• 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 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 provide 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.

  • 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/

  • 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 18, 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.

  • 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 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 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 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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

    The OSIsoft PI System to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Connector synchronizes your OSIsoft PI System data 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. 

  • 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 batch jobs.

  • Amazon EC2 T2 instance types are now supported on Windows with SQL Server Enterprise

    Posted On: Mar 1, 2018

    Windows with SQL Server Enterprise Edition is now available on t2.xlarge and t2.2xlarge instance types. Amazon EC2 T2 instances are the lowest-cost Amazon EC2 General Purpose instance type that provides a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline. T2 instances are ideal for a variety of general-purpose applications like micro-services, small and medium databases and product prototypes.

  • AWS Fargate Supports Container Workloads Regulated By ISO, PCI, SOC, and HIPAA

    Posted On: Mar 1, 2018

    Containers running on the AWS Fargate Launch Type now meet the criteria for ISO, PCI, SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 compliance along with the criteria for HIPAA eligibility. This means container workloads on AWS Fargate can now process regulated financial data or protected health information (PHI).

  • AWS Server Migration Service is now Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Mar 1, 2018

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) for easing workload migration to AWS is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Increases the Maximum Provisioned IOPS

    Posted On: Mar 1, 2018

    Provisioning your database storage with more IOPS may provide you with lower latency and higher throughput. Amazon RDS for SQL Server now allows you to provision up to 32,000 IOPS per database instance, an increase from 20,000 IOPS.

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

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    Powered by advanced deep learning technologies, Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. The Text-to-Speech service is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region, Amazon’s isolated cloud region built for sensitive data and regulated workloads.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Now Offers Data Retention Capabilities

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    Amazon WorkDocs now allows you to specify a site-wide data retention policy for your users’ files and folders. Applying a data retention policy allows you to recover user-deleted files and folders that have been removed from user recycle bins, during the retention policy period. Retention policies are applicable to all files and folders in a WorkDocs site, and the retention policy can be adjusted from the default of 60 days to any value from 0 to 365 days. Using a data retention policy helps you to address your compliance and business policy requirements for retaining and disposing of your content.

  • Amazon Rekognition Now Available in AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

  • Auto Scaling in Amazon SageMaker is now Available

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    You can now configure the Auto Scaling of your endpoints from the Amazon SageMaker console, the AWS Auto Scaling API, and the AWS SDK, making capacity management easier. Using Amazon SageMaker, you can specify the number and type of instances per endpoint to provide the scale that you need for your inferences. If your inference volume changes, you can change the number and/or type of instances that back each endpoint to accommodate that change. By using Auto Scaling, you can automatically adjust your inference capacity to maintain predictable performance at a low cost. From the Amazon SageMaker console, you configure the minimum and maximum number of instances for your endpoint, and then select the throughput per instance. Amazon SageMaker will monitor your deployed models to automatically adjust the instance count and keep throughput within desired levels, in response to changes in application traffic. This makes it easier to manage models in production, and it can help reduce the cost of deployed models. 

  • New Products for Managed Rules on AWS WAF

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    Today, we announce 3 new managed rule products on AWS WAF from F5 Networks. With this launch we now have 6 Sellers (F5 Networks, Imperva, Fortinet, Trend Micro, Alert Logic and TrustWave) with 14 managed rule products that you can subscribe to either via the AWS Marketplace or from within the AWS WAF Console.  

  • Amazon GuardDuty Now Available in Europe (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2018
  • Deploy Aviatrix Global Transit Hub on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    This Quick Start builds a highly available, secure global transit network on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 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.

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

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    Powered by advanced deep learning technologies, Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. The Text-to-Speech service is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region, Amazon’s isolated cloud region built for sensitive data and regulated workloads.

  • AWS Batch Is Now Available In Three Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Batch is available in US West (N. California), Canada (Central) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs Introduce Chainer, PyTorch 0.3.1 and Apache MXNet 1.1 Support

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs now come with support for Chainer, a flexible and intuitive framework for neural networks. Chainer uses a "define-by-run" approach that enables developers to define their deep learning network architecture on the fly. Such dynamic computational graphs are especially helpful while working with recurrent neural networks (RNNs), and with inputs of variable length like in natural language processing. You can You can quickly get started with Chainer using our step-by-step tutorial

  • Amazon QuickSight adds Support for Active Directory Groups

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2018

    Amazon QuickSight now supports sharing of dashboards, analyses and datasets using Active Directory (AD) groups. This allows users to easily share these resources with multiple users within their QuickSight account with a single click. AD group support also allows increased security and easier compliance with corporate processes by delegating group management to existing AD permissions mechanisms. 

  • Amazon SageMaker now supports TensorFlow 1.5, Apache MXNet 1.0, and CUDA 9 for P3 Instance Optimization

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2018

    You can now use TensorFlow 1.5 and Apache MXNet 1.0 with the pre-built deep learning framework containers that are provided with Amazon SageMaker. Amazon SageMaker also now supports CUDA 9 drivers, for faster performance on Amazon SageMaker ml.p3 instances. Both updates to TensorFlow and MXNet provide improved performance features, among other details that can be found on the respective GitHub repositories for TensorFlow 1.5 and MXNet 1.0.0

  • AWS Amplify Open Source JavaScript Library Adds React Native Push Notifications and Authentication Improvements

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2018

    Developers can now use push notifications in React Native apps by uploading developer credentials for iOS and Android in AWS Mobile Hub. The notifications to React Native apps can be sent by any push-service provider. In addition, customers using Amazon Pinpoint will benefit from built-in support for analytics, which provides valuable campaign information such as delivery rates and percentage of users opening the app after receiving the notification. 

