• AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate Encoding for Live Channels

    Posted On: Oct 18, 2018

    You can now deliver a consistently high-quality video viewing experience while reducing overall distribution bitrates by using Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate (QVBR) encoding with AWS Elemental MediaLive. QVBR is a video compression technique that automatically adjusts output bitrates to the complexity of source content and will only use the bits required to maintain a defined level of quality. This means by using QVBR encoding, you can save on distribution costs, while maintaining, or increasing video quality for your viewers.

  • Amazon VPC CNI Plugin Version 1.2.1

    Posted On: Oct 18, 2018

    The Amazon VPC Container Networking Interface (CNI) plugin version 1.2.1 is now available. All new clusters managed by Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) now launch with CNI plugin version 1.2.1.

  • Amazon EC2 R5 and R5d Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Oct 18, 2018
  • Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon RDS for MySQL 5.6

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2018

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, is now generally available on Amazon RDS for MySQL 5.6 release 5.6.41 and higher. It offers a free tier with 7 days of data retention and a paid long-term data retention option.

  • Infineon’s XMC4800 Now Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2018

    Today, Infineon’s XMC4800 IoT Connectivity Kit is qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS. You can now take advantage of Amazon FreeRTOS features and benefits for microcontrollers using the development board from Infineon.

  • Now You Can Create and Manage Users within AWS Single Sign-On

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2018

    AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) now provides a directory by default that you can use to create users and organize them in groups within AWS SSO. Within minutes, you can grant your users and groups permissions to AWS resources in all your AWS accounts as well as many business applications. Your users sign in to a user portal with a single set of credentials configured in AWS SSO to access all of their assigned accounts and applications in a single place. AWS SSO as well as this new directory is available at no additional cost.

  • AWS Marketplace Makes It Easier to Pay For What You Use with SaaS Contracts

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2018

    AWS Marketplace, which lists over 4,200 software listings from more than 1,400 Independent Software Vendors, has announced a new pricing option that enables you to pay-as-you-go if you need additional usage from your original contract. With this new feature, you can combine the discounts from committed usage and the flexibility of on-demand usage. You can select the SaaS product you need in AWS Marketplace, configure the usage and duration you’ve estimated, and review the rate you will pay if your usage goes over the contracted terms.

  • AWS Service Catalog Announces Self-Service Actions

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises to organize and govern cloud resources on AWS, now enables your end users to perform self-service actions on your provisioned products, without needing to grant end users full access to AWS services.

  • AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow Announces New Features

    Posted On: Oct 17, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog has announced new features to the AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow. The connector allows you to use your existing AWS Service Catalog configuration, including curated products, portfolios, constraints, and tagging, and expose this to your ServiceNow administrators and users.

  • AWS Elemental MediaStore Increases Object Size Limit to 25 Megabytes

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaStore, you can now write objects up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size. This means you can originate higher bitrate content and support Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K quality live video streams with predictable latency and scaling to the demand of audience size while providing consistent quality and viewing experience.

  • AWS Service Catalog Adds Integration with AWS CodePipeline

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, a service to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS, now supports AWS CodePipeline. AWS CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery (CD) service that helps you automate release pipelines for fast and reliable updates. Now you can use continuous delivery practices to publish and update product versions in AWS Service Catalog. You can configure a CodePipeline pipeline to automatically trigger based off an update to your code in AWS CodeCommit, Amazon S3, or GitHub.

  • Amazon EMR adds support for resource-based policies and cross-account access to AWS Glue Data Catalog.

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    AWS Glue Data Catalog is a managed metadata repository integrated with Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, and AWS Glue ETL. The Data Catalog simplifies metadata management and provides automatic schema discovery and schema version history. With Amazon EMR, you can use the Data Catalog as the default metastore for Spark, Presto, and Hive instead of using an on-cluster or self-managed Hive Metastore. With the recent release of resource-based policies and resource-level permissions for the Data Catalog, you can restrict or allow EMR access to catalog objects such as databases and tables. The release also allows EMR clusters in different accounts to access a single Data Catalog, enabling cross-account access. Amazon S3 policies continue to govern access to data stored in Amazon S3, with Data Catalog policies adding another layer of protection. Learn more

  • Amazon Athena adds support for resource-based policies defined in the AWS Glue Data Catalog

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    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. Athena uses the Glue Data Catalog, a managed repository, integrated with Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, and AWS Glue ETL, to store metadata information, and automate schema discovery and schema version history. With the recent release of resource-based policies and resource-level permissions for the AWS Glue Data Catalog, you can restrict or allow Athena access to Data Catalog Objects such as databases and tables. Please note that you still need S3 policies to govern access to data stored in Amazon S3. Click here to learn more

  • AWS Public Datasets Now Available from the German Meteorological Office, Broad Institute, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, fast.ai, and Others

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    19 new AWS Public Datasets are now available for researchers and developers interested in life sciences, environmental science, machine learning, multimedia, civic tech, and cyber security.

  • AWS Lambda announces service level agreement

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018
  • Customize Your Payment Frequency and More with AWS Marketplace Flexible Payment Scheduler

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    AWS Marketplace announces the launch of Flexible Payment Scheduler, a new feature that enables you to negotiate details such as the number of units, payment amounts, payment dates, and end-user licensing in their payment schedule.

  • Announcing Managed Databases for Amazon Lightsail

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    Today, Amazon Lightsail announces the addition of managed databases to its easy-to-use cloud platform, allowing you to create a fully configured database in minutes for a low, predictable price. Lightsail databases bundle together a database instance, SSD-backed storage, a data transfer allocation, and management tools, starting at $15/month.

  • AWS Managed Microsoft AD Now Offers Additional Configurations to Connect to Your Existing Microsoft AD

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, now gives you an additional option to implement the principle of least privilege by reducing the scope of access through the Active Directory (AD) trusts between AWS Managed Microsoft AD and your existing Microsoft AD. As an alternative to forest-wide trust, you can now use external trusts to connect to specific child or tree domains in your existing Microsoft AD forest.

  • Amazon EC2 F1 Instances are Now Available for Preview in the China (Beijing) AWS Region

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018
  • Encrypt your previously unencrypted Amazon Redshift cluster with 1-click

    Posted On: Oct 16, 2018

    You can now easily encrypt a previously unencrypted Amazon Redshift cluster with an AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) encryption key. 

  • Specify Parameter Groups when Restoring Amazon RDS Backups

    Posted On: Oct 15, 2018

    Starting today, you can specify a database parameter group when you restore an Amazon RDS or Amazon Aurora database from a snapshot or restore a database to a specific point in in time. Previously, restoring a database used the default parameter group and you had to wait until the restore was finished before changing it to the desired configuration.

  • New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: Optimized TensorFlow 1.11, Chainer 4.5, Keras 2.2.4, and Theano 1.0.3

    Posted On: Oct 15, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with optimized builds of TensorFlow 1.11, Chainer 4.5, Keras 2.2.4, and Theano 1.0.3.

  • AWS Glue now supports resource-based policies and resource-level permissions for the AWS Glue Data Catalog

    Posted On: Oct 15, 2018

    You can now restrict access to specific AWS Glue Data Catalog objects with resource-based policies and resource-level permissions. You can set up a resource-based policy on your AWS Glue Data Catalog to give AWS Identify and Access Management (IAM) users and roles granular access to metadata definitions of databases, tables, connections, and user-defined functions. You can also restrict access to specific objects in the AWS Glue Data Catalog using resource-level permissions in identity-based policies (IAM policies).

  • Adding custom domains in Amazon WorkMail made easier with in-depth DNS verification

    Posted On: Oct 15, 2018

    Amazon WorkMail now provides real-time diagnostic checks for configuring custom domains, making using your own domain with Amazon WorkMail even easier. Customers can already use their own domain for their WorkMail organization. To do so, you need to configure your DNS records with your DNS hosting provider, which can be difficult to do and is sometimes error prone. Now, Amazon WorkMail lets you verify your DNS settings directly from the Amazon WorkMail console. If the DNS settings are incorrect, Amazon WorkMail will prompt you with the information you need to correct the errors.

    In addition, we are also providing deeper, automated checks for Autodiscover configuration, so administrators can verify that their endpoint is working correctly before asking their users to configure their email clients. This immediate feedback can save customers hours of debugging email domain issues due to typos, missing records, and differences between DNS hosting providers.

    These troubleshooting features are available today for Amazon WorkMail domains hosted by any provider and available in all AWS Regions where Amazon WorkMail is offered. To learn more about Amazon WorkMail, or to start your trial, please visit Amazon WorkMail.

  • Amazon S3 Select is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Oct 12, 2018

    Amazon S3 Select is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region, an isolated region designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US Government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud. 

  • Amazon EKS Enables Support for Kubernetes Dynamic Admission Controllers

    Posted On: Oct 12, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) now supports dynamic admission controllers, allowing customers to deploy custom webhooks that enable additional open source tools for controlling network traffic and monitoring Kubernetes clusters on AWS.

  • Amazon CloudFront announces two new Edge locations, including its second location in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

    Posted On: Oct 12, 2018

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces two new Edge locations: Fujairah, United Arab Emirates and Paris, France. Fujairah is our second Edge location in the United Arab Emirates; the first, Dubai, was launched last month. Customers delivering content within the United Arab Emirates can expect to see up to 90% latency improvements on average. The addition of a new Edge location in Paris, France increases our capacity by 50% within the area. A full list of CloudFront’s global locations is available on the CloudFront Details webpage.

  • Amazon Aurora Databases Support up to Five Cross-Region Read Replicas

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    You can now create read replicas for an Amazon Aurora database in up to five AWS regions. This capability is available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility.

  • AWS Systems Manager Launches Custom Approvals for Patching

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager now provides more control on the patching workflow by adding the ability to define exactly what patches are approved for deployment and for how long those approved patches should be used for patching operations.

  • AWS Direct Connect now Supports Jumbo Frames for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Traffic

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    Customers can now use Jumbo Frames for traffic between their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and on-premises networks over AWS Direct Connect.

    The maximum transmission unit (MTU) of a network connection is the size, in bytes, of the largest permissible packet that can be passed over the connection. The larger the MTU of a connection, the more data can be passed in a single packet. Until now, traffic over AWS Direct Connect was limited to 1,500 MTU.

    With this release, customers can use Jumbo Frames for their AWS Direct Connect traffic. Jumbo Frames allow more than 1,500 bytes (up to 9,001 bytes) of data by increasing the payload size per packet, and thus lowering the packet overhead. As a result, you need fewer packets to send the same amount of data, which improves the end-to-end network performance. In addition, this release enables new use cases, such as supporting network overlay protocols, for on-premises connectivity over AWS Direct Connect.

    Support for Jumbo Frames over AWS Direct Connect is available in all AWS Regions. For more information see the AWS Direct Connect documentation.

  • Resource Groups Tagging API Supports Additional AWS Services

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    You can now use the Resource Groups Tagging API to centrally manage tags and search resources for 6 additional AWS Services: Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, AWS Secrets Manager, AWS Certificate Manager Private CA, AWS IoT Analytics, Amazon Aurora, and AWS Service Catalog.

  • AWS Lambda Console Now Enables You to Manage and Monitor Serverless Applications

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    You can now view, manage, and monitor your serverless applications directly from the AWS Lambda console using the new Applications menu. This allows you to perform application level actions such as viewing all resources that together make up your application, and monitoring performance, errors, and traffic metrics for the application.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 32TiB

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    Starting today, you can create Amazon RDS for Oracle database instances with up to 32TiB of storage. Existing database instances using SSD-backed storage can also be scaled up to 32TiB storage without any downtime

  • Introducing a New Size for Amazon EC2 G3 Graphics Accelerated Instances

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    Starting today, you can launch a smaller G3 instance - g3s.xlarge. Like other G3 instances, this new size is powered by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs but is designed to be cost-effective for workloads that don’t need the high vCPU and RAM that current larger G3 instance sizes provide. The g3s.xlarge size has 4 vCPUs and 30.5 GiB of memory and is 50% lower in price compared to g3.4xlarge for Windows and 34% lower in price compared to g3.4xlarge for Linux. The below table shows all of the currently available G3 instance sizes.

  • Amazon Athena adds support for Creating Tables using the results of a Select query (CTAS)

    Posted On: Oct 11, 2018

    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. Today, we are releasing support for creating tables using the results of a Select query or support for Create Table As Select (CTAS) statement. Analysts can use CTAS statements to create new tables from existing tables on a subset of data, or a subset of columns, with options to convert the data into columnar formats, such as Apache Parquet and Apache ORC, and partition it. Athena automatically adds the resultant table and partitions to the Glue Data Catalog, making them immediately available for subsequent queries. By default, CTAS statements in Athena write data in Parquet format. Other supported formats include Apache ORC, AVRO, JSON, and Text, with options to use Gzip or Snappy as compression formats. You can also bucket your data by columns or choose to encrypt it.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Console Supports Network Load Balancer

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports creating Network Load Balancers through the AWS Elastic Beanstalk console.

  • AD Connector, part of AWS Directory Service, is now available in the US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    AD Connector enables you to use your existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory (AD) identities to access compatible AWS applications, such as Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Connect, and Amazon Chime and to single sign-on (SSO) to multiple AWS accounts and business applications. AD Connector provides a proxy that directs AD requests from these applications to your on-premises Microsoft AD, without caching information in the AWS Cloud.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.5.61, 5.6.41, and 5.7.23

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.5.61, 5.6.41, and 5.7.23 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include functionality improvements and fixes for the MySQL database engine.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports global transaction identifiers (GTIDs)

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports global transaction identifiers (GTIDs), which uniquely identify each transaction on the server and within a replication setup.

  • Amazon Transcribe Supports Deletion of Completed Transcription Jobs

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. Starting today, you have the ability to conveniently delete completed transcription jobs. This gives you end-to-end control over your transcription jobs and for how long your output transcripts are stored.

  • AWS Cost Explorer’s Reserved Instance Reports now Support Amazon Elasticsearch Reservations

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    AWS Cost Explorer’s Reserved Instance (RI) Utilization and Coverage reports provide you with the ability to visualize your utilization and coverage trends both at a high level (e.g., utilization across all Amazon RDS reservations) or for highly-specific requests (e.g., utilization of all regional Amazon EC2 reservations owned by a particular linked account).

  • Amazon Comprehend Extends Natural Language Processing for Additional Languages and Region

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018
  • AWS PrivateLink now supports access over Inter-Region VPC Peering

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    Applications in an AWS VPC can now securely access AWS PrivateLink endpoints across AWS Regions using Inter-Region VPC Peering. AWS PrivateLink allows you to privately access services hosted on AWS in a highly available and scalable manner, without using public IPs, and without requiring the traffic to traverse the Internet. This release makes it possible for customers to privately connect to a service even if the service endpoint resides in a different AWS Region. Traffic using Inter-Region VPC Peering stays on the global AWS backbone and never traverses the public Internet.

    AWS PrivateLink is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo) AWS Regions. To learn more, visit the AWS PrivateLink documentation.

  • AWS Lambda enables functions that can run up to 15 minutes

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    You can now configure your AWS Lambda functions to run up to 15 minutes per execution. Previously, the maximum execution time (timeout) for a Lambda function was 5 minutes. Now, it is easier than ever to perform big data analysis, bulk data transformation, batch event processing, and statistical computations using longer running functions.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports an Improved Pipe Mode Implementation

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now includes an improved Pipe Mode implementation that accelerates the speed at which data can be streamed from Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) into SageMaker, while training machine learning (ML) models. The latest implementation of Pipe Mode provides up to 9 times better data streaming throughput compared to File Mode.

  • AWS Single Sign-on Now Enables You to Customize the User Experience to Business Applications

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) now enables you to configure additional settings that allow you to customize the user experience to business applications. By setting relay state, you can configure the specific page in the application that you expect your users to navigate to when they select the application in AWS SSO user portal. You can also configure the session duration for business applications so that your users have appropriate time to complete tasks within the application using a single session. To learn more about how to configure these settings, see Manage SSO to Your Applications.

  • Network Load Balancer now supports Inter-Region VPC Peering

    Posted On: Oct 10, 2018

    Network Load Balancers now support connections from clients to IP-based targets in peered VPCs across different AWS Regions. Previously, access to Network Load Balancers from an inter-region peered VPC was not possible. With this launch, you can now have clients access Network Load Balancers over an inter-region peered VPC. Network Load Balancers can also load balance to IP-based targets that are deployed in an inter-region peered VPC. This support on Network Load Balancers is available in all AWS Regions. To learn more, visit the Network Load Balancer documentation.

  • Deploy Spotinst Elastigroup for Amazon ECS on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys Spotinst Elastigroup for Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

  • Alexa for Business Now Lets Users Book Conference Rooms Using Alexa

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2018

    Starting today, Alexa for Business lets users check availability and reserve conference rooms using Alexa. Finding and booking a conference room for a last minute meeting is frequently a stressful, time-consuming task for many people. With Alexa for Business, users can check the current or future availability of the conference room they are in by asking, “Alexa, is this room free?”, or “Alexa, is this room free at 4?”. Or, they can reserve the room by saying “Alexa, book this room for half an hour”, or “Alexa, reserve this room at 2”. Conference rooms that are open might actually be reserved for a meeting, so users can identify who owns the current reservation by asking, “Alexa, who booked this room?”, and then find out if the meeting is actually happening or not.

  • Coming Soon — Amazon Connect in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region

    Posted On: Oct 9, 2018

    Amazon Connect will be available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region in the coming months, which lets businesses in Japan offer the best possible customer service experience to their customers.  The expansion into Tokyo provides  you more options to provision your Amazon Connect cloud contact center with the other AWS services you use.  

  • Amazon GuardDuty Provides Customization of Notification Frequency to Amazon CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2018

    Amazon GuardDuty customers can now customize the notification frequency to Amazon CloudWatch Events for subsequent occurrences of an existing finding. Prior to this feature, recurring GuardDuty findings generated a CloudWatch Event every 6 hours. Now, customers can customize this to recur in 15 minute, 1 hour or the default 6 hour intervals. Unique/first time findings still generate a CloudWatch Event close to real time.

  • AWS IoT Device Management Now Provides In Progress Timeouts and Step Timeouts for Jobs

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2018

    AWS IoT Device Management now provides two new jobs timeout configurations, in progress timeouts and step timeouts, which provide additional mechanisms to control and track executions for jobs running on devices. Jobs let you send remote actions to one or many devices at once, control the deployment of your jobs to your devices, and track the current and historical status of your jobs running on each device.

  • Amazon EC2 Now Supports Tagging in Dedicated Hosts Upon Allocation

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2018

    You can now assign tags to your Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts upon allocation, using the AllocateHost APIs. Tags enable you to categorize your AWS resources in different ways such as by purpose, by owner, or by environment. You can quickly identify a host based on the tags you have assigned to it.

    An Amazon EC2 Dedicated Host is a physical server with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated to your use. Dedicated Hosts can help you address compliance requirements and reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses. By tagging hosts at the time of allocation, you can eliminate the need to run custom scripts later on.

    To learn more about tagging your Amazon EC2 Dedicated hosts, visit the EC2 user guide.

     

  • Consulting Partners Can Now Resell Software Solutions Available in AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2018

    AWS Marketplace, which lists over 4,200 software listings from 1,400 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), has announced that customers can now purchase software solutions directly from their preferred Consulting Partner in AWS Marketplace. This new feature helps you benefit from Consulting Partners who have knowledge of your business, localized support, and expertise and expands the ways you can purchase in AWS Marketplace. You can also negotiate with Consulting Partners who are authorized by an ISV on offer details such as pricing, end-user licensing terms, and add professional services before an offer is created. When offer details are finalized, Consulting Partners work with an AWS Marketplace representative to create and extend an offer with Seller Private Offers.

  • Amazon Rekognition improves the accuracy of image moderation

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based image and video analysis service that can identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect unsafe content. Amazon Rekognition now comes with an improved image moderation model that reduces false positive rates by 40% on average without any reduction in detection rates for truly unsafe content. Lower false positive rates imply lower volumes of flagged images to be reviewed further, leading to higher efficiency of human moderators and more cost savings.

  • NICE DCV Now Supports Credential Providers in Windows, Audio-out in Linux, and Multiple GPU Encoding

    Posted On: Oct 8, 2018

    We are happy to announce the release of NICE DCV (Desktop Cloud Visualization) version 2017.2.

  • AWS Glue now supports connecting Amazon SageMaker notebooks to development endpoints

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2018

    You can now create an Amazon SageMaker notebook from the AWS Glue Console and connect it to an AWS Glue development endpoint. With this integration, you can now use Amazon SageMaker’s fully managed notebooks instead of provisioning and managing your own notebook servers, making it easier and faster to start developing your AWS Glue ETL scripts. An AWS Glue development endpoint is a serverless Apache Spark environment that you can use to develop, debug, and test your AWS Glue ETL scripts in an interactive manner. To learn more, please visit our documentation.

  • Amazon SageMaker Announces Enhancements to its Built-In Image Classification Algorithm

    Posted On: Oct 5, 2018

    The built-in Image Classification algorithm that comes with Amazon SageMaker now supports additional enhancements. The algorithm now supports multi-label inputs and mixed-precision mode for faster training.

  • Amazon API Gateway adds support for multi-value parameters

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon API Gateway supports multiple headers and query string parameters with the same name in the API Request.

    Amazon API Gateway gives you the capability to quickly create, publish, maintain, monitor and secure APIs at scale. You can now pass multiple values for the same key in the header and query string when calling the API. This feature also supports returning multiple headers with the same name in the API response, for example sending multiple “Set-Cookie” headers.

    This feature is available in all regions where API Gateway is available. To see all regions where API Gateway is available, see the AWS region table.

    To learn more about this feature, please visit the documentation here.

    Please visit our product page for more information about Amazon API Gateway.

  • Improved AWS Management Console With Advanced Capabilities now Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    Starting today, the AWS Management Console in AWS GovCloud (US) makes it easier to find services and access them quickly.

    When you visit the new and improved AWS Management Console in AWS GovCloud (US), you can search for AWS services using keywords that describe what the service does, even if you don't remember the actual service name. You can create shortcuts to your favorite services by clicking on the “pin” on the top of the Management Console, or you can let the Management Console create shortcuts for you automatically each time you visit a service.

    If you are new to AWS, the “Build a Solution” feature helps you get started with popular AWS services.

    These improvements are available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. To start using these features, login to the AWS Management Console.

  • Amazon Kinesis Video Streams now supports adding and retrieving Metadata at Fragment-Level

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    Amazon Kinesis Video Streams now enables you to easily add metadata to and retrieve from individual fragments in a Kinesis Video stream to build richer applications in the AWS cloud. For example, you can now send GPS values as metadata with each video fragment from an on-person camera, or send temperature values with videos fragments from a baby monitor, and then use both the metadata and video fragments in your consuming applications to create richer user experiences.

    A fragment represents a segment of video, audio, or other time-encoded data. Metadata in Kinesis Video Streams is a mutable key-value pair that can be used to describe the content of the fragment, embed associated sensor readings, or any other custom data that needs to be transferred along with the actual fragment.

    Fragment-level metadata gives you granular control over passing and processing additional information with each video fragment. The metadata is stored along with the video fragment for the entire duration of the stream's retention period. You can use it to embed GPS or temperature sensor values to video fragments that your consuming application can then use for creating meaningful correlations, or you can use it to mark exactly those video fragments that contain motion detected by your edge device, like a camera. Your deep-learning cloud application can then use this metadata to inform the next stage of processing such as identifying faces or objects.

    Your stream producing application or device can use the Kinesis Video Producer SDK to add metadata to a video fragment. Your consuming application can use the Kinesis Video Stream Parser Library to easily retrieve the metadata for each fragment via the GetMedia or GetMediaForFragmentList API operations for further processing. To learn more, please see the developer documentation.

    Refer to the AWS global region table for Amazon Kinesis Video Streams availability.

  • AWS Config Multi-Account, Multi-Region Data Aggregation Capability Now Available in Six Additional Regions

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    AWS Config now supports multi-account, multi-Region data aggregation capability in six additional AWS Regions. This feature enables you to aggregate AWS Config rule compliance data into a single account and Region, which reduces the time and overhead needed to gather an enterprise-wide view of your compliance status for governance.

  • SQLT Diagnostics Tool Version 12.2.180331 is Now Available for Amazon for Oracle

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Oracle SQLTXPLAIN (SQLT) version 12.2.180331 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.

  • Amazon WorkDocs new Web UI

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    Starting today, users can experience a new visual layout when they access Amazon WorkDocs from their browser.  The new interface provides easier collaboration and improves the user experience when editing, commenting, and setting file and folder permissions.    

    Key features like uploading and sharing content, as well as collaboration across documents can now be performed more easily with these web UI changes. Users will be able to easily discover and incorporate new features into their workflows effortlessly.  

    With this new release, you can create a document, spreadsheet, presentation, or folder by clicking on New from the top navigation bar. You can easily upload and download content by clicking on Actions from the top navigation bar. Finally, the new interface makes it easy to share files and documents as well as manage permissions by clicking on Share from the top navigation bar.  

    The new web UI is offered to customers at no additional cost for all Amazon WorkDocs users and is available in all AWS regions that include WorkDocs. Discover more about Amazon WorkDocs and start your 30-day trial today.

     
  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 10.5, 9.6.10, 9.5.14, 9.4.19, and 9.3.24 for Commercial Regions

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 10.5, 9.6.10, 9.5.14, 9.4.19, and 9.3.24. This release fixes PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities included in current and previous minor releases by the PostgreSQL community and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

    With this update, we have also added support for extensions pglogical version 2.2.0 and pg_similarity version 1.0 in PostgreSQL 10.5 and 9.6.10; pageinspect version 1.6 extension is supported with PostgreSQL 10.5; Map Box Vector Tiles in PostGIS with libprotobuf-c is supported with PostgreSQL 10.5; wal2json has been updated to 01c5c1ec in PostgreSQL 10.5 and 9.6.10; and pg_hint_plan has been updated to 1.3.1 and 1.2.3.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • Amazon Redshift announces Query Editor to run queries directly from the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    You can now query data in your Amazon Redshift cluster directly from your AWS Management console, using the new Query Editor. This provides an easier way for admins and end users to run SQL queries without having to install and setup an external JDBC/ODBC client. Query results are instantly visible within the console.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Launches Client-side Metric Data Aggregations

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch now enables you to aggregate metric data on the client-side and publish it in a single PutMetricData API call. This allows you to efficiently ingest high volumes of metric data whilst reducing costs with fewer API calls.

  • July 2018 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) for 12c is Now Available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2018

    Oracle Patch Set Updates contain critical security updates and other important updates. The July 2018 PSUs are now available for 12c on Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation.

  • Amazon Neptune is Now Available in EU (London)

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2018

    Amazon Neptune is now available in the EU (London) region.

  • Major Updates to Two AWS Classroom Training Courses

    Posted On: Oct 3, 2018

    We've updated two of our AWS training courses to map to the latest AWS service updates and current best practices: Architecting on AWS and Security Engineering on AWS. Classes are taught by accredited AWS instructors so you can learn best practices and get live feedback to your questions.

  • Amazon MQ is Now HIPAA Eligible

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2018

    You can now use Amazon MQ to build HIPAA-compliant applications, and store and transmit messages between healthcare systems, including messages containing protected health information (PHI).  

  • AWS Migration Hub Saves Time Migrating with Application Migration Status Automation

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2018

    AWS Migration Hub provides a single location to track the progress of servers and database migrations as applications across multiple AWS and partner migration tools. Using Migration Hub, your application’s migration status now automatically updates when the app’s server or database migrations start. When you’re migrating hundreds or thousands of servers to AWS, it is a best practice to track your server and database migrations as application groupings.

  • Deploy Illumina DRAGEN on the AWS Cloud with new Quick Start

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys Dynamic Read Analysis for GENomics Complete Suite (DRAGEN CS), a data analysis platform by Illumina, on the AWS Cloud in about 15 minutes.

  • AWS Cloud9 Now Supports TypeScript

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2018

    AWS Cloud9 now supports the TypeScript programming language. You can begin to develop using TypeScript on Cloud9 environments.

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Building Bitbucket Pull Requests

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2018

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

  • Amazon EC2 F1 Instance Expands to More Regions, Adds New Features, and Improves Development Tools

    Posted On: Oct 2, 2018
  • AWS Systems Manager Announces Enhanced Compliance Dashboard

    Posted On: Oct 1, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager simplifies compliance workflow by enabling you to monitor patching and configuration compliance by user-defined logical groupings such as patch groups or environment. Additionally, you can now drill down into non-compliant items for more details using the same screen.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Agent adds Custom Metrics Support

    Posted On: Sep 28, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Agent now supports the ability to publish custom StatsD or collectd metrics to CloudWatch. You can leverage these custom metrics to create alarms for triggering notifications and auto-scaling actions or save them to dashboards for quick viewing in CloudWatch. 

  • AWS X-Ray is Now Available in the Europe (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Starting today, AWS X-Ray is now available in Europe (Paris) Region. 

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports IAM Authentication

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Amazon RDS enables you to use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage database access for Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL DB instances. Database administrators can now associate database users with IAM users and roles. By using IAM, you can manage user access to all AWS resources from a single location, avoiding issues caused by permissions that are out of sync on different AWS resources.

    You can choose to use IAM for database user authentication simply by selecting a checkbox during the DB instance creation process. Existing DB instances can also be modified to enable IAM authentication. Once this feature is enabled, database administrators can associate new and existing database users to IAM users and roles. Credentials can then be managed via IAM without needing to manage users in the database. This includes expanding and restricting permission levels, associating permissions with different roles, and revoking access. IAM authentication also allows easier and safer integration with your applications running on EC2.

    After configuring the database for IAM authentication, client applications authenticate to the database engine by providing temporary security credentials generated by the IAM Security Token Service. These credentials are used instead of providing a password to the database engine.

    Database IAM authentication is available for Amazon RDS database instances running PostgreSQL versions 9.5.13, 9.6.9, and 10.4 (and higher).

    To learn more about enabling IAM authentication for your database instance, please refer to the Amazon RDS documentation. To learn more about IAM, refer to the AWS Identity and Access Management page.

     

  • Amazon ECS Service Discovery Now Available in Canada, São Paulo, Seoul, Mumbai, and Paris Regions

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now includes integrated service discovery in Canada (Central), South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and EU (Paris) regions.

    Amazon ECS service discovery makes it easy for your containerized services to discover and connect with each other. Amazon ECS creates and manages a registry of service names using the Route53 Auto Naming API so you can refer to a service by name in your code and write DNS queries to have the service name resolve to the service’s endpoint at runtime.

    Today, service discovery is availablefor all networking modes for EC2 launch type or with AWS Fargate.

    To learn more, visit the Amazon ECS Service Discovery documentation.

    You can use Amazon ECS Service Discovery in all AWS regions where Amazon ECS and Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming are available. These now include Canada (Central), South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), EU (Paris), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), and EU (Ireland) regions. 
     

  • Changes to Tags on AWS Resources Now Generate Amazon CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Notifications about changes to tags are now available via Amazon CloudWatch Events. This allows you to monitor tag states on your AWS resources.

  • Amazon API Gateway adds support for OpenAPI 3.0 API specification

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon API Gateway supports importing and exporting APIs using the OpenAPI 3.0 API specification.

    The OpenAPI specification is a widely adopted standard for documenting APIs. OpenAPI 3.0 is the latest version of the OpenAPI specification and offers a number of improvements over OpenAPI 2.

    Support for this specification will allow our customers to improve API development and better compatibility with other tools in the API ecosystem.

    The OpenAPI 3.0 support is available in all regions where API Gateway is available. To see all regions where API Gateway is available, see the AWS region table. To learn more and for a sample of the OpenAPI 3.0 specification, please visit the documentation here.

    Please visit our product page for more information about Amazon API Gateway.

  • Amazon SageMaker is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region, an isolated region designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US Government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud.

  • AWS CodeCommit Supports New File and Folder Actions via the CLI and SDKs

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    AWS CodeCommit enables you to directly delete a file, get contents of a file, and access a folder through the AWS CLI, and SDKs. Previously, you needed to install and configure a Git client to perform any of these operations. Now, you can save time by quickly performing these actions in any of your CodeCommit repositories using the CLI or SDKs.

  • Amazon MQ now supports ActiveMQ Minor Version 5.15.6

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    You can now launch Apache ActiveMQ 5.15.6 brokers on Amazon MQ. This minor version of ActiveMQ contains several fixes and new features compared to the previously supported version, ActiveMQ 5.15.0. 

  • Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming Available in Five Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming is now available in five additional AWS regions: Canada (Central), South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), EU (Paris) Region.

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming simplifies the management of DNS names and health checks for microservices that run on top of AWS when microservices scale up and down. You can call the Auto Naming APIs to create a service, and then register instances of that service with a single API call. Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming will automatically populate the DNS records and optionally create a health check for the service endpoint. When a new service instance is registered, you can access it by making a simple DNS query for the service name.

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming API powers Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service discovery functionality and enables unified service discovery for services managed by Amazon ECS and Kubernetes.

    You can use Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming APIs in the following 15 AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), EU (Paris), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and South America (São Paulo) regions. For more information on AWS regions and services, please visit the AWS global region table.

    To learn more about Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming, see our documentation and product page.

  • Amazon Pinpoint Announces a New User Interface and Complex Segmentation

    Posted On: Oct 4, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Pinpoint customers will see an updated web-based console experience. This updated user interface helps you start engaging with your customers in as few as three clicks. The new Amazon Pinpoint console also includes advanced segmentation capabilities that help you create high-impact email, SMS, and push notification campaigns. It also includes features that help you more effectively manage transactional messaging workloads, such as 2-factor authentication (2FA) and order confirmations.

  • Amazon GameLift is Now Available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Amazon GameLift is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet.

    Amazon GameLift is a managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling dedicated game servers for session-based multiplayer games. You can deploy your first game server in the cloud in just minutes, saving up to thousands of engineering hours in upfront software development and lowering the technical risks that often cause developers to cut multiplayer features from their designs. Built on AWS’s proven computing environment, Amazon GameLift lets you scale high-performance game servers up and down to meet player demand. You pay only for the capacity you use, so you can get started whether you’re working on a new game idea or running a game with millions of players.

    Amazon GameLift is also available in US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon and N. California), Central Canada (Montreal), EU Central (Frankfurt), EU West (London and Ireland), Asia Pacific South (Mumbai), Asia Pacific Northeast (Seoul and Tokyo), Asia Pacific Southeast (Singapore and Sydney), and South America East (São Paulo).

    Please visit the Amazon GameLift product page for more information.

  • Reserved Pricing Now Available with AWS Elemental MediaConvert

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert now offers a new reserved pricing model that lowers costs for predictable, non-urgent media workloads. By purchasing reserved transcoding slots, you get access to fixed parallel processing capacity for a set monthly rate, with an annual commitment. Each slot can run one video transcoding job at a time, and you can purchase multiple slots. To learn more about pricing and how it works, visit the documentation page.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances with up to 12 TB of memory, Purpose-built to Run Large In-memory Databases, like SAP HANA

    Posted On: Sep 27, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 High Memory instances with up to 12 TB of memory are generally available.

  • AWS IoT Analytics Now Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    Starting today, AWS IoT Analytics is available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. This is the fifth region where AWS IoT Analytics is available, joining the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) AWS regions. AWS IoT Analytics is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to run and operationalize sophisticated analytics on massive volumes of IoT data. The service can accept data from any source including Amazon Kinesis, S3, or third party tools, using a BatchPutMessage API and is fully integrated with AWS IoT Core, so it is easy to collect data and begin performing analytics. Asia Pacific is able to take advantage of the newest features of AWS IoT Analytics, launched in August 2018, including custom container integration, continuous analysis, and customizable time windows. Login to the AWS IoT Analytics Console to get started or for more information and details on pricing, visit the AWS IoT Analytics product page and documentation.

  • AWS IoT Device Management Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    AWS IoT Device Management is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region.

  • Amazon RDS Now Provides Database Deletion Protection

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    You can now enable deletion protection for your Amazon RDS database instances and Amazon Aurora database clusters. When a database instance or cluster is configured with deletion protection, the database cannot be deleted by any user. Deletion protection is available for Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server database instances in all AWS Regions.

    Deletion protection is now enabled by default when you select the "production" option for database instances created through the AWS Console. You can also turn on or off deletion protection for an existing database instance or cluster with a few clicks in the AWS Console or the AWS Command Line Interface. Deletion protection is enforced in the AWS Console, the CLI, and API.

    When you request the deletion of a database instance with deletion protection in the AWS Console, you are blocked and may not continue without first modifying the instance and disabling deletion protection.

    Amazon Aurora database clusters can also be enabled for deletion protection. You will get an error when you attempt to delete the final database instance attached to a protected database cluster in the AWS Console. You may not continue unless you modify the DB Cluster and disable deletion protection.

    Read more in the Deleting a Database Instance section of the Amazon RDS User Guide or Amazon Aurora User Guide.

  • Amazon EC2 M5d Instances are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    Starting today, M5d instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. M5d instances were first introduced in June 2018 and delivers M5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. M5d instances are ideal for workloads that require a balance of compute and memory resources along with high-speed, low latency local block storage including data logging and media processing.

  • Amazon EC2 C5d Instances Are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    Starting today, C5d instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. C5d instances were first introduced in May 2018 and delivers C5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. C5d instances provide high-performance block storage for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage like video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. It will also benefit applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files.  

  • Conditional Branching Now Supported in AWS Systems Manager Automation

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager Automation now supports conditional branching to other steps within the Automation enabling customers to create dynamic workflows.

  • Easily Deploy Directory-Aware Workloads in Multiple AWS Accounts and VPCs by Sharing a Single AWS Managed Microsoft AD

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, enables you to share a single directory with multiple AWS accounts. This makes it easier and cost-effective for you to deploy your directory-aware workloads on Amazon EC2 instances by reducing the manual configuration to domain join your instances and, the need to deploy directories in each account and VPC. Amazon EC2 instances can now seamlessly join to a single directory from any AWS account and any Amazon VPC within an AWS Region.

  • AWS Amplify Announces Vue.js Support for Building Cloud-powered Web Applications

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    Today, AWS Amplify announces support for using the Vue.js framework to build cloud-powered web apps with JavaScript. Developers can use AWS Amplify's new package for Vue.js to add cloud features – such as authentication, user storage, analytics, and chatbots – to their apps with just with a few lines of code.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds support for T3 instance and Go 1.11

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports T3 instance. This is supported on all latest platform configurations and available in all corresponding regions. To learn more about T3 instance benefits and features, see Amazon EC2 T3 instance type.

  • Now use MXNet 1.3 and CNTK 2.6 on the AWS Deep Learning AMIs

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with newer versions of  MXNet 1.3 and CNTK 2.6. MXNet 1.3 provides improved support for Intel's Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks (Intel MKL-DNN), new pre-trained computer vision models in the Gluon Model Zoo library, and support for Clojure programming language. CNTK 2.6 provides improved support for Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), which is an open data format that allows you to design, train, and deploy deep learning models with any framework you choose. Deep Learning AMIs automatically deploy the framework builds optimized for the EC2 instance you select when you activate the framework's virtual environment for the first time.

  • Sign in to your AWS Management Console with YubiKey Security Key for Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    Now, you can allow easy authentication for your users by enabling YubiKey security key as your users’ MFA device. You can enable a single YubiKey security key (manufactured by Yubico, a third party provider) for multiple IAM and root users across AWS accounts making it easier to manage your MFA devices for access to multiple users. You can also use your existing YubiKey, which you use to authenticate to other third-party applications such as GitHub or Dropbox, to sign in to the AWS Management Console

  • Amazon Linux 2 Now Supports 32-bit Applications and Libraries

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    Amazon Linux 2 now supports 32-bit libraries and compatibility packages, which enables customers to run 32-bit applications on Amazon Linux 2.  

  • Network Load Balancer now supports AWS VPN

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    Network Load Balancers support connections from clients and to its targets over AWS managed VPN.

