• Introducing the Amazon Corretto Crypto Provider (ACCP) for Improved Cryptography Performance

    Posted On: Jul 16, 2019

    The Amazon Corretto Crypto Provider (ACCP), a cryptography performance improvement for Amazon Corretto, is now available. Historically, Java cryptography has been CPU-intensive resulting in slow performance and elevated operational costs. ACCP updates dozens of cryptographic algorithms, accelerating cryptographic workloads.

  • AWS Resource Groups and AWS Resource Groups Tag Editor Now Supports Additional AWS Resources

    Posted On: Jul 15, 2019

    AWS Resource Groups makes it easier to manage and automate tasks on large numbers of AWS resources at one time. AWS Resource Groups Tag Editor allows you to add tags to – or edit or delete tags of – multiple AWS resources at once. With Tag Editor, you can search for the resources that you want to tag, and then manage tags for the resources in your search results. Starting today, AWS Resource Groups supports 26 additional AWS resources including AWS Config Rules, AWS ElasticBeanstalk Applications, and AWS Resource Groups Tag Editor supports 6 additional AWS resources including AWS CloudWatch Alarms, AWS CloudFormation Stacks.

  • AWS VPC CNI Version 1.5.0 Now Default for Amazon EKS Clusters

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    AWS VPC Container Networking Interface (CNI) Plugin version 1.5 is now the default CNI for new Kubernetes clusters launched by Amazon EKS.

  • Kinesis Video Streams adds support for Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) and H.265 video

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) capability enables developers to playback their ingested video streams using the industry-standard, HTTP-based media streaming protocol.

  • New AWS Public Datasets Available from Facebook, Yale, Allen Institute for Brain Science, NOAA, and others

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    New AWS Public Datasets Available from Facebook, Yale, Allen Institute for Brain Science, NOAA, and others. 

  • Amazon EC2 I3en Instances are Now Available in US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 I3en instances are available in US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions. I3en global availability now includes the Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Seoul), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland), US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), and US West (Oregon, N. California) AWS regions. 

  • Announcing the availability of Amazon Kinesis Video Producer SDK in C

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Video Streams producer SDKs are free and open software libraries for building applications that can stream audio and video data directly from an edge device to the AWS cloud for durable storage, playback, and machine learning based processing. Amazon Kinesis Video Streams producer SDK is now available in C. 

  • AWS RoboMaker announces support for Robot Operating System (ROS) Melodic

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker, a service that makes it easy to develop, simulate, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale, announces the support for ROS-Melodic Morenia, which is the latest long term support (LTS) release for ROS. Now with AWS RoboMaker, customers can build robotics applications with ROS-Melodic, in addition to the existing ROS-Kinetic distribution.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Now Ingests Files from HTTPS Sources

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert can now ingest video files from HTTP and HTTPS sources. With the ability to transcode content from sources other than Amazon S3, you are no longer required to build logic to copy files into S3 in order to use MediaConvert. This feature is available at no additional charge. To learn, more please read the documentation.

  • AWS Glue is now available in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    You can now use AWS Glue in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region.

  • New AWS Competency Partners to migrate Microsoft Workloads to AWS

    Posted On: Jul 12, 2019

    Customers have been running Windows workloads on AWS for over a decade. We run nearly 2x more Windows Server instances than the next largest cloud provider, according to an IDC report. Our experience running Windows applications has earned our customers’ trust and the number of AWS enterprise customers using Amazon EC2 for Windows Server has grown 5x since 2015.

    Today, we are excited to announce the AWS Microsoft Workloads Competency for APN Advanced Technology Partners, offering products based on varying phases of a customer’s journey to the AWS Cloud including migration assessment, migration, post-migration operational optimization, enhancement through analytics and Machine Learning, and modernization. The AWS Microsoft Workloads Competency reduces a customer’s time and effort in finding a capable and trusted APN Technology Partner for their Microsoft Workloads environment on AWS.

    Interested in becoming an AWS Microsoft Workloads Competency Partner? See the requirements and next steps here.

    Interested in working with an AWS Microsoft Workloads Technology Partner? See the validated AWS Microsoft Workload Technology Partners here.  

    Learn more on the APN Blog

  • The AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2019

    The AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) is now generally available in TypeScript and Python. AWS CDK is an open source software development framework to model and provision your cloud application resources using familiar programming languages. With AWS CDK, you can define your infrastructure as code and provision it through AWS CloudFormation. AWS CDK is also available in Java and C# in developer preview.

  • Introducing Amazon EventBridge

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2019

    Amazon EventBridge is a serverless event bus that makes it easy to connect applications together using data from your own applications, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, and AWS services. EventBridge delivers a stream of real-time data from event sources, such Zendesk, Datadog, or Pagerduty, and routes that data to targets like AWS Lambda. You can set up routing rules to determine where to send your data to build application architectures that react in real time to all of your data sources. EventBridge allows you to build event-driven architectures, which are loosely coupled and distributed. This improves developer agility as well as application resiliency. EventBridge makes it easy to build event-driven applications because it takes care of event ingestion and delivery, security, authorization, and error-handling for you. EventBridge leverages the CloudWatch Events API, so CloudWatch Events users can access their existing default bus, rules, and events in the new EventBridge console, as well as in the CloudWatch Events console.

  • The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2019

    The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, an open source plug-in that makes it easier to create, step-through debug, build, and deploy applications, is now Generally Available. The toolkit supports .NET, node.js and Python applications and provides deep support for serverless applications at launch with other AWS services planned for the future. The toolkit had previously been in developer preview. 

  • AWS Direct Connect launches third location in New York Metro Area

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2019

    AWS Direct Connect is now live at Equinix NY5, Secaucus, NJ. This location offers logical redundancy over a single virtual interface (VIF) on a Direct Connect connection. Logical redundancy can reduce downtime when a BGP peering session goes down due to a device failure or maintenance activity on the AWS side. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, you can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect gateway. When connecting to any AWS region, your data will not hairpin via the home region if it is not in the shortest path to your desired AWS region.

  • AWS Resource Groups is Now SOC Compliant

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2019

    AWS Resource Groups, a service that makes it easier to manage and automate tasks on large numbers of AWS resources at one time, is now a Service Organization Control (SOC) compliant service. This compliance certification applies to all AWS Regions where AWS Resource Groups is available.

  • Amazon ECS now offers improved capabilities for local testing

    Posted On: Jul 11, 2019

    The open source ecs-cli tool now has improved capabilities for testing ECS task definitions locally. Using the ecs-cli, you can run ECS task definitions in a local development environment, such as a laptop or virtual machine.

  • Large Match Support for Amazon GameLift Now Available

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Players expect multiplayer game sessions to be fast and full. But with the rise of Battle Royale games and other player-intensive games, ensuring a consistent and fulfilling matchmaking experience can be a challenge for developers.

    That’s why today we’re excited to announce Large Match Support for Amazon GameLift. With this update, you can now match and connect up to 200 players to a single game session on the lowest latency server instance available—all based upon a custom rule you define. We’ve also added some other new functionality that makes it even easier to support games with larger player counts, including:

    • Create multiple teams from one definition. Rather than defining team compositions separately, you can now easily create teams by specifying one team template for creating as many teams as needed for your game.
     
    • Easier backfilling of open player slots. We’ve automated backfilling, so you can keep matches full without causing long player wait times. Matchmaking backfill will automatically add a new player to a match even after a game has started and will prioritize filling a match before creating a new match.

    GameLift is available in the following 15 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon and N. California), Central Canada (Montreal), EU Central (Frankfurt), EU West (London and Ireland), Asia Pacific South (Mumbai), Asia Pacific Northeast (Seoul and Tokyo), Asia Pacific Southeast (Singapore and Sydney), South America East (São Paulo), and China (Beijing).

    To learn more about GameLift and Large Match Support, visit the Amazon GameLift Product detail page and read the Game Tech blog

  • AWS Cloud Map Available in AWS South America (São Paulo) Region

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    AWS Cloud Map is now available in the AWS South America (São Paulo) Region. 

  • AWS Container Services launches Fluent Bit Plugins for AWS

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    AWS Container Services launches AWS Fluent Bit, a container image pre-installed with Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose plugins that helps customers route container logs to multiple destinations such as CloudWatch, Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service.  

  • AWS License Manager is now available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    AWS License Manager is now available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) region. See the AWS Region Table for the list of regions where License Manager is currently available. AWS License Manager is offered at no additional charges. To learn more about this service, visit the product documentation, and FAQ page.

  • Amplify Framework now Supports Adding AWS Lambda Triggers for events in Auth and Storage categories

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Starting today, the Amplify CLI (part of the open source Amplify Framework) includes support for adding and configuring AWS Lambda triggers for events when using Amazon Cognito, Amazon Simple Storage Service, and Amazon DynamoDB as event sources. This enables developers to setup customized authentication flows for their mobile and web applications from the Amplify CLI using Amazon Cognito User Pool as an authentication provider.  

  • Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights for Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate - Now in Preview

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights is now available in preview to monitor, isolate, and diagnose your containerized applications and microservices environments. With this preview, DevOps and systems engineers have access to automated dashboards summarizing the performance and health of their Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and AWS Fargate clusters by tasks, containers, and services.  

  • AWS CodeBuild adds Support for Polyglot Builds

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    AWS CodeBuild now supports polyglot builds in CodeBuild’s managed images. Previously, you could only specify a single programming language runtime in these CodeBuild managed images. In order to perform a polyglot build, you either had to rely on a self-managed build images with various runtimes pre-installed or you had to install these additional runtimes inline in your buildspec.

    Now, you can simply specify one or more programming language versions in your buildspec for your build needs. This is made possible by a concept called "runtime-versions". With runtime-versions, you can also specify which major version of the runtime should be enabled for your builds.

    To learn more about "runtime-versions" please visit our documentation. Please visit our product page or the console to learn more about how to get started with AWS CodeBuild. 

  • AWS Amplify Console announces Manual Deploys for Static Web Hosting

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Amplify Console now provides developers the ability to host a web app by simply uploading a folder from their desktop, or linking to a zip file stored in an S3 bucket or external server.  

  • Optimize Cost with Amazon EFS Infrequent Access Lifecycle Management

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    You can now choose from four Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Lifecycle Management policies to automatically move files into the EFS Infrequent Access (EFS IA) storage class and save up to 85% as your access patterns change. Additionally, you can now enable Lifecycle Management for all EFS file systems. 

  • Amazon EC2 Fleet Functionality is Now Available via EC2 Auto Scaling in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling now lets you provision and automatically scale instances across purchase options, Availability Zones (AZ), and instance families in a single Auto Scaling group (ASG), to optimize scale, performance, and cost. Now you can include Spot Instances with On-Demand and RIs in a single ASG, to save up to 90% on compute in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre is Now Available in the EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Lustre is now available in the AWS EU (London) Region. 

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is Now Available in the EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is now available in the AWS EU (London) Region.

  • AWS Config now enables you to provision AWS Config rules across all AWS accounts in your organization

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    AWS Config now supports a new set of APIs to manage AWS Config rules across your organization in AWS Organizations. Using this capability, you can centrally create, update, and delete AWS Config rules across all accounts in your organization. This capability is particularly useful if you have a need to deploy a common set of AWS Config rules across all accounts. You can also specify accounts where AWS Config rules should not be created. In addition, you can use these APIs from the master account in AWS Organizations to enforce governance by ensuring that the underlying AWS Config rules are not modifiable by your organization’s member accounts. 

  • Introducing AWS Budgets Reports

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Starting today, you can create and send daily, weekly, or monthly reports to monitor the performance of your AWS Budgets. Using the new AWS Budgets Reports console, you can easily select the subset of budgets that you would like to include in your report, define the delivery frequency, and specify your email recipients. For example, you can create a report that monitors all budgets for linked accounts belonging to a particular business unit and have that report delivered each morning to that business unit’s engineering, product, and finance leaders.

  • Session Manager launches tunneling support for SSH and SCP

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    You can now use AWS Systems Manager Session Manager to tunnel SSH (Secure Shell) and SCP (Secure Copy) traffic between a client and a server. 

  • Session Manager launches Run As to start interactive sessions with your own operating system user account

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    AWS Systems Manager Session Manager now lets you define the operating system user account that an interactive shell uses on an instance. You can associate an operating system user with your IAM principal (user or role) for Session Manager. You can also set the operating system user in your Session Manager preferences. This enables you to better manage shell privileges for multiple users that need interactive access to instances. 

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to create and configure AWS Elemental MediaLive channels (both inputs and outputs). This improvement enables you to use AWS CloudFormation to deploy MediaLive resources in a secure, efficient, and repeatable way.

  • Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection – Now in Preview

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection applies machine-learning algorithms to continuously analyze system and application metrics, determine a normal baseline, and surface anomalies with minimal user intervention. You can use Anomaly Detection to isolate and troubleshoot unexpected changes in your metric behavior.

  • AWS IoT Expands Globally

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    AWS IoT Core, AWS IoT Device Management, and AWS IoT Device Defender are now available in multiple additional regions.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Serverless

    Posted On: Jul 9, 2019

    Amazon Aurora Serverless is now available for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. It is a new deployment option that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down an Amazon Aurora database, and it offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any database servers.

    Many applications have intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. For example, retail applications experience seasonal spikes, development and test workloads require database access only at certain times of the day or week, and new applications face unknown usage demands. This creates a capacity planning dilemma, since you must either over-provision database capacity upfront and pay for resources you won’t use, or under-provision resources and risk performance problems and a poor user experience.

    With Amazon Aurora Serverless, you no longer have to provision or manage database capacity. The database automatically and quickly starts, scales, shuts down, and starts up again in seconds, based on the needs of the workload. You simply create an endpoint through the Amazon RDS Management Console, and Amazon Aurora Serverless handles the rest. You pay by the second, and only when the database is in use.

    Read about Aurora Serverless on the AWS Blog, the Aurora Serverless product page, and in the Aurora documentation.

    Amazon Aurora is a fully managed relational database that combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Aurora PostgreSQL Serverless is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions, and will expand to additional regions in the coming year.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service increases data protection with automated hourly snapshots at no extra charge

    Posted On: Jul 8, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service has increased its snapshot frequency from daily to hourly, providing more granular recovery points. If you need to restore your cluster, you now have numerous, recent snapshots to choose from. These automated snapshots are retained for 14 days at no extra charge.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 11.4, 10.9, 9.6.14, 9.5.18, and 9.4.23

    Posted On: Jul 3, 2019

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions. This release contains an important security fix and also bug fixes and improvements done by the PostgreSQL community. 

    With this release, pg_hint_plan extension has been updated for PostgreSQL versions 11, 10, 9.6 and 9.5.

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

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) Now Provides Cluster Deletion Protection

    Posted On: Jul 3, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. 

  • US commercial regions now accept Chinese Yuan payments from China based customers.

    Posted On: Jul 3, 2019

    AWS now supports China based customers, who use services in US commercial regions, to pay their invoices from Amazon Web Services, Inc. (“AWS Inc.”) in Chinese Yuan through a China UnionPay credit card.  

  • AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced Now Available in EU (Paris), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and South America (Sao Paulo)

    Posted On: Jul 3, 2019

    Starting today, AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced are available in four new regions: EU (Paris), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and South America (Sao Paulo). 

  • AWS Amplify Console Updates Build image with SAM CLI and Custom Container Support

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2019

    Today, the Amplify Console launched several updates to the build service including SAM CLI and custom container support. The Amplify Console offers a Git-based workflow for continuously deploying and hosting fullstack serverless web apps.

  • AWS Industrial Software Competency to bring the next wave of highly qualified Advanced and Premier APN Consulting Partners with deep specialization in Industrial IT

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2019

    The AWS Partner Network (APN) launched the AWS Industrial Software Competency in 2018 that verifies, validates, and vets top APN Technology Partners with solutions for an end-to-end Industrial Software value chain. These Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) provide technology offerings targeting one or more of the primary steps in discrete manufacturing or process industries: Product Design, Production Design, and Production/Operations.

    Launching soon, a correlative track for best-in-class APN Consulting Partners designed to connect customers with highly-specialized Industrial Software System Integrators. These APN Partners can help customers achieve meaningful outcomes and support exploration and integration with top solutions designed specifically for this industry.

    To receive the AWS Industrial Software Competency designation, APN Partners must undergo rigorous technical validation related to industry-specific technology, as well as an assessment of the security, performance, and reliability of their AWS solutions. This validation gives customers complete confidence in choosing top APN Partner solutions from the tens of thousands in the AWS Partner Network.

    APN Consulting Partners with the AWS Industrial Software Competency will support the following categories:

    • Product Design: Applications and services used in the design phase, including Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Data Management (PDM), and Civil Engineering
    • Production Design: Applications for factory layout and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Data Management (PDM)
    • Production & Operations: Discrete and process industry applications like Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Plant Information Management System (PIMS), supply chain logistics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), analytic applications for industrial use, and manufacturing specific Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions

    Congratulations to the Advanced and Premier tier APN Partners that are paving the way for this new AWS Competency designation:

    Storm Reply

    Premier APN Consulting Partner based in Italy
    With a deep knowledge of the business processes of industrial and manufacturing companies, Storm Reply supports customers to build Industrial IoT solutions and provides digital platform to process real time data coming from factories, providing services on top like Machine Learning training and computation, big data processing, data warehousing and business logic.

    Deloitte

    Premier APN Consulting Partner based in US
    The manufacturing industry is ever changing. Rapid globalization, technological advancements, changing consumer preferences, and evolving government policies are reshaping the manufacturing industry, exponentially accelerating the pace of competition and continually raising the bar on company performance. Deloitte serves more than 95% of the Fortune 500 Industrial Manufacturing companies and can help anticipate, plan for, and manage the dramatic swings that characterize this market.

    Accenture 

    Premier APN Consulting Partner based in US
    Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Accenture helps help Industrial Equipment companies digitally transform their business through smart, connected and living technologies, to become Industry X.0 businesses.

    Wipro 

    Premier APN Consulting Partner based in India
    Wipro helps Industrial and Manufacturing businesses in their digital transformation journey of achieving operational excellence and superior customer experience across the entire value chain through continuous innovation, leveraging a combination of its own IPs and Platforms and the power of an unparalleled ecosystem of partners like AWS.

    Contact your Partner Development Manager (PDM) to learn more about becoming an AWS Industrial Software Competency Partner! You can find the requirements here

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) Now Supports Stopping and Starting Clusters

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. 

  • AWS CodeCommit Now Supports Resource Tagging

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2019

    You can now assign tags to AWS CodeCommit repositories. With tags, you can group and find repositories with a common tag as well as define AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions based on tags. You can tag existing repositories as well as add tags to new repositories when you create them. 

  • Amazon DynamoDB now supports deleting a global secondary index before it finishes building

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2019

    Now, you can use the Amazon DynamoDB console or the UpdateTable API/CLI to delete a global secondary index even as it’s being created. Previously, you could not cancel the creation of a global secondary index—indexes could only be deleted once they finished building. This can help you save time if you no longer want a global secondary index or if you want a new global secondary index with different attribute projections. To learn more, see Deleting a Global Secondary Index From a Table in the DynamoDB Developer Guide.

  • Amazon RDS Introduces Compatibility Checks for Upgrades from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2019

    Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now performs checks to confirm compatibility of your MySQL 5.7 database with MySQL 8.0, and stops the upgrade if incompatibilities are found.  

  • Amazon Aurora Supports Cloning Across AWS Accounts

    Posted On: Jul 2, 2019

    You can now share your Amazon Aurora DB clusters with other AWS accounts for quick and efficient database cloning.

  • Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Tag-Based Access Control and Tags on WebSocket APIs

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2019

    Amazon API Gateway now offers tag-based access control for WebSocket APIs using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies, enabling you to easily categorize API Gateway resources for WebSocket APIs by purpose, owner, or other criteria.  

  • Amazon DynamoDB now supports up to 25 unique items and 4 MB of data per transactional request in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB now supports up to 25 unique items and 4 MB of data per transactional request in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD. Transactions enable developers to simplify their code and support workflows and business logic that require adding, updating, or deleting multiple items as a single, all-or-nothing operation. 

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: Jul 1, 2019

    AWS CodeBuild is now available to customers in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region.

    AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed continuous integration service in the cloud. CodeBuild compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. CodeBuild scales continuously and processes multiple builds concurrently, so your builds are not left waiting in a queue. You can get started quickly by using prepackaged build environments, or you can create custom build environments that use your own build tools. For more information, visit the CodeBuild product page.

    AWS GovCloud (US) is Amazon's isolated cloud infrastructure and services designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US Government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud.

    To learn more about AWS CodeBuild, visit our documentation. To see all regions where CodeBuild is available, see the AWS region table.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2019

    Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 base images for Standard, Compute Optimized, Memory Optimized and Graphics Pro instance families. This launch allows you to bring your applications that are only supported for Windows Server 2016/2019 to AppStream 2.0 or update your existing AppStream 2.0 environments to use the most recent Windows server operating system.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.1

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2019

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports 19.1 version of Oracle Application Express (APEX) for 11.2, 12.1 and 12.2 versions of Oracle Database. Using APEX, developers can build applications entirely within their web browser.

  • Amazon SageMaker Neo is now Available in Asia Pacific - Tokyo

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker Neo is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. Amazon SageMaker Neo enables developers to train machine learning models once and run them anywhere in the cloud and at the edge. Amazon SageMaker Neo optimizes models to run up to twice as fast, with less than a tenth of the memory footprint, with no loss in accuracy.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConnect Now Supports SPEKE for Conditional Access

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2019

    Today AWS Elemental MediaConnect added integration with SPEKE for key exchange with conditional access system (CAS) partners. SPEKE, which stands for Secure Packager and Encoder Key Exchange, is an open API specification that streamlines the way CAS systems integrate with MediaConnect. Using this feature, you can now encrypt live video shared using entitlements and fully control permissions for content sent to your distribution partners. This enables you to build complex distribution workflows with more granular and sophisticated conditional rights management, including time-based access, black-outs, and many other rules-based requirements. Visit the documentation pages to learn more.

  • AWS IoT Events is now available in Frankfurt, Sydney, and Tokyo

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2019

    AWS IoT Events is now available in the EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions. This is in addition to the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) AWS regions.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces now supports copying Images across AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2019

    You can now copy your Amazon WorkSpaces Images across AWS Regions. Using the same Image across Regions makes it simpler to manage global deployment of WorkSpaces while improving consistency, compliance, and security of your WorkSpaces.

  • AWS IoT Greengrass is Now Available in Seven Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 28, 2019

    AWS IoT Greengrass is now available in seven additional regions - Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), US East (Ohio), EU (London), AWS GovCloud (US-West), and AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet, extending the footprint to 13 AWS regions.

  • AWS Security Hub now available in AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    AWS Security Hub is now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region. You can now centrally and continuously manage the compliance and security of your AWS accounts in the Europe (Stockholm) region.

  • Announcing latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline 10.0.27 with Resource Tracker

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    We are pleased to announce the general availability for the latest release of AWS Thinkbox Deadline 10.0.27. This release adds support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2020 and Eddy for Nuke 2.3.0, and includes a new AWS feature, Resource Tracker, in addition to many improvements and bug fixes.  

  • New Digital Training Course Now Available: Alexa for Developers

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    If you have beginner-level coding experience and want to learn to use the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), the new Alexa for Developers digital training course is the right starting point. This free, two-hour online digital course introduces you to the ASK and explains how to use it to build, test, publish, and certify Amazon Alexa skills.

  • Amazon Athena is now available in Europe (Stockholm)

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Amazon Athena is now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) region. 

  • AWS Backup Is Now Available in Six Additional Regions

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    AWS Backup is now available in six additional regions across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas: Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Seoul), EU (London), Canada (Central), and US West (Northern California). 

  • New Quick Start deploys MemSQL on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys MemSQL, a distributed, highly scalable structured query language (SQL) database, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. This Quick Start is for database administrators, data architects, data scientists, and data analysts. 

  • Amazon ECS now supports additional resource-level permissions and tag-based access controls

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Amazon ECS customers now have additional options for controlling API access to ECS resources. With resource-level permissions (RLP) for services and task sets, you can now create IAM policies that allow or deny the ability to create, update, delete, or describe specific services and task sets.