  • Switch Tape Backups to AWS with the Storage Gateway VTL and Dell EMC NetWorker v9

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2018

    The AWS Storage Gateway service has expanded the capabilities of its Tape Gateway virtual tape library (VTL), adding support for Dell EMC NetWorker v9 as a supported backup application. You can now easily switch from tape to cloud backups using the Tape Gateway with Dell EMC NetWorker v9, while preserving established backup management processes. Backup applications write data to a local Tape Gateway appliance on-premises, and the Storage Gateway service stores the backups in a cloud-based VTL that uses scalable, cost-effective, and secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage. 

  • Deploy Drupal on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2018

    This new Quick Start deploys a highly available Drupal architecture on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. Deploying Drupal on AWS makes it easy to use AWS services to further enhance the performance and extend functionality of your content management framework. The deployment uses Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS). 

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Copying Images Across AWS Regions

    Posted On: Feb 23, 2018

    You can now copy your Amazon AppStream 2.0 images across AWS Regions. Using the same image across AWS Regions makes it simpler to manage global deployments of your applications on AppStream 2.0. By deploying your applications in AWS Regions closer to your users, you provide them with a more responsive experience.  

  • Support for Apache Hadoop 2.8.3 and Presto Integration with EMRFS on Amazon EMR Release 5.12.0.

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2018

    You can now use Apache Hadoop 2.8.3, Apache HBase 1.4.0, Apache Flink 1.4.0, Presto 0.188, and Presto integration with EMRFS on Amazon EMR release 5.12.0. Additionally, you can now use upgraded versions of Hue (4.1.0), Apache MXNet (1.0.0), and Apache Phoenix (4.13.0). Hadoop 2.8.3 is the first version of Hadoop 2.8.x supported in Amazon EMR and contains many improvements and bug fixes to YARN and HDFS. HBase 1.4.0 adds new features including support for binary row keys in the REST client and an optional new HFile block structure for faster random read performance. Flink 1.4.0 features several new features including a support for aggregation on streaming tables and enhancements to Flink SQL. Presto now supports using the EMR File System (EMRFS) to performantly access data in Amazon S3. This enables you to use EMRFS features like consistent view, S3 server-side and client-side encryption, and EMRFS authorization with Presto.  

  • January 2018 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) Are Available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2018

    Oracle Patch Set Updates contain critical security updates and other important updates. The January 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 Single Sign-On Now Supports AWS Command Line Interface Access

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2018

    Starting today, you can use AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) to enable users to find and get AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) credentials for multiple AWS accounts more easily. 

  • AWS DeepLens Announces the Ability to Directly Import Models from Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2018

    Today, we are pleased to announce that AWS DeepLens customers can now directly import models from Amazon SageMaker into AWS DeepLens. This improved integration makes model deployment much more efficient by consolidating the model import process down to a single click rather than the previous multi-step workflow, so that you can start generating predictions even faster. 

  • Amazon WorkDocs Web Application Redesign Offers Users an Improved Collaboration Experience

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2018

    The Amazon WorkDocs web application has been redesigned to create a more productive collaboration experience for users. The new user interface allows users to better organize their files and makes it easier to share content with others. Users can now access common features, like editing, locking and unlocking files, viewing their favorites, and sharing content, all with a single click. They can also gain insights about how their files and folders are being used, and control who has access to their content quickly and easily. A new My Account panel gives users a central place to manage their profile and account settings  

  • Access Your Reserved Instance (RI) Coverage Information via the AWS Cost Explorer API

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2018

    RI coverage tracks the number of running instance hours that are covered by RIs, which allows you to understand your RI coverage at a high level (e.g., across all running hours) or dive into detailed information by filtering for a particular set of accounts, instance types, regions, tags, and more. From there, you can use the insights gleaned from this data to optimize your RI purchases for cost efficiency (e.g., by identifying instance hours that are consistently running at on-demand rates and purchase matching RIs). 

  • Network Load Balancer now Supports Cross-Zone Load Balancing

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2018

    Network Load Balancer can now distribute requests regardless of Availability Zone with the support of cross-zone load balancing. This feature allows Network Load Balancer to route incoming requests to applications that are deployed across multiple Availability Zones.

  • AWS CodePipeline Now Available in Europe (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2018

    AWS CodePipeline, a continuous integration and continuous delivery service for fast and reliable application and infrastructure updates, is now available in the Europe (Paris) Region. CodePipeline works with AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodeDeploy and many third-party services to help you build, test, and deploy your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process model you define.

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage Now Available in Europe (Frankfurt and Paris) Regions

    Posted On: Feb 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. 

  • AWS AppSync Expands to Three New Regions, Adds API Key Extension Feature

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2018

    AWS AppSync Preview introduces API key duration and has an expanded regional availability footprint now in the EU-West-1 (Ireland), AP-Northeast-1 (Tokyo), and AP-Southeast-2 (Sydney) regions.

  • Deploy CloudStax Cache for Redis on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2018

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys CloudStax Cache for Redis in a customizable Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) cluster on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. 

  • AWS CodeCommit Supports Creating and Editing Files via the Console Editor and SDKs

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2018

    You can now directly add and edit files in an AWS CodeCommit repository through the service console, CLI, and SDKs. Previously, you needed to install and configure a Git client to add or edit files in a repository. Now, you can quickly add and edit any of your CodeCommit repositories using only your browser.

  • AWS Serverless Application Repository Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2018

    The AWS Serverless Application Repository enables you to discover, deploy, and share serverless applications for a wide variety of use cases, making it easier and faster to get started with serverless computing in the AWS cloud. 

  • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Adds Support for Service-Linked Roles

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2018

    Today, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is introducing support for using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles, a new type of role that allows you to easily delegate permissions to AWS services. 

