance IDs. You can also load balance to resources outside the VPC hosting the load balancer using their IP addresses as targets. This includes resources in peered VPCs, EC2-Classic, and on-premises locations reachable over AWS Direct Connect or a VPN connection. Load balancing across AWS and on-premises resources using the same load balancer makes it easy for you to migrate-to-cloud, burst-to-cloud, or failover-to-cloud.

  • Announcing New AWS Direct Connect Location in Boston, MA

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect has now landed in Boston, MA at Markley, One Summer Data Center supporting the US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. Customers in Boston can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

  • Deploy IBM MQ on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys a highly available, production-ready IBM MQ server on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes, into a configuration of your choice. 

  • Announcing support for synonyms and slot value validation on Amazon Lex

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    You can now provide synonyms for slot values in Amazon Lex. With the synonym functionality, you can specify multiple synonyms for a slot value in your chatbot. The synonyms specified are resolved to the corresponding slot values. For example, if the slot value is “comedy”, with “funny” and “humorous” specified as synonyms, then user input of “funny” will now be resolved to “comedy”. You can optimize your business logic to implement code for just the slot value instead of entire set of synonyms. In addition, the chatbot automatically resolves minor variants of the slot value to the original value without the user having to explicitly specify the synonym. For example, if “pineapple” is one of the slot values and the user value is “pineapples” then slot is resolved to the value “pineapple”.  

  • Simplify management of security groups with security group rule descriptions

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

    Amazon EC2 now allows customers to add a short description to individual security group rules. Using this functionality, customers can add details like when and why a certain security group rule was created or updated. This functionality simplifies management of security groups as customers no longer need to track this information using spreadsheets or documents.

  • Amazon S3 Storage Management Features in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2017

    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. You can now utilize the following new features in AWS GovCloud (US): 

  • Quick Start Update: Deploy NGINX Plus on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2017

    AWS has released a major update to the NGINX Plus Quick Start reference deployment that includes enhanced Auto Scaling features. 

  • AWS X-Ray SDK for Go (Beta)

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2017

    AWS X-Ray adds support for Go (beta). 

  • Now Generally Available: Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2017

    We are excited to announce the general availability of Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs. Elastic GPUs allow you to easily attach low-cost graphics acceleration to a wide range of EC2 instances over the network. Simply choose an instance with the right amount of compute, memory, and storage for your application, and then use Elastic GPUs to add the GPU resources needed to accelerate the graphics performance of your application for a fraction of the cost of standalone graphics instances.

  • Amazon Aurora Supports Fast Database Cloning

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2017

    Amazon Aurora MySQL users can now create quick, efficient database clones. Following on the heels of the original database cloning announcement in June 2017, copy operation time has been substantially reduced so entire multi-terabyte database clusters can be cloned in minutes.

  • AWS Server Migration Service is now available in Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2017

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) is now available to customers in the Canada (Central) region. AWS Server Migration Service is an agentless service which makes it easier and faster for you to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. AWS SMS allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations.  

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their existing VPCs

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to expand their VPCs by adding secondary IPv4 address ranges (CIDRs) to their VPCs. Customers can add the secondary CIDR blocks to the VPC directly from the console or by using the CLI after they have created the VPC with the primary CIDR block. Similar to the primary CIDR block, secondary CIDR blocks are also supported by all the AWS services including Elastic Load Balancing and NAT Gateway.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Windows .Net Core 2.0

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2017

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Windows .NET Core 2.0. You can now deploy applications using Windows .NET Core 2.0 on Elastic Beanstalk with the AWS Management Console, the EB CLI, and the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Configuration Compliance Reporting and Auto-Remediation

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager can now be used to report and take action on configuration compliance for Patch Manager, State Manager, and custom compliance types. 

  • Integration App for AWS Managed Services is available for ServiceNow

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2017

    The AWS Managed Services (AMS) Integration App for ServiceNow provides an out-of-the-box integration between ServiceNow and AMS. By installing the app, customers can interact with AMS from ServiceNow without a custom API integration. This app makes it easier for enterprise users to manage their operational processes via a single interface and get a unified view of AMS resources in their enterprise configuration management database (CMDB). 

  • Launch your rendering fleet in AWS with Deadline 10

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2017

    Deadline 10, our powerful and easy to use render management system, is now available to all customers. Deadline 10 allows customers the freedom to easily access any combination of on-premises or cloud-based resources, and features new, cost effective pricing for broader accessibility. 

  • VMware Cloud on AWS is now initially available in the AWS US West (Oregon) region

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2017

    VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud. This lets you run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere®-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services. VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically-scalable cloud service that removes barriers to cloud migration and cloud portability, increases IT efficiency, and opens up new opportunities for you to leverage a hybrid cloud environment.

  • Improvements to How You Sign In to Your AWS Account

    Posted On: Aug 25, 2017

    You will now see improvements to the way you sign in to your AWS account. You can sign in as your account’s root user or an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user from the AWS Management Console’s homepage. You no longer have to use an account-specific URL to sign in as an IAM user. However, the account-specific URL you have used in the past to sign in will continue to work.

  • Amazon EFS now Supports Additional Permissions for Finer-Grained Control of Directory and File Access

    Posted On: Aug 25, 2017

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) now supports the use of setgid and sticky bit special permissions on directories. This new capability allows you to further customize access permissions for shared directories across a set of file system users. When the setgid permission is set on a directory, files created in the directory belong to the group associated with the directory (instead of the group to which the user creating the file belongs). The sticky bit is used to restrict deletion and renaming of files to the owner of the file or directory or to the root user.

  • Amazon Kinesis Firehose is now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), and US East (Ohio) regions

    Posted On: Aug 24, 2017

    Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS. It can capture, transform, and load streaming data into Amazon Kinesis AnalyticsAmazon S3Amazon Redshift, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools and dashboards you are already using today.

  • Quick Start deploys a reference architecture for HIPAA workloads on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Aug 24, 2017

    This Quick Start deploys a model environment that can help organizations with workloads that fall within the scope of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), including workloads with protected health information (PHI). The Quick Start architecture maps to certain technical requirements imposed by HIPAA regulations.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Increases Maximum Database Storage Size to 16TB

    Posted On: Aug 24, 2017

    You can now create Amazon RDS for SQL Server database instances with up to 16TB of storage, up from 4TB. The new storage limit is available when using the Provisioned IOPS and General Purpose (SSD) storage types. In addition, the range for the IOPS to Storage (GB) Ratio has been increased from 10:1 to 50:1.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Makes it Easy to Share Content with Anyone Using “Share a Link”

    Posted On: Aug 24, 2017

    You can now quickly create a shareable link for any file on Amazon WorkDocs by clicking “Share a link” from the drop-down menu in the web client. This allows you to use Amazon WorkDocs to share content by emailing a link to coworkers and external partners or embedding a link in a document or webpage.

  • Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) Introduces Reputation Dashboard for Email Accounts

    Posted On: Aug 24, 2017

    Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now includes a reputation dashboard, which helps you track the overall bounce and complaint rates for your account. With this information, you can take immediate action to correct issues that could impact your email sending capabilities.

  • Amazon Redshift introduces new OCTET_LENGTH Function

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2017

    You can now use OCTET_LENGTH to count the number of bytes (octets) in a specified string.

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum now supports ORC and Grok file formats

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2017

    You can now leverage Amazon Redshift Spectrum to query data stored in Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) and Grok file formats. Amazon Redshift Spectrum also supports multiple other open file formats, including Avro, CSV, Parquet, RCFile, RegexSerDe, SequenceFile, TextFile, and TSV. For more information, see supported file formats in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide.

  • Amazon EC2 G3 Instances Now Available in Asia Pacific (Japan), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and EU (Frankfurt) Regions

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2017

    Amazon EC2 G3 Instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Accelerated Compute Instances, make it easy to procure a powerful combination of GPU, CPU, and host memory. Backed by the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, G3 instances offer double the CPU power per GPU, and double the host memory per GPU when compared to the most powerful GPU cloud instance available today. This makes G3 instances ideal for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.

  • AWS Step Functions Now Available in EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2017

    AWS Step Functions makes it easy to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function lets you scale and change applications quickly. Step Functions is a reliable way to coordinate components and step through the functions of your application.

  • Quick Start Update: Deploy SQL Server on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2017

    AWS is pleased to release a major update to the SQL Server Quick Start to support SQL Server version 2016.

  • AWS CloudFormation support for Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX)

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2017

    You can now provision Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) clusters using AWS CloudFormation, a service that allows you to easily provision, manage and update a collection of related AWS resources. Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for DynamoDB that delivers up to a 10x performance improvement – from milliseconds to microseconds – even at millions of requests per second.

  • Amazon EC2 P2 Instances are now available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Europe (Frankfurt) Regions

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 P2 instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Europe (Frankfurt) Regions.

  • Monitor your Reserved Instance utilization by receiving alerts via AWS Budgets

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2017

    AWS Budgets lets customers set custom budgets and receive alerts if their costs or usage exceed (or are forecasted to exceed) their budgeted amount.

  • Amazon Route 53 now supports CAA records

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2017

    Amazon Route 53 now supports CAA records.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds a New Amazon CloudWatch Events Target, Association Versioning for State Manager, and Approve Action for Automation

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager State Manager can now be used to trigger Amazon CloudWatch Events, Automation can be used as a CloudWatch Events target, you can now keep track of State Manager association changes, and you can use the new approve action type in Automation.

  • Amazon SES Announces Dedicated IP Pools for sending Email

    Posted On: Aug 18, 2017

    Amazon SES announces the availability of functionality to create groups of dedicated IP addresses for your email sending activities. The introduction of dedicated IP pools makes it possible to specify which dedicated IP address to use for a specific email by allowing you to send emails from specific IP addresses. 

  • Amazon Kinesis Firehose can now read data directly from Amazon Kinesis Streams

    Posted On: Aug 18, 2017

    Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS. Today we have added a built-in integration that allows you to send streaming data from Kinesis Streams to Kinesis Firehose by configuring your stream as a data source to Kinesis Firehose using the console or API. You can now create and configure a Firehose delivery stream to automatically read data from your Kinesis streams and then deliver the data to destinations. This makes it easy for you to persist data in your streams to data stores such as Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service. 