    Previously, access to Network Load Balancer from on-premises networks was only available over AWS Direct Connect. With this launch, you can access NLB over AWS VPN tunnel.

    This support on Network Load Balancers is available in all AWS Regions. To learn more, visit the Network Load Balancer guide.

  • AWS PrivateLink now supports access over AWS VPN

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    On-premises applications can now securely access AWS PrivateLink endpoints over AWS VPN. AWS PrivateLink allows you to privately access services hosted on AWS, in a highly available and scalable manner, without using public IPs, and without requiring the traffic to traverse the Internet.

    Previously, access to PrivateLink endpoints from on-premise networks was only available over AWS Direct Connect. With this release, you can also use AWS VPN to access your PrivateLink endpoints.

    AWS PrivateLink is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo) AWS Regions. To learn more, visit the AWS PrivateLink documentation.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports PostgreSQL 10.4

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility now supports PostgreSQL major version 10.4, and is available in US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions.

    PostgreSQL 10 includes various new features including native table partitioning, support for improved parallelism in query execution, ICU collation support, column group statistics, enhanced postgres_fdw extension, and many more. Additionally, this release includes updated versions of the PLV8, ip4r, and pg_repack extensions.

    This release includes all patches from the PostgreSQL 10.1, PostgreSQL 10.2, and PostgreSQL 10.3 minor versions. It also includes all extensions that are supported in the Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility 9.6 release.

    To use the new version, you can create an Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. You can also create an Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility 10.4 read replica using an RDS for PostgreSQL 10.4 master instance, and then fail over your connections and applications to Aurora when ready. Learn more about migrating to Aurora PostgreSQL 10.4 in the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    Amazon Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. It provides up to three times better performance than the typical PostgreSQL database, together with increased scalability, durability, and security.

  • Amazon EC2 F1 instances now Available in an Additional Size

    Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 F1 instances are available with a new instance size, f1.4xlarge. The new f1.4xlarge size has two Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGAs in order to provide a new price/performance option between existing instance sizes f1.2xlarge which has a single FPGA and f1.16xlarge which has eight FPGAs.

  • Amazon Connect Adds New Queue Metrics API

    Posted On: Sep 24, 2018

    Amazon Connect now provides a queue metrics API. You can now programmatically access real-time metrics for queues in your contact center, as well as near-real-time historical metrics from the preceding 24 hours. For example, you could use the queue metrics API to extend a custom dashboard with real-time data showing the number of contacts or available agents in a given queue. You could also use this API to retrieve historical queue metrics for use in a custom reporting platform or workforce management solutions. To get started, see the API documentation for GetCurrentMetricData for real-time queue metrics, and GetMetricData for near-real-time queue metrics.

  • Alexa for Business Adds WPA2 Enterprise Wi-Fi Support, in Beta, for Shared Echo Devices

    Posted On: Sep 24, 2018

    Alexa for Business now allows organizations to connect select Echo devices managed by Alexa for Business to their corporate WPA2 Enterprise Wi-Fi network. Though Echo devices don't need direct access to services on enterprise networks, many organizations prefer to have all devices on their WPA2 enterprise protected network to simplify network and device management. This new feature, available in beta, lets you connect the Echo devices to your existing WPA2 wireless network without having to create a guest or WPA2 personal network.  

  • Amazon CloudWatch adds Ability to Build Custom Dashboards Outside the AWS Console

    Posted On: Sep 24, 2018

    You can now retrieve snapshot of a CloudWatch graph to display on your websites, wikis, and custom dashboards outside of the AWS console for improved monitoring visibility.

  • Amazon Aurora Now Supports Stopping and Starting of Database Clusters

    Posted On: Sep 24, 2018

    Amazon Aurora (both MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible editions) now allow you to stop and start database clusters. This makes it easy and affordable to use database clusters for development and test purposes where the database is not required to be running all of the time.

    Stopping and starting a database cluster requires just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, or a single call using the AWS API or AWS Command Line Interface, and takes just a few minutes. Stopping a database cluster stops the primary instance and any Aurora Replicas. While your database cluster is stopped, you are charged for cluster storage, manual snapshots and automated backup storage within your specified retention window, but not for database instance hours.

    While a database cluster is stopped, you can do a point-in-time restore to any point within your specified automated backup retention window. Starting a database cluster restores it to the same configuration as it had when stopped, including its endpoint, replica instances, parameter groups, VPC security groups, and option group settings.

    You can stop a database cluster for up to 7 days at a time. After 7 days, it will be automatically started. For more details on stopping and starting a database cluster, please refer to Stopping and Starting a DB Cluster in the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    Amazon Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. It provides up to three times better performance than the typical PostgreSQL database, and five times better than the typical MySQL database, together with increased scalability, durability, and security. See the AWS Region Table for complete regional availability.

  • July 2018 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) for 11g is Now Available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2018

    Oracle Patch Set Updates contain critical security updates and other important updates. The July 2018 PSUs are now available for 11g on Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation.

  • AWS AppSync Launches a Guided API Builder for Mobile and Web Apps

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2018

    Today, we’re launching a new guided API builder for AWS AppSync. Before today, knowing GraphQL was a pre-requisite for building an AWS AppSync API. This is because, AWS AppSync is powered by GraphQL, a powerful API query language that allows your backend and applications to perform complex data fetching in a single round trip for efficient network operations. The “no-code” GraphQL API builder, we release in July 2018, was a step in relaxing this requirement. With today’s launch, we are making it even easier to create a powerful, serverless API for your mobile and web apps without any prior knowledge of GraphQL.

  • Amazon EKS Simplifies Cluster Setup with update-kubeconfig CLI Command

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2018

    The AWS command line interface (CLI) now allows you to create a kubeconfig file during Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) cluster creation with a single command.

  • AWS Amplify Adds Support for Securely Embedding Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Scenes in Web Applications

    Posted On: Sep 21, 2018

    The AWS Amplify JavaScript library now supports Amazon Sumerian, enabling developers to securely embed virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D scenes into web applications.

  • Amazon Aurora Parallel Query is Generally Available

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018

    Amazon Aurora Parallel Query is a feature of the Amazon Aurora database that provides faster analytical queries over your transactional data. It can speed up your queries by up to 2 orders of magnitude, while maintaining high throughput for your core transactional workload. Read about it on the AWS Blog.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Tagging for Hyperparameter Tuning Jobs

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports tagging for hyperparameter tuning jobs. With this new capability, customers can now add one or more tags to a tuning job that is launched with Automatic Model Tuning.

  • AWS CloudFormation coverage updates for Amazon API Gateway, Amazon ECS, Amazon Aurora Serverless, Amazon ElastiCache, and more

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018
  • Live Streaming on AWS Now Features AWS Elemental MediaLive and MediaPackage

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018

    AWS has updated Live Streaming on AWS, a solution that automatically provisions the services necessary to build a highly resilient and scalable architecture that delivers your live video content worldwide. The solution now leverages the broadcast-grade features of AWS Elemental MediaLive to ingest your input feeds and transcode your content into two adaptive bitrate (ABR) HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) streams. MediaPackage packages those streams into HLS, Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH), and Microsoft Smooth Streaming (MSS) formats that are distributed through Amazon CloudFront. The solution also includes a demo HTML preview player that you can use to test the solution.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Console Now Supports Scheduled Scaling for Application Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018

    Amazon EC2 Spot Console now supports scheduled scaling for Application Auto Scaling, enabling you to plan scaling activities based on predictable workload patterns. Using the Spot Console, now you can create scheduled actions for your Spot Fleet request to scale the capacity up and down at specified times.

    When you create a scheduled action, you can specify when the scaling activity should occur, the minimum capacity, and the maximum capacity. At the specified time, Auto Scaling scales your Fleet based on the new capacity values. You can create scheduled actions that scale one time only, or that scale on a recurring basis.

    Support for scheduled scaling in the EC2 Spot Console is now available in all public AWS regions. You can learn more about this feature by reading the documentation page and learn about Spot Instances here.
     

  • AWS Database Migration Service Makes It Easier to Migrate Cassandra Databases to Amazon DynamoDB

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018

    AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) and the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (AWS SCT) make it easier for you to migrate your Apache Cassandra NoSQL databases to Amazon DynamoDB. Using AWS DMS and the AWS SCT, you can now migrate your Cassandra databases to DynamoDB and then replicate ongoing changes to your DynamoDB tables. After you have migrated a Cassandra database, you can benefit from the consistent, single-digit millisecond latency at any scale of DynamoDB.

    Migrating from Cassandra to DynamoDB enables developers to focus on building products rather than managing and maintaining database infrastructure. The DynamoDB serverless provisioning model eliminates the need to overprovision database infrastructure. In addition, DynamoDB does not require specialized resourcing or licensing. As a result, customers run their DynamoDB-backed applications with up to a 70% TCO savings compared with Cassandra. Finally, DynamoDB global tables, backup and restore, and encryption at rest provide developers similar functionality as Cassandra, but with the benefits of these capabilities being easier to implement and without overhead or downtime.

  • Amazon EC2 R5 and R5d instances now Available in 8 Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 R5 instances are available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt, London), US West (N. California), Canada (Central), and GovCloud (US-West) AWS regions. This is in addition to the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) AWS regions where R5 instances were already available since July 25th, 2018.

  • Support for TensorFlow and S3 select with Spark on Amazon EMR release 5.17.0

    Posted On: Sep 20, 2018

    You can now use TensorFlow 1.9.0, the popular machine and deep learning framework, and S3 Select with Apache Spark on Amazon EMR release 5.17.0. Tensorflow libraries can be combined with big data processing engines like Spark on EMR to speed up the model training process by parallelizing the tuning of training parameters. The trained model can then be broadcast to all the nodes of the cluster to perform distributed inference on a large amount of data that are too big to run on a single node. TensorFlow on EMR is packaged with TensorBoard, a visualization tool, that helps you visualize and debug the flow of tensor graph in real-time, understand the effects of your design choices, and further optimize your model. TensorFlow builds on EMR vary by the instance type you use for your cluster.

    With EMR release 5.17.0, you can use S3 Select with Spark. This feature allows your Spark application to selectively query a subset of data from a large object in S3. This improves performance by reducing the amount of data that needs to be transferred to and processed by the EMR cluster. Additionally, with this release, you can configure JupyterHub on EMR to save and persist notebooks directly to S3. You can also use the upgraded versions of Apache Flink 1.5.2, Apache HBase 1.4.6 and Presto 0.206.

    You can create an Amazon EMR cluster with the release 5.17.0 by choosing the release label “emr-5.17.0” from the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or SDK. You can select TensorFlow, Flink, HBase, and Presto to install these applications when you launch your EMR cluster. Please visit the Amazon EMR documentation for more information about EMR release 5.17.0, TensorFlow 1.9.0, S3 Select with SparkFlink 1.5.2, HBase 1.4.6, and Presto 0.206.

    Amazon EMR release 5.17.0 is now available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

    You can stay up to date on EMR releases by subscribing to the feed for EMR release notes. Use the RSS icon at the top of the EMR Release Guide to link the feed URL directly to your favorite feed reader.

     

  • AWS Resource Groups supports 77 resource types

    Posted On: Sep 26, 2018

    AWS Resource Groups is service that helps customers organize AWS resources into logical groupings. These groups can represent an application, a software component, or an environment. With this release, resource groups can now include more than fifty additional resource types, bringing the overall number of supported resource types to seventy-seven. Some of these new resource types include Amazon DynamoDB tables, AWS Lambda functions, AWS CloudTrail trails, and many more. Customers can now create resource groups that accurately reflect their applications, and take action against those groups, rather than against individual resources. To learn more on how customers can automate tasks on resource groups, see AWS Systems Manager.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds read replica scaling for Redis Cluster

    Posted On: Sep 19, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for adding and removing read replica nodes for Redis Cluster, the sharded Redis. Now you can easily scale your reads and improve availability for your Redis Cluster environments without requiring manual steps or needing to make application changes. Amazon ElastiCache already supports adding and removing read replicas for unsharded Redis (non-Redis Cluster mode).

  • Amazon S3 Announces Selective Cross-Region Replication Based on Object Tags

    Posted On: Sep 19, 2018

    Amazon S3 Cross-Region Replication (CRR) now supports object filtering based on S3 object tags. This allows you to identify individual objects using S3 object tags for automatic replication across AWS Regions for compliance and/or data protection.

  • Amazon EC2 G3 Instances are Now Available in the Canada (Central) AWS Region

    Posted On: Sep 19, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 G3 instances are available in the Canada (Central) AWS Region.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB now Support M5 Instance Types

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2018

    You can now launch M5 instances types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDB. Amazon EC2 M5 instances are the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances. M5 instance offers a balance of compute, memory, and networking resources for a broad range of database workloads. 

  • Save time and money by filtering faces during indexing with Amazon Rekognition

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based image and video analysis service that can identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect any inappropriate content. Using Amazon Rekognition’s new face filtering feature, you can now have control over the quality and quantity of faces indexed for face recognition, thus saving on cost, reducing development time, and improving face recognition accuracy.

  • AWS Server Migration Service Adds Support for Migrating Larger Data Volumes

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2018

    AWS Server Migration Service now supports migrating on-premises virtual machines with data volumes of up to 16 TB. This enables customers to migrate their large databases and content management servers to AWS using the simplicity and ease of use that Server Migration Service provides.

  • The Data Lake Solution Now Integrates with Microsoft Active Directory

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2018

    The AWS Solutions team has updated the Data Lake Solution, an automated reference implementation that deploys a highly available, cost-effective data lake architecture on the AWS Cloud along with a user-friendly console for searching and requesting datasets. The solution now includes a federated template that allows you to launch a version of the solution that is ready to integrate with Microsoft Active Directory.  

  • AWS Storage Gateway Is Now Available as a Hardware Appliance

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2018

    AWS Storage Gateway is now available pre-installed on a hardware appliance, which you can buy directly from amazon.com, and manage from the AWS console. The appliance is based on a Dell EMC PowerEdge server with a validated configuration, and provides you an additional deployment option to the existing VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V or Amazon EC2 virtual machines available today.

  • Plan Your Migration with AWS Application Discovery Service Data Exploration

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2018

    AWS Application Discovery Service (ADS), which helps enterprise customers plan migration projects by gathering information about their on-premises data centers, launched a Data Exploration feature. This new feature allows you to easily query data that ADS agents pull from your on-premises servers in one single location, giving you the opportunity to better assess and plan for your migration project.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports encrypted communication between Elasticsearch nodes

    Posted On: Sep 18, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports node-to-node encryption, enabling organizations to host sensitive workloads with stringent security and compliance requirements. The node-to-node encryption capability provides an additional layer of security by implementing Transport Layer Security (TLS) for all communications between Elasticsearch instances in a cluster. It ensures that any data you send to your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain over HTTPS remains encrypted in-flight while it is being distributed and replicated between the nodes. Node-to-node encryption complements existing features provided by the service such as HTTPS client to cluster encryption, at-rest encryption, and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) based network-level security and isolation for node-to-node communication. All certificates are deployed and rotated automatically by the service throughout the life of the domain, without any additional operational overhead. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now lets you track login events using Amazon CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Sep 17, 2018

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch Events to view, search, download, archive, analyze, and respond to successful logins to your Amazon WorkSpaces. With this release, you can monitor client WAN IP addresses, Operating System, WorkSpaces ID, and Directory ID information for users’ logins to WorkSpaces.  

  • Deploy WordPress High Availability by Bitnami with New AWS Quick Start

    Posted On: Sep 17, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys WordPress High Availability by Bitnami, which includes WordPress with Amazon Aurora, in a highly available environment on AWS in about 40 minutes.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Minor Version 9.6.9

    Posted On: Sep 14, 2018

    Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility has been updated to version 1.3 in support of Release 9.6.9 of the PostgreSQL database. This release includes reliability and performance improvements, along with a number of bug fixes.

  • Amazon Polly Adds Mandarin Chinese Language Support

    Posted On: Sep 14, 2018

    Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Today, we are excited to announce Zhiyu, the first Mandarin Chinese voice. Zhiyu is a clear, bright, and natural-sounding female voice.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Image Sharing

    Posted On: Sep 14, 2018

    You can now share your AppStream 2.0 application images with other AWS accounts in the same AWS Region. This lets you maintain one version of your application image and securely provide other AWS accounts access to it. For example, software vendors can now create an image with their applications installed, and share it with their customers as part of a SaaS or trial offering while maintaining control of the source image. Or, enterprises can configure images in their test account and then share them with their production account. You control whether the recipient can use your image with their fleets, to create new images, or both, and you can revoke access at any time.

    To get started select Images, Image Registry from the AppStream 2.0 console. Select the image you wish to share and select Actions, Share. Choose Add account, and enter the AWS account ID you wish to share your image with. To stop sharing an image, select the Permissions tab, then choose Edit for the AWS account ID you wish to remove permissions from. To learn more about image sharing, see Administer Your Amazon AppStream 2.0 Images.  

    You can share images for your users at no additional charge in all AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 is offered. AppStream 2.0 offers pay-as-you-go pricing. Please see Amazon AppStream 2.0 Pricing for more information, and try our sample applications.

  • AWS CodeBuild is Now Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, and in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2018

    AWS CodeBuild is now available to customers in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD 

  • AWS Cloud Management Tools Competency

    Posted On: Sep 13, 2018

    Introducing the AWS Cloud Management Tools (CMT) Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners that accelerate their AWS adoption by delivering operations and governance best practices.

    IT organizations balance delivering the benefits of a cloud strategy; agility, scale, resiliency and cost savings, while maintaining governance, compliance and efficient use of resources. AWS Cloud Management Tools Partners have proven customer success in delivering both. Their customers can confidently manage AWS environments using a ‘guardrails’ approach while monitoring for any non-compliant activities that may occur. They specialize in providing solutions in the following areas: Administration & Provisioning, Cloud Governance and Resource & Cost Optimization. 

    See our AWS Cloud Management Tools Competency Partners

  • AWS Firewall Manager Supports Scoping Policy By Accounts

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    AWS Firewall Manager now supports account inclusion or exclusion when defining the policy scope. This allows customers to enforce AWS WAF rules only on a subset of accounts instead of all accounts in their AWS Organizations.

  • Amazon CloudFront launches second Edge location in New Delhi, India

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of a second Edge location in New Delhi, India. Adding this location doubles CloudFront’s capacity in the area for both processing viewer requests and caching content locally. For a full list of CloudFront’s global network, see the CloudFront Details webpage.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Encryption at Rest Regional Expansion

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    Encryption at rest helps enhance the security of your Amazon DynamoDB data by encrypting your data at rest using the service-default AWS Key Management Service key. Encryption at rest greatly reduces the operational burden and complexity involved in protecting sensitive data.

  • AWS Serverless Navigate Program

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    The new AWS Serverless Navigate enables APN Partners to gain a deeper understanding of the AWS Serverless Platform, including AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Step Functions and Amazon Cognito.

    Education content for Serverless covers topics such as how the services work together, best practices, how to identify potential workloads and how to correctly position Serverless during technical and selling motions with your customers.

    Learn more about the AWS Serverless Navigate >>

  • Amazon Connect Adds New Contact API to Set Contact Attributes

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    Amazon Connect now provides a new contact API that lets you update or add attributes to a contact. Contact attributes are key-value pairs of data about a contact, such as the name of the caller, why they called, or the quality of service they received. Until now, these attributes could only be set within a contact flow which ran before the call was connected to an agent. With this API, you can add or update attributes programmatically from your business apps like CRM, either during or after the customer interaction occurs. For example an agent might add an attribute to indicate the caller should be called back, or a manager might update an attribute after the call ends to grade the quality of service. You can even update the contact attributes months later to flag contacts for training or legal reviews. To learn more, see the API documentation.

  • Deploy SIOS Protection Suite for Linux on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys SIOS Protection Suite for Linux on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The Quick Start was created by APN Partner SIOS in collaboration with AWS.

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS CodePipeline

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    You can now use AWS Config to record configuration changes to AWS CodePipeline, a continuous integration and continuous delivery service. With AWS Config, you can track changes to the pipeline configuration, such as the location of the artifacts, stages, actions included in a stage, and input and output artifacts. AWS Config maintains this configuration change history and you can access it through the console or APIs. Maintaining a change history can help you address audit and compliance requirements.

  • Amazon Neptune Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: Sep 12, 2018

    Amazon Neptune is now a HIPAA Eligible Service and has been added to the AWS Business Associate Addendum (BAA).

  • AWS Lambda Supports PowerShell Core

    Posted On: Sep 11, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions in PowerShell Core 6.0 using the .NET Core 2.1 runtime. As a PowerShell developer, you can manage your AWS resources and craft rich automation scripts from within the PowerShell environment using AWS Lambda. 

  • Introducing AWS Systems Manager Session Manager

    Posted On: Sep 11, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager Session Manager is a new interactive shell and CLI that helps to provide secure, access-controlled, and audited Windows and Linux EC2 instance management. Session Manager removes the need to open inbound ports, manage SSH keys, or use bastion hosts.

  • AWS CloudHSM Now Supports On-Demand Delete Backup

    Posted On: Sep 10, 2018

    AWS CloudHSM customers can now safely delete their CloudHSM backups on-demand, through the AWS SDK and CLI. Backups marked for deletion are held in escrow for a period of 7 days, giving customers a chance to restore their critical key data before it is permanently deleted. Calls to delete and restore backups are recorded in CloudTrail. This feature is available in all CloudHSM regions.

  • AWS Fargate Now Supports Private Registry Authentication

    Posted On: Sep 10, 2018

    You can now authenticate container images from any private registry to run task with AWS Fargate.

    Previously, if you wanted to run Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) tasks that used images from a private registry, you were restricted to the EC2 launch type configuration. This is because with EC2 launch type, you could authenticate the underlying instance to a private registry by modifying your instance's environment variables. Since Fargate allows you to run containers without having to manage underlying EC2 instances, you couldn’t authenticate these instances to any private registry except Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR).

    Now, you can use any private registry of your choice with Fargate or EC2 launch types. You will first store your private registry credentials in AWS Secrets Manager. You will then provide the secret-manager ARN or the secret name as container level parameter while registering your task definition. To learn more about how you can use private registries with AWS Fargate, read our documentation or check out our blog.

    Please visit the AWS region table to see all AWS regions where AWS Fargate is available.

  • Now Use Chainer 4.4 and Theano 1.0.2 on the AWS Deep Learning AMIs

    Posted On: Sep 10, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with newer versions of Chainer 4.4 and Theano 1.0.2. As with rest of the frameworks, Deep Learning AMIs offers optimized builds of Chainer 4.4 and Theano 1.0.2 that are fine-tuned and fully-configured for high performance deep learning on Amazon EC2 CPU and GPU instances. Deep Learning AMIs automatically deploy the framework builds optimized for the EC2 instance you select when you activate the framework's virtual environment for the first time.

  • Amazon EMR now supports C5d, M5d, R5 and R5d instances.

    Posted On: Sep 7, 2018

    You can now launch Amazon EMR clusters with the next generation of Compute Optimized C5d instances, General Purpose M5d instances and Memory Optimized R5 and R5d instances from the Amazon EC2 family. These instances are available for EMR clusters with release 5.13.0 and later. Compute Optimized C5d instances feature cost-effective high-performance compute processors and also comes equipped with local NVMe-based SSD storage. They are ideal for compute-intensive big-data applications that require ultra-low-latency local storage. General Purpose M5d instances offer a balance of compute, memory and networking and comes equipped with high-throughput local NVMe-based SSD storage to cater to a broad range of workloads. Memory Optimized R5 instances have high memory to vCPU ratio and are ideal for memory-intensive analytics workloads. R5d instances share their specs with R5 instances and also include local NVMe-based SSD storage. These instances are available in various sizes. To learn more about these instances please visit the Amazon EC2 instance page. For Amazon EMR pricing for these instances, visit the Amazon EMR pricing page.

    Amazon EMR supports these instances in the following regions:

    C5d and M5d instances are supported in US East (N.Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe(Ireland), and Canada regions.

    R5 instances are supported in US East (N.Virginia and Ohio), US West(Oregon), and Europe(Ireland) regions.

    R5d instances are supported in US East (N.Virginia and Ohio) and US West (Oregon) regions.

     

  • Amazon ECS Now Allows Three Additional Docker Flags

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2018

    You can now specify three new docker flags as parameters in your Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Task definition. These flags are sysctl (system controls), interactive, and tty (Pseudo terminal). You can also specify interactive and tty flags as parameters in your AWS Fargate Task definitions.

    The sysctl parameter allows you to have fine grained control on your application's namespaced kernel parameters. Therefore, you can optimize the kernel's behavior to your application's needs without having to configure those parameters at the host-level or worry about impacting other applications.

    The interactive and tty parameters, allow you to deploy containerized applications that require stdin or a tty to be allocated. This allows you to run some legacy applications that require these flags if you wanted to containerize them.

    This feature is currently supported with EC2 launch-type. For more information about using Docker parameters in task definitions, visit the Amazon ECS documentation.

    To view where Amazon ECS is available, please visit our region table.  

  • Introducing AWS CloudFormation Macros

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2018

    AWS CloudFormation Macros perform custom processing on CloudFormation templates from simple actions such as find-and-replace to transformation of entire templates. CloudFormation Macros use the same technology that powers AWS::Include and AWS::Serverless transforms. CloudFormation transforms help simplify template authoring by condensing the expression of AWS infrastructure as code and enabling reuse of template components.

    Previously, you could use AWS::Include and AWS::Serverless transforms to process your templates that were hosted by CloudFormation. Now, you can use CloudFormation Macros to create your own custom transforms. For example, you can create common string functions for templates or define short-hand syntaxes for common CloudFormation resources. Click here to learn more about sample macros for your reference.

    To learn more about CloudFormation Macros, please visit AWS CloudFormation documentation.

    CloudFormation Macros are available in all AWS regions that have AWS Lambda. For a full list of AWS regions where AWS Lambda is available, please visit our Region table.

  • AWS Batch Now Supports z1d, r5d, r5, m5d, c5d, p3, and x1e Instance Types

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Batch supports running workloads on z1d, r5d, r5, m5d, c5d, p3, and x1e EC2 instances.

  • Amazon SageMaker Supports TensorFlow 1.10

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports version 1.10 in its pre-built TensorFlow containers. This makes it easier to run TensorFlow scripts, while taking advantage of the capabilities Amazon SageMaker offers, including a library of high-performance algorithms, managed and distributed training with automatic model tuning, one-click deployment, and managed hosting.

  • Amazon API Gateway Adds Support for AWS X-Ray

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2018

    You can now enable AWS X-Ray for your APIs in Amazon API Gateway, making it easier to trace and analyze user requests as they travel through the APIs to the underlining services.

  • AWS AppSync is now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Sep 6, 2018

    AWS AppSync is a serverless backend for web and mobile applications that supports real-time data synchronization and offline capabilities at enterprise scale. AWS AppSync simplifies data access across AWS services to a single endpoint and supports multiple data storage options, including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, AWS Lambda, Amazon RDS (using Lambda resolvers), and HTTP data sources. AWS AppSync is powered by GraphQL, an open standard allowing applications to request, change and subscribe to the exact data they need in a single network request.

    With today's launch, AWS AppSync is now available in 10 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), and EU (Ireland).

    To learn more, see the AWS AppSync webpage.

  • Amazon EC2 C5d Instances are Now Available in Tokyo and Sydney Regions

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    Starting today, C5d instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. C5d instances were first introduced in May 2018 and delivers C5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. C5d instances provide high-performance block storage for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage like video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. It will also benefit applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files.

  • Amazon EC2 M5d Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    Starting today, M5d instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacfic (Tokyo), and Europe (London) Regions. M5d instances were first introduced in June 2018 and delivers M5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. M5d instances are ideal for workloads that require a balance of compute and memory resources along with high-speed, low latency local block storage including data logging and media processing.

  • AWS Config Announces New Managed Rules

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    AWS Config, a service that enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate the configurations of your AWS resources, announces seven new managed rules to help you evaluate whether your AWS resource configurations comply with common best practices. This allows you to simplify compliance auditing, security analysis, change management, and operational troubleshooting.

  • Amazon EKS Available in Ireland

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) is now available in the AWS Europe (Ireland) Region.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is Now FedRAMP Authorized and Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is now FedRAMP authorized with a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) at the High Impact Level provided by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB). United States government customers and their partners can now use the latest version of ElastiCache for Redis to process and store their FedRAMP systems, data, and mission-critical, high-impact workloads in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, and at moderate impact level in AWS US East/West Regions.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Persistent User Application Settings

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    Starting today, you can enable persistent application and Windows settings for your users on AppStream 2.0. With this launch, your users' plugins, toolbar settings, browser favorites, application connection profiles, and other settings will be saved and applied each time they start a streaming session. For example, your users can configure their plugins and toolbars for their CAD/CAM applications, and retain those settings every time they stream their application. Your users' settings are stored in an S3 bucket you control in your AWS account.

    To get started, select Stacks from the AppStream 2.0 console. Below the stacks list, choose User Settings, Application Settings Persistence, Edit. In the Application Settings Persistence dialog box, choose Enable Application Settings Persistence. To learn more about persistent application settings, see Enable Application Settings Persistence for Your AppStream 2.0 Users.

    You can enable persistent application settings for your users at no additional charge in all AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 is offered. However, you will be billed for the S3 storage used to store your user’s settings data. To use this feature, the AppStream 2.0 agent software on your image must be dated August 29, 2018 or newer. AppStream 2.0 offers pay-as-you-go pricing. Please see Amazon AppStream 2.0 Pricing for more information, and try our sample applications.

  • Amazon S3 Announces New Features for S3 Select

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    Amazon S3 announces feature enhancements to S3 Select. S3 Select is an Amazon S3 capability designed to pull out only the data you need from an object, which can dramatically improve the performance and reduce the cost of applications that need to access data in S3.

    Today, Amazon S3 Select works on objects stored in CSV and JSON format. Based on customer feedback, we’re happy to announce S3 Select support for Apache Parquet format, JSON Arrays, and BZIP2 compression for CSV and JSON objects. We are also adding support for CloudWatch Metrics for S3 Select, which lets you monitor S3 Select usage for your applications. 

  • New Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics capability for time-series analytics

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    You can now use a new capability for continuously aggregating data over time, stagger windows, in your Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics applications. Stagger windows enable you to emit timely and accurate SQL results in the face of late data.

  • Announcing Major Updates to 3 AWS Classroom Training Courses

    Posted On: Sep 5, 2018

    We've updated three of our AWS training courses to map to the latest AWS service updates, current best practices, and exam domains. Classes are taught by accredited AWS instructors so you can learn best practices and get live feedback to your questions. 

  • Amazon S3 Adds Support for Amazon Glacier and S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access to Amazon CloudWatch Storage Metrics in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon S3 now includes storage metrics for Amazon Glacier and S3 OneZone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA) storage classes in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Storage that has been uploaded to S3 One Zone-IA or transitioned to S3 One Zone-IA or Amazon Glacier from S3 Standard or S3 Standard-IA storage classes using S3 Lifecycle policies will be available in CloudWatch storage metrics. These storage metrics will also include object overhead bytes applied to objects in Amazon Glacier and small objects in S3 Standard-IA and S3 One Zone-IA.

  • Application Auto Scaling Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2018

    Application Auto Scaling is now available in AWS GovCloud (US).

  • Amazon SageMaker Supports A New Custom Header For The InvokeEndPoint API Action

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports a new HTTP header for the InvokeEndpoint API action called CustomAttributes, which can be used to provide additional information about an inference request or response. Using this header, it is easy to pass custom information such as trace ID, application specific identifier or other metadata to the inference request or response. This will help customers keep track of their requests or responses for audits or tracking metrics.

  • AWS Glue now supports data encryption at rest

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2018

    AWS Glue now supports data encryption at rest for ETL jobs and development endpoints. You can configure ETL jobs and development endpoints to use AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys to write encrypted data at rest. You can also encrypt the metadata stored in the Glue Data Catalog using keys that you manage with AWS KMS. Additionally, you can use AWS KMS keys to encrypt job bookmarks and the logs generated by crawlers and ETL jobs.

  • AWS CodeBuild Adds Ability to Create Build Projects with Multiple Input Sources and Output Artifacts

    Posted On: Sep 4, 2018

    AWS CodeBuild now supports build projects with multiple input sources and output artifacts. Your projects can now use one or more sources from Amazon S3, AWS CodeCommit, GitHub, GitHub Enterprise, or Bitbucket and can upload multiple sets of artifacts to one or more Amazon S3 buckets. You can also configure your project to have no input source. You can now use the AWS CodePipeline integration with CodeBuild to create a pipeline with multiple input and output artifacts to a CodeBuild project.

  • Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Producer SDK Is Now Available For Microsoft Windows

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2018

    The Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Producer SDK is now available for Microsoft Windows to help you stream video into AWS from sources such as webcams, USB cameras, or RTSP (network) cameras connected to your Microsoft Windows machine.

    Amazon Kinesis Video Streams makes it easy to securely stream video from millions of connected devices to AWS for real-time machine learning (ML), storage, and batch-oriented processing and analytics. It also durably stores, encrypts, and indexes video data in your streams, and allows you to access your data through easy-to-use APIs.

    Amazon Kinesis Video Streams provides Producer SDKs in C++ and Java that you can build, configure, and install on devices. This software makes it easier to securely and reliably stream video into AWS frame-by-frame in real-time. In addition to Mac OS, Android, Linux, and Raspbian, the C++ Producer SDK is now also available for Microsoft Windows. Developers can use the Minimal GNU for Windows (MinGW) or the Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Compiler (MSVC) to build the producer SDK from source and start streaming from cameras connected to a Microsoft Windows machine. Additionally, we have also packaged the Producer SDK GStreamer Plug-in for Windows as a Docker image so you can simply do a Docker pull and get started with streaming video in minutes. Please refer the developer documentation to learn more.

    Refer to the AWS global region table for Amazon Kinesis Video Streams availability. 

  • AWS WAF Launches New Comprehensive Logging Functionality

    Posted On: Aug 31, 2018

    AWS WAF now supports full logging of all web requests inspected by the service. Customers can store these logs in Amazon S3 for compliance and auditing needs as well as use them for debugging and additional forensics. The logs will help customers understand why certain rules are triggered and why certain web requests are blocked. Customers can also integrate the logs with their SIEM and log analysis tools. 

  • Amazon ECS Service Discovery Now Available in Frankfurt, London, Tokyo, Sydney, and Singapore Regions

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now includes integrated service discovery in EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions.

    Amazon ECS service discovery makes it easy for your containerized services to discover and connect with each other. Amazon ECS creates and manages a registry of service names using the Route53 Auto Naming API so you can refer to a service by name in your code and write DNS queries to have the service name resolve to the service’s endpoint at runtime.

    Today, service discovery is availablefor all networking modes for EC2 launch type or with AWS Fargate.

    To learn more, visit the Amazon ECS Service Discovery documentation.  

    You can use Amazon ECS Service Discovery in all AWS regions where Amazon ECS and Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming are available. These now include EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions in addition to US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), and EU (Ireland) regions where ECS service discovery was already available.

  • Amazon MQ is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2018

    Amazon MQ is now available in ten regions with the addition of the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. 

  • Amazon EKS Supports Horizontal Pod Autoscaling with Custom Metrics

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2018
  • Introducing Amazon EKS Platform Version 2

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) platform version eks.2 is now available. This update enables API Aggregation for EKS clusters, adding support for Horizontal Pod Auto Scaling and the Kubernetes Metrics Server.

  • AWS SAM CLI Now Supports Debugging Go Functions and Testing with 50+ Events

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2018

    The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Command Line Interface (CLI) lets you locally build, test, and debug serverless applications defined by AWS SAM templates. You can now use SAM CLI to debug Lambda functions written in Go in addition to those written in Java, Python, and Node.js. You can also use the sam local generate-event command to generate sample event payloads for 50+ events.

  • Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming Available in Five Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Aug 30, 2018

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming is now available in five additional AWS regions: EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney).

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming simplifies the management of DNS names and health checks for microservices that run on top of AWS when microservices scale up and down. You can call the Auto Naming APIs to create a service, and then register instances of that service with a single API call. Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming will automatically populate the DNS records and optionally create a health check for the service endpoint. When a new service instance is registered, you can access it by making a simple DNS query for the service name.

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming API powers Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service discovery functionality and enables unified service discovery for services managed by Amazon ECS and Kubernetes.

    You can use Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming APIs in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions. For more information on AWS regions and services, please visit the AWS global region table.

    To learn more about Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming, please see our documentation and product page.

  • Amazon GuardDuty Now HIPAA Eligible

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2018

    Amazon GuardDuty is a managed threat detection service that continuously monitors for malicious or unauthorized behavior to help you protect your AWS accounts and workloads. Amazon GuardDuty is now a HIPAA Eligible Service.  

  • AWS IoT Core Adds New Endpoints Serving Amazon Trust Services (ATS) Signed Certificates to Help Customers Avoid Symantec CA Distrust Issues

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2018

    Starting today, AWS IoT Core is enabling customers to create additional AWS IoT Core endpoints for their account in each region that will serve an Amazon Trust Services (ATS) signed certificate instead of a VeriSign signed certificate. Using ATS endpoints will help customers avoid potential issues resulting from the upcoming distrust of Symantec Certificate Authorities (CAs) by Google (announcement), Apple (announcement), and Mozilla (announcement) as the ATS root CAs are trusted by default in most popular browsers and operating systems. For more information on how to get started with ATS endpoints refer to this blog post.

  • AWS X-Ray Adds Support for Controlling Sampling Rate from the X-Ray Console

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2018

    You can now control the rate at which your application records the service requests through X-Ray console, AWS SDKs, and X-Ray API. This helps you control costs and adjust sampling rate during an operational event without the need to redeploy or restart your application. 

  • Use AWS Secrets Manager to Rotate Credentials for All Amazon RDS Database Types, Including Oracle

    Posted On: Aug 29, 2018

    Starting today, you can use AWS Secrets Manager to rotate credentials for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MariaDB databases hosted on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) automatically. Rotating credentials is a security best practice that helps you meet your security and compliance requirements.

  • AWS Fargate Now Supports Time and Event-Based Task Scheduling

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018
  • Amazon SQS Server-Side Encryption is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) with encrypted queues in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. The addition of server-side encryption (SSE) to SQS helps you to protect sensitive data with encrypted queues.  

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage Supports Redundant Inputs for Live Channels

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaPackage, you can now configure a live video channel with two input sources. This allows MediaPackage to switch between inputs if an issue is detected, supporting a highly available live channel output and a more reliable user experience for viewers. To learn more about how input redundancy works, visit the AWS Elemental MediaPackage documentation page.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Now Supports Web Access for Windows 10 Desktops

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    Amazon WorkSpaces Web Access is now available for WorkSpaces running Windows 10, previously available only for Windows 7. You can access your Windows 10 WorkSpaces via Chrome or Firefox web browsers running on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, or Chrome OS. With Web Access, you don't have to download or install anything, and you can securely access your WorkSpace from a public computer without leaving any private or cached data behind.

  • AWS Serverless Application Repository Adds Sorting Functionality and Improves Search Experience

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    The AWS Serverless Application Repository enables developers across teams and organizations to discover, deploy, store, and share serverless apps. Today, we added sorting functionality and launched improvements to our search ranking algorithm so you can find pre-built applications that match your use case faster than before.

  • AWS Systems Manager Automation Now Supports Calling AWS APIs

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager, which provides a unified user interface and allows you to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources, now supports calling a broad range of AWS APIs in your Systems Manager Automation workflows. You can author workflows using three new AWS API Actions – Execute, Assert, and Wait, while utilizing the benefits of Automation service such as safe at-scale operation with approvals.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Companion 1-click Sharing

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    Amazon WorkDocs users can now share files from Microsoft Windows with a single click.

  • Performance Insights Supports Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve database performance challenges, is now generally available for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL. This release supports MySQL version 5.7.22 and higher.