  • Introducing New Instances Sizes for Amazon EC2 M5 and R5 Instances

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 M5, M5a, M5d, R5, R5a, and R5d instances will be available in new 8xlarge and 16xlarge sizes. The specifications for the new sizes are in the tables below. With these new instance sizes, customers who are currently using either m4.10xlarge, m4.16xlarge, r4.8xlarge, or r4.16xlarge now have an easy upgrade path to the latest generation of instances.  

  • Amazon Neptune is Now Available in Europe (Stockholm)

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Amazon Neptune is now available in the Europe (Stockholm) region.

  • Amazon Transcribe is now available in the AWS US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. Starting today, Amazon Transcribe becomes available in AWS US-West-1 Region.

  • AWS EdStart is now available to customers in Brazil

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    AWS is announcing the immediate availability of AWS EdStart, the AWS educational technology (EdTech) startup accelerator designed to help startup educational technology (EdTech) companies build teaching and learning solutions on the AWS Cloud, to customers in Brazil. Brazil joins the United States as the second country for availability in the Western Hemisphere, and the 34 country globally. AWS EdStart provides eligible EdTech startups AWS promotional credits and access to the same scalable technology used by established companies. 

  • New Digital Training Course Now Available: Data Analytics Fundamentals

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Data Analytics Fundamentals, which replaces the digital training course Big Data Technology Fundamentals, will teach you the latest on how to seamlessly plan a data analysis solution using the suite of AWS services. In this 3.5-hour, self-paced digital course, you will understand the big picture of data analysis, how to plan data analysis solutions, as well as the data analytic processes involved in those solutions.

  • Back up Amazon EFS file systems in US West (N. California), Canada (Central), Europe (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Seoul) with AWS Backup

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    You can now use AWS Backup, an automated and centralized backup service, to backup Amazon EFS file systems in the AWS US West (N. California), Canada (Central), Europe (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Seoul) Regions.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region. 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.

  • Introducing Amazon EC2 Instance Connect

    Posted On: Jun 27, 2019

    Amazon EC2 Instance Connect is a simple and secure way to connect to your instances using Secure Shell (SSH). 

  • New in AWS Deep Learning Containers: Support for Amazon SageMaker and MXNet 1.4.1 with CUDA 10.0

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    AWS Deep Learning (DL) Containers now come with libraries and packages required for model training and inference in Amazon SageMaker. Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that enables you to build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. You can now use DL Containers seamlessly across Amazon SageMaker, Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), self-managed Kubernetes on Amazon EC2, and Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS). This release of DL Containers also updates Apache MXNet images to 1.4.1 with support for CUDA 10.0.  

  • AWS Batch now available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    Starting today, AWS Batch is available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS Region.  

  • AWS Security Token Service Now Supports AWS PrivateLink in US East (Virginia), US East (Ohio), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    Starting today, AWS Security Token Service supports AWS PrivateLink in US East (Virginia), US East (Ohio), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions, enabling you to route data between your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Security Token Service entirely within the AWS network. 

  • AWS Glue is now available in the AWS EU (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    You can now use AWS Glue in the AWS EU (Stockholm) Region.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events Now Supports Amazon CloudWatch Logs as a Target and Tagging of CloudWatch Events Rules

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    You can now use CloudWatch Logs to store, monitor, and analyze CloudWatch Events that are triggered in your environment.  

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Lustre is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region. 

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region.

  • AWS License Manager is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2019

    AWS License Manager is now available in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD. AWS License Manager is offered at no additional charges. To learn more about this service, visit the product documentation, and FAQ page.

  • AWS Marketplace now integrates with your procurement systems

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    Today, AWS Marketplace announced Procurement System Integration, a new feature that enables enterprises to integrate AWS Marketplace with procurement systems. Builders can now use Coupa, a leader in Business Spend Management, to find, buy, deploy, and manage thousands of curated third-party software listings in AWS Marketplace. When a builder is ready to purchase the software they need, they click subscribe to complete a requisition request directly in Coupa. Once their request is approved, builders are automatically notified that their subscription is ready to deploy. With Procurement System Integration, builders can quickly get the software they need while ensuring the software they deploy meets their organization’s procurement policies. Procurement System Integration also helps procurement teams gain centralized governance and visibility for their approval workflows and purchase order tracking.

  • Encryption of new EBS volumes by default in an account within a region is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    We are excited to announce the availability of Encryption by Default for all new EBS volumes created in an account within a region in AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD. 

  • Launching of Encrypted EBS backed EC2 instances from unencrypted Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    We are excited to announce the capability to launch Encrypted EBS backed EC2 instances from unencrypted AMIs in AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD. 

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server now enables you to use a single AWS Managed AD with file systems across VPCs or accounts

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, a service that provides fully managed native Microsoft Windows file systems, now enables you to use a single AWS Managed Active Directory (AD) with file systems across Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) or AWS accounts.

  • Encrypted Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) sharing across accounts is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    We are excited to announce the availability of Encrypted AMI sharing across accounts in AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch Adds Visibility for your .NET and SQL Server Application Health

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    Amazon CloudWatch now supports Application Insights for .NET and SQL Server, a new capability that enables observability for .NET and SQL Server application stacks. It sets up and analyses important monitors from across your application resources to discover problems with your applications. For the detected issues, it creates CloudWatch Automatic Dashboards to visualize problem details, helping application owners troubleshoot faster and reduce their mean time to resolution (MTTR). 

  • AWS Direct Connect launches first location in Italy

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    AWS Direct Connect is now live at CDLAN srl Via Caldera 21, Milano. This is the first AWS Direct Connect location in Italy. Customers in Milan can now locally establish a dedicated network connection from their premises to AWS. This location can be found in the Management Console. With global access for AWS Direct Connect, you can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region from any of the above locations using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway. When connecting to any AWS region, your data will not hairpin via the home region if it is not in the shortest path to your desired AWS region. 

  • APN Navigate Security Track

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    Cloud security at AWS is the highest priority and APN Partners offer hundreds of industry-leading products that are equivalent, identical to, or integrate with existing controls in on-premises environments. The APN Security Navigate track provides a prescriptive journey for APN Partners who want to build expertise in cloud security solutions on AWS.

    Through this APN Navigate track, APN Partners will be introduced to the AWS approach to security in the cloud, the demand for AWS security services and talent in the current market, common use cases, and best practices for developing a security capability that paves the way for your organization to differentiate and become an AWS Security Competency Partner.

    Learn more about the importance of learning security best practices, and how to do that with the APN Navigate Security track here

  • Announcing Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring for Amazon EC2 Instances

    Posted On: Jun 25, 2019

    Customers can now replicate the network traffic from an EC2 instance within their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) and forward that traffic to security and monitoring appliances for use cases such as content inspection, threat monitoring, and troubleshooting. These appliances can be deployed on an individual Amazon EC2 instance or a fleet of instances behind a Network Load Balancer (NLB) with a User Datagram Protocol (UDP) listener. Amazon VPC traffic mirroring also supports traffic filtering and packet truncation, allowing customers to extract only traffic they are interested in monitoring.

  • Amazon EC2 Fleet is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    Amazon EC2 Fleet is a new feature that simplifies the provisioning of Amazon EC2 capacity across different Amazon EC2 instance types, Availability Zones and across On-Demand, Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RI) and Amazon EC2 Spot purchase options. With a single API call, now you can provision capacity across EC2 instance types and across purchase options to achieve desired scale, performance and cost.

    You can create an EC2 fleet specification defining target capacity, which EC2 instance types work for you, and how much of your fleet should be filled using On-Demand, RI and Spot purchase options. You can also indicate whether EC2 Fleet should take into account the number of cores and amount of memory on each instance or consider all instances equal when scaling. EC2 Fleet then launches the lowest price combination of instances to meet the target capacity based on these preferences.

    Amazon EC2 Fleet is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. Visit AWS GovCloud (US) homepage to learn more about these regions. To learn more about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, visit our documentation.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot Instances are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    Amazon EC2 Spot Instances let you take advantage of unused EC2 capacity available in the AWS cloud. Spot Instances are available at up to a 90% discount compared to On-Demand prices. You can use Spot Instances for various stateless, fault-tolerant, or flexible applications such as big data, containerized workloads, CI/CD, web servers, high-performance computing (HPC), and other test & development workloads. Spot Instances are easy to launch, scale and manage through AWS services like Amazon ECS and Amazon EMR, or integrated third parties like Terraform and Jenkins.

    Spot Instances can be launched via RunInstances API with a single additional parameter. You can also provision compute capacity across Spot Instances, RIs and On-Demand instances to optimize performance and cost using EC2 Fleet and Spot Fleet APIs. Spot Instances launched via these APIs are same as any EC2 instance; they provide the reliability, security, performance, control, and elasticity of Amazon EC2, at low market-driven prices. Spot Instances are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. To learn more about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, visit our documentation.

    AWS GovCloud (US) is Amazon's isolated cloud infrastructure and services designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US Government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud. Visit AWS GovCloud (US) homepage to learn more about these regions.

  • AWS Security Hub is now generally available

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) announced the general availability of AWS Security Hub, a new security service that provides customers a comprehensive view of both their compliance with the security standards and their high priority AWS security alerts, or findings. Customers simply turn on Amazon Security Hub in the AWS Management Console, and the service immediately begins conducting automated and continuous compliance checks, providing a comprehensive and timely view of a customer’s overall security and compliance status.

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Now Enables You to Use File Systems Directly With Your Organization’s Self-Managed Active Directory

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, a service that provides fully managed native Microsoft Windows file systems, now provides a new option for integrating Windows file systems with your organization’s user and group identities: you can now directly join your Amazon FSx file systems to on-premises or in-cloud self-managed Microsoft Active Directories (ADs).

  • Amazon DynamoDB now supports up to 25 unique items and 4 MB of data per transactional request

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB now supports up to 25 unique items and 4 MB of data per transactional request. Transactions enable developers to simplify their code, and support workflows and business logic that require adding, updating, or deleting multiple items as a single, all-or-nothing operation.

  • Network Load Balancer Now Supports UDP Protocol

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    Elastic Load Balancing now supports the UDP protocol on Network Load Balancers, in addition to the already supported TCP protocol. With this launch, you can deploy services that rely on the UDP protocol, such as Authentication and Authorization, Logging, DNS, and IoT, behind a Network Load Balancer, benefiting from its low latency, scale, and reliability.

  • AWS Fargate now available in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

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

  • AWS Control Tower is now generally available

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    AWS Control Tower is now generally available and supported for production use. AWS Control Tower is a service that is intended for organizations with multiple accounts and teams who are looking for the easiest way to set up their new multi-account AWS environment and govern at scale. With AWS Control Tower, cloud administrators get peace of mind knowing accounts in their organization are compliant with established policies while builders provision new AWS accounts quickly in a few clicks.

  • Amazon Connect Launches Contact Flow Versioning

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    Today, Amazon Connect introduces contact flow versioning, making it easy to preview, modify, and publish past versions of a flow with just a few clicks within the contact flow designer. Rolling back between a saved or published version is simple, allowing you to review how a flow evolved and inspect how it was previously configured, enabling experimentation. Previously, customers could only revert to the last saved or published version, limiting their ability to track changes.

  • File Gateway adds options to enforce encryption and signing for SMB shares

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    AWS Storage Gateway now supports security level options for data transferred between the File Gateway and SMB clients. You can enforce encryption and signing on client requests, or use client-negotiated defaults, helping you meet organizational requirements for security and client compatibility. 

  • Introducing Service Quotas: View and manage your quotas for AWS services from one central location

    Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

    With Service Quotas, you can view and manage your quotas easily and at scale as your AWS workloads grow. Quotas, also referred to as limits, are the maximum number of resources that you can create in an AWS account. AWS implements quotas to provide highly available and reliable service to all customers, and protect you from unintentional spend. Each quota starts with an AWS default value. Based on your needs, you can request to increase quota values for your specific account.

  • Use IAM access advisor with AWS Organizations to set permission guardrails confidently

    Posted On: Jun 21, 2019

    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) access advisor uses data analysis to help you set permission guardrails confidently by providing service last accessed information for your accounts, organizational units (OUs), and your organization managed by AWS Organizations. Permission guardrails help control which services your developers and applications can access. By analyzing last accessed information, you can determine the services not used by IAM users and roles. You can implement permissions guardrails using service control policies (SCPs) that restrict access to those services.

  • AWS Storage Gateway now supports Amazon VPC endpoints with AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    Customers can now use AWS Storage Gateway to provide hybrid cloud storage through their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints. With this feature, the network connection between an on-premises Storage Gateway appliance and AWS can be restricted to private network routes, further securing storage workloads and administration activities. VPC endpoints for Storage Gateway are provided by AWS PrivateLink, a highly available, scalable technology that enables customers to privately connect their VPC to supported AWS services. 

  • Amazon QuickSight now supports fine-grained access control over Amazon S3 and Amazon Athena!

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    Amazon QuickSight announces the availability of fine-grained access control for AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissioned resources (specifically, Amazon S3, Amazon Athena and Amazon RDS/Redshift database discovery. Fine-grained access control allows administrators of an Amazon QuickSight account to control authors’ default access to connected AWS resources and use IAM policies to scope down access permissions so specific authors can only access specific items within the AWS resources. 

  • Amazon API Gateway Adds Configurable Transport Layer Security Version for Custom Domains

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    You can now enforce a minimum Transport Layer Security (TLS) version and cipher suites through a security policy for connecting to your Amazon API Gateway custom domain, allowing you to further improve security for your customers.  

  • AWS IoT Greengrass 1.9.2 With Support for OpenWrt and AWS IoT Device Tester is Now Available

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    AWS IoT Greengrass Core 1.9.2 is now available. With this release, AWS IoT Greengrass adds support for the OpenWrt operating system.  

  • Amazon RDS now supports Storage Auto Scaling

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon RDS for MariaDB, Amazon RDS for MySQL, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, Amazon RDS for SQL Server and Amazon RDS for Oracle support RDS Storage Auto Scaling. RDS Storage Auto Scaling automatically scales storage capacity in response to growing database workloads, with zero downtime.

  • AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority now supports root CA hierarchies

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    Certificate authority (CA) administrators can now create a private CA hierarchy, including root and subordinate CAs. A CA hierarchy is a way to organize CAs that provides strong security and restrictive access controls for the most-trusted root CA at the top of the hierarchy, while allowing more permissive access and bulk certificate issuance for subordinate CAs lower in the trust chain. This feature expands ACM Private CA capabilities from a single level hierarchy that required you to operate your root and intermediate CAs, to an AWS-managed solution that provides a full CA hierarchy without the need to maintain external root CAs.

  • AWS Glue now provides workflows to orchestrate your ETL workloads

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    Starting today, you can now use workflows in AWS Glue to author directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of Glue triggers, crawlers and jobs.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Data Import from Amazon S3

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility now supports importing of data stored in a Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket into a PostgreSQL table. A new extension aws_s3 has been added to perform the import operation. You can import any data format that is supported by the PostgreSQL COPY command, using the ARN role association method or using Amazon S3 credentials.

    Import from Amazon S3 is supported with Aurora PostgreSQL version 2.3, compatible with PostgreSQL 10.7. To learn more, please visit the documentation page.

    Amazon Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. It provides up to three times better performance than the typical PostgreSQL database, together with increased scalability, durability, and security. To learn more about Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility, please visit our product page.

  • AWS X-Ray is Now Available in Hong Kong

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    AWS X-Ray, a distributed tracing system that helps developers analyze and debug multi-tiered applications, is now available in AWS’ new Hong Kong region. 

  • Amazon SQS Server-Side Encryption is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) with encrypted queues in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region. Server-side encryption (SSE) lets you transmit sensitive data in encrypted queues. SSE protects the contents of messages in Amazon SQS queues using keys managed in AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). 

  • AWS Migration Hub Adds Support for Service-Linked Roles

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

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

  • AWS Lambda Console shows recent invocations using CloudWatch Logs Insights

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    You can now see statistics from recent invocations of your Lambda functions directly in the Lambda monitoring tab. 

  • Announcing Enhanced Lambda@Edge Monitoring within the Amazon CloudFront Console

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    Starting today, you can monitor the Lambda functions associated with your Amazon CloudFront distributions directly from your Amazon CloudFront console for an easier monitoring and debugging experience.

  • New Quick Start deploys Cohesive Networks VNS3 on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Jun 20, 2019

    This Quick Start helps you deploy a Cohesive Networks VNS3 overlay network on the AWS Cloud in about 15 minutes. It includes AWS CloudFormation templates, which automatically configure the VNS3 environment.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory and AD Connector are now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2019

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, and AD Connector are now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region.  

  • Amazon EKS now supports Kubernetes version 1.13, ECR PrivateLink, and Kubernetes Pod Security Policies

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) now supports Kubernetes version 1.13.7 for all clusters. Additionally, you can use ECR PrivateLink and Kubernetes PodSecurityPolicies with your EKS clusters.

  • Amazon MQ is Now Available in Mumbai and Paris

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2019

    Amazon MQ is now available in 14 regions, with the addition of the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and EU (Paris) regions.

  • Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e Instances are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: Jun 19, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) region.

  • Introducing AI Powered Speech Analytics for Amazon Connect

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2019

    AI Powered Speech Analytics for Amazon Connect is a solution that provides customer insights in real time, and helps agents and supervisors better understand and respond to customer needs so they can resolve customer issues and improve the overall customer experience. The solution includes pre-trained AWS artificial intelligence (AI) services that enable customers to transcribe, translate, and analyze each customer interaction in Amazon Connect, and presents this information to assist contact center agents during their conversations.

  • Amazon CloudFront announces seven new Edge locations in North America, Europe, and Australia

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2019

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces seven new Edge locations. Four of the new Edge locations are in North America including Houston, Texas (2) , Hillsboro, Oregon, and Toronto, Ontario. Two locations were added in Europe in Manchester, England, and Zurich, Switzerland while another Edge location was added in Sydney, Australia. The addition of these new Edge locations has doubled our capacity in each city to serve the growing number of viewer requests. A full list of CloudFront’s global locations is available on the CloudFront Features webpage.

  • Amazon Lightsail Partners with GoDaddy to Simplify WordPress Management

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2019

    Amazon Lightsail is happy to announce a partnership with GoDaddy’s Pro Sites product to help WordPress customers easily manage their instances for free. Amazon Lightsail takes out the learning curve of creating a WordPress website at AWS.  

  • Reduced Pricing for AWS P3 Reserved Instances is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2019

    Today we are announcing a price reduction of 30% on P3 1-year Reserved Instances and 10% on the 3-year Reserved Instances in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. In the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, we are reducing P3 1-year Reserved Instances by 40% and 3-year Reserved Instances by 10%. 

  • Introducing New Instance Sizes for Amazon EC2 C5 Instances

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5 instances will be available in new 12xlarge, 24xlarge, and Bare Metal sizes. These new instances will be powered by custom 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (based on the Cascade Lake architecture) with sustained all-core turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz and maximum single core turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz. New Cascade Lake processors enable a new feature called Intel DL Boost which will help speed up typical machine learning operations like convolution, and automatically improve inference performance over a wide range of deep learning workloads. The specifications for the new sizes are in the table below.  

  • Bluetooth Low Energy Support and New MQTT Library Now Generally Available in Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00 Major

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2019

    Bluetooth Low Energy support in Amazon FreeRTOS and a new MQTT library are now generally available in Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00 Major. You can securely connect Amazon FreeRTOS devices using Bluetooth Low Energy to AWS IoT via Android and iOS devices, and use the new MQTT library to create applications that are independent of the connectivity protocol, such as Bluetooth Low Energy or Wi-Fi.  

  • Now Add Endpoint Policies to Interface Endpoints for AWS Services

    Posted On: Jun 17, 2019

    You can now set endpoint policies on AWS interface endpoints. Amazon VPC endpoint policy is an AWS Identity and Access Management (AWS IAM) resource policy that you can attach to an endpoint when you create or modify the endpoint. If you do not attach a policy when you create an endpoint, a default policy gets attached for you to allow full access to the service. The Amazon VPC endpoint policy defines which principal can perform which actions on which resources. An endpoint policy does not override or replace IAM user policies or service-specific policies. It is a separate policy for controlling access from the endpoint to the specified service.

  • New Dynamic Vegetation System in Lumberyard Beta 1.19 – Available Now

    Posted On: Jun 17, 2019

    We are excited to release Lumberyard Beta 1.19, which includes over 150 new features, improvements and fixes, so you can create beautiful, dense worlds and iterate faster towards great gameplay – without relying on anyone else.

  • AWS Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US), and Canada (Central) AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 18, 2019

    AWS Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway is now available in AWS GovCloud (US), and Canada (Central) AWS Regions. With this feature, customers can connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) in multiple AWS Regions to their on-premises networks using 1/2/5/10 Gbps AWS Direct Connect connections.

  • You can now publish Amazon Neptune Audit Logs to Cloudwatch

    Posted On: Jun 17, 2019

    You can now configure Amazon Neptune to publish audit logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs.

  • AWS App Mesh Service Discovery with AWS Cloud Map generally available.

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2019

    You can now use the AWS Cloud Map service registry selectors with AWS App Mesh. This new option allows you to define a subset of endpoints (through matching on key and value selectors) that were defined in Cloud Map. You simply change your App Mesh VirtualNode configuration to use Cloud Map, add the selectors for the subset of service endpoints you want the VirtualNode to represent and register your running service (IP addresses and metadata) with the corresponding Cloud Map Service name and Namespace and keys and value metadata. When routing traffic to that Virtual Node, App Mesh will route to the endpoints that match the CloudMap key and value selectors you configured. 

  • AWS CloudFormation updates for Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, Amazon EFS, Amazon S3 and more

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2019

    AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment. It allows you to use a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts. 

  • Amazon MSK is Now Integrated with AWS CloudFormation and Terraform

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2019

    Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now integrated with AWS CloudFormation and HashiCorp Terraform which allows customers to describe and provision Amazon MSK resources using code. These services make it easy to provision and configure Amazon MSK clusters in a repeatable, automated, and secure manner. 

  • AWS Client VPN now includes support for AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to specify AWS Client VPN Endpoint resources. This improvement enables you to use CloudFormation to create AWS Client VPN Endpoints, associate target subnets, create routes and rules —along with the rest of your AWS infrastructure—in a secure, efficient, and repeatable way.

  • AWS Amplify Console now supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jun 14, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to provision Amplify Console resources, enabling repeatable and reliable web app deployments. CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment and simplifies the roll out across multiple AWS accounts and/or regions with just a couple of clicks.

  • Amazon ElastiCache launches reader endpoints for Redis

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2019

    You can now use a single reader endpoint to connect to your Redis read replicas. Until today, to easily connect to your read replicas you had to manage multiple endpoints at the application level. The new feature allows you to direct all read traffic to your ElastiCache for Redis cluster through a single, cluster-level endpoint.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports z1d instance types

    Posted On: Jun 13, 2019

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports z1d instance types. Amazon EC2 z1d instances deliver a sustained all core frequency of up to 4.0 GHz, the fastest of any cloud instance.

  • Announcing EMR Release 5.24.0: With performance improvements in Spark, new versions of Flink, Presto, and Hue, and enhanced CloudFormation support for EMR Instance Fleets

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    You can now use Apache Spark 2.4.2, Apache Flink 1.8.0, Presto 0.219, Hue 4.4.0, JupyterHub 0.9.6, Apache Livy 0.6.0, and Apache MXNet 1.4.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.24.0.

    This release also includes three new performance optimizations which you can enable and improve Spark performance by up to 13X: Dynamic partition pruning, Flattening scalar subqueries, and DISTINCT before INTERSECT.

    • Dynamic partition pruning allows the Spark engine to dynamically infer relevant partitions at runtime, saving time and compute resources by both reading less data from storage, and processing less records.
    • Flatten scalar subqueries helps in situations where multiple different conditions need to be applied to rows from a specific table, and prevents the table from being read multiple times for each condition. This reduces redundant data reads and improves performance.
    • DISTINCT before INTERSECT eliminates duplicate values in each input collection prior to computing the intersection, improving performance by reducing the amount of data shuffled between hosts.