  • AWS CodeStar is Now Available in US West (N. California) & EU (London) Regions

    Posted On: Aug 17, 2017

    AWS CodeStar provides a unified user interface, enabling you to easily manage your software development activities in one place. With AWS CodeStar, you can set up your entire continuous delivery toolchain in minutes, allowing you to start releasing code faster. With AWS CodeStar, you can easily track progress across your entire software development process, from your backlog of work items to your team’s recent code deployments. 

  • Introducing the new AWS Cost Explorer

    Posted On: Aug 17, 2017

    Starting today, customers can access the redesigned Cost Explorer interface, which sits on top of a newly-optimized backend querying engine. Customers can now take advantage of a more robust, and performant filtering experience that has been enhanced to allow customers greater flexibility over the information they include or exclude from their analyses. For example, customers can create a view that only includes costs associated with EC2 instance running hours in Availability Zone “us-east-1a” but does not include costs associated with instance types in the m4 family. Customers also benefit from a new consolidated date picker that lets them choose a custom or preset time range (e.g., month-to-date), while also allowing them to forecast forward over user-defined intervals. Once customers reach a view that they would like to refer back to, they can use the improved report management functionality to save up to 50 custom reports per account.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) is now available in the US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Aug 17, 2017

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, is now available in the US West (N. California) Region.

  • Amazon Cognito Is Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Aug 17, 2017

    Amazon Cognito is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. 

  • AWS Batch is Now Available in Singapore

    Posted On: Aug 17, 2017

    AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and resource requirements of jobs submitted to job queues. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters, allowing you to instead focus on analyzing results and solving problems. AWS Batch plans, schedules, and executes your batch computing workloads which run on Amazon EC2 and Spot Instances. 

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds New Maintenance Window Task Types for Automation, AWS Step Functions, and AWS Lambda

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports Systems Manager Automation, AWS Step Functions, and AWS Lambda maintenance window task types, allowing you to schedule complex workflows across your AWS resources.

  • VPC Endpoints for Amazon DynamoDB Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2017

    VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB enables you to have all network traffic between your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Amazon DynamoDB stay within the AWS cloud instead of traversing the public internet.

  • Introducing FlexMatch, the Latest Addition to Amazon GameLift’s Matchmaking Services

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2017

    Amazon GameLift’s FlexMatch lets you match players together based on rules you define. Whether you choose to build your matchmaking based on player skill, latency, or some other custom criteria, FlexMatch’s simple but powerful rules language makes it easy for anyone to quickly create robust player matchmaking. 

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum Now Integrates with AWS Glue

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2017

    You can now use the AWS Glue Data Catalog as the metadata repository for Amazon Redshift Spectrum. The AWS Glue Data Catalog provides a central metadata repository for all of your data assets regardless of where they are located.  

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to recover accidentally released EIPs

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Cloud (VPC) now provides customers an opportunity to recover EIPs that they might have released accidentally. The released EIPs are available for recovery as long as they are not assigned to a different customer. The sooner customers try to recover their EIPs, the better are the chances of recovering them. Customers can recover their EIPs via CLI by using the allocate-address command and specifying the IP address using the --address parameter.  

  • AWS CloudTrail Integration is Now Available in Amazon Lex

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2017

    Amazon Lex is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail, a service that enables you to log, continuously monitor, and retain events related to API calls across your AWS infrastructure, to provide a history of API calls for your account. Amazon Lex API calls are captured from the Amazon Lex console or from your API operations using the SDKs directly. Your Amazon Lex API calls are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket with your other AWS service records. Using the information collected by AWS CloudTrail, you can track requests made to Amazon Lex including the origination of the request, such as source IP address, the date and time the request was made, and the parameters requested.

  • Introducing AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2017

    The AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is an extension for Microsoft VSTS and on-premises Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) that makes it easy to deploy .NET applications to AWS. If you already use Microsoft VSTS or TFS, the AWS Tools for VSTS makes it easy to deploy your code to AWS without changing how you run your project, organize your builds, and track your work.

  • Use Apache Spark and Hive on Amazon EMR with the AWS Glue Data Catalog

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    You can now use the AWS Glue Data Catalog with Apache Spark and Apache Hive on Amazon EMR. The AWS Glue Data Catalog is a managed metadata repository that is integrated with Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, and AWS Glue ETL jobs. Additionally, it provides automatic schema discovery and schema version history. You can choose to use the AWS Glue Data Catalog to store external table metadata for Hive and Spark instead of utilizing an on-cluster or self-managed Hive Metastore. This allows you to more easily store metadata for your external tables on Amazon S3 outside of your cluster.

  • Introducing AWS Glue: A Simple, Flexible, and Cost-Effective Extract, Transfer, and Load (ETL) Service

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    Today we announced the general availability of AWS Glue, a new, fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service that makes it easy for customers to prepare and load their data for analytics. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create and run an ETL job. You simply point AWS Glue to your data stored on AWS, and AWS Glue discovers your data and stores associated metadata (e.g. table definition and schema) in the AWS Glue Data Catalog. Once catalogued, your data is immediately searchable, queryable, and available for ETL. AWS Glue generates the code for you to execute your data transformations and loading processes.

  • Amazon EFS Now Supports Encryption of Data at Rest

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) now allows you to encrypt your data at rest using keys managed through AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Encryption and decryption are handled seamlessly, so you don’t have to modify your applications to access your data.

  • AWS Config Supports New Managed Rules for Securing Amazon S3 Buckets

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    AWS Config now supports two new managed rules to detect overly permissive Amazon S3 bucket policies. Previously, you had to manually examine the policies tied to each of your S3 buckets to ensure proper access configurations are in place. Now, you can use Config rules to automatically check your S3 buckets for unrestricted public read or write access. With these new rules, you can check Access Control Lists (ACLs) and policies attached to your S3 buckets, flag non-compliant resources, and receive Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) notifications when your bucket permissions change.

  • AWS CloudTrail Event History Now Available to All Customers

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail Event History is now available to all customers. CloudTrail Event History (formerly known as API Activity History) lets you view, search, and download your recent AWS account activity. This allows you to gain visibility into your account actions taken through the AWS Management Console, SDKs, and CLI to enable governance, compliance, and operational and risk auditing of your AWS account.

  • Amazon Athena Now Integrates With AWS Glue

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    Amazon Athena is now integrated with the AWS Glue Data Catalog. The AWS Glue Data Catalog provides a central metadata repository for all of your data assets regardless of where they are located. It integrates with Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift and Amazon Redshift Spectrum, Amazon Athena, Amazon EMR, and any Apache Hive Metastore compatible application. If you already use Amazon Athena, we recommend that you upgrade from using Athena’s internal Data Catalog to AWS Glue Data Catalog. Click here to learn more about the upgrade.

  • Announcing the new AWS CloudHSM, offering cost effective hardware key management at cloud scale for sensitive and regulated workloads

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    Announcing the new AWS CloudHSM. The new CloudHSM offers you cost effective hardware key management at cloud scale for sensitive and regulated workloads. You can now generate and use encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated hardware security modules (HSMs) on the AWS Cloud. CloudHSM integrates with your applications using industry-standard APIs, such as PKCS#11, Java Cryptography Extensions (JCE), and Microsoft CryptoNG (CNG). It is also standards-compliant and enables you to export all of your keys to most other commercially-available HSMs. CloudHSM is a fully-managed service that automates time-consuming administrative tasks for you, such as hardware provisioning, software patching, high-availability, and backups. With CloudHSM, you can add and remove HSM capacity on-demand, with no up-front costs.

  • Introducing Amazon Macie for S3

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    Amazon Macie is a security service that uses machine learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data in AWS. Amazon Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property, and provides you with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved.

  • Introducing AWS Migration Hub

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2017

    AWS Migration Hub provides a single location to track migrations across multiple AWS and partner solutions. Using Migration Hub allows you to choose the AWS and partner migration tools that best fit your needs, while giving you visibility into the status of migrations across your portfolio of applications. This allows you to quickly get progress updates across all of your migrations, easily identify and troubleshoot any issues, and reduce the overall time and effort spent on your migration projects.

  • AWS Batch Adds Support for AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2017

    You can now provision AWS Batch resources using AWS CloudFormation, a service that gives you an easy way to deploy and update resources in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS CloudFormation streamlines the process of creating and managing AWS Batch deployments across multiple AWS accounts and regions.

  • Announcing Additional Edge Locations in Chicago and Frankfurt for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the launch of two additional edge locations for Amazon CloudFront, Chicago, Illinois and Frankfurt, Germany. Chicago now has two edge locations while Frankfurt now has six. Each new edge location improves CloudFront’s performance and availability experienced by your application’s end-users.

  • Amazon Redshift announces enhanced support for viewing external Redshift Spectrum tables

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2017

    Using new Amazon Redshift ODBC and JDBC drivers, you can view external Redshift Spectrum tables in your existing SQL client and BI tools. Download the new drivers from the Connect client tab on the Amazon Redshift Management Console.

  • Amazon Redshift announces Federated Authentication with Single Sign-On

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2017

    You can now use the new Amazon Redshift database authentication to simplify the credential management of database users. You can configure Amazon Redshift to automatically generate temporary database credentials based on permissions granted through an AWS IAM policy. You can leverage your corporate directory and third-party SAML-2.0 identity provider, such as ADFS, PingFederate and Okta, to enable your users to easily access their Amazon Redshift clusters using their corporate user names, without managing database users and passwords. Furthermore, database users are automatically created at their first login based on their corporate privileges. The new Amazon Redshift ODBC and JDBC drivers support Windows Integrated Authentication for a simplified client experience. This feature is supported starting with Amazon Redshift ODBC driver version 1.3.6.1000 and JDBC driver version 1.2.7.1003. For more information, see Using IAM Authentication to Generate Database User Credentials in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide.

  • Introducing AWS SAM Local, a CLI Tool to Test AWS Lambda Functions Locally

    Posted On: Aug 11, 2017

    AWS SAM Local is a CLI tool that allows you to locally test and debug your AWS Lambda functions defined by AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) templates. Today, SAM Local supports Lambda functions written in Node.js, Java, and Python. SAM Local is available today in beta.  