  • AWS Direct Connect now in Dubai

    Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

    AWS Direct Connect is now live at its first location in the Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at Equinix DX1. In the Management Console, this location can be found under its home region of EU (Ireland). Customers in the Middle East can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premises to AWS. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, you can use this location and reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway. When connecting to any AWS region, your data will not hairpin via the home region of EU (Ireland) if it is not in the shortest path to your desired AWS region.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB global tables are now available in the US West (N. California) and EU (London) Regions. With global tables, you can give massively scaled, global applications local access to an Amazon DynamoDB table for fast read and write performance. You also can use global tables to replicate DynamoDB table data to additional AWS Regions for higher availability.

    Global tables build upon the global footprint of DynamoDB to deliver a fully managed, multi-region, multi-master database. Global tables enable you to replicate table updates automatically across the AWS Regions you select, and you can set them up with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console or by using the AWS SDK. There are no upfront costs or long-term commitments required. You pay only for the resources you provision.

    With this launch, DynamoDB global tables are now available in the US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), and EU (London) Regions.

    For global tables pricing in the EU (London) and US West (N. California) Regions, see Global Tables Pricing.

  • New AWS Direct Connect locations in Paris and Taipei

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    AWS Direct Connect has added new locations in Paris at Interxion PAR7 and in Taipei at Chunghwa Telecom. In the Management Console, these sites can be found under their respective home regions of EU West (Paris) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo). With global access for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway. Customers connecting to any AWS region will not have their data hairpin via the home regions if it is not in the shortest path to their desired AWS region.

  • AWS IoT Device Management Now Allows Thing Groups Indexing

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    You can now index your thing groups within your AWS IoT Device Management Fleet Index, allowing you to quickly find your thing groups based upon name, attribute, description, and/or parent group name. For example, you can query your fleet index to find your groups that have a firmware version attribute between V1 - V4, or find all child groups under your “TestDevices” parent group.

  • New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: TensorFlow 1.10, PyTorch with CUDA 9.2, and More

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with newer versions of the following deep learning frameworks and interfaces: TensorFlow 1.10 optimized for AWS for higher performance, Horovod 0.13.11 with OpenMPI 3.1.0 optimized for distributed multi-GPU TensorFlow training on Amazon EC2 P3 instances, PyTorch with CUDA 9.2 optimized for model training on Amazon EC2 P3 instances, Chainer 4.3.1, and Keras 2.2.2.  

  • Amazon FreeRTOS Over-the-Air Update Feature Generally Available

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    Amazon FreeRTOS over-the-air (OTA) update feature is now generally available. You can use OTA updates to remotely deploy security updates, bug fixes, and new firmware images to microcontroller-based devices in the field.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports TensorFlow 1.9

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports version 1.9 in its pre-built TensorFlow containers. This makes it easier to run TensorFlow scripts, while taking advantage of the capabilities Amazon SageMaker offers, including a library of high-performance algorithms, managed and distributed training with automatic model tuning, one-click deployment, and managed hosting.  

  • Announcing the AWS Amplify CLI Toolchain

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    Available today, in addition to a JavaScript library, AWS Amplify now provides a complete CLI (Command Line Interface) Toolchain for developing mobile and web applications in the cloud with Serverless backend components. These features allow developers to build, customize, and deploy applications in a familiar, category-based style with architectural best-practices built in.

  • Amazon EC2 T2 Unlimited Instances Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 T2 Unlimited instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

  • Deploy Three New Amazon Connect Integrations from CallMiner, Aspect Software, and Acqueon

    Posted On: Aug 24, 2018

    The AWS Quick Start team and solutions architects, in collaboration with AWS partners, have published three new Amazon Connect integrations that offer contact center solutions.

  • Announcing New Custom Analysis Features for AWS IoT Analytics with Custom Container Execution for Continuous Analysis

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2018

    You can now containerize your custom analysis code, automate its execution on a set schedule, and analyze only the incremental data you need when you need it.  

  • Amazon Rekognition announces the ability to more easily manage face collections

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based image and video analysis service that can identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect any inappropriate content. Amazon Rekognition now includes a DescribeCollection API that allows you to discover information about your face collections, such as the number of faces stored or the face model version you are currently using, to make it easier to manage collections. Given a face collection identifier known as a CollectionId, the DescribeCollection API returns the following information:

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Support for SCTE-35 Marker Insertion and Static Graphic Overlays

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaLive, you can now insert SCTE-35 markers into the the source of a live channel. SCTE-35 markers are used to signal opportunities to insert ads or local programming into streams. You can also add and remove static graphic overlays on channels. These overlays can be used to add digital on-screen graphics, such as channel logos, to live streams.

  • Amazon EKS Supports GPU-Enabled EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) now supports running containers on GPU-enabled EC2 instances.

  • New Amazon EKS-optimized AMI and CloudFormation Template for Worker Node Provisioning

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) now has an updated EKS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and CloudFormation template that make it easier to provision worker nodes for your Amazon EKS cluster on AWS.

  • Amazon Lightsail Announces 50% Price Drop and Two New Instance Sizes

    Posted On: Aug 23, 2018

    Today, Amazon Lightsail announces a significant price drop of up to 50% for all of its virtual server plans. Now, you can run a full virtual server, including SSD disk and a healthy allowance of free data transfer, starting at $3.50/month. As a Lightsail customer, you'll automatically benefit from the new, lower prices, with no action required. The new prices apply to all Lightsail instances starting August 1, 2018.

  • Deploy an AWS Cloud environment for VFX workstations with new Quick Start

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys a visual effects (VFX) workstation environment with AWS services and Teradici software on the AWS Cloud in about 30 minutes.

  • AWS CloudFormation Now Supports AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2018

    AWS CloudFormation now supports AWS PrivateLink , enabling you to use CloudFormation APIs inside of your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and route data between your VPC and CloudFormation entirely within the AWS network.

    With AWS PrivateLink, you can provision and use VPC endpoints to access supported services hosted in the AWS Cloud. AWS PrivateLink is a purpose-built technology designed to access AWS services in a highly available and scalable manner, while keeping all the network traffic within the AWS network. By using CloudFormation with Amazon VPC endpoints, your VPC resources can communicate with CloudFormation within the AWS network, which helps you meet your requirements to limit public internet connectivity.

    CloudFormation support for AWS PrivateLink is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), and South America (Sao Paulo) Regions.

    For more information about PrivateLink, see Accessing Services Through AWS PrivateLink in the Amazon VPC User Guide. For more information on how to create a VPC endpoint, see Interface VPC Endpoints (AWS PrivateLink) in the AWS CloudFormation user guide.

    To learn more about AWS CloudFormation, please visit our documentation page.
     

  • Use Amazon DynamoDB Local More Easily with the New Docker Image

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2018

    Now, it’s easier to use Amazon DynamoDB local, the downloadable version of DynamoDB, to help you develop and test your DynamoDB applications by using the new DynamoDB local Docker image.

    With the new DynamoDB local Docker image, you can build and prototype applications quickly by using a version of DynamoDB running in your development environment with all the dependencies and necessary configuration built in. The new Docker image also enables you to include DynamoDB local in your containerized builds and as part of your continuous integration testing. Using DynamoDB local does not require an internet connection and DynamoDB local works with your existing DynamoDB API calls. There are no provisioned throughput, data storage, or data transfer costs with DynamoDB local.

    DynamoDB local is now available to download as a self-contained Docker image or a .jar file that can run on Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, and other platforms that support Java.

    To learn more about the new DynamoDB local Docker image, see the DynamoDB local public repository on Docker Hub.

  • The Amazon Chime Web Application Can Now Dial Out to Your Phone for Meetings

    Posted On: Aug 22, 2018

    Amazon Chime call me is a new audio feature that makes it more convenient for you to join Chime meetings by phone. Whether you’re working from home or on the go from any device, you can simply enter your telephone number into the Chime web application, and Chime will call you and add you to the meeting. With the call me feature, you can join your meetings on time, even if you need to join from a telephone and not using the Chime application. Chime also remembers the last number you entered, so you won’t need to re-enter it for future meetings.

  • AWS Key Management Service Increases API Requests Per Second Limits

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2018

    AWS Key Management Service (KMS) has increased the request rate limit for a core set of KMS API operations, including Decrypt, Encrypt, GenerateDataKey, GenerateDataKeyWithoutPlaintext, GenerateRandom, and ReEncrypt. The request rate limits have been increased from 1,200 requests per second to 10,000 requests per second in US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions. In all other regions where KMS is available, the limits are increased to 5,500 requests per second. These limit increases make it easier for you to scale your KMS operations.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 T3 Instances

    Posted On: Aug 21, 2018

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is introducing the next generation Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) burstable general-purpose instances, T3. T3 instances offer a balance of compute, memory, and network resources and are designed to provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline when needed. T3 instances are powered by the AWS Nitro System which includes a lightweight hardware-accelerated hypervisor, delivering practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to the instances. T3 instances also feature the latest high frequency Intel Xeon Scalable processors which combined with the AWS Nitro System result in up to a 30% better price to performance improvement over T2 instances. These new Xeon Scalable processors feature new AVX-512 instructions that can further accelerate performance. T3 instances also support Enhanced Networking with up to 5 Gbps in network bandwidth using the Amazon Elastic Network Adaptor.

  • Amazon Athena releases an updated JDBC driver with improved performance when retrieving results

    Posted On: Aug 20, 2018

    Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy 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. Today, we are releasing a new version (2.0.5) of the JDBC driver that can deliver up to 2x better performance when fetching results less than 10,000 rows, and approximately 5-6x better performance when fetching results larger than 10,000 rows, compared to the old driver. The feature is enabled by default.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for in-place version upgrades for Redis Cluster

    Posted On: Aug 20, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache adds support for in-place version upgrades for Redis Cluster, the sharded and highly-available Redis. Now you can upgrade your Redis Cluster environments to the latest version without manual steps or application changes. Amazon ElastiCache already supports in-place version upgrades for non-Redis Cluster mode Redis.

  • Four Additional AWS Services Now Offer FIPS Compliant End Points in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Aug 20, 2018

    The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 is a U.S. government standard that specifies the security requirements for cryptographic modules that protect sensitive information. FIPS validated cryptographic modules are used to provide FIPS 140-2 compliant endpoints. FIPS is also important for supporting FedRAMP High workloads, as cryptography must be employed in a FIPS-compliant manner throughout a FedRAMP solution in the cloud.

    The following AWS services now offer FIPS 140-2 compliant end points in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region:
    • Amazon Polly
    • AWS Lambda
    • Amazon Server Migration Service (SMS)
    • Amazon API Gateway

    See the FIPS 140-2 webpage for a full list of AWS services with FIPS 140-2 compliant end points.

    Learn more with the Cryptographic Module Validation Program and AWS GovCloud (US) FIPS Documentation.  

  • AWS Systems Manager Adds Insights and 1-Click Remediation to Help Manage Inventory Collection

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager now supports new insights, giving you greater visibility into the inventory state of instances that you manage.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Auto Scaling Replicas

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    Amazon Aurora Auto Scaling automatically adds and removes Aurora Replicas in response to changes in performance metrics that you specify. This feature is now available in the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Aurora.

  • AWS Device Farm now Allows you to Customize the Test Environment

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    AWS Device Farm now let’s you customize your test execution environment to match your specific needs. You can now specify the dependencies your project needs and the exact commands to be run during test execution, to ensure your tests run precisely like they do in your local environment. Device Farm is also introducing live log and video streaming to provide you instant feedback on your tests.

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports AWS Systems Manager Secure String Parameters in CloudFormation Templates

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    AWS CloudFormation now supports Secure String Parameter from AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. A Secure String parameter is any sensitive data that needs to be stored and referenced in a secure manner. Now, you can use the Parameters section in your CloudFormation templates to dynamically reference Secure Strings into your templates each time you create or update your stack without exposing the values as clear text. CloudFormation retrieves the value of the specified Secure String Parameter from the Parameter Store when necessary and use it during stack operations.

    To learn more about dynamic references and CloudFormation resources that support dynamic references for Secure String Parameter from AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store, please visit AWS CloudFormation documentation.

    The CloudFormation support for Secure String as a parameter in templates is available in the following regions: US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Paris), South America (São Paulo), and AWS GovCloud (US).
     

  • Amazon SNS Message Filtering Adds Support for AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to quickly deploy solutions that use Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) message filtering. 

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds the Ability to Review Configuration Changes

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    You can now use the Elastic Beanstalk console to review all your pending configuration option changes before applying them to your Elastic Beanstalk application environment.

  • Deploy Corda Enterprise on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys a Corda Enterprise node on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The Quick Start was created by APN Partner R3 in collaboration with AWS.

  • Now Easily Create Rate-Based Rules and Amazon CloudWatch Alarms with AWS Shield Advanced

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Shield Advanced allows you to easily create Rate-Based Rules (RBRs) with just a few clicks in its upgraded onboarding wizard. Additionally, the wizard also enables you to better monitor your protected resources by allowing you to quickly setup Amazon CloudWatch alarms on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) metrics published by the service . 

  • Amazon Quicksight Launches Support for Email Reports and Data Labels

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    Introducing email reports for QuickSight! Customers can now automatically send elegant reports directly to their users' inbox on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule, keeping them up to date on the latest data. Now readers and authors can get access to their information delivered straight to their inbox. They can click into their QuickSight account when they need to dive in and explore their interactive dashboards. Email Reports are available today for all Enterprise Edition customers.

  • Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager Regional Expansion

    Posted On: Aug 16, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) for EBS Snapshots is available in 11 more AWS regions. DLM provides a simple, automated way to back up data stored on Amazon EBS volumes. With this feature, you no longer have to rely on custom scripts to create and manage your backups. 

  • Deploy Amazon SageMaker and a Data Lake on AWS for Predictive Data Science with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    This Quick Start builds a data lake environment for building, training, and deploying machine learning (ML) models with Amazon SageMaker on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The deployment takes about 10-15 minutes and uses AWS services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, and Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose.

  • Amazon Comprehend is Now Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to discover insights and relationships in text. Starting today, Amazon Comprehend is available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards is now available in AWS GovCloud (US) region. This allows you to create re-usable graphs and have unified operational view across your cloud resources and applications. 

  • AWS CloudHSM Audit Logs are Now Available in Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2018

    AWS CloudHSM now provides audit logging for management commands executed on your CloudHSM instances. These audit logs are generated on each of your HSM instances, and then delivered by CloudHSM to Amazon CloudWatch on your behalf. You can learn more about monitoring AWS CloudHSM Audit Logs in Amazon CloudWatch Logs here.

    If you provisioned your AWS CloudHSM cluster prior to January 20, 2018, you will need to configure a service-linked role to enable delivery of your HSM instance audit logs to Amazon CloudWatch. Instructions on creating the service-linked role for CloudHSM are here. Other than enabling the service-linked role for CloudHSM, no action is necessary on your part to begin receiving the logs.

    CloudHSM audit logs complement the two existing types of CloudHSM logs. The first is AWS CloudTrail logging, which records the API calls you make to the AWS CloudHSM service such as create-cluster or delete-hsm. The second is AWS CloudHSM Client logging, which records operations you perform on your CloudHSM instances using the CloudHSM client.

    Please note this feature is for the new CloudHSM only, and does not apply to CloudHSM Classic.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds support for PHP 7.2

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Elastic Beanstalk applications using PHP 7.2. The latest PHP version comes with numerous improvements and new features such as counting of non-countable objects, object typehint, new sodium extensions, and improved TLS constants to sane values. For the complete list of PHP 7.2 features, including a PHP migration guide visit the official PHP 7.2 release announcement. You can upgrade your existing AWS Elastic Beanstalk PHP environment using the Elastic Beanstalk console or through the AWS CLI and Elastic Beanstalk API. See Migrating an Environement to a New Configuration for additional details.

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage Now Available in US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaPackage is a video origination and just-in-time packaging service that allows video distributors to securely and reliably deliver streaming content at scale. From a single video input, AWS Elemental MediaPackage creates video streams formatted to play on connected TVs, mobile phones, computers, tablets, and game consoles. It makes it easy to implement popular video features commonly found on DVRs, such as start-over, pause, and rewind. The service can also protect your content using Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies.

  • AWS IoT Core and AWS IoT Device Management now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    AWS IoT Core and AWS IoT Device Management are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

  • Amazon CloudFront expands in Nordics with first Edge locations in Norway and Denmark

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces two new Edge locations in Oslo, Norway, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Both of these Edge locations are the first in their respective countries and increase CloudFront’s capacity in the Nordics by 55%. CloudFront’s expansion across the Nordics further improves the availability and performance of content delivery to users in the region. Compared to CloudFront’s performance before the new locations were added, we expect that CloudFront end users will see a 35% reduction in latency for content delivery within Norway and Denmark.

    A full list of CloudFront’s global locations is available on the CloudFront Details webpage.

  • Amazon EFS Now Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Aug 15, 2018

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region.

  • Announcing latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline 10.0.19 with support for Clarisse CNode

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    We are pleased to announce the general availability of the latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline, v10.0.19. This release includes support for Clarisse CNode usage based licensing (UBL) via the AWS Thinkbox Marketplace for all customers globally. Clarisse CNode is part of the Clarisse suite of products that help 3D professionals create and render computer graphics (CG) content. The addition of Clarisse CNode expands customer options for rendering applications with the ability to quickly provision hundreds or thousands of Clarisse CNode render nodes without the need to procure permanent infrastructure and licenses. Using AWS Thinkbox Deadline, customers can combine existing software licenses with usage based licenses that are purchased by the hour from the Thinkbox Marketplace and metered by the minute.

    To download the latest version of Deadline, visit the Downloads page. For more details on this release, please see the Deadline 10.0.19 release notes.

  • Amazon SageMaker APIs are now fully supported on AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    All Amazon SageMaker APIs are now fully supported on AWS PrivateLink, which increases the security of data shared with cloud-based applications by reducing the exposure of data to the public Internet. All communication between applications and Amazon SageMaker can be secured inside a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

  • AWS AppSync Adds Quick Start for Amazon Aurora

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    Today, AWS AppSync launched a new quick-start that walks you through connecting AppSync to your Amazon Aurora database to create a new blog application. AWS AppSync is a serverless backend service for web and mobile applications that supports real-time data synchronization and offline capabilities. AppSync supports multiple data storage options, including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElasticSearch Service, AWS Lambda, and HTTP data sources.

  • Lambda@Edge Now Provides You Access to the Request Body for HTTP POST/PUT Processing

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    Lambda@Edge provides you access to various HTTP attributes such as URI, headers and query strings to customize the content delivered to your end-users. Starting today, you can also access the HTTP request body in your Lambda functions enabling you to execute custom logic and generate a response directly from the edge.

    Developers typically use Web/HTML forms or Web Beacons/Bugs as a mechanism to collect data from end users and then process that data at their origins servers. With access to request body from your Lambda functions, you can now offload this logic to the edge and improve end-user latency. For example, if you have a static website with a ‘contact us’ web form, you can make a network call to an Amazon DynamoDB global table to save the data from your Lambda function. Or, if you are collecting end user behavior data through a web beacon on your website, you can directly log it to an Amazon Kinesis Firehose endpoint from the Lambda function, thereby simplifying your origin infrastructure.

    There’s no additional fee for using this feature. To learn more about Lambda@Edge, visit the product page. For more information on how to use this new feature, see the following resources:

    • To get started, see examples of Lambda functions showing how to access and modify request body
    • Read the blogpost on how to build global data ingestion passthrough with Amazon CloudFront, Lambda@Edge and Amazon Kinesis Firehose
    • For more information, see the documentation here
  • Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore Now Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore provides the capability to easily create on-demand and continuous backups of your DynamoDB tables and restore from these backups, if needed. You can back up tables from a few megabytes to hundreds of terabytes of data, with no impact on the performance or availability of your production applications.

    With on-demand backup and restore, you can create full backups of your DynamoDB table for data archiving and retention, helping you meet your corporate and governmental regulatory requirements. Point-in-time recovery (PITR) provides continuous backups of your DynamoDB table data, protecting you against accidental writes or deletes. When you enable PITR, you can recover that table from backup at any point in time from the moment you enable it to a maximum of the 35 preceding days.

    DynamoDB backup and restore is now available in 16 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Paris), South America (Sao Paulo), and China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet.

    You can enable backup and restore for your DynamoDB table data with a single click in the AWS Management Console, a simple API call, or with the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). To learn more about DynamoDB backup and restore, see Backup and Restore.
     

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports zero downtime, in-place version upgrades

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now lets you easily upgrade your Elasticsearch clusters to newer versions without any downtime, using in-place version upgrades. With this new feature, you no longer need to go through the hassle of taking a manual snapshot, restoring it to a new cluster running the newer version of Elasticsearch, and updating all of your endpoint references. Instead, you can easily trigger the in-place version upgrade and Amazon Elasticsearch Service takes care of all the necessary steps in the background, ensuring that your cluster continues to operate while the upgrade is in process. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch versions 5.6 and 6.3

    Posted On: Aug 14, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports versions 5.6 and 6.3 for both open-source Elasticsearch and Kibana. Elasticsearch 5.6 includes a number of bug fixes and optimizations to improve search performance. Elasticsearch 6.3 offers autocomplete for Kibana queries and improvements to aggregation and ranking APIs. 

  • AWS Direct Connect now in Kansas City, MO

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2018

    AWS Direct Connect is now live in Kansas City, MO at the Netrality Properties 1102 Grand facility. This site can be found under its home region US East (Ohio) in the AWS Management Console. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, this site can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway. If you are connecting to any AWS region outside of the home region US East (Ohio), your traffic will take the shortest path to your desired AWS region and not hairpin via US East (Ohio).

  • Amazon Inspector Adds CIS Benchmark Support for Additional Linux Operating Systems

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2018

    Amazon Inspector expands Center for Internet Security's CIS Benchmarks support for Amazon Linux (v2018.03 and earlier), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v6 and 7), CentOS Linux (v6 and 7), and Ubuntu Linux (v14.04 and 16.04). You can now run Inspector CIS assessments on these Linux distributions to check the configuration of your Amazon EC2 instances against the security configuration best practices developed by CIS.  

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Now Supports Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate (QVBR) Encoding

    Posted On: Aug 13, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert now supports a new video rate control mode, Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate (QVBR) encoding. QVBR is designed to deliver consistently high-quality video viewing experiences while keeping your bit budget under control, saving up to 50% on storage and delivery costs. QVBR can be used in both 1-pass and 2-pass modes with all quality settings and resolutions. It is supported with both the AVC and HEVC codecs, and is available at no additional charge. To learn more, please visit the QVBR documentation page.

  • AWS IoT Core Increases Default Limits for Customers

    Posted On: Aug 10, 2018

    AWS IoT Core is pleased to announce increased default service limits for all customers in all regions. Customers will now be granted 20,000 inbound publish requests per second, increased from 10,000. The full list of AWS IoT Core limits can be found on the AWS Service Limits page. Customers needing further limit increases can request them by creating a Service Limit Increase request from the Support Center in the AWS Console.

  • Amazon Aurora Serverless Brings Serverless Computing to Relational Databases

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    Amazon Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down an Amazon Aurora database. It offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any database servers. Aurora Serverless makes it easy and cost-effective to run applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns, and is now generally available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility.

  • Amazon ECS Now Supports Docker Volumes and Volume Plugins

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    You can now easily configure your containerized application to access storage volumes backed by Local instance storage, Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) or Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) volumes through the use of Docker volume drivers and volume plugins such as Rex-Ray and Portworx.

    Previously, if you wanted to deploy containerized applications that required access to storage volumes, you had to manually manage your storage volume using custom tooling such as bash scripts, lambda functions, and manual configuration of Docker volumes.

    Now, with the support for Docker volumes, you can deploy stateful and storage-intensive applications on Amazon ECS. You have the flexibility to configure the lifecycle of the Docker volume and specify whether it is a scratch space volume specific to a single instantiation of a task, or a persistent volume that persists beyond the lifecycle of a unique instantiation of the task. You can also choose to use a pre-provisioned Docker volume that you have created before launching your Task.

    To get started with this feature, first install your preferred Docker volume plugin (if needed) and simply specify the volume name, the volume driver, and the parameters when setting up a task definition via the AWS management console, CLI or SDK.

    To learn more, visit the Amazon ECS documentation.  

    Please visit the AWS region table to see all AWS regions where Amazon ECS is available.
     

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS Systems Manager Patch Compliance and Association Compliance

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    You can now record changes to patch and association compliance statuses of AWS Systems Manager Managed Instances using AWS Config. Previously, you could only view the most recent status of a patch or association compliance for a managed instance. Now, with AWS Config, you can maintain a history of all changes to this data over time, and use it for your audit and compliance needs.

  • AWS Direct Connect live in Denmark and Norway

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    AWS Direct Connect is announcing immediate availability of new locations in Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway. Both these locations are the first in their respective countries. In Copenhagen, AWS Direct Connect is live at Interxion CPH2 and in Oslo, at DigiPlex Ulven data center. In the Management Console, these sites can be found under the EU (Frankfurt) Region. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Adds Support for Encryption at Rest

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) now supports encryption at rest for new DAX clusters to help you accelerate reads from Amazon DynamoDB tables in security-sensitive applications that are subject to strict compliance and regulatory requirements.

    DAX provides you a fully-managed, highly available, in-memory cache that is capable of accelerating reads from DynamoDB tables by up to 10x, even at millions of requests per second. You can use DAX without making changes to your existing application logic and using your existing DynamoDB APIs calls. DAX manages cache invalidation and data population on your behalf. With the new encryption at rest support, you can also encrypt the storage for your DAX clusters to help you protect data on your DAX nodes, such as configuration and log files. This data is encrypted using AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS).

    DAX is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

    To learn more about DAX and encryption at rest, see DAX Encryption at Rest.
     

  • AWS CloudTrail Adds VPC Endpoint Support to AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    You can now access AWS CloudTrail from within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using AWS PrivateLink. This enables you to connect to and route data to AWS CloudTrail using private IP addresses in your VPC through the Amazon network.

  • Amazon Inspector Now Supports Security Assessments for Debian

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    Amazon Inspector expanded security assessments to include Debian 8 and Debian 9 for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) and Security Best Practices. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired Amazon EC2 instances, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment.
     

  • AWS Systems Manager Adds Tag and Target Map for Automation Executions

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018
  • Amazon Pinpoint Announces Events Ingestion API With Batch Submission Capability

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    You can now record analytics and messaging events directly using the Amazon Pinpoint Events Ingestion API. The API supports submission of events individually or in batches, updating user endpoints along with events generated by the user that can be used to record user events from your backend in addition to events recorded by your client application.

  • Easily automate secrets management with AWS Secrets Manager by deleting secrets without a recovery window

    Posted On: Aug 9, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Secrets Manager enables you to delete secrets without requiring a recovery window. With this capability, you can now delete and recreate secrets, making it easier for you to manage automation jobs that create secrets.

  • Amazon Rekognition is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) regions

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) regions.

  • Amazon EC2 M5d Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Starting today, M5d instances are available in the AWS US West (N. California) and Europe (Frankfurt) Regions. M5d instances were first introduced in June 2018 and delivers M5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. M5d instances are ideal for workloads that require a balance of compute and memory resources along with high-speed, low latency local block storage including data logging and media processing.

  • Amazon QuickSight now Supports Table Calculations and Minute Level Aggregation

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Amazon QuickSight now allows you to easily create rich metrics and calculations for dashboards without having to craft complex SQL statements and precompute at the data source. QuickSight authors can now create calculated fields and table calculations to evaluate running sum of measures, partitioned by set of dimension in a specified sort order, or calculate percentage contribution of a measure to the total within the partitioned dimension. Similarly, authors can create custom fields that measure the difference or percentage difference between preceding or succeeding metrics, partitioned by a dimension. Authors can also rank metrics or sub-dimensions within the partitioned dimension. Other functions enable authors to measure sum, average, count, minimum/maximum, and display leading and lagging values by an offset of 1 over partitioned dimension. All these functions are available in both SPICE and non-SPICE datasets.

  • Amazon EC2 C5d Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Starting today, C5d instances are available in the AWS US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Europe (Frankfurt), and Europe (London) Regions. C5d instances were first introduced in May 2018 and delivers C5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. C5d instances provide high-performance block storage for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage like video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. It will also benefit applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files.  

  • Amazon VPC Flow Logs can now be delivered to S3

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Flow Logs can now be directly delivered to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or through your Amazon EC2 or VPC console. You can now deliver VPC Flow Logs to both S3 and CloudWatch Logs.

    Deliver VPC Flow Logs to S3 when you require simple, cost-effective archiving of your log events. Take advantage of the different storage classes of S3, such as Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access, or write custom data processing applications using other solutions, such as Amazon Athena.

    Deliver VPC Flow Logs to CloudWatch Logs to monitor your systems and applications. Generate and visualize metrics using Metric Filter Patterns and CloudWatch Dashboards, set up alerts on log-based metrics, or search log events using CloudWatch Logs while solving problems.

    Learn about the pricing to export Amazon VPC Flow Logs to S3 or CloudWatch Logs here. Learn about how to send VPC Flow Logs to S3 and CloudWatch Logs here.

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

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service. It lets you create high-quality live video streams for delivery to broadcast televisions and internet-connected multiscreen devices, like connected TVs, tablets, smartphones, and set-top boxes.

  • Amazon Redshift announces support for nested data with Redshift Spectrum

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    You can now use Amazon Redshift to directly query nested data in Apache Parquet, Apache ORC, JSON and Amazon Ion file formats stored in external tables in Amazon S3. Redshift Spectrum, a feature of Amazon Redshift, enables you to use your existing Business Intelligence tools and intuitive and powerful SQL extensions to analyze both scalar and nested data stored in your Amazon S3 data lake.

  • Amazon Redshift automatically enables short query acceleration

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Amazon Redshift now enables short query acceleration by default to speed up execution of short-running queries such as reports, dashboards, and interactive analysis. Short query acceleration uses machine learning to provide higher performance, faster results, and better predictability of query execution times. 

  • AWS Now Accepts Direct Debit ACH Payments

    Posted On: Aug 8, 2018

    Starting today, you can pay your AWS invoices with any US ACH enabled bank account. Adding a bank account is easy. Simply go to the Payment Methods page on the AWS Billing Console and provide your bank account number, routing number, billing address, and your driver’s license number (for personal accounts) or tax identification number (for business accounts).

  • AWS Config adds the ability to specify a data retention policy for your configuration items

    Posted On: Aug 7, 2018

    AWS Config now enables you to delete your data by specifying a retention period for your configuration items. When you specify a retention period, AWS Config retains your configuration items for that specified period. You can choose a period between a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 7 years (2,557 days). AWS Config automatically deletes configuration items older than your specified retention period. If you don’t specify a retention period, AWS Config continues to store configuration items for the default period of 7 years (2,557 days).

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS Shield

    Posted On: Aug 7, 2018

    You can now record configuration changes to AWS Shield using AWS Config. AWS Shield is a managed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection service that safeguards applications running on AWS. With Config, you can track changes to the protection settings, such as the resources being protected, and use this information to maintain a configuration change history for audit and operational troubleshooting purposes.

  • AWS Nonprofit Competency Launch

    Posted On: Aug 7, 2018

    Introducing the AWS Nonprofit Competency Program, to help customers quickly, cost-efficiently, and securely leverage technology to scale mission impact and drive social change. 

    The AWS Nonprofit Competency Program recognizes AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success for nonprofit customers. 

    Customers can now explore partner solutions across Donor Management and Marketing Tools, Fundraising and Operations Tools, and Consulting Partners. 

    See our AWS Nonprofit Competency Partners

  • Amazon EC2 P3 instances, one of the most powerful GPU instances in the cloud, now available in 6 additional regions

    Posted On: Aug 7, 2018

    Amazon EC2 P3 instances are now available in the Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (London), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore) and China (Ningxia) AWS regions, bringing the total number of available regions to 14.

  • Amazon Redshift announces support for lateral column alias reference

    Posted On: Aug 7, 2018

    Amazon Redshift now enables you to write queries that refer to a column alias within the same query immediately after it is declared, improving the readability of complex SQL queries.

  • AWS Personal Health Dashboard Now Supports Fine-Grained Access Control Via IAM Policy Conditions

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    AWS Personal Health Dashboard now supports fine-grained access control so that you can setup permissions based on event metadata. This allows you to grant or deny access to an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user based on such attributes as event types, event types of a particular service, or other role-based attributes.

  • AWS Glue is now available in the Canada (Central) AWS region

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    You can now use AWS Glue in the Canada (Central) AWS region.

  • Amazon RDS Now Supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.6.40 and 5.7.22

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.6.40 and 5.7.22 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MySQL database engine.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL Now Supports Delayed Replication

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports delayed replication, which allows you to set a configurable time period for which a read replica lags behind the source database. In a standard MySQL replication configuration, there is minimal replication delay between the source and the replica. With delayed replication, you can introduce an intentional delay as a strategy for disaster recovery.

  • Amazon Rekognition Increases Accuracy of Text-in-Image

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition has launched improvements for Text-in-Image to increase the accuracy of text detection and to provide expanded support for text rotated -90 to +90 degrees from the horizontal axis.

  • Performance Insights is Available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) databases, is now available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility. It offers a free tier with 7 days of data retention and a paid long-term data retention option.

  • Amazon Aurora is Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon Aurora is now available to customers in AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. Aurora is a MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database built for the cloud, that combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Apache MXNet 1.2

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now provides the latest version 1.2 of Apache MXNet. The built-in MXNet container within Amazon SageMaker makes it easy to run your deep learning scripts by taking advantage of the capabilities of SageMaker including distributed & managed training and real-time deployment of machine learning models.

  • NICE DCV now features a native client for Linux, redirection of 3D mice and USB storage devices, automatic locking of Windows sessions, and Ubuntu support

    Posted On: Aug 6, 2018

    We are happy to announce the release of NICE DCV (Desktop Cloud Visualization) version 2017.1.

  • Amazon Connect Now Lets You Transfer Calls Between Queues Automatically

    Posted On: Aug 4, 2018

    Amazon Connect now enables you to automatically transfer calls from one queue to another in your contact flow. This lets you minimize call wait times in your contact center, adjust to changing call patterns dynamically, or to assign calls to more qualified agents. You can use metrics, such as agent availability or the number of calls in the queue, to determine which queue to route the call to.

  • Automatically Create Amazon CloudFront Distributions for AWS Elemental MediaPackage Channels from the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaPackage, you can now create Amazon CloudFront distributions for live channels from the AWS Management Console. MediaPackage reliably prepares and protects video for delivery over the Internet. From a single video input, MediaPackage creates video streams with DVR-like features and digital rights management (DRM) that are formatted to play on connected TVs, mobile phones, computers, tablets, and game consoles. You can now pair these benefits with the secure, high-performance, and cost-effective global distribution of Amazon CloudFront for delivering live video to viewers.

  • AWS Single Sign-On Adds More Pre-Integrated Business Applications

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2018

    Now you can use AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) to manage SSO access to more pre-integrated business applications such as SmartSheet, Trello, and Expensify. This expands the list of already pre-integrated business applications, such as Salesforce, Google Suite, and Office 365. For the full list of business applications pre-integrated with AWS SSO, see Supported Applications.

  • Alexa for Business lets IT admins monitor when shared devices are deregistered from the account

    Posted On: Aug 3, 2018

    Alexa for Business now lets IT administrators monitor when shared devices are deregistered from the Alexa for Business account. Shared devices are placed in common areas, such as conference rooms and building lobbies, and are managed centrally with the Alexa for Business console. By knowing when shared devices are deregistered, you can take corrective action and delete the deregistered devices from the console.  

  • AWS IoT Device Defender - Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2018

    At AWS re:Invent 2017, we announced AWS IoT Device Defender, a fully managed service that helps you secure your fleet of IoT devices. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of AWS IoT Device Defender. You can use AWS IoT Device Defender to adhere to recommended security best practices, to continuously monitor device behavior, and to receive alerts so you know when to investigate and mitigate security issues.

  • Amazon Polly Adds Bilingual Indian English/Hindi Language Support

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2018

    Amazon Polly is an AWS service that turns text into lifelike speech. We're excited to announce new Hindi language support and the release of our first bilingual voice. Aditi is a female voice that speaks Hindi and Indian English fluently.

  • Support for Flink 1.5.0 and Livy 0.5.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.16.0

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2018

    You can now use Apache Flink 1.5.0 and Apache Livy 0.5.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.16.0. Flink 1.5.0 has several new features, including a new deployment model that supports dynamic resource allocation on YARN for efficient resource utilization, support for a broadcast state that allows replication of configuration rules and patterns to all parallel instances of a function, a new SQL CLI client to run ad-hoc queries on data streams, ability to store state information on local disks for faster and efficient failure recovery, and other performance and throughput updates for streaming jobs. Livy 0.5.0 brings in support for SparkSQL interpreter for running interactive SQL queries, ability to use multiple languages and share the SparkContext in a single session, ability to share variables across jobs, and other improvements. Additionally, you can now use the upgraded version of Apache Hadoop 2.8.4, Apache Spark 2.3.1, Presto 0.203, Apache Phoenix 4.14.0 and Apache MXNet 1.2.0.

    You can create an Amazon EMR cluster with the release 5.16.0 by choosing the release label “emr-5.16.0” from the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or SDK. You can choose Flink, Livy, Hadoop, Spark, Presto, Phoenix, and MXNet to install these applications when you launch your EMR cluster. Please visit the Amazon EMR documentation for more information about the EMR release 5.16.0, Flink 1.5.0, Livy 0.5.0, Spark 2.3.1, Presto 0.203, Hadoop 2.8.4, Phoenix 4.14.0, and MXNet 1.2.0

    Amazon EMR release 5.16.0 is now available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

  • Stream data 65% faster with 5x higher fan-out using new Kinesis Data Streams features

    Posted On: Aug 2, 2018

    We are announcing two new Amazon Kinesis Data Streams features that boost the performance of your Kinesis Data Streams applications: a new HTTP/2 data retrieval API and enhanced fan-out.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Expands Support of AWS Key Management Service, Improving Encryption Capabilities

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2018

    Customers can now use AWS Key Management Service (KMS) to manage encryption of data stored in the cloud by AWS Storage Gateway.  AWS KMS is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control encryption keys used to encrypt your data. Storage Gateway now supports AWS KMS for encryption of data stored in AWS by all gateway types. This includes virtual tapes managed by Tape Gateway, in-cloud volumes and EBS Snapshots created by Volume Gateway, and files stored as objects in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) by File Gateway. 

  • Amazon Chime Adds Okta Integration for Single Sign-On

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2018

    Amazon Chime now lets you choose Okta for configuring single-sign on (SSO). This means you can add and remove users, and change Chime permissions using your Okta directory. Changes made in Okta will be pushed to Chime automatically, which simplifies the administration of your Chime users. With Okta, your users can log into any of the Amazon Chime client apps using their corporate credentials, and you can apply your existing password policies for use with Chime.

  • AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority is Available in the EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2018

    AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) is now available in the EU (London) Region, increasing the number of AWS Regions where ACM Private CA is available to ten. The expansion into a new AWS Region provides you more options to provision your ACM Private CA with the other AWS services you use.

  • AWS Greengrass Now Available in EU (Ireland) Region

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2018

    AWS Greengrass is now available to customers in EU (Ireland) region. 

    AWS Greengrass is software that lets you run local compute, messaging, data caching, sync, and ML inference capabilities 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, use Lambda functions running on Greengrass Core to interact with local resources, operate with intermittent connections, stay updated with over the air updates, and minimize the cost of transmitting IoT data to the cloud. Learn more about AWS Greengrass here. See the AWS Region Table for complete regional availability.

  • Amazon Transcribe Can Now Identify and Label Transcripts Based on Audio Channels

    Posted On: Aug 1, 2018

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capability to your applications. Amazon Transcribe now supports a feature called Channel Identification that processes audio featuring multiple channels, and produces a single transcript of the speech annotated by the channel on which it was spoken.

  • AWS Config Now Supports AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Config supports AWS PrivateLink, which enables you to route data between your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and AWS Config without exposing your VPC subnets to the Internet.