  • AWS OpsWorks Stacks Event Sources are now Available in Amazon CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2018

    AWS OpsWorks Stacks event sources are now available in Amazon CloudWatch Events, which you can use to trigger events or notifications. 

  • Inter-Region VPC Peering is Now Available in Nine Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2018

    Starting today, Inter-Region Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Peering is available in US West (Northern California), EU (London), EU (Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central) and South America (São Paulo) Regions in addition to AWS US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), AWS EU (Ireland), US West (Oregon) Regions.

  • Amazon Inspector Now Supports Windows Server 2016

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2018

    Amazon Inspector now enables you to run security assessments for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) and Runtime Behavior Analysis against your Amazon EC2 instances running Windows Server 2016. 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. 

  • AWS Trusted Advisor's S3 Bucket Permissions Check Is Now Free

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2018

    AWS Trusted Advisor now helps all customers better secure their data by providing the S3 Bucket Permissions check for free!

  • Amazon CloudFront Launches Fourth Edge Location in Seoul, South Korea

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2018

    Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of a new Edge Location in Seoul, South Korea bringing the total number of Edge Locations in Seoul to four. The addition of this newest Edge Location continues to expand CloudFront's capacity within the region allowing us to serve greater volumes of web traffic.

  • Updated AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Exam Now Available

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2018

    We are excited to announce the release of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (Released February 2018) exam. This updated version of our AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Exam includes new services and architectural best practices, including the pillars of the Well-Architected Framework. The exam validates knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. We recommend candidates have at least one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable and distributed systems on AWS.  

  • Register for the new AWS Certified Developer – Associate Beta Exam

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2018

    We are hosting a beta for an updated version of our AWS Certified Developer – Associate exam. This beta exam is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively develop and maintain applications on AWS. This new exam contains questions reflecting current AWS features, services, and best practices. Registration opens today and the beta exam is priced at 75 USD, which is 50% off the cost of the standard Developer Associate exam. You may take the beta exam from February 19 through March 16. Beta exam space is limited and registration will close when capacity is reached. Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam. Individuals who pass the beta exam are eligible to receive a voucher to take the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional exam at 50% off (valid for 12 months). 

  • Introducing the Real-Time Insights on AWS Account Activity

    Posted On: Feb 16, 2018

    Real-Time Insights on AWS Account Activity is a solution that can help you more easily monitor your AWS account activity in real-time. This solution automatically provisions the services necessary to record and visualize resource access and usage metrics for your AWS account(s). Real-Time Insights on AWS Account Activity 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.  

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Feb 16, 2018

    AWS GovCloud (US) joins 16 other regions where you can use Amazon Elasticsearch Service. With the addition of this region, Amazon Elasticsearch Service is now available in the following 17 regions globally: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), AWS GovCloud (US), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and China (Ningxia), operated by NWCD.

  • Amazon GameLift FleetIQ and Spot Instances Reduce Costs by up to 90%

    Posted On: Feb 15, 2018

    Today, Amazon GameLift introduces FleetIQ and Spot instances. Spot instances offer customers access to spare AWS computing capacity at savings of up to 90% compared to On-Demand prices. You can achieve these savings while maintaining high game server availability with the use of FleetIQ, a new feature of Amazon GameLift Queues that places new sessions on game servers based on player latencies, instance prices, and Spot interruption rates. 

  • Amazon Polly New Phonation Tag Enables You to Create Softer Speech

    Posted On: Feb 15, 2018

    Today, we are excited to announce a new phonation tag that you can use with Amazon Polly, an API-based Text-to-Speech (TTS) service. With the new phonation Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) tag, you can produce softer speech with any of the Amazon Polly voices. 

  • AWS Config Adds Support for AWS WAF RuleGroups

    Posted On: Feb 15, 2018

    You can now record configuration changes to AWS WAF RuleGroups with AWS Config. AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits, and a RuleGroup is a collection of predefined rules that you can add to a web ACL. Using Config, you can track historical changes to the rules and metrics associated with your WAF RuleGroups.  

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager Now Supports Amazon WorkSpaces Running Windows 10

    Posted On: Feb 15, 2018

    Starting today, you can use Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (WAM) to deploy your applications to Amazon WorkSpaces running Windows 10. Amazon WAM gives your users on-demand access to centrally managed desktop applications, and applications available through the Amazon Marketplace for Desktop Apps. Amazon WAM uses application virtualization technology to simplify application provisioning and provide fine grain controls to IT administrators, all from within the Amazon WorkSpaces console. With this update, you can now use Amazon WAM on WorkSpaces running Windows 7 or Windows 10.

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

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2018

    AWS CodeStar, which helps you quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. CodeStar provides a unified user interface, enabling you to easily manage your software development activities in one place. With CodeStar, you can set up your entire continuous delivery toolchain in minutes, allowing you to start releasing code faster. CodeStar also integrates with AWS Cloud9, a cloud-based IDE, for writing, running, and debugging code with just a browser.

  • Deploy CloudStax FireCamp on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2018

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys CloudStax FireCamp into a customizable environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. 

  • Amazon Cloud Directory Regional Expansion

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2018

    Amazon Cloud Directory is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region.

  • Now Export and Import your Amazon Lex Chatbot Schema

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2018

    You can now export and import your Amazon Lex chatbot schema to simplify the process of replicating your chatbot for development and deployment. 

  • AWS AppSync Adds new GraphQL Functionality and Removes Whitelist Approvals from Preview

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2018

    AWS AppSync Preview introduces new GraphQL features to enhance application development and removes the whitelist-only access to use the service. 