  • AWS CodeDeploy Now Supports Using Application Load Balancers for Blue/Green and In-Place Deployments

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    AWS CodeDeploy now supports using Application Load Balancers for both blue/green and in-place deployments. With this update, you can choose between a Classic Load Balancer and an Application Load Balancer for your deployment groups. For blue/green deployments, CodeDeploy re-routes the traffic from instances in the original environment to those in the replacement environment. For in-place deployments, using a load balancer with CodeDeploy increases the fault tolerance of your application as it prevents traffic from being routed to instances that are currently being deployed to. For more information, see Integrating AWS CodeDeploy with Elastic Load Balancing

  • Amazon ECS is now HIPAA Eligible

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) is now HIPAA-eligible. If you have an executed Business Associate Addendum (BAA) with AWS, you can use Amazon ECS to process encrypted Protected Health Information (PHI) using Docker containers deployed onto a cluster of Amazon EC2 compute instances.

  • Updates to Apache Spark and Apache Hive in Amazon EMR release 5.8.0

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    You can now use new versions of Apache Spark (2.2.0), Apache Hive (2.3.0), and Apache Flink (1.3.1) on Amazon EMR release 5.8.0. Spark 2.2.0 resolved over 1,100 tickets, including the general availability of Structured Streaming, new machine learning algorithms in MLlib, and improvements to Spark’s cost-based optimizer. Hive 2.3.0 and Flink 1.3.1 contain bug fixes and improvements. Additionally, you can now store workflow files for Apache Oozie in Amazon S3 and the AWS SDK used by applications on your cluster is now upgraded to 1.11.160.

  • AWS Marketplace cost and usage data now available in AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Budgets, and the AWS Cost & Usage Reports

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    AWS Marketplace is a curated software catalog which allows customers to instantly deploy over 3,800 third-party AMI, SaaS, and Desktop software solutions across 35 product categories. Starting today, AWS Marketplace customers can now analyze and control their costs and usage via AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Budgets, and the AWS Cost & Usage Report (“CUR”). 

  • Software from AWS Marketplace vendors now available to be deployed into the AWS GovCloud (US) region

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    AWS Marketplace now enables customers to discover and subscribe to software that supports regulated workloads through AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US). AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud, assisting customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements. 

  • Amazon Cognito Launches General Availability of a Built-in Customizable User Experience for Sign-in, OAuth 2.0 Support, and Federation with Facebook, Login with Amazon, Google, and SAML providers for User Pools

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    Today we launched the general availability (GA) of features for Amazon Cognito User Pools that enable application developers to easily add and customize a sign-up and sign-in user experience, use OAuth 2.0, and integrate with Facebook, Google, Login with Amazon, and SAML-based identity providers. Now you can enable your users to sign-up and sign-in using social identity providers, corporate identity providers with SAML, and a username, email address or phone number with Cognito User Pools.

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Atlassian Bitbucket Cloud as a Source Type

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    AWS CodeBuild now allows you to easily build and test your source code hosted in Git repositories on Atlassian Bitbucket Cloud. With the new support for Bitbucket Cloud, CodeBuild now integrates with four systems to store your source code, including AWS CodeCommit, Amazon S3, and GitHub. 

  • AWS Encryption SDK now supports data key caching

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2017

    The AWS Encryption SDK is an encryption library that helps make it easier for you to implement encryption best practices in your application. It enables you to focus on the core functionality of your application, rather than on how to best encrypt and decrypt your data. 

  • Amazon Cloud Directory improves search performance with subdirectory queries

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2017

    Amazon Cloud Directory now enables you to optimize your directory searches by only searching a subset of your directory, using a schema facet. For example, instead of searching across all the user objects in your directory, you can search a subset of your directory by searching only the user objects that contain an employee facet.  

  • Amazon QuickSight now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2017

    Amazon QuickSight is now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney).  

  • AWS X-Ray SDK for Python (Beta)

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2017

    AWS X-Ray adds support for Python (beta). 

  • AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge Available in the South America (Sao Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2017

    AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge are now available in the South America (Sao Paulo) region. 

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Lets You Use Microphones with Your Streaming Applications

    Posted On: Aug 4, 2017

    Amazon AppStream 2.0 now allows you to use microphones and other audio input devices with your streamed applications. With this capability, you can use popular collaboration applications, call center solutions, and tools used to record voiceovers, such as video editing software with AppStream 2.0. Since your applications are streamed to an HTML5 browser, your users can now access these solutions from Windows PCs, Mac OS devices, and Linux-based desktops.

  • Amazon Athena adds support for querying data using Logstash Grok filters

    Posted On: Aug 4, 2017

    You can now use Amazon Athena to query data using Logstash Grok filters. Grok is useful for applying patterns to parse unstructured data, usually logs. The patterns are easier to use than regular expressions, because each Grok pattern is essentially a named regular expression. This makes it easier to identify and re-use deserialization patterns. Grok provides a set of pre-defined patterns. You can also create custom patterns.

  • Announcing Third Edge Location in Paris, France for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Aug 4, 2017

    We are happy to announce the launch of our third edge location in Paris, France! This brings Amazon CloudFront's total edge locations to 91 (including 80 points of presence and 11 regional edge cache locations). To see a full list of CloudFront locations, please visit our website here. Meet with the CloudFront team at one of our upcoming webinars.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Adds High Availability Support to the Frankfurt Region

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2017

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now offers Multi-AZ support in the EU Central (Frankfurt) region. This new high availability option leverages SQL Server Mirroring technology, with additional improvements, to meet the requirements of enterprise-grade production workloads running on SQL Server.

  • Deploy the AWS Cloud Infrastructure for SAS Grid with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2017

    This Quick Start automatically deploys the IT infrastructure for implementing SAS Grid and related SAS components on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

  • AWS Marketplace Self-Service Listings Adds Support for SaaS Software Scenarios

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2017

    Today, AWS Marketplace released new feature enhancements to the Seller Self-Service Listings feature, a web-based interface that lets AWS Marketplace software vendors manage their product listings through the AWS Marketplace Management Portal (AMMP). SaaS software vendors that have product listings in AWS Marketplace can now use Self-Service Listings to upload new SaaS Contract products, or make changes to their SaaS Subscriptions and SaaS Contracts product listings, including updating product metadata and making pricing changes. In addition, Self-Service Listings now enables sellers to sunset their AMI or SaaS listings.

  • UK Met Office’s High-Resolution Weather Forecast Data is Now on AWS

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2017

    Archive data from the UK Met Office Global and Regional Ensemble Prediction System (MOGREPS) is now available on Amazon S3. Data from two models is available: MOEGREPS-UK, a high resolution weather forecast covering the United Kingdom, and MOGREPS-G, a global weather forecast. MOGREPS is primarily designed to aid the forecasting of rapid storm development, wind, rain, snow and fog. Accurate weather forecasts allow farmers to predict when to plant crops, let airlines know when it's safe to fly, help governments plan for transportation hazards, and are useful in a number of other ways.

  • NOAA’s GOES-R Series Weather Satellite Imagery is Now on AWS

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2017

    Data from NOAA's GOES-R series satellite is available on Amazon S3. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates a constellation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) to provide continuous weather imagery and monitoring of meteorological and space environment data for the protection of life and property across the United States. GOES satellites provide critical atmospheric, oceanic, climatic and space weather products supporting weather forecasting and warnings, climatologic analysis and prediction, ecosystems management, safe and efficient public and private transportation, and other national priorities.

  • AWS CodeCommit Now Sends State Changes to Amazon CloudWatch Events, Saves User Preferences, and Adds Tag Details View

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2017

    AWS CodeCommit now sends repository state changes to Amazon CloudWatch events. For example, the repository state changes include activities like pushing new code to a code repository. Using these new event types, customers can build Amazon CloudWatch Event rules to match AWS CodeCommit events and route them to one or more targets like an Amazon SNS Topic, AWS Step Functions state machine, or AWS Lambda function to trigger automated workflows to process repository changes. To learn more, read the blog post.

  • Amazon Connect is Now Available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS Region

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2017

    Amazon Connect is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS Region, adding to the two regions where it is already available, the US East (Northern Virginia), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions.

  • Now You Can Use Amazon Cloud Directory to Help Maintain HIPAA and PCI Compliance in the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2017

    Now you can use Amazon Cloud Directory, to build and run applications in the AWS Cloud that are subject to U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Amazon Cloud Directory reduces the effort required of you to deploy compliant infrastructure for your cloud-based applications, as you manage your own HIPAA risk management programs or PCI DSS compliance certification. 

  • New Quick Start: Build a Data Lake Foundation on the AWS Cloud with Apache Zeppelin, Amazon RDS, and Other AWS Services

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2017

    This Quick Start deploys a data lake foundation that integrates services and components to help you migrate data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, and store, monitor, and analyze the data.

  • Additional Example AWS IAM Policies Added to the IAM Documentation for You to Use and Customize

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2017

    You can now more easily create fine-grained AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies by using new Example Policies. The example policies in the IAM documentation include more than thirty examples to help you manage access to your AWS Cloud resources. The example policies provide you policy templates to help you specify specific resources and access conditions in your policies.

  • AWS CodeDeploy Now Provides Flexible EC2 Tagging with Multiple Tag Groups

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2017

    AWS CodeDeploy now supports using multiple tag groups to identify groups of EC2 instances to be included in a deployment group. This new feature allows greater flexibility and more granular control over which instances are included in your deployment groups. If you use a single tag group, any instance identified by at least one tag in the group is included in the deployment group. If you use multiple tag groups, only instances that are identified by at least one tag in each of the tag groups are included. For example, you can define a deployment group that contains only instances tagged with both ‘Application: Frontend’ and ‘Environment: Prod’. For more information, see Tagging Instances for Deployment Groups in AWS CodeDeploy

  • Amazon SES Introduces Open and Click Metrics for Tracking Customer Engagement

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2017

    Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now includes the ability to track open and click events, as well as the ability to publish email sending events to Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS).

  • Now available–Lumberyard Beta 1.10

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2017

    We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.10, the biggest release to date for Amazon’s free AAA game engine. This release contains over 545 features, fixes, and enhancements. Some highlights include:

    Order-independent Transparency – correctly display overlapping transparent surfaces (i.e. wine glasses or ice sculptures) in your games with greater ease
    Temporal Anti-Aliasing - smooth out jagged edges and other imperfections caused by real-time rendering, getting you closer to achieving film-like quality in your games
    Component entity workflows - 35 improvements to help speed up your iteration time
    Cloud Gems - Over 50 improvements to help you better manage your player community
    • Plus much more, including a brand new docking system for customizing the editor, performance enhancements to the material editor, and new cinematic features

  • Amazon Inspector and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager are now HIPAA eligible

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2017

    Amazon Inspector and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager are now HIPAA eligible services. You can now run Amazon Inspector on your EC2 instances that contain protected health information (PHI) and use Systems Manager to manage the infrastructure that contains PHI data.