  • Amazon MQ Now Supports Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    You can now monitor and troubleshoot your Amazon MQ message brokers in near-real time by publishing logs from your Amazon MQ brokers to Amazon CloudWatch Logs.  

  • AWS IoT Rules Engine Now Supports Step Functions Action

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    The AWS IoT Rules Engine can now trigger workflows built with AWS Step Functions using Step Functions action. With the addition of Step Functions action, the Rules Engine now supports 15 action types.

  • AWS Security Token Service Now Supports AWS PrivateLink in US West (Oregon) Region

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Security Token Service supports AWS PrivateLink in the US West (Oregon) region, enabling you to route data between your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Security Token Service entirely within the AWS network.

  • The Amazon Chime Web Application Now Supports Video Conferencing in Google Chrome

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Starting today, the Amazon Chime web application supports video conferencing in the Google Chrome browser. When meeting in person isn’t possible, the high-quality audio and video available in Chime meetings optimizes communication and engagement with your meeting attendees. With this update, attendees can join your meetings using their browser and access the same high-quality video available in Chime’s downloadable clients. Additionally, because the web application is available across platforms, video conferencing is now available for your contacts on Linux and ChromeOS.

    As a meeting attendee, you can start or stop your own video using in-application controls. You can also view up to to 16 video tiles in your Chime meeting window for participants sharing their video. Video tile layout is optimized depending on the number of tiles, the size of your window, and the presence of shared content. To learn more about the Amazon Chime web application, please visit the Amazon Chime Documentation page.

    Amazon Chime is a secure, real-time, communications service that simplifies video conferencing, online meetings, calls, and chat. With Chime, there are no upfront payments, and there is no infrastructure to deploy. You can try Chime for free for 30 days just by getting started. For more information on our trial, visit the Amazon Chime trial page.

  • Expanding AWS PrivateLink support for Amazon Kinesis Data Streams

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Data streaming applications can now utilize AWS PrivateLink and Amazon Kinesis Data Streams in US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), and South America (Sao Paulo) AWS Regions.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now supports custom login workflows with a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Amazon WorkSpaces now supports a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) to help streamline user login workflows. With this release, customers automatically generate a simple, custom link for users to access their WorkSpaces that includes login information. This link can include login information such as the WorkSpace registration code, user name, and multi-factor authentication (MFA) credentials. With this capability, you can develop custom on-boarding and login workflows for users that eliminate the need for users to manually enter login information.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Microsoft OneDrive for Business

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Amazon AppStream 2.0 now supports Microsoft OneDrive for Business as a user storage option. You can integrate your OneDrive for Business account with AppStream 2.0, and your users can link their OneDrive for Business accounts to access their files in AppStream 2.0 like they would on a Mac, PC, or Chromebook. To learn more about using Microsoft OneDrive for Business with AppStream 2.0, read our blog post Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for OneDrive for Business.

  • Amazon Connect Adds User Management API

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Amazon Connect now provides a new user management API that lets you automate creation and deletion of user accounts, changes to user configurations, and updates to security settings, based on your business needs. You can also use the API to make changes to routing profiles assigned to users, which lets you easily move agents to busier queues during periods of high call volume.  To learn more see the API documentation.

  • Troubleshoot your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains easily using Error Logs

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now lets you enable Elasticsearch error logs, providing you valuable information for troubleshooting your search and indexing operations quickly and easily. These 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.

  • Amazon EC2 Nitro System Based Instances Now Support Faster Amazon EBS-Optimized Instance Performance

    Posted On: Jul 31, 2018

    Amazon EC2 C5/C5d and M5/M5d instances are built on the Nitro system, a collection of AWS-built hardware and software components that enable high performance, high availability, high security, and bare metal capabilities to eliminate virtualization overhead. With the latest set of enhancements to the Nitro system, we have increased the maximum EBS-optimized instance bandwidth to 14Gbps, up from 9Gbps and 10Gbps for C5/C5d and M5/M5d respectively. We have also increased the maximum EBS-optimized instance IOPS for Nitro systems to 80,000 IOPS, up from 64,000 IOPS and 65,000 IOPS for C5/C5d and M5/M5d respectively. In addition we have increased the EBS-optimized instance burst performance on the large, xlarge and 2xlarge C5/C5d and M5/M5d instances to 3.5Gbps, up from 2.25 Gbps and 2.12 Gbps respectively.

  • Amazon Connect Now Supports Using Cross-Region Amazon Lex Bots

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2018

    Starting today, you can add Amazon Lex bots from any region where Amazon Lex is available to any Amazon Connect instance. This means you can use Amazon Lex bots with your Amazon Connect instances in the EU (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS regions. Previously, you could only use Amazon Lex bots created in the same region as your Amazon Connect instance.

  • AWS CloudHSM Backups Can Now Be Copied Across Regions

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2018

    AWS CloudHSM now allows you to copy backups of your CloudHSM Cluster from one region to another for disaster recovery purposes. You can use the copied backup to create a clone of the original cluster in the new region. This simplifies the development of globally distributed or cross-region redundant workloads.

    AWS 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. 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.

    AWS CloudHSM backups can only be copied across commercial regions. Users in the AWS GovCloud (US) region cannot copy backups into or out of the region. There is no cost for copying your backup across regions, or for creating a cluster from the copy in the new region. HSM instances are billed on an hourly basis. You can learn more about copying CloudHSM backups across regions here. You can learn how to synchronize keys between cloned clusters here.  

  • Amazon Redshift announces new metrics to help optimize cluster performance

    Posted On: Jul 30, 2018

    You can now get a detailed view of your Amazon Redshift cluster performance with the Workload Execution Breakdown graph on the console Database Performance page or the QueryRuntimeBreakdown metric via Cloudwatch. You can use these new metrics to optimize cluster performance to provide higher throughput and faster results. 

  • New Cloud Gems in Lumberyard Beta 1.15 — Available Now

    Posted On: Jul 27, 2018

    We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.15. With over 270 improvements, fixes, and new features, we’re focusing on how Lumberyard’s integration with AWS enables game developers of all sizes to connect their games and accelerate game development. Some highlights include: 

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) r4 Instance Types Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    Now, you can use Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) r4 instance types in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. r4 instance types are the latest generation of DAX nodes and are designed to support production applications and workloads.

    DAX provides you a fully-managed, highly available, in-memory cache for DynamoDB that is capable of accelerating reads from Amazon DynamoDB tables by up to 10x, even at millions of requests per second. You can use DAX without making changes to your existing application logic and using your current DynamoDB API calls. DAX manages cache invalidation and data population on your behalf.

    DAX is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

    For DAX r4 instance type pricing in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region, see DAX Pricing.

  • Amazon EC2 Fleet Now Supports Two New Allocation Strategies: On-Demand Prioritized List, and Lowest Price

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    Amazon EC2 Fleet simplifies the provisioning of EC2 capacity across different instance types, Availability Zones (AZs) and across On-Demand, Reserved Instances (RIs) and Spot purchase models, optimizing scale, performance and cost. Allocation strategies lets you determine how EC2 Fleet should select from instances and AZs you have specified to fulfill the desired capacity. Until today, you had the option of selecting the single cheapest Instance Pool for Spot and On-Demand, or diversifying Spot Instances across multiple instance types and AZs in an EC2 Fleet.

    Starting today, you can use Prioritized List to specifically determine the order in which EC2 Fleet attempts to fulfill your On-Demand capacity. EC2 Fleet will attempt to launch all capacity using the instance with the highest priority first, and if all your capacity cannot be fulfilled using your highest priority instance then EC2 Fleet will attempt launching capacity using the second priority instance type. You can define a priority for all instances you specify in your EC2 Fleet.

    Starting today you can also balance desired cost and availability in the context of applications by directing EC2 Fleet to evenly deploy Spot capacity across the N lowest priced Instance Pools. For example if you are running batch processing, you may prefer to set N to just 2 to maximize savings while attempting to ensure your queue always has compute capacity. However, if you are running a web service you may set N to 10 to minimize the impact of any Spot Instance Pool becoming temporarily unavailable.

    These new allocation strategies are also available in Spot Fleet. To learn more Prioritized List in EC2 Fleet visit this page, and to learn more about and Lowest*N strategy visit this page. Visit this blog to learn more about EC2 Fleet.

  • New AWS Greengrass Version Deploys Executable Code Written in C, C++, and Other Languages That Import C Libraries, and More

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    AWS Greengrass now allows you to deploy executables written in C, C++ and any other language that supports importing of C libraries. Executable code has the benefits of greater legacy support as customers can more easily re-use code that is already written in C or C++, minimal resource footprint as no language interpreter is required, and an absolute minimum of compute latency for very high-performance use cases such as computer vision or algorithmic trading. Starting today, your executable code acts much like an AWS Lambda function, can be invoked by events or invoke other Lambdas, and can take advantage of other Greengrass functionality such as Local Resource Access. You can mix and match executable code together with Lambda functions written in interpreted languages such as Python or Node.js.

  • Amazon VPC CNI Plugin Version 1.1

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    The Amazon VPC Container Networking Interface (CNI) plugin version 1.1 is now available.

  • AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store integrates with AWS Secrets Manager, and adds labeling for easy configuration updates

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store now enables you to retrieve secrets managed in AWS Secrets Manager. With this launch, you can use a single set of APIs for retrieving your parameters managed in Parameter Store as well as secrets managed in Secrets Manager. For more details on retrieving Secrets Manager secrets using Parameter Store, visit our documentation here.

  • AWS Batch Is Now Available in South America (São Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Batch is available in South America (São Paulo) AWS Region. In addition, customers can start using the AWS Batch console to run jobs on August 1st.

  • Amazon Redshift now supports current and trailing tracks for release updates

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    Amazon Redshift is now available on two different release cycles - Current Maintenance Track and Trailing Maintenance Track. With the Current Maintenance Track you will get the most up-to-date certified release version with the latest features, security updates, and performance enhancements. With the Trailing Maintenance Track you will be on the previous certified release. 

  • Amazon Redshift now provides customized best practice recommendations with Advisor

    Posted On: Jul 26, 2018

    Amazon Redshift announces Advisor, a new feature that provides automated recommendations to help you optimize database performance and decrease operating costs. Advisor is available via the Amazon Redshift console at no charge.

  • AWS Service Catalog Launches Support for CloudFormation Change Sets

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS, now supports CloudFormation Change Sets. This also includes CloudFormation Transforms, which provides capability for the Serverless Application Model (SAM).

  • Amazon GuardDuty Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Amazon GuardDuty, a threat detection service, is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. You can now continuously monitor and detect security threats in the AWS GovCloud (US) region to help protect your AWS accounts and workloads.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 10.4, 9.6.9, 9.5.13, 9.4.18, and 9.3.23 for Commercial Regions

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Following the announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 10.4, 9.6.9, 9.5.13, 9.4.18, and 9.3.23. This release fixes PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities included in current and previous minor releases by the PostgreSQL community and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

    With this update, we have added support for PostgreSQL 10 native logical replication which uses the publish and subscribe model, allowing fine-grained replication between RDS for PostgreSQL instances or between a PostgreSQL database that is deployed outside of RDS (including self-managed on EC2, on-premises, etc.) and an RDS for PostgreSQL instance, and vice versa. Additionally, the pg_repack extension has been updated to 1.4.3 in PostgreSQL 10.4, 9.6.9; and the PL/v8 extension has been updated to version 2.1.2 in PostgreSQL 10.4, 9.6.9, 9.5.13, 9.4.17, and 9.3.23.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Customization of Health Monitoring

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    You can now configure an Elastic Beanstalk environment to ignore application HTTP 4xx responses in enhanced health monitoring. It helps in avoiding impact to Elastic Beanstalk environment health because of client-side errors.

  • Amazon MQ is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Amazon MQ is now available in nine regions with the addition of the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions. Previously launched regions include US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions. 

  • Introducing the Serverless Bot Framework

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    The Serverless Bot Framework is a solution that helps AWS customers implement chatbots in other languages without having to develop their own backend platforms that support language analysis and abstraction, and knowledge training. The solution integrates with managed services such as AWS Lambda, to apply machine learning algorithms, and Amazon Polly, to turn text into lifelike speech.

    The solution deploys an Amazon API Gateway endpoint where customers can send requests, AWS Lambda functions that apply machine learning algorithms, Amazon Polly to turn text into lifelike speech, an Amazon DynamoDB table to store conversation logs and interaction context, and Amazon S3 buckets to store configuration files. The solution also includes a sample web application that you can use as a reference framework to create your own application that fits your business need. For more information, see the solution webpage.

    The AWS Solutions team communicates AWS architectural best practices and develops standardized, automated solutions for the platform. Our offerings currently live on the AWS Answers webpage, where customers can browse common questions by category to find answers in the form of succinct Solution Briefs or comprehensive Solutions, which are AWS-vetted, automated, turnkey reference implementations that address specific business needs.

  • Elastic Load Balancing Announces Support for Redirects and Fixed Responses for Application Load Balancer

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Application Load Balancer now supports two new actions: redirect and fixed-response. You can configure these actions as part of the content-based routing rules, enabling you to offload this functionality to the load balancer. This simplifies deployments while benefiting from the scale, the availability, and the reliability of Elastic Load Balancing.

    With redirect actions, the load balancer can redirect incoming requests from one URL to another URL. This includes the capability to redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS requests, which allows you to meet your compliance goal of secure browsing, achieve better search ranking and high SSL/TLS score for your site. You can also use redirects to send users to a different web site such as redirecting from an old version of an application to a new version.

    With fixed-response actions, you can control which client requests are served by your applications. This enables you to respond to incoming requests with HTTP error response codes and custom error messages from the load balancer itself, without forwarding the request to the application.

    By using both redirect and fixed-response actions in your Application Load Balancer, you can improve the customer experience and the security of your user requests. To learn more about these features, visit the Elastic Load Balancing demo page.

    Redirect and fixed-response actions are available for your Application Load Balancer in all AWS regions. To learn more, visit the Elastic Load Balancing documentation page.

  • AWS Elemental MediaTailor Now Available in US West (Oregon) Region

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaTailor is a content personalization and monetization service that lets you serve video with targeted ads to viewers while maintaining broadcast quality-of-service in multiscreen video applications.

  • Amazon RDS now Provides Best Practice Recommendations

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Amazon RDS now provides automated recommendations for your database resources. Amazon RDS recommendations provide best practice guidance for customers by analyzing configuration and usage metrics from database instances. The resulting recommendations are presented in the AWS Console in an easy-to-use interface.  

  • Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables Now Available in Three Additional Asia Pacific Regions

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Now, you can use Amazon DynamoDB global tables to replicate table data to three additional Asia Pacific AWS Regions. Global tables is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

    Global tables builds upon the global footprint of DynamoDB to provide you a fully managed, multi-region, multi-master database. It enables you to replicate table updates automatically across the AWS Regions you select. With global tables, you can give massively scaled, global applications local access to Amazon DynamoDB tables for fast read and write performance. You can also use global tables to replicate DynamoDB table data to additional AWS Regions for higher availability.

    With this launch, DynamoDB global tables is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), and US East (N. Virginia) Regions.

    For global tables pricing in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and Asia Pacific (Sydney), see Global Tables Pricing.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 z1d Instances with a sustained all core frequency of up to 4.0 GHz

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Amazon EC2 z1d instances deliver a sustained all core frequency of up to 4.0 GHz, the fastest of any cloud instance. z1d instances feature a custom Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor that can run all cores at up to 4.0 GHz sustained. z1d instances include up to 1.8TB of local instance storage and are available in 6 sizes with up to 48 vCPUs and 384 GiB memory. Support for a z1d bare metal instance size will be available soon.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 R5 Instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    Amazon EC2 R5 instances offer Intel Xeon Platinum 8000 series processors with a sustained all core frequency of up to 3.1 GHz, with up to 50% more vCPUs and 60% more memory over R4 instances. R5 instances deliver 5% additional memory per vCPU and a 10% price per GiB improvement over R4 instances. R5 instances are ideally suited for applications such as high-performance databases, distributed in-memory caches, in-memory databases, and big data analytics.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs now Support Framework Interoperability Using ONNX

    Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

    AWS Deep Learning AMIs now come pre-installed with Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), an open source format for neural network computational graph supported by popular deep learning frameworks, including Apache MXNet, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Chainer, and Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK). ONNX gives developers the flexibility to migrate between frameworks. For example, developers can use PyTorch for prototyping, building and training their models, and then use ONNX to migrate their models to MXNet to leverage its scalability for inference. To learn more about using ONNX, see our blog post and tutorials.  

  • Introducing the Serverless Bot Framework

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2018

    The Serverless Bot Framework is a solution that helps AWS customers implement chatbots in other languages without having to develop their own backend platforms that support language analysis and abstraction, and knowledge training. The solution integrates with managed services such as AWS Lambda, to apply machine learning algorithms, and Amazon Polly, to turn text into lifelike speech.

    The solution deploys an Amazon API Gateway endpoint where customers can send requests, AWS Lambda functions that apply machine learning algorithms, Amazon Polly to turn text into lifelike speech, an Amazon DynamoDB table to store conversation logs and interaction context, and Amazon S3 buckets to store configuration files. The solution also includes a sample web application that you can use as a reference framework to create your own application that fits your business need. For more information, see the solution webpage.

    The AWS Solutions team communicates AWS architectural best practices and develops standardized, automated solutions for the platform. Our offerings currently live on the AWS Answers webpage, where customers can browse common questions by category to find answers in the form of succinct Solution Briefs or comprehensive Solutions, which are AWS-vetted, automated, turnkey reference implementations that address specific business needs.

  • Amazon WorkDocs iOS Files Integration

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2018

    Starting today, you can view and edit files stored in Amazon WorkDocs using the Files app in iOS 11. Much like macOS Finder, the Files app gives you an easy way to browse, open, edit, move, rename, upload, create folders, share, and download files stored in WorkDocs with your iOS device. Files can be on your iOS device, or on AWS stored in Amazon WorkDocs. With Amazon WorkDocs iOS files integration, you can add files stored in Amazon WorkDocs to the Files app and access them from a single location on all of your iOS devices. You can also edit files from the Files app directly in an associated application and changes will automatically be saved in Amazon WorkDocs. The new Files app file management experience makes it easy for customers to access their content in Amazon WorkDocs from any iOS device.

    The Amazon WorkDocs iOS application should be installed on your device for iOS files integration to work. To get started, in the Files app in your iOS device Tap Locations and Edit. Slide to turn on WorkDocs. Tap Done. Tap WorkDocs and browse your files in the Files app. The Files app on iPhone and iPad makes it easy for you to access content from your device along with all your cloud-based file services, including WorkDocs in one place.

    The feature is offered to customers at no additional cost for all Amazon WorkDocs users and is available in all AWS regions WorkDocs is in. To learn more about Amazon WorkDocs, or to start your 30-day trial, please visit Amazon WorkDocs.  

  • AWS IoT Core and AWS IoT Device Management Now HIPAA Eligible

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2018

    AWS IoT Core and AWS IoT Device Management are now HIPAA Eligible Services and have been added to the AWS Business Associate Addendum (BAA).

  • Amazon ECS Adds Console Support for T2 Unlimited EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports launching T2 Unlimited EC2 instances directly from the Amazon ECS console during cluster creation.

  • Copying Amazon RDS Encrypted Snapshots across Regions now Completes Faster with Less Storage

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2018

    Starting today, copies of Amazon RDS database snapshots between AWS Regions for encrypted databases are incremental, allowing copies to complete faster and use less storage. Cross-region database snapshots can be used to create a robust disaster recovery for your RDS database instances. Previously, RDS snapshots of encrypted databases resulted in a full copy and required more snapshot storage. Incremental snapshots only capture the changes after your most recent backup was created. Now, you can copy incremental encrypted snapshots across Regions just like with unencrypted snapshots.

    To copy your encrypted snapshot to a different AWS Region, simply select the destination region during the Copy Snapshot operation on the AWS Management Console or via the AWS Command Line Interface. You do not need to do anything differently to gain the benefits of incremental copies.

    Data transfer and backup storage pricing is available on the RDS Pricing page.

    For more details on copying a database snapshot across regions, please refer to the documentation on copying a DB snapshot in RDS

  • Amazon CloudFront announces nine new Edge locations globally across major cities in North America, Europe, and Asia

    Posted On: Jul 24, 2018

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces nine new Edge locations, adding to our presence in major cities globally. Five new Edge locations are being added in North America: Los Angeles, California; San Jose, California; Newark, New Jersey; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; and Miami, Florida. Three new Edge locations are being added in Europe, with two in London, England and one in Frankfurt, Germany. And in Asia, one Edge location is being added in Tokyo, Japan, our ninth in the city.

    With this release, CloudFront will increase its request processing capacity by 40%, on average, in the five North American cities and the two cities in Europe.

    These additional Edge locations will add to CloudFront's existing global presence and will enhance delivery, performance, and scale for our customers. A full list of CloudFront’s global locations is available on the CloudFront Details webpage.

  • Amazon Route 53 Expands Into Africa With New Edge Locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg

    Posted On: Jul 23, 2018

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our two newest edge locations for Amazon Route 53 in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Today’s launch represents the first physical presence of Route 53 on the African continent. The addition of these two locations brings the global network of Route 53 to 53 cities across 26 countries and six continents.

    The expansion of Amazon Route 53 into South Africa further improves availability and performance for customers and end users in the region. We expect that two these new edge locations will help clients see improvements of as much as 75% in DNS query latency.

    For more information and to get started with Amazon Route 53, visit the product page.

  • New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: Optimized TensorFlow 1.9, Apache MXNet 1.2 with Keras 2, and More

    Posted On: Jul 23, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with a custom build of TensorFlow 1.9 optimized for high performance training, the latest Apache MXNet 1.2 that includes several performance and usability improvements, the new Keras 2-MXNet backend with high performance multi-GPU training support, and the new MXBoard tool for improved debugging and visualization of MXNet training models.  

  • AWS CodeBuild Adds Build Monitoring and Notification with Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

    AWS CodeBuild now helps you monitor your builds with Amazon CloudWatch. Previously, you could use the console or API to view your build's results. Now, you can set a CloudWatch Alarm to notify you if a build fails or is unexpectedly slow. Additionally, CodeBuild now provides a dashboard that displays the performance of past builds to help you troubleshoot and spot trends.

  • Amazon Redshift announces free upgrade for DC1 Reserved Instances to DC2

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

    You can now upgrade your Amazon Redshift DC1 Reserved Instances to DC2 Reserved Instances for the remainder of your DC1 reserved term, and get up to twice the performance of DC1 at the same price. DC2 nodes are designed for demanding data warehousing workloads that require low latency and high throughput.

  • AWS Fargate Available in Singapore, Sydney, and Frankfurt Regions

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

     

    AWS Fargate is now available in three new AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Frankfurt).

    AWS Fargate is a compute engine for Amazon ECS that lets you run containers  in production without deploying or managing servers. Fargate lets you focus on designing and building your applications instead of managing the infrastructure that runs them.

    For a full list of AWS Regions where Fargate is available, please visit our Region table.
     

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDK Enhancements

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

    Now, you can use the updated Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDKs in more types of applications to help you accelerate reads from Amazon DynamoDB tables by up to 10x, even at millions of requests per second. With DAX, you can use a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for your DynamoDB tables without making any changes to your application code.

    Updated DAX SDK clients are now available for .NET, Java, Go, and Python. With the updated DAX SDK for .NET, web developers can now use DAX in Microsoft ASP.NET web applications. Additionally, Java developers can now use Apache Maven to manage and build applications that use the DAX SDK for Java. The updated DAX SDKs for Go and Python include several enhancements to improve error handling and reliability.

    With DAX, developers have the choice of using SDK clients for Java, JavaScript, .NET, Python, and Go.

    DAX is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

    To download the updated DAX SDK clients, see the DAX resources page.

     

  • AWS Device Farm Adds Integration with AWS CodePipeline

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

    You can now choose AWS Device Farm as a test provider in your software release pipelines modeled in AWS CodePipeline. This lets you create or select Device Farm projects in the test stage of your pipelines.

  • AWS SAM CLI Launches New Commands to Simplify Testing and Debugging Serverless Applications

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

    The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Command Line Interface (CLI) lets you locally build, test, and debug serverless applications defined by AWS SAM templates. You can now use the sam logs command to fetch, tail, and filter logs generated by your AWS Lambda functions. You can also use the sam local start-lambda command to invoke local Lambda functions from your automated tests.

  • Announcing the New AWS Free Tier Widget on the AWS Billing Dashboard

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

    AWS Free Tier enables you to gain free, hands-on experience with the AWS platform, products, and services. AWS Budgets further provides Free Tier usage alerts that notify you when are forecasted to exceed your Free Tier usage limits.

  • Inter-Region VPC Peering is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018
  • Amazon MQ Now Supports AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Jul 19, 2018

    You can now use AWS CloudTrail to log Amazon MQ API calls. AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. 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.

  • Amazon RDS Performance Insights on RDS for PostgreSQL

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, is now generally available on Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, for PostgreSQL major version 10. It offers a free tier with 7 days of data retention and a paid long-term data retention option.

  • Deploy Aviatrix FQDN Egress Filtering on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    This Quick Start builds a highly available, secure Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Egress Filtering service on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 minutes. It automatically deploys an Aviatrix Controller for enabling Egress Filtering in a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC). You can connect to VPCs in the AWS Cloud with enhanced security, and access your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, applications, and services.  

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in EU (Frankfurt)

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS Region. With the addition of this region, Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in 4 AWS Regions globally: US (Northern Virginia), US (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and EU (Frankfurt). 

  • AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaStore is a video origination and storage service that offers the high performance, predictable low latency, and immediate consistency required for live streaming media combined with the security and durability AWS offers across its services. MediaStore offers an inexpensive method for pass-through and low-latency segmented video content delivery, with pay-as-you-go pricing.

  • AWS Systems Manager Automation Conditional Branching for Step Failure

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager now supports taking action for Automation step failure by allowing branching to another step within the Automation Document. This feature allows customers to perform graceful exits, send notifications, and a variety of clean up actions when an automation step fails. For example, when an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) update automation step fails midway, the customer can now call for automation to take a snapshot, close the EC2 instance, notify admin, and exit gracefully. Previously, there were only two choices, “Continue” and “Abort” upon failure of a step.

  • AWS Systems Manager Run Command Now Streams Output to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Jul 18, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager, a unified experience to view operational data from multiple AWS services to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources, now allows streaming of Run Command output to Amazon CloudWatch logs, allowing you to track command execution in near real-time.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Pipe Input Mode for Built-In TensorFlow Containers

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports Pipe Input Mode for the built-in TensorFlow containers. Pipe Input Mode enables data to stream directly from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to the TensorFlow container on the training instance, using the TensorFlow dataset construct.

  • AWS Amplify JavaScript Library extends its support for Ionic Framework

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    AWS Amplify JavaScript library announced support for Ionic 4, the upcoming version of Ionic Framework. Mobile developers can now quickly add cloud functionality into their Ionic 4 apps using AWS Amplify's UI components, and utilize an extensive collection of features including authorization, user storage, analytics, and chatbots.

  • Amazon SageMaker Supports High Throughput Batch Transform Jobs for Non-Real Time Inferencing

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports fully-managed high-throughput batch transform jobs for non-real time inferencing. Existing machine learning models developed on Amazon SageMaker can work seamlessly with this new capability without any changes.

  • Amazon S3 Announces Increased Request Rate Performance

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon S3 now provides increased performance to support at least 3,500 requests per second to add data and 5,500 requests per second to retrieve data, which can save significant processing time for no additional charge. Each S3 prefix can support these request rates, making it simple to increase performance significantly.

  • Amazon Comprehend Now Supports Syntax Analysis

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Comprehend supports Syntax analysis —enabling customers to analyze text using tokenization and Parts of Speech (PoS). The Amazon Comprehend Syntax API allows customers to identify word boundaries and labels like nouns and adjectives within the text.  

  • AWS AppSync releases enhanced no-code GraphQL API builder, HTTP resolvers, and new built-in scalar types

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Today, AWS AppSync has released a new flow for provisioning a GraphQL endpoint. Customers can now model logical types and automatically create resolvers along with Amazon DynamoDB tables without needing to first write a GraphQL schema. The process includes a new query and filtering system that allows logical comparisons (greater than, contains, etc.) against fields in a schema without requiring any coding from the developer.

  • Announcing Bring Your Own IP for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Preview)

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows you to use your own publicly-routable IP addresses with AWS resources such as EC2 instances, Network Load Balancers, and NAT Gateways. After you bring your IPs to AWS, AWS will advertise your public IP addresses on the Internet. You will continue to have access to Amazon IP addresses and can choose to use your own IP addresses, Amazon’s IP addresses, or both with your AWS resources.

    Your applications might use trusted IP addresses that are whitelisted by your partners and customers. With Bring Your Own IP, you can move these applications to AWS without requiring your partners and customers to change their IP address whitelists. Bring Your Own IP is also useful for applications such as commercial email services that rely on IP address reputation to allow traffic from your endpoints to reach intended recipients.

    Bring Your Own IP is available for preview in the US West (Oregon) region. You can request access to this feature by completing this request form.

  • Coming soon – Amazon Transcribe to Identify Speakers Based on Channels

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. You can use Amazon Transcribe to create text transcripts of audio and video files. Coming soon, Amazon Transcribe will support a feature called channel synthesis to better handle audio where each speaker records on a different channel. For example, a stereo track with the interviewer is stored in the left and the interviewee on the right.

  • Amazon Transcribe is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon Transcribe is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Canada (Central) Regions. Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. You can use Amazon Transcribe to create text transcripts of audio and video files. 

  • Amazon Polly Now Supports Input Character Limit of 100K and Stores Output Files in S3

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon Polly is a service that turns texts into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled applications. Starting today, you can put up to 100,000 characters in an input text using the new asynchronous synthesis task and store the output files in S3. This greatly simplifies the process of voicing long form content like news articles and documents.

  • Amazon Translate Adds Six New Languages

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Starting today, Amazon Translate is adding the following six new languages that are highly requested by customers: Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Turkish. These languages expand upon the existing six languages already available in Amazon Translate: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

  • Amazon Polly Now Lets You Define the Maximum Amount of Time for Speech to Complete

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Amazon Polly is a service that turns texts into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled applications. Today, Amazon Polly is releasing a new feature, time-driven prosody, which automatically adjusts the speech rate based on a maximum allotted amount of time you define. 

  • New SBE1 Amazon EC2 instances for AWS Snowball Edge

    Posted On: Jul 17, 2018

    Customers in industries such as mining, energy, military, retail, and manufacturing use Snowball Edge to collect data in remote locations and ship these devices and data back to AWS with a standard freight carrier. These devices can also perform simple local pre-processing tasks using AWS Greengrass, AWS Lambda functions, and Amazon S3.

  • Kinesis Video Streams now supports HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) to playback live and recorded video from devices

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    The Amazon Kinesis Video Streams’ HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) capability enables developers to playback their ingested video streams using the industry-standard, HTTP-based media streaming protocol. As devices stream their video into Kinesis Video Streams, developers can use the fully-managed HLS capability to playback live and recorded video from their streams.

  • Amazon API Gateway Increases API Limits

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon API Gateway has increased the number of APIs and the request rate limit for creating and importing regional and private APIs. These limit increase enable you to better develop, deploy, and scale your API Gateway APIs.

  • AWS Service Catalog Now Supports Service Catalog Resources in CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS, now supports the ability for you to use AWS CloudFormation to create Service Catalog resources.

  • Amazon EC2 AMIs with .NET Core Now Support .NET Core 2.1

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    Amazon Linux 2 and Ubuntu AMIs with .NET Core now support .NET Core 2.1. These AMIs come pre-configured with .NET Core 2.1 (with Long Term Support), PowerShell Core 6.0, and the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). This enables you to quickly and easily deploy and run .NET Core applications on Amazon EC2.

  • Amazon SageMaker Announces Several Enhancements to Built-in Algorithms and Frameworks

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker announces several enhancements to the built-in DeepAR, BlazingText, and Linear Learner algorithms. Chainer 4.1 is now supported on the pre-configured containers within Amazon SageMaker.

  • AWS Glue now provides additional ETL job metrics

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    AWS Glue now provides additional Apache Spark metrics for better debugging and profiling of ETL jobs. Customers can easily track runtime metrics such as bytes read and written, memory usage and CPU load of the driver and executors, and data shuffles among executors from the Glue Console.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics now supports configuring data enrichment from the AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    You can now configure your Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics applications to enrich a source data stream with an Amazon S3 object in the AWS Management console.

  • Amazon EFS Achieves PCI DSS Compliance

    Posted On: Jul 13, 2018

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant service.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports k-Nearest-Neighbor and Object Detection Algorithms

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports the k-Nearest-Neighbor (kNN) and Object Detection algorithms to address additional identification, classification, and regression use cases in machine learning. This addition expands the list of built-in algorithms for SageMaker to 15.

  • AWS Marketplace Helps Customers Quickly Map Products in Their Existing Software Inventory

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog, which lists over 4,200 software listings from popular independent software vendors, has announced AWS Marketplace Migration Mapping Assistant, which helps you accelerate your migration to AWS by finding matching products from your existing inventory of on-premises applications.

  • New AWS Public Datasets Available from Allen Institute for Brain Science, NOAA, Hubble Space Telescope, and Others

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    11 new AWS Public Datasets are now available for researchers and developers interested in life sciences, finance, environmental science, astronomy, voice recognition, and geographic information systems.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Request/Response Parameters and Status Overrides

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    Amazon API Gateway now supports overriding request/response parameters and response status without modifying backend API code.

  • Amazon EFS Now Supports Provisioned Throughput

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    Today we are announcing Provisioned Throughput for Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS). 

  • Deploy McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in less than one hour, using services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). The Quick Start also uses AWS best practices for common scalability, high availability, and security requirements.

  • Support for Hue 4.2.0 and Oozie 5.0.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.15.0

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    You can now use Hue 4.2.0 and Apache Oozie 5.0.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.15.0. Hue 4.2.0 adds several new features and updates, including a SQL syntax checker, an improved search UX with the ability to search through tables, columns, and saved queries, and several other UX improvements. Oozie 5.0.0 features an improved DAG visualization of workflows, integration with YARN Application Master to submit and manage jobs, and other performance improvements. Additionally, you can now use the upgraded version of Apache Hive (2.3.3), Apache HBase (1.4.4), and Apache ZooKeeper (3.4.12). These releases contain various bug fixes and stability improvements.

    You can create an Amazon EMR cluster with the release 5.15.0 by choosing the release label “emr-5.15.0” from the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or SDK. You can select Hue, Oozie, Hive, HBase, and ZooKeeper to install these applications when you launch your EMR cluster. Please visit the Amazon EMR documentation for more information about EMR release 5.15.0, Hue 4.2.0, Oozie 5.0.0, Hive 2.3.3, HBase 1.4.4, and ZooKeeper 3.4.12.

    Amazon EMR release 5.15.0 is now available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

     

  • Delegate Permission Management to Employees by Using IAM Permissions Boundaries

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    Now, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) makes it easier for you to delegate IAM permissions management to trusted employees by using IAM permissions boundaries. With this new capability, you can help your organization scale and move workloads to AWS faster.

  • AWS Migration Hub Gives You More Migration Tracking Options With The Addition of RiverMeadow

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    Today, AWS Migration Hub makes it even easier to manage multiple migrations in one central location with the addition of RiverMeadow Server Migration SaaS. RiverMeadow is designed and built specifically for enterprise AWS customer migrations. This migration tool doesn’t require an agent and it performs live workload migrations, without impacting the source production environment.

  • Introducing Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager for EBS Snapshots

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) for EBS Snapshots provides a simple, automated way to back up data stored on Amazon EBS volumes. You can define backup and retention schedules for EBS snapshots by creating lifecycle policies based on tags. With this feature, you no longer have to rely on custom scripts to create and manage your backups.

  • Amazon CloudFront announces four new Edge locations, including its first location in Cape Town, South Africa

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2018

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces four new Edge locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Denver, Colorado; Frankfurt, Germany; and Taipei, Taiwan. Cape Town is our second Edge location in South Africa, the first being Johannesburg, launched in June 2018. Customers delivering content in South Africa are already seeing up to 75% latency improvements on average. The addition of a new Edge location in Denver, Colorado doubles our capacity in Denver. The new Edge location in Frankfurt is the seventh in the city, while the new Edge location in Taipei is the third in the city. The addition of these locations continues to expand CloudFront's global footprint and capacity, allowing us to deliver better performance and scale for our customers.

    A full list of CloudFront’s global infrastructure can be seen on the CloudFront Details webpage.

  • AWS Secrets Manager Now Supports AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Secrets Manager supports AWS PrivateLink, enabling you to route data between your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Secrets Manager entirely within the AWS network.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Minor Version 9.6.8

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility has been updated to version 1.2 in support of Release 9.6.8 of the PostgreSQL database. This release includes a number of reliability and performance improvements, along with a number of bug fixes.

  • Amazon SageMaker is now available in the Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker is now available in the Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions. Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed platform that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale.

  • Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations for your Amazon Redshift, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Elasticsearch Reservations using AWS Cost Explorer

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    Starting today, you can access custom Reserved Instance (RI) purchase recommendations for your Amazon Redshift, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Elasticsearch reservations via AWS Cost Explorer, in addition to viewing RI purchase recommendations for your Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS reservations.

  • Amazon Transcribe Now Lets You Designate Your Own Amazon S3 Buckets to Store Transcription Outputs

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. You can use Amazon Transcribe to create text transcripts of audio and video files. Starting today, you can designate your own S3 buckets to store transcription outputs rather than S3 buckets maintained by the Amazon Transcribe service. This allows you to maintain finer-grained control of your data across your entire transcription workflow.

  • Amazon API Gateway Usage Plans Now Support Method Level Throttling

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    Amazon API Gateway usage plans now allow you to throttle requests for individual methods at different rates by configuring method level throttling.

  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. 

  • AWS Step Functions Now Available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai)

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2018

    AWS Step Functions is now available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai). AWS Step Functions makes it easier to coordinate the components of distributed systems, serverless applications, and microservices using visual workflows. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function lets you scale and change applications quickly.

  • The AWS Systems Manager Agent is Now Pre-Installed on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS AMIs

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2018

    The AWS Systems Manager Agent is now installed by default on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, in the 2018.07 version and later, and in all 18.04 LTS AMIs.

  • The Data Lake Solution Now Transforms and Analyzes Data

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2018

    The AWS Solutions team has updated the Data Lake Solution, an automated reference implementation that deploys a highly available, cost-effective data lake architecture on the AWS Cloud along with a user-friendly console for searching and requesting datasets. The solution now leverages AWS Glue and Amazon Athena to transform and analyze uploaded datasets with searchable metadata.

  • Amazon EKS AMI Build Scripts Available on GitHub

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2018

    Build scripts for the optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) worker nodes are now available on GitHub.com.

  • Amazon EC2 F1 Instances Adds New Features and Performance Improvements

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2018

    Since we made Amazon EC2 F1 instances generally available last 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.

    Today we are announcing new features and updated capabilities that allow developers to create more performant and feature-rich hardware accelerators using Amazon EC2 F1 instances.

    For software developers looking to harness the power of FPGAs and build custom hardware accelerations, we have upgraded the Amazon FPGA software defined development flow with a new FPGA Developer AMI version. The new development tools now support up to 60 kernels (compared to 16 in previous versions) enabling more compute for C /C++ based accelerators.

    In addition, based on customer feedback, the direct memory access (DMA) performance has been improved by 5x, allowing the FPGA acceleration engine to stream data to/from the CPU at high speed and increase application performance.