    You need to enable these optimizations via Spark properties. Please refer to the EMR 5.24.0 release notes to learn more about these features.

    Additionally, you can now use CloudFormation templates and specify multiple subnets for different Availability Zones within a VPC when you launch clusters using EMR Instance Fleets. This feature is available from EMR versions 4.8.0 and greater (with the exception of 5.0.x)

    Amazon EMR release 5.24.0 is now available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

    You can create an Amazon EMR cluster with the release 5.24.0 by choosing the release label “emr-5.24.0” from the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or SDK. You can choose Spark, Flink, Presto, Hue, JupyterHub, Livy, and MXNet to install these applications when you launch your EMR cluster. Please visit the Amazon EMR documentation for more information about EMR release 5.24.0, Spark 2.4.2, Flink 1.8.0, Presto 0.219Hue 4.4.0, JupyterHub 0.9.6, Livy 0.6.0, and MXNet 1.4.0.

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

  • Amazon MQ is Now Available in the Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    Amazon MQ is now available in 12 regions with the addition of the Canada (Central) region.  

  • AWS Single Sign-On now makes it easy to access more business applications including Asana and Jamf

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) makes it easy to manage access to business applications by providing pre-integrated applications such as Salesforce, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office 365. AWS SSO now expands the total pre-integrated applications to 200 by adding applications including Asana, Jamf, and Uptime.com. For full list of pre-integrated applications, see Cloud Applications.

  • Network Load Balancer is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Osaka)

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    Network Load Balancer, designed to handle millions of requests per second while maintaining ultra-low latencies, is now available in Asia Pacific (Osaka).  

  • Amazon Rekognition Now Available in Four Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon Rekognition is available in four additional AWS Regions — EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Singapore).

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is Now Available in the Europe (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is now available in the AWS Europe (Frankfurt) Region.

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre is Now Available in the Europe (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Lustre is now available in the AWS Europe (Frankfurt) Region.

  • Amazon QuickSight launches multi-sheet dashboards, new visual types and more

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    Amazon QuickSight announced the launch of sheets within dashboards. Sheets allow better organization of information within the dashboard, where visuals related to specific subject areas or topics can be organized in separate sheets and distinctly identified through the tab name. As a reader, you can then navigate to a single dashboard to get a comprehensive view of all the insights related to a topic. For more information, see here.  

  • Amazon Elastic File System is Available in the AWS Europe (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Jun 12, 2019

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the AWS Europe (Paris) region.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Cluster Cache Management

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility now supports cluster cache management, providing a faster path to full performance if there's a failover. With cluster cache management, you designate a specific reader DB instance in your Aurora PostgreSQL cluster as the failover target. Cluster cache management keeps the data in the designated reader's cache synchronized with the data in the read-write instance's cache. If a failover occurs, the designated reader is promoted to be the new read-write instance, and workloads benefit immediately from the data in its cache.

    Without cluster cache management, when a read-write instance fails over to a read-only instance and that instance is promoted to be the new read-write instance, the cache in the newly promoted instance doesn’t have the data that was “hot” in the failed instance’s cache right before it failed. This leads to degraded performance while the “hot” data is read into the new instance’s cache from storage.

    You can learn more about Aurora PostgreSQL and cluster cache management on the Aurora PostgreSQL documentation pages. Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. For more information, please visit the Amazon Aurora product page.

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    AWS CodeBuild is now available to customers in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

    AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed continuous integration service in the cloud. CodeBuild compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. CodeBuild scales continuously and processes multiple builds concurrently, so your builds are not left waiting in a queue. You can get started quickly by using prepackaged build environments, or you can create custom build environments that use your own build tools. For more information, visit the CodeBuild product page.

    AWS GovCloud (US) is Amazon's isolated cloud infrastructure and services designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US Government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud.

    To learn more about AWS CodeBuild, visit our documentation. To see all regions where CodeBuild is available, see the AWS region table.

  • AWS Secrets Manager is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Customers in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region can now use AWS Secrets Manager to manage secrets such as database passwords and API keys needed to access their applications, services, and IT resources.

  • New AWS ISV Workload Migration Program

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Whether it’s an organization's first cloud project or part of a larger transformation initiative, the migration of Independent Software Vendor (“ISV”) workloads from on-premises data centers to AWS requires significant domain expertise in planning, execution, and optimization. Such migrations require an understanding of workload dependencies, application customizations, and AWS deployment options.

    To address this challenge, we’re excited to introduce the AWS ISV Workload Migration Program (WMP). The program helps customers migrate ISV workloads to AWS to achieve business goals and accelerate their cloud journey.

    AWS ISV WMP collaborates with AWS Partner Network (APN) Technology Partners and their APN Consulting Partner communities to create a prescriptive and repeatable migration process for their AWS offering, whether its deployed as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Bring Your Own License (BYOL), or a Managed Service. The program is open to Select, Advanced, and Premier tier APN Partners and provides technical enablement, migration funding to offset costs, and go-to-market support.

    With the goals of streamlining migration and lowering the cost of migrating ISV workloads for the customer, this program aligns APN Partners and AWS to support the success of our customers’ cloud journey. With AWS ISV WMP, APN Partners drive and deliver ISV workload migrations, enhancing their cloud practices and customer success on AWS.

    Learn more >> 

  • AWS ParallelCluster now supports Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA)

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Customers using AWS ParallelCluster to set up their High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters can now take advantage of Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA). AWS ParallelCluster helps you easily configure everything you need to run your application with EFA, including security group with ingress & egress rules, Open MPI, and Libfabric library. 

  • CloudEndure Migration is now available at no charge

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    CloudEndure, an AWS company, now offers CloudEndure Migration to move applications from any physical, virtual, or cloud-based infrastructure to AWS at no charge. This offer is available to all AWS customers and partners. 

  • New Version of AWS Security Fundamentals Digital Course Now Available

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    AWS Security Fundamentals (Second Edition) is now available. This introductory digital course features updated, streamlined content to help you better understand security in the cloud for your organization. In this two-hour, self-paced, digital course, the experts at AWS will help you address your security responsibility in the AWS Cloud and the different security-oriented services available. You will learn to identify the security benefits and responsibilities when using the AWS Cloud. You will also learn fundamental AWS Cloud security concepts, including AWS access control, data encryption methods, and how network access to your AWS infrastructure can be secured.

  • Amazon DynamoDB on-demand and transactions now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB on-demand capacity mode and transactions are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. On-demand capacity mode is a flexible capacity mode for DynamoDB capable of serving thousands of requests per second without requiring capacity planning. Transactions provide developers atomic, consistent, isolated, and durable (ACID) operations in DynamoDB so that they can maintain data correctness in applications more easily.

  • AWS DataSync is now available in AWS GovCloud (US-West)

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    AWS DataSync is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. DataSync is an online data transfer service that simplifies, automates, and accelerates copying data between NFS file servers, Amazon S3 buckets, and Amazon EFS file systems.

  • AWS Serverless Application Repository is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    The AWS Serverless Application Repository is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) region. The addition of the AWS GovCloud (US-West) region increases the availability of the AWS Serverless Application Repository, which offers region support for Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Paris, Stockholm), South America (São Paulo), US West (N. California, Oregon), and US East (N. Virginia, Ohio). The AWS Serverless Application Repository is available in 17 regions.

  • Amazon DynamoDB now supports tagging tables when you create them in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Last month, we announced support for tagging Amazon DynamoDB tables when you create them in all standard AWS Regions. Today, we extend tagging support to the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. Tags are labels you can attach to AWS resources to make them easier to manage, search, and filter.

  • Amazon Chime Achieves HIPAA Eligibility

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Amazon Chime is now a HIPAA Eligible Service. If you have a HIPAA Business Associate Addendum (BAA) in place with AWS, you can now start using Amazon Chime for your HIPAA eligible workloads. If you do not have a BAA in place with AWS or have any other questions about running HIPAA-regulated workloads on AWS, please contact us.

  • New AWS Partner Network Program, Authority to Operate on AWS

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    Security and compliance are primary considerations for many of our customers as they begin their cloud journey. Oftentimes, public sector customers face obstacles and challenges using commercially available solutions today do not meet the security and compliance authorizations needed to operate in the public sector.

    Introducing the new Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS Program to help APN Partners running on AWS accelerate the security and compliance authorization process, reducing the time and cost it takes to achieve an ATO from their customers, which is required for production use (such as FedRAMP or CJIS).

    Through the ATO on AWS Program, APN Partners receive the resources needed to build, implement, and optimize DevOps, SecOps, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), Continuous Risk Treatment (CRT) strategies and processes for their organization, as well as provide access to managed solutions that minimize the work required to achieve such authorizations.

    Learn more on the APN Blog >> 

  • AWS Glue is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

    Posted On: Jun 11, 2019

    You can now use AWS Glue in the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region. 

  • Amazon Personalize Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 10, 2019

    We are excited to announce the general availability of Amazon Personalize, a machine learning service that makes it easy for developers to create individualized recommendations for users of their applications. Based on the same technology used at Amazon.com, Amazon Personalize allows developers to easily build sophisticated personalization capabilities into their applications, such as personalized product and content recommendations, tailored search results, and targeted marketing promotions.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Launches Dynamic Labels on Dashboards

    Posted On: Jun 10, 2019

    You can now add dynamic labels to your Amazon CloudWatch charts that provide richer context on your dashboards, helping you to more quickly identify anomalies in system health and performance. Dynamic labels provide data summaries over the time window represented in the chart and update automatically as the chart is refreshed. For example, adding the average and maximum dynamic labels for a CPU utilization metric across multiple EC2 resources can help you identify anomalies at a glance. The initial set of dynamic labels includes AVG, SUM, MIN, MAX and LAST, with more to follow.

  • AWS CodeCommit Supports Two Additional Merge Strategies and Merge Conflict Resolution

    Posted On: Jun 10, 2019

    AWS CodeCommit now supports two additional merge strategies for pull requests: squash merges and three-way merges, and a conflict resolution editor in the console that allows developers to manually resolve conflicts at the time of a merge. A pull request is the primary way developers review, comment on, and merge code changes. Collaboratively reviewing code changes in pull requests helps developers maintain high code quality and better understand each other’s code. 

  • Amazon Comprehend Medical is now Available in Sydney, London, and Canada

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2019

    Amazon Comprehend Medical is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney), EU (London), and Canada (Central) regions. Amazon Comprehend Medical is a natural language processing service that makes it easy to use machine learning to extract relevant medical information from unstructured text.

  • Introducing AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter to enable faster issue resolution

    Posted On: Jun 7, 2019

    AWS Systems Manager, the operational hub for AWS and hybrid cloud deployments, announces the launch of OpsCenter to help you view, investigate, and resolve operational issues related to your environment from a central location. OpsCenter presents operational issues in a standardized view, along with contextually relevant data to help you with the diagnosis and remediation of them. You can associate AWS Systems Manager Automation documents for easier remediation and also specify deduplication logic to filter repetitive operational issues.

  • New Digital Course on edX for Building Applications That Use Amazon DynamoDB

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    AWS Training and Certification has launched Amazon DynamoDB: Building NoSQL Database–Driven Applications, a new self-paced, digital course available exclusively on edX.

  • AWS Organizations Now Supports Tagging and Untagging of AWS Accounts

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    You can now assign custom attributes, or tags, to the AWS accounts you manage with AWS Organizations. The ability to attach tags such as owner name, project, business group, cost center, environment, and other values directly to your AWS accounts makes it easier for the people in your organization to get information on particular AWS accounts without having to refer to a separate spreadsheet or other out-of-band method for tracking your AWS accounts.


    AWS Organizations helps you centrally govern your environment as you grow and scale your workloads on AWS. Using AWS Organizations, you can automate account creation, create groups of accounts to reflect your business needs, and apply policies for these groups for governance. You can also simplify billing by setting up a single payment method for all of your AWS accounts.

    You can tag and untag AWS accounts using the AWS Organizations console or programmatically via the AWS SDK at no additional cost. For more information, please visit documentation on Tagging in AWS Organizations and read more about AWS Tagging Strategies.

  • AWS KMS is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    AWS KMS is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data, and uses Chinese government-approved hardware security modules to protect the security of your keys. The service is designed so that no one, including KMS service operators, can retrieve your plaintext master keys from the service. You control the use and management of these keys used to access encrypted data across AWS services and in your own applications.

  • Amazon ECS now supports increased elastic network interface (ENI) limits for tasks in awsvpc Networking Mode

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now supports increased ECS task limits for select Amazon EC2 instances when using awsvpc task networking mode. When you use these instance types and opt in to the awsvpcTrunking account setting, additional Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs) are available for tasks using awsvpc networking mode on newly launched container instances.

  • Amazon EC2 z1d Instances are Now Available in the UK (London) region

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 z1d instances are available in the Europe (London) region. 

  • Amazon EBS encryption is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    We are excited to announce the availability of Amazon EBS encryption in AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by SINNET, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD.

  • Serverless Image Handler Now Leverages Sharp and Provides Smart Cropping with Amazon Rekognition

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    The AWS Solutions team recently updated Serverless Image Handler, a solution that combines highly available, trusted AWS services and the open source image processing suite Sharp to enable fast and cost-effective image manipulation on the AWS Cloud. The solution provides a demo user interface for image manipulation that allows you to interact directly with your image handler API endpoint using image files in your account. It also features an image request option that allows you to crop images using the facial recognition capabilities of Amazon Rekognition.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Now Available in Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert is now available in the Europe (Stockholm) region.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 launches three self-guided workshops to build online trials and SaaS solutions

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 released three self-guided workshops that help software vendors build online software trials and software as a service (SaaS) solutions for their desktop applications, without rewriting them. This project series provides step-by-step guidance for three projects that demonstrate how you can use AppStream 2.0 for these scenarios. To get started, see AppStream 2.0 ISV Workshops.

  • AWS Well-Architected Tool Now Supports 8x More Text in the Notes Field

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    Today the AWS Well-Architected Tool has increased the maximum number of characters per notes field from 250 characters to 2,084 characters.  

  • AWS Glue supports scripts that are compatible with Python 3.6 in Python shell jobs

    Posted On: Jun 6, 2019

    Starting today, you can now run scripts using Python shell jobs that are compatible with Python 3.6. Previously, Python shell jobs in AWS Glue were compatible only with Python 2.7. You can use Python shell jobs in AWS Glue to run small to medium-sized generic tasks that are often part of an ETL (extract, transform, and load) workflow.  

  • Amazon Elastic File System is Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2019

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

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now Supports Multi-File Native Restores

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2019

    Starting today, when migrating to Amazon RDS for SQL Server, you can now restore a multi-file native SQL Server backup from S3 to an Amazon RDS SQL Server database instance. 

  • Amazon ECS Support for Windows Server 2019 Containers is Generally Available

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports running Windows Server 2019 containers. Amazon ECS provides an ECS-Optimized Windows Server Amazon Machine Image (AMI), which is based on the EC2 Windows Server 2019 AMI and includes Docker 18.09 and the ECS Agent 1.27. 

  • Amazon EC2 announces Host Recovery

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2019

    Host Recovery for Amazon EC2 automatically restarts your instances on a new host in the event of an unexpected hardware failure on a Dedicated Host. Host Recovery reduces the need for manual intervention, minimizing time for recovery and lowering operational burden for instances running on Dedicated Hosts. Additionally, built-in integration with AWS License Manager automates the tracking and management of your licenses in the event of recovery.

    There are no additional EC2 charges for using Host Recovery. Standard Dedicated Host charges apply. See Dedicated Host Pricing page for more information. Host Recovery is now generally available in the following AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), South America (São Paulo), China (Beijing) and China (Ningxia) regions. To learn more and to get started, please visit the Host Recovery documentation

  • Amazon Pinpoint now includes support for AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to specify Amazon Pinpoint resources. This improvement enables you to use CloudFormation to deploy Amazon Pinpoint resources—along with the rest of your AWS infrastructure—in a secure, efficient, and repeatable way. You can use CloudFormation templates to specify Amazon Pinpoint projects, segments, campaigns, and communication channels.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region with R5 instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances.

  • Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 5, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 X1 and X1e instances are available in additional AWS regions:

    • X1 instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS region.
    • X1e instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and US East (Ohio) AWS regions.
  • Amazon Inspector adds CIS Benchmark support for Amazon Linux 2

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2019

    Amazon Inspector expands Center for Internet Security's CIS Benchmarks support for Amazon Linux 2. You can now run Inspector CIS assessments on Amazon Linux 2 distributions to check the configuration of your Amazon EC2 instances against the security configuration best practices developed by CIS.

  • AWS DataSync is now SOC compliant

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2019

    You can now use AWS DataSync for workloads that are subject to Service Organization Control (SOC) compliance. DataSync is an online data transfer service that simplifies, automates, and accelerates copying data between NFS file servers, Amazon S3 buckets, and Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) file systems using a purpose-built network protocol to achieve speeds of up to 10x faster than open source tools.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis launches self-service updates

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2019

    We are excited to announce that Amazon ElastiCache for Redis now supports self-service updates. This feature allows you to apply service updates at the time of your choosing and track the progress in real-time. You now have the visibility and control on service updates to maintain HIPAA-eligibility, PCI-compliance or FedRAMP-authorization on your ElastiCache for Redis cluster on a schedule that best fits your business needs.

    When service updates applicable to your Redis replication group(s) become available, we will notify you via multiple channels including ElastiCache console, Emails, Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), AWS Personal Health Dashboard (PHD) and Amazon CloudWatch Events.

    You can start using self-service updates via the ‘Service Updates’ page in the Amazon ElastiCache console, AWS ElastiCache API and AWS CLI. The self-service updates feature is available in all AWS Regions for Redis replication groups running engine versions 3.2.6 and later. For more information about this feature, see ElastiCache for Redis Service Updates

  • Amazon API Gateway Now Supports VPC Endpoint Policies

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2019

    Amazon API Gateway now allows you to define VPC Endpoint policies, enabling you to specify which Private APIs a VPC Endpoint can connect to. Using VPC Endpoint policies, you can achieve more fine-grained security control.  

  • Amazon Inspector is now available in the Europe (London) Region

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2019

    Amazon Inspector is now available to customers in the Europe (London) region. With the addition of this region, Inspector is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), AWS GovCloud (US-West), and AWS GovCloud (US-East).

  • Amazon EC2 I3en Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 I3en instances are available in the US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt) AWS regions, and in additional Availability Zones (AZs) in the US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. I3en global availability now includes the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland), US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), and US West (Oregon) AWS regions. 

  • AWS Glue now provides an VPC interface endpoint

    Posted On: Jun 4, 2019

    Starting today, you can now connect directly to AWS Glue through an interface endpoint in your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) instead of connecting over the internet. When you use a VPC interface endpoint, communication between your VPC and AWS Glue is conducted entirely and securely within the AWS network.

  • New Quick Start deploys Tableau and Snowflake on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Jun 3, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys Tableau Server in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud and configures it to work with Snowflake in about 30 minutes. This Quick Start is for IT and database professionals who want to understand the infrastructure requirements of these solutions and deploy production workloads for end users in their organizations.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch 6.7

    Posted On: Jun 3, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports open source Elasticsearch 6.7 and Kibana 6.7. The new version of Elasticsearch and Kibana offers several new features and improvements, including BKD backed geo-shapes datatype, median absolute deviation aggregation, and support for nested fields in composite aggregations

  • AWS CodeCommit Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: May 31, 2019

    AWS CodeCommit, a fully-managed source control service, is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region. CodeCommit makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories.  

  • AWS Competency Partner Spotlight

    Posted On: May 31, 2019

    Today we released the AWS Competency Partner Spotlight, featuring qualified APN Technology and Consulting Partners who have deep expertise and proven customer success in specific areas like Machine Learning, Financial Services, Oralce, and more. 

    The AWS Competency Program highlights APN Partners who bring the right expertise for specific business needs by quickly narrowing the search among the tens of thousands of Partners in the APN. AWS Competency Partners are equipped to solve business problems in a complex IT environment.

    AWS Competency offerings follow AWS best practices for building the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient cloud infrastructure for industry applications.

    This APN Spotlight provides success stories for AWS Customers to learn more about APN Partner solutions or technology offerings that can help meet business goals. 

    See the AWS Competency Partner Spotlight >> 

  • Avis Budget Group and Slalom Further Digitize the Car Rental Process with Machine Learning on AWS

    Posted On: May 31, 2019

    Avis Budget Group is a global provider of transportation solutions. Its Avis and Budget brands have more than 11,000 rental locations in approximately 180 countries around the world. Its Zipcar brand, a leading car sharing network, has more than one million members in over 500 cities and towns.

    Avis Budget Group sought to become an API-driven company to reinvent the rental car experience, digitize its business, and develop new business models. The company needed help managing and using its data effectively while also scaling globally.

    After deciding to build on AWS, Avis Budget Group chose to work with Slalom to complete a successful PoC on AWS and move forward with a pilot project at Newark airport. Using machine learning (ML), the pilot focused on building a practical on-site solution that could address the over- and under-utilization of cars in real-time using an optimization engine built in Amazon SageMaker. Avis Budget Group plans to roll out the optimization engine to all of its North American locations by December of 2020. The company’s speed of development has improved substantially since building on AWS and working with Slalom. Through the PoC, Avis Budget Group found that moving the needle even a small amount on some of its objectives, such as optimizing car mileage, translates into big benefits for the business and for its customers.

    Read the Case Study to Learn More >> 

  • Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now Generally Available

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    Amazon MSK, an AWS streaming data service that manages Apache Kafka’s (Kafka) infrastructure and operations is now generally available. Amazon MSK makes it easy for developers and DevOps managers to build and run production applications on Kafka without needing significant Kafka and Apache ZooKeeper operational expertise.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Database Activity Streams For Real-time Monitoring

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    Database Activity Streams for Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility provides a near real-time data stream of the database activity in your relational database to help you monitor activity. When integrated with third party database activity monitoring tools, Database Activity Streams can monitor and audit database activity to provide safeguards for your database and help meet compliance and regulatory requirements.

  • Amazon Aurora Serverless MySQL 5.6 Now Supports Data API

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    Amazon Aurora Serverless MySQL 5.6 can now be accessed using the built-in Data API enabling you to access Aurora Serverless with web services-based applications, including AWS Lambda, AWS AppSync, and AWS Cloud9 

  • Announcing Tag-Based Access Control for AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    You can now control access to CloudFormation stacks and resources based on tag values.

  • Amplify Framework Adds Support for AWS Lambda Functions and Amazon DynamoDB Custom Indexes in GraphQL Schemas

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    Starting today, the Amplify CLI (part of the open source Amplify Framework) includes support for adding an AWS Lambda function to your AWS AppSync API using the GraphQL Transformer and the new @function directive. The GraphQL Transformer, included in the Amplify CLI, provides a simple to use interface that helps developers quickly create scalable web and mobile backends on AWS. 

  • Enable EC2 Hibernation Without Specifying Encryption Intent at Every Instance Launch

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    Hibernating your Amazon EC2 Instances is now easier then ever. You can now enable Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Encryption by Default, to ensure all new EBS volumes created in your account are encrypted. To enable Hibernation, you no longer have to create an encrypted copy of the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) before launching an instance. Alternatively, you can also now specify encryption intent at launch (with unencrypted AMI or snapshot) and enable hibernation at the same time (see link).  

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis improves cluster availability during planned maintenance

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis announces improved maintenance update procedures for auto failover enabled clusters. You can now benefit from improved availability during patching, updates and other maintenance related activities that involve planned node replacements. For Redis Cluster configurations that are set up to use Redis Cluster clients, the planned node replacements will now complete while the cluster serves incoming write requests. For non-Redis Cluster configurations, you may notice a brief write interruption, of up to a few seconds, associated with DNS update. 

  • AWS IoT Events is now generally available

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    AWS IoT Events is now generally available and supported for production use.  Customers already using IoT Events include BAI Communications, Moixa, and Ecofit. Launch partners include Deloitte, JIG-SAW, Brains Technology, and Onica.

  • AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Channel and Data Stores in Your Own Amazon S3 Buckets

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    You can now create IoT Analytics Channel and Data Stores in an Amazon S3 bucket in your AWS Account. This lets you easily integrate your IoT Analytics data with your existing data lake, manage the lifecycle of the data according to your S3 bucket policies, and use the data with a downstream application for further processing or presentation to end-users. Previously, your IoT Analytics data could only be used with an S3 bucket managed by the IoT Analytics service. With this feature, and the recently added support for sending IoT Analytics data set content to your Amazon S3 bucket, you now have the flexibility to use S3 buckets in your AWS account for both your IoT Analytics data and materialized views of it.

  • National Cancer Institute Case Study

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, supporting research, training, health information dissemination, and programs that research the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the care of cancer patients and their families.

    NCI faced several data backup challenges. For a research organization with 9,000 staff, securing and backing up data contained on endpoints—desktops and laptops—were essential. The large staff traveled frequently, often working in multiple locations, and data loss was a significant issue. That loss occurred through a combination of failing machines; lost, stolen, or dropped devices; and user failure to back up data.

    Using Druva inSync, NCI has transformed its approach to data loss and recovery by drastically reduced user data loss, automated backup and recovery managed mostly by end users, speedier response to FOIA and forensics requests, freed up IT team to focus on mission-critical tasks, and enabled digital transformation

  • AWS IoT Things Graph Now Generally Available

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    AWS IoT Things Graph is a fully managed service that makes it easier and faster to build IoT applications by visually connecting different devices and web services with little to no code. IoT applications are being built today using a variety of devices and web services to automate tasks for a rapidly expanding range of use cases like smart homes, manufacturing, and energy management. With AWS IoT Things Graph, customers can focus on the logic and functionality of their smart home or industrial IoT applications instead of dealing with the low-level details of integrating devices and services.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports PostgreSQL 10.7

    Posted On: May 30, 2019

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility to support PostgreSQL minor version 10.7. This release fixes PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities included in the 10.7 minor release by the PostgreSQL community and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

    To use the new version, you can create an Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. You can also create an Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility 10.7 read replica using an RDS for PostgreSQL 10.7 master instance, and then fail over your connections and applications to Aurora when ready. Learn more about migrating to Aurora PostgreSQL 10.7 in the Amazon RDS User Guide.

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

  • Volkswagen Group Research Works with Altair and Uses Nvidia Technology on AWS to Accelerate Aerodynamics Concept Design

    Posted On: May 29, 2019

    Many traditional simulations take too long to complete and weaken a car manufacturer’s ability to successfully engineer for optimal aerodynamic performance and flow physics while also designing for style. To address this challenge, Volkswagen Group Research decided to explore new computational technologies to shorten its simulation and development cycles.

    Volkswagen Group Research turned to Altair to trial the use of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver using NVIDIA GPUs on Amazon Web Services (AWS), specifically by using Altair’s ultraFluidX solution. Altair conducted a comprehensive Proof of Concept (PoC) for Volkswagen Group Research, conducting two Design of Experiments (DoE) cycles, consisting of 100 simulation runs each to be turned around within five business days.

    Following the successful PoC, the CAE Methods team at Volkswagen Group Research gained confidence in the capabilities of running ultraFluidX on AWS. The PoC resulted in not only high-quality CFD results produced by ultraFluidX, but also impressive robustness, degree of automation, and turnaround time demonstrated by the solution. The team was able to run 200 car shape variants in a time frame that would typically correspond to only a few runs with its current operational tools.

    Following a successful PoC, Altair estimates Volkswagen could save up to 70 percent of its current hardware cost using ultraFluidX.

    See the story to learn more >>

  • Amazon Textract - Now Generally Available

    Posted On: May 29, 2019

    We are excited to announce the general availability of Amazon Textract, which has been in preview since re:invent 2018. Amazon Textract is a managed machine learning service that automatically extracts text and structured data from virtually any document. Customers use Amazon Textract to quickly automate document workflows, processing millions of document pages in a few hours.

  • Amazon EBS adds ability to take point-in-time, crash-consistent snapshot across multiple EBS volumes

    Posted On: May 29, 2019

    You can now take crash-consistent snapshots of multiple Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes attached to an EC2 instance with a single API call. You can also use Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) to automate the multi-volume snapshot management via creating lifecycle policies.

  • New Quick Start deploys AWS Cloud9 cloud-based IDE

    Posted On: May 29, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud9 integrated development environment (IDE) in the AWS Cloud in about 30 minutes. This Quick Start is for organizations that want to provide developers with a flexible and powerful cloud-based IDE that allows them to run and debug code from a browser, while seamlessly sharing their development environment with their team. 

  • Amazon Route 53 Launches Private DNS and Health Checks in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: May 29, 2019

    You can now use Amazon Route 53 private Domain Name System (DNS) and health checks for public endpoints in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. This AWS Region is designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements.

  • AWS DataSync Now Supports EFS-to-EFS Transfer

    Posted On: May 29, 2019

    You can now use AWS DataSync to automatically, efficiently, and securely copy files between two Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) resources, including file systems in different AWS Regions and ones owned by different AWS accounts.  Using DataSync to copy data between EFS file systems, you can perform one-time migrations, periodic ingest for distributed workloads, or automate replication for data protection and recovery, at speeds up to 10 times faster than open-source tools.

  • Introducing Fraud Detection Using Machine Learning

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    Fraud Detection Using Machine Learning is a solution that automates the detection of potentially fraudulent activity, and flags that activity for review. The solution is easy to deploy and contains an example dataset of credit card transactions. But, you can modify the solution to use your own dataset.

  • Amazon Connect Adds Additional Telephony Metadata

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    You can now use telephony metadata from phone calls to obtain additional information about the source of the caller. Today, a caller can hide or mask the identity of their phone number by pressing special codes such *67 before dialing a contact center. Telephony metadata provides additional information from telephony carriers that help identify the source of the call.

    Previously the only telephony metadata available in Amazon Connect was the Caller-ID field displayed as the source number. Now, you can compare the Caller-ID information with additional telephony metadata to decide on how to route the caller. For example, if a caller is masking their phone number, they can be routed to a contact flow that provides greater security or an agent that specializes in authentication.

    To learn more, see Telephony Call Metadata Attributes in the Amazon Connect User Guide. Telephony Call Metadata is available in all AWS regions where Amazon Connect is offered. There is no additional charge, beyond standard pricing for service usage, and associated telephony rates. To learn more about Amazon Connect, please visit the Amazon Connect website.

  • Amazon Chime Voice Connector now supports United States Toll-Free Numbers

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    Amazon Chime Voice Connector now supports inbound calling to United States toll-free telephone numbers. Customers with on-premises phone systems can reduce their inbound toll-free calling costs up to 50% with this Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking service delivered from AWS. 

  • Announcing Windows Server version 1903 AMIs for Amazon EC2

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    Today we are announcing the availability of License Included (LI) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for Windows Server version 1903 for Amazon EC2, providing customers with an easy and flexible way to get up and running with the latest version of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release. Windows Server 1903 adds features that are best suited for use cases that involve building modern container-based Windows applications, such as enhanced Kubernetes support.

  • AWS Transit Gateway is Now Available in the South America (São Paulo) AWS Region

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    AWS Transit Gateway is now available in the South America (São Paulo) AWS Region. AWS Transit Gateway enables customers to connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) and their on-premises networks using a single gateway. As you grow the number of workloads across multiple AWS accounts, you need to scale your networks, better control your policies, and effectively monitor your resources.

  • Amazon Pinpoint Announces a Major Update to the Deliverability Dashboard

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    Today, we released a major update to the Amazon Pinpoint Deliverability dashboard. The Deliverability dashboard helps you understand and solve issues that could impact the delivery of your emails. With the Deliverability dashboard, you can increase the effectiveness of your email campaigns and create a better email experience for your users.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Service Adds Capability to Move Virtual Tapes from Amazon S3 Glacier to Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    Tape Gateway, a member of the AWS Storage Gateway service family, adds capability to move your virtual tapes archived in Amazon S3 Glacier to Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage class, enabling you to further reduce the monthly cost to store long-term data in the cloud by up to 75%. S3 Glacier Deep Archive is a new S3 storage class that provides secure, durable object storage for long-term data retention and digital preservation.  

  • AWS Glue now enables continuous logging for Spark ETL jobs

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    AWS Glue now provides continuous logs to track real-time progress of executing Apache Spark stages in ETL jobs . You can access different log streams for Apache Spark driver and executors in Amazon CloudWatch and filter out highly verbose Apache Spark log messages making it easier to monitor and debug your ETL jobs. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports SQL querying

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    New SQL support enables you to query your domain using the familiar SQL syntax without compromising on Elasticsearch’s full-text search and scoring capabilities. With SQL support, you can query your data using aggregations, group by, and where clauses to investigate your data.

  • Amazon Transcribe now supports speech-to-text in Modern Standard Arabic

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. Starting today, Amazon Transcribe supports transcription in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in all regions where the service is available.

  • Amazon DynamoDB supports FIPS 140-2 validated endpoints in the Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB now supports Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 validated endpoints in the Canada (Central) Region, making it easier for you to use DynamoDB for regulated workloads. These endpoints terminate TLS sessions using a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic software module. For more information, see Regions and Endpoints.

  • AWS Step Functions Enables Access to Workflow Metadata

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    AWS Step Functions now enables access to metadata about workflow executions so that you can easily identify related resources. For example, your workflow can retrieve its execution ID or a timestamp indicating when a task started. This makes it easier to correlate logs for faster debugging and to measure workflow performance data. Your workflows pass metadata to tasks by referencing a context object available with each workflow execution.  

  • Announcing New and Updated Exam Readiness Courses for AWS Certifications

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    AWS Certification helps build your credibility and confidence by validating your cloud expertise with an industry-recognized credential. We’re excited to announce the launch of two new and two updated Exam Readiness courses. These courses are designed to help you prepare for the updated AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional and AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional exams, as well as the new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder - Specialty and AWS Certified Security - Specialty exams.

  • New Quick Start deploys a data lake with SnapLogic on AWS

    Posted On: May 28, 2019

    This Quick Start builds a data lake environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 15 minutes by deploying SnapLogic components and AWS services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Redshift.

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server now Supports SQL Server Audit

    Posted On: May 24, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports SQL Server Audit! SQL Server Audit lets you create server audits, which can contain server audit specifications for server level events, and database audit specifications for database level events. 

  • AWS Transfer for SFTP now supports AWS CloudFormation and host key import

    Posted On: May 24, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to automate the deployment of solutions that use AWS Transfer for SFTP (AWS SFTP) servers. You can now also upload and associate an RSA host key with your AWS SFTP server.  

  • Amazon Connect Decreases US Telephony Pricing by 26% in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) regions

    Posted On: May 24, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon Connect pricing for US Inbound Direct Inward Dial (DID) has decreased from $0.0030 to $0.0022 per minute, and US Outbound has decreased from $0.0065 to $0.0048 per minute.

    Amazon Connect is an easy-to-use, self-service, cloud contact center service you can use to deliver more engaging customer service experiences. The self-service graphical interface makes it easy to design contact flows, manage agent utilization, and track performance metrics. You can create an Amazon Connect cloud contact center with just a few clicks in the Amazon Connect console, allowing your agents to be up and ready to take calls within minutes.

    For a list of regions where Amazon Connect is available, see the AWS Region table. First time Amazon Connect customers can try the service by using the AWS Free Tier. Visit the Amazon Connect website to learn more about Amazon Connect.

  • New Quick Start deploys a modular architecture for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL

    Posted On: May 24, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys a modular, highly available environment for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 25 minutes.

  • AWS RoboMaker now supports over-the-air deployment job cancellation

    Posted On: May 24, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker, a service that makes it easy to develop, simulate, and deploy intelligent robotic applications, now supports over-the-air (OTA) deployment job cancellation in fleet management. This new feature allows developers and system engineers to easily limit the impact of a problematic application update by cancelling a running deployment job.  

  • AWS Encryption SDK for C is now available

    Posted On: May 24, 2019

    The AWS Encryption SDK for C is now available to encrypt and decrypt your data in C and C++ applications. You can also use it as the foundation for bindings in other languages. The AWS Encryption SDK for C is highly performant and fully interoperable with the Java, Python, and CLI implementations.

  • Amazon Athena is now available in GovCloud (US-East)

    Posted On: May 24, 2019

    Amazon Athena is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) region.

  • AWS IoT Device Tester v1.2 is Now Available for Amazon FreeRTOS v1.4.8

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    AWS IoT Device Tester v1.2, a Windows/Linux/Mac test automation tool for connected devices, is now available for Amazon FreeRTOS 1.4.8. You can download the latest release here.

  • New Quick Start deploys the Ribbon SBC SWe on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys the Ribbon Session Border Controller Software Edition (SBC SWe) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes.

  • AWS Step Functions Adds Support for Callback Patterns in Workflows

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    AWS Step Functions now supports callback patterns. Callback patterns automate workflows for applications with human activities and custom integrations with third-party services. You create callback patterns in minutes with less code to write and maintain, run without servers and infrastructure to manage, and scale reliably. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service Is Now SOC Compliant

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    You can now use Amazon Elasticsearch Service in applications that are subject to Service Organization Control (SOC) compliance. Amazon Elasticsearch Service is now SOC 1, 2, and 3 compliant, allowing you to get deep insight into the security processes and controls that protect customer data. SOC compliance reports are often leveraged across diverse industries, such as technology, healthcare, banking, and financial services, and used for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) efforts.

  • AWS CodeCommit Now Supports Including Application Code When Creating a Repository with AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    You can now make an initial commit when you create an AWS CodeCommit repository in your AWS CloudFormation stack.  

  • AWS Backup Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to provision and automate your AWS Backup tasks. 

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Now Supports Always On Availability Groups for SQL Server 2017

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Always On Availability Groups for SQL Server 2017 which enables you to improve availability and durability of your SQL Server deployments by automatically replicating databases between two AWS Availability Zones (AZ). This feature is now available for SQL Server 2017 latest minor version (14.00.3049.1.v1) for the Enterprise Edition database engine. Previously, in November 2018, we announced support for this feature for SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition.

  • Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Tag-Based Access Control and Tags on Additional Resources

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Amazon API Gateway now offers tag-based access control using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies, allowing you to set more fine-grained access controls for all API Gateway resources. Tags are simple key-value pairs that you can define on API Gateway resources to categorize them by purpose, owner, or other criteria. 

  • Amazon DynamoDB adaptive capacity is now instant

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB now applies adaptive capacity in real time in response to changing application traffic patterns, which helps you maintain uninterrupted performance indefinitely, even for imbalanced workloads. In addition, instant adaptive capacity helps you provision read and write throughput more efficiently instead of overprovisioning to accommodate uneven data access patterns. Instant adaptive capacity is on by default at no additional cost for all DynamoDB tables and global secondary indexes.

  • You can now encrypt new EBS volumes in your account in a region with a single setting

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    You can now enable Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Encryption by Default, ensuring that all new EBS volumes created in your account are encrypted. Encryption by Default opt-in settings are specific to individual AWS regions in your account. With increasingly strict regulations on data, this feature makes it easier for you to encrypt data on EBS so that you achieve your compliance and security goals. 

  • CloudWatch Logs adds support for percentiles in metric filters

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Metric filters in CloudWatch Logs allow you to turn log data into numerical CloudWatch metrics that you can graph or set an alarm on. With metric filters, you can, for example, create CloudWatch metrics that count the number of errors in your logs, or that represent a latency value from your web servers. You can then visualize those metrics in CloudWatch Dashboards or use them to define alarm thresholds in CloudWatch Alarms.

  • Amazon GuardDuty is Now SOC Compliant

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Amazon GuardDuty is now a Service Organization Control (SOC) compliant service. This compliance certification applies to all AWS Regions where Amazon GuardDuty is available. 

  • Amazon EC2 P3dn Instances are Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 P3dn instances are available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS region. P3dn instances were first introduced in December of 2018 and feature eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs with 32GB of GPU memory each, 100 Gbps networking, 96 Intel Skylake-based vCPUs, and 768 GB of system memory that expands the P3 portfolio on the top end for faster distributed machine learning (ML) training workloads.

  • Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon bare metal instances are available in additional AWS regions:

    • M5 bare metal instances are now available in the Canada (Central) region.
    • M5d bare metal instances are now available in the US West (N. California), Canada (Central), and Europe (London) regions.
    • R5 bare metal instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), and Europe (London) regions.
    • R5d bare metal instances are now available in the US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), and Europe (Dublin and London) regions.
  • New Quick Start deploys Aviatrix Orchestrator for AWS Transit Gateway on AWS

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys an Aviatrix Controller to enable Aviatrix Orchestrator for AWS Transit Gateway on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 minutes.

  • Announcing General Availability of AWS Ground Station

    Posted On: May 23, 2019

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces general availability of AWS Ground Station, a fully managed service that lets you control satellite communications, uplink, downlink, process satellite data, and scale your satellite operations. Ground stations are facilities that use antennas to provide communications between the earth and your satellite.  

  • AWS DataSync adds filtering for data transfers

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

    When using AWS DataSync, you now have the option of configuring file path and object key filters to control the data copied between your NFS servers, Amazon S3 buckets, and Amazon EFS file systems. Filters enable you to specify the files, folders, or objects in the source location that you want your DataSync task to copy. With filters you can you can easily split a single file system between multiple storage destinations, exclude copying temporary files and folders, or copy only a subset of files from your source location.

  • AWS Marketplace enables long term contracts for AMI products

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

    Today, AWS Marketplace added a feature for Amazon Machine Image (AMI) products that allow customers to purchase contract terms for 1+ years and helps them to secure the best price for their commitment. This feature is available through Seller Private Offers and makes it possible for customers to negotiate contract terms, price, and spread their payments over the duration of their contract. Once a customer subscribes to an AMI product, they can track details on usage, completed, and upcoming payments through their monthly bill from AWS.

  • Announcing Amazon WorkLink support for Additional Website Authorization Providers

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

    As customers associate more domains to Amazon WorkLink, we've learned that it is common for their domains to use authorization flows from different identity providers. To enable access to even more content, Amazon WorkLink now allows customers to add website authorization flows from multiple identity providers in their account.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is now SOC 1, 2, and 3 compliant

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. 

  • AWS Budgets now Supports Variable Budget Targets for Cost and Usage Budgets

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

    Starting today, you can specify variable budget targets for each month and/or quarter for up to one year in the future when creating or editing your budgets.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Available in Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

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

  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server Increases the Database Limit Per Database Instance up to 100

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports up to a maximum of 100 databases per database instance. The Microsoft system databases, such as master and model, don’t count toward this limit. 

  • Amazon RDS Recommendations Provide Best Practice Guidance for Amazon Aurora

    Posted On: May 22, 2019

    The Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) Recommendations feature now analyzes your Amazon Aurora configuration, usage, and performance data, and provides automated best practice guidance. In addition, Amazon RDS Recommendations suggests database parameter changes for all RDS engines.

  • New Amazon QuickSight Service Delivery Partners

    Posted On: May 21, 2019

    Today, we are excited to introduce the Amazon QuickSight Service Delivery Partner Program. This program identifies and endorses partners who have demonstrated their ability to help customers create and publish interactive dashboards and drive insights from their data throughout their organizations.

    Amazon QuickSight Partners have end-to-end experience in building out back end data solutions (native AWS and others), securely connecting to your data in VPCs and on-premises, setting up federated authentication/SSO and AD integration, building interactive dashboards, and embedding analytics into your applications with the QuickSight SDK and APIs.

    Amazon QuickSight Service Delivery Partners have undergone a rigorous validation process and have vetted customer experience, and are ready to help you transform your data into meaningful insights.

    Work with an Amazon QuickSight Service Delivery Partner >>
     

  • Marvell MW320 and MW322 AWS IoT Starter Kits are Now Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS

    Posted On: May 21, 2019

    Two Marvell development boards, the MW320 AWS IoT Starter Kit and MW322 AWS IoT Starter Kit, are now qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS. You can take advantage of Amazon FreeRTOS features and benefits using development kits available from Marvell.

  • Enable Hibernation on EC2 Instances when launching with an AMI without an Encrypted EBS Snapshot

    Posted On: May 21, 2019

    Hibernating your Amazon EC2 Instances just got easier. In a single run-instances API call, you can now launch encrypted Amazon EBS-backed EC2 instances from an unencrypted AMI and also enable Hibernation at the same time. You no longer have to create an encrypted copy of your Amazon Machine Image (AMI) as an additional step before launching the instance.

  • Amazon EC2 C5n Instances Are Now Available In Additional Regions

    Posted On: May 21, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5n instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud (US-East) Regions. C5n instances, first introduced in November of 2018, are variants of C5 instances with significantly higher network performance across all instance sizes, ranging from 25 Gbps of peak bandwidth on smaller instance sizes to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth on the largest instance size. In addition, C5n instances also feature 33% higher memory footprint compared to C5 instances. C5n instances are ideal for applications that can take advantage of improved network throughput and packet rate performance.

  • Alexa for Business customers can now centrally manage network settings for shared Echo devices

    Posted On: May 21, 2019

    Alexa for Business now enables customers to remotely manage Wi-Fi settings for their shared Echo devices directly from the Alexa for Business management console. A network profile simplifies the process of creating, managing and assigning network configurations for your shared Echo devices and contains network settings including the SSID, network security type, network credentials, and description. When you make a change to the network profile, the changes are applied to all shared devices associated with that profile. Enterprise customers that rotate their network credentials - WPA2-PSK passwords or WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi certificates on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly) can now use network profiles to update the network information for their shared Echo devices without having to manually set them up again.

    To get started, visit the Alexa for Business management console and select Create Network Profiles under Configurations → Network Profiles. You can now create and assign the newly created network profile to already setup devices or select the Network Profile while setting up devices using the Device Setup tool. This capability is currently available for the all Echo shared devices managed by Alexa for Business. To learn more about this feature and how-to create and manage Network Profiles in Alexa for Business please see our documentation.

    Alexa for Business enables organizations to use Alexa at their workplace. Alexa helps workers be more productive as they move throughout their day at home and at work. Alexa for Business includes the tools and controls that allows administrators to deploy and manage shared Alexa devices, skills, and users at scale. Alexa for Business is currently available in the U.S. only. To learn more about Alexa for Business, please visit here.

  • Announcing the new pricing plan for AWS Config rules

    Posted On: May 21, 2019

    Effective August 1st, 2019, AWS Config rules will switch to a new pay-per-use pricing model, lowering the bill for almost all existing AWS Config rules customers. AWS Config helps you assess and maintain compliance over your AWS resource configurations. You can use AWS Config rules to view compliance history and trends, identify configuration drift, and remediate configurations that fall out of compliance. Today, AWS Config rules are priced based on the number of active AWS Config rules you have in your account. An active rule is defined as a rule that records a compliance result against at least one resource during the month. In the new pricing model, you will be charged based on your monthly AWS Config rule evaluations. A rule evaluation is recorded every time you compare your resource configuration against the rule. This better aligns with your actual usage of AWS Config rules as your charges are based on the frequency and the number of resources evaluated. The new pricing delivers value by supporting volume usage, giving you more control of the AWS Config rule cost in your account. Tiered pricing makes it more affordable than ever to implement configuration compliance within your AWS environment, for as little as $0.0005 per rule evaluation. This new pricing is designed to provide almost all of the current AWS Config rules customers with a significant reduction in their AWS Config rules bill.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Adds Usage Reporting Capabilities

    Posted On: May 21, 2019

    You can now receive detailed reports about how your users are using Amazon AppStream 2.0, including which applications they are launching.

  • Introducing Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights for Amazon EKS and Kubernetes - Now in Preview

    Posted On: May 20, 2019

    You can use Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights, now in preview, to monitor, isolate, and diagnose your containerized applications and microservices environments. With this preview, DevOps and Systems Engineers have access to automated dashboards summarizing the performance and health of their Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and Kubernetes clusters by pod, node, namespace, and services.