  • Amazon QuickSight Now Supports Amazon Athena in EU (Ireland), Count Distinct, and Weekly Aggregation

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon QuickSight customers can now connect to Amazon Athena, our serverless, interactive query engine to analyze and visualize their data in Amazon S3 hosted in the EU (Ireland) Region. With this release, you can also use Count Distinct on your dimensions and metrics in the visualizations as well as aggregate date fields by week for SPICE data sets.

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds the Ability to Download CloudTrail Account Activity History

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail now enables you to download CloudTrail account activity history from within the CloudTrail console. Previously, you could only analyze or share account activity offline by using the CloudTrail LookupEvents API, copying and pasting relevant information directly from the CloudTrail console, or searching the CloudTrail S3 bucket for the correct log files. Now, you can download your account activity to a CSV or JSON formatted file. You can use the downloaded files to analyze account activity with 3rd party tools or to backup and store activity history offline. Please visit AWS CloudTrail documentation page for more information.

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports Amazon Kinesis Analytics Applications

    Posted On: Jul 28, 2017

    You can now provision and manage resources for Amazon Kinesis Analytics applications using AWS CloudFormation. With AWS CloudFormation, you can easily provision and update a set of related AWS resources in an orderly and predictable fashion.

  • CloudWatch Events increases Rules and API requests limits

    Posted On: Jul 28, 2017

    We are excited to announce that CloudWatch Events has increased following limits.

  • AWS CodePipeline is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions

    Posted On: Jul 27, 2017

    AWS CodePipeline is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

  • Create a New Default VPC using AWS Console or CLI

    Posted On: Jul 27, 2017

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to create a new default VPC directly from the console or by using the CLI. With this release, customers no longer need to contact AWS support if the default VPC has been deleted, as they can create a new default VPC by using this self-service feature. Customers can also take remedial actions against accidental deletion of default VPCs, by automating creation of a new default VPC using the API. 

  • Amazon Inspector adds event triggers to automatically run assessments

    Posted On: Jul 27, 2017

    Amazon Inspector is excited to announce the launch of Assessment Events. Through an integration with Amazon CloudWatch Events, customers can now create events that automatically trigger Amazon Inspector assessments to run against your environments. Within Amazon CloudWatch Events, you can now create event rules that target your Amazon Inspector assessment templates. When that CloudWatch Event occurs, Amazon Inspector will automatically be notified to run the specified assessment. 

  • Introducing AWS Config Dashboard

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2017

    AWS Config now provides a dashboard with a summarized view of resources in your account. With the AWS Config Dashboard, you can view the total number of resources being recorded in your account and the count of resources by type to easily access the configuration history of a resource. You can also quickly spot the number of resources that are non-compliant with your Config rules in each region, view the Config rules with the most non-compliant resources, and drill down to view the resources that are non-compliant with a particular Config rule. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch introduces High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2017

    We are excited to announce that CloudWatch now supports High-Resolution Custom Metrics and Alarms, enabling you to monitor custom applications and infrastructure in near real-time, down to per-second resolution. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs Achieves HIPAA Eligibility and PCI DSS Compliance

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2017

    Amazon WorkDocs is now HIPAA eligible and is PCI DSS compliant. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can now use Amazon WorkDocs for HIPAA-compliant file storage and collaboration, including files that contain protected health information (PHI). With PCI DSS compliance, you can now use Amazon WorkDocs to store and collaborate on files that contain sensitive card holder data (CHD). 

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Graphics Applications

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2017

    Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing Graphics Desktop and Graphics Pro instance families to deliver high performance graphics applications from AWS. These new graphics instance families allow you to stream powerful graphics applications to a web browser on any desktop, eliminating the need for expensive and bulky workstations. Applications are delivered remotely using NICE DCV, a secure hi-fidelity streaming protocol that is specially tuned for graphics workloads. Since graphics applications can now be run next to data that is stored on AWS, designers, engineers, and analysts using AppStream 2.0 can benefit from a high quality, low latency visualization experience for their 2D and 3D workloads. AppStream 2.0 provides secure, anywhere, anytime access, so your users can use the software and data they need to be productive, wherever there is a web connection. In addition, software developers can move their desktop applications to the cloud without rewriting code, creating new distribution channels and subscription services. 

  • AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF now available in US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2017

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the availability of AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF in the US West (N. California) Region.

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports Multiple Account and Region Provisioning with StackSet

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2017

    AWS CloudFormation has launched a new feature called StackSet that lets you provision a common set of AWS resources across multiple accounts and regions with a single CloudFormation template. 

  • AWS CodeStar is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), & EU (Frankfurt) Regions

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2017

    AWS CodeStar is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), & EU (Frankfurt) Regions.

  • Tag Your Spot Fleet EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet now supports user tags that will automatically propagate to instances launched by your Fleets. This makes it easier for Spot Fleet customers to track ownership, drive their cost accounting processes, implement compliance protocols, and to control access to Spot instances via IAM policies.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Supports Windows Authentication in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2017

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server is expanding the availability of Windows Authentication support to the Canada (Central), EU (London), and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions. 

  • The AWS Deep Learning AMI for Ubuntu is now available with CUDA 8, Ubuntu 16, and the latest versions of deep learning frameworks

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2017

    The latest release of the AWS Deep Learning AMI Ubuntu Version includes several notable updates that help accelerate development of high-performance algorithms. The AMI now comes bundled with the Ubuntu 16.04 base image, NVIDIA CUDA 8 drivers, and the following deep learning framework versions:

    • MXNet v0.10.0.post1
    • TensorFlow v1.2.0
    • Theano 0.9.0
    • Caffe v1.0
    • Caffe2 v0.7.0
    • Keras 1.2.2
    • CNTK v2.0
    • Torch (master branch)
  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Microsoft Active Directory Domains

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2017

    Starting today you can connect your Amazon AppStream 2.0 streaming instances to your Microsoft Active Directory (AD) domain. This new feature allows you to apply your existing AD policies to your streaming instances, and provides your users with single sign on access to Intranet sites, file shares, and network printers from within their applications. Your users are authenticated using a SAML 2.0 provider of your choice, and can access applications that require a connection to your AD domain.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Go 1.8 and Node.js version 8.

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2017

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Go 1.8 and Node.js version 8.  

    Upgrading to latest platform version is easy with Managed Platform Updates. You can learn more here about how to leverage managed updates to automatically upgrade to the latest version during weekly maintenance window. To update your existing environment to the latest platform version visit Updating your Elastic Beanstalk Environment’s Platform version

  • Amazon Connect is Now PCI DSS Compliant

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2017

    Amazon Connect is now certified as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant. Amazon Connect is a simple to use, self-service, cloud-based contact center offering you can use to deliver more engaging customer service experiences. Now you can use Amazon Connect when you need to store, process or transmit cardholder data as part of customer service.  

  • Announcing Second Edge Location in Stockholm, Sweden for Amazon CloudFront

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2017

    We are excited to announce a new edge location for Amazon CloudFront in Stockholm, Sweden. Each new edge location helps improve performance and availability for end users of your application. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Achieves HIPAA Eligibility and PCI Compliance

    Posted On: Jul 21, 2017

    Amazon WorkSpaces is now HIPAA-eligible and is PCI compliant. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS, you can start using Amazon WorkSpaces to deploy HIPAA-compliant cloud desktops that access Protected Health Information (PHI). With PCI compliance, Amazon WorkSpaces has been verified to conform to Payment Card Industry Security Standards and can now be used to utilize applications and files that contain sensitive Card Holder Data (CHD). For more information about HIPAA-eligible and PCI compliant services on AWS, see AWS Service in Scope by Compliance Program. If you don’t have an executed BAA with AWS, contact us and we will put you in touch with a representative from our AWS sales team.

  • Announcing New Edge Location in Kuala Lumpur, Our First in Malaysia

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest edge location for Amazon CloudFront and Route 53 in Kuala Lumpur, our first edge location in Malaysia. Each new edge location helps improve performance, and availability for end users of your application. 

  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Available in EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region. 

  • Amazon EMR now supports launching clusters with custom Amazon Linux AMIs

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    You can now create Amazon EMR clusters with custom Amazon Machine Images (AMI) running Amazon Linux. This enables you to preload additional software on your AMI and use AMIs that you customize and control. You can also encrypt the Amazon EBS root volume of your AMIs with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys. Additionally, you can now adjust the Amazon EBS root volume size for instances in your Amazon EMR cluster. Previously, this was fixed at 10 GiB.  

  • Amazon SNS Console Improvements Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    Several enhancements have been made to the functionality and user experience of the Amazon SNS console in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a flexible, fully managed pub/sub messaging and mobile notifications service for coordinating the delivery of messages to subscribing endpoints and clients. These improvements to the SNS console have made navigation and categorization of information easier, and allow you to now view up to 100,000 SNS topics, subscriptions and endpoints. You also can now run data validation for items such as resource names, ARNs and policies.

  • Amazon EC2 X1 Instances are now available in China (Beijing) and South America (São Paulo) Regions

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    Amazon EC2 X1 instances are now available for use in China (Beijing) and South America (São Paulo) Regions. 

  • The AWS IAM Console Now Remembers Your Preferences for Table Column Selections and Policy Viewing and Editing

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    Two weeks ago, we launched updates to the user list page by adding new information that helps you adhere to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices. In March, we introduced policy summaries, which make it easier for you to understand the permissions in your IAM policies. 

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.3, 9.5.7, 9.4.12 and 9.3.17

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support minor versions 9.6.3, 9.5.7, 9.4.12 and 9.3.17. This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains other bug fixes and improvements. 

  • AWS Mobile Hub enhances Cloud Logic import capabilities and releases React starter project to GitHub

    Posted On: Jul 20, 2017

    AWS Mobile Hub released enhancements to the project import feature today, allowing a developer to import Cloud Logic functions through the one-click import from GitHub feature.  With the Cloud Logic import feature, developers can also specify environment variables and CORS settings, allowing for the same code to be used for multiple functions with different settings (for example, test vs. production workloads or CRUD API for different tables within a DynamoDB database). The Cloud Logic import feature will also provide appropriate authorization for a linked Amazon DynamoDB database and Amazon API gateway, taking care of all resource deployments, service connections and IAM configuration with a single command. 