    To help offload the non-differentiated tasks of building an FPGA application such as transferring data to/from the host CPU and accessing onboard DRAM from the FPGA, we provide an Amazon FPGA Shell that provides pre-configured, pre-tested, and secure I/O components. With this release we are making the new Amazon FPGA v1.4 Shell reconfigurable, allowing developers to have future-proof designs. Simply put, this means that developers can decide if they'd like to upgrade Shell versions as they become available, compared to previous Shells that were mandatory upgrades. We also added a new capability that allows developers to retain data in the FPGA attached DRAM while swapping Amazon FPGA Images (AFIs) at runtime, which effectively decreases load times of certain AFIs, as there is no need to move data to/from the host into the FPGA DRAM when a new AFI is loaded.

    Developers can also take advantage of the growing marketplace of F1 instances based offerings from AWS Partners and other developers, ranging from video encoding to data analytics. All of these new features and upgrades are available for F1 instances in 4 AWS regions - US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland) and AWS GovCloud (US) regions.

    For a complete list of new feature and upgrades, please click here.

  • AWS Glue now supports reading from Amazon DynamoDB tables

    Posted On: Jul 10, 2018

    You can now crawl your Amazon DynamoDB tables, extract associated metadata, and add it to the AWS Glue Data Catalog. You can also create Glue ETL jobs to read, transform, and load data from DynamoDB tables into services such as Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift for downstream analytics. To learn more, please visit our documentation

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Resource Tags for More Efficient Access Control

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now supports resource tags for more efficient access control. Tags can be attached to resources such as notebook instances, training jobs, models, endpoint configurations, and endpoints within SageMaker.

  • AWS Single Sign-On Streamlines Access To AWS Organizations Master Account Resources

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2018

    AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) now enables you to grant permissions to an administrative user to access and manage AWS Organizations master account resources. Previously, AWS SSO only allowed users to access Organizations member account resources. Now, users can sign in to the AWS SSO user portal with their corporate credentials and access resources in their assigned accounts, regardless if the account is a master or member account.

  • Publish Logs from Amazon RDS for Oracle to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2018

    You can now publish logs from your Amazon RDS for Oracle databases to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. Supported logs include alert log, trace log, audit log, and listener log.

  • Amazon ECR Achieves PCI DSS Compliance in AMER, EMEA, and APAC

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) now meets the criteria for PCI compliance in AMER, EMEA, and APAC. ECR PCI DSS compliance in China is pending approval. You can now use ECR to store, manage, and deploy Docker container images that are subject to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. In addition to Amazon ECR, Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) also already meets the criteria for PCI compliance in AMER, EMEA, and APAC.

    PCI DSS is a proprietary information security standard administered by the PCI Security Standards Council and applies to all entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data and/or sensitive authentication data including merchants, processors, acquirers, issuers, and service providers.

    Amazon ECR is a fully-managed Docker container registry that makes it easy for developers to store, manage, and deploy Docker container images. Amazon ECR is integrated with Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), simplifying your development to production workflow. Amazon ECR eliminates the need to operate your own container repositories or worry about scaling the underlying infrastructure. Amazon ECR hosts your images in a secure, highly available, and scalable architecture allowing you to reliably deploy containers for your applications. For more information, visit the Amazon ECR product page.  

    Visit the AWS global region table for a full list of AWS Regions where Amazon ECR is available.

    To learn more about PCI DSS certification, visit the PCI DSS Compliance site.
     

  • Add Scaling to Services You Build on AWS

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2018

    Starting today, Application Auto Scaling can be used to add scaling to any services that you build on AWS.

  • AWS Lambda Supports .NET Core 2.1

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code in C# using the .NET Core 2.1 runtime which will soon be the Long Term Support (LTS) version of .NET Core. You can use any of the new runtime features such as the more performant HTTP client implementation and types for representing contiguous regions of arbitrary memory. For more details, read the Lambda documentation

  • Automate Amazon GuardDuty Provisioning Over Multiple Accounts and Regions with AWS CloudFormation StackSets Integration

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2018

    You can now activate Amazon GuardDuty across multiple accounts and regions as well as link those accounts back to a master account by using AWS CloudFormation StackSets. Your security team can now automate the provisioning of GuardDuty across hundreds of accounts.

  • Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts now Supports Tags

    Posted On: Jul 6, 2018

    An Amazon EC2 Dedicated Host is a physical server with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated to your use. Dedicated Hosts can help you address compliance requirements and reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses.

    You can now tag EC2 Dedicated Hosts using the AWS API or CLI. A tag is a label that you can assign to EC2 Dedicated Hosts and they enable you to categorize your Hosts in different ways, for example, by purpose, owner, or environment. This helps you quickly identify specific Dedicated Hosts based on the tags assigned to it.

    Click here to learn more about you can start tagging Dedicated Hosts. 

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is Now PCI DSS Compliant

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is now certified as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant. You can now use the latest version of ElastiCache for Redis for low latency and high throughput in-memory processing of sensitive payment card data for use cases such as payment processing, mobile wallet, and payment fraud prevention.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Chainer 4.2, Keras 2.2, and MXNet Model Server 0.3

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with the latest deep learning framework support for Chainer 4.2, Keras 2.2 as well as the Apache MXNet Model Server 0.3. This release also includes upgrades of the NVIDIA stack in the AMIs including the latest NVIDIA GPU driver 390.46, CUDA 8.0 and 9.0, as well as cuDNN 7.1.4 and NCCL 2.2.13.  

  • Amazon ECR Lifecycle Policies Adds Filtering Option for Tagged Images

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) now supports setting lifecycle policy rules for all images, without requiring a tag value. This makes it easier to set rules to automate container image cleanup in your Amazon ECR repositories.

  • Tag-On Create for Amazon EC2 & Amazon EBS is now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2018

    Starting today, Tag-On Create for Amazon EC2 & Amazon EBS is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, an isolated region designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements for vetted government customers and organizations in government-regulated industries that run sensitive workloads in the cloud.

    Upon creation, you can tag your Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon EBS volumes from the EC2 Instance launch wizard or through the RunInstances or CreateVolume APIs. By tagging resources at the time of creation, you can eliminate the need to run custom tagging scripts after resource creation. In addition, you can now set resource-level permissions on the CreateVolume, CreateTags, DeleteTags, and the RunInstances APIs. This allows you to implement stronger security policies by giving you more granular control over who has access to these APIs. You can also enforce the use of tagging and control which tag keys and values are set on your resources.

    This capability is available at no additional cost in all AWS commercial regions, and the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. You can get started from EC2 Instance launch wizard, AWS CLI, AWS SDKs, and AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell. To learn more about tagging your Amazon resources, visit the EC2 User Guide

     

  • Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB Minor Versions 10.0.35, 10.1.34, and 10.2.15

    Posted On: Jul 5, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MariaDB now supports MariaDB minor versions 10.0.35, 10.1.34, and 10.2.15 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MariaDB database engine.

  • AWS Fargate Now Available in Tokyo Region

    Posted On: Jul 3, 2018

    AWS Fargate is now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.

    AWS Fargate is a compute engine for Amazon ECS that lets you run containers in production without deploying or managing servers. Fargate lets you focus on designing and building your applications instead of managing the infrastructure that runs them.

    Visit the AWS global region table for a full list of AWS Regions where AWS Fargate is available. To learn more about using Fargate, visit the documentation page.


  • VPC Endpoints for Amazon DynamoDB Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2018

    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.

    DynamoDB offers data protection and security using TLS endpoints for encryption-in-transit, a client-side encryption library, and fine-grained access control using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), providing control at the item and attribute level. VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB further improves privacy and security, especially for applications with strict compliance and audit requirements, or that handle sensitive data.

    If you’re connecting to DynamoDB from a VPC, here are four reasons that make using VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB a no-brainer. First, while normal charges apply for NAT gateway access, there is no additional cost for using VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB. Second, with VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB, you do not need an Internet gateway or NAT gateway. This ensures your VPC remains closed and isolated from the public Internet. Third, VPC endpoints offer simplified network configuration that removes the need for you to set up and maintain firewalls to keep you VPC secure from network attacks. Fourth, you can use IAM policies to allow DynamoDB access through VPC endpoints only from your corporate network, and only from specific applications.

    VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB is now available in AWS GovCloud (US). To learn more about Amazon VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB, read the blog post and the VPCE for DynamoDB Developer Guide

  • Amazon Connect Adds New Dynamic Outbound Caller ID

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2018

    Amazon Connect now allows you to dynamically set your caller ID phone number for outbound calls so recipients of the calls may recognize the number and use the number you specify to return calls. This is useful when you have multiple telephone numbers used to make outbound calls, but want to consistently display the same phone number as the caller ID for calls made from your contact center. You can also display a phone number for a specific line of business or for customers based on their account type.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Now Supports Resource Tags

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert now supports adding tags to queues, presets, and job templates. Tags can be added using the API or the MediaConvert console, and are automatically removed upon deletion. Tags on AWS resources let you categorize resources by purpose, owner, environment, or other criteria, and create business-relevant tag groupings to organize your resources.

  • Launch Templates are now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2018

    Starting today, Launch Templates for Amazon EC2 Instances are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, an isolated region designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements for vetted government customers and organizations in government-regulated industries that run sensitive workloads in the cloud.

    Launch Templates in this region streamline and simplify the launch process for Auto Scaling, and On-Demand instances. They help reduce the number of steps required to create an instance and, because they capture all the launch parameters within one resource, they make it easy to reproduce instance launches. Launch Templates are also designed to help you better manage costs, improve security, and minimize deployment errors because it allows you to easily implement standards and best practices.

    This capability is available at no additional cost in AWS commercial regions and the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. To get started, read our Launch Templates documentation.

  • Amazon MQ Introduces Four New Broker Instances

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2018

    Amazon MQ now supports four new M5 broker instances that enable you to scale your brokers to meet higher throughput requirements.  

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Console Adds Support for Application Load Balancer Logging

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    You can now enable access logs for your Application Load Balancer (ALB) to help analyze traffic patterns and troubleshoot issues from within the AWS Elastic Beanstalk console. Access logs capture detailed information about requests sent to your ALB. These logs contain information such as the time the request was received, the client's IP address, latencies, request paths, and server responses. Access logging is an optional feature that is disabled by default. To enable ALB access logs for your Elastic Beanstalk environment, select the feature to enable access logs and specify the S3 bucket where the logs will be stored from within the configuration-load balancer page in the Elastic Beanstalk console. To learn more, refer to Configuring an Application Load Balancer in Elastic Beanstalk.

  • Amazon Macie Adds Support for Service-Linked Roles

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    Today, Amazon Macie is introducing support for using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles to setup Amazon Macie with the delegated permissions needed to access resources in other services on your behalf. Service-linked roles also help you meet monitoring and auditing requirements because all actions performed on your behalf by Amazon Macie will appear in your AWS CloudTrail logs.

  • Amazon EKS is HIPAA Eligible

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is now HIPAA-eligible. If you have an executed Business Associate Addendum (BAA) with AWS, you can use Amazon EKS to manage processing encrypted Protected Health Information (PHI) in Docker containers deployed onto a cluster of Amazon EC2 compute instances.

  • Amazon Transcribe is Now Integrated with AWS CloudTrail and Amazon CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. Starting today, Amazon Transcribe API calls are recorded with AWS CloudTrail. Also, now you can monitor API call logs in real-time using Amazon CloudWatch Events. With CloudTrail and CloudWatch Events, you can simplify security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting your transcription applications, as well as better monitor application health and performance.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Backup and Restore Regional Expansion

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB backup and restore is now available in the EU (Paris) Region. With on-demand backup and restore, you can create full backups of your DynamoDB tables for data archiving and retention, helping you meet your corporate and governmental regulatory requirements. Point-in-time recovery (PITR) provides continuous backups of your DynamoDB table data, protecting you against accidental writes or deletes. When you enable PITR on your DynamoDB table, you can recover that table from backup at any point in time from the moment you enable it to a maximum of the 35 preceding days.

    You can enable backup and restore for your DynamoDB table data with a single click in the AWS Management Console, a simple API call, or with the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). You can back up tables with no impact on performance and availability to your production applications.

    DynamoDB backup and restore is now available in 15 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Paris), and South America (Sao Paulo).

    To learn more about DynamoDB backup and restore, see Backup and Restore. For backup and restore pricing, see Amazon DynamoDB Pricing.

  • Quick Start update: SAP HANA with high availability on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    AWS is pleased to release a major update to the SAP HANA Quick Start that supports Multi-AZ, single-node configurations with high availability. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch Adds VPC Endpoint Support to AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    You can now access Amazon CloudWatch from within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using AWS PrivateLink. This allows you to privately connect to CloudWatch Metrics, Logs, and Events, securely on the AWS network.

  • AWS Step Functions Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    AWS Step Functions is now available in AWS GovCloud (US). AWS Step Functions makes it easier to coordinate the components of distributed systems, serverless applications, and microservices using visual workflows. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function lets you scale and change applications quickly.

  • AWS Database Migration Service Can Start Replication Anywhere in a Transaction Log

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) is not just for migrations. It can also replicate data continuously between databases, using Change Data Capture (CDC) to capture changes in the transaction log. With the new Native CDC Start Points, you can precisely control the replication start point, using the native Log Sequence Numbers defined by the database, such as SCN for Oracle or LSN in SQL Server.

  • Amazon EBS Extends Elastic Volumes to Support EBS Magnetic (Standard) Volume Type

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    Starting today, Elastic Volumes extends support to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) magnetic (standard) volume type. You can now dynamically increase capacity or change the type of magnetic (standard) volumes with no downtime or performance impact using a simple API call or a few console clicks. You can streamline and automate changes using Amazon CloudWatch with AWS Lambda.

  • Amazon MQ is Now Available in the US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    Amazon MQ is now available in seven regions with the addition of the US West (N. California) region. Previously launched regions include US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions. 

  • Amazon Inspector Now Provides an Exclusion List that Details Errors to Help Resolve Assessment Run Issues

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    Amazon Inspector now shows you which instances or security checks are not evaluated in an assessment run and provides guidance to fix those issues. Assessment runs can fail to execute or might complete with errors for multiple reasons. With this launch, you can view the reasons and get guidance so you can pinpoint the issues, resolve them, and successfully execute assessment runs.  

  • AWS Amplify now supports AI-powered chatbots with Amazon Lex

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    AWS Amplify library announces a new service integration which enables conversational bots in JavaScript apps by utilizing the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa.

  • Amazon SageMaker is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS region. Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed platform that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale.

  • Amazon SageMaker Inference Calls are now supported on AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker inference calls are now supported on AWS PrivateLink, keeping them secure from the internet. Customers can initiate inference calls to their machine learning models hosted on Amazon SageMaker inside their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), without going over the internet.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Available in South America (São Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service. It lets you create high-quality live video streams for delivery to broadcast televisions and internet-connected multiscreen devices, like connected TVs, tablets, smartphones, and set-top boxes.

  • Linked Accounts can now Access AWS Cost Explorer’s Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    AWS Cost Explorer provides you with Reserved Instance (RI) purchase recommendations based on your total cross-account Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS usage. Starting today, linked accounts can also access custom RI purchase recommendations for specific linked accounts directly via AWS Cost Explorer.

  • Access Secrets Across AWS Accounts By Attaching Resource-based Policies

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Secrets Manager allows you to access secrets such as database credentials and API keys across AWS accounts securely, by attaching resource-based policies to secrets. AWS Secrets Manager is a secrets management service that enables you to rotate, manage, and retrieve secrets throughout their lifecycle.

  • Amazon Comprehend Now Supports Asynchronous Processing Along With Larger Document Sizes

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to find insights and relationships in text. Starting today, customers have the option to analyze a collection of documents stored in an Amazon S3 bucket using the new asynchronous job service. This is in addition to the single and multiple document synchronous calls to the REST API already available, giving you a variety of options that best fit your applications’ needs.

  • Kinesis Data Firehose is Now Available in Four Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into data stores and analytics tools. It can capture, transform, and load streaming data into Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, and Splunk, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools you are already using today.

  • AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway are Now Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway are now available in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD.

  • AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway are Now Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

    AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway are now available in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD.

  • AWS Introduces Amazon Linux WorkSpaces

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

    Amazon WorkSpaces now offers a Linux desktop based on Amazon Linux 2. With this launch, Amazon WorkSpaces customers have the flexibility to choose either a Windows 7, Windows 10, or Amazon Linux 2 desktop. Customers can easily provision Amazon Workspaces for a growing range of use cases that now includes Linux developer desktops, kiosks like point of sale devices, and economical general-purpose desktops.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDK for Go Now Available

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

    Now, you can enable microsecond read performance for Amazon DynamoDB tables in your applications written in the Go programming language by using the new Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDK for Go.

    DAX enables you to accelerate reads from DynamoDB tables by up to 10x, taking the time required for reads from milliseconds to microseconds, even at millions of requests per second. DAX manages cache invalidation and data population on your behalf. It also works with existing DynamoDB API calls so that developers can use DAX without making changes to existing application logic.

    DAX is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

    To download the new DAX SDK for Go client, see the DAX resources page.
     

  • Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming Available in Northern California Region

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming is now available in the AWS US West (N. California) region.

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming simplifies the management of DNS names and health checks for microservices that run on top of AWS when microservices scale up and down. You can call the Auto Naming APIs to create a service, and then register instances of a service with a single API call. Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming will automatically populate the DNS records and optionally create a health check for the service endpoint. When a new service instance is registered, you can access it by making a simple DNS query for the service name.

    Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming API powers Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service discovery functionality and enables unified service discovery for services managed by Amazon ECS and Kubernetes.

    You can use Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming APIs in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions. For more information on AWS regions and services, please visit the AWS global region table.

    To learn more about Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming, please see our documentation and product page.

  • Announcing Amazon Linux 2 with Long Term Support (LTS)

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

    Amazon Linux 2 is now generally available and comes with 5 years of long term support (LTS). It incorporates feedback received for two LTS candidate builds that were released on December 13, 2017 and April 9, 2018 respectively. Amazon Linux 2 is the next generation Amazon Linux operating system that provides an updated Linux Kernel (4.14) tuned for optimal performance on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), systemd support, a newer compiler (GCC 7.3), an updated C runtime (Glibc 2.26), modern tooling (Binutils 2.29.1), and the latest software packages through the extras mechanisms.

  • Amazon ECS Service Discovery Available in US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) service discovery is now available in the AWS US West (N. California) region.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events Adds Amazon SQS Standard Queues as an Event Target in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

    You can now set up rules to match and natively route events to Amazon SQS standard queues in AWS GovCloud (US). To learn more about using Amazon CloudWatch Events targets, please visit the documentation here

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports .NET Core 2.1 on Windows Server Platforms

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2018

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports .NET Core 2.1. This is supported on all Windows Server configurations that support .NET Core and available in all corresponding regions.

  • Amazon Connect Now Supports Amazon Lex in the US West (Oregon) AWS Region

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2018

    You can now use Amazon Lex chatbots with Amazon Connect in the US West (Oregon) AWS region. Using Amazon Lex, a service that allows you to create intelligent conversational chatbots, you can turn your Amazon Connect contact flows into natural conversations. Callers to your Amazon Connect contact center can interact with an Amazon Lex chatbot and perform tasks such as changing a password, requesting a balance on an account, or scheduling an appointment, without needing to speak to an agent.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Read Replicas now support Multi-AZ Deployments

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2018

    Amazon RDS Read Replicas for PostgreSQL can now be deployed in a Multi-AZ configuration.

    Amazon RDS offers Multi-AZ deployments and Read Replicas to support availability, scalability, and disaster recovery requirements for production databases. Now, with the ability to deploy Read Replicas in a Multi-AZ configuration, you can have more resilient Read Replicas, improved DR strategy, and a simplified engine upgrade process with high availability.

    For many read-heavy workloads, including analytics and OLTP, serving read requests is considered business critical. Having a standby Read Replica in a Multi-AZ configuration ensures high availability for the Read Replica. In the event of the Read Replica host failure or even an AZ failure, the Multi-AZ standby is activated automatically, and the read requests are served from the new server.

    In the event of source production database failure, a Read Replica with Multi-AZ can be promoted to become the new production database, and the new production database is instantly highly available, as it is already configured with Multi-AZ.

    During the database upgrade process, a Read Replica in a Multi-AZ configuration can be first upgraded to a new database engine version, and then promoted to a production database instance. Since that instance is configured with Multi-AZ, it already has high availability to serve your mission critical application requirements.

    For more information, see the Amazon RDS User Guide.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 22, 2018

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. AWS Managed Microsoft AD enables you to use a highly available managed Microsoft Active Directory in the AWS Cloud.

  • Amazon Macie Releases Administrative APIs To Enable IT Management Workflow Automation

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    Today, Amazon Macie released new administrative APIs that are now part of the AWS SDK. The new Macie APIs enable you to automate your IT management workflows, such as associating Amazon S3 resources with Amazon Macie. When new Amazon S3 buckets are created, you can now programmatically associate them with Macie for data discovery, classification, and ongoing data access monitoring.

  • Amazon QuickSight now supports replacing data sets for dashboards and more visual customizations!

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    Amazon QuickSight Authors can now replace datasets in an analysis with a single click. This allows Authors to create analyses and publish dashboards using test data sets from spreadsheets or sample databases, and then easily replace these data sets as necessary. More details here.

  • Amazon Cloud Directory introduces Managed Schema for rapid application development

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    Now, Amazon Cloud Directory makes it easier for you to develop applications faster with the Managed Schema. Instead of defining and setting up your own schema, you can now use the Managed Schema to create a directory and start creating and retrieving objects immediately.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are now available in AWS GovCloud (US), an isolated region designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Updated Glassfish Platforms

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Glassfish 4.1.2 and 5.0, available as pre-configured Docker Platforms. Glassfish 4.1.2 provides a major bug-fix update over Glassfish 4.1.0. The updated Glassfish platforms are available in all regions where Elastic Beanstalk is available.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Collaborative Editing powered by Hancom Thinkfree Office Online

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    Starting today, you can create and co-author Microsoft Office files in real time in the Amazon WorkDocs web application using collaborative editing powered by Hancom Thinkfree Office Online. Users can now create new documents, worksheets, and presentations, share with co-workers, and have them make changes to files directly from a web browser. Users can also collaboratively edit Microsoft Office files from the WorkDocs web application using Hancom Thinkfree Office Online. 

  • Introducing Optimize CPUs for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    (Updated) Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle offers a new capability called Optimize CPUs. It provides two ways to enhance the value of your Oracle Database licenses: you can specify a custom number of cores when launching new instances, and you can disable Intel Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology.

  • Amazon Sumerian Regional Expansions

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    Amazon Sumerian is now available in six new AWS regions: North America (Montreal), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and EU (Paris). This expands the number of AWS regions where Sumerian is available to 15. Please visit the AWS region table for more information.  

  • Announcing General Availability of Performance Insights

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, is now generally available. It offers a free tier with 7 days of data retention, and a paid long-term data retention option.

  • Amazon EC2 X1e Instances are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 X1e instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports PyTorch and TensorFlow 1.8

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now comes pre-configured to run PyTorch, adding to the existing integrated TensorFlow, Apache MXNet and Chainer deep learning frameworks that are currently available. Additionally, the pre-configured TensorFlow containers in Amazon SageMaker now support versions 1.7 and 1.8.

  • Automatically Refresh your AWS Cost & Usage Report when Charges Related to Previous Months are Detected

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    The AWS Cost & Usage Report contains the most granular set of AWS cost and usage data available, including metadata about AWS services, pricing, reservations, and more.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Console and API-Based Reserved Pricing for Channel Inputs and Outputs

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaLive, you can now select reserved pricing for inputs and outputs directly from the AWS Management Console or via the AWS Elemental MediaLive API. This means it is easy to choose the pricing model that works best for your live channel; On-Demand pricing or Reserved pricing with a 12-month commitment are available. To learn more, visit the AWS Elemental MediaLive pricing page.

  • Introducing CloudFormation Support for AWS PrivateLink Resources

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    AWS CloudFormation now supports the creation of Amazon AWS PrivateLink resources including interface type Virtual Private Cloud endpoints, endpoint services, and endpoint connection notifications. To learn more please visit CloudFormation documentation.

    AWS PrivateLink allows customers to securely and privately access services hosted on AWS from their Virtual Private Cloud and from on-premises. AWS PrivateLink also allows customers and partners to share services with other accounts and Virtual Private Cloud networks in an easy and scalable way.

    AWS PrivateLink is available in AWS US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo) Regions.

    Learn more about AWS PrivateLink here. Learn more about Virtual Private Clouds and endpoints here.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 10.3, 9.6.8, 9.5.12, 9.4.17, and 9.3.22 for AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports PostgreSQL minor versions 10.3, 9.6.8, 9.5.12, 9.4.17, and 9.3.22 in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. This release fixes PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities included in current and previous minor releases by the PostgreSQL community and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

    With this update, we have also added support for the ‘amcheck’ extension to verify the logical consistency of the structure of indexes in PostgreSQL version 10.3; pg_hint_plan extension has been upgraded to 1.2.2 in PostgreSQL 9.6.8; and PLV8 extension has been updated to version 2.1.0 in PostgreSQL version 9.6.8, 9.5.12, 9.4.17, and 9.3.22.

    To use the new versions, you can create a new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, or upgrade an existing instance using point-and-click upgrades. An upgrade operation involves a short period of unavailability for your database instance. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • Amazon Translate is now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Neural machine translation is a form of language translation automation that uses deep learning models to deliver more accurate translation than traditional statistical and rule-based translation algorithms. This service API is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, Amazon’s isolated cloud region built for sensitive data and regulated workloads. 

  • AWS Storage Gateway Adds SMB Support to Store and Access Objects in Amazon S3 Buckets

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    The AWS Storage Gateway service added the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol to File Gateway, enabling file-based applications developed for Microsoft Windows to easily store and access objects in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). With File Gateway, applications can now store files as objects in Amazon S3 using SMB versions 2 and 3, as well as Network File System (NFS) versions 3 and 4.1. You can control access to File Gateway SMB file shares and objects using your corporate Active Directory (AD) domains, or you can use authenticated guest access. File Gateway caches your most recently used data locally, providing on-premises applications with low-latency access. File Gateway simplifies moving data to Amazon S3, supporting hybrid object-based workloads, such as machine learning and big data analytics, as well as backup and data archival in Amazon S3.

  • Amazon Inspector is now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    You can now use Amazon Inspector to run security assessments on regulated workloads and sensitive data hosted on Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. Amazon Inspector is formally approved by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB) as an approved vulnerability scanning tool for AWS services built on EC2.

  • Kinesis Video Streams Producer SDK Gstreamer Plugin and Docker Images

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    The Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Producer SDK is now available as a Gstreamer-plugin, and as Docker-images for Ubuntu, MacOS, and Raspberry Pi devices to help you stream video into AWS in minutes.

  • SaaS and API products now available in AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

    AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog with thousands of software listings from popular software vendors, has announced that customers can now find, buy, and deploy SaaS and API products in AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US). Public Sector, Government, Education, and other regulated customers can now purchase only the software they need with flexible payment options, including hourly, monthly, annual, and multi-year contracts. 

  • AWS Firewall Manager Now Available in the Europe (Ireland) Region

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2018

    Starting today, you can use AWS Firewall Manager to easily roll out AWS WAF rules for all your Application Load Balancers in the Europe (Ireland) region across your accounts in AWS Organizations.

  • Deploy Jupiter on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys Jupiter—Cognizant’s continuous data testing accelerator and a component of Cognizant’s Adaptive Data Foundation offering—on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about one hour. You can automate and run quality-assurance tests on data stored in the AWS Cloud in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Redshift, or Apache Hive on Amazon EMR.  

  • Amazon DynamoDB Announces 99.999% Service Level Agreement for Global Tables

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB is a fast and flexible NoSQL database service for all applications that need consistent, single-digit millisecond latency at any scale. Today, AWS announced the release of a DynamoDB service level agreement (SLA), which promises a stronger availability commitment with no scheduled downtime. AWS will use commercially reasonable efforts to make DynamoDB available for each AWS Region, during any monthly billing cycle, of at least 99.99% (the “Service Commitment”) and as described on Amazon DynamoDB Service Level Agreement. If all of your DynamoDB tables in the applicable AWS region are part of Global Tables, the availability promise will be at least 99.999%.

    This SLA is now available in all DynamoDB Regions, and the Global Tables SLA is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions. See Amazon DynamoDB Service Level Agreement for more details about our monthly uptime percentage commitment and service credits. You can learn more about DynamoDB and get started today.

  • Amazon Connect Adds New Contact Attributes for System Metrics

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2018

    Amazon Connect now gives you more options to dynamically route calls to the queue with the shortest wait time for your customers, or to a queue with idle agents to increase agent utilization, using new contact attributes for systems metrics. A contact attribute in Amazon Connect is data about a customer interaction and can be referenced in a contact flow to customize or personalize the experience. You can use these new attributes to determine where to route a particular call based on the queue thresholds you define.

  • New Exam Readiness Courses for AWS Certifications

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2018

    We’re excited to announce the launch of seven Exam Readiness courses to help you prepare for AWS Certification. Built by AWS, these courses are designed to help you prepare for Solutions Architect, Developer, DevOps Engineer, Big Data, and Advanced Networking exams.

  • Amazon Pinpoint Now Includes Phone Number Validate

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Pinpoint users can use the Phone Number Validate feature to improve the delivery rates of SMS messages they send using Amazon Pinpoint. Phone Number Validate corrects errors that often occur when end users enter their phone numbers on web-based forms. For example, if end users omit their country codes, or if they include an unnecessary leading digit (required for domestic calls in some countries), Phone Number Validate will automatically correct the phone number by applying country-specific formatting rules.

  • Amazon GuardDuty Optimizes AWS CloudTrail Analysis Reducing Cost for Customers

    Posted On: Jun 15, 2018

    Amazon GuardDuty has enhanced AWS CloudTrail log analysis thereby reducing the cost to customers. Cost reductions will vary by customer based on their volume of AWS CloudTrail logs. In particular, customers with high-volumes of global CloudTrail events will see the greatest net positive impact.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Amazon Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, so you can host sensitive Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and all types of regulated workloads and export-controlled data.

  • Support for JupyterHub on Amazon EMR release 5.14.0.

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    You can now use JupyterHub on Amazon EMR with EMR release 5.14.0. JupyterHub is a multi-user Jupyter notebook server that serves each user with their own Jupyter notebook interface. It allows multiple users to concurrently use their Jupyter notebooks, create and execute code and perform exploratory data analysis. JupyterHub on EMR is integrated with the Spark framework allowing you to perform interactive Spark queries on EMR clusters using Scala, PySpark, Spark R and Spark SQL kernels. You can also run Python jobs locally and take advantage of the many popular data-science libraries that are pre-installed in your notebook. Now, with EMR release 5.14.0, EMRFS, Amazon EMR’s connector for S3, supports auditing of users who ran queries that accessed data in S3 through EMRFS. This feature is turned on by default and will pass on user and group information to audit logs like CloudTrail, providing you with comprehensive request tracking. Besides auditing, EMRFS provides features like consistent view, S3 server-side and client-side encryption, and fine-grained authorization to S3.

    You can launch JupyterHub by selecting “JupyterHub” from the list of applications to be installed when you configure and launch your cluster. Please visit the Amazon EMR documentation for more information about the EMR release 5.14.0, JupyterHub and EMRFS.

    Amazon EMR release 5.14.0 is available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

  • Announcing AWS DeepLens support for TensorFlow and Caffe, expanded MXNet layer support, integration with Kinesis Video Streams, new sample project, and availability to buy on Amazon.com

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Today, we are excited to announce some important new capabilities for AWS DeepLens in addition to the ability to buy now on amazon.com.

  • Amazon GameLift introduces new game session placement metrics

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon GameLift emits 18 new metrics that will give you deeper insight into what is happening with your Queue placements. These new metrics track information such as how often your lowest latency regions and lowest priced fleets are selected by Amazon GameLift Queues. With this data, you can optimize to lower latency for players on a global scale and reduce your server hosting costs. 

  • Amazon Cognito Protection for Unusual Sign-in Activity and Compromised Credentials Is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Amazon Cognito's new advanced security features for risk-based adaptive authentication and compromised credentials protection are now generally available to secure user accounts across your web and mobile apps.

    When Amazon Cognito detects unusual sign-in activity, such as sign-in attempts from new locations and devices, it assigns a risk score to the activity and lets you choose to either prompt users for additional verification or block the sign-in request. Your users can be notified of suspicious sign in attempts and prompted to secure their accounts. You can also view a history of sign in attempts and their risk scores.

    With compromised credential protection, Amazon Cognito detects when users enter credentials that have been exposed elsewhere. If users attempt to use compromised credentials, Amazon Cognito prompts them to choose another password.

    The advanced security features are now available in all AWS regions with Amazon Cognito User Pools, including Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Europe (London), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), US West (Oregon), US East (Northern Virginia) and US East (Ohio).

    To learn more, see the Amazon Cognito Developer Guide.  

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis announces support for Redis 4.0 with caching improvements and better memory management for high-performance in-memory data processing

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, today announced support for Redis 4.0.10. Now you can take advantage of the new caching improvements and better memory management capabilities in Redis 4.0 and improve performance and memory usage of your in-memory data processing workloads.

  • AWS CloudTrail Event History Now Includes All Management Events

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Starting today, AWS CloudTrail’s event history will automatically log all read and write management events for supported AWS services. Event history lets you view, filter, and download your recent AWS account activity. This new release allows you to gain additional visibility into your account actions taken over the past 90 days without setting up a trail.

  • Introducing AWS Landing Zone

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    AWS Landing Zone is a solution that helps customers more quickly set up a secure, multi-account AWS environment based on AWS best practices. With the large number of design choices, setting up a multi-account environment can take a significant amount of time, involve the configuration of multiple accounts and services, and require a deep understanding of AWS services. This solution can help save time by automating the set-up of an environment for running secure and scalable workloads while implementing an initial security baseline through the creation of core accounts and resources.

  • Amazon Rekognition Launches FIPS 140-2 Validated Endpoints and Rekognition Video Expands to Additional Region

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition Video Analysis and FIPS 140-2 compliant endpoints are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Configuring your Users' Default Application Settings

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    You can now set default application settings for your users. This includes application connection profiles, browser settings, and plugins. For example you can set the default connection profiles for your users' SQL clients so they always have the exact settings they need, without having to configure their application.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Time Zone, Locale, and Language Input Settings

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Your users can now configure their streaming sessions to use regional settings. They can set the time zone, locale, and input method used by their applications in their streaming sessions. Each user's settings persist across all future sessions in the same AWS Region.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Private APIs

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    You can now create Private APIs in Amazon API Gateway. Private APIs can only be accessed from within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using VPC Endpoints. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math Supports Bulk Transformations

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math now supports the ability to perform bulk transformations of metrics in a single expression. You can now also calculate a metrics rate of change over time. This makes it easier for you to perform calculations across multiple metrics for real-time analysis.

  • Amazon CloudFront expands into Africa with a new Edge Location in Johannesburg and a new Edge Location in Bangalore

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Details: Since launching Amazon CloudFront in November 2008, we’ve been continuously expanding our infrastructure footprint around the world to improve availability and performance for content delivery. Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of two new Edge locations: one in Johannesburg, South Africa, and one in Bangalore, India. The Edge location in Johannesburg is Amazon CloudFront’s first PoP on the African continent. The addition of these two locations brings CloudFront’s global network to 119 points of presence in 58 cities, across 26 countries.

    Amazon CloudFront’s expansion into South Africa further improves availability and performance of content delivery to viewers in the region. We expect that customers who use Amazon CloudFront to reach viewers in South Africa will see performance improvements of as much as 75% from reductions in latency for their content. The new Bangalore PoP is expected to increase CloudFront capacity in India by up to 25%.

    In addition to reducing latency, these Edge locations also bring the full suite of benefits provided by Amazon CloudFront, such as Lambda@Edge, Field Level Encryption, and Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration, as well as seamless integration with other AWS services like AWS Certificate Manager (ACM), AWS Shield, AWS WAF, AWS Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). These new Edge locations in Johannesburg and Bangalore are built to the same high standards as our other CloudFront Edge locations around the world, including infrastructure and processes that are all compliant with PCI, DSS, HIPAA, and ISO to ensure secure delivery of the most sensitive data.

    Information about pricing for CloudFront, including pricing for the new South Africa Edge locations, can be found on the pricing page.

  • Amazon MQ Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2018

    Starting today you can provision Amazon MQ message brokers using AWS CloudFormation. Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ. AWS CloudFormation automates the process of creating and managing Amazon MQ message brokers. 

  • AWS CloudHSM is Now Available in the EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2018

    AWS 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.

    With this launch, AWS CloudHSM is now available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions.

    To learn more, see AWS CloudHSM.

     

  • Access your Reserved Instance (RI) Savings Information using AWS Cost Explorer’s RI Utilization Report

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2018

    Starting today, you can use AWS Cost Explorer to quickly identify the savings associated with your Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon ElastiCache reservations.

  • AWS Limit Monitor Now Supports Customization

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2018

    The AWS Solutions team has updated the AWS Limit Monitor, a solution that automatically provisions the services necessary to proactively track resource usage and send notifications as you approach limits. The solution now allows you to customize the service limits you want to check. The solution also includes an optional configuration to send notifications to an existing Slack channel.  

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now Available in Canada (Central) and Asia Pacific (Seoul)

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2018

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into data stores and analytics tools. We are excited to announce the availability of Kinesis Data Firehose in Canada (Central) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Available in Europe (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service. It lets you create high-quality live video streams for delivery to broadcast televisions and internet-connected multiscreen devices, like connected TVs, tablets, smartphones, and set-top boxes.

  • Deploy Check Point CloudGuard on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys an Auto Scaling group of Check Point CloudGuard Security Gateways to protect a web service.  

  • Amazon ECS Adds Daemon Scheduling

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now has a new daemon scheduling strategy that allows you to automatically run a daemon task on every one of a selected set of instances in your ECS cluster.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2018

    The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 14 regions. With the addition of the US West (N. California) AWS Region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability.

  • Amazon Cloud Directory Makes Tracking Information on Typed Links More Flexible

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Cloud Directory enables you to add additional, optional attributes on Typed Links. Previously, Cloud Directory had the capability to add attributes to Typed Links, with a constraint that these attributes were mandatory. Now, some attributes can be optional.

  • Amazon EC2 C5 Instances Are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5 instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. C5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 Compute Optimized instances powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake), were introduced in November 2017. C5 instances are built using a new light-weight hypervisor, Nitro Hypervisor, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customers’ workloads.  

  • Amazon EC2 M5 Instances Are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 M5 instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. M5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances, were introduced in November 2017 to offer a balance of compute, memory, storage and networking resources for a broad range of customers' workloads.

  • AWS Marketplace Launches New Website Workflow

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2018

    AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog, which lists over 4,200 software listings from popular software vendors, has released a streamlined website workflow. This new workflow makes it easy for you to see how you procure, configure, and fulfill Amazon Machine Image (AMI) software products.

  • Automatic Model Tuning is now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2018

    Automatic Model Tuning with Amazon SageMaker is now Generally Available. With this feature, Amazon SageMaker can automatically tune your model by adjusting thousands of different combinations of algorithm parameters to arrive at the most accurate predictions the model is capable of producing.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Channel Alerts to AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaLive now makes channel alerts available within the detail view of a running channel. This real-time information reduces the latency of alarms and enables you to remedy issues more quickly. These alerts also continue to be available via Amazon CloudWatch Events. For more information, visit the AWS Elemental MediaLive documentation pages.

  • Amazon ECS CLI Supports Docker Compose Version 3

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2018

    The Amazon Elastic Container Service Command Line Interface (Amazon ECS CLI) now supports the Docker Compose version 3 file format for deploying Docker containers to Amazon ECS.

  • Amazon Sumerian Regional and Feature Expansion

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2018

    Amazon Sumerian is now available in three new AWS regions: US West (Northern California), South America (Sao Paulo) and EU (Frankfurt). This expands the number of AWS regions where Amazon Sumerian is available to 9. Please visit the AWS region table for more information.

  • Deploy Aviatrix User VPN on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2018

    This Quick Start builds a highly available user VPN solution on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10-15 minutes. It deploys the Aviatrix Controller, Aviatrix gateways, authentication services, and log analytics. 