  • Use AWS Secrets Manager to help maintain SOC compliance in the AWS cloud

    Posted On: May 20, 2019

    You can now use AWS Secrets Manager to manage secrets for applications that are subject to System and Organizational Controls (SOC) compliance requirements. This is in addition to compliance with U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements announced in 2018.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL, MariaDB and PostgreSQL increase maximum storage size and I/O performance

    Posted On: May 20, 2019

    Starting today, you can create Amazon RDS for MariaDB, Amazon RDS for MySQL and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, database instances with up to 64 TiB of storage and provisioned I/O performance of up to 80,000 IOPS.

  • Announcing AWS Elemental MediaPackage Price Reduction in All Regions

    Posted On: May 20, 2019

    Effective May 17th, pricing for AWS Elemental MediaPackage live channel ingest, and origination and packaging has been reduced across all AWS regions.

  • AWS Client VPN Now Available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Regions

    Posted On: May 20, 2019

    AWS Client VPN is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Regions. AWS Client VPN is already available in US East (Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions. Support for other AWS Regions is coming soon.

  • AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 20, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to create AWS Elemental MediaStore containers and policies (such as access control, CORS, and lifecycles) for those containers. This improvement enables you to use AWS CloudFormation to deploy MediaStore resources in a secure, efficient, and repeatable way.

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage Adds Support for Just-in-Time Packaging for Video On Demand

    Posted On: May 17, 2019

    Starting today, you can package, encrypt, and originate on demand video using AWS Elemental MediaPackage. The same just-in-time packaging features that you use for live channels are now available for video on demand (VOD) content. This means you can package file-based video and live video to multiple distribution formats and protect content with multiple digital rights management (DRM) standards to make video available on a wide range of playback devices.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports R5 instances in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland)

    Posted On: May 17, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. You can use the same MongoDB application code, drivers, and tools that you do today to run, manage, and scale workloads on Amazon DocumentDB and enjoy improved performance, scalability, and availability without having to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure.  

  • Amazon GuardDuty Adds Two New Threat Detections

    Posted On: May 17, 2019

    Amazon GuardDuty adds two new threat detections. These new detections represent the latest in a continuously growing library of fully managed threat detections available for customers who enable Amazon GuardDuty in their AWS accounts. With 25 added since launch, Amazon GuardDuty now supports 54 active finding types.  

  • Amazon Redshift now supports stored procedures

    Posted On: May 17, 2019

    Amazon Redshift now supports SQL stored procedures to make migration to Amazon Redshift easier. Stored procedures are used to encapsulate logic for data transformation, data validation, and business-specific logic. By combining multiple SQL steps into a stored procedure, you can reduce round trips between your applications and the database.

  • Amazon Neptune Is Now SOC Compliant

    Posted On: May 17, 2019

    You can now use Amazon Neptune in applications that are subject to Service Organization Control (SOC) compliance. Neptune is a fast, reliable, fully-managed graph database service that makes it easy to build and run applications that work with highly connected datasets.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds configurable timeouts for idle sessions

    Posted On: May 17, 2019

    Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 announced the idle disconnect timeout feature. With this feature, you can automatically disconnect an idle user after a configurable period of time, ensuring your streaming instances are being actively used. Your user will receive a notification informing them if they are about to be disconnected due to inactivity. If your user reconnects before the separately configurable disconnect timeout period has elapsed, they will be reconnected to the same streaming session they previously had. If your user reconnects after the disconnect timeout has elapsed, or the separately configurable max session duration has elapsed, they will start a new streaming session. To configure the idle disconnect timeout feature for your fleets, see our documentation.

    The idle disconnect timeout feature is available today at no additional charge in all AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 is offered. AppStream 2.0 offers pay-as-you-go pricing. Please see Amazon AppStream 2.0 Pricing for more information, and try our sample applications.
     

  • AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region Adds Third Availability Zone

    Posted On: May 17, 2019

    Today, AWS added a third Availability Zone (AZ) to the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region to support the high demand of our growing Korean customer base.

  • Amazon SNS Adds Support for Cost Allocation Tags

    Posted On: May 16, 2019

    You can now use cost allocation tags to manage your Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) costs. Cost allocation tags are key-value pairs that let you categorize SNS topics to easily identify their purpose and track associated costs. For example, you may use tags to identify the Amazon SNS topics for a particular department, project, or application.

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Is Now SOC Compliant

    Posted On: May 16, 2019

    You can now use Amazon FSx for Windows File Server with applications that are subject to Service Organization Control (SOC) compliance. Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is a service that provides fully-managed native Microsoft Windows file systems.

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre Is Now SOC Compliant

    Posted On: May 16, 2019

    You can now use Amazon FSx for Lustre with applications that are subject to Service Organization Control (SOC) compliance. Amazon FSx for Lustre provides a high-performance file system that is integrated with Amazon S3 and optimized for data processing workloads like machine learning, high performance computing (HPC), video processing, financial modeling, and electronic design automation (EDA).

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports April Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Release Updates (RU)

    Posted On: May 16, 2019

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports the April 2019 Patch Set Updates (PSU) for Oracle Database 11.2 and 12.1, and April 2019 Release Update (RU) for Oracle Database 12.2.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL Supports Password Validation

    Posted On: May 16, 2019

    You can now enforce password policies in your Amazon RDS for MySQL databases using the MySQL validate_password plugin. This improves the security of your databases by defining minimum password length, required characters, and other rules.

  • New Quick Start deploys Micro Focus Operations Orchestration on AWS

    Posted On: May 16, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys Micro Focus Operations Orchestration (OO) into a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 20 minutes.

  • AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Data Set Content Delivery to Amazon S3

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    You can now send IoT Analytics data set content results, which are materialized views of your IoT Analytics data, to an Amazon S3 bucket in your AWS account. This lets you easily use it with a downstream application for further processing or presentation to end-users. For example, you can automatically create a Glue Table containing a representation of your data set content results and its schema and run queries with Amazon Athena. Also, since the data set content results are saved in your Amazon S3 bucket, you can apply your own S3 permissions and manage them according to your governance policies.

  • Introducing the Amazon Connect Service Delivery

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Amazon Connect Service Delivery Partners help companies improve customer experience and outcomes through Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud-based contact center service. Amazon Connect Service Delivery Partners, deliver customer success by choosing the best approach for the design and implementation of contact center solutions that are optimized for cost, reliability, security, performance, and scalability.

    Amazon Connect can help you realize significant capital and operational savings for your contact center team. It provides you the opportunity to focus away from high availability operations, and instead, focus on continuous innovation in your contact center to drive greater customer experience.

    The Amazon Connect Service Delivery Program identifies and endorses APN Partners globally with customer experience and a deep understanding of Amazon Connect.

    Learn more about the Amazon Connect Partners >>

  • Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations are now available in AWS GovCloud Regions

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations are now available in the AWS GlovCloud (US-West) and AWS GovCloud (US-East) Regions. On-Demand Capacity Reservations are also available in all commercial AWS Regions.  

  • AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region Adds Third Availability Zone

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Today, AWS added a third Availability Zone (AZ) to the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region to accommodate a growing number of customers and increasing usage of the Region. 

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) region

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region. 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 Cloud9 is Now Available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    AWS Cloud9 is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region. AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser.  

  • AWS Firewall Manager Available in Four Additional Regions

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Starting today, AWS Firewall Manager is available in 4 additional regions - US West (N. California), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Seoul), extending the footprint to 11 AWS Regions and all the 169 Amazon CloudFront edge locations.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for Redis 5.0.4

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for the latest Redis open source version 5.0.4. This is a bug fix release with various improvements in stability and memory management.

    For the full list of improvements in Amazon ElastiCache for Redis 5.0.4 click here. Redis 5.0.4 support is available in all AWS regions.

    To get started on ElastiCache for Redis cluster with engine version 5.0.4 log on to AWS Management Console.  

  • Quickly Search for Resources across Services in the AWS Developer Tools Console

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    The AWS Developer Tools console, the unified interface for many AWS Developer Tools services, now provides a way to quickly search for your resources, such as repositories, build projects, deployment applications, and pipelines. This makes it easier to view and find resources without navigating through individual service consoles to find what you're looking for. 

  • Amazon Transcribe now supports Hindi and Indian-accented English

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. Starting today, Amazon Transcribe supports transcription in Hindi and Indian-accented English in all regions where the service is available

  • AWS Lambda adds support for Node.js v10

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js v10. In addition to the leveraging new features in Node.js v10 such as the performance improvements in the V8 6.6 engine, Lambda functions written in Node.js 10 run on the latest generation of Amazon Linux, Amazon Linux 2.

  • AWS License Manager is Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    AWS License Manager is now available in the US West (N. California), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (Paris), Canada (Central), and EU (Stockholm) regions. 

  • AWS AppSync Now Supports Configuring Multiple Authorization Types for GraphQL APIs

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    AWS AppSync is a managed GraphQL service that simplifies application development by letting you create a flexible API to securely access, manipulate, and combine data from one or more data sources. With today’s launch, AWS AppSync now supports configuring more than one authorization type simultaneously for GraphQL APIs.

    You can configure a single GraphQL API to deliver private and public data. You can also configure a single GraphQL API to deliver private data using more than one authorization type. For example, you can configure your GraphQL API to authorize some schema fields using OpenID Connect (OIDC), while authorizing other schema fields through Amazon Cognito User Pools and/or AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

    AWS AppSync supports configuring additional authorization types while retaining the authorization settings of your existing GraphQL APIs. To ensure that there are no behavioral changes in your existing GraphQL APIs, we have set your current authorization settings as the default. You can add additional authorization types using the AWS AppSync Console, CLI, and CloudFormation templates. We have also updated the AWS AppSync client SDKs for Android, iOS, and JavaScript and the Amplify CLI to support multiple authorization types.

    To learn more, see the release blog post and the AWS AppSync web page.


  • AWS IoT Device Defender supports monitoring behavior of unregistered devices

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    AWS IoT Device Defender is a fully managed service that helps you secure your fleet of IoT devices. AWS IoT Device Defender continuously monitors security metrics gathered from devices, the cloud, and AWS IoT Core for deviations from what you have defined as appropriate behavior for each device. If something doesn’t look right, AWS IoT Device Defender sends out an alert so you can take action to remediate the issue.

    Now, AWS IoT Device Defender also supports the identification of unusual behavior for devices that are not registered with AWS IoT Core registry. To use this new feature, you first attach a security profile targeted at unregistered devices. AWS IoT Device Defender can then detect anomalies in cloud metrics for unregistered devices such as the number of authorization failures, connection attempts, disconnects, message size, number of messages sent or messages received, and source IP. Customers can now also monitor device side metrics for unregistered devices like bytes in/out, packets in/out, number of listening TCP/UDP ports and destination IPs the device is connecting.

    For more information on how to get started, refer to the AWS IoT Device Defender Developer Guide.

  • Amazon SQS FIFO Queues are Now Available in the AWS China Beijing (BJS) Region (Operated by SINNET), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), GovCloud (US-East), and GovCloud (US-West)

    Posted On: May 15, 2019

    Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) FIFO (First-In-First-Out) queues are now available in the AWS China Beijing (BJS) Region (operated by SINNET), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), GovCloud (US-East), and GovCloud (US-West). 

  • New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: PyTorch 1.1, Chainer 5.4, and CUDA 10 support for MXNet

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu, Amazon Linux, and Amazon Linux 2 now come with newer versions of the following deep learning frameworks: PyTorch 1.1 and Chainer 5.4. PyTorch 1.1 brings native TensorBoard support for model visualization and debugging, improvements to just-in-time (JIT) compiler, and better support for model parallelism in distributed training. This release also upgrades the NVIDIA driver to 418.40.04, Horovod to 0.16.1, and adds support for CUDA 10 in Apache MXNet environments.

  • Amazon Comprehend batch jobs now supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to discover insights and relationships in text. Starting today, Amazon Comprehend training and inference batch jobs now supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). With VPC support, your batch jobs and the AWS resources they access, such as the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets can be made private within your network and not connected to the internet. This enhancement also enables you to monitor all network traffic in and out of your batch jobs, using VPC Flow Logs.

    Amazon Comprehend batch jobs support for VPC is now available in all AWS regions where Amazon Comprehend is available. For additional information, please visit the documentation

  • Amazon DynamoDB transactions are now available in the Asia Pacific (Osaka-Local) Region

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB transactions are now available in the Asia Pacific (Osaka-Local) Region. Transactions provide developers atomic, consistent, isolated, and durable (ACID) operations in DynamoDB so that they can maintain data correctness in applications more easily.

  • Performance Insights Supports Amazon Aurora Global Database

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, a database performance tuning and monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance issues on Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS), now supports Amazon Aurora Global Database for the MySQL-compatible edition. Aurora Global Database allows a single Aurora database to span multiple AWS regions, with fast replication to enable low-latency global reads and disaster recovery from region-wide outages. In addtion to supporting Aurora Global Database, Performance Insights supports RDS for Oracle, RDS for MySQL, RDS for MariaDB, RDS for PostgreSQL, Aurora MySQL and Aurora PostgreSQL. For specific versions supported, visit the documentation.

  • Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth Now Supports Automated Email Notifications for Manual Data Labeling

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth now supports automated email notifications for manual data labeling, for both private labelers and labelers from approved vendors.

  • AWS Migration Hub now provides right-sized Amazon EC2 instance recommendations

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    You can now use AWS Migration Hub to generate right-sized EC2 instances for running on-premises workloads in AWS.

    Migration Hub provides a single place to discover your existing servers, plan migrations, and track the status of each application migration. This new feature analyzes data collected from each on-premises server, including server specification, CPU, and memory utilization, to recommend the least expensive EC2 instance required to run the on-premises workload. You can also fine-tune recommendations by specifying preferences for AWS purchasing option, AWS Region, EC2 instance type exclusions, and CPU/RAM utilization metric (average, peak, or percentile). The EC2 instance recommendations feature simplifies the migration process by eliminating the manual effort required to calculate right-sized EC2 instances when forecasting costs or planning migrations.

    To get started, you need to ensure that on-premises server details are available in Migration Hub. To do this, you can either import existing server inventory information from a source such as a Content Management Database (CMDB), or use AWS Application Discovery Service to collect data directly from your environment. You can then export the right-sized EC2 instance recommendations from the Migration Hub, along with the associated instance prices.

    Right-sizing your compute resources is one dimension of understanding your total cost of ownership (TCO). Use the EC2 instance recommendation feature of Migration Hub when you want an understanding of your projected EC2 costs. We also offer a more detailed assessment, including optimizations for Microsoft licensing and storage costs, using TSO Logic, an Amazon Web Services Company. Contact AWS Sales or an AWS Partner to learn more about this detailed assessment.

    You can learn more about AWS Migration Hub and the EC2 instance recommendations feature here, or by reading the documentation.  

  • You can now use custom chat bots with Amazon Chime

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    Amazon Chime now lets you use custom chat bots in your chat rooms. Utilize the power of Amazon Lex, AWS Lambda, and other AWS services to build custom conversational interfaces that streamline collaborative workflows, enabling users to complete common tasks involving multiple tools without switching context. The bots you create may enable users to query for information from your internal knowledge stores, automate tasks, receive notifications for critical issues, create support tickets, or perform any number of tasks you make available.

    Adding bots to your enterprise Chime account is as simple as providing a bot name and an HTTPS endpoint or by integrating directly with AWS Lambda. Once added to your Chime account, room administrators can add your bot using the bot's assigned email address, and room members interact with the bot through @ mentions.

    For a list of regions where Amazon Chime is available, see the AWS Region Table. To get started on your first chat bot integration, read our guide. To learn more about Amazon Chime, visit the Amazon Chime website.

  • Amazon EKS Simplifies Kubernetes Cluster Authentication

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    The Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) command line interface (CLI) now includes a sub-command for generating the authentication token required for connecting to their Kubernetes cluster using the command line.

  • New Quick Start deploys IBM InfoSphere DataStage on AWS

    Posted On: May 14, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys IBM InfoSphere DataStage into a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 2 hours.

  • AWS Releases Additional Preconfigured Examples for FreeRTOS on Armv8-M

    Posted On: May 13, 2019

    AWS released the latest FreeRTOS kernel that includes additional preconfigured example projects for Armv8-M microcontrollers. The preconfigured examples demonstrate the FreeRTOS Armv8-M port on Arm Cortex-M33, and now also on Arm Cortex-M23, hardware from Nuvoton, NXP, and STMicroelectronics.

  • Amazon VPC Endpoints Now Support Tagging for Gateway Endpoints, Interface Endpoints, and Endpoint Services

    Posted On: May 13, 2019

    You can now add tags to your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) gateway endpoints, interface endpoints (AWS PrivateLink), and endpoint services (AWS PrivateLink). A tag is a simple label consisting of a customer-defined key and an optional value that can be used search, filter, and organize your VPC endpoints and endpoint services. You can also use tags to clearly organize the charges for the resources you utilize, as presented at Using Cost Allocation Tags in the AWS Billing and Cost Management user guide.

  • Create fine-grained session permissions using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) managed policies

    Posted On: May 13, 2019

    AWS Security Token Service (STS) now enables you to specify IAM managed policies as session policies to create fine-grained session permissions when a user assumes a role in AWS to create a session. With this launch, you have up to 10 full-sized policies to choose from that enable you to define more fine-grained session permissions.

  • Amazon EMR now supports Multiple Master nodes to enable High Availability for HBase clusters

    Posted On: May 13, 2019

    You can now launch an EMR cluster with three master nodes and support high availability for HBase clusters on EMR. This is in addition to the support for high availability mode for YARN Resource Manager, HDFS Name Node, Spark, Hive, and Ganglia. Amazon EMR automatically fails over to a standby master node if the primary master node fails or if critical processes such as Resource Manager or Name Node crash. Since the master node is no longer a potential single point of failure with this feature, you can run your long-lived EMR clusters without interruption. In the event of a failover, Amazon EMR automatically replaces the failed master node with a new master node with the same configuration and boot-strap actions.

    Please visit Plan and Configure Master nodes to learn more about this feature.

    This feature is now available from EMR release 5.23.0 in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

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

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  • Monitor Emails in Your Workmail Organization Using Cloudwatch Metrics and Logs

    Posted On: May 13, 2019

    Starting today, you can use Amazon CloudWatch metrics and logs to get data and actionable insights from emails flowing through your Amazon WorkMail organization. Using CloudWatch metrics emitted by Amazon WorkMail, you will have an overview about the number of emails that are sent, received, or bounced. If CloudWatch logging is enabled, Amazon WorkMail publishes detailed CloudWatch log events about each email sent or received in your organization. You can then use CloudWatch Logs Insights to explore and analyze a wide range of information, such as delivery failure reasons, domains sending the most spam, or the number of emails bounced due to a misconfigured email flow rule. 

  • Amazon EKS Adds Support for Public IP Addresses Within Cluster VPCs

    Posted On: May 13, 2019

    You can now launch and run Kubernetes clusters managed by Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) into AWS VPCs with public (non-RFC1918) IP addresses.

  • New Quick Start deploys Agilisium Conversational BI Bot on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: May 13, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys the Agilisium Conversational BI Bot on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 25 minutes. It provisions a web interface to interact with the BI bot by using AWS services such as Amazon Redshift, Amazon Lex, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), AWS Lambda, and Amazon Cognito.

  • Launch encrypted EBS backed EC2 instances from unencrypted AMIs in a single step

    Posted On: May 10, 2019

    You can now launch an encrypted Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) backed Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance from any unencrypted Amazon Machine Image (AMI), such as an AWS community or marketplace AMI with a single API call.

  • AWS Glue crawlers now support existing Data Catalog tables as sources

    Posted On: May 10, 2019

    You can now specify a list of tables from your AWS Glue Data Catalog as sources in the crawler configuration. Previously, crawlers were only able to take data paths as sources, scan your data, and create new tables in the AWS Glue Data Catalog.

  • Share encrypted AMIs across accounts to launch instances in a single step

    Posted On: May 10, 2019

    You can now share Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) encrypted with Customer-Managed Customer Master Keys (CMKs) across accounts with a single API call. Additionally, you can also launch instances from shared encrypted AMIs in a single step.

  • AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Partners

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    AWS Direct Connect gives you the ability to create private network connections between your datacenter, office, or colocation environment and AWS.

    We recently announced new gigabit connectivity options for AWS Direct Connect with Hosted Connections with 1, 2, 5, or 10 Gbps of capacity. Today, with the launch of the AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Program, AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Partners are exclusively authorized to provision AWS Direct Connect 1, 2, 5 and 10 Gbps Hosted Connections.

    In order to qualify, all APN Partners must meet the new AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Program requirements, complete validation by AWS, and enable monitoring of the network link between the partner and AWS. To learn more about the specific AWS Direct Connect services an APN Partner is approved for, see the AWS Direct Connect Partners page. To learn more about how to become an AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery Partner, check out the AWS Service Delivery Program page and learn more on the APN Blog

  • Amazon Neptune Now Offers Improved Performance at Lower Cost with R5 Instances

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    You can now launch R5 instance types when using Amazon Neptune. Amazon EC2 R5 instances are the next generation of the Amazon EC2 Memory Optimized instances and offer superior performance at lower cost compared to previous-generation instances.

  • New Quick Start deploys New Relic Infrastructure on AWS

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys New Relic Infrastructure on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in 20-30 minutes. This Quick Start is for those who want to use AWS and its products and services to launch Amazon Elastic Container Services for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) and monitor the infrastructure by using New Relic Infrastructure.

  • Amazon Translate is now available in the Mumbai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Neural machine translation is a form of language translation automation that uses deep learning models to deliver more accurate translation than traditional statistical and rule-based translation algorithms. 

  • Amazon GuardDuty Now Available in AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    Amazon GuardDuty is now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region. You can now continuously monitor and detect security threats in the Europe (Stockholm) region to help protect your AWS accounts and workloads. 

  • Amazon Neptune Now Supports Per Second Billing

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon Neptune instances are billed in one-second increments. With on-demand pricing and no up-front commitment required, Neptune’s per-second billing provides additional granularity, so you only pay for capacity you use. Partial instance hours are billed in one-second increments, with a 10-minute minimum charge following a billable status change such as creating, modifying, or deleting an instance.

  • AWS AppSync Now Enables More Visibility into Performance and Health of GraphQL Operations

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    AWS AppSync is a managed GraphQL service that simplifies application development by letting you create a flexible API to securely access, manipulate, and combine data from one or more data sources.

    With today’s launch, AWS AppSync enables you to better understand the performance of your GraphQL requests and usage characteristics of your GraphQL schema fields. You can easily identify resolvers with large latencies that may be the root cause of a performance issue. You can also identify the most and least frequently used fields in your schema and assess the impact of deprecating GraphQL fields.

    AWS AppSync now emits log events in a fully structured JSON format. This enables seamless integration with log analytics services such as Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights and Amazon Elasticsearch Service, and other log analytics solutions. We have also added new fields to log events to increase your visibility into the performance and health of your GraphQL operations.

    To learn more, see the release blog and the AWS AppSync web page.

     

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports per-second billing

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon DocumentDB instances are billed in one-second increments. With on-demand pricing and no up-front commitment required, Amazon DocumentDB’s per-second billing provides additional granularity, so you only pay for capacity you use. Partial instance hours are billed in one-second increments, with a 10-minute minimum charge following a billable status change such as creating, modifying, or deleting an instance. Per-second billing applies to all existing and new instances in all regions in which Amazon DocumentDB is available. Please visit the Amazon DocumentDB pricing page for more information.

    To learn more about Amazon DocumentDB, please see our product page and documentation.