  • Announcing the new Amazon Kinesis Firehose management console

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2017

    Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to prepare and load real-time streaming data into AWS. The Kinesis Firehose management console is the primary tool for creating and managing Kinesis Firehose delivery streams. Today we have launched the redesigned Kinesis Firehose management console to make it even easier to use.

  • Sixth AZ in US East (N. Virginia) Region

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2017

    Six Availability Zones (AZs) are now available for customers in the US East (N. Virginia) Region. As customers in the US and across the globe continue to grow their usage of AWS, we will continue to expand our infrastructure to meet their needs. This launch brings AWS’s global AZ total to 44 AZs within 16 geographic Regions around the world, with announced plans for 14 more AZs and five more Regions.

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds S3 Data Events in Canada (Central) and EU (London) Regions

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail S3 Data Events allow you to record API actions on Amazon 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. You can programmatically access and act upon the Data Events after they are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket or to Amazon CloudWatch Events. For example, you can quickly reapply the original Access Control List (ACL) on an object if the ACL of an object is modified. 

  • AWS Marketplace announces enhancements to the Product Support Connection

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2017

    AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,800 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced an update to the Product Support Connection “PSC”, which allows customers to optionally provide identifying information (name, contact details, location, job title, and company name) in the AWS Marketplace website for product support purposes to help get better support by letting sellers more easily verify your identity. In this updated feature release, customers will see the new seller support ID field, if the seller is enrolled in PSC and has chosen to enable that field, as an additional piece of data that can be entered, edited, or deleted when filling out their contact details.  

  • Amazon Kinesis Streams Server-Side Encryption Now Available Broadly

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2017

    Earlier this month, we announced support for Server-Side Encryption in Kinesis Streams in select AWS regions. Today, we are expanding the availability of this feature to all public AWS regions except the China (Beijing) region, and to the AWS GovCloud region. Server-side encryption makes it easy to meet strict data management requirements by encrypting your data at rest within Kinesis Streams. For more information, see the Kinesis Streams FAQ page and Server-Side Encryption in the Kinesis Streams Developer Guide.

  • Lambda@Edge now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2017

    Lambda@Edge is now generally available for all customers. You can use this new AWS Lambda feature to run Node.js functions across AWS locations globally without provisioning or managing servers, allowing you to deliver richer, more personalized content with low latency to your customers. 

  • Now You Can Use AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory to Help Maintain HIPAA and PCI Compliance in the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2017

    Now you can use AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, to build and run Active Directory (AD)–aware applications in the AWS Cloud that are subject to U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. AWS Microsoft AD reduces the effort required of you to deploy compliant AD infrastructure for your cloud-based applications, as you manage your own HIPAA risk management programs or PCI DSS compliance certification. 

  • AWS Updated the AWS Customer Agreement

    Posted On: Jul 14, 2017

    The AWS Customer Agreement was updated on June 28, 2017.

    In this update we are improving the terms of the AWS Customer Agreement related to intellectual property rights. These changes include offering uncapped IP infringement protection and removing the patent non-assert clause. AWS customers do not need to take any action to get the benefit of the updates to the online AWS Customer Agreement. The updates took effect on June 28, 2017, and apply to all customers who use the Services under the online AWS Customer Agreement. AWS Customer Agreement.  

  • Amazon RDS Adds Oracle SE2 License Included Option in AWS GovCloud

    Posted On: Jul 14, 2017

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now offers Oracle Standard Edition Two (SE2) as a License Included option in the AWS GovCloud Region. You can also move existing Oracle SE and Oracle SE1 instances to Oracle SE2.

  • AWS CloudFormation adds two new features: Client Request Token and support for Quick-Create links in the CloudFormation console

    Posted On: Jul 14, 2017

    A Client Request Token will now be assigned to each event triggered by a given stack operation performed in the CloudFormation management console. You can easily identify and track the stack operations using the assigned Client Request Token.

  • Read-replica support for Apache HBase on S3 and Apache Flink 1.3.0 in Amazon EMR release 5.7.0

    Posted On: Jul 14, 2017

    You can now create read-replica Apache HBase clusters pointed to the same underlying HBase tables in Amazon S3 on Amazon EMR release 5.7.0. 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 read-replicas, you can increase availability by creating HBase clusters in different Amazon EC2 Availability Zones that read from the same dataset in Amazon S3.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 G3 Instances, the next-generation of GPU-powered instances for graphics-intensive applications

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2017

    You can now launch G3 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Accelerated Compute Instances. G3 instances make it easy to procure a powerful combination of GPU, CPU, and host memory for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Enterprise Edition with License Included Announces Expanded Availability

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2017

    Amazon RDS now offers SQL Server Enterprise Edition License Included in all AWS commercial regions (non-governmental regions) and on additional instance types, R3 and M4, with a minimum of 4 vCPUs.

  • Elastic Load Balancing: Support for LCU metrics on Classic Load Balancer

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2017

    The Classic Load Balancers now support four new metrics in CloudWatch. The metrics allow you to infer your bill if you used the Application Load Balancer for the same traffic profile instead of the Classic Load Balancer. This makes it easy for you to migrate from Classic to the Application Load Balancer.

  • The AWS IoT console is now available in Simplified Chinese, French, and Japanese

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2017

    You can now use the AWS IoT console in English, Simplified Chinese, French, and Japanese. The AWS IoT 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 CloudWatch Events now supports AWS CodePipeline as a target

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports AWS CodePipeline as a target. Amazon CloudWatch Events enables you to respond quickly to application availability issues or configuration changes that might impact performance or security by notifying you of AWS resource changes in near-real-time. You simply write rules to indicate which events are of interest to your application and what automated action to take when a rule matches an event. You can, for example, invoke AWS Lambda functions or notify an Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Cross-Platform and Multi-Step Document Support

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports cross-platform documents, and now you can use multiple steps of the same type in the same document.

  • AWS Database Migration Service Adds Support for AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2017

    You can now provision AWS Database Migration Service resources using AWS CloudFormation, a service that gives you an easy way to provision and update resources in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS CloudFormation can save you time, money and frustration during database migrations.

  • Introducing Target Tracking Scaling Policies for Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2017

    Auto Scaling now supports a new type of scaling policy called target tracking scaling policies that you can use to set up dynamic scaling for your application in just a few simple steps. Adding Auto Scaling to your application is one way to maximize the benefits of AWS. Auto Scaling helps you build systems that respond to changes in demand by automatically launching or terminating Amazon EC2 instances based on conditions that you define. This dynamic scaling helps to improve application availability and reduce costs. For example, you can use Auto Scaling to automatically launch EC2 instances for your Auto Scaling group when demand increases to help maintain performance, and terminate instances when demand drops to save money.

  • Application Load Balancer Adds Support for New RequestCountPerTarget CloudWatch Metric

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that Elastic Load Balancing now supports a new CloudWatch metric called RequestCountPerTarget for Application Load Balancers. The RequestCountPerTarget metric value indicates the average number of requests received by each target in a target group associated with an Application Load Balancer during a specified time period.

  • AWS Device Farm Announces Enhanced Jenkins Support for Web Applications Testing and Additional Features

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2017

    The AWS Device Farm Jenkins plugin provides developers with a mechanism for integrating the Device Farm testing service into continuous integration workflows, enabling build, test, and deployment on real devices, which is critical to delivering high quality applications that delight customers. The plugin is now compatible with the latest version of Jenkins.

  • AWS Device Farm Announces Appium 1.6.5 Support

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2017

    The AWS Device Farm service now supports Appium version 1.6.5. This latest version now includes: complete support of W3C specification’s capability handling; latest Android SDK directory support; faster screenshot capture on Android 5.0 and higher devices; running tests with iOS 10.3.x and Android 7.x devices; setting the url in native context for opening deep links in iOS.

  • Amazon Cognito Achieves HIPAA Eligibility and PCI Compliance, Adds a Simple Way to Sign in Users by Email Address or Phone Number, and Localizes the Management Console

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that Amazon Cognito is now HIPAA eligible, has been added to the AWS Business Associate Agreement (BAA), and is PCI compliant. With HIPAA eligibility, Protected Health Information (PHI) can now be used with Amazon Cognito. Our PCI compliance means that merchants and other service providers now have access to an identity platform that has been verified to conform to PCI standards. 

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Now Supports Linux Patching

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2017

    Patch Manager, part of Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, can now patch Amazon Linux, RHEL, and Ubuntu distributions on your managed instances.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports HugePages

    Posted On: Jul 7, 2017

    Starting today, RDS for Oracle supports HugePages for large database instances. The use of HugePages improves performance of large databases by reducing CPU time spent on memory management and decreasing the size of page tables.

  • Amazon QuickSight now supports visualizing S3 Analytics data with 1-click

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2017

    When S3 Analytics was released in Nov 2016, it gave customers the ability to analyze storage access patterns and transition the right data to the right storage class. Customers could also manually export the data to an S3 bucket to analyze using the business intelligence tool of their choice and gather deeper insights on usage and growth patterns. This helped customers reduce storage costs while optimizing performance based on usage patterns.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) is now available in the South America (São Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2017

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, is now available in the South America (São Paulo) Region. 

  • Increase the Redundancy and Performance of Your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory by Deploying Additional Domain Controllers

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2017

    Starting today, you can increase the redundancy and performance of your directory managed by AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, by deploying additional domain controllers.

  • Use AWS WAF to Mitigate OWASP’s Top 10 Web Application Vulnerabilities

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2017

    Today, AWS WAF released a new security whitepaper: Use AWS WAF to Mitigate OWASP’s Top 10 Web Application Vulnerabilities. This whitepaper describes how you can use AWS WAF, a web application firewall, to address the top application security flaws as named by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Using AWS WAF, you can write rules to match patterns of exploitation attempts in HTTP/S requests and block requests from reaching your web servers. This whitepaper discusses manifestations of these security vulnerabilities, AWS WAF–based mitigation strategies, and other AWS services or solutions that can help address these threats.