  • Now Clone a Model Training Job on the Amazon SageMaker Console

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2018

    You can now easily create new training jobs based on existing ones through the Amazon SageMaker console. Cloned jobs use the same configuration such as the selected algorithm, the IAM role, and the input mode to save time when setting up multiple jobs.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Horovod for Faster Multi-GPU TensorFlow Training on Amazon EC2 P3 Instances

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come pre-installed and fully configured with Horovod, a popular open source distributed training framework to scale TensorFlow training on multiple GPUs.

  • Application Load Balancer Adds New Security Policies Including Policy for Forward Secrecy

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2018

    Application Load Balancers now support two new security policies: ELBSecurityPolicy-FS-2018-06 and ELBSecurityPolicy-TLS-1-2-Ext-2018-06.

    ELBSecurityPolicy-FS-2018-06 implements ciphers that ensure Forward Secrecy. Customers now have a policy that prevents out-of-band decryption if someone records the traffic and later compromises the server’s private key.

    ELBSecurityPolicy-TLS-1-2-Ext-2018-06 gives customers the option of only using the latest TLS 1.2 protocol with the same set of ciphers as available with default ELBSecurityPolicy-2016-08. With cipher parity, this new policy also provides an easy migration path to TLS 1.2-only from TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.0.

    ELBSecurityPolicy-FS-2018-06 and ELBSecurityPolicy-TLS-1-2-Ext-2018-06 are available today for all existing and new Application Load Balancers in all AWS public regions. You can get started using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDK. To learn more, see HTTPS Listeners for Your Application Load Balancer.

  • Amazon WorkDocs introduces Open with Office Online

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2018
  • Amazon Athena releases support for Views

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2018

    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 you run. You can now create Views and run queries against those Views. Views simplify how you query data by abstracting away the underlying tables and columns. Views are not materialized and the query that defines the View is run every time the View is referenced. Click here to learn more about Views.

  • Amazon Polly Introduces a New French Female Voice, Léa

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    Amazon Polly now offers a choice of a second female French voice, Léa, in addition to the current female voice, Celine. Amazon Polly also has a French male voice, Mathieu. Léa is a warm and natural-sounding voice with Parisian accent. Listen to the spoken introduction from Lea.   

  • April 2018 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) Are Available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    Oracle Patch Set Updates contain critical security updates and other important updates. The April 2018 PSUs are 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

  • AWS Config Introduces New Lower Pricing for AWS Config Rules

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    AWS Config, a service that enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate the configurations of your AWS resources is introducing a new tiered pricing model for AWS Config Rules, effective immediately.

  • AWS WAF Announces Two New Features

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    AWS WAF adds two new features to help customers write more specific rules to protect their web applications and APIs: (a) enhanced pattern matching against Query String arguments and (b) support for non-octet CIDR boundaries.

    With enhanced pattern matching against Query String arguments, customers can now configure AWS WAF to parse the query string in the URI and run pattern matches on the value of a specific query argument or values of all query arguments. Previously, customers could match a string (or use a regex) against the full query string without differentiating individual name-value pairs. With this enhancement, customers can write WAF rules for application vulnerabilities embedded in the query string and benefit from more targeted look-ups and more granular detections thus reducing false positives on query argument names. For example, in the URL https:// example.com/page?name1=value1&name2=value2, customers can now write a string match condition to match the value “value1” for the query argument “name1” as well as a size constraint condition(s) on one or more of the name-value pairs in the query string.

    Support for non-octet CIDR boundaries allows customers to use more granular subnet boundaries by configuring any subnet mask between /16 and /32 for IPv4 addresses. Previously, AWS WAF’s IP match condition supported only /8, /16, /24 and /32 subnets for IPv4. Now, customers can write AWS WAF rules to match on CIDRs such as 10.21.3.44/31, 10.21.3.40/29, 10.21.3.45/17, and so on. This allows for better aggregation of IPs into fewer entries in the IP lists which currently support 10,000 CIDR entries per list. We will also continue to support the existing IPv6 CIDR boundaries, which are: /128 /64 /56 /48 /32 and /24.

    There is no additional charge for either of these new features. For more details visit the AWS WAF page on the AWS Website.

  • Introducing Server Fleet Management at Scale

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    Server Fleet Management at Scale is a solution that can help you more easily automate your fleet of servers. This solution automatically provisions the services necessary to maintain a consistent configuration of your Amazon EC2 or on-premises instances. The solution can also automate maintenance and deployment tasks, and automatically apply patches, updates, and configuration changes across any resource group.

  • AWS Shield Advanced Announces New Onboarding Wizard

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    Today, AWS Shield Advanced announced a new onboarding wizard to help you set up your resources for protection and enable faster DDoS incident response by providing emergency contacts and giving the AWS DDoS Response Team (DRT) IAM permissions.

  • Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is now generally available and supported for production use to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate, and maintain the Kubernetes management infrastructure.

  • Amazon Redshift Can Now COPY from Parquet and ORC File Formats

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2018

    You can now COPY Apache Parquet and Apache ORC file formats from Amazon S3 to your Amazon Redshift cluster. Apache Parquet and ORC are columnar data formats that allow users to store their data more efficiently and cost-effectively. With this update, Redshift now supports COPY from six file formats: AVRO, CSV, JSON, Parquet, ORC and TXT. 

  • Enable Multilingual WordPress Content with the Updated Amazon Polly Plugin for WordPress

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2018

    The Amazon Polly Plugin for WordPress can now automatically translate text to different languages, and convert the written content into multilingual audio formats. This new feature is powered by Amazon Translate, a neural machine translation service.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 M5d Instances

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2018

    Amazon EC2 M5d instances deliver M5 instances backed by NVMe-based SSD block level instance storage physically connected to the host server. M5d instances are ideal for workloads that require a balance of compute and memory resources along with high-speed, low latency local block storage including data logging and media processing. M5d will be beneficial for applications including those that need temporary storage of data for scratch space, temporary files, and caches. With the option of NVMe-based SSD instance storage, M5 customers now have additional storage choices for their general-purpose workloads.

  • Amazon Cognito Now Supports Custom Domains for a Unified Login Experience

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2018

    Starting today, you can use your own custom domain for the hosted Login UI — offering your users a unified login experience into user directories managed by Amazon Cognito. To add a custom domain, from the service console enter your domain name, and link it with a security certificate obtained from AWS Certificate Manager. With the newly announced feature, users can now stay within your application's domain, and thus enjoy a consistent branding experience.

  • Now You Can Use AWS Secrets Manager to Help Maintain HIPAA Compliance in the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2018

    You can now use AWS Secrets Manager to manage secrets for applications that are subject to U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance requirements. With this launch, AWS has made it easier for you to use the secure AWS environment to process, maintain, and store protected health information that is subject to HIPAA.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Adds CMAF Output

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaConvert, you can now create Common Media Application Format (CMAF) fragmented MP4 (fMP4) HLS and DASH video outputs. With CMAF support on AWS Elemental MediaConvert, you can create a single file format using the AVC (Advanced Video Coding) or High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) codecs and fMP4 segments that are then packaged and delivered as multiple adaptive streaming technologies to serve different devices. Support for CMAF lets you realize video quality improvements and benefit from simplification of content creation and storage. You can also now create HEVC content for Apple devices with improved video quality and better compression efficiency over AVC, and use High Dynamic Range (HDR) for premium video experiences.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Google Drive for G Suite

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2018
  • Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility is Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jun 1, 2018

    Amazon Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, which allows you to host sensitive Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and all types of regulated workloads and export-controlled data.

    With the addition of MySQL-compatible Amazon Aurora to the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, customers with sensitive data and regulatory compliance requirements have a new option for relational database placement, availability, and scalability. You can launch an Aurora instance with just a few clicks in the RDS Management Console.

    Aurora is up to five times faster than standard MySQL databases. For more information, please visit the Aurora product page, and see the AWS Region Table for complete regional availability.

  • Deploy AWX for Ansible Projects with New Quick Start

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    This Quick Start deploys AWX on the AWS Cloud, for users who want to run and manage an Ansible infrastructure on AWS.

  • Introducing the Media Analysis Solution

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    The Media Analysis Solution is a reference implementation that helps customers process, analyze, and extract meaningful data from their audio, image, and video files. The solution combines Amazon Rekognition, to provide highly accurate object, scene and activity detection; facial analysis and recognition; and celebrity detection in videos and images, Amazon Transcribe, an automatic speech recognition service, and Amazon Comprehend, which provides automatic transcription of audio files and extraction of key phrases and entities from transcripts, to quickly and seamlessly obtain key details from their media files in their AWS accounts without machine learning expertise. The solution also includes a web-based user interface that customers can use to upload and search their media files in their AWS accounts.

  • Amazon SageMaker Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: May 31, 2018
  • Amazon SageMaker now Provides Chainer integration, Support for AWS CloudFormation, and Availability in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now comes pre-configured to run Chainer in a Docker container, adding to the existing integrated Tensorflow and Apache MXNet deep learning framework containers currently available. Chainer is a popular deep learning framework that supports a variety of neural architectures where the network is defined dynamically in a “define-by-run” scheme. This means you can fully leverage Python constructs and control flows in your network. To quickly get started with Chainer, Amazon SageMaker provides sample notebooks for common workflows such as sentiment analysis and MNIST, by example, easily accessible within the Jupyter Dashboard Interface from Amazon SageMaker. 

  • AWS Step Functions is Now a HIPAA Eligible Service

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    AWS Step Functions is now a HIPAA eligible service. You can now use AWS Step Functions to orchestrate distributed applications and workflows containing healthcare-related information, including personal health information (PHI) of users, and information subject to U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

  • PostgreSQL 11 Beta 1 Now Available in Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    PostgreSQL 11 Beta 1 is now available in the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment, allowing customers to test the beta version of PostgreSQL 11 on Amazon RDS

  • Amazon QuickSight announces Pay-per-Session pricing, Private VPC Connectivity and more!

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon QuickSight will offer pay-per-session pricing, a first among business analytics services. With pay-per-session pricing, you can enable everyone in the organization with interactive, data driven dashboards and pay only when users access these dashboards. This makes Amazon QuickSight an even more cost-effective way for you to make personalized business analytics available to everyone, whether you have tens, hundreds, or thousands of users. Pay-per-session pricing starts at $0.30 per session, up to a maximum of $5 per user, per month, and is available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition in all supported AWS regions. With pay-per-session pricing there are no upfront costs, no annual commitments, and no charges for inactive users.

  • Amazon Redshift Makes Short Query Acceleration Self-Optimizing

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    Amazon Redshift improved Short Query Acceleration (SQA) by automating the maximum time-out setting for short queries. On Nov 20th, 2017, we announced SQA which uses machine learning algorithms to predict the execution time of a query, and move short-running queries to an express queue for immediate processing. In the past, SQA needed user defined 'maximum run time' (between 1-20 seconds) to identify short queries. With this update, by setting the maximum short query run time to 'dynamic,' you can let Redshift automate this setting. In addition, SQA’s improved machine learning algorithm adapts the maximum run time to the changing workload, making it easier to use to minimize short query queuing time and increase throughput.

  • Amazon EFS now a HIPAA-Eligible Service

    Posted On: May 31, 2018

    Today we are adding Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) to our list of HIPAA Eligible Services.

  • Amazon CloudFront announces the launch of its eighth Edge location in Tokyo, Japan

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of an eighth Edge location in Tokyo, Japan. The addition of another Edge location continues to expand CloudFront's capacity in the region, allowing us to serve increased volumes of web traffic.

    For a full list of CloudFront’s global network, see the CloudFront Details webpage.

  • AWS CloudFormation StackSets Supports Multiple Execution Roles and Selective Update Operation on Stack Instances

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    AWS CloudFormation StackSets now allows you to create multiple execution roles in target accounts. This allows you to control resource types users can create or update in their stack sets. For example, you can restrict a group to create or update only Amazon S3 related resources in StackSets, while another group can only access Amazon DynamoDB resources.  

  • Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery is now available for Dedicated Instances

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Auto Recovery is an Amazon EC2 feature that is designed to increase instance availability. Auto Recovery is now available for Dedicated Instances in all AWS Regions. You can now automatically recover Dedicated Instances when a system impairment is detected. This feature recovers the instance on different underlying hardware and reduces the need for manual intervention. 

  • Amazon Neptune is now generally available to build fast, reliable graph applications

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Amazon Neptune — now generally available — is a fast, reliable graph database service that makes it easy to build and run applications that work with highly connected datasets. Neptune supports popular graph models Property Graph and W3C's Resource Description Framework (RDF), and their respective query languages Apache TinkerPop Gremlin 3.3.2 and SPARQL 1.1.

  • Amazon SNS Message Filtering Adds Support for Amazon CloudWatch Metrics

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor the performance of Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) when using subscription filter policies. 

  • Application Load Balancer Simplifies User Authentication for Your Applications

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Application Load Balancer now supports authentication of user requests when accessing web-based applications through social Identity Providers such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon or enterprise Identity Providers such as ActiveDirectory and PingFederate. With this, developers can now focus on building applications for their customers by offloading the responsibility of authentication to the Application Load Balancer, while benefiting from its scale, availability, and reliability.

    As enterprises are enabling their employees to access cloud-based apps from any location, identity-based security has become even more crucial. With authentication available on Application Load Balancer and integrated with Amazon Cognito, users can now be authenticated through any identity provider that supports OpenID Connect protocol or SAML2.0 or social identity providers such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon. If you already have a custom identity provider solution that is OpenID Connect-compatible, Application Load Balancer can also authenticate users by directly connecting with that Identity Provider. To learn more about the feature, please try the Elastic Load Balancing demo.

    Support for user authentication in Application Load Balancer with Cognito-supported Identity Providers is available in all AWS regions that are supported by Amazon Cognito. Support for user authentication by directly integrating your OpenID Connect Identity Provider with Application Load Balancer is available in all AWS regions globally except in the China regions (Beijing and Ningxia). To learn more, please visit the Elastic Load Balancing documentation page.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Transport Layer Security (TLS) Version 1.2

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Transport Layer Security (TLS) is an industry-standard protocol for securing network connections. You can now use TLS version 1.2 to establish a secure network connection to all editions of Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle.

  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. 

  • Amazon Rekognition Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: May 29, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based computer vision service that makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications. Amazon Rekognition Image and Video are now AWS HIPAA Eligible Services.

  • Deploy SAS Viya on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: May 29, 2018

    This Quick Start is a reference architecture for those who want to deploy the SAS platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS), using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon CloudWatch, and Amazon Route 53. By deploying the SAS platform on AWS, you get SAS analytics, data visualization, and machine learning capabilities in an AWS-validated environment. The deployment is automated by an AWS CloudFormation template and takes about one hour.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports X1 Instances in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: May 25, 2018

    (Updated) You can now use X1 instances to run Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. The X1 instance type offers a higher ratio of memory to vCPU than most other Amazon EC2 instance types.  

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports New X1 and X1e Instance Types

    Posted On: May 25, 2018

    (Updated) The X1 and X1e instance types provide a high ratio of memory to vCPU, with X1e providing the highest ratio among Amazon EC2 instance types. You can now use both to run Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle.

  • AWS CodeBuild Adds Support for Windows Builds

    Posted On: May 25, 2018

    AWS CodeBuild now supports builds for the Microsoft Windows Server platform, including a prepackaged build environment for .NET Core 2.0 on Windows. Previously, CodeBuild supported .NET Core on Linux.

  • Amazon Translate is now supported in AWS Mobile SDK for Android and iOS

    Posted On: May 25, 2018

    Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Support for Amazon Translate API is now available in the AWS Mobile SDK for Android and iOS. 

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Administrative Controls for Limiting File Movement, Clipboard, and Printing

    Posted On: May 25, 2018
  • Amazon Inspector Adds Ability to Run Security Assessments on Amazon EC2 Instances Without Adding Tags

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    With this launch, Amazon Inspector is making it easier to automatically assess your applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices. Inspector has added the ability to run security assessments on your Amazon EC2 instances without having to add tags to your instances. When you create assessment targets, you can now choose an option to include all EC2 instances in your account within the AWS region.

  • Amazon ECS Agent Adds Signing for Additional Security

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    The Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) agent is now digitally signed using PGP and Windows signatures.

  • Amazon ECS Adds Options to Speed Up Container Launch Times

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    You can now configure how Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) downloads container images from a container registry in order to speed up container launch times.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Apache Tomcat v8.5 and Apache HTTP Server v2.4

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Elastic Beanstalk applications using Apache Tomcat v8.5. Tomcat v8.5 adds improved performance, stability, with other notable highlights including support for HTTP/2 and using OpenSSL for TLS support with JSSE connectors.

  • AWS Storage Gateway VTL Expands Backup Application Support With NovaStor DataCenter

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    AWS Storage Gateway now supports NovaStor DataCenter versions 6 and 7 with the Tape Gateway virtual tape library (VTL). Tape Gateway helps you move your tape-based backup and archiving workflows to the AWS cloud easily, using applications such as NovaStor DataCenter. With Tape Gateway, you backup application data locally to an appliance, which then moves the data to AWS and stores it in a VTL backed by durable Amazon S3 storage. Then, you can easily archive backups to Amazon Glacier for long-term retention on durable, low-cost storage, with the ability to retrieve virtual tapes in three-to-five hours.

  • Application Load Balancer Announces Slow Start Support for its Load Balancing Algorithm

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    Application Load Balancers now support a slow start mode that allows you to add new targets without overwhelming them with a flood of requests. With the slow start mode, targets warm up before accepting their fair share of requests based on a ramp-up period that you specify.

    Slow start is very useful for applications that depend on cache and need a warm-up period before being able to respond to requests with optimal performance.

    Slow start mode can be enabled by target group and can be configured for a duration of 30 seconds to 15 minutes. The load balancer linearly increases the number of requests sent to a new target in a target group up to its fair share during the slow start ramp-up window.

    Slow start is available today for all existing and new Application Load Balancers in all AWS public regions. You can get started using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDK. To learn more, see slow start mode.

  • Pipe Input Mode is now Supported in Amazon SageMaker Algorithms

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    You can now run your training jobs with the built-in Amazon SageMaker algorithms up to 35% faster with Pipe input mode. Using Pipe input mode, your training job streams data directly from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to the algorithm container on the training instances, to provide faster start times for training jobs and better throughput. For example, benchmarks indicated start times improved by up to 10 minutes on an 78GB file, with throughput twice as fast in some benchmarks. 

  • The AWS Organizations Console is Now Available in Eight New Languages

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

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    Today, AWS made the AWS Organizations console available in French, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. The availability of the Organizations console in nine total languages - English was previously available - supports our increasingly international customer base for organization administration.

  • Amazon Simple Queue Service Server-Side Encryption is Now Available in 13 Additional Regions

    Posted On: May 24, 2018

    You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) server-side encryption (SSE) integrated with the AWS Key Management Service (KMS) in 13 additional regions. The addition of SSE helps you to protect sensitive data with encrypted queues.

  • PostgreSQL 10 now Supported in Amazon RDS for AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: May 23, 2018

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports PostgreSQL major version 10 in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. PostgreSQL 10 includes various new features including native table partitioning, support for improved parallelism in query execution, ICU collation support, column group statistics, enhanced postgres_fdw extension, and many more. Additionally, this release includes an upgraded version of the PLV8 extension and will have huge pages enabled by default.

  • AWS AppSync is now in new regions and adds OIDC authorization support

    Posted On: May 23, 2018

    AWS AppSync has expanded regional availability footprint now to the EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions.

  • Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR Now Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: May 23, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) are now available in the China (Ningxia) region operated by Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. (NWCD).

    Amazon ECS is a highly scalable, high-performance container orchestration service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run and scale containerized applications on AWS. Amazon ECS eliminates the need for you to install and operate your own container orchestration software, manage and scale a cluster of virtual machines, or schedule containers on those virtual machines. For more information, visit the Amazon ECS product page.

    Amazon ECR is a fully-managed Docker container registry that makes it easy for developers to store, manage, and deploy Docker container images. Amazon ECR is integrated with Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), simplifying your development to production workflow. Amazon ECR eliminates the need to operate your own container repositories or worry about scaling the underlying infrastructure. Amazon ECR hosts your images in a secure, highly available, and scalable architecture allowing you to reliably deploy containers for your applications. For more information, visit the Amazon ECR product page.

    Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR are available in the AWS China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region operated by NWCD.

  • Amazon Aurora Publishes General, Slow Query and Error Logs to Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: May 23, 2018

    You can now configure the MySQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora to publish general logs, slow query logs, and error logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. Previously, you could only publish audit logs.

  • AWS Batch is now Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

    Posted On: May 23, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Batch is available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region via AWS CLI. Console support will be available on May 30.

  • Amazon Redshift Adds New CloudWatch Metrics for Easy Visualization of Cluster Performance

    Posted On: May 23, 2018

    You can now monitor the performance and health of your Amazon Redshift cluster with two new Amazon CloudWatch metrics, Query Throughput and Query Duration. These metrics monitor Redshift cluster performance and provide insights to adjust workload management settings to improve query performance. We have also improved the user interface to view the Query Performance Data on the console.

  • Five New Amazon Connect Integrations from eGain, Teleopti, WEBTEXT, HERE Technologies, ServiceNow

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    The AWS Quick Start team, solutions architects, and Contact Center partner segment team, in collaboration with AWS partners, are pleased to announce five new Amazon Connect integrations that offer contact center solutions: 

  • Amazon ECS Service Discovery Supports Bridge and Host Container Networking Modes

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    You can now use Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service discovery to discover and connect Amazon ECS tasks that use the bridge and host networking modes. This makes it easy to start using ECS service discovery for containerized applications running on Amazon ECS.

  • Amazon Macie Adds New Dashboard Making It Easier to Identify Publicly Accessible Amazon Simple Storage Service Objects

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    Amazon Macie now offers a new dashboard making it easier for you to identify Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets accessible to the Internet as well as Amazon S3 objects with overly permissive access permissions. 

  • AWS CloudFormation now Supports AWS Budgets as a Resource for CloudFormation Templates, Stacks, and StackSets

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    You can now use AWS Budgets as a resource in your AWS CloudFormation templates, stacks, and StackSets.

  • Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment is now available

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    The Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment is now available, offering an environment for customers to easily test beta, release candidate, and early production versions of PostgreSQL database engine software with the convenience and flexibility of Amazon RDS.

  • Alexa now lets you schedule 1:1 meetings and move meetings in your calendar

    Posted On: May 22, 2018

    Alexa for Business introduces Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant, which lets Alexa manage your users’ calendars. Users can now schedule 1:1 meetings and move meetings in their calendar using their voice. The Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant automatically looks for free time on meeting attendees' calendars, which saves your users the time and effort of doing this manually. Your users can also move their meetings using Alexa so they can quickly update their calendar without having to break from the task they were doing.

  • Easily Access Amazon SageMaker Example Notebooks Through the Jupyter Interface

    Posted On: May 21, 2018

    You can now access all of the example Jupyter notebooks provided through Amazon SageMaker from a new “SageMaker Examples” tab on the Jupyter interface console to help you get started using machine learning even faster. These examples cover topics like machine learning fundamentals, in-depth instruction on specific algorithms and frameworks, advanced SageMaker features, and integration with Apache Spark. Until now, you had to navigate to each directory in the Jupyter interface to look at the examples, duplicate the notebook, and move it to your home directory to customize. Now, with the addition of the nbexamples plug-in, Amazon SageMaker extends the Jupyter interface to make discovering the sample notebooks a more streamlined process. From the list of notebooks grouped by category, you can preview a read-only copy of the notebook to examine it in more detail before use. Once you’ve selected the notebook most applicable to your machine learning solution, a single click in the Jupyter interface copies it to the home directory on your Jupyter notebook instance with the name you choose. You can then modify the notebook for your particular use case and run it to build, train, and deploy your machine learning model. 

  • AWS CloudFormation Supports FIPS 140-2 Validated API Endpoints in US Regions

    Posted On: May 18, 2018

    AWS CloudFormation now offers FIPS 140-2 validated API endpoints in US regions, making it easier for customers to use the service for regulated workloads. These endpoints terminate TLS sessions using a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic software module. Support for FIPS 140-2 validated endpoints is available today in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), and US West (Oregon). See the Regions and Endpoints page for the endpoint URL details.

  • Announcing General Availability of Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) bare metal instances provide your applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. These instances are ideal for workloads that require access to the hardware feature set (such as Intel® VT-x), or for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements. Bare metal instances are built on the Nitro system, a collection of AWS-built hardware offload and server protection components that come together to securely provide high performance networking and storage resources to EC2 instances. Bare metal instances were announced for preview at AWS re:Invent 2017, and are now generally available with the EC2 Storage Optimized I3 instance family in the form of i3.metal instances.

  • Amazon Cognito Now Supports the Capability to Add Custom OIDC-providers

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    Amazon Cognito now makes it easier for developers to add OIDC-providers that are currently not built-in to the service console, like Salesforce or Ping Identity. Lengthy sign-up forms create friction for the registration and conversion of users. This new Cognito feature simplifies the registration process by allowing users to login with an existing OpenID account into a User Pool.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 C5d Instances

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    Amazon EC2 C5d instances deliver C5 instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. These instances are a great fit for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage like video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. It will also benefit applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files. With the option of NVMe-based SSD instance storage, C5 customers now have additional storage choices for their most compute-intensive workloads.

  • Quickly Identify When Your IAM User Last Used An Access Key in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) in AWS GovCloud (US) now reports the time stamp when an IAM user last used their access key.  

  • Amazon Chime brings Meetings and Chat to Your Browser with a New Web Application

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    Starting today, users can access Amazon Chime from their web browser. The new Amazon Chime web application makes it easy to join meetings from any device with a supported browser, including those running Linux or ChromeOS, without downloading or installing a client application. The web application lets users use Amazon Chime on more devices, and helps them stay connected and productive.

  • Easier Way To Control Access To AWS Resources By Using The AWS Organization of IAM Principals

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now makes it easier for you to control access to your AWS resources by using the AWS organization of IAM principals (users and roles). You can use a new condition key, aws:PrincipalOrgID, in your permissions policy to require all IAM principals (users and roles) accessing your resources, to be from an account in your organization.  

  • The AWS Secrets Manager Console Is Now Available in Italian and Traditional Chinese

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    Today, AWS made it easier to manage your secrets from the console by making the AWS Secrets Manager console available in two additional languages - Italian and Traditional Chinese.  

  • Amazon Inspector Now Supports Amazon Linux 2018.03 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    Amazon Inspector expanded security assessments to include Amazon Linux 2018.03 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), Security Best Practices, and Runtime Behavior Analysis. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment.

  • Amazon RDS Supports Outbound Network Access from PostgreSQL Read Replicas for Commercial Regions

    Posted On: May 17, 2018

    PostgreSQL read replicas on Amazon RDS now support Outbound Network Access and can execute queries using the postgres_fdw extension to access remote servers. The postgres_fdw extension lets you access and modify data stored in other PostgreSQL servers as if they were tables within the RDS for PostgreSQL DB instance. This is already supported on primary PostgreSQL instances, but offloading read only queries from remote servers to read replicas will reduce resource usage on the primary instance.

  • AWS CodeBuild Supports VPC Endpoints

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    You can now access AWS CodeBuild from your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints. Many AWS customers run their applications within a VPC for security or isolation reasons. Previously, you could connect to CodeBuild from your VPC using an internet gateway or VPN connection. With VPC endpoints, no public IP addresses are required and traffic between the VPC and CodeBuild does not leave the Amazon network.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Health Events in Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    Elastic Beanstalk environment health events can now be streamed to CloudWatch Logs. It enables you to review and debug the historical health changes of your running applications in Elastic Beanstalk.

  • Higher Throughput Workflows for AWS Step Functions

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    AWS Step Functions now supports higher throughput workflows, making it easier to coordinate applications with high event rates and variable loads. Starting today, throughput has increased from 400 state transitions per second to 1,000 state transitions per second with burst capacity of 5,000 state transitions. The default start rate for AWS Step Functions state machine executions has also increased from 25 per second to 200 per second, with burst capacity of up to 1,000 starts in select regions.

  • Amazon RDS SQL Server Adds High Availability Support to the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

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

  • AWS IAM Service Last Accessed Data is Now Available in Four Additional Regions: London, Canada, Ohio, and Paris

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    In December 2015, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) released service last accessed data, which helps you identify overly permissive policies attached to an IAM entity (a user, group, or role). Now, we have extended service last accessed data to support four additional regions: EU (London), Canada (Central), US East (Ohio), and EU (Paris) AWS Regions.

  • EC2 VPN Update – Custom PSK, Inside Tunnel IP, and SDK Update Available for the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    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 you to better self-manage their VPNs, avoid inside tunnel IP address conflicts, and enable support for additional devices. These features are available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. 

  • New Developer Preview: Use Amazon Polly Voices in Alexa Skills

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Starting today, you can apply to participate in a developer preview that allows you to use eight English (U.S.) Amazon Polly voices to narrate your Alexa skills.

  • AWS IoT 1-Click Now Generally Available

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    Starting now, AWS IoT 1-Click is available for all customers. AWS IoT 1-Click is a new AWS IoT service that enables simple devices to trigger AWS Lambda functions, for executing an action. Supported devices on AWS IoT 1-Click are ready to securely connect to the cloud right out of the box, without additional device configuration. This makes it easy for cloud developers to deploy these devices into their applications right away without writing custom firmware or writing device-level code.

  • AWS CodeCommit Supports Branch-Level Permissions

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    AWS CodeCommit now enables you to restrict who can commit changes to the master branch or any branch of your choosing. Previously, you could control who can make changes to a repository but not to specific branches within a repository. Now, you can define which actions are allowed on a branch and who has permission to perform those actions. This makes it easy to set-up a workflow where only approved users can merge pull requests or commit changes to a sensitive branch.

  • Amazon EC2 X1e Instances Now Available in Europe (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: May 16, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 X1e instances are available in the Europe (Frankfurt) Region.

  • AWS Amplify Introduces Service Worker Capabilities to Enable High-Quality Progressive Web Apps.

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    The AWS Amplify JavaScript Library introduces service worker capabilities to enable high-quality, cloud-powered Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for web and mobile. Developers who want to enable PWA features in their apps can use AWS Amplify's built-in utility class to register their service workers, enable and utilize web push APIs, and monitor service worker life-cycle events with Analytics. Developers can also integrate other cloud features such as authorization, real-time data, and user storage through AWS Amplify's category of operations.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Instances now Support Red Hat BYOL

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    Starting today, you can use your existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Premium subscription with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances. With this launch, it is easier for enterprise customers to migrate workloads into the cloud and immediately take advantage of the deep cost savings offered by Spot Instances. 

  • Optimized TensorFlow 1.8 Now Available in the AWS Deep Learning AMIs to Accelerate Training on Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 Instances

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with advanced optimizations for TensorFlow 1.8 to deliver higher-performance training for Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 instances.

  • Amazon Sumerian is Generally Available

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    AWS announces the General Availability of Amazon Sumerian, a managed service that allows developers to create and publish augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise.

  • AWS Systems Manager Helps You Collect Inventory on All Managed Instances in a Single Click

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager now makes it easy to collect inventory from all managed instances in a region. Now, in a single click, all new and existing managed instances within a region in your AWS account are configured to collect inventory using the AWS Systems Manager Inventory service. The instance will automatically start collecting inventory based on your AWS Systems Manager Inventory configuration when there is a new managed instance in your account.  

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Introduces Mouse Support on iPad Devices

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    You can now control your Amazon WorkSpaces environment running on your iPad when you use a SwiftPoint GT mouse. This launch enables precise pointer control in your WorkSpace when you’re using an iPad with a SwiftPoint GT mouse. To access Amazon WorkSpaces from your iPad, or other supported client devices, download the Amazon WorkSpaces app. Once you have the Amazon WorkSpaces iPad app installed, simply enable Bluetooth on both your iPad and SwiftPoint GT mouse and pair them. Then log into your WorkSpace, and you can use the mouse just like you would on a PC or laptop. You can get more detail on mouse set up and support in our documentation.

  • Espressif Systems’ ESP32 Now Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    Today, Espressif Systems’ ESP32-DevKitC & ESP-WROVER-KIT are qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS. You can now take advantage of Amazon FreeRTOS features and benefits for microcontrollers using the development boards from Espressif. This enables you to easily and securely connect your ESP32-based devices to AWS cloud services like AWS IoT Core or to edge devices running AWS Greengrass. ESP32-DevKitC is a small-sized development board, and ESP-WROVER-KIT is a development board that has support for LCD, MicroSD card, and USB JTAG interface. They come in two variants, either with the ESP-WROOM-32 or ESP32-WROVER module.

    You can get started with Espressif’s ESP32 and Amazon FreeRTOS today by downloading the code from GitHub.

  • Announcing Windows Server version 1709 and 1803 AMIs for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: May 15, 2018

    Today we are announcing the availability of License Included (LI) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for Windows Server version 1709 and 1803 for Amazon EC2, providing customers with an easy and flexible way to get up and running with the latest versions of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release. These versions of Windows Server include new enhancements such as smaller disk footprint, Kubernetes support, and Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL), and are best suited for use cases including building modern container and micro-services based Windows applications.

  • AWS CloudHSM Client Packages Now Available For Microsoft Windows, Amazon Linux 2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and CentOS

    Posted On: May 14, 2018

    We have released AWS CloudHSM client packages for new operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016, Amazon Linux 2, CentOS 6 and 7, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7. This expands on existing support for Amazon Linux and Ubuntu.

    You can view the complete list of AWS CloudHSM-supported operating systems and download latest client and SDK packages, from the CloudHSM Version History page.

    AWS CloudHSM offers you cost effective hardware key management at cloud scale for sensitive and regulated workloads. You can 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).  You can learn more about AWS CloudHSM here.

  • Lambda@Edge Adds Support for Node.js v8.10

    Posted On: May 14, 2018

    Starting today, you can use Node.js v8.10 to develop your functions in Lambda@Edge, in addition to the currently supported Node.js v6.10 runtime.

    Node.js v8.10, the current Long Term Support (LTS) version of Node, uses the new V8 6.0 engine, that provides better performance when compared to the previous LTS version 6.x. In addition, Node.js v8.10 supports new features such as async/await, which is a new way of handling asynchronous operations in Node.js. This enables you to write simpler, easier, and cleaner code for non-blocking calls. You can read this blog post for more details on the benefits of async/await feature introduced in Node.js v8.10.

    To get started, you can simply upload your Node.js code as an AWS Lambda function through the AWS CLI or Lambda console, and select the Node.js 8.10 runtime. If you have existing Node.js functions, you can switch to the new runtime by making any required code changes to ensure compatibility with the new runtime and editing their function configuration to set the runtime to Node.js 8.10.

    To learn more about Lambda@Edge, visit the product page. For more information on Lambda’s Node.js programming model, you can refer to the documentation.

     

  • Major Updates Come to Script Canvas with Lumberyard Beta 1.14 – Available Now

    Posted On: May 11, 2018

    We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.14. With over 200 improvements, fixes, and new features, this release includes a major update to the game engine’s visual scripting environment, new component entities, and more. Some highlights include:

  • Introducing Real-Time IoT Device Monitoring with Kinesis Data Analytics

    Posted On: May 11, 2018

    Real-Time IoT Device Monitoring with Kinesis Data Analytics is a solution that can help you more easily monitor your IoT device connectivity and activity in real-time. This solution automatically provisions the services necessary to record and visualize device connectivity and activity metrics for your IoT devices. Real-Time IoT Device Monitoring with Kinesis Data Analytics is designed to provide a framework for visualizing metrics in real-time, allowing you to focus on adding new metrics rather than underlying infrastructure operations.  

  • Modifiable sqlnet.ora Parameters for RDS Oracle

    Posted On: May 11, 2018

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports the ability to update your sqlnet.ora parameters. The sqlnet.ora file includes parameters that configure Oracle Net features on Oracle Database servers and clients. Using these parameters, you can modify properties for connections in and out of the database.

  • Stream Real-Time Data in Apache Parquet or ORC Format Using Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    We have added support for Apache Parquet and Apache ORC formats in Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, so you can stream real-time data into Amazon S3 for cost-effective storage and analytics.

  • AWS Database Migration Service Supports R4 Instance Types

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) now supports Memory-Optimized R4 instances for migrations or ongoing replications. R4 instances have more memory per vCPU, and can be used to migrate or replicate workloads that are memory bound, typically with high Transactions per Second (TPS), that need to be migrated in near real time.

  • Amazon Connect Now Supports Keypad Input with an Amazon Lex Chatbot

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    Customers that call in to your Amazon Connect contact center can now provide input using their touch-tone keypad for contact flows using an Amazon Lex chatbot. Previously, customers could interact with Amazon Lex chatbots in Amazon Connect contact centers through voice input. Keypad input provides greater flexibility for your customers to now choose how they want to interact with your contact center, in a format that is most comfortable for their environment. For example, keypad input is often preferred when calling from a location with an abundance of ambient noise, or to ensure privacy when in a public space.

    Keypad input will work with your existing Amazon Lex chatbots that you've already created for your contact center. Amazon Lex interprets the spoken utterance or dual-tone-multi-frequency signaling (DTMF) digits entered on a keypad, and uses them to understand the caller’s intent.

    You can use Amazon Lex chatbots with Amazon Connect in the US-East (Northern Virginia) AWS region. To learn more about using Amazon Lex chatbots with Amazon Connect, visit the Amazon Lex Chatbot web page. There are no additional Amazon Connect charges to use Amazon Lex chatbots in your contact flows, but you will be billed for Amazon Lex usage. You can find out more about Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud contact center, by visiting the Amazon Connect website.

  • Amazon Aurora Backtrack Can Move a Database Back in Time

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility now offers a quick way to recover from user errors, such as dropping the wrong table or deleting the wrong row. Backtrack allows you to move your database to a prior point in time without needing to restore from a backup, and it completes within seconds, even for large databases.

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

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service. It lets you create high-quality live video streams for delivery to broadcast televisions and internet-connected multiscreen devices, like connected TVs, tablets, smartphones, and set-top boxes. 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. To learn more, please visit http://aws.amazon.com/medialive.

  • Deploy CloudStax NoSQL DB for Apache Cassandra with New Quick Start

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    This Quick Start automatically deploys CloudStax NoSQL DB for Apache Cassandra into a highly available architecture on AWS, using Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) for container orchestration and CloudStax FireCamp for stateful service management. 

  • Introducing the IoT Device Simulator

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    The IoT Device Simulator is a solution that that enables customers to create and simulate hundreds of virtual connected devices, without having to configure and manage physical devices, or develop time-consuming scripts. The solution also includes a pre-built automotive module that you can use to simulate vehicle telemetry data using pre-defined device types. The automotive module uses a power train simulation model to generate simulated vehicle telemetry data.

  • Introducing Amazon GameLift Target Tracking for Autoscaling

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    Amazon GameLift helps you quickly deploy, scale, and manage dedicated game servers in the cloud at a low cost and deliver low-latency, multiplayer game experiences globally. Typical multiplayer games use only 50% of their peak server capacity on average, meaning that half of the time the game servers have no active players. To reduce wasted capacity and costs, Amazon GameLift can automatically turn off game servers when they are not needed and add new game servers when more players arrive, based on rules you set.

  • Application Load Balancer and Network Load Balancer now Support Resource- and Tag-based Permissions

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    Application Load Balancers and Network Load Balancers now support resource- and tag-based permissions. This enables customers to implement fine-grained access controls on their load balancers using IAM policies.

    Prior to this announcement, customers could only create user- or group-level policies to restrict API actions on the load balancers in their account. Customers were forced to give users all-or-nothing control over the resources. For instance, a user policy to allow DeleteLoadBalancer API would permit the user to delete any load balancer in the account.

    With this release, policies can be applied on specific load balancer resources identified by their ARNs or tags. This is supported for all types of load-balancer resources i.e. load balancer, listener, rule and target groups.

    Learn more by reading the load balancer user guide. You can also subscribe to our discussion forum to get launch announcements and post your questions.