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Releases SDKs for Python and .NET, Support for T2 Instances, and now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2018

    Today, DAX announced the SDKs for Python and .NET, support for new T2 instances in all supported regions. T2 instances provide a baseline level of CPU performance and can be more cost-effective for test and development workloads or production applications that require smaller caches. DAX is now general availability in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions. DAX is already available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and South America (São Paulo) Regions.

  • Network Load Balancer is Now Available in the EU (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2018

    Network Load Balancer, designed to handle millions of requests per second while maintaining ultra-low latencies, is now available in the AWS EU (Paris) 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. 

  • Amazon WorkMail Now Supports the MAPI Over HTTP Protocol

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2018

    Today Amazon WorkMail launched support for the MAPI over HTTP protocol for Microsoft Outlook for Windows. This protocol improves connection stability between Microsoft Outlook and Amazon WorkMail. This provides users a faster overall connection to Amazon WorkMail, and a more responsive experience.

    Microsoft Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, and Outlook 2010 with the latest service packs will automatically switch to the MAPI over HTTP protocol the next time they are opened. Users with Microsoft Outlook 2007 will continue to connect to Amazon WorkMail using the RPC over HTTP protocol.

  • Longer Format Resource IDs are Now Available in Amazon EC2

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2018

    In December 2017, we announced that Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, and AWS Storage Gateway resources will have longer identifiers to support the ongoing growth of Amazon Web Services. Starting today, you can opt in to using longer IDs using APIs or the AWS Management Console.

  • Target Tracking Available for Container Service Auto Scaling in Amazon ECS Console

    Posted On: Feb 9, 2018

    You can now set up Service Auto Scaling using target tracking policies for your containerized services directly from the Amazon ECS console. With target tracking, you select a load metric for your service, such as “Average CPU Utilization” or “Request Count Per Target”, set the target value, and Auto Scaling adjusts the number of running tasks for your service to maintain the target value.

  • New AWS Direct Connect sites land in Paris and Taipei

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Today AWS Direct Connect has landed a second site in Paris at Equinix PA3, Paris, France following the region launch in December 2017. It will be found on the Management Console under the EU (Paris) Region. AWS Direct Connect also launched its first site in Taiwan at Chief Telecom LY, Taipei. In the Management Console, Taipei is located in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway. 

  • Amazon GameLift Introduces Backfill Functionality to FlexMatch, the Dynamic Matchmaking Service for Multiplayer Experiences

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Today, Amazon GameLift introduces backfill functionality for FlexMatch, a powerful matchmaking service that enables you to match players together based on rules you define. Whether you choose to build your matches based on player skill, latency, or some other custom criteria, FlexMatch allows you to build robust and flexible matchmaking pipelines to suit your desired gaming experience. 

  • AWS Shield now Integrated with AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    You can now log all your API calls to AWS Shield through AWS CloudTrail, the AWS service that records API calls for your account and delivers log files to your Amazon S3 bucket. CloudTrail logs can be used to enable security analysis, track changes to your AWS resources, and aid in compliance auditing. Integrating AWS Shield and CloudTrail lets you determine which requests were made to the AWS Shield API, the source IP address from which each request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and more. 

  • Amazon ECS Adds New Endpoint to Access Task Metrics and Metadata

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    You can now query task metadata and container-level Docker statistics for tasks that are launched using the awsvpc network mode. This gives you a straightforward way to get environmental data such as task, container, and image ID, as well as check the status and health of running containers and tasks.

  • Amazon Cognito Simplifies User Migration

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Starting today, you can migrate your existing application users to Amazon Cognito user pools more easily. User pools are managed user directories that can scale to hundreds of millions of users. Now, you can migrate users automatically the next time they log into your application while enabling users to continue using their existing passwords. 

  • Amazon Connect Adds Speech Synthesis Markup Language Support for Amazon Lex Chatbots

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Amazon Connect customers can now use Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) when using an Amazon Lex chatbot in their contact center, allowing them to personalize conversations with end users by modifying the chatbot voice. Using SSML tags, you can customize and control aspects of speech, such as pronunciation, volume, and speech rate. 

  • Announcing Responses Capability in Amazon Lex and SSML Support in Text Response

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    You can now define a response for your Amazon Lex chatbot directly from the AWS Management Console. A response consists of messages dynamically selected from a group of pre-defined messages, populated by the developer. Messages in these message groups can be simple text, or you can use custom markup. In addition, you can also display a response card as part of the response. The responses capability simplifies building dynamic conversations with Amazon Lex.  In addition, you can use Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) in a text response.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 10 regions. With the addition of the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability. 

  • Updated AWS Deep Learning AMIs With TensorFlow 1.5 and Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.4

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs now come with TensorFlow 1.5, and Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.4, with support for NVIDIA CUDA 9 and cuDNN 7 drivers. AMI users can now take advantage of the mixed precision training on the V100 Volta GPUs powering EC2 P3 instances. In our earlier tests for TensorFlow 1.5 on Volta, training the ResNet-50 benchmark with synthetic ImageNet data in FP16 mode on a p3.8xlarge instance was 1.8x times faster than training with TensorFlow 1.4.1.  

  • Amazon DynamoDB Now Supports Server-Side Encryption at Rest

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Amazon DynamoDB encryption at rest helps you secure your application data in Amazon DynamoDB tables further using AWS-managed encryption keys stored in AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Encryption at rest is fully transparent to the user with all DynamoDB queries working seamlessly on encrypted data. With this new capability, it has never been easier to use DynamoDB for security-sensitive applications with strict encryption compliance and regulatory requirements. 

  • AWS Server Migration Service is now Available in EU (London)

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) for easing workload migration to AWS is now available in the AWS EU (London) Region. 