  • AWS Config Tracks Changes to AWS CloudFormation Stacks

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2017

    AWS Config now supports tracking changes to AWS CloudFormation stacks. A CloudFormation stack is a collection of AWS resources that you can manage as a single unit. With this release, you can now deep dive into the historical configuration of your CloudFormation stacks and review all changes that occurred to them. For example, you can now determine how your stack policies were changed or what updates were made to the resources within the stack. You can also receive Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) notifications when those changes occur. In addition, you can run a new managed Config rule to check whether your CloudFormation stacks are sending event notifications to an Amazon SNS topic.

  • Amazon Kinesis Streams Introduces Server-Side Encryption

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2017

    You can now encrypt data in your Amazon Kinesis streams using server-side encryption and AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys. Server-side encryption makes it easy to meet strict data management requirements by encrypting your data at rest within Kinesis Streams.

  • Deploy DataStax Enterprise (DSE) on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2017

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys DataStax Enterprise (DSE) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in 30 minutes or less, into a configuration of your choice.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards adds APIs and CloudFormation support

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2017

    We are excited to announce the availability of APIs and CloudFormation support for Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards. You can use the new dashboard APIs or CloudFormation templates to dynamically build and maintain dashboards to monitor your infrastructure and applications.

  • Now You Can Configure Password Policies to Help Meet Your Security Standards with AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2017

    Starting today, you can use AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, to help enforce password policies that meet your security standards. AWS has added five password policies to your AWS Microsoft AD directory, and you can configure and manage these policies to enforce different security requirements for different user groups.

  • AWS CloudFormation coverage updates for Amazon API Gateway, Amazon EC2, Amazon EMR, Amazon DynamoDB and more

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2017

    You can now provision the following AWS resources using CloudFormation.

    • AWS::ApiGateway::DomainName
    • AWS::EC2::EgressOnlyInternetGateway
    • AWS::EMR::InstanceFleetConfig
      • Configure a spot instance fleet for an Amazon EMR cluster using the InstanceFleetConfig resource.
  • AWS Config Supports Rules in South America (Sao Paulo) and Canada (Central) regions

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2017

    AWS Config now supports pre-built and custom rules in South America (Sao Paulo) and Canada (Central) regions.

  • New Information in the AWS IAM Console Helps You Adhere to IAM Best Practices

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2017

    Today, we made it easier for you to follow AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices by adding additional information in the Users section of the IAM console. This new information in the IAM user table helps you monitor user activity in your AWS account and identify access keys and passwords that should be rotated regularly. It also enables you to better audit users’ MFA device usage, and gives you better visibility into users’ group memberships. This information is available in all AWS regions today.

  • Amazon WorkMail Now Allows You to Configure Email Flow Rules

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2017

    Starting today, you can now use email flow rules to filter inbound email traffic for your Amazon WorkMail organizations. This helps you reduce email from unwanted senders, route suspicious mail to junk folders, and make sure important messages are successfully delivered.

  • CloudWatch Events adds cross account event delivery support

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2017

    We are excited to announce that CloudWatch Events now allows different AWS accounts to share events with each other. You can now collect all your events from different AWS accounts to a single account. These events can be EC2 events, AWS API call events, AWS health events, and more. Please see the list of supported events here.  

  • Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition now supports Federated Single Sign-On using SAML 2.0

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2017

    Starting today, Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition customers can use Federated Single Sign-On (SSO) using SAML 2.0 to access QuickSight. This allows users to sign in to their Identity Provider portals with existing credentials and then access QuickSight with a single click, without having to enter any QuickSight-specific account names or passwords. With Federated SSO and QuickSight’s permissions-based just-in-time user provisioning capabilities, AWS administrators can use existing identity management mechanisms to enable QuickSight access for thousands of users with a few clicks. 

  • You can now use Amazon Lex chatbots with Amazon Connect contact centers

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2017

    Amazon Connect now allows you to use Amazon Lex chatbots with your contact flows. With Amazon Lex chatbots, you can add self-service, natural language voice conversations to your contact center customer interactions.

  • Amazon Lex now supports 8 kHz telephony audio for increased speech recognition accuracy

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2017

    The Amazon Lex speech recognition engine has now been trained on telephony audio (8 kHz) to provide increased speech recognition accuracy for conversations over the phone. Amazon Lex enables your users to interact with your application via natural conversation using the same deep learning technology as Amazon Alexa to fulfill most common requests. Amazon Lex chatbots maintain context and manage the dialogue, dynamically adjusting the responses based on the conversation. 

  • AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline are Now Available in US West (San Francisco), EU (London), and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

    AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline are Now Available in US West (San Francisco), EU (London), and Canada (Central) Regions. 

  • AWS CodeCommit is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

    CodeCommit is a fully-managed source control service that makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories. CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use CodeCommit to securely store anything from source code to binaries, and it works seamlessly with your existing Git tools. 

  • Amazon GameLift Fleet Creation Logs

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

    Amazon GameLift now emits logs that help you debug fleet creation. Logs give you greater visibility into build extraction, installation, and runtime configuration validation that help you debug issues seen during fleet creation. After your fleet is created, you can still continue debugging instances of your game server using Amazon GameLift’s server logs and remote instance functionality. 

  • Sync Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Inventory Data to Amazon S3 Buckets

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager can now send inventory data to Amazon S3 buckets, enabling data queries and visualization across multiple accounts and regions. 

  • AWS Database Migration Service Now Available in GovCloud

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

    The AWS Database Migration Service makes it easy for you to migrate production databases to AWS with minimal downtime. You can keep your applications running while you are migrating your database and the AWS Database Migration Service ensures that data changes to the source database that occur during and after the migration are continuously replicated to the target. Migration tasks can be setup in minutes in the AWS Management Console. The AWS Database Migration Service can migrate your data to and from all widely used database platforms, such as Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. The service supports homogeneous migrations such as Oracle to Oracle, as well as heterogeneous migrations between different database platforms, such as Oracle to PostgreSQL, PostgreSQL to MySQL, or even to Amazon Redshift and Amazon DynamoDB. The AWS Database Migration service can be used to perform one-time migrations, or can maintain continuous replication between databases without a customer having to install or configure any complex software. 

  • Announcing .NET Core Support for AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodeStar

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

    You can now easily develop, build, and deploy cross-platform .NET Core applications with AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodeStar. 

  • AWS Direct Connect now provides Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect is announcing general availability of Amazon CloudWatch monitoring for customers’ physical connections to all AWS Regions worldwide except China. AWS Direct Connect customers can now use Amazon CloudWatch Metrics to monitor their physical connections, and use Amazon CloudWatch Alarms to notify them of changes in their physical AWS Direct Connect connection and to trigger actions with the help of Amazon SNS topics. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces introduces new workstation class Power bundles

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2017

    Today we announced the availability of Amazon WorkSpaces Power bundles. These new bundles offer a workstation class, cloud-based virtual desktop designed to meet the needs of power desktop users, such as developers and analysts. Developers can use the WorkSpaces Power bundle to run integrated developer environments (IDE) in the cloud, using applications like Visual Studio, IntelliJ, and Eclipse. With WorkSpaces Power bundles, your development environment is always running, and you can access it from the device of your choice. Analysts can use WorkSpaces Power bundles to run simulations and statistical analysis, using applications like MatLab, GNU Octave, and Stata. When you’re performing analysis on datasets stored on AWS, WorkSpaces Power bundles provide a fast, low-latency user experience because your WorkSpace sits close to your data.

  • AWS Service Catalog TagOptions Library Creates a Better Way to Govern Your AWS Footprint

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2017

    AWS Service Catalog, the recommended tool for managing your approved software and infrastructure products on AWS, has announced a new feature called TagOptions Library to give customers, especially large enterprises, a better way to govern their AWS footprint. 

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds Amazon CloudWatch Events to the API Activity History

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    AWS CloudTrail, a service that continuously monitors and logs your AWS account activity, now allows Amazon CloudWatch Events APIs to be viewed in the CloudTrail console API Activity History page. Previously, CloudWatch Events API actions were available in the S3 bucket log files. Now, you can look up these actions using the API Activity History page, CLI, or the CloudTrail API. This launch also includes additional APIs for the API Activity History page for Amazon EC2, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Cognito, Amazon Kinesis, AWS CloudHSM, and AWS Storage Gateway. You can use the API Activity History page to search for create, modify, and delete event activity from these services using a set of predefined filters. For read-only API activity, go to your Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon CloudWatch Logs. Please visit AWS CloudTrail product page for more information. 

  • AWS Batch is Now Available in Sydney, London, Frankfurt, and Ohio

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and resource requirements of jobs submitted to job queues. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters, allowing you to instead focus on analyzing results and solving problems. AWS Batch plans, schedules, and executes your batch computing workloads which run on Amazon EC2 and Spot Instances. 

  • Amazon ECS RunTask and StartTask APIs now support additional override parameters

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    The Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) RunTask and StartTask APIs now support three additional parameters in task definitions: cpu, memory, and memoryReservation. These additional override parameters make it easier to manage containers through the ECS API. 

  • Amazon Connect adds support for seven new languages

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    Amazon Connect now supports seven new languages, including Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, German, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese. This update provides you with a localized view when accessing the Amazon Connect management console, as well as your Amazon Connect contact center instances. 

  • Amazon Connect is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    Amazon Connect is a simple to use, self-service, cloud-based contact center offering you can use to deliver more engaging customer service experiences. The self-service graphical interface makes it easy to design contact flows, manage agent utilization, and track performance metrics. Setting up a cloud-based contact center with Amazon Connect requires just a few clicks in the Amazon Connect console, allowing your agents to take calls within minutes.

  • Amazon Connect introduces a real-time performance dashboard

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    Amazon Connect, a simple to use, cloud-based contact center service, now provides a real-time performance dashboard so that you can quickly monitor the overall health of your contact center. The dashboard provides visibility into important information, which helps you deliver a better customer support experience, and improve the utilization of your agents. 

  • Amazon RDS Enables Encryption at Rest for Additional T2 Instance Types

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    Amazon RDS now supports encryption at rest for db.t2.small and db.t2.medium database instances. This support is available for the MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server database engines, and can use AWS Key Management Service (KMS) or the engines’ Transparent Data Encryption technologies if available. 

  • Announcing New AWS Direct Connect Locations in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    AWS Direct Connect now has two new locations in LG U+ Pyeong-Chon Mega Center, Seoul, South Korea, and Menara AIMS, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia supporting the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS Regions respectively. Customers in these cities can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS. 