  • AWS Machine Learning for Consulting Partners Competency

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    Today, we launched the AWS Machine Learning Competency Program for Consulting Partners. This program showcases APN Partners with deep expertise in Machine Learning on AWS that can provide solutions for AWS customers that enable machine learning and data science workflows. With this new AWS Competency, AWS customers can find an APN Partner that will help them utilize Machine Learning services and tools on AWS to add intelligence to any application.

    AWS Machine Learning Partners have gone under a strict validation of their capabilities to demonstrate technical proficiency and proven customer success in AWS Machine Learning.

    To learn more about the AWS Machine Learning Consulting Partners, click here

  • AWS Glue is now available in the EU (London) AWS Region

    Posted On: May 10, 2018

    You can now use AWS Glue in the EU (London) AWS region.

  • Deploy a Blue-Green Architecture on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    This Quick Start builds an architecture for blue-green deployment to an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Beanstalk environment. It creates a continuous integration/continuous delivery pipeline using AWS CodePipeline for a cost-effective, fault-tolerant architecture. The deployment is automated by an AWS CloudFormation template and takes about 15 minutes.

  • Amazon Cloud Directory Regional Expansion

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    Amazon Cloud Directory is now available in the Canada (Central) Region.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 13 regions. With the addition of the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability.

  • Amazon ECS Adds SSM Parameter for Launching ECS-Optimized EC2 Instances using AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    You can now use an Amazon EC2 Systems Manager (SSM) parameter in AWS CloudFormation to launch EC2 instances with the latest ECS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI).

  • Copying Encrypted Amazon EBS Snapshots Under Custom CMK now Completes Faster With Less Storage

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    Copies of Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Snapshots encrypted under a custom Customer Managed Key (CMK) are now incremental. This means that when you make a new copy of an EBS Snapshot, only the modified chunks compared to the previous copy of the same EBS Snapshot are saved in the new copy. This minimizes the time required to copy the EBS Snapshot and saves on storage costs by not duplicating data for such EBS Snapshots encrypted with custom CMK. This is similar to what we already support for copies of unencrypted EBS Snapshots and copies of EBS Snapshots encrypted under your default CMK.  

  • AWS Step Functions Regional Expansions

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    AWS Step Functions is now available in two additional AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Seoul) and US West (N. California). AWS Step Functions makes it easier to coordinate the components of distributed systems, serverless applications, and microservices using visual workflows.

  • Amazon GuardDuty Adds Capability to Automatically Archive Findings

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    Amazon GuardDuty now allows you to setup automatic archiving when creating a findings filter. This is useful when you have a unique use case in your environment that generates many similar findings, or in situations where you have reviewed a certain class of findings and don’t want to be alerted again.

  • AWS Auto Scaling Scaling Plans Can Now be Created Using AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    Starting today, you can create AWS Auto Scaling scaling plans using AWS CloudFormation, a service that allows you to easily provision and update a set of related AWS resources in an orderly and predictable fashion.

  • Get Latest Console Output on EC2 Instances

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    Today, we are announcing the capability to retrieve latest instance console output throughout the lifecycle of Amazon EC2 instances. 

  • Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace Standardizes Software License Terms to Simplify and Streamline Software Procurement for Enterprise Customers

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog, which lists over 4,200 software listings from popular software vendors, has announced that enterprise customers can now leverage Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace to procure software quickly, and take the friction out of contract negotiations. Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace gives large enterprise customers the option to purchase software solutions using a standardized contract template under which participating sellers have agreed to offer their products. The Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace is designed to be a comprehensive end user license agreement between software buyers and sellers that include commonly negotiated clauses like liability, venue, IP protection, data handling, warranty, indemnity, GDPR, etc.

  • AWS IoT Core Now Supported in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

    Posted On: May 9, 2018

    You can now use AWS IoT Core in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. This expansion increases the number of AWS Regions where AWS IoT Core is available to twelve. Running AWS IoT Core in your local region can help to minimize latencies and may help you meet your local data compliance obligations.

    AWS IoT Core is a managed cloud platform that lets connected devices easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices. AWS IoT Core can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, and can process and route those messages to AWS endpoints and to other devices reliably and securely. With AWS IoT Core, your applications can keep track of and communicate with all your devices, all the time, even when they aren’t connected.

    For the full list of regions where AWS IoT Core is available, see the AWS Regions table. Visit the getting started page to start using AWS IoT Core, and visit the pricing page to view pricing for Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and other regions.

  • Amazon Lex now Available in U.S. West (Oregon) AWS Region

    Posted On: May 8, 2018

    Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are now available to any developer, enabling you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language, conversational bots (“chatbots”).  

  • AWS SAM CLI Simplifies Building Serverless Apps with the SAM init Command

    Posted On: May 8, 2018

    The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Command Line Interface (CLI), also referred to as SAM Local, lets you locally build, test, and debug serverless applications defined by AWS SAM templates. Now, you can use the SAM init command to initialize a ready-to-deploy SAM application in your preferred runtime.

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

    Posted On: May 8, 2018

    Starting today, you can use AWS Budgets to monitor how much of your Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon ElastiCache instance usage is covered by reservations, and receive alerts when your coverage falls below the threshold you define.

  • Introducing Optimize CPUs for Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: May 8, 2018

    Today, we are announcing the availability of Optimize CPUs for Amazon EC2 instances. This feature provides customers greater control of their EC2 instances on two fronts. First, customers can specify a custom number of vCPUs when launching new instances to save on vCPU-based licensing costs. Second, they can disable Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT Technology) for workloads that perform well with single-threaded CPUs, like certain high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics Application Monitoring using Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    You can now monitor your Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics application using the new Amazon CloudWatch KPU-usage metric, which shows you the number of Kinesis Processing Units (KPU) consumed by your application. KPU is a unit of stream processing capacity comprised of 4 GB memory, 1 vCPU compute, and corresponding networking capabilities. The KPU-usage metric makes it easier for you to monitor increases and decreases in your application’s resource usage as the service elastically scales the number of KPUs required to perform your analysis.

  • AWS Glue is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Region

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    You can now use AWS Glue in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS region.

  • AWS Linked Account Bills now Reflect an Account's Unblended Costs

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    Starting today, customers with consolidated billing will receive linked account bills that show each account’s unblended rates and costs.

  • AWS Lambda Supports Amazon SQS as an Event Source

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2018

    AWS Lambda now supports Amazon SQS as an event source. This allows you to build serverless applications with Lambda using message queues as the event source. Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service for reliably communicating between distributed software components and microservices.

  • Amazon EMR now supports M5 and C5 instances

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    You can now create Amazon EMR clusters with M5 (General Purpose) and C5 (Compute Optimized) EC2 instances. This is available for Amazon EMR clusters with release 5.13.0 and later. Please click here for pricing information.

     

  • Thinkbox Deadline Supports 3ds Max 2019 and Vue 2016

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    We are pleased to announce the general availability of the latest release of Thinkbox Deadline, v10.0.15. This release includes support for 3ds Max 2019 and Vue 2016, and includes improvements to features such as Spot Fleet with AWS Portal and Usage Based Licensing.

    You can now use Thinkbox Deadline with the latest versions of 3ds Max and Vue, enabling you to take advantage of the latest functionality in those tools without compromising Deadline in your rendering pipeline.

    When creating an Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet with AWS Portal, it is now possible to launch fleets across all Availability Zones (AZs) in the region that the Infrastructure is launched in. There is also a new option to add specific Groups and/or Pools to the instances.


    Additionally, an improvement has been made to how 3rd Party Usage Based Licensing (UBL) is consumed. If a 3rd Party UBL Limit for a specific application is applied to a job, render time will only be consumed when that application requests a license. This prevents unintended consumption when a 3rd Party UBL Limit is accidentally applied to the wrong job.

    To download Deadline 10.0.15, visit the Downloads page. For more details, please see Deadline 10.0.13.6 release notes.

  • Amazon Lightsail Is Now Available in 3 Additional Regions: Canada, Paris, Seoul

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Lightsail is available in Canada (Central), Europe (Paris) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service Offers Additional Cost Savings with Reserved Instances

    Posted On: May 7, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports Reserved Instances, an additional pricing option that offers significant savings on usage costs for the C4, M4, R4, and I3 instance families. Reserved Instances require a one- or three-year commitment, and have three payment options: All Upfront, Partial Upfront, and No Upfront. More details on Reserved Instance pricing can be found on our pricing page.

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Local Testing and Debugging

    Posted On: May 4, 2018

    You can now locally test and debug your AWS CodeBuild builds using the new CodeBuild local agent.  Previously, if you wanted to test your AWS CodeBuild build, you had to fully configure and run CodeBuild.  Now, you can simulate a CodeBuild environment locally to quickly troubleshoot the commands and settings located in the BuildSpec file.  The agent also allows you to build your application locally before committing your changes to build on the cloud.

  • Announcing Amazon EC2 H1 Instances Price Reduction

    Posted On: May 4, 2018

    We are reducing the On-Demand and Reserved Instance prices for Amazon EC2 H1 Instances in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon) and Europe (Ireland) Regions by 15%. These changes will take effect immediately.

  • AWS Service Catalog Launches Ability to Copy Products Across Regions

    Posted On: May 3, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS, now allows administrators, via the console, to copy products across AWS Service Catalog supported AWS regions. This makes it easier for administrators to manage products across their enterprise.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Encryption Client Is Now Available in Python

    Posted On: May 3, 2018

    The Amazon DynamoDB Encryption Client is a software library that helps you to protect your table data before you send it to Amazon DynamoDB. Encrypting your sensitive data in transit and at rest helps assure that your plaintext data isn’t available to any third party, including AWS.

  • Updated Quick Start for Tableau Server on the AWS Cloud Supports Linux

    Posted On: May 3, 2018

    This updated Quick Start automatically deploys Tableau Server in a standalone or cluster environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. With this update, you can deploy on either Linux or Microsoft Windows Server.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.6, 9.5.10, 9.4.15, and 9.3.20 in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: May 2, 2018

    We have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 9.6.6, 9.5.10, 9.4.15, and 9.3.20 in AWS GovCloud (US). This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

    With this update, we have also added support for the ‘orafce’ extension to emulate a subset of common functions and packages in version 9.6.6; and the ‘prefix’ extension to provide prefix range functions capability in version 9.6.6 .

    To use the new versions, you can create a new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, or upgrade an existing instance using point-and-click upgrades. An upgrade operation involves a short period of unavailability for your database instance. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.6, 9.5.10, 9.4.15, and 9.3.20 in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: May 2, 2018

    We have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 9.6.6, 9.5.10, 9.4.15, and 9.3.20 in AWS GovCloud (US). This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

    With this update, we have also added support for the ‘orafce’ extension to emulate a subset of common functions and packages in version 9.6.6; and the ‘prefix’ extension to provide prefix range functions capability in version 9.6.6 .

    To use the new versions, you can create a new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, or upgrade an existing instance using point-and-click upgrades. An upgrade operation involves a short period of unavailability for your database instance. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS X-Ray

    Posted On: May 2, 2018

    You can now record configuration changes to AWS X-Ray using AWS Config.

    AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug production-level distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are functioning to identify and troubleshoot performance issues and errors.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 Fleet

    Posted On: May 2, 2018

    Amazon EC2 Fleet is a new feature that simplifies the provisioning of Amazon EC2 capacity across different Amazon EC2 instance types, Availability Zones and across On-Demand, Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RI) and Amazon EC2 Spot purchase models. With a single API call, now you can provision capacity across EC2 instance types and across purchase models to achieve desired scale, performance and cost. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the Canada Region

    Posted On: May 2, 2018

    Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the Canada (Central) Region. With availability in eleven AWS Regions, WorkSpaces lets you deploy cloud-based desktops close to your users and data while also meeting local regulatory requirements, all without the cost and complexity of building on-premises Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

  • New AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow Simplifies Cloud Provisioning

    Posted On: May 2, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS, is announcing the AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow. The connector allows you to use your existing AWS Service Catalog configuration, including curated products, portfolios, constraints, and tagging, and expose this to your ServiceNow administrators and users.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics Increases Application Limits

    Posted On: May 2, 2018

    We have increased the maximum row size allowed in Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics applications from 50KB to 512KB, so you can process and analyze streams with hundreds of columns. We have also increased the maximum code size of Kinesis Data Analytics applications from 50KB to 100KB, allowing several hundreds of SQL statements in an application.

  • AWS Service Catalog Introduces the Ability to Chain the Launch of Multiple Products

    Posted On: May 1, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS, now allows customers to chain together the launch of multiple products. Customers gain the flexibility to compose products with smaller AWS CloudFormation templates as building blocks rather than creating a monolithic application stack template.

  • AWS CodePipeline Supports Push Events from GitHub via Webhooks

    Posted On: May 1, 2018

    AWS CodePipeline, a continuous integration and continuous delivery service, can now execute pipelines in response to events in GitHub. Previously, if you were using GitHub as a source action, CodePipeline checked periodically to see if there was a change. Now, CodePipeline can receive a webhook from GitHub when a change is made to your GitHub repository. Webhooks can tell CodePipeline to initiate a pipeline execution.

  • Deploy TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    September 2018 --  This Quick Start has been updated for TIBCO Cloud Integration - BusinessWorks (TCI-BW). For more information, see the Quick Start for TIBCO Cloud Integration - BusinessWorks on AWS.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now provides IP address-based access control

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    Amazon WorkSpaces now provides you with the ability to control the IP addresses from which your WorkSpaces can be accessed. Using IP address-based control groups, you can define and manage groups of trusted IP addresses, and only allow users to access their WorkSpaces when they're connected to a trusted network. This feature helps you gain greater control over your security posture. 

  • Amazon Inspector Adds the Ability to Schedule Recurring Assessment Runs and Install the Agent from the Console

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    With this update, you can now schedule recurring security assessments through the Amazon Inspector console. You can also now install the Inspector Agent directly from the Inspector console using the Systems Manager Run Command.

  • Access Amazon VPC resources for training and hosting with Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    You can now access Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) resources for training and hosting workflows in Amazon SageMaker. With this new feature, you can use Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets that are only accessible through your VPC to store training data, as well as to store and host the model artifacts derived from the training process. In addition to S3, models can access all other AWS resources contained within the VPC. Support for VPC resources in training and hosting also allows you to use VPC Flow Logs to monitor all traffic flowing in and out of the Amazon SageMaker algorithms and models.

  • Alexa for Business now provides shared device connection status

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018
  • Amazon DynamoDB Global Tables Regional Expansion

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB global tables is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region. With global tables, you can give massively scaled, global applications local access to an Amazon DynamoDB table for fast read and write performance. You can also use global tables to replicate DynamoDB table data to additional AWS Regions for higher availability.

  • Amazon S3 Adds Support for Amazon Glacier and S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access to Amazon CloudWatch Storage Metrics

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon S3 now includes storage metrics for Amazon Glacier and S3 OneZone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA) storage classes. Storage that has been uploaded to S3 One Zone-IA or transitioned to S3 One Zone-IA or Amazon Glacier from S3 Standard or S3 Standard-IA storage classes using S3 Lifecycle policies will be available in CloudWatch storage metrics. These storage metrics will also include object overhead bytes applied to objects in Amazon Glacier and small objects in S3 Standard-IA and S3 One Zone-IA.

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage Adds Support for CMAF HLS Endpoints, with Content Protection and HDR

    Posted On: Apr 27, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaPackage, you can now add Common Media Application Format (CMAF) fragmented MP4 HLS endpoints to live channels. This is in addition to the Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and DASH endpoints already supported. Support for CMAF HLS endpoints allows you to ingest a single live stream and format it to play on connected TVs, mobile phones, computers, tablets, and game consoles while also sending High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) content to Apple devices with improved video quality, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) and content protection with the potential to reduce distribution costs.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Available in 5 New Regions

    Posted On: Apr 27, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are now available in 5 additional regions: US West (N. California), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (London), and EU (Paris). The AMIs are now globally available in 16 AWS regions.

  • Amazon Aurora Supports Encrypted Migration from Self-Managed MySQL Databases

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    Your self-managed MySQL database, located on premises or in the cloud, can now be securely migrated to Amazon Aurora. You can migrate a large database by creating an encrypted database backup file in Amazon S3 and restoring it to Aurora, or replicate your data over an encrypted connection.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Optimized Chainer 4 and CNTK 2.5.1 to Accelerate Deep Learning on Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs now include advanced optimizations for Chainer 4 and Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) 2.5.1 that are tailored to deliver higher-performance training across Amazon EC2 instances.  

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Regional Expansion

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is now available in the US East (Ohio) Region. DAX delivers fast read performance for your Amazon DynamoDB tables at scale by enabling you to use a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache.

  • AWS Fargate Available in Ohio, Oregon, and Ireland Regions

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    AWS Fargate is now available in three new AWS Regions: US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland).

  • AWS Database Migration Service Supports IBM Db2 as a Source

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) and the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) now allow you to convert and migrate IBM Db2 databases on Linux, UNIX and Windows (Db2 LUW) to any DMS supported target. This can accelerate your move to the cloud by allowing you to migrate more of your legacy databases.

  • AWS Server Migration Service is now Available in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) for easing workload migration to AWS is now available in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region. 

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports R4 and T2.xl, T2.2xl Instance Types in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge and db.t2.2xlarge instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

  • Deploy Aviatrix Next-Gen Global Transit Hub on the AWS Cloud with Updated Quick Start

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    This updated Quick Start builds a highly available, secure global transit network on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 5 minutes. It deploys Aviatrix Controller and Aviatrix Gateways in a central virtual private cloud (VPC) on AWS to manage routing between remote networks (spoke VPCs) in a hub-and-spoke model. A central transit hub VPC that connects spoke VPCs facilitates communication between the spoke VPCs and an on-premises network.

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS Lambda

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2018

    You can now record configuration changes to AWS Lambda using AWS Config. AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. With Config, you can track changes to the Lambda function, runtime environments, tags, handler name, code size, memory allocation, timeout settings, and concurrency settings. You can also record changes to Lambda IAM execution role, subnet, and security group associations. In addition, you can now use a managed Config rule to check whether your Lambda functions prohibit public access.

  • Random Cut Forest Algorithm now Available in Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

    Random Cut Forest (RCF) is the latest built-in algorithm now available for Amazon SageMaker, a fully-managed platform that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale.

  • AWS X-Ray Adds Support for Customer Managed AWS KMS Keys

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

    You can now encrypt AWS X-Ray data with your own keys that you manage through AWS Key Management Service (KMS).

  • Easier Way To Control Access To AWS Regions Using IAM Policies

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now enables simplified permissions management by allowing you to use a single IAM policy condition across all AWS services to control access to specific regions. By adding the new global condition key ‘aws:RequestedRegion’ in the condition element of your IAM policy, you can control access to the regions in which an IAM principal (user or role) can perform AWS actions.

  • AWS CodeCommit Now Available in Europe Paris Region

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

    AWS CodeCommit, a fully-managed source control service, is now available in the Europe (Paris) Region. CodeCommit makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories.

  • Amazon CloudFront launches a third Edge location in Singapore and second Edge location in Taipei

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

     

    Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of a third Edge Location in Singapore and second Edge location in Taipei, Taiwan. Every Edge Location that we add to the AWS infrastructure increases CloudFront's capacity to serve secure content with low latency and high availability, around the world. A full list of CloudFront’s global infrastructure can be seen on the CloudFront Details webpage. 

     

  • Amazon Redshift announces Dense Compute (DC2) nodes in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region with twice the performance as DC1 at the same price

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

    You can now launch Amazon Redshift clusters on our second-generation Dense Compute (DC2) nodes in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. DC2 nodes deliver up to twice the performance as the previous generation DC1 nodes, at the same price.

  • Amazon Polly Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2018

    Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. The Text-to-Speech API is now an AWS HIPAA Eligible Service

  • Announcing the General Availability of AWS IoT Analytics

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2018

    You can now use AWS IoT Analytics to cleanse, process, enrich, store, and analyze IoT data at scale. AWS IoT Analytics is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to run sophisticated analytics on massive volumes of data from IoT devices and sensors, empowering customers to uncover insights that lead to more accurate decisions for their IoT and machine learning applications.

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2018

    You can now record configuration changes to AWS Elastic Beanstalk resource types using AWS Config. AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a service for deploying and scaling web applications and services developed in multiple languages. You upload your code and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment from capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling to application health monitoring. With Config, you can track changes to Elastic Beanstalk applications, application versions, environments, and all the resources configured within that environment. For example, you can view changes to your environment platform version, deployment and scaling policies, health policies, and tags. This information is useful for audit and compliance use cases in enterprises.

  • AWS Glue is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2018

    You can now use AWS Glue in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS region.

  • Announcing Enhancements to AWS Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2018

    Today, AWS Auto Scaling is introducing two enhancements to provide more flexibility and visibility when you scale application resources: scaling plans based on resource tags and a new scaling dashboard.

  • Announcing the AWS Certified Security - Specialty Exam

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2018

    The AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam is here. This new exam allows experienced cloud security professionals to demonstrate and validate their knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform.

    About the exam
    The security exam covers incident response, logging and monitoring, infrastructure security, identity and access management, and data protection. It validates understanding of specialized data classifications, data encryption methods, and secure Internet protocol, and the AWS mechanisms to implement them.

    The exam is open to anyone who currently holds a Cloud Practitioner or Associate-level certification. We recommend candidates have five years of IT security experience designing and implementing security solutions, and at least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads.

    Learn more and register >>

    Please contact us if you have questions about exam registration.

    Good luck!

  • AWS IoT console now available in German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Traditional Chinese

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2018

    Announcing new localization support in the AWS IoT console. Additional locale support has now been added to the AWS IoT console to make it even easier to use in IoT regions. New languages include German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Traditional Chinese.

    The AWS IoT console is the primary tool for interacting with and monitoring AWS IoT services like IoT Core, IoT Device Management, Greengrass, and Amazon FreeRTOS.

    AWS IoT console is now available in the five new languages in addition to existing languages of English, French, Japanese, Korean and Simplified Chinese.

     

  • AWS CloudHSM is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    AWS 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 this launch, CloudHSM is now available in AWS GovCloud (US). With CloudHSM, you can manage your own encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs.

  • Introducing AWS Blockchain Templates for Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    AWS Blockchain Templates provides a fast and easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks using open source frameworks. Blockchain is a technology that makes it possible to build applications where multiple parties can record transactions without the need for a trusted, central authority to ensure that transactions are verified and secure. Blockchain enables this by establishing a peer-to-peer network where each participant in the network has access to a shared ledger where the transactions are recorded. These transactions are by design, immutable and independently verifiable.

  • Amazon Athena releases an updated JDBC driver with support for Array data types

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    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. Today, we are releasing a new JDBC driver with features such as Array data type support, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

    The 2.x version of the driver is a major version upgrade from the last version. A complete list of enhancements is available in the release notes. We recommend that you review the changes between the old (1.x) and the new (2.x) driver documented in the migration guide before using it on production systems. In addition to the JDBC driver, customers can connect to Amazon Athena using an ODBC Driver, an API, or via the AWS Console.

     

  • Identify Opportunities for Amazon RDS Cost Savings Using AWS Cost Explorer's Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    Starting today, you can access custom Amazon RDS RI purchase recommendations via AWS Cost Explorer, in addition to Amazon EC2 recommendations.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Encryption at Rest Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon DynamoDB encryption at rest is available in 10 additional regions: US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), and South America (Sao Paulo). With the latest release, DynamoDB encryption at rest is now available in 14 regions including EU (Ireland), US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), and US West (Oregon).

  • Amazon EC2 now Offers Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu and Amazon Linux 2 AMIs

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    Amazon EC2 now offers License Included (LI) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for Microsoft SQL Server 2017 with Ubuntu and Amazon Linux 2. These AMIs add to the list of previously launched SQL Server 2017 AMIs with Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, giving you more flexibility to run SQL Server workloads on your preferred operating system in Amazon EC2. To get started with SQL Server on Linux, you can follow the steps listed here

  • Troubleshoot Domain Name System (DNS) Easily in AWS Managed Microsoft AD

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, simplifies Domain Name System (DNS) troubleshooting by enabling access to its DNS Audit event logs. You can now audit your AWS Managed Microsoft AD DNS events, making it easier to identify and troubleshoot DNS issues.

  • New AWS Services Enable Multi-account Capabilities Through AWS Organizations

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    AWS Config and AWS Firewall Manager now support new multi-account features by integrating with AWS Organizations. With the new AWS Config multi-account data aggregation capability, Organizations administrators can now get an organization-wide view of their compliance status. AWS Firewall Manager enables Organizations administrators to centrally configure and manage AWS WAF rules across accounts in their organization.

  • AWS EdStart Global Launch

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2018

    Today at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Brussels, we announced that AWS EdStart, a program that helps startup educational technology (EdTech) companies build teaching and learning solutions on the AWS Cloud, is now available to customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)1.

  • Introducing the Registry of Open Data on AWS (RODA)

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2018

    The Registry of Open Data on AWS (RODA) makes it easy for people to find datasets that are publicly available through AWS. When data is shared on AWS, anyone can analyze it without needing to download or store it, which allows users to spend more time on analysis rather than acquisition. RODA is available now at https://registry.opendata.aws/

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Support for RTMP and RTMPS Outputs

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaLive you can now output live channels as RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) and RTMPS, which is the encrypted version of the protocol (Secure, over SSL/TLS). RTMP is the preferred protocol for sending live streams to popular social platforms which means you can send live channel content to social and sharing platforms in a secure and reliable way while continuing to stream to your own website, app or network.

  • AWS Amplify Adds Support for GraphQL and AWS AppSync Enabling Real-time Data Capabilities in JavaScript Applications

    Posted On: Apr 13, 2018

    The AWS Amplify JavaScript Library introduces GraphQL support and a new set of data capabilities with AWS AppSync integration.


    Web and React Native developers can now easily integrate multiple AWS data sources into their apps via AWS AppSync, and utilize real-time data synchronization capabilities in their apps using the new GraphQL capabilities of the API category in AWS Amplify.


    GraphQL is a descriptive data query language for APIs, and it simplifies creating frontend applications that interact with backend services. AWS Amplify can integrate with any GraphQL provider to perform queries and real-time data subscriptions via it's easy to use GraphQL client.


    AWS AppSync extends GraphQL's capabilities even more by offering enterprise-level security, real-time data synchronization, and orchestration of backend data resources. AWS Amplify's built-in support for AWS AppSync comes with new React components for working with GraphQL data, and an update to the AWS Mobile CLI which enables configuring AWS AppSync for JavaScript apps with a single command.


    GraphQL support is the latest addition to AWS Amplify's service categories, which help developers to build cloud-connected apps easily, iterate quickly and deliver world-class user experiences.


    Read more about AWS Amplify GraphQL support in the AWS Amplify Developer Guide.


    AWS Amplify is a Javascript library that can be used from any region where there is availability of the AWS services that are invoked through the library. For more information on AWS service region availability, please see the region table.

  • AWS AppSync now Generally Available (GA) with new GraphQL Features

    Posted On: Apr 13, 2018

    Starting today, AWS AppSync is generally available (GA). AWS AppSync is an enterprise ready GraphQL service with realtime data and offline programming capabilities.  

  • Announcing 4 Free Digital Training Courses on New AWS Services

    Posted On: Apr 13, 2018

    We are excited to announce the addition of four new free digital courses to our online training portfolio. These courses introduce security and machine learning services launched at April's AWS Summit in San Francisco. 

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Fast Database Cloning

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    Users of the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora can now create quick, efficient database clones. Cloning is useful for a number of purposes including application development, testing, database updates, and running analytical queries.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events Adds Amazon SQS FIFO as an Event Target

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports Amazon SQS FIFO enabling you to natively route events to SQS FIFO queues. To learn more about using Targets with CloudWatch Events, please visit documentation here

  • AWS Glue now supports Apache Spark 2.2.1

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    AWS Glue updated its Apache Spark infrastructure to support Apache Spark 2.2.1. This allows you to take advantage of stability fixes and new features available in this version of Apache Spark.

  • AWS Glue now supports Timeout Values for ETL jobs

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    AWS Glue now enables you to set a timeout value on extract, transform, and load (ETL) jobs as a safeguard against runaway jobs.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Optimized TensorFlow 1.7 for Faster Training on Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 Instances

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with advanced optimizations for TensorFlow 1.7 tailored to deliver higher-performance training across Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 instances. 

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) now Supports AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) now supports AWS PrivateLink. This feature helps to protect your messages from internet traffic by enabling you to use Amazon SNS inside your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

  • Amazon ECS provides ECS-Optimized AMI metadata via SSM Parameters

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now allows you to dynamically get the latest ECS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) ID when creating a cluster made up of EC2 instances.

  • AWS CloudFormation StackSet Supports Multiple User Roles and Stack Set Level Access Controls

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    AWS CloudFormation StackSets now allows you to create multiple roles in which your users can perform stack set operations in target accounts. This allows you to restrict specific sets of users from using stack set operations such as creating or updating stack sets in specific target accounts. Please see the documentation to learn more about creating multiple roles.

  • Support for Spark 2.3.0 on Amazon EMR Release 5.13.0

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2018

    You can now use Apache Spark 2.3.0, Apache HBase 1.4.2, and Presto 0.194 on Amazon EMR release 5.13.0. Spark 2.3.0 adds several new features and updates, including continuous processing mode in Structured Streaming for lower end-to-end latency, an improved ORC file format reader that supports vectorized reads and improves scan throughput, PySpark and Pandas interoperability improvements. improvements. HBase 1.4.2 and Presto 0.194 includes various bug fixes and improvements. Additionally, the AWS SDK included on your Amazon EMR clusters is now updated to 1.11.297. 

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Console Supports Application Load Balancer

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports creating Application Load Balancers through the AWS Elastic Beanstalk console. Previously, you could only create an Application Load Balancer using AWS SDKs, AWS CLI, and EB CLI. In the Elastic Beanstalk console, you can now choose Application Load Balancer in addition to Classic Load Balancer when you configure your environment. To learn more about configuring an Application Load Balancer on Elastic Beanstalk console, please see the documentation.   

  • Amazon EC2 M5 Instances Are Now Available in Tokyo and São Paulo Regions

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 M5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo) Regions. M5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances, were introduced in November 2017 to offer a balance of compute, memory, storage and networking resources for a broad range of customers' workloads.

  • Amazon EC2 C5 Instances Are Now Available in Seoul and Tokyo Regions

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) and AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions. C5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 Compute Optimized instances powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake), were introduced in November 2017. C5 instances are built using a new light-weight hypervisor, Nitro Hypervisor, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customers’ workloads.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis Introduces New CPU Utilization Metric For Better Visibility Into Redis Workloads

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, today announced the availability of a new metric - EngineCPUUtilization which provides access to the Redis process CPU utilization to gain better insights into your Redis workloads. As Redis is single threaded and uses just one CPU core at any given point in time, the new metric provides more precise visibility into the load of the Redis process itself.

  • Introducing AWS PrivateLink in the EU (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    You can now use AWS PrivateLink in the EU (Paris) Region. AWS PrivateLink allows customers to securely and privately access services hosted on AWS from their Virtual Private Cloud and from on-premises. AWS PrivateLink also allows customers and partners to share services with other accounts and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks in an easy and scalable way.  

  • Announcing Amazon Linux 2 LTS Candidate 2

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    Amazon Linux 2 LTS Candidate 2 is the latest release candidate of the next generation Amazon Linux operating system. It incorporates feedback received for the first LTS Candidate (2017.12 build) that was released on December 13, 2017. LTS Candidate 2 provides an updated version of the Linux Kernel (4.14) tuned for optimal performance on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), systemd support, a newer compiler (gcc 7.3), an updated C runtime (glibc 2.26), newer tooling (binutils 2.29.1), and the latest software packages through the extras mechanism.

  • Amazon WorkMail Introduces New Ways to Share Mailboxes

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    You can now share mailboxes among your team members. All users that have been granted access to a shared mailbox can send and receive emails using this mailbox without the need to manually share access credentials. Shared mailboxes make it easy to use email addresses that need to be monitored and used by multiple people. For example, a company could create a single email address for sales inquiries (such as sales@yourcompany.com), and provide access to all sales people so that they can respond.

    To create a shared mailbox, create a mailbox in the Amazon WorkMail management console and select the Permissions tab. Then, add users and groups, and select whether they have Full Access, Send As, or Send on Behalf permissions for the mailbox. Full Access allows a user or group to access the entire mailbox, and create folders that only certain users can access. Send As allows users to send emails using the mailbox's email alias, and Send on Behalf allows users to send emails using the mailbox’s email alias but still be identified as the actual sender. Visit our documentation for more information. 

  • Amazon Polly Increases Character Limits

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2018

    Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. To more easily enable the voicing of longer text input, Amazon Polly has doubled its character limit for the SynthesizeSpeech API operation. The maximum length of input text can be up to 3000 billed characters, or 6000 total characters including non-billed SSML tags.

  • Amazon QuickSight Adds New Data Connectors to Popular Business Apps and JSON

    Posted On: Apr 6, 2018

    Now you can use QuickSight to directly connect to, analyze and report on data from popular business applications such JIRA, GitHub, ServiceNow, Adobe Analytics, and Twitter. For example, engineering teams using JIRA to track issues such as tasks and bugs can now use QuickSight to report on developer efficiency and bug burndown. Marketing organizations can integrate QuickSight with Adobe Analytics to build consolidated dashboards on their online and web marketing data. Brands can plug in to Twitter to analyze and understand their customers’ sentiment. These connectors make it easy for non-technical business users to easily connect to the 3rd party application sources using OAuth, easily ingest and report on the data with a few simple clicks and eliminates the need to export the data to an intermediate store.

  • AWS Batch Adds Support for Automatic Termination with Job Execution Timeout

    Posted On: Apr 6, 2018

    AWS Batch now supports the ability to automatically terminate your jobs at execution level. With job execution timeout, you can set a timeout duration per retry attempt in your job definition or provide it as an override when you submit the job, and AWS Batch will terminate your job once the job has been running for the specified duration. Note that the time out duration must be at least 60 seconds and the timer will start when the job reaches a running state. 

  • Announcing latest release of Thinkbox Deadline 10.0.13.6 delivering greater control of Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet Instances

    Posted On: Apr 6, 2018

    We are pleased to announce the general availability of the latest release of Thinkbox Deadline, v10.0.13.6. This maintenance release includes greater control over Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet instances as well as bug fixes. With Deadline 10.0.13.6, customers have greater control over their Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet instances, with the option to either maintain the number of instances you’ve requested, or to automatically shut them down when they’ve been idle for a period of time. This option can be found under the Settings tab in the Spot Fleet Configuration window.

  • Amazon Transcribe is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    Amazon Transcribe is available for all customers. Powered by deep learning technologies, Amazon Transcribe is a fully managed and continuously trained automatic speech recognition service that automatically generates time-stamped text transcripts.

  • Amazon Translate is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    Amazon Translate is now available for all customers. Powered by deep-learning technologies, Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation.

  • Introducing AWS Secrets Manager

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    AWS Secrets Manager is a secrets management service that helps you protect access to your applications, services, and IT resources. This service enables you to easily rotate, manage, and retrieve database credentials, API keys, and other secrets throughout their lifecycle. Using Secrets Manager, you can secure, audit, and manage secrets used to access resources in the AWS Cloud, on third-party services, and on-premises.  

  • Introducing AWS Firewall Manager

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    AWS Firewall Manager is a security management tool to centrally configure and manage AWS WAF rules across your accounts and applications. Using Firewall Manager, you can roll out WAF rules all at once for your Application Load Balancers and Amazon CloudFront distributions and also ensure new applications and resources comply with a common set of security rules from day one. 

  • AWS Storage Gateway VTL (Tape Gateway) is available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    You can now backup to AWS in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region using the Tape Gateway virtual tape library (VTL) configuration of AWS Storage Gateway. Tape Gateway emulates a physical tape library, so instead of backing up to physical tapes, you can backup to virtual tapes stored in Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier, using common backup applications such as Veeam, Veritas Backup Exec and NetBackup, Dell EMC NetWorker and Commvault.

  • Amazon S3 Select Is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    Starting now, Amazon S3 Select is available for all customers. S3 Select is a new Amazon S3 capability designed to pull out only the data you need from an object, which can dramatically improve the performance and reduce the cost of applications that need to access data in S3. 

  • AWS Greengrass ML Inference - Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    At re:Invent 2017, we introduced a preview of the AWS Greengrass ML Inference, a new feature of AWS Greengrass that allows you to run machine learning inference on IoT edge devices, even without cloud connectivity. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of AWS Greengrass ML Inference. Since we launched our preview at re:Invent, we have added feature enhancements to improve your experience while using AWS Greengrass ML Inference. We have made it easier for you to deploy and run machine learning models on your IoT devices. In addition to Apache MXNet, AWS Greengrass ML Inference now includes a pre-built TensorFlow package so you don’t have to build or configure the ML framework for your device from scratch. These ML packages support Intel Atom, NVIDIA Jetson TX2, and Rasperry Pi devices. For more information on Greengrass ML Inference, please visit here.

  • Announcing S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access, a New Amazon S3 Storage Class

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA; Z-IA) is a new storage class designed for customers who want a lower-cost option for infrequently accessed data, but do not require the multiple Availability Zone data resilience model of the S3 Standard and S3 Standard-Infrequent Access (S3 Standard-IA; S-IA) storage classes. S3 One Zone-IA is intended for use cases with infrequently accessed data that is re-creatable, such as storing secondary backup copies of on-premises data or for storage that is already replicated in another AWS Region for compliance or disaster recovery purposes. With S3 One Zone-IA, customers can now store infrequently accessed data within a single Availability Zone at 20% lower cost than S3 Standard-IA. In addition, S3 One Zone-IA can offer customers higher availability and durability than self-managed physical data centers, with the added benefit of having to pay only for what they use.

  • New Multi-Account, Multi-Region Data Aggregation Capability in AWS Config

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    AWS Config now includes multi-account, multi-region data aggregation, enabling centralized auditing and governance. This feature reduces the time and overhead needed to gather an enterprise-wide view of your compliance status.

  • File Gateway Supports Amazon S3 One Zone-IA

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    The AWS Storage Gateway service expanded the list of Amazon S3 storage classes supported by File Gateway to include S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access (S3 One Zone-IA). With this addition, you can now store and access your files as objects through the File Gateway using the S3 Standard, S3 Standard-IA and S3 One Zone-IA storage classes.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch Metric Math to perform calculations across multiple metrics for real-time analysis. You can visualize these computed metrics through the console, add them to CloudWatch Dashboards, or retrieve through the newly launched GetMetricData API. Metric Math enables you to easily derive insights from your existing CloudWatch metrics and better understand the operational health and performance of your infrastructure.  

  • Amazon SageMaker has Open Sourced TensorFlow 1.6 and Apache MXNet 1.1 Docker Containers with Support for Local Mode, and More Instance Types Across All Modules

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    You can now use TensorFlow version 1.6 and Apache MXNet version 1.1 with the Amazon SageMaker pre-built deep learning framework containers. Now released as open source on GitHub, these containers can now be downloaded to your local environment for testing before deployment. You can also now use more instance types in Amazon SageMaker, including all Amazon EC2 M5 instance types for training and hosting, 11 more instance types for notebook instances, 3 more instance types for model training, and 16 more instance types for model hosting. 

  • Introducing AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) is a managed private CA service that enables you to easily and securely manage the lifecycle of your private certificates. ACM Private CA provides you a highly-available private CA service without the upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs of operating your own private CA. You can now use ACM’s certificate management capabilities to manage public and private certificates centrally. With ACM Private CA developers can now deploy private certificates for internal resources programmatically using APIs. You get the flexibility to create private certificates for applications that require custom certificate lifetimes or resource names.

  • Apache MXNet Model Server Adds Container Support for Scalable Model Serving

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    Apache MXNet Model Server (MMS) is an open source model-serving tool designed to simplify the deployment of deep learning models at scale. MMS version 0.3 allows developers to set up a scalable serving infrastructure for production, using pre-built container images pre-configured and optimized for deep learning workloads on Amazon EC2 instances. 