  • Amazon Inspector Is Now Available in the US East (Ohio) AWS Region

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon Inspector is available to customers in the US East (Ohio) region. With the addition of this region, Inspector is available in US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo). 

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Adds High Availability Support in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Amazon RDS Multi-AZ deployments address the high availability requirements of enterprise-grade production workloads. Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Multi-AZ in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. This new option leverages SQL Server Mirroring technology, with additional improvements.

  • Elastic Load Balancing Now Supports Filtering Based on Tags

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    Today, AWS announced the ability to filter load balancers and target groups by tags in the Elastic Load Balancing Console. Tag-based filtering enables you to view only the load balancers and target groups that you are responsible for monitoring. It also reduces chances of making configuration changes to a wrong load balancer or target group not owned by your group. For example, if you have tagged your development stage load balancers as Stage: Dev and production stage load balancers as Stage: Prod, you can filter on tag Stage: Prod to view only the production stage load balancers. 

  • Voice Your Web Content with Amazon Polly Plugin for WordPress

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2018

    The Amazon Polly plugin for WordPress enables you to easily voice your website content – so readers can listen to news and articles directly from the site. Jointly developed with our partner, WP Engine, this sample plugin also enables you to publish podcasts directly from your site and make them available for listeners who are on-the-go. 

  • AWS Elemental MediaTailor Now Available in 3 Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo) Regions

    Posted On: Feb 7, 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. 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 streaming video.

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

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2018

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video processing service, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region. 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. 

  • AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Europe (Frankfurt) Regions

    Posted On: Feb 7, 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. It offers an inexpensive method for pass-through and low-latency segmented content delivery, with pay-as-you-go pricing. 

  • AWS IoT Core Now Supports MQTT Connections with Certificate Based Client Authentication On Port 443

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2018

    Beginning today, you have more options to securely connect your devices to AWS IoT Core. You can use MQTT with certificate based client authentication on port 443. Previously this combination of protocol and authentication mechanism was only supported on port 8883. 

  • The Amazon WorkMail API Now Supports Exchange Web Services (EWS) Push Notifications

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2018

    You can now use the Amazon WorkMail API to programmatically receive Exchange Web Services (EWS) push notifications when events occur in your mailboxes, such as email delivery or calendar updates. This enables your services, applications, and workflows to respond in real-time to events in your mailboxes. For example, you can create a workflow that uses EWS push notifications with AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon Comprehend to analyze the sentiment of your incoming email. Visit our GitHub page for sample code to get started.

  • Introducing the AWS Instance Scheduler

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2018

    The AWS Instance Scheduler is a solution that enables customers to easily configure custom start and stop schedules for their Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS instances. The solution is easy to deploy and can help reduce operational costs for both development and production environments. Customers who use this solution to run instances during regular business hours can save up to 70% compared to running those instances 24 hours a day.

  • Amazon RDS and AWS Database Migration Service Support Replication from SQL Server

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Change Data Capture (CDC), allowing replication to various database targets. CDC is supported on all versions of Enterprise Edition, and on SQL Server 2016 SP1 and later for Standard Edition. To see how to enable and disable CDC, please visit our documentation. 

  • Amazon Aurora is Compatible with MySQL 5.7

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    The MySQL 5.7-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now generally available. It offers enhancements such as JSON support, spatial indexes, and generated columns, and is up to 5x faster than MySQL 5.7. 

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive adds Live Channel Configuration Export and Import via JSON

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    Using AWS Elemental MediaLive, you can now export and import live channel configurations as JSON. This enables you to create a backup of channel settings and to quickly and easily create new channels with the same settings, even in different regions or accounts.

  • AWS Systems Manager Adds Custom Configurable Repositories, Linux Application Patching, and Patch Support for SUSE Linux

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    AWS Systems Manager now allows you to specify repositories (repos) for Linux in the patch baseline, apply non-OS security updates through patching, and patch SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). 

  • Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming Announces Support for CNAME Record Type and Alias to ELB

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    Beginning today, you can use the Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming APIs to create CNAME records when you register instances of your microservices, and your microservices can discover the CNAMEs by querying DNS for the service name. Additionally, you can use the Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming APIs to create Route 53 alias records that route traffic to Amazon Elastic Load Balancers (ELBs). 

  • 10x Higher API Call Rates for Amazon Kinesis Client Library (KCL) Applications

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    We are excited to announce the new ListShards API which makes it easier for your Kinesis Data Streams KCL applications to scale. Many Kinesis Data Streams customers use the KCL to process records from their data streams. Starting in version 1.9.0 or later, key KCL API functions now use the ListShards API, which supports a 10x higher call rate limit compared to the DescribeStream API, which was used for these functions in earlier KCL versions.

  • Amazon Connect is Now ISO Compliant

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

    Amazon Connect is now one of the AWS services under ISO Compliance for the ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, and ISO 27018 standards. AWS maintains certifications through extensive audits of its controls to ensure that information security risks that affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of company and customer information are appropriately managed. You can download copies of the AWS ISO certificates and use them to jump-start your own certification efforts: AWS ISO 9001 certificate, AWS ISO 27001 certificate, AWS ISO 27017 certificate, and AWS ISO 27018 certificate.

  • AWS Direct Connect Provides Flexibility for Balancing Data Transfer out Traffic.