  • Amazon EC2 C5d, M5, M5d, R5, and R5d Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: May 9, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5d, M5, M5d, R5, and R5d instances are available in additional AWS regions:

    • C5d, M5d (including bare metal), R5 bare metal, and R5d instances (including bare metal) are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) region.
    • M5d and R5d bare metal instances are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) region.
    • M5 and M5d bare metal instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.
    • R5 and R5d bare metal instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.
  • AWS Storage Gateway enhances access control for SMB shares to store and access objects in Amazon S3 buckets

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    The AWS Storage Gateway service added support for Access Control Lists (ACLs) to Server Message Block (SMB) shares on the File Gateway, helping enforce data security standards when using the gateway for storing and accessing data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). With this launch, you can apply Windows permissions and ownerships for up to 10 Access Control Entries (ACE), enabling you to provide fine grained access controls on individual files and folders in your gateway’s file share. Each ACE specifies Windows permissions and ownership for an Active Directory (AD) user or group. File Gateway offers SMB and Network File System (NFS) based access for on-premises applications to objects in Amazon S3. Through its local caching, optimized data transfer capabilities, and Amazon CloudWatch Events integrations, File Gateway enables automated hybrid cloud workflows, content distribution, backup, and data archival in Amazon S3.  

  • AWS Step Functions Adds Support for Workflow Execution Events

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    AWS Step Functions now supports workflow execution events, which make it faster and easier to build and monitor event-driven, serverless workflows. Execution event notifications can be automatically delivered when a workflow starts or completes through CloudWatch Events, reaching targets like AWS Lambda, Amazon SNS, Amazon Kinesis, or AWS Step Functions for automated response to the event.

  • AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Available in Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    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.

  • Introducing the APN Navigate Foundations Path

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    The adoption of cloud technologies and AWS in particular is accelerating globally. More and more, customers across the globe are turning to the cloud and looking to take advantage of AWS to meet their business needs. Whatever your needs, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the right place to start your cloud adoption journey. The AWS Partner Network (APN) has the services and solutions to help customers of all sizes to Build – Market – Sell their solutions and services to grow their business.

    Today, we are excited to announce an new APN Navigate Foundations path to provide you an introduction to the APN and sheds light on how you can build, market, differentiate, sell and grow your business by becoming an APN Partner. The APN Navigate Foundations path provides you a prescriptive path to define your partner journey and walks you through all the benefits, requirements, tools, and knowledge you will need to advance your journey with APN.  

    If you are new to APN, build your foundational blocks by having two (2) individuals from your organization go through the Business Professional Accreditation and two (2) individuals go through the Technical Professional Accreditation. These trainings will help you gain knowledge of the AWS business solutions and services.

    If you are a business that already has a specific expertise or are further along in your APN journey, you can deepen your knowledge and validate your expertise with an APN Navigate Specialization tracks that suit your business area. For more information visit the APN Navigate Website.

  • Performance Insights Supports Counter Metrics on Amazon RDS for Oracle

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, a database performance tuning and monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance issues on Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS), now supports additional counter metrics on Amazon RDS for Oracle in addition to RDS for MySQL, RDS for MariaDB, RDS for PostgreSQL, Aurora MySQL and Aurora PostgreSQL. With counter metrics, you can customize the Performance Insights dashboard to include up to 10 additional graphs that show a selection from dozens of operating system and database performance metrics. Counter metrics provide additional information that can be correlated with the database load chart to help identify and analyze performance.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) Regions with R5 Instances

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions with R5 instances, the next generation of memory optimized instances.

    Amazon DocumentDB is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. You can use the same MongoDB application code, drivers, and tools that you do today to run, manage, and scale workloads on Amazon DocumentDB and enjoy improved performance, scalability, and availability without having to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure.

    You can use Amazon DocumentDB in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Seoul). For more information on AWS regions and services, please visit the AWS global region table.

    To learn more about Amazon DocumentDB, please see our product page and documentation.  

  • New Quick Start deploys an opportunistic IPsec mesh on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys an opportunistic Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) mesh that sets up dynamic IPsec tunnels between Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in your Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. 

  • AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority is now available in AWS GovCloud

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    AWS Certificate Manager (AWS) Private Certificate Authority (CA) is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West and US-East) Regions. The release to the US GovCloud supports customers who need private certificate infrastructures to support US government compliance requirements. 

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics now allows you to assign AWS resource tags to your real-time applications

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    You can now assign AWS resource tags to applications in Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics. Each tag consists of a key and an optional value, both of which you define. You can use tags in Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics to easily organize and identify your resources, create cost allocation reports, and control access to resources.

  • AWS Secrets Manager supports more client-side caching libraries to improve secrets availability and reduce cost

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    AWS Secrets Manager enables you to store, distribute, and rotate secrets such as database credentials and API keys through their lifecycle. Now, you can use Secrets Manager client-side caching libraries in Python, .NET, and Go to use these secrets in your applications easily.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and EU (London)

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in five additional AWS regions including Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and EU (London). Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in ten AWS regions.  

  • AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow supports CloudFormation StackSets

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    The new AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow supports AWS CloudFormation StackSets and ChangeSets. StackSets enables provisioning of AWS Service Catalog products across AWS accounts and regions from the ServiceNow platform. ChangeSets enables ServiceNow users to see the planned changes to their resources prior to provisioning or updating a Service Catalog provisioned product. AWS Service Catalog is used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, and distribute approved applications on AWS.

    The AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow allows you to expose your existing AWS Service Catalog configuration, including curated products, portfolios, constraints, and tagging, to your ServiceNow administrators and users. ServiceNow administrators can use the connector to view AWS Service Catalog portfolios and products, and enable ServiceNow users to self-service view and provision these products. The AWS-supplied connector is available in the ServiceNow Store for the Kingston (K), London (L), and Madrid (M) versions of ServiceNow.

    Learn more about AWS Service Catalog.

  • Amazon EC2 I3en instances, offering up to 60 TB of NVMe SSD instance storage, are now generally available

    Posted On: May 8, 2019

    Today, we are announcing the general availability of storage-optimized Amazon EC2 I3en instances, the largest Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based SSD storage instance in the cloud. I3en instances offer up to 60 TB of low latency NVMe SSD instance storage and up to 50% lower cost per GB over I3 instances. These instances are designed for data-intensive workloads such as relational and NoSQL databases, distributed file systems, search engines, and data warehouses that require high random I/O access to large amounts of data residing on instance storage. I3en instances also provide up to 100 Gbps of networking bandwidth, up to 96 vCPUs, and up to 768 GiB of memory. In addition, customers can enable Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) on I3en for low and consistent network latency. I3en instances are powered by AWS-custom Intel® Xeon® Scalable (Skylake) processors with 3.1 GHz sustained all core turbo performance.

    I3en instances come in seven instance sizes, with storage options from 1.25 to 60 TB. I3en instances deliver up to 2 million random IOPS at 4 KB block sizes and up to 16 GB/s of total disk throughput at 128 KB block sizes. These instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) AWS regions.

    Amazon EC2 I3en instances are offered as On-Demand, Reserved, or Spot Instances. For pricing, visit the EC2 pricing page. For details and to get started visit the Amazon EC2 I3en page, AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs.

  • AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate now supports Chef Automate 2

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate now supports Chef Automate 2, which is an upgrade that makes it much easier to explore the state of your infrastructure and has an even greater emphasis on compliance features than its predecessor. Chef Automate has been re-architectured using a Go-based microservice architecture and includes an enhanced web UI providing a streaming event feed, trend graphs and a rich query language.

    Using Chef Automate 2, AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate empowers you to uphold configuration compliance of any resource in your infrastructure. It comes with 149 prepared compliance profiles including Center for Information Security (CIS) profiles for 45 AWS resources. It also introduces a compliance profile for Secure Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIG), which is a security technical implementation guide developed by the Defense Information Systems Agency.

    You are not limited to verify configuration compliance of AWS resources only. Through API integration with Chef InSpec, you can use AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate to test and manage resource compliance in heterogeneous environments. From the unified Chef Automate dashboard, you can analyze infrastructure and compliance automation data spanning on-premise, AWS and other cloud environments.

    In regard to configuration options, Chef Automate 2 brings preservation during backup and restore of any customization you perform of your Chef Automate settings, e.g. LDAP and SAML configuration. You can configure a data retention period which enables automatic removal of nodes that are not checking in anymore. An action that used to be manual.

    As of today, all newly created OpsWorks servers will automatically get AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate with Chef Automate 2. Existing customers already up and running with AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate will within the next months be offered a migration path. From the OpsWorks console, it will be possible through a button-click to upgrade any existing Chef Automate server to Automate 2.

    Should you be new to OpsWorks for Chef Automate and curious to experience it, it is easy to get started. By following this Getting Started walk-through, you can within 15 minutes be up and running with your first compliance profile and your first compliance check.

  • Amazon CloudFront announces 11 new Edge locations in India, Japan, and the United States

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    Details: CloudFront announces 11 new Edge locations around the world, including its first Edge location in Salt Lake City, Utah. The additions come in the following cities:

    United States

    • Salt Lake City, Utah (New city within the CloudFront network)
    • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Seattle, Washington
    • Phoenix, Arizona

    Japan

    • Tokyo

    India

    • Hyderabad x2
    • Bangalore x2
    • Delhi x2

    The launch of these six new Edge locations in India effectively doubles CloudFront’s capacity within the region. Every new CloudFront Edge location continues to enhance the overall performance of serving your web applications to your users. A full list of CloudFront’s global locations is available on the CloudFront Features webpage.

  • AWS Systems Manager Patch Manager Supports Microsoft Application Patching

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    You can now use AWS Systems Manager Patch Manager to select and apply Microsoft application patches automatically across your Amazon EC2 or on-premises instances. This brings Microsoft application patching to the same AWS Systems Manager solution that you use today to patch Microsoft Windows, saving time and simplifying your patch processes to manage both Microsoft operating system and application patching from one location.

  • Reservation Expiration Alerts Now Available in AWS Cost Explorer

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    Reservations, sometimes referred to as Reserved Instances, offer a discounted hourly rate (sometimes up to 75%) compared to On-Demand resource usage, in exchange for committing to a one– or three-year term of service usage. Purchasing reservations to cover your AWS usage can translate into significant savings.

  • New Quick Start deploys CloudBees Core with Spot Instances on Amazon EKS

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys CloudBees Core on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, to provide a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) solution that’s based on Jenkins and integrated with Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS).

  • New AWS Business Professional course for APN Partner Accreditation

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    AWS Training and Certification is launching the newly refreshed AWS Business Professional digital course for APN Partners on Tuesday, May 7. This new course provides valuable information about core AWS Services, an introduction to the cloud journey as part of the customer engagement and go-to-market process as well as customer enablement content. In addition, APN Partners will learn about the most up-to-date AWS Partner Network key programs and resources. Upon completion of the course modules and passing the course assessment, APN Partners will earn their AWS Business Professional Accreditation. Learn more here.

    This course was introduced one week after we launched our updated AWS Partner Training and Certification site. The new site offers many enhancements, including Regional Course Schedules and Partner Learning Path tool that features paths that include the new AWS Business Professional digital course. Learn more here.

  • Amazon ECR Repository Tagging available in Hong Kong, Stockholm, and AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    You can now tag your Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) repositories in Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Europe (Stockholm) and AWS GovCloud (US). Repository tagging makes it easier for you to organize, manage, search, and allocate costs.

  • Amazon ElastiCache now offers R5 nodes in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

    Posted On: May 7, 2019

    Amazon ElastiCache now offers R5 nodes, the next generation memory and performance optimized nodes to maximize network performance and CPU utilization in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region. R5 nodes feature the AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor that delivers nearly all of the compute and memory resources to the guest VMs.

  • Amazon Cognito launches enhanced user password reset API for administrators

    Posted On: May 6, 2019

    Amazon Cognito has launched a new API – AdminSetUserPassword – for the Cognito User Pool service that provides a way for administrators to set temporary or permanent passwords for their end users. This functionality is available for end users even when their verified phone or email are unavailable.

  • Amazon Translate Adds Support for Hindi, Farsi, Malay, and Norwegian

    Posted On: May 6, 2019

    Amazon Translate is a fully managed neural-network based machine translation service that delivers high-quality, real-time, and affordable language translation. Today, we are announcing that Amazon Translate now supports Hindi, Farsi, Malay, and Norwegian. 

  • Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon Aurora MySQL 5.7

    Posted On: May 6, 2019

    Performance Insights, a database performance tuning and monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance issues on Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS), is now generally available on Amazon Aurora MySQL 5.7 on release 2.04.2 and higher.  Performance Insights offers a free tier with 7 days of data retention and a paid long-term data retention option.

  • New Quick Start deploys SAP S/4HANA on AWS

    Posted On: May 3, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys SAP S/4HANA in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in 1.5-2.5 hours. This Quick Start is for SAP architects, system administrators, and IT technical professionals who are responsible for architecture design and the deployment of S/4HANA workloads on AWS. 

  • Now Create Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations Through AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: May 2, 2019

    You can now create Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations through AWS CloudFormation. You can make Capacity Reservations part of the provisioning strategy as you set up your cloud environments. Take advantage of On-Demand Capacity Reservations if you have specific requirements around instance type, instance size, instance capability, and Availability Zones, and if you need higher levels of assurance that you will be able to launch (or relaunch) into a specific capacity.

    On-Demand Capacity Reservations let you reserve Amazon EC2 capacity for any duration. You can reserve the exact capacity you need, in the location you need, and can keep it only for as long as you need it. On-Demand Capacity Reservations are activated as soon as they are requested, and they stay active until cancelled. Once created, the EC2 capacity is held for you regardless of whether you run the instances or not. If you have Regional RI discounts, they will automatically apply to any matching Capacity Reservation. This gives you the flexibility to selectively add capacity reservations and still get the Regional RI discounts for that usage.

    On-Demand Capacity Reservations are available in all public Regions. Visit AWS CloudFormation user guide to learn more about adding Capacity Reservations to your CloudFormation template. To learn more about Capacity Reservations and how to use them, visit FAQs, Linux or Windows user guides. You can also create and manage Capacity Reservations through the AWS Management Console, AWS SDK and CLI.
     

  • AWS Amplify launches an online community for fullstack serverless app developers

    Posted On: May 2, 2019

    Today, AWS Amplify launched a community site to provide developers building fullstack serverless web or mobile applications an easy way to access community-generated content. The community site is fully open source allowing developers to contribute blog posts, videos, sample projects, and tutorials through GitHub pull requests. Developers interested in hosting an Amplify event or meetup will get an event starter pack that includes presentation templates, AWS credits, and free swag. Join our community today at https://amplify.aws/community.

  • AWS Amplify Console adds support for Incoming Webhooks

    Posted On: May 2, 2019

    The Amplify Console now supports incoming webhooks so developers can trigger builds in the Amplify Console without requiring code commits. Developers using tools such as Contentful or GraphCMS can trigger a new build on every content update. Other use cases include triggering daily or weekly builds using tools such as Zapier. To get started, visit our documentation or read our blog post on using Contentful to trigger builds in the Amplify Console.

  • New Quick Start deploys Spotinst Ocean for Amazon EKS nodes on AWS

    Posted On: May 2, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys Spotinst Ocean for Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 minutes. This Quick Start is for users who want to scale Amazon EKS clusters efficiently while optimizing for performance and cost by leveraging a variety of instance types and sizes running as Spot Instances.

  • Amazon SageMaker announces new features to the built-in Object2Vec algorithm

    Posted On: May 2, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker now includes enhancements to the built-in Object2Vec algorithm making it faster to train deep learning models. You can access the new features as hyperparameters from the Amazon SageMaker console or using the Amazon SageMaker Python API.

  • AWS Fargate PV1.3 now supports the Splunk log driver

    Posted On: May 2, 2019

    You can now use the Splunk log driver to ship container logs from AWS Fargate tasks to a Splunk endpoint. By specifying the endpoint and other log configuration while authoring task definitions, you can ingest logs generated by containers running in Fargate to Splunk. Learn more in the API Configuration documentation.

  • Amazon Neptune is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul)

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    Amazon Neptune is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 11.2, 10.7, 9.6.12, 9.5.16, and 9.4.21

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    Following the announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions 11,2, 10.7, 9.6.12, 9.5.16, and 9.4.21. This release contains bug fixes and improvements done by the PostgreSQL community.

    With this release, a new extension pgTAP, a suite of database functions that make it easy to write unit tests in psql script, is added and supported with PostgreSQL version 11.2.

    Further to our previous announcement about support for Amazon S3 Import for PostgreSQL version 11.1, this release adds Amazon S3 Import support with PostgreSQL 11.2, 10.7 and later versions.

    We previously announced support for Multi Major Version Upgrades to PostgreSQL 11. This release adds support for Multi Major Version Upgrades to PostgreSQL 10.7 and PostgreSQL 11.2. Please refer to the major version upgrade documentation on details around the PostgreSQL versions that are supported as source and target versions and also any limitations associated with the upgrade process.

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

  • AWS Secrets Manager is Now Available in the EU (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    Customers in the EU (Stockholm) Region can now use AWS Secrets Manager to manage secrets such as database passwords and API keys needed to access their applications, services, and IT resources.

  • Amazon Elastic File System is Available in the AWS Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the AWS Canada (Central) region.

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Adds Support for File System Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    You can now use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor the activity of your Amazon FSx for Windows File Server file systems.

  • Amazon EMR announces Support for Multiple Master nodes to enable High Availability for EMR applications

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    You can now launch an EMR cluster with three master nodes and support high availability of applications like YARN Resource Manager, HDFS Name Node, Spark, Hive, and Ganglia. Amazon EMR automatically fails over to a standby master node if the primary master node fails or if critical processes, like Resource Manager or Name Node, crash. Since the master node is no longer a potential single point of failure with this feature, you can run your long-lived EMR clusters without interruption. In the event of a failover, Amazon EMR automatically replaces the failed master node with a new master node with the same configuration and boot-strap actions.

    Please visit Plan and Configure Master nodes to learn more about this feature.

    This feature is now available from EMR release 5.23.0 in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

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

  • Amazon EMR announces Support for Reconfiguring Applications on Running EMR Clusters

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    You can now modify the configuration of applications running on EMR clusters including Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, Apache Hive, and Hue without re-starting the cluster. EMR Application Reconfiguration allows you to modify applications on the fly without needing to shut- down or recreate the cluster. Amazon EMR will apply your new configurations and gracefully restart the reconfigured application. Configurations can be applied through the Console, SDK, or CLI. Please visit Configuring Applications to learn more about this feature.

    This feature is now available from EMR release 5.21.0 in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

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

  • Amazon ECS Console support for ECS-optimized Amazon Linux 2 AMI and Amazon EC2 A1 instance family now available

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports using the Amazon Linux 2 (AL2) Amazon Machine Image (AMI) optimized for ECS, and also the Amazon EC2 A1 instance family, directly from the Amazon ECS console during cluster creation.

  • Amazon EKS Releases Deep Learning Benchmarking Utility

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    The Amazon EKS Deep Learning Benchmark Utility is a new automated tool for machine learning benchmarking on Kubernetes clusters. The tool is built and open sourced by the Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) team.

  • Aurora Global Database Expands Availability to 14 AWS Regions

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    An Amazon Aurora Global Database is a single database that spans multiple AWS regions, enabling low latency global reads and disaster recovery from region-wide outages. With today’s launch, the feature is available for the MySQL-compatible edition of Aurora in 14 AWS regions. 

  • New Course on edX: AWS IoT: Developing and Deploying an Internet of Things

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    Continuing our collaboration with edX, we are excited to announce AWS IoT: Developing and Deploying an Internet of Things. This new intermediate-level course is available exclusively on edX and provides skills in building and deploying IoT solutions for commercial or consumer applications. Using videos and hands-on exercises, a variety of AWS services are explored, including IoT Core, AWS IoT Analytics, Amazon FreeRTOS, and AWS DeepLens.

  • AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory and AD Connector are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, and AD Connector are now available in AWS GovCloud (US-East), Amazon’s community isolated cloud infrastructure and services designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US Government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud.

    Built from actual Microsoft Active Directory (AD), AWS Managed Microsoft AD makes it easy to migrate AD-aware applications while reducing the work of managing AD infrastructure in the AWS Cloud. You can also use your Microsoft AD credentials to connect to RDS for SQL Server instances and to sign in to AWS applications and services such as Amazon WorkSpaces. You have the flexibility to keep your identities in your existing Microsoft AD or create and manage identities in your AWS managed directory.

    AD Connector is a proxy that enables AWS applications such as Amazon WorkSpaces to use use your existing on-premises AD identities without requiring AD infrastructure in the AWS Cloud. You can also use AD Connector to join Amazon EC2 instances to your on-premises AD domain and manage these instances using your existing group policy objects.

    Please see all AWS Regions where AWS Managed Microsoft AD and AD Connector are available. To learn more, see AWS Directory Service.

  • Amazon Transcribe is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: May 1, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. Starting today, Amazon Transcribe becomes available in AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

    Amazon Transcribe enables organizations to increase the accessibility and discoverability of their audio and video content, serving a breadth of use cases. For instance, contact centers may transcribe recorded calls for downstream analysis to better understand key call drivers. Or a media house may want to generate automatic transcriptions for the purpose of subtitling video. Amazon Transcribe is available in both batch mode and real-time (streaming), while supporting a variety of languages.

    Amazon Transcribe is now available in the following AWS regions: Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Paris), EU (Frankfurt), US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and GovCloud (US-West).

    To learn more, visit the Amazon Transcribe documentation page.

  • AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority Increases Certificate Limit To One Million

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) has increased the limits per account for certificate creation and certificate revocation. The limits on the lifetime total certificates generated and revoked by a single CA has been increased from 50,000 to 1,000,000. This applies to all regions for which ACM Private CA is available. This limit increase is intended for organizations doing large scale certificate deployment to IOT, endpoints, and devices.

  • AWS IoT Greengrass Adds Support for Python 3.7, Node v8.10.0, and Expands Support for Elliptic-Curve Cryptography

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    AWS IoT Greengrass Core 1.9.0 is now available. With this release, IoT Greengrass adds two new supported language versions for AWS Lambda functions and adds elliptic-curve cryptography support for attached devices.

  • Announcing AWS X-Ray Analytics – An Interactive approach to Trace Analysis

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    AWS X-Ray now includes Analytics, an interactive approach to analyzing user request paths (i.e., traces). Analytics will allow you to easily understand how your application and its underlying services are performing. With X-Ray Analytics, you can quickly detect application issues, pinpoint the root cause of the issue, determine the severity of the issues, and identify which end users were impacted. 

  • AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) supports IAM permissions and custom responses for Amazon API Gateway

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    You can now use a single property setting in the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) to control access using IAM permissions for all paths and methods of an Amazon API Gateway API. In addition, you can now configure custom responses for your APIs using simple AWS SAM syntax.  

  • Migrate Your AWS Site-to-Site VPN Connections from a Virtual Private Gateway to an AWS Transit Gateway

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    We are excited to announce AWS Site-to-Site Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections can now be moved from a virtual private gateway to an AWS Transit Gateway without having to make any changes on your customer gateway. Transit Gateways enable you to easily scale connectivity across thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs), AWS accounts, and on-premises networks. 

  • Announcing AWS Direct Connect Support for AWS Transit Gateway

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    Today, we are announcing AWS Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway. With this feature, customers can connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) in multiple AWS Regions to their on-premises networks using 1/2/5/10 Gbps AWS Direct Connect connections. Until today, AWS Transit Gateway only supported AWS Site-to-Site VPN and Amazon VPC attachments. You can now use Direct Connect gateway as an attachment with your Transit Gateways.

  • AWS Well-Architected Tool is now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    The AWS Well-Architected Tool is now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region. The AWS Well-Architected Tool was introduced in Nov 2018 to help you review your workloads against the latest AWS architectural best practices, and get guidance on how to improve your cloud architectures.  

  • New VMware Cloud on AWS Navigate Track

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    Today, we are excited to announce the new VMware Cloud on AWS Navigate track

    Together, VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud solution that extends on-premises VMware environments to AWS elastic, bare-metal infrastructure that is fully integrated as part of the AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS will bring the capabilities of VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies to the AWS Cloud, and enable customers to run any application across vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.

    The VMware Cloud on AWS Navigate track creates a prescriptive journey for APN Partners who want to build expertise in supporting AWS Customer projects for VMware Cloud solutions on AWS.