  • AWS Greengrass Available in EU (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2017

    AWS Greengrass is software that lets you run local compute, messaging, data and state synchronization 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. 

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Windows Server 2016

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2017

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Windows Server 2016 (Full) and Windows Server 2016 (Server Core) running IIS 10.0.

  • Deploy a Data Warehouse on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jun 23, 2017

    This Quick Start automatically deploys a modern enterprise data warehouse (EDW) environment based on Amazon Redshift, with the analytics and data visualization capabilities of Tableau Server, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

  • AWS Storage Gateway expands file gateway to run on Microsoft Hyper-V

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    AWS Storage Gateway has expanded file gateway to run on Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 and 2012, in addition to the VMware and Amazon EC2 options previously available.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Hierarchy, Tagging, and Notification Support for Parameter Store

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports parameter hierarchy, tagging, and notifications, available through the Parameter Store capability.

  • AWS CodePipeline Adds Ability To View History Of Pipeline Executions

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    Starting today, you can view the history of your pipeline executions in AWS CodePipeline. This enables you to easily manage and understand your day-to-day software release workflow by giving you visibility into the history of your pipeline activities.

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Provides Build Notifications

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    AWS CodeBuild now provides notifications when your software builds change their state (start, succeed, or fail). This makes it easy for you to track the status of your builds eliminating the need to set up API polls. Now, you can integrate the notifications with Amazon Simple Notification Service and Amazon Cloud Watch enabling you to easily monitor, log, and set alarms for these notifications. Learn how to configure CodeBuild notifications by visiting here.

  • Amazon Athena is now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    Amazon Athena is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions.

    Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries that you run.

    With the latest release customers can now use Amazon Athena in the following regions: US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo).

    To learn more, please visit the Amazon Athena page.

  • CloudWatch simplifies your AWS bill, bringing together CloudWatch charges under one Billing section

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    We are making a change to how we present CloudWatch charges in your AWS bill and Cost and Usage Reports, to make it easy for you to understand your monthly CloudWatch spend. These changes will be effective in all AWS Commercial regions beginning July 2017.

  • Amazon RDS Is Available on M4 Instances in the Sao Paulo Region

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server now allows you to launch M4 instances in the South America (São Paulo) region. Amazon RDS is a managed database service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.

  • AWS Lambda Available in Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    AWS Lambda is now available in the Canada (Central) Region.

  • Amazon API Gateway Available in Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2017

    Amazon API Gateway is now available in the Canada (Central) Region.

  • Amazon Route 53 announces support for multivalue answers in response to DNS queries

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon Route 53 now supports multivalue answers in response to DNS queries. While not a substitute for a load balancer, the ability to return multiple health-checkable IP addresses in response to DNS queries is a way to use DNS to improve availability and load balancing.

    If you want to route traffic approximately randomly to multiple resources, such as web servers, you can create one multivalue answer record for each resource and, optionally, associate an Amazon Route 53 health check with each record. For example, suppose you manage an HTTP web service with a dozen web servers that each have their own IP address. No one web server could handle all of the traffic, but if you create a dozen multivalue answer records, Amazon Route 53 responds to DNS queries with up to eight healthy records in response to each DNS query. Amazon Route 53 gives different answers to different DNS resolvers. If a web server becomes unavailable after a resolver caches a response, client software can try another IP address in the response.

    You can create multivalue answer records programmatically, using the Amazon Route 53 API, the AWS CLI, or the AWS SDKs. At launch, you can also create multivalue answer records using the traffic flow feature in the Amazon Route 53 console. To learn more, see the Amazon Route 53 documentation.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2017

    Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for DynamoDB that delivers up to a 10x performance improvement – from milliseconds to microseconds – even at millions of requests per second. DAX does all the heavy lifting required to add in-memory acceleration to your DynamoDB tables, without requiring you to manage cache invalidation, data population, or cluster management. Now you can simply focus on building great applications for your customers without worrying about performance at scale.

  • AWS Announces Rate-Based Rules for AWS WAF

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2017

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced Rate-based Rules for AWS WAF. This new rule type protects customer websites and APIs from threats such as web-layer DDoS attacks, brute force login attempts and bad bots. Rate Based Rules are automatically triggered when web requests from a client exceed a certain configurable threshold.

  • New Filtering Options and Linked Account Access in AWS Budgets

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2017

    AWS Budgets lets you set custom AWS cost and usage budgets and receive notifications if your budget thresholds are breached. You can set budgets to monitor your total monthly costs or use the available filtering dimensions to track the costs associated with a specific linked account, usage associated with an AWS service, costs by one or more tagged groups, and more. Starting today, your linked accounts will also have access to AWS Budgets. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces adds new security features to manage which client devices can access WorkSpaces

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2017

    Amazon WorkSpaces now provides you additional options to manage which client devices can access your WorkSpaces. This new feature allows you to limit WorkSpaces access to trusted devices only. You can manage access to your WorkSpaces from macOS and Microsoft Windows PCs using your digital certificates. You can also allow or block access for iOS, Android, Chrome OS, and zero clients, as well as the WorkSpaces Web Access client. With these new capabilities, you can further improve your security posture.

  • AWS Schema Conversion Tool Expands Support to Legacy Data Warehouses

    Posted On: Jun 16, 2017

    AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) can now export data from a wider range of commercial data warehouses. You can convert and extract data from legacy versions of Teradata (version 13 and above) and Oracle Data Warehouse (version 10g and above) for direct import into Amazon Redshift, without first performing an in-place upgrade.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports Amazon Kinesis Firehose as a target

    Posted On: Jun 16, 2017

    We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports Amazon Kinesis Firehose as a target. Amazon CloudWatch Events enables you to respond quickly to application availability issues or configuration changes that might impact performance or security by notifying you of AWS resource changes in near-real-time. You simply write rules to indicate which events are of interest to your application and what automated action to take when a rule matches an event. You can, for example, invoke AWS Lambda functions or notify an Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic.

  • Amazon Aurora is Available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Jun 16, 2017

    Amazon Aurora is now available to customers in the AWS EU (Frankfurt) region. This increases the number of available regions to twelve, giving you another option for database placement, availability and scalability.

  • Third AZ in EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Jun 16, 2017

    Customers are now able to use three Availability Zones (AZs) in the EU (Frankfurt) Region. We launched the third AZ in response to continued growth in the use of AWS in Germany and to provide customers with additional flexibility to architect applications across multiple AZs in Germany for high availability and fault tolerance. This launch brings AWS's global AZ total to 43 AZs within 16 geographic Regions around the world.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 introduces built-in user management and web portals for users

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2017

    Amazon AppStream 2.0 now provides built-in user management and web portals for users. These features allow you to easily onboard your users from within the AppStream 2.0 management console, without having to create a custom identity solution or use SAML 2.0 federation. In just a few clicks, you can create and manage users, grant them access to applications, and send them welcome e-mails with login information. The users you create within AppStream 2.0 can then use a web portal to log in and choose the applications they want to use.

  • AWS Batch is Now Available in Tokyo

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2017

    AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and resource requirements of jobs submitted to job queues. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters, allowing you to instead focus on analyzing results and solving problems. AWS Batch plans, schedules, and executes your batch computing workloads which run on Amazon EC2 and Spot Instances. 

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is Now a HIPAA Eligible Service

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2017

    AWS has expanded its HIPAA Compliance Program to include Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS, you can now use Amazon SNS to build HIPAA-compliant applications and publish messages to healthcare systems that contain protected health information (PHI). Amazon SNS is a fully managed pub/sub messaging service that makes it easy to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. With Amazon SNS, you can use topics to decouple message publishers from subscribers and fanout messages to multiple recipients. Information about HIPAA eligible services on AWS can be found at our HIPAA Compliance page

  • Configure Amazon CloudWatch Events as an AWS Lambda Event Source Using the Lambda Console

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2017

    You can now configure Amazon CloudWatch Events as an event source for your AWS Lambda functions using the Lambda console. CloudWatch Events delivers a near real-time stream of system events that describe changes in AWS resources. You can create CloudWatch Events rules to match incoming system events, and route these events to your Lambda functions for processing. 

  • Amazon SQS FIFO Queues are Now Available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2017

    You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) First-in, First-out (FIFO) queues in the US East (N. Virginia) region. 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. Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service that makes it easy to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function improves scalability and reliability. Using SQS, you can send, store, and receive messages between software components at any volume, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available.

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Support for SUSE Linux

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports instances running SUSE Linux.

  • Announcing AWS CloudTrail support in AWS CodeStar

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2017

    AWS CodeStar is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail, enabling you to access the log of AWS CodeStar API calls through AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail records API calls for your account and delivers log files to your Amazon S3 bucket. CloudTrail logs can be used to enable security analysis, track changes to your AWS resources, and aid in compliance auditing. Integrating CodeStar and CloudTrail lets you determine which requests were made to the CodeStar APIs, the source IP address from which each request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and more. You can turn on CloudTrail from the AWS Management Console in two clicks. To learn more about CloudTrail, visit the CloudTrail user guide.

  • AWS X-Ray Supports Visualizing Node and Edge Latency Distribution

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2017

    AWS X-Ray now supports visualizing client and server latency distributions for services in your application. You can visually isolate performance outliers, identify trends, and understand patterns impacting your application performance.

  • Announcing Amazon DynamoDB Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2017

    Starting today, when you create a new DynamoDB table using the AWS Management Console, the table will have Auto Scaling enabled by default. DynamoDB Auto Scaling automatically adjusts read and write throughput capacity, in response to dynamically changing request volumes, with zero downtime.

  • AWS Partner Network Introduces new AWS Competency for top Education Partners

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2017

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) and AWS World Wide Public Sector Partner Program is thrilled to announce the addition of the AWS Education Competency to the Competency program. The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated industry expertise and readily implemented solutions that align with AWS architectural best practices.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs now available in 4 new US and AP regions

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2017

    You can now use the AWS Deep Learning AMIs with Apache MXNet v0.10 and TensorFlow v1.1 for Amazon Linux and Ubuntu in US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Sydney). The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are also available in the following public AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland).

  • Amazon RDS Supports Cross-Region Copying of TDE Encrypted Snapshots

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2017

    Starting today, you can copy Amazon RDS Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) encrypted database snapshots across AWS Regions. This includes databases encrypted with Oracle Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), Microsoft SQL Server TDE, and snapshots created from SQL Server Multi-AZ instances.