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2018

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

  • Model Server for Apache MXNet Introduces ONNX Support and Amazon CloudWatch Integration

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2018

    Version 0.2 of Model Server for Apache MXNet (MMS), an open source library for Apache MXNet, is now available for packaging and serving deep learning models for inference at scale. You can use MMS to serve ONNX models created with any ONNX-supporting deep learning framework, such as PyTorch, Caffe2, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, or Chainer. ONNX, the Open Neural Network Exchange format, is a community initiative driven by AWS, Facebook, and Microsoft, with growing support across additional deep learning frameworks and platforms. To get started serving ONNX models, see MMS ONNX Serving documentation

  • Amazon GuardDuty Enhances Multi-Account Functionality

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon GuardDuty makes continuous security monitoring and threat detection easier with two multi-account feature enhancements. First, GuardDuty has increased the number of possible associated accounts from 100 to 1,000 member accounts. Second, GuardDuty administrators can now manage custom threat intelligence lists in the GuardDuty master account and apply updates in up to 1,000 member accounts. In addition, customers can manage all GuardDuty account configurations for up to 1,000 member accounts from a single, security-owned GuardDuty master account. 

  • Amazon EC2 M5 Instances Are Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2018

    Starting today, M5 instances are available in the AWS US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Canada (Central) Regions, in addition to AWS US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), Europe (London), Europe (Paris) and EU (Ireland) Regions.

  • Amazon EC2 C5 Instances Are Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2018

    Starting today, C5 instances are available in the AWS US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Canada (Central) Regions, in addition to AWS US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), Europe (London), Europe (Paris) and EU (Ireland) Regions.

  • AWS X-Ray SDK for .NET version 2.0.0 (beta)

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2018

    AWS X-Ray SDK for .NET version 2.0.0 (beta) enables developers to record and emit information from within their applications to the AWS X-Ray service. This version supports .NET Core 2.0. You can get started in minutes using the repository on Github

  • Amazon Cloud Directory Demonstrates SOC and ISO Compliance

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2018

    Now you can use Amazon Cloud Directory to manage hierarchical data for applications that are subject to System & Organization Control (SOC), ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, or ISO 9001 compliance.

  • Amazon Aurora Parallel Query is Available for Preview

    Posted On: Feb 1, 2018

    Amazon Aurora Parallel Query improves the performance of large analytic queries by pushing processing down to the Aurora storage layer, spreading processing across hundreds of nodes.

  • AWS Serverless Application Model is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) and AWS China (Beijing) Region

    Posted On: Jan 26, 2018

    AWS SAM extends AWS CloudFormation to provide a simplified way of defining the Amazon API Gateway APIs, AWS Lambda functions, and Amazon DynamoDB tables needed by your serverless application. Now, you can use new resource types to write CloudFormation templates that are optimized for defining serverless applications with only a few lines of text. 

  • Announcing Network Performance Improvements for Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Jan 26, 2018

    Amazon EC2 customers can now utilize up to five times higher bandwidth when sending or receiving network traffic between an instance and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) within the same region. They can also utilize higher bandwidth for traffic between instances in different Availability Zones.  

  • Amazon Connect Adds Federated Single Sign-On Using SAML 2.0 Available in Preview

    Posted On: Jan 26, 2018

    Amazon Connect customers can now use federated single sign-on (SSO) using SAML 2.0 to access Amazon Connect. This allows contact center agents and managers to access Amazon Connect with 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 location, the device they are using, or their role. 

  • Amazon SageMaker Achieves PCI DSS Compliance

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    You can now use Amazon SageMaker to build, train, and deploy models for applications in the AWS Cloud that are subject to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. 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.

  • AWS Config Supports New Managed Rules

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    AWS Config now supports seven new managed rules, which are predefined rules that AWS Config uses to evaluate whether your AWS resource configurations comply with common best practices.

  • Amazon Connect is Now Available in the US West (Oregon) AWS Region

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    Amazon Connect is now available in the US West (Oregon) AWS Region, increasing the number of AWS Regions where Amazon Connect is available to four. The expansion into a new AWS Region provides you more options to provision your Amazon Connect cloud contact center with the other AWS services you use. 

  • New Quick Start: Build a Data Lake on the AWS Cloud with Informatica Data Lake Management and AWS Services

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    This Quick Start reference deployment automatically deploys the Informatica Data Lake Management solution on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. 

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Now Lets you Pause and Resume Your Workloads on C5 and M5 Instances

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    Amazon EC2 Spot can now hibernate EBS-backed Amazon EC2 C5 and M5 instances in the event of an interruption. Spot instances can fulfill your request by resuming instances from a hibernated state when capacity is available. Hibernate is just like closing and opening your laptop lid, with your application starting up right where it left off.

  • AWS CodeBuild Integrates with GitHub Enterprise and Supports Shallow Git Clones

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    AWS CodeBuild now supports GitHub Enterprise as the source control provider. This enables GitHub Enterprise customers to use CodeBuild’s managed build service to automatically build pull requests and commits. CodeBuild also supports access to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud resources as an existing feature, so enterprise customers can use CodeBuild without being exposed to the public internet.

  • AWS Deep Learning AMIs now come with TensorFlow 1.5.0 and new Model Serving Capabilities

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2018

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are a quick and easy way to get started with machine learning. The AMIs with Source Code now come with TensorFlow 1.5.0-rc1 which supports NVidia CUDA 9 and cuDNN 7 drivers that take advantage of the V100 Volta GPUs powering the EC2 P3 instances. The Conda-based Deep Learning AMIs now come with the latest framework versions of Caffe, Keras 2.1.3, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.3.1, and Theano 1.0. The Conda-based AMIs also include TensorBoard for monitoring and debugging a TensorFlow model, and TensorFlow Serving to export TensorFlow models and create a server running a gRPC service for serving the model. Apache MXNet users can now benefit from the MXNet Model Server to quickly deploy an HTTP-based inference API for their models.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 is Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2018

    You can now deploy Amazon AppStream 2.0 in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions. This increases the number of AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 available to six. This expansion into two new AWS Regions enables you to deploy AppStream 2.0 closer to your users, providing them with a more responsive experience.