  • AWS Snowball Edge Now Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    You can now order and deploy AWS Snowball Edge in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. This expansion enables you to put a Snowball Edge cluster onsite in remote locations for data collection and analysis. 

  • Amazon EFS Now Supports Encryption of Data in Transit

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) now allows you to encrypt data in transit between your file system and its clients. The Amazon EFS encryption of data in transit feature uses industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 to encrypt all data sent to and from connected clients. To further simplify using EFS, a new mount helper utility is available that can be used to establish encrypted client connections to either encrypted at rest or unencrypted file systems. With this launch, Amazon EFS now offers a comprehensive encryption solution, allowing customers to encrypt their data both at rest and in transit.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Resource Policies for APIs

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now attach resource policies to APIs in Amazon API Gateway, making it easier to set access controls for invoking your APIs.

  • Amazon EBS Adds Support for Tagging EBS Snapshots Upon Creation and Resource-Level Permissions

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now tag your Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Snapshots at the time of creation. You can do this from the Amazon EC2 console or through the CreateSnapshot API. By tagging resources at the time of creation, you can eliminate the need to run custom tagging scripts after resource creation.

  • Amazon API Gateway Supports Cross-Account AWS Lambda Authorizers and Integrations

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now use an AWS Lambda function from a different AWS account as the Lambda Authorizer or Integration backend for your Amazon API Gateway API Methods. This allows for better management and security controls when working across different teams that may have their own AWS accounts.

  • AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Implementation is Now Open-source

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2018

    The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) implementation is now available under the Apache 2.0 license. AWS SAM extends AWS CloudFormation to provide a simplified way of defining the resources needed by your serverless application. The SAM implementation is the code that translates SAM templates into AWS CloudFormation stacks. Previously, you could submit feature requests to the SAM specification and AWS would need to make corresponding updates to the SAM implementation. Now, you can contribute new features and enhancements to all of SAM. You can fork the SAM repository and propose changes to the implementation by creating a pull request.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Adds Route 53 Logs to Vended Logs

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch Vended logs now support Route 53 logs. Vended logs are logs that are natively published by AWS services on behalf of our customers.  

  • AWS Glue is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS region

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now use AWS Glue in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS region.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service Simplifies User Authentication and Access for Kibana with Amazon Cognito

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now integrates with Amazon Cognito to provide user-level authentication for Kibana, without the need to configure and manage a proxy server. With today’s release, you can sign-in to the service through enterprise identity providers such as Microsoft Active Directory using SAML 2.0, and through social identity providers such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. You can also set up a secure, scalable, and simplified sign-up experience using Amazon Cognito User Pools. Once you sign-in, Amazon Cognito establishes a session using the appropriate AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role, which provides access to the Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain. 

  • AWS Lambda Supports Node.js v8.10

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js v8.10. In addition to the leveraging new features in Node.js v8.10 such as the new V8 6.0 engine, Lambda functions written in Node.js 8.10 can now use the async/await pattern to specify error or return values for the function execution. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs Drive Is Now Available for Microsoft Windows Users

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    Amazon WorkDocs Drive is now available for Microsoft Windows PC users. Amazon WorkDocs Drive is a native desktop application that combines the ease of working in Windows File Explorer with the scale of Amazon WorkDocs. With Amazon WorkDocs Drive, all of your files are available on-demand from your device without consuming valuable disk space on your PC. You can use Amazon WorkDocs Drive as your user drive, and no longer need to use network shares to store your content.

  • Amazon Rekognition Improves Accuracy of Real-Time Face Recognition and Verification

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition has improved real-time facial recognition and verification accuracy for even more accurate facial authentication and people search use cases. For face verification applications, Rekognition is now up to 80% more accurate in distinguishing between people who look very similar to each other, and up to 35% more accurate in recognizing the same person with substantial changes in their appearance (hairstyle, hair color, facial hair, glasses, etc.). This reduces both false accepts and false rejects when matching pairs of faces.

  • Amazon Connect Federated Single Sign-On Using SAML 2.0 is Generally Available

    Posted On: Mar 30, 2018

    Amazon Connect federated single sign-on using SAML 2.0 is now generally available. This allows contact center agents and managers to access Amazon Connect using their existing corporate credentials. As an administrator, you can enforce password policies, and use your existing SAML 2.0 user directory to control access to Amazon Connect, based on your agents’ location, the device they are using, and their role.

    You can enable federated access and controls via any SAML 2.0 compliant identity provider, such as Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services, Okta, Ping Identity, and Shibboleth. Once this is done, agents and managers can sign in to Amazon Connect through your identity provider portal with a single click, and without a separate username and password for Amazon Connect. To learn more, see Configure SAML for Identity Management in Amazon Connect.  

    You can use federated single sign-on using SAML 2.0 in all AWS regions where Amazon Connect is offered, and there are no additional Amazon Connect charges for using SAML 2.0. To learn more about Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud contact center, please visit the Amazon Connect website.

  • Amazon Connect Automated Outbound Calling is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Mar 30, 2018

    The Amazon Connect outbound contact API for automating calls to customers is now generally available. You can schedule automated calls for appointment reminders, like doctor appointments and payment due notifications. You can also trigger automated notification calls in response to events, like notifying a customer about credit card fraud on their account. In addition, you can use the outbound contact API to initiate calls from other applications, such as CRM systems, using specific contact flows to inform customers about important information, such as when a service outage occurs. To learn more, see the outbound contact API documentation.  

    You can use the Amazon Connect outbound contact API in all AWS regions where Amazon Connect is offered. There is no additional charge for using the outbound contact API, but standard pricing for service usage and associated telephony rates do apply. Please see Amazon Connect Pricing for more information. To learn more about Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud contact center, please visit the Amazon Connect website.

  • Amazon Chime Provides Service Usage Reporting for Admins

    Posted On: Mar 30, 2018

    Amazon Chime now provides admins with usage reports in the Amazon Chime console. These reports provide visibility into how users are using Amazon Chime, as well as information about their experience with the service.

    With this update, you can view data such as the total number of registered and active users, meetings and meeting feedback responses, and message activity. You can click through to learn which meetings occurred, the meeting duration, and the attendee list for each meeting. You can view reporting data by navigating to the Amazon Chime admin console and choosing Reports and Dashboard.

    Amazon Chime is a secure, real-time communications service that simplifies video conferencing, online meetings, calls and chat. Amazon Chime offers pay-as-you-go pricing, with no upfront payments, and no infrastructure to deploy. You can try Amazon Chime for free for 30 days by visiting the Amazon Chime download page.

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

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    AWS is pleased to release a major update to the Red Hat OpenShift Quick Start reference deployment.  

  • AWS Config Notifications Are Now Integrated with Amazon CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch Events to react to resource configuration and compliance change notifications from AWS Config. AWS Config records configuration changes to your AWS resources and evaluates those changes with respect to best practices and internal guidelines according to AWS Config rules. With this launch, you can now use the native capabilities of CloudWatch Events to filter the notifications coming from AWS Config. CloudWatch Events can then trigger specific actions, such as a running an AWS Lambda function, an AWS Systems Manager command, or terminating an Amazon EC2 instance.

  • AWS Systems Manager Adds Patch Management for CentOS Linux

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager now allows you to select and deploy patches automatically for instances running CentOS Linux version 6.5 and higher.

  • AWS CloudFormation Now Supports Launch Templates

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    You can now use launch templates with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling and Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet in your AWS CloudFormation templates. Launch templates are a new capability for templatizing your EC2 instance launch requests. 

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Introduces Basic Pricing Tier

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video processing service, is now available in two pricing tiers that differ based on the encoding capabilities they include. The existing Professional tier offers a full suite of professional video processing features designed for broadcast and multiscreen delivery of high-quality video outputs. The Professional tier includes creation of MPEG-2, AVC, HEVC, and Apple ProRes outputs, dual-pass and high-quality encoding, and other advanced features, with rates starting at $0.0120/minute. The new lower cost Basic tier is intended for simple web distribution use cases. The Basic tier supports outputs using the AVC codec and single-pass transcoding, with rates starting at $0.0075/minute.

  • Resource Groups Tagging API Now Supports 13 Additional AWS Services

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    You can now use Resource Groups Tagging API to centrally manage tags and search resources for 13 additional AWS services. The API enables five operations that allow you to programmatically tag and untag resources, list unique tag keys and values, and list resources with a specific tag across 41 AWS services. For a list of supported AWS Services, see Resource Groups Tagging API documentation.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 10.3, 9.6.8, 9.5.12, 9.4.17, and 9.3.22 for Commercial Regions

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 10.3, 9.6.8, 9.5.12, 9.4.17, and 9.3.22. This release fixes PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities included in current and previous minor releases by PostgreSQL community and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

    With this update, we have also added support for the ‘amcheck’ extension -to verify the logical consistency of the structure of indexes - in PostgreSQL version 10.3; pg_hint_plan extension upgraded to 1.2.2 in PostgreSQL 9.6.8; PLV8 extension has been updated to version 2.1.0 in PostgreSQL version 9.6.8, 9.5.12, 9.4.17, and 9.3.22.

    To use the new versions, you can create a new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, or upgrade an existing instance using point-and-click upgrades. An upgrade operation involves a short period of unavailability for your database instance. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • AWS IoT Core Increases Default Limits for Customers

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    AWS IoT Core is pleased to announce increased default service limits for all customers in all regions. Customers will now be granted 10,000 inbound and 20,000 outbound publish requests per second, increased from 3,000 and 6,000 respectively. In addition, customers will now be granted 500 connect requests per second, up from 300. The full list of AWS IoT Core limits can be found on the AWS Service Limits page. Customers needing further limit increases can request them by creating a Service Limit Increase request from the Support Center in the AWS Console.  

  • Increase User Logon Performance in AWS Managed Microsoft AD

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, enables you to increase user logon performance by changing your AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory’s default site name.

  • Alexa for Business now lets you create address books for easier calling from shared Echo devices

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    Alexa for Business now lets you create address books that make it easier for users to place phone calls from shared Echo devices. With Alexa for Business, you can place Echo devices in common areas like conference rooms, shared workspaces, or hotel rooms. These are called shared Echo devices, and you can make phone calls from these devices. With this feature, you can create address books and assign them to specific shared Echo devices, which lets users ask Alexa to make phone calls by name rather than by speaking phone numbers. IT can add frequently accessed phone numbers to address books, such as an IT helpdesk, or the facilities team, and make it easier for users to access these services. 

  • Making Easier to Track Your Amazon EBS Volume State

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) has added new Amazon CloudWatch Events to notify customers when volume creation or deletion is accomplished. Instead of having to continuously poll describe-volume API to determine whether the volume has been created or deleted after issuing the command, customers can use these events to track the volume state. 

  • AWS WAF and Shield Advanced Now Available in US East (Ohio) Region

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    Starting today, AWS WAF and Shield Advanced are also available in the US East (Ohio) Region, extending the footprint to 8 AWS Regions and all 114 Amazon CloudFront edge locations.

  • Enable Trusted Organization Access in AWS Organizations

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Organizations enables you to use the console to view and control which AWS services have trusted access to your organization. AWS services for which you enable trusted access can now access your organization information and perform actions in multiple AWS accounts within your organization.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Available in GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    Customers can now use AWS Storage Gateway to migrate, store and access data in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region from on-premises or AWS GovCloud (US) environments. Storage Gateway connects applications to AWS storage, enabling hybrid cloud architectures used for data migration, processing and analytics, file services, backup, and disaster recovery. With Storage Gateway, you can shift from buying storage or backup hardware to using AWS storage services, reducing physical infrastructure and management.

  • Amazon Workspaces is now Available in the Asia Pacfic (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region, increasing the number of AWS Regions where WorkSpaces is available to ten. This expansion into a new AWS Region allows you to provision WorkSpaces closer to your users and data. And you can better meet data sovereignty requirements without the cost and complexity of building on-premises Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). You can quickly add or remove WorkSpaces to meet the need of your dynamic workforce and still provide a more responsive experience to end users.

  • Amazon GuardDuty Now Available in Europe (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    Amazon GuardDuty, a managed threat detection service, is now available in the Europe (Paris) region. You can now extend your continuous security monitoring and threat detection to the EU (Paris) region.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 is Now Available in the AWS Germany (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    You can now deploy Amazon AppStream 2.0 in the AWS Germany (Frankfurt) Region. This expansion increases the number of AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 is available to seven. Deploying AppStream 2.0 in your local region provides users with a more responsive experience and may help you meet your local data compliance obligations.

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Available in South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Europe (Paris) Regions

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    AWS CodeBuild, a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy, is now available in the South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Europe (Paris) Regions. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

  • Longer Sessions For IAM Roles

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    Now, AWS Security Token Service (STS) enables you to have longer federated access to your AWS resources by increasing the maximum CLI/API session duration to up to 12 hours for an IAM role.

  • New Loss functions and automatic early stopping now in the Linear Learner Algorithm in Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018

    You can now take advantage of new features in Amazon SageMaker designed to speed up your training and help you customize your models for both linear regression and binary classification using the Linear Learner algorithm

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports R4 Instance Types in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2018

    You can now launch R4, db.t2.xlarge, db.t2.2xlarge, and db.m4.16xlarge instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for PostgreSQL in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

    R4 instances are the latest generation of Memory Optimized instances, featuring all previous-generation sizes plus a new 16xlarge instance size. R4 instances are optimized for memory-intensive and latency-sensitive database workloads, including data analytics, in-memory databases, and high-performance production workloads. They offer15.25 to 488 GiB of DDR4 memory and 2 to 64 vCPUs. R4 instances feature Enhanced Networking and support up to 25 Gbps of network bandwidth and 14 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth to storage.

    T2 instances offer low-cost burstable CPU performance. The db.t2.xlarge instance offers 16 GiB of memory and 4 vCPU, while the db.t2.2xlarge instance offers 32 GiB of memory and 8 vCPU. These instances are recommended for workloads that require consistent baseline CPU performance with occasional need to burst to higher CPU performance, such as database workloads in development and test environments. 

    M4 instances provide a balance of compute, memory, and network resources. The db.m4.16xlarge instance offers 256 GiB of memory and 64 vCPUs. M4 instances feature Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) based Enhanced Networking and support up to 25 Gbps of network bandwidth and 10 Gbps of dedicated throughput to the storage.

    You can create a new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, or upgrade an existing instance using point-and-click upgrades. An upgrade operation involves a short period of unavailability for your database instance. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • AWS Glue is now available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) AWS regions

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2018

    You can now use AWS Glue in two additional AWS regions, Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt).

  • Amazon DynamoDB Adds Support for Continuous Backups and Point-In-Time Recovery (PITR)

    Posted On: Mar 26, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB enhances its backup and restore capabilities by adding point-in-time recovery (PITR). PITR provides continuous backups of your DynamoDB table data and it helps protect against accidental writes or deletes. With PITR, you do not have to worry about creating, maintaining, or scheduling backups.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Now Include Optimized TensorFlow 1.6 for Amazon EC2 P3 and C5 Instances

    Posted On: Mar 26, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now come with advanced optimizations tailored for TensorFlow 1.6 to deliver high-performance training across Amazon EC2 instance families.  

  • AWS Fargate Platform Version 1.1 Adds Support for Task Metadata, Container Health Checks, and Service Discovery

    Posted On: Mar 26, 2018

    AWS Fargate Platform Version 1.1.0 is now available. This update adds support for Amazon ECS task metadata endpoints, container health checks, and ECS service discovery.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Enables Custom Branding

    Posted On: Mar 26, 2018
  • Amazon RDS now supports M4 instances in GovCloud for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and Oracle engines

    Posted On: Mar 23, 2018

    Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL,MariaDB,PostgreSQL, and Oracle now allows you to launch M4 instances in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. Amazon RDS is a managed database service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.

    Amazon RDS M4 instances have a good balance of compute, memory, and network resources, and have superior performance and generally lower prices than M3 instances. To learn more about the benefits of the M4 instance type for Amazon RDS, visit the DB Instance Classes documentation.

    You can create new M4 database instances with just a few clicks using the "Launch DB Instance" wizard in the AWS Management Console. To migrate an existing instance, ensure the instance is running a database engine version supported on M4, and then use the “Modify DB Instance” option.

  • Introducing Service Discovery for Amazon ECS

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now includes integrated service discovery that makes it easy for your containerized services to discover and connect with each other.

  • Announcing Amazon EC2 AMIs with .NET Core on Amazon Linux 2 and Ubuntu

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    Amazon Web Services now offers Amazon Machine Images (AMI) with .NET Core on Amazon Linux 2 and Ubuntu. These AMIs are packaged and pre-configured with .NET Core 2.0, PowerShell Core 6.0, and the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) enabling you to quickly and easily deploy and run .NET Core applications on Amazon EC2.

  • AWS Shield Advanced Now Allows Protecting All Resources At Once

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    Starting today, you can protect multiple resources, such as Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, Elastic Load Balancing and Amazon EC2 instances, at the same time using the AWS Shield Advanced console. With this new capability, you can enable advanced Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protections for your entire environment quickly.

  • Network Load Balancer is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    Network Load Balancer, designed to handle millions of requests per second while maintaining ultra-low latencies, is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Network Load Balancer is optimized to handle volatile traffic patterns while using a single static IP address per Availability Zone. It operates at connection level (Layer 4), routing connections to Amazon EC2 instances, containers, and IP addresses 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. 

  • AWS Cloud9 Supports Local Debugging of AWS Lambda Functions in Python

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    AWS Cloud9 now supports local debugging for Python-based AWS Lambda functions. This enables you to set breakpoints and step through your code, helping you quickly iterate on your code within the IDE before deploying to Lambda.

  • Simplify User Logon Names in AWS Managed Microsoft AD

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    You can now simplify Active Directory (AD) logon names for your users by adding an alternate user principal name (UPN) suffix in your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD.

  • Introducing the Real-Time Web Analytics with Kinesis Data Analytics Solution

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    Real-Time Web Analytics with Kinesis Data Analytics is a solution that can help you more easily track website activity. This solution automatically provisions the services necessary to track and visualize website clickstream data in real-time. The Real-Time Web Analytics with Kinesis Data Analytics solution is designed to provide a framework for analyzing and visualizing metrics in real-time, allowing you to focus on adding new metrics rather than managing the underlying infrastructure.

  • AWS CodePipeline Supports Push Events from Amazon S3

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    AWS CodePipeline can now execute pipelines in response to push-based triggers from Amazon S3. Previously, if you were using S3 as a source action, CodePipeline checked periodically to see if there was a change. Now, S3 will send an Amazon CloudWatch Event when a change is made to your S3 object that triggers a pipeline execution in CodePipeline.  

  • Amazon Polly releases new SSML Breath feature

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2018

    Amazon Polly is a Text-to-Speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. The new SSML Breath feature mimics the sound of inhalation and/or exhalation during normal speech. With the SSML Breath tag, you can now insert appropriate breath sounds to make the Amazon Polly generated speech sound even more natural, as if the text is being narrated by a human speaker.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Ability to Edit Inputs and Input Security Groups

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2018

    With AWS Elemental MediaLive, you can now make edits to inputs and input security groups used to create live channels. This means existing settings can be quickly and easily updated, enabling you to change configurations while maintaining persistent IP addressing for your ingest points. Inputs can be RTMP push or pull, RTP with forward error correction (FEC), or HLS. An input security group restricts access to an input and prevents unauthorized third parties from pushing content into a channel, and are required with RTP and RTMP push inputs.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Minor Version 9.6.6

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2018

    Release 9.6.6 of the PostgreSQL database fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains additional bug fixes and improvements. Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility has been updated to version 1.1 in support of this new PostgreSQL release.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Now Available in Five New Regions

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video processing service, is now available in five new regions worldwide: US East (Ohio), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Europe (London) and South America (São Paulo). AWS Elemental MediaConvert allows video providers with any size content library to easily and reliably transcode on-demand content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery. 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. 

  • Introducing the AWS IoT Framework for Automotive Grade Linux

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2018

    AWS IoT Framework for Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) helps you integrate AWS IoT and AWS Greengrass into the AGL software stack. The framework consists of AWS Greengrass Core and an AWS IoT binding service built using the AGL Application Framework and AWS IoT Device SDK.

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and South America (São Paulo) Regions

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaPackage is a video origination and just-in-time packaging service that allows video distributors to securely and reliably deliver streaming content at scale. This service functions independently or as part of AWS Media Services, a family of services that form the foundation of cloud-based video workflows and offer you the capabilities you need to create, package, and deliver video.

  • Amazon RDS now supports MariaDB Minor Versions 10.0.34, 10.1.31 and 10.2.12

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MariaDB now supports MariaDB Server minor versions 10.0.34, 10.1.31 and 10.2.12 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MariaDB database engine.

  • Amazon ECS Adds Support for shm-size and tmpfs Parameters

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2018

    You can now use the Docker shm-size and tmpfs parameters in Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) task definitions.

  • Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations via the AWS Cost Explorer API

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2018

    Starting today, you can access your Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance (RI) purchase recommendations programmatically via the AWS Cost Explorer API. RI purchase recommendations are calculated based on your past usage and indicate opportunities for potential cost savings. To tailor your recommendations, you can adjust the RI parameters (e.g., return only recommendations for partial upfront convertible RIs with a one-year term) and the historical time period of usage over which your recommendations are calculated (e.g., last 60 days). Once you have identified the optimal mix of RIs to address your business needs, you can access to the Amazon EC2 RI Purchase Console or use the AWS SDK to take action on your insights and purchase Reserved Instances.

  • Lambda@Edge Adds S3 Origin Support for Customizing Content Delivery based on Request Headers

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2018

    Starting today, Lambda@Edge enables you to further customize the delivery of content stored in an Amazon S3 bucket, by allowing you to access additional whitelisted headers, including custom headers, within origin-facing events. For example, you can configure Amazon CloudFront to cache and forward a country header to your S3 origin, and then use Lambda@Edge to dynamically redirect viewers to country-specific versions of your website, based on the viewer’s location. CloudFront also caches the responses to further improve the performance on subsequent requests to your website.

    Until now, you could configure Amazon CloudFront with an S3 origin to forward and to cache objects based on only three headers: Access-Control-Request-Headers, Access-Control-Request-Method, and Origin. This limited the ability to leverage the full potential of Lambda@Edge, as you could only use cookies and query strings when you wanted to customize the delivery of content stored in S3 buckets. However, with this launch, you can now configure CloudFront with an S3 origin to cache and forward several additional headers, such as CloudFront-Viewer-Country or CloudFront-Is-*-Viewer, and then use Lambda@Edge to customize content based on these headers and deliver at low latencies to your viewers. To see all the supported headers, click here.

    There is no additional fee for the new capability. To learn more about Lambda@Edge, visit the product page. For more information on how to use this new feature, see the following resources:

  • AWS Config Now Supports Retrieval of Current Configuration for Multiple Resources

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2018

    AWS Config now supports a new API to fetch the current configuration information for one or more resources that are being recorded in your AWS account. Previously you could retrieve the current resource configuration along with the historical configuration information for one resource at a time. Now you can obtain your current resource configurations for multiple resources using the new API. You can still obtain the historical information for individual resource configurations using the existing API.

  • AWS Key Management Service Now Offers FIPS 140-2 Validated Cryptographic Modules

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2018

    Today we’re announcing that the AWS Key Management Service (KMS) provides customers with more assurance around the secure use and management of their keys. Customers now get assurance that keys are created and used by hardware security modules (HSMs) in KMS that meet Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 requirements. Customers can also choose to make requests of KMS using API endpoints that terminate TLS sessions using a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic software module.

  • Take AWS Training Courses on edX and Udemy

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2018

    AWS Training and Certification has teamed up with edX and Udemy to give learners more flexibility for building AWS Cloud skills online.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Docker, Ruby 2.5, and EC2 Instance Types in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2018

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports Docker and EC2 instance types – P3, X1, C5, M5 in additional regions and Ruby 2.5 in all regions.

  • Amazon SageMaker notebook instances now support ml.p3.2xlarge instance types

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2018

    Amazon SageMaker now includes support for ml.p3.2xlarge instances for data exploration and pre-processing in your Jupyter notebooks. Amazon SageMaker ml.p3.2xlarge instances are powered by an NVIDIA Volta GPU, which delivers up to 125 trillion single-precision floating-point operations per second, to enable you to execute faster in-notebook training.  

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics can Now Detect Hotspots in Real-Time Data Streams

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics supports real-time hotspot detection, which allows you to automatically detect regions of high density in your data, like a high concentration of vehicles on a highway indicating traffic bottlenecks, surging rideshare requests in a certain area indicating a popular event, or higher sales of products within a category indicating feature similarity. Detecting hotspots like these can help you gain actionable insights quickly and react to changing customer and business needs promptly.  

  • Introducing Amazon VPC NAT Gateway in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2018

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

  • AWS Elemental MediaTailor Now Supports VPAID Standard and CloudWatch Metrics

    Posted On: Mar 16, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Elemental MediaTailor supports the Video Player-Ad Interface Definition (VPAID) standard. VPAID allows video publishers to serve highly interactive video ads and collect viewing metrics from their monetized streams. You can now use AWS Elemental MediaTailor to serve a combination of server-side stitched linear ads, using the VAST standard, and client-side inserted interactive ads, using the VPAID standard, in the same stream.

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum Launches in Two Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    Amazon Redshift Spectrum is now available in two additional AWS regions: Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and South America (Sao Paulo).

  • Amazon Redshift Doubles the Number of Tables You Can Create in a Cluster

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    Amazon Redshift increases the number of tables you can create to 20,000 for 8xlarge cluster node types. Doubling the number of tables gives you more control and granularity for organizing data in your cluster.

  • AWS AppSync Now Supports Android GraphQL Subscriptions, Releases Sample Photo Application Integrating AWS Amplify

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    Today we are releasing support for using GraphQL subscriptions with the AWS AppSync Android SDK. Complex Object capabilities, which allow GraphQL operations using content stored in Amazon S3 using an Amazon DynamoDB link are also now supported as part of this release. These features provide customers capabilities to have real-time data streamed to their applications from data sources such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elasticsearch service, or AWS Lambda.

  • AWS CloudTrail Log Search Using Amazon Athena

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    AWS CloudTrail makes it easier to search CloudTrail log files using the power of Amazon Athena. Previously, you had to manually create a CloudTrail table using the Athena console or AWS CLI and ensure you had the proper configuration and data definitions to match the CloudTrail log format. Now, from within the CloudTrail console event history page, you simply enter the Amazon S3 bucket where your CloudTrail logs are stored, and CloudTrail will automatically create the Athena table for you. Once the table is created, you’ll be able to jump directly to the Athena console query editor and immediately begin running queries.

  • CloudFront now Supports ECDSA Certificates for HTTPS Connections to Origins

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    Starting today, you can now use Amazon CloudFront to negotiate HTTPS connections to origins using Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). ECDSA uses smaller keys that are faster, yet, just as secure, as the older RSA algorithm. The smaller keys will also increase the number of TLS handshakes that your origins can process per second, thereby saving compute cycles and reducing your cost of cryptography. To enable ECDSA, simply configure your origin server to use and prefer an ECDSA certificate. There is no additional fee for using this feature. To learn more about how ECDSA works on CloudFront, see the blog post and the CloudFront Developer Guide.

     

  • Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.13 Adds Text to Speech Customizability, Cloud Gem Cross-Communication and PhysX Support

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.13. With over 220 improvements, fixes, and new features, this release helps game teams create cloud-connected games with less engineering resources. Some highlights include:

  • Three New Amazon Connect Integrations Offer Contact Center Solutions from Qualtrak Solutions, VoiceBase, and Perficient

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    The AWS Quick Start team and solutions architects, in collaboration with AWS partners, are pleased to announce three new Amazon Connect integrations: 

  • Amazon SageMaker notebook instances now offer lifecycle customization and option to disable internet access

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2018

    You can now customize the configuration of your Amazon SageMaker notebook instance, and choose to disconnect your notebook instance from the internet.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2018

    The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 12 regions. With the addition of the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS Region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability.

  • Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming Releases API for Managing Health Status of Service Instances

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2018

    Beginning today, you can use a new Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming API to update the health status of service instances manually. After you register a service instance with a new custom health check configuration, you can call the new API to mark the service instance healthy and start routing traffic to it. Alternatively, you can set the health status to "unhealthy," and Route 53 will stop routing traffic to this service instance.

  • Elasticsearch 6.2 is now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Elasticsearch Service supports Elasticsearch 6.2 and Kibana 6.2. Elasticsearch 6.2 offers several enhancements over the Elasticsearch 6.0 stack, including a new ranking evaluation API, index splitting API, Vega interactive visualizations, and composite aggregations with paging.

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

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2018

    The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 11 regions. With the addition of the EU (London) AWS Region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability.

  • AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) Supports Additional Amazon API Gateway Features

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2018

    You now have more options to configure and deploy REST APIs using the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM). You can now configure logging, metrics, CORS, and regional endpoints for Amazon API Gateway resources in your AWS SAM template. You can also configure APIs that support binary data and you can define method settings like throttling limits and CacheTTL. Visit the release notes for more details on these new features.

  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Available in US West (Northern California) Region

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2018

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the US West (Northern California) region.

  • Manage your Amazon RDS, Redshift, and ElastiCache Reservations via the Reserved Instance (RI) Coverage Report in AWS Cost Explorer

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2018

    Starting today, you can use the Reserved Instance (RI) Coverage report in AWS Cost Explorer to better understand and manage your Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon ElastiCache reservations, in addition to your Amazon EC2 RIs. The RI Coverage report allows you to visualize the percentage of running instance hours that are covered by RIs against a user-defined coverage threshold and over a timeline that you define. You can view RI coverage at a high level (e.g., across all running hours) or dive into a detailed view by filtering on account, instance type, region, tags, and more. You can also access additional coverage-related information such as the number of On-Demand hours used, the node type, and the region in which it was used. From there, you can use this information to optimize your RI purchasing strategy (e.g., by identifying instance hours that are consistently running at on-demand rates and purchase matching RIs).

  • Amazon Inspector Now Supports Amazon Linux 2

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2018

    Amazon Inspector now supports security assessments on Amazon Linux 2 for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), Security Best Practices, and Runtime Behavior Analysis. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired Amazon EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment. 

  • Deploy a Cloud Video Editing Environment on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2018

    This new Quick Start, built in collaboration with Teradici, deploys a highly available architecture for cloud video editing on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. Deploying on AWS yields a high-performing environment for transforming videos. Video editing involves large files and requires powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) workstations. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) provides durable, scalable object storage.  

  • Amazon EC2 M5 Instances are now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2018

    Starting today, M5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Seoul) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions. M5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances, were introduced in November 2017 to offer a balance of compute, memory, storage and networking resources for a broad range of customers' workloads.

  • Amazon EC2 C5 Instances are now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2018

    Starting today, C5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore), EU (Frankfurt), and South America (São Paulo) Regions. C5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 Compute Optimized instances powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake), were introduced in November 2017. C5 instances are built using a new light-weight hypervisor, Nitro Hypervisor, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customers' workloads. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports the Seunjeon plugin for Korean language analysis

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports the Seunjeon plugin, a popular open-source Korean language text analyzer, which makes it easy for developers to implement full-text search on Korean documents. The plugin internally uses a Korean language dictionary and is capable of recognizing compound words and separating them into terms based on context. Developers can now use this plugin to perform Korean text analysis operations such as tokenizing (separating a string into words), stemming (converting the text to its root form), removing stop words (frequent, low-value terms), and matching based on synonyms.

  • Inter-Region VPC Peering is now Available in AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2018

    Inter-Region Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Peering, which provides a simple and cost-effective way to share resources between regions or replicate data for geographic redundancy, is now available in the AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region. 

  • Amazon Chime Introduces Usage-Based Frustration-Free Pricing

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2018

    Amazon Chime is introducing new, frustration-free pricing to make it easier to buy and use Amazon Chime. With this new approach to pricing, you only pay for users that host meetings, on the days they host them, while attendees remain free. Usage fees are $3.00 per user per day, with a cap of $15.00 per user per month. In addition, we are reducing the number of plans from three to two by discontinuing the Plus plan. Screen sharing and user management fees will be included with the Basic plan, which remains free. With these changes, we are simplifying our pricing, and making it easier to save money while providing access to Amazon Chime Pro features to more of your users.

  • Amazon SNS Introduces New Message Filtering Operators

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2018

    Amazon SNS message filtering now supports both numeric and string matching. Specifically, string matching operators allow for exact, prefix, and “anything-but” comparisons, while numeric matching operators allow for exact and range comparisons. You can leverage this new set of operators to further simplify pub/sub messaging architectures by offloading to SNS message filtering logic from subscribers, as well as routing logic from publishers.

  • New AMIs Available for Testing Longer Format Image IDs

    Posted On: Mar 9, 2018

    Earlier this month, we announced that you can now opt in to receive longer format resource IDs before the permanent switch to longer IDs after June 2018. Today, we are publishing AMIs with longer IDs for you to use to test your systems. These are secondary versions of existing AMIs to be used for testing purposes only:

  • Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.5.59, 5.6.39 and 5.7.21

    Posted On: Mar 9, 2018

    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.5.59, 5.6.39 and 5.7.21 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MySQL database engine.

  • AWS Service Catalog Launches Brand Your Console to Deliver a Customizable User Experience

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, provision, and operate cloud resources on AWS, now allows customers to customize the look and feel of the console. Customers can brand their AWS Service Catalog console to match their internal applications, making the user experience more seamless when moving from internal applications such as single sign-on and navigation portals to AWS Service Catalog.  

  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum Now Supports Scalar JSON and Ion Data Types

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    You can now use Amazon Redshift Spectrum to directly query scalar JSON and Ion data types stored in external tables in Amazon S3 - without loading or transforming the data.  

  • Video on Demand on AWS Now Features AWS Elemental MediaConvert

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    The AWS Solutions team has updated Video on Demand on AWS, a solution that automatically provisions the services necessary to build a scalable, distributed video-on-demand workflow on AWS. The solution now leverages the broadcast-grade features of AWS Elemental MediaConvert to provide H.265 (HEVC) and H.264 (AVC) compression, two-pass encoding, and up to 4K resolution outputs. The solution is easy to deploy and provides an example architecture you can use to build a global consumer video workflow on AWS. You can customize the architecture to meet your specific needs.

  • Announcing Gluon Support for AWS DeepLens

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    Today, we are excited to announce that customers can deploy Gluon models to their AWS DeepLens device. Gluon, is an open source deep learning interface 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. 

  • AWS Managed Microsoft AD Administrative Enhancements

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, enables you to manage administrative permissions in your managed directory more easily. You can now grant administrative permissions to users from your existing Microsoft Active Directory (AD) by adding these users to the new AWS delegated AD security groups in AWS Managed Microsoft AD.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Reduces User Fees for Qualified Education Institutions

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    Education pricing is now available for Amazon WorkSpaces. With this release, qualifying education institutions can save up to 14% per month by leveraging license discounts from Microsoft. This equates to a savings of $3.52 per user per month or $0.03 per user per hour if you qualify, based on Microsoft Licensing Terms and Documentation.

  • Amazon ECS Supports Container Health Checks and Task Health Management

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now supports Docker container health checks. This gives you more control over monitoring the health of your tasks and improves the ability of the ECS service scheduler to ensure your services are healthy. 

  • AWS Storage Gateway Expands Automation with New CloudWatch Event, and Support for "Requester Pays" Buckets

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    The AWS Storage Gateway service expanded the set of CloudWatch Events for File Gateway to help automate hybrid cloud workflows, and now supports "Requester Pays" Amazon S3 buckets.

  • AWS GovCloud (US) Region Adds Third Availability Zone

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    Today, AWS added a third Availability Zone (AZ) to the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. A third AZ provides customers with sensitive data and regulatory compliance requirements, additional flexibility to architect scalable, fault-tolerant, and highly available applications in AWS GovCloud (US). It also allows customers to take full advantage of advanced new AWS services.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Supports New Minor Versions

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    New minor versions of Microsoft SQL Server are available, offering performance and security fixes. Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports them for Microsoft SQL Server 2017, 2016, 2014 2012, and 2008 R2 for Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions on Windows operating systems.

  • Thinkbox Deadline Now Supports Cinema4D for Linux

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2018

    Thinkbox Deadline now supports Cinema4D for Linux and OSX, in addition to Windows OS. This new feature makes it possible to spin up Linux instances with Cinema4D, helping to make your rendering workloads more cost-effective. You can submit jobs from the Deadline monitor or from within Cinema 4D by installing the integrated submission script, or you can submit jobs from the Monitor. To submit from within Cinema 4D, select “Python -> Plugins -> Submit To Deadline”. For Cinema 4D versions R15 and earlier, select “Plugins -> Submit To Deadline.”. To use Cinema4D for Linux with Deadline, please download Deadline 10.0.12.1 or later.

     

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now Supports Instant Access Policy Updates

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2018

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now updates your access policies within seconds. Access policies are used to control the IAM users or roles, and IP addresses that are authorized to access your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains. 

  • AWS Service Catalog Announces AutoTags for Automatic Tagging of Provisioned Resources

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2018

    AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to create, govern, and manage a catalog of IT services, is announcing AutoTags. AutoTags are tags that identify the portfolio, product, and user that launched a product, and are automatically applied by AWS Service Catalog to provisioned resources.

  • Deploy OSIsoft PI System to AWS Connector with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2018

    This Quick Start synchronizes your on-premises systems to AWS to enable advanced analytics on your industrial process time series data. You can use this connector to get your data to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and explore and analyze your data by using a wide variety of AWS services that support agile analytics. 

    The Quick Start also provides optional integration with the AWS IoT service, where your data is processed by the AWS IoT gateway and can be routed to other AWS services by the AWS IoT rules engine

  • AWS Systems Manager Adds Support for InSpec by Chef

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager now supports InSpec by Chef, an open source framework that helps you perform configuration compliance as code. 

  • Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility is Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2018

    The MySQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 14 regions. With the addition of the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability.

  • Amazon Connect is Now SOC Compliant

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2018

    Amazon Connect is now compliant with SOC (System & Organization Control) measures. SOC Reports are independent third-party examination reports that demonstrate how AWS achieves key compliance controls and objectives. AWS maintains SOC compliance through extensive third-party audits of AWS controls. These audits ensure that the appropriate safeguards and procedures are in place to protect against security risks that may affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer and company data. The results of these third-party audits are made available on the AWS SOC Compliance site, where auditors can view the published reports to get more information about the controls established to support AWS operations and compliance.  

  • AWS Snowball Now Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2018

    AWS expands Snowball service to Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. 

  • AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate Now Supports Chef Automate 1.8.3

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2018

    AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate now supports Chef Automate version 1.8.3, which includes Chef’s infrastructure compliance scanner. 

  • AWS Batch As Amazon CloudWatch Target

    Posted On: Mar 2, 2018

    It is now easy to use Amazon CloudWatch for event-driven AWS Batch workloads by adding AWS Batch as a target for Amazon CloudWatch.  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 add AWS Batch as a target by creating an Amazon CloudWatch Events rule and specifying the AWS Batch job ARN. Once the rule matches an event, it starts the job by invoking the Batch Submit-Job API. For example, you can submit a job to AWS Batch in response to an event pattern or on a schedule using Amazon CloudWatch Events. Prior to this feature, customers were required to use services such as AWS Lambda as a workaround to take advantage of Amazon CloudWatch for their event-driven batch workloads. This feature is available in all AWS Public Regions where AWS Batch is available. 

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

    Posted On: Mar 1, 2018

    Amazon CloudWatch now allows you to use AWS Batch as an event target to run batch computing workloads. 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 SNS topic or take an Amazon EBS volume snapshot every hour, or at intervals down to 1-minute. AWS Batch is a fully managed service that automatically provisions compute resources and optimizes the workload distribution based on the volume and resource requirements of submitted jobs. It eliminates the need to install or manage batch computing software. You only pay for the AWS resources (e.g. EC2 instances) you create to store and run your batc