  • AWS Mobile Hub Adds Deploy to Mobile Hub Support Directly from GitHub

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2017

    Starting today AWS Mobile Hub has added a new feature making it easier for GitHub community developers to directly deploy AWS cloud resources from GitHub with a click of a button and build cloud-enabled mobile, web or hybrid applications.

  • Amazon Aurora Introduces Database Cloning Capabilities

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2017

    Amazon Aurora now provides an easy, cost-effective way to create database clones. Cloning is useful for a number of purposes including application development, testing, database updates, and running analytical queries, all without impacting the production environment.

  • Amazon Rekognition Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2017

    Amazon Rekognition is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

  • AWS Trusted Advisor Now Checks for Public Snapshots of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) Data

    Posted On: Jun 9, 2017

    AWS Trusted Advisor now helps you better secure your data by alerting you whenever it detects a public snapshot of your Amazon EBS or Amazon RDS data.

    For example, if an Amazon EBS volume snapshot is made public, AWS Trusted Advisor will identify that public snapshot and provide you with an alert so that you can investigate whether it was done intentionally.

    These new checks are available to all AWS customers at no additional charge. Business and Enterprise support customers can use these new checks to enable automated actions via Trusted Advisor's integration with CloudWatch Events.

    For more information about AWS Trusted Advisor, visit Trusted Advisor Best Practices (Checks).

  • Amazon Pinpoint Adds SMS Text Messages and Email Support to Provide Multi-channel Messaging, Campaigns and Analytics

    Posted On: Jun 9, 2017

    Starting today Amazon Pinpoint adds SMS Text and Email Messaging support in addition to Mobile Push Notifications, providing developers, product managers and marketers with multi-channel messaging capabilities to drive user engagement in their applications. Pinpoint also enables backend services and applications to message users directly and provides advanced user and app analytics to understand user behavior and messaging performance.

  • Amazon Athena is now available in Europe (Ireland)

    Posted On: Jun 8, 2017

    Amazon Athena is now available in the Europe (Ireland) region.

    Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries that you run.

    With the latest release customers can now use Amazon Athena in the following regions: US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland). To learn more, please visit the Amazon Athena page.

  • AWS Step Functions Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    Posted On: Jun 8, 2017

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

  • Easily recognize famous individuals and celebrities using Amazon Rekognition

    Posted On: Jun 8, 2017

    You can now use Amazon Rekognition to detect and recognize hundreds of thousands of individuals who are famous, noteworthy, or prominent in their field, from movies, television, politics, business, and sports. The Celebrity Recognition feature allows you to index and quickly search digital image libraries for celebrities based on your particular interest. Just as with other Amazon Rekognition APIs, the RecognizeCelebrities API is integrated with Amazon S3 and AWS Lambda, to process hundreds of millions of images per day, whether it be on-demand, in batch, or in near real-time. The RecognizeCelebrities API provides the name and unique identifier of the celebrity, along with a confidence score, and a link to additional information, for example, the celebrity's IMDB link.

  • AWS Config Rules Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jun 8, 2017

    AWS Config rules are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

  • Amazon SQS FIFO Queues with Exactly-Once Processing are Now Available in the EU (Ireland) Region

    Posted On: Jun 8, 2017

    You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) First-in, First-out (FIFO) queues in the EU (Ireland) region. 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. Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service that makes it easy to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function improves scalability and reliability. Using SQS, you can send, store, and receive messages between software components at any volume, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available.

  • SaaS Sellers in AWS Marketplace can now log metering records with AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2017

    AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,800 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced that SaaS sellers can now log metering records using AWS CloudTrail in all regions. CloudTrail is a service that enables operational auditing of your AWS account along with governance, compliance, and risk auditing. AWS Marketplace now delivers all SaaS Marketplace Metering Service metering records to CloudTrail to help sellers with their operational auditing. Sellers can use CloudTrail logs to help test new SaaS applications, while onboarding to AWS Marketplace, or to confirm that records have been received by the Marketplace Metering Service.

  • Amazon ECS Now Supports Time and Event-Based Task Scheduling

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2017

    Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) now supports the ability to run tasks on a regular, scheduled basis and in response to CloudWatch Events. This makes it easier to launch and stop container services that you need to run only at certain times.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Is Available for Amazon RDS for SQL Server

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2017

    Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available for Amazon RDS for SQL Server. With this release, features such as Partitioning, Compression and Always Encrypted, which were previously available only in the Enterprise Edition, are available across all SQL Server Editions offered in Amazon RDS.

  • Announcing availability of the AWS IoT Button in Europe

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2017

    The AWS IoT Button for developers is now available in Europe. Starting today, the button can be ordered in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain from the local Amazon retail websites. The AWS IoT Button is a Wi-Fi device that can be used to test, pilot and deploy innovative ideas without the need for development of additional hardware, firmware or networking protocols. A wide variety of use cases can be addressed using the AWS IoT button including home automation, ordering, feedback, notification, integration with third party APIs and many others.

  • AWS Greengrass is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2017

    Starting now, AWS Greengrass is available to all customers. AWS Greengrass is software that lets you run local compute, messaging, data and state synchronization 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.

  • AWS Partner Network Launches New Competency, Storage Consulting Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2017

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new AWS Storage Competency for Consulting Partners. 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 Partner Network Launches New Competency, Security Consulting Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2017

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Security Competency for Consulting Partners. 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 CodeCommit is Now Available in US West (N. California), South America (Sao Paulo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and EU (London) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    CodeCommit is a fully-managed source control service that makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories. CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use CodeCommit to securely store anything from source code to binaries, and it works seamlessly with your existing Git tools.

  • Amazon ECS Adds Console Support for Spot Fleet Creation

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    You can now create an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Spot fleet directly from the Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) console. Amazon EC2 Spot instances allow you to bid on spare Amazon EC2 compute capacity, allowing operating cost reductions of 50-90% compared to EC2 On-Demand instances.

  • Amazon Inspector is now available in US West (Northern California)

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    Amazon Inspector is now available in the US West (Northern California) region.

  • Amazon API Gateway Enables Customization of Error Responses

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    You can now customize the default responses returned by Amazon API Gateway for API requests that are not successfully forwarded to your integration backend. You can modify each part of the response generated by API Gateway, such as HTTP status code, header, or response body.

  • Amazon API Gateway Increases Account Level Throttle Limits to 10,000 Requests per Second (RPS)

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    Amazon API Gateway has raised the default limit on requests made to your API to 10,000 requests per second (RPS) from 1,000 RPS. The burst limit has been raised to 5,000 requests across all APIs in your account from the original limit of 2,000 requests. API Gateway throttles requests to your API to prevent it from being overwhelmed by too many requests. To raise the default limit, contact AWS Support.

  • AWS CloudFormation now supports Amazon EMR security configuration, AWS Lambda & AWS X-Ray integration, Amazon CloudWatch percentile, Redshift resource tagging and other coverage updates

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    You can now provision the following AWS resources using CloudFormation.

  • AWS Mobile Hub Adds Javascript Hosting and Streaming for Application Development Testing and Production

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    Starting today AWS Mobile Hub has added new features making it easier for JavaScript developers to build cloud-enabled mobile web or hybrid apps for both testing and production environments.

  • Amazon API Gateway Available in South America (São Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    Amazon API Gateway is now available in the South America (São Paulo) region.

  • AWS Lambda Available in South America (São Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    AWS Lambda is now available in the South America (São Paulo) region.

  • Updated AWS Deep Learning AMIs with Apache MXNet 0.10 and TensorFlow 1.1 now available

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    You can now use Apache MXNet v0.10 and TensorFlow v1.1 with the AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Amazon Linux and Ubuntu. Apache MXNet announced version 0.10, available at http://mxnet.io, with significant improvements to documentation and tutorials including updated installation guides for running MXNet on various operating systems and environments, such as NVIDIA’s Jetson TX2. In addition, current tutorials have been augmented with definitions for basic concepts around foundational development components. API documentation is now more comprehensive, with accompanying samples. Python PIP install packages are now available for the v0.10 release, making it easy to install MXNet on Mac OSX or Linux CPU or GPU environments. These packages also include Intel’s Math Kernel Library (MKL) support for acceleration of math routines on Intel CPUs.

  • New CloudWatch metric for Amazon DynamoDB Time-to-Live (TTL) to track expired item deletions

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    Earlier this year, Amazon DynamoDB released Time-to-Live (TTL), which automatically deletes expired items from your tables, at no additional cost. TTL eliminates the complexity and cost of scanning tables and deleting items that you don't want to retain, saving you money on provisioned throughput and storage.

  • AWS OpsWorks Stacks Adds Custom Tagging Support

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2017

    AWS OpsWorks Stacks now supports custom tagging for AWS resources, improving the ability to organize your resources and report on AWS cost allocation. Previously, you had to manually add and maintain custom tags on all OpsWorks managed resources. Now you can leverage OpsWorks for tag management. After you apply tags to a stack or layer, OpsWorks propagates the tags down to Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon RDS, and Amazon Elastic Block Store resources. This makes it easy to break down costs on an environment, application, or software component level. You can apply tags through the OpsWorks console, the CLI, SDK, or API.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK adds APIs to access and update metadata, tags, and comments

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2017

    Amazon WorkDocs has added a set of APIs to the WorkDocs Administrative SDK. These new APIs allow you to programmatically access and update metadata, tags, and collaborative comments. With these APIs, you can integrate WorkDocs into your applications, use compliance tools such as data loss prevention with WorkDocs, and easily migrate content into WorkDocs.

  • Updates to Apache Spark and in-transit encryption for Presto in Amazon EMR release 5.6.0

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2017

    You can now use new versions of Apache Spark (2.1.1), Apache HBase (1.3.1), Apache Flink (1.2.1), and Apache Mahout (0.13.0) on Amazon EMR release 5.6.0. Each of these updated versions contains bug fixes and minor improvements. Also, Mahout 0.13.0 now supports Spark 2.x. Additionally, you can now enable in-transit data encryption using SSL/TLS for Presto when using an Amazon EMR security configuration. 

  • AWS IoT Now Supports Integration with Salesforce IoT Cloud

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2017

    AWS IoT customers can now route messages from devices directly to Salesforce IoT Cloud with a new AWS IoT Rules Engine Action.