  • AWS Step Functions Now Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2018

    AWS Step Functions is now available in two additional AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Canada (Central). Step Functions makes it easy 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.

  • Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR Are Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (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 Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) is a fully-managed Docker container registry that makes it easy for developers to store, manage, and deploy Docker container images.

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

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2018

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

  • View and monitor your amortized reservation costs using AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Cost & Usage Reports, and AWS Budgets

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2018

    Starting today, you can view your amortized reservation costs in AWS Cost Explorer and AWS Cost & Usage Reports, as well as monitor those costs via AWS Budgets. This makes it easier to understand and control the comprehensive costs of workloads covered by your Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon DynamoDB reservations. 

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Two-Minute Warning is Now Available via Amazon CloudWatch Events

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2018

    Amazon EC2 Spot instances receive a two-minute warning when these instances are about to be reclaimed by Amazon EC2. Starting today, the two-minute warning for Spot instances is available via Amazon CloudWatch Events CLI and will continue to be available by accessing the Instance Metadata service.

  • Amazon Chime Now Supports SIP-Based In-Room Video Conference Systems

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2018

    Starting today, you can use Amazon Chime with video conferencing systems that support Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for high quality online meetings. With this update, you can join Amazon Chime meetings using your existing video teleconferencing (VTC) systems that support either SIP or H.323 without the need to purchase new equipment.

  • Announcing Encrypted Snapshot Import for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2018

    You can now import snapshots of encrypted instances of Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL into Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, allowing you to maintain encryption of your data while moving it from Amazon RDS into Amazon Aurora. 

  • Announcing Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Read Replica for Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2018

    You can now create an Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL read replica for an Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL instance, allowing you to continuously replicate to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL. This helps you minimize downtime when migrating a live workload from Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, by keeping the instances in sync until you're ready to move your applications and users to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL.

  • AWS Key Management Service now Supports AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2018

    Starting today, AWS Key Management Service (KMS) supports AWS PrivateLink, enabling you to use KMS APIs inside of your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and route data between your VPC and KMS entirely within the AWS network. 

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 9.6.6, 9.5.10, 9.4.15, and 9.3.20

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, 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. This release fixes three PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

  • Deploy TIBCO Enterprise Message Service (EMS) on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

    This new Quick Start automatically deploys TIBCO Enterprise Message Service (EMS) into a customizable environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, using Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) for shared storage. 

  • Amazon ECS Now Supports Docker 17.09

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports Docker version 17.09.01-ce. The Amazon ECS-optimized Amazon Machine Image (AMI) now includes the ECS Agent 1.16.2 as well as Docker version 17.09.01-ce. 

  • Amazon Athena Engine Upgrades, Support for Lambda Expressions, and Ability to Skip Headers

    Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

    Amazon Athena uses Presto, an open source distributed query engine, to run SQL queries against data in Amazon S3. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries you run. We are happy to announce that we have transparently updated Athena's underlying engine to a version based on Presto 0.172.  

  • BlazingText implementation now available for scaling and accelerating Word2Vec Algorithm in Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2018

    You can now use Amazon SageMaker’s BlazingText implementation of the Word2Vec algorithm to generate word embeddings from a large number of documents. Word embeddings represent each unique word in the entire collection of text documents as a vector of numbers. Words that are similar will have similar vectors – that is, they will be close in the low-dimensional space of the embeddings – while words that are less similar will be further apart. This algorithm is used in a variety of Natural Language Understanding (NLU) tasks, such as semantic similarity, sentiment analysis, machine translation, and question-answering. Word2Vec has also recently been used successfully in tasks like recommendation and segmentation, where similar embeddings may denote that, by example, two movies tend to be watched by similar users at similar times. Amazon SageMaker’s BlazingText implementation has been engineered with speed and scale in mind to produce embeddings extremely fast using either GPU or CPU hardware.

  • Now Publish Log Files from Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2018

    You can now publish logs from your RDS for MySQL and MariaDB databases to CloudWatch Logs. Supported logs include general log, slow query log, audit log, and error log. Publishing these logs to CloudWatch Logs allows you to maintain continuous visibility into database activity, query performance, and errors in your RDS for MySQL and MariaDB databases. For example, you can set up CloudWatch Alarms to notify you on frequent restarts which are recorded in the error log. Similarly, alarms for events recorded in general or audit logs can be created to alert on unwanted changes made to your databases. You may also create alarms to monitor the slow query log and enable timely detection of long-running queries. 

  • Amazon API Gateway Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2018

    Amazon API Gateway is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. 

  • Amazon EC2 M5 Instances Are Now Available in US West (N. California) and Europe (London)

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2018

    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 customer workloads.  

  • Amazon EC2 C5 Instances Are Now Available in US West (N. California) and Europe (London)

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2018

    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, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customer’s workloads. 

  • Introducing the Gaming Analytics Pipeline on AWS

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2018

    To help make it easier for game developers to consistently track, analyze, and archive gameplay data on the AWS Cloud, AWS offers the Gaming Analytics Pipeline, a solution that automatically provisions and configures the services necessary to consume and analyze gameplay telemetry in minutes. 

  • AWS KMS-based Encryption is Now Available in Amazon SageMaker Training and Hosting

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2018

    You can now encrypt your Amazon SageMaker storage volumes used for Training and Hosting with AWS Key Management Service (KMS)

  • Amazon WorkSpaces is Now Available in the South America (Sao Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2018

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

  • CloudWatch Introduces Tiered Pricing With up to 90% Discount for VPC Flow Logs and Other Vended Logs

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2018

    Today, we are introducing volume-based tiered pricing for Vended logs in CloudWatch Logs, effective January 1, 2018. Vended logs are logs that are natively published by AWS services on behalf of the customer. VPC Flow logs is the first Vended log type that will benefit from this tiered model. However, more AWS Service log types will be added to Vended Logs in the future. 