    Learn more about the AWS Navigate Program, and all the AWS Navigate tracks available on the APN blog

  • Amazon S3 Introduces S3 Batch Operations for Object Management

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    At AWS re:Invent 2018 we announced preview availability for S3 Batch Operations and today we are announcing general availability. S3 Batch Operations is a new feature that makes it simple for customers to manage billions of objects stored in Amazon S3, with a single API request or a few clicks in the S3 Management Console. Now, all AWS customers can make changes to object properties and metadata, and perform other storage management tasks – such as copying objects between buckets, replacing tag sets, modifying access controls, and restoring archived objects from Amazon S3 Glacier – for any number of S3 objects in minutes instead of months.

  • Announcing General Availability of Amazon Managed Blockchain for Hyperledger Fabric

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces general availability of Amazon Managed Blockchain, which is a fully managed service that makes it easy to create and manage scalable blockchain networks using the popular open source frameworks Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum. Hyperledger Fabric is available today. Ethereum is coming soon.

  • AWS WAF Security Automations Now Supports Log Analysis

    Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

    AWS has updated AWS WAF Security Automations, a solution that automatically deploys a single web access control list (web ACL) with a set of AWS WAF rules designed to filter common web-based attacks.

  • New Quick Start sets up serverless CI/CD for the enterprise on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2019

    This Quick Start builds a serverless CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous delivery) environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, to provide an enterprise-ready, dynamic deployment pipeline. 

  • Amazon ECR now supports AWS PrivateLink in AWS GovCloud (US-West)

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) now has support for AWS PrivateLink in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. AWS PrivateLink is a networking technology designed to enable access to AWS services in a highly available and scalable manner, while keeping all the network traffic within the AWS network. When you create a AWS PrivateLink endpoint for Amazon ECR, the service endpoints appear as elastic network interfaces with a private IP address in your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

  • Elastic Fabric Adapter Is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2019

    Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA), a low-latency network adapter for Amazon EC2 Instances, is now Generally Available for production use.  EFA was first announced as a preview in November 2018.  

    EFA is a network interface for Amazon EC2 instances that enables customers to run High Performance Computing (HPC) applications requiring high levels of inter-instance communications, like computational fluid dynamics, weather modeling, and reservoir simulation, at scale on AWS. It uses a custom-built operating system bypass technique to enhance the performance of inter-instance communications, which is critical to scaling HPC applications. With EFA, HPC applications using popular HPC technologies like Message Passing Interface (MPI) can scale to thousands of CPU cores. EFA supports industry-standard libfabric APIs, so applications that use a supported MPI library can be migrated to AWS with little or no modification. EFA is available as an optional EC2 networking feature that you can enable on C5n.18xl and P3dn.24xl instances at no additional cost. EFA is currently available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and AWS GovCloud (US). Support for additional instances and regions will be added in the coming months.

    Learn more about using EFA for your HPC workloads here.
     

  • Amazon Aurora Serverless Supports Capacity of 1 Unit and a New Scaling Option

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2019

    You can now set the minimum capacity of your Aurora Serverless DB clusters to 1 Aurora Capacity Unit (ACU). With Aurora Serverless, you specify the minimum and maximum ACUs for your Aurora Serverless DB cluster instead of provisioning and managing database instances. Each ACU is a combination of processing and memory capacity. By setting the minimum capacity to 1 ACU, you can keep your Aurora Serverless DB cluster running at a lower cost.  

  • Developers, start your engines! The AWS DeepRacer Virtual League kicks off today.

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2019

    Starting today, developers of all skill levels can join the AWS DeepRacer League from anywhere in the world via the AWS DeepRacer console. Developers can put their skills to the test by competing in the Virtual Circuit World Tour, on virtual tracks inspired by famous raceways to be revealed each month. They will race for prizes and glory and a chance to win an expenses paid trip to the AWS DeepRacer Championship Cup at re:Invent 2019.

  • Amazon MQ Now Supports Resource-Level and Tag-Based Permissions

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2019

    You can now define AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies to specify fine-grained permissions for specific brokers based on resource names and tags, improving the security of broker management. 

  • AWS Snowball Edge adds block storage for edge computing workloads

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2019

    Customers who need to run Amazon EC2 workloads on AWS Snowball Edge devices can now attach multiple persistent block storage volumes to their Amazon EC2 instances. With both block and object storage options on Snowball Edge, you have flexibility to deploy a wider set of applications in rugged, temporary or mobile environments that have limited or no network connectivity.

  • AWS Security Token Service (STS) now supports enabling the global STS endpoint to issue session tokens compatible with all AWS Regions

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2019

    AWS Security Token Service (STS) now enables you to request session tokens from the global STS endpoint that work in all AWS Regions. Using your AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users or roles, you can configure the global STS endpoint to vend session tokens that are compatible with all AWS Regions.  

  • AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Faster SQL Data Set Refresh Intervals

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2019

    Starting today, AWS IoT Analytics customers can now refresh their SQL data sets in customizable intervals as low as one minute. Prior to this capability, customers could only refresh their SQL data sets with a minimum interval of 15 minutes, which enabled a plethora of batched analysis operations but limited their ability to do near real-time analysis. With this new feature, customers can address their need for more timely analyses such as getting minute updates to operational dashboards or deriving more actionable insights on customer usage trends and equipment telemetry using their IoT data.

  • DynamoDBMapper now supports Amazon DynamoDB transactional API calls

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2019

    DynamoDBMapper now supports Amazon DynamoDB transactional API calls, enabling developers who use DynamoDBMapper to simplify their code when making coordinated, all-or-nothing changes to multiple items both within and across DynamoDB tables.

  • Now you can tag Amazon DynamoDB tables when you create them

    Posted On: Apr 26, 2019

    You can now tag Amazon DynamoDB tables when you create them. Tags are labels you can attach to AWS resources to make them easier to manage, search, and filter.

  • AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store Introduces Advanced Parameters

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store today introduces advanced parameters that provide three enhanced capabilities. Advanced parameters enable you to create more than 10,000 parameters, use larger parameter value size (up to 8 KB) and add policies to your parameter.  

  • AWS Systems Manager Now Supports Use of Parameter Store at Higher API Throughput

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store now supports up to 1,000 requests per second. This lets you run applications that require higher concurrent access to a large number of parameters. You can enable the higher throughput limit from the Parameter Store Settings tab. Once the higher throughput is enabled for your account, you incur charges per API interaction. See the pricing page for details.  

  • Amazon RDS now supports per-second billing

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon RDS is billed in one-second increments for database instances and attached storage. Pricing is still listed on a per-hour basis, but bills are now calculated down to the second and show usage in decimal form. There is a 10 minute minimum charge when an instance is created, restored or started.

  • Announcing AWS RoboMaker Cloud Extensions for Robot Operating System (ROS) Melodic

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker, a service that makes it easy to develop, simulate, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale, has expanded its cloud extensions to ROS-Melodic users. AWS RoboMaker now provides the cloud extensions for Amazon Cloudwatch Logs for logging, Amazon Cloudwatch Metrics for monitoring, Amazon Lex for speech recognition, Amazon Polly for speech generation, Amazon Kinesis Video Streams for video streaming. For the latest ROS-Melodic packages, please visit here

  • Amazon VPC Sharing is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud sharing (VPC sharing) is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. VPC sharing is also available in all commercial AWS Regions except in South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Osaka-Local), and China regions.

  • AWS specifies the IP address ranges for Amazon DynamoDB endpoints

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    AWS now specifies the IP address ranges for Amazon DynamoDB endpoints. You can use these IP address ranges in your routing and firewall policies to control outbound application traffic. If you have an application that uses DynamoDB and need to lock down outbound access to the DynamoDB endpoints, you can use these IP address ranges. You also can use these ranges to control outbound traffic for applications in your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, behind AWS Virtual Private Network or AWS Direct Connect.

  • AWS AppSync Now Supports Tagging GraphQL APIs

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    Starting today, you can assign tags to GraphQL APIs in AWS AppSync. Tags are an easy and convenient way to categorize and track cost allocation for operations such as queries, mutations, and real-time updates.  

  • AWS IoT Analytics Now Supports Single Step Setup of IoT Analytics Resources from AWS IoT Core

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    AWS IoT Analytics today announced support for single step setup of IoT Analytics resources from AWS IoT Core, which allows you to create your IoT Analytics resources of channel, pipeline, data store, and SQL data set from IoT Core’s Rules console with just a click of a button, without manually configuring IAM role or permissions. This support comes in addition to the support of single step setup of IoT Analytics resources from the IoT Analytics console, which launched last month. Customers can now easily create IoT Analytics resources with a single step from both the IoT Analytics console and IoT Core console.

  • Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers Now Available

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    After being announced in preview at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019, Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers is now available to help game developers create and customize affordable game servers.

  • AWS Service Catalog Announces Tag Updating

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    AWS Service Catalog now enables updating of tags on provisioned products and associated resources. With this feature you can now update tags on provisioned products to ensure that your current tagging taxonomy is applied to provisioned resources. Administrators can enable tag updating on provisioned products via a Resource Update constraint, and owners can then update their provisioned products and adjust tags. Tag-only updates will not affect running resources.

    AWS Service Catalog allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. These IT services can include everything from virtual machine images, servers, software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service Catalog is used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS.

    To learn more about Service Catalog Tag Update administration, please see the AWS Service Catalog Administrator Guide. To learn about how end users can now maintain tags, please see the AWS Service Catalog User Guide

  • Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth announces new features to simplify workflows, new data labeling vendors, and expansion in the Asia Pacific region

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth offers easy access to public and private human labelers and provides them with built-in workflows and interfaces for common labeling tasks to provide significant speed and cost benefits to labeling data for machine learning. SageMaker Ground Truth now offers simplified labeling workflows, support for additional labeling vendors, and has been extended to a sixth AWS region, making it even easier to build highly accurate training datasets. Successful machine learning models are built on the shoulders of large volumes of high-quality training data.

  • Announcing the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    AWS is announcing the immediate availability of the new AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region. The Hong Kong Region joins Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Ningxia, Seoul, and Mumbai as the eighth active AWS Region in Asia Pacific and mainland China, and the 21st AWS Region worldwide. The AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region consists of three Availability Zones and with this launch, the AWS Global Infrastructure now offers 64 Availability Zones worldwide, serving customers in over 190 countries. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region adds to the existing infrastructure AWS already has in Hong Kong SAR, which includes three Edge Network Locations, for customers looking to securely deliver data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Streams changes license for its consumer library to Apache License 2.0

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Streams is a massively scalable and durable real-time data streaming service.

  • AWS Resource Access Manager (RAM) is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    You can now use AWS Resource Access Manager (RAM) in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region, an AWS Region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements.

  • AWS Global Accelerator is Now Available in Six Additional Regions

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    AWS Global Accelerator is now available in Europe (London), Europe (Paris), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), and Canada (Central) AWS Regions. Previously, AWS Global Accelerator was already available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS Regions.

  • AWS Single Sign-On now offers certificate customization to support your corporate policies

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) now enables you to customize the certificate it uses when you access applications such as Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Microsoft Office 365. AWS SSO uses a certificate to sign and send an authentication token to the applications you access. Through the AWS SSO console, you can now customize the certificate validity period, signing algorithm type, and the key size to match your corporate security policies. To learn more, see Manage AWS SSO Certificates

  • AWS Device Farm Remote Access for Manual Testing on real Android and iOS devices now supports Android OS 8+ and iOS 11+ devices

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    AWS Device Farm’s Remote Access feature allows developers to swipe, gesture, and interact with a real device through their web browser to test the functionality and usability of their mobile applications.

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

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker, a service that makes it easy to develop, simulate, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. AWS RoboMaker extends the most widely used open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud service. Now you can build highly-available applications for your APAC-based simulations and deployments.

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

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker, a service that makes it easy to develop, simulate, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. AWS RoboMaker extends the most widely used open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud service. Now you can build highly-available applications for your APAC-based simulations and deployments.

  • Amazon EC2 T3a Instances Are Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces general availability of Amazon EC2 T3a instances. T3a instances are variants of T3 instances and feature AMD EPYC processors with an all core turbo clock speed of up to 2.5 GHz. T3a instances provide additional options for customers who are looking to achieve a 10% cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for applications with moderate CPU usage that may experience temporary spikes in use.

  • Amazon EKS Supports EC2 A1 Instances as a Public Preview

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    You can now use Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) to run containers on Amazon EC2 A1 Instances as part of a public developer preview. This preview lets you take advantage of the latest EC2 functionality and start validating performance and stability of containerized applications running on the Arm processor architecture.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports Data Import from Amazon S3

    Posted On: Apr 24, 2019

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports importing of data stored in a Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket into a PostgreSQL table. A new extension aws_s3 has been added and will be used to perform the import operations. You can import any data format that is supported by the PostgreSQL COPY command using ARN role association method or using Amazon S3 credentials.

    PostgreSQL versions 11.1 and above are supported with this feature. To learn more, please visit the documentation page.

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for regional availability.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now offers improved performance at lower costs with C5, M5, and R5 instances

    Posted On: Apr 23, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports the latest C5 (compute-optimized), M5 (general-purpose), and R5 (memory-optimized) instances, all of which offer superior performance at lower costs compared to previous-generation instances.

  • Amazon Transcribe is now available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) and EU (Frankfurt) with added language support for Spanish (ES)

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. Starting today, Amazon Transcribe becomes available in two new AWS regions, Asia Pacific (Seoul) and EU (Frankfurt). Additionally, new language support for Spanish (ES) is now available in all regions where Amazon Transcribe is available.

  • AWS Glue is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: Apr 19, 2019

    You can now use AWS Glue in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region. AWS Glue automates much of the effort to build, maintain, and run extract, transform, and load (ETL) jobs.

  • Amazon Aurora Serverless Supports Sharing and Cross-Region Copying of Snapshots

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    You can now share snapshots of Aurora Serverless DB clusters with other AWS accounts or publicly. We are also giving you the ability to copy Aurora Serverless DB cluster snapshots across AWS regions.  

  • AWS License Manager is now available in GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    AWS License Manager is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions: AWS GovCloud (US-East) and AWS GovCloud (US-West).

  • Announcing Azure to AWS migration support in AWS Server Migration Service

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) now offers support for migrating virtual machines (VMs) running in Microsoft Azure to the AWS cloud. The new capability makes it easier for you to migrate existing applications running in Microsoft Azure to the AWS cloud to take advantage of greater reliability, faster performance, more security capabilities, and lower costs.  

  • Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS Enable Faster Migration from MySQL 5.7 Databases

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    You can now restore MySQL 5.7 backups stored in Amazon S3 to Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility and Amazon RDS for MySQL.  

  • AWS CloudFormation Coverage Updates for Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS and Amazon Elastic Load Balancer

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment. It allows you to use a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts.

  • AWS CodeCommit Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    AWS CodeCommit, a fully-managed source control service, is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. CodeCommit makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories. 

  • AWS ParallelCluster 2.3.1 with enhanced support for Slurm Workload Manager is available now

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    Customers using AWS ParallelCluster to set up their High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters can now take advantage of an optimized scaling algorithm designed for use with Slurm Workload Manager. Other enhancements in the new release of AWS ParallelCluster release include features to prevent cluster scale-up when job dependencies are not satisfied, and support for the latest version of Slurm Workload Manager (v18). The complete list of enhancement in AWS ParallelCluster 2.3.1 can be found here.

    HPC clusters are collections of tightly coupled compute, storage, and networking resources that enable customers to run large scale scientific and engineering workloads. AWS ParallelCluster is a fully supported and maintained open source cluster management tool that makes it easy for scientists, researchers, and IT administrators to deploy and manage HPC clusters on AWS. AWS ParallelCluster reduces the operational overhead of cluster management and simplifies running HPC workloads on AWS. AWS ParallelCluster is available at no additional charge, and you pay only for the AWS resources needed to run your applications. Slurm is a free and open-source job scheduler for Linux and Unix-like kernels used by many of the world's supercomputers and HPC clusters. Learn how to launch an HPC cluster using AWS ParallelCluster here.

  • AWS Organizations now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    You can now use AWS Organizations to centrally govern and manage your environment as you grow and scale your workloads across AWS accounts in AWS GovCloud (US), Amazon’s isolated cloud infrastructure and services designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements. AWS Organizations helps you control access, compliance, and security; and share resources across your AWS accounts.

  • Amazon Comprehend Now Supports Confusion Matrices for Custom Classification

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    Amazon Comprehend helps you solve a variety of use cases with custom classification. For example, you can build classifiers to organize your daily customer feedback into categories like “loyalty”, “sales” or “product defect”. Amazon Comprehend removes the complexity to create custom classification models, requiring only a CSV file with labels and example text.

    A confusion matrix helps you understand how your labels are performing based on the training data you provided. For example, if you have two labels with similar training content, the custom classification model may not be able to clearly distinguish between these labels. Using the confusion matrix, you can focus on creating better training content, so each label is more distinct from the other.

    Get started with Amazon Comprehend custom classification models here and learn more about how to use a confusion matrix as part of training your model here.

  • Amazon VPC Flow Logs can now be Delivered to S3 in the EU (Stockholm) and Asia Pacific (Osaka) AWS Regions

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

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

  • Amazon EC2 P3dn Instances are Now Available in the Europe (Dublin) AWS Region

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 P3dn instances are available in the Europe (Dublin) AWS region. P3dn instances were first introduced in December of 2018 and feature eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs with 32GB of GPU memory each, 100 Gbps networking, 96 Intel Skylake-based vCPUs, and 768 GB of system memory that expands the P3 portfolio on the top end for faster distributed machine learning (ML) training workloads.

  • New Quick Start deploys Duo MFA for AWS Directory Service on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Apr 18, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) for AWS Directory Service on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 minutes. The Quick Start uses the Duo Authentication Proxy for Directory Service to provide MFA functionality.

  • AWS Amplify Console adds support for Custom Headers

    Posted On: Apr 25, 2019

    The Amplify Console now supports custom headers for hosted websites. With custom headers, developers can specify headers for every HTTP response. Response headers can be used for debugging, security, and informational purposes. For example, developers can set security headers such as Strict-Transport-Security and Content-Security-Policy to force every end-user to use HTTPS. Developers can get started by adding custom headers to their build settings YAML file. Learn more by visiting the documentation.

  • AWS Transit Gateway is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Apr 17, 2019

    AWS Transit Gateway is now available in both AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. AWS Transit Gateway enables customers to connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) and their on-premises networks using a single gateway. As you grow the number of workloads across multiple AWS accounts, you need to scale your networks, better control your policies, and effectively monitor your resources.  

  • Amazon MSK expands its open preview into AP (Singapore) and AP (Sydney) AWS Regions

    Posted On: Apr 17, 2019

    Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now available in open preview in seven AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and AP (Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo).

  • Amazon Polly Adds Arabic Language Support

    Posted On: Apr 17, 2019

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

    Used by over 400 million people, Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It consists of 30 dialects, including its universal form, which is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Zeina follows the MSA pronunciation, which is the common broadcasting standard across the region. MSA might sometimes sound formal because it differs from day-to-day speaking style. However, it’s the linguistic thread that links the Arabic native-speakers worldwide.

    Amazon Polly customers who plan to use Zeina’s voice include Emirates NBD - a leading bank in the Middle East who has introduced an AI powered virtual assistant, Duolingo - a globally operating eLearning platform offering a portfolio of 84 language courses for more than 30 distinct languages, and iTranslate - a leading translation and dictionary app that offers text translation as well as voice-to-voice conversations in over 100 languages.

    With the addition of Arabic language support, the Amazon Polly portfolio now includes 59 voices across 29 languages. You can check out the full list in the Voices in Amazon Polly section of our documentation.

  • Amplify Framework Announces New Amazon Aurora Serverless, GraphQL, and OAuth Capabilities

    Posted On: Apr 17, 2019

    Starting today, Amplify Framework includes support for adding Amazon Aurora Serverless as a data source for your AWS AppSync GraphQL APIs when building mobile and web applications. This enables developers to use the Amplify CLI, part of the Amplify Framework, to generate a GraphQL API with auto-generated schema and resolvers that works with an existing Aurora Serverless database. Previously, developers had to setup an AWS Lambda function to use Aurora Serverless as a data source for a GraphQL API.

    The GraphQL Transform library, included in the Amplify CLI, provides a simple abstraction that helps developers quickly create scalable web and mobile backends on AWS. This release adds features to the GraphQL Transform Library that enable developers to provide fine-grained access control across their APIs by configuring authorization rules for top level and individual fields. In addition, developers can configure access to connected fields inside a model, or those that represent relationships between data. Previously, access rules were only applied to top-level fields and there was no way to configure access to individual and connected fields.

    This release also allows developers using the Amplify JavaScript library to trigger OAuth flows in their web applications with a single line of code. Developers can choose between using Amazon Cognito Hosted UI or their own UI while still having the ability to federate with User Pools and get AWS credentials to access their resources.

    To learn more about AWS Amplify, please visit our documentation. For more details about these features, refer to our blog post.

  • New Quick Start deploys Cherwell Service Management connector on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys the Cherwell Service Management connector on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, to provide a reliable and fault-tolerant integration point between your AWS account and your Cherwell Service Management system. 

  • Amazon FreeRTOS Now Supports Resource Tagging

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    You can now assign tags to Amazon FreeRTOS Over-The-Air (OTA) update and customer configuration resources. This helps to search and manage access control of these resource based on resource tagging. This support builds upon previously-released support for resource tagging in AWS IoT Core.

  • Announcing the New AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder - Specialty Exam

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    AWS Training and Certification is excited to announce the availability of the new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder - Specialty certification, the industry's first and only certification that validates your ability to build, test, and publish Amazon Alexa skills. With the new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification, Alexa developers can more confidently publish skills that have the potential to reach customers through over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices in use globally.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports Multi Major Version Upgrades to PostgreSQL 11

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports Multi Major Version Upgrades for PostgreSQL which allows you to perform major version upgrades across multiple different major versions.

    Previously, major version upgrades could only be done to one higher version at a time. For example, PostgreSQL version 9.6 could only be upgraded to PostgreSQL 10, and PostgreSQL version 9.4 to PostgreSQL version 9.5. So, if you wanted to upgrade your older instances to the latest major version, you would have to perform multiple major version upgrades until you reached your target version. For example, upgrading PostgreSQL 9.4 to PostgreSQL 11 involved upgrading from version 9.4 to 9.5, then 9.5 to 9.6, and then 9.6 to 10 and finally from 10 to 11. This caused extended downtime for each of the upgrade operations.

    With the new multi major version upgrade feature you can perform any of the following upgrades seamlessly in a single step, thus reducing downtime substantially.

    • Upgrade from PostgreSQL version 9.4 to PostgreSQL version 11
    • Upgrade from PostgreSQL version 9.5 to PostgreSQL version 11
    • Upgrade from PostgreSQL version 9.6. to PostgreSQL version 11

    In addition, if you are still running any PostgreSQL version 9.3 which has already been out of support, you can upgrade your instance(s) to 9.5 or 9.6 directly.

    Please refer to the major version upgrade documentation on details around the PostgreSQL versions that are supported as source and target versions and also any limitations associated with the upgrade process.

    With this release, RDS for PostgreSQL now also supports upgrading from PostgreSQL 10 to PostgreSQL 11.

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

  • Amazon WorkDocs Introduces Document Approvals

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    Starting today, you can create an approval workflow to route documents and other files stored in WorkDocs to one or more users for their approval. Approval workflow enables users to build workflows to track and manage their document approval processes in an automated manner. Approval workflow helps you adhere to business processes in your organization.

    Approval Workflow automatically routes the files, assigns review tasks to approvers and sends reminders and notifications. You can also track the status of your approval requests as well as those awaiting your approval.

    To get started, access WorkDocs in your web browser, click on Apps in the top navigation bar and click on Launch for Approvals. You will see the Approvals welcome screen where you can create an approval workflow by clicking on Create Approval. You can add files, invite approvers, specify a completion date and submit the workflow by clicking the Send button.

    Approval workflow is immediately available to all WorkDocs customers. No user or administrator action is required to activate it. Discover more about Amazon WorkDocs, or sign up for a 30-day trial today.

  • AWS Client VPN is Now Available in Four Additional AWS Regions

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    AWS Client VPN is now available in the EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions. AWS Client VPN was already available in US East (Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) AWS Regions. Support for other AWS Regions is coming soon.