  • Introducing AWS Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2018
  • Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.3

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2018

    We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs now support OpenGL 4.3. To activate OpenGL 4.3 support for existing Elastic GPUs, simply stop and start your instances, and a new driver will be automatically installed in your instance to support OpenGL 4.3. 

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now Available in Three More Regions

    Posted On: Jan 16, 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 Supports Go

    Posted On: Jan 15, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code using Go. Lambda lets you run code without provisioning and managing servers. You simply upload your Go executable artifact as a ZIP file through the AWS CLI or Lambda console and select the go1.x runtime. With Lambda, you can use Go's native tools to build and package your code. Read our documentation for more details. 

  • AWS Lambda Supports C# (.NET Core 2.0)

    Posted On: Jan 15, 2018

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code in C# using the .NET Core 2.0. Lambda lets you run code without provisioning and managing servers. You can use any of the .NET Core 2.0 libraries or frameworks when authoring your functions in Lambda. Read our documentation for more details.

  • AWS Glue Now Supports Scala in Addition to Python

    Posted On: Jan 12, 2018

    AWS Glue now supports the Scala programming language, in addition to Python, to give you choice and flexibility when writing your AWS Glue ETL scripts. 

  • AWS Glue Now Supports Additional Job Events as Trigger Conditions

    Posted On: Jan 12, 2018

    AWS Glue now provides customers more control over ETL jobs by supporting additional trigger conditions. 

  • Deploy IBM WebSphere Liberty on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jan 12, 2018

    This new Quick Start automatically creates a secure deployment of IBM WebSphere Liberty into a customizable environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 40 minutes.  

  • Amazon Inspector no Longer Requires a Compatible Kernel for Rules Packages like Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2018

    Amazon Inspector has released an enhancement to the Inspector Agent that will allow it to perform assessments for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmarks, and AWS Security Best Practices on supported operating systems, regardless of the kernel version installed. Prior to this release, the Inspector Agent was dependent on an internal kernel module that supported specific Linux OS kernel versions. The Inspector Agent could not be installed or used to run any security assessments for supported Linux operating systems that were using non-default, older, or custom kernels. With this update, you can use any kernel and run those assessments. 

  • Amazon RDS Read Replicas Now Support Multi-AZ Deployments

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2018

    Starting today, Amazon RDS Read Replicas for MySQL and MariaDB now support Multi-AZ deployments. Combining Read Replicas with Multi-AZ enables you to build a resilient disaster recovery strategy and simplify your database engine upgrade process. 

  • AWS CloudTrail Integration is Now Available in Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2018

    You can now log your Amazon SageMaker API calls with AWS CloudTrail.  

  • AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2018

    AWS Shield Advanced and AWS WAF have expanded their regional footprint to the Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions, making them available in 7 AWS Regions.

  • AWS Batch Adds Support for AWS CloudTrail Audit Calls

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2018

    AWS Batch now supports AWS CloudTrail audit calls to Batch APIs. AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. With AWS CloudTrail, customers can now audit calls to AWS Batch APIs, making it easier to ensure compliance with internal policies and regulatory standards.

  • New AWS Identity and Access Management Console Language Support

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2018

    Now, you can use the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console in Korean. The IAM console is also available in English, French, Japanese, and Chinese. 

  • AWS X-Ray SDK for Ruby (Beta)

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2018

    AWS X-Ray SDK for Ruby enables developers to record and emit information from within their applications to the AWS X-Ray service. You can get started in minutes using the repository on Github.  

  • Amazon Rekognition Now Available in AWS US-East (Ohio) Region

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2018

    Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based service that makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications. Rekognition Image API allows you to detect objects, scenes, faces and inappropriate content; extract text; recognize celebrities; and search and compare faces, in images. Rekognition Video API for the AWS US-East (Ohio) region allows you to track people; detect objects, scenes, activities and inappropriate content; recognize celebrities; and search faces, in videos stored in Amazon S3. 

  • DeepAR Algorithm Now Available in Amazon SageMaker

    Posted On: Jan 8, 2018

    You can now use the DeepAR forecasting algorithm for model training in Amazon SageMaker. 

  • Launch Amazon EC2 Instances with Additional Amazon EBS Volumes that are Encrypted Under Customer-Managed Master Key

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2018

    Today we are announcing an improved method for creating encrypted Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes at the same time as your Amazon EC2 instances launch. You can now specify a customer-managed customer master key (CMK) for the creation of encrypted data volumes when launching your EC2 instances. You no longer will have to separately create and attach additional EBS data volumes to your instances in order to use your customer-managed CMK for data encryption. This simplifies your workflow and reduces the time it takes before your instance is available for use with an additional encrypted EBS data volume. You can either use the Amazon EC2 Launch Wizard or the RunInstances API call to create encrypted Amazon EBS Volumes with your customer-managed CMK when launching your EC2 Instances.

  • Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge Locations, adding two more in Tokyo, JP, and its first location in Perth, AU

    Posted On: Jan 5, 2018

    Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge Locations that are now part of its global network. These six new Edge Locations are located in the following cities:

    Perth, Australia; Chennai, India; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Los Angeles, California; and two additional Edge Locations in Tokyo, Japan.

  • MariaDB 10.2 now Supported on Amazon RDS

    Posted On: Jan 5, 2018

    Starting today, you can launch MariaDB version 10.2 instances on Amazon RDS. You can also easily upgrade your existing Amazon RDS for MariaDB database instances from version 10.1 to 10.2.11.

  • 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.