  • Amazon WorkDocs Migration Service

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    Amazon WorkDocs is launching a migration service to help you migrate your organization's files to Amazon WorkDocs. This service is currently in a private preview.

    The Amazon WorkDocs migration service helps you move your users' files and your departmental file shares to Amazon WorkDocs. The service can migrate large amounts of data, from tens of gigabytes to mutiple terabytes.

    Using the Amazon WorkDocs migration service portal, you can configure migration tasks, and select the source and target WorkDocs account and site to migrate data to. You can schedule the migration task to execute during a specific period as a one-time data transfer operation or have periodic syncs so as to minimize downtime for your users. The Amazon WorkDocs migration service portal provides up-to-date information and status on migration jobs including detailed reports once migration has successfully completed.

    The Amazon WorkDocs migration service leverages AWS DataSync that automatically handles many of the tasks related to data transfers such as network optimization and data integrity validation, which can slow down migrations or burden your IT operations.

    You can participate in the limited preview by filling out the signup form. Customers who are accepted in the preview will be notified of next steps. 

  • Expanding AWS PrivateLink support for Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose can now utilize AWS PrivateLink to securely ingest data.

  • NICE DCV Introduces MacOS Native Client

    Posted On: Apr 16, 2019

    We are pleased to announce the release of NICE DCV version 2017.4.

    The DCV 2017.4 release introduces the following features:

    • New native client for MacOS devices
    • Hardware decoding support for Windows client
  • Amazon RDS Enhanced Monitoring Adds New Storage and Host Metrics

    Posted On: Apr 12, 2019

    Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) Enhanced Monitoring, which provides visibility into the health of your Amazon RDS instances, now reports physical storage device metrics and secondary instance host metrics.

  • New AWS Public Datasets Available from National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Stanford, Software Heritage and others

    Posted On: Apr 11, 2019

    18 new or updated AWS Public Datasets are now available in the following categories: 

  • Amazon QuickSight now supports localization, percentile calculations and more

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2019

    Amazon QuickSight is now localized in 10 major languages! With support for these languages across the entire product, Amazon QuickSight now makes it easier than ever for everyone to get deeper insights from their data. Languages supported are English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.   

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Greater Control of Root Access to Notebook Instances

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker now lets you enable and disable root access to notebook instances in order to ensure a separation of notebook users and root users, enabling compliance with security policies.

  • Amazon SageMaker Now Offers Reduced Prices in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions

    Posted On: Apr 10, 2019

    Starting April 1st, 2019, the pricing for Amazon SageMaker P3 instances has been reduced by 20% in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region and by 15% in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region.

  • Amazon MQ now supports ActiveMQ Minor Version 5.15.9

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2019

    You can now launch Apache ActiveMQ 5.15.9 brokers on Amazon MQ. This minor update to ActiveMQ contains several fixes and new features compared to the previously supported version, ActiveMQ 5.15.8.

    Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud. Amazon MQ manages the administration and maintenance of ActiveMQ, which means the underlying infrastructure is automatically provisioned for high availability and message durability to support the reliability of your applications.

    We encourage you to consider upgrading ActiveMQ with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. If your broker has automatic minor version upgrade enabled, it will be automatically upgraded during your next maintenance window. To learn more about upgrading, please see: Editing Broker Engine Version, CloudWatch Logs, and Maintenance Preferences in the Amazon MQ Developer Guide.

    Apache ActiveMQ 5.15.9 includes the fixes and features of all previous releases of ActiveMQ. Amazon MQ now provides support for versions 5.15.0, 5.15.6, 5.15.8, and 5.15.9. To learn more, read the ActiveMQ 5.15.9 Release Notes.

  • Amazon Pinpoint Now Offers an Analytics Dashboard for Transactional SMS Messages

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2019

    Today, Amazon Pinpoint is launching a new dashboard for transactional SMS messages. This dashboard includes information about the number of SMS messages that you sent, the number of messages that were received, and your average delivery rate. It also includes a section that breaks out your message deliveries by country. This data makes it easy to see how many messages you sent to each country or region, as well as the average price that you paid for sending those messages. This information enables you to optimize both your costs and delivery performance for transactional SMS messages.

    For more information about the new transactional SMS message dashboards, see the Amazon Pinpoint User Guide.

  • AWS Amplify Console Now Available in Five Additional Regions

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2019

    The Amplify Console is now available in five new AWS regions: Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and EU (Frankfurt). This expands the number of AWS regions where Amplify Console is available to 11.

    The Amplify Console is a fully managed hosting service for fullstack serverless web applications. Learn more about hosting your web app on our Product and Getting Started pages.

  • Announcing EMR release 5.22.0: Support for new versions of HBase, Oozie, Flink, and optimized EBS configuration for improved IO performance for applications such as Spark

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2019

    You can now use Apache HBase 1.4.9, Apache Flink 1.7.1, and Apache Oozie 5.1.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.22.0. These releases include various bug fixes and stability improvements.

    Also, with this release, we have increased the default EBS storage size of EC2 instances that have EBS-only storage. The size increase is proportional to the size of the EC2 instance and we have spread the increase over multiple EBS volumes. This change allows applications such as Spark to take better advantage of the IOPS performance of the EBS volumes when writing intermediate data to disk which in turn results in better job performance.

    Additionally, with this release, you can use the upgraded version of Apache Phoenix 4.14.1 and Apache Zeppelin 0.8.1.

    You can create an Amazon EMR cluster with the release 5.22.0 by choosing the release label “emr-5.22.0” from the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or SDK. You can choose HBase, Oozie, Flink, Phoenix, and Zeppelin to install these applications when you launch your EMR cluster. Please visit the Amazon EMR documentation for more information about EMR release 5.22.0, HBase 1.4.9, Oozie 5.1.0, Flink 1.7.1, Phoenix 4.14.1, and Zeppelin 0.8.1.

    Amazon EMR release 5.22.0 is now available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

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

     

  • AWS Certification Triples its Testing Locations, Making it Even More Convenient to Get Certified

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    Pearson VUE, a global leader in computer-based testing, now delivers AWS Certification exams through its extensive network of over 5,000 testing centers in 180 countries worldwide. Now, you have even more choices and flexibility for deciding when and where to take an AWS Certification exam.

    AWS Certification helps learners build credibility and confidence with the AWS Cloud by validating their cloud expertise with an industry-recognized certification. The program offers a portfolio of certifications which address the most critical roles to support customer success in the cloud, including cloud practitioner, solutions architect, developer, and operations. AWS role-based certifications are complemented with targeted certifications evaluating technical expertise in specialized areas, including machine learning and security.

    Learn more here.

    We’re here to help. Take a look below for some common questions.

    How does a second exam delivery provider affect me?
    Your AWS Certification exam experience should mostly remain the same, with an increase in availability and accessibility. You can now take your exam at either PSI test centers or Pearson VUE test centers.

    Are there any differences between the test center experiences?
    Both PSI and Pearson VUE strive to offer consistent experiences across their own network of test centers, and the experience at a test center should be largely the same, regardless of the vendor you scheduled with. Some test centers will request an electronic signature and take your photo during the check-in process.

    Are the exams the same with both PSI and Pearson VUE?
    The exams delivered, including the exam length and passing standards, will be the same with both vendors.

    How can my organization become a test center for PSI or Pearson VUE?
    To apply for your organization to become a PSI test center, go here.
    To apply for your organization to become a Pearson VUE test center, go here.

     

     

  • AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Supports Chunked Object Transfer to Enable Ultra-Low Latency Video Workflows

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaStore now supports chunked object transfer, a standard that lets you build ultra-low latency end-to-end workflows for over-the-top (OTT) video. When using chunked object transfer to deliver segmented objects, your video segments are split into smaller chunks that can be played before the complete segment is delivered. Video players can begin playback by requesting video from CDNs such as Amazon CloudFront, which in turn can start downloading the beginning of a video segment from MediaStore while the encoder is still in the process of writing the end of that same segment.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 64TiB

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    Starting today, you can create Amazon RDS for Oracle database instances with up to 64 TiB of storage and provisioned I/O performance of up to 80,000 IOPS.

  • Amazon CloudFront is now Available in Mainland China

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2019

    Amazon CloudFront announces the launch of CloudFront in China with three new Edge locations (POPs) located in Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhongwei, operated by Ningxia Western Cloud Data Co. Ltd. (NWCD). Customers can now serve content to end viewers in Mainland China with improved latency, availability and security.

  • Speed Up Video Processing With New Accelerated Transcoding in AWS Elemental MediaConvert

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    Today, AWS launched Accelerated Transcoding, a new feature in AWS Elemental MediaConvert that increases the processing speed of file-based video encoding jobs by up to 25 times. With Accelerated Transcoding, you can meet the most demanding turnaround times for processing the highest quality video with confidence. MediaConvert automatically analyzes job characteristics and applies optimal processing to complete the job with maximum efficiency. Accelerated Transcoding is available in the on-demand professional pricing tier with no additional charge.

  • Amazon CloudFront enhances the security for adding alternate domain names to a distribution

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon CloudFront has made the process of adding an alternate domain name to a distribution even more secure than before. Now, when you add an alternate domain name, like www.example.com, to a distribution, you must also attach a SSL/TLS certificate to that distribution that covers the alternate domain name. With today's release, only those with authorized access to your domain's certificate can add your domain to a CloudFront distribution as an alternate domain name.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service adds event monitoring and alerting support

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now provides built-in event monitoring and alerting, enabling you to monitor the data stored in your domain and automatically send notifications based on pre-configured thresholds. For example, if you are storing HTTP server logs in your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain, you can now monitor the response codes and alert your team if there are too many errors, right from your domain. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch 6.5

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports open source Elasticsearch 6.5 and Kibana 6.5. The new version of Elasticsearch and Kibana offers several new features and improvements, including auto-interval date histogram, conditional token filters, and early termination support for min/max aggregations. 

  • AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority is now available in five additional regions

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) is now available in Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), EU (Paris), US West (N. California), and EU (Stockholm). This regional expansion extends the availability of ACM Private CA across the globe increasing the number of regions from 10 to 15.

  • Amazon Redshift now provides more control over snapshots

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon Redshift automatically takes incremental snapshots (backups) of your data every 8 hours or 5 GB per node of data change. You now get more information and control over a snapshot including the ability to control the automatic snapshot's schedule.

  • AWS Glue now supports additional configuration options for memory-intensive jobs

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    You can now specify a worker type for Apache Spark jobs in AWS Glue for memory intensive workloads.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Offers Lower Cost Live Channels with Single-Pipeline Option

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    Today AWS Elemental MediaLive adds the option to create “Single-pipeline” channels, a lower cost alternative to “Standard” channels. MediaLive Single-pipeline channels have one input and a single encoding pipeline delivering a single channel output, rather than the redundant dual Availability Zone (AZ) pipelines that MediaLive provides with a Standard channel. The rates for inputs, outputs, and add-on functionality used for Single-pipeline channels are significantly lower than the rates for Standard channels.

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage and MediaTailor improve support for DASH Endpoints and Monetization

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaPackage and AWS Elemental MediaTailor now support a broad range of variant DASH outputs and features. This added functionality enables support for live streams on more devices. It also continues to allow personalized, dynamic ad insertion to monetize live streams.

  • AWS simplifies replatforming of Microsoft SQL Server databases from Windows to Linux

    Posted On: Apr 9, 2019

    Amazon Web Services today announced the availability of a replatforming assistant for Microsoft SQL Server, a new scripting tool that makes it easier to modernize existing SQL Server workloads from Windows to Linux and save on Windows licensing costs.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk extends Tag-Based Permissions

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk adds tagging and tag-based access control for four Elastic Beanstalk resources: applications, application versions, saved configurations, and custom platform versions.

  • Amazon Transcribe now supports real-time speech-to-text in British English, French, and Canadian French

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capability to your applications. Amazon Transcribe now supports real-time transcription of audio in the following new languages: British English, French, and Canadian French. These languages expand upon the existing two languages already available in Amazon Transcribe’s streaming service: US English and Mexican Spanish.

    The new set of languages expands the markets served by Amazon Transcribe to enable use cases in contact centers, media and entertainment, education, among others, to reach a broader global audience.

    British English, French, and Canadian French support for streaming transcription are available in all AWS Regions that Amazon Transcribe is available at no additional cost. Learn more about streaming transcription using this documentation page. For more information on language support, visit this documentation page.

  • Amplify Framework Simplifies Configuring OAuth 2.0 Flows, Hosted UI, and AR/VR Scenes for Mobile and Web Apps

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    The Amplify CLI, part of the Amplify Framework, now includes support for configuring OAuth 2.0 Authorization Flows and enabling the Amazon Cognito Hosted UI. This enables you to setup federation between social identity providers such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google with Amazon Cognito User Pools. The federation is achieved using OAuth 2.0 flows, which can be performed through Hosted UI or your application code (using the endpoints directly). Previously, developers had to go to the Amazon Cognito console to set this up and construct the proper application configurations manually in their web or mobile applications.

    In addition, new commands in the Amplify CLI make it easier to configure Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) scenes from Amazon Sumerian for your mobile and web applications. The commands enable you to add authorization for your scenes using Amazon Cognito and IAM.

    This release also adds options to the Storage and API categories for setting up fine-grained CRUD style permissions on Amazon S3 and Amazon API Gateway, respectively. This functionality supports both authenticated and unauthenticated application workflows. Previously, developers could add only read/write permissions for these categories.

     

  • AWS Amplify Console Now Supports Deploying Fullstack Serverless Applications with a Single Click

    Posted On: Apr 5, 2019

    The AWS Amplify Console now has a ‘Deploy to Amplify Console’ button that allows GitHub users to automatically deploy fullstack serverless web apps with a single click.

    A fullstack serverless app consists of backend resources such as GraphQL APIs and Lambda functions, and a frontend built with frameworks such as React, Angular, or Gatsby. On clicking the ‘Deploy to Amplify Console’ button, the Amplify Console first forks the repository into your GitHub account, then deploys the backend and frontend in a single workflow. The ‘Deploy to Amplify’ button allows you to share your web projects publicly or within your team so all contributors can deploy the app to their individual AWS accounts with a single click.

    Visit our Getting Started page to deploy example projects or learn how to add the deploy button to your own project.

  • Amazon EKS Now Delivers Kubernetes Control Plane Logs to Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) can now send log data from the Kubernetes control plane to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. These logs make it easier to monitor changes made to and performance of your Amazon EKS clusters.

  • AWS Systems Manager Session Manager Enables Session Encryption Using Customer Keys

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    You can now use AWS Systems Manager Session Manager to encrypt session interaction data with your own encryption key, managed by AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS).

  • Amazon WorkSpaces Adds Tagging Support for WorkSpaces Directories, Images, Custom Bundles, and IP Access Control Groups

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Starting today, you can tag Amazon WorkSpaces registered directories, images, custom bundles, and IP Access Control Groups, in addition to each user's WorkSpace. These tags make it easy to organize your WorkSpaces deployments, create cost allocation reports for billing, and enable granular access control for your WorkSpaces resources.

  • AWS DeepLens Introduces New Bird Classification Project Template

    Posted On: Apr 8, 2019

    We are excited to announce that AWS DeepLens has a new project template for Bird Classification which enables classification of 200 species of birds.

    This project yields the top 5 predictions on bird species from a static bird photo captured by the AWS DeepLens camera. The model uses ResNet-18 neural network architecture, and has been trained using CUB-200 dataset to identify 200 different bird species. To learn more, visit the AWS DeepLens documentation. To dive deep into another method on how you can implement 'Bird Classification' by modifying Amazon SageMaker’s built-in Object Detection algorithm to classify birds using AWS DeepLens, read this blog

  • AWS Serverless Application Repository is Now Available in the EU (Paris) and EU (Stockholm) Regions

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    The AWS Serverless Application Repository is now available in EU (Paris) and EU (Stockholm) regions. The addition of the EU (Paris) and EU (Stockholm) regions increases the availability of the AWS Serverless Application Repository, which offers region support for Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Paris), South America (São Paulo), US West (N. California, Oregon), and US East (N. Virginia, Ohio). The AWS Serverless Application Repository is now available in 16 regions.

  • Amazon SageMaker Automatic Model Tuning Now Supports Random Search and Hyperparameter Scaling Options

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker, a fully-managed service to build, train, and deploy machine learning models, now supports random search as a tuning strategy and multiple hyperparameter scaling options when using Automatic Model Tuning.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) adds Aggregation Pipeline Capabilities for Strings, Dates, and Sampling

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads.

    Amazon DocumentDB continues to increase compatibility with MongoDB and today added support for additional aggregation pipeline operators that allow you to compose powerful aggregations your documents. The new capabilities include seven aggregation string operators ($indexOfCP, $indexOfBytes, $strLenCP, $strLenBytes, $toLower, $toUpper, $split), nine date time operators ($dayOfYear, $dayOfMonth, $dayOfWeek, $year, $month, $hour, $minute, $second, and $millisecond), and the $sample aggregation pipeline stage.

    To use the new features, you can create a new Amazon DocumentDB cluster with just a few clicks in the Amazon DocumentDB Management Console or you can upgrade your existing cluster.

    For more information, please see the AWS Database Blog: Using new aggregation pipeline capabilities in Amazon DocumentDB to build powerful aggregation queries

  • AWS Batch now supports GPU scheduling for accelerating batch jobs

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    AWS customers can now seamlessly accelerate their High Performance Computing (HPC), machine-learning, and other batch jobs through AWS Batch simply by specifying the number of GPUs each job requires. Starting today, you can use AWS Batch to specify the number and type of accelerators your jobs require as job definition input variables, alongside the current options of vCPU and memory. AWS Batch will scale up instances appropriate for your jobs based on the required number of GPUs and isolate the accelerators according to each job’s needs, so only the appropriate containers can access them.

    Hardware-based compute accelerators such as Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) enable users to increase application throughput and decrease latency with purpose-built hardware. Until now, AWS Batch users wanting to take advantage of accelerators needed to build a custom AMI and install the appropriate drivers, and have AWS Batch scale GPU accelerated EC2 P-type instances based on their vCPU and memory characteristics. Now, customers can simply specify the desired number and type of GPUs, similar to how they can specify vCPU and memory, and Batch will launch the EC2 P-type instances needed to run the jobs. Additionally, Batch isolates the GPU to the container, so each container gets the appropriate amount of resources it needs.

    Learn more about GPU support on AWS Batch here.
     

  • AWS Secrets Manager is Now Available in the EU (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Customers in the EU (Paris) Region can now use AWS Secrets Manager to manage secrets such as database passwords and API keys needed to access their applications, services, and IT resources. 

  • Bring Your Own IP for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is Now Available in Four Additional Regions

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Starting today, Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) is available in EU (Dublin), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), and Canada (Central) AWS Regions in addition to AWS US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), and US West (Oregon) AWS Regions.

  • AWS Cloud9 is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    AWS Cloud9 is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region. AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser.  

  • Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka Expands its Open Preview into Tokyo and Oregon AWS Regions

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now available in five AWS regions: N. Virginia (us-east-1), Ohio (us-east-2), Ireland (eu-west-1), Tokyo (ap-northeast-1), and Oregon (us-west-2).

  • Amazon Connect Adds Support For Puerto Rico Phone Numbers

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon Connect now supports claiming phone numbers in Puerto Rico. This enables you to provide local telephony support to end-customers in Puerto Rico. Additionally, outbound dialing rates to Puerto Rico have been reduced by 59% in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) regions.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Go 1.12

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    You can now develop your Elastic Beanstalk applications using Go 1.12. The latest Go 1.12 comes with numerous performance improvements and new features such as opt-in support for TLS 1.3 and improved modules support. For the complete list of Go 1.12 features, visit the official Go 1.12 release announcement. You can upgrade your existing Elastic Beanstalk Go environment to Go 1.12 using the Elastic Beanstalk console or through the EB CLI and Elastic Beanstalk API. See Updating Your Elastic Beanstalk Environment's Platform Version for additional details.

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Lustre is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region.

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region. 

  • AWS RoboMaker now supports the Gazebo 9 engine

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker makes it easy to develop, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale. Today we have added support for the Gazebo 9 engine, a leading robotics simulator. Running simulation jobs on Gazebo 9 provides new features and benefits such as .obj mesh support, GUI plotting utility, improved actor animation, and improved shadow. For a full list of Gazebo 9 features, visit the Gazebo home page.

    AWS RoboMaker is available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions. To get started, run a sample simulation job in the RoboMaker console or explore the RoboMaker webpage.
     

  • Amazon Comprehend now supports resource tagging

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to discover insights and relationships in text. Starting today, you can assign tags to custom classifier and entity type resources. This enables you to allocate costs and get detailed billing reports across your custom models.

    Each tag is a simple label consisting of a customer-defined key and an optional value that can make it easier to manage, search for, and filter resources. You can allocate costs by creating tagged Billing Groups and mapping individual “Things” to those groups.

    All usage and cost for a model will inherit the tags of the Billing Group to which it belongs. IAM policies also support tag-based conditions, enabling you to constrain IAM permissions based on specific tags or tag values (when leveraging tag-based conditions for access control, make sure to also define and restrict who can modify those tags).

    These features are provided at no additional cost. Click here to learn more about how to create and use tags in Amazon Comprehend. See AWS Tagging Strategies for general best practices for using tags with AWS resources.

  • AWS Backup is Now Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions

    Posted On: Apr 4, 2019

    AWS Backup is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions.

  • New Quick Start deploys a VFX burst rendering framework based on ISE recommendations on AWS

    Posted On: Apr 3, 2019

    This Quick Start deploys an example Linux architecture for visual effects (VFX) burst rendering on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, using content security recommendations from Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) and AWS.

  • Amazon VPC Flow Logs can now be Delivered to S3 in AWS Govcloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Apr 3, 2019

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

  • AWS Fargate PV1.3 adds secrets and enhanced container dependency management

    Posted On: Apr 3, 2019

    AWS Secrets Manager support to specify sensitive information

    You can now reference sensitive information in AWS Secrets Manager when using AWS Fargate PV 1.3. This means you can store sensitive information in either AWS Secrets manager or AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. You can learn more about about it here: Specifying sensitive information to containers.

    As you build applications, you need to reference sensitive information such as database credentials, tokens, configuration variables or SSH keys. Previously, you had to directly reference this sensitive information in the task definition or manage your own run-time secrets with custom solutions to decouple secrets from core application logic stored in container images. AWS Fargate now supports task definition conventions for accessing sensitive information stored in either AWS Secrets Manager and AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store.

  • Video on Demand Now Leverages AWS Elemental MediaConvert QVBR Mode

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2019

    AWS has updated Video on Demand on AWS, a solution that automatically provisions the AWS services necessary to build a scalable, distributed video-on-demand workflow. The solution now leverages AWS Elemental MediaConvert Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate (QVBR) encoding mode which ensures consistent, high-quality video transcoding with the smallest file size for any type of source video content. With QVBR, the encoder determines the right number of bits to use for each part of the video to maintain the video quality that you specify.

  • AWS introduces CSI Drivers for Amazon EFS and Amazon FSx for Lustre

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2019

    The Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) and Amazon FSx for Lustre Container Storage Interface (CSI) Drivers are now available as open-source alpha projects. These CSI drivers make it easy for developers to use AWS managed file system services with their Kubernetes services running on Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) or on EC2.

  • AWS Cloud9 announces support for Ubuntu development environments

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2019

    AWS Cloud9 now supports Amazon EC2 development environments that use Ubuntu Server 18.04. AWS Cloud9 also supports Amazon Linux development environments. 

  • Amazon CloudWatch Launches Search Expressions

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2019

    You can now use search expressions to define Amazon CloudWatch dashboards. This enables you to create dashboards that update automatically as new resources are created that match the search query, providing up-to-the-minute visibility with reduced operational overhead.

    The search function is an enhancement of Amazon CloudWatch metric math and can be combined within math functions like SUM, AVG, MIN, and MAX. For example, you can combine SUM with SEARCH to track the count of failed health checks across all EC2 instances in an account.

    It's easy to get started with search expressions through the Amazon CloudWatch console, or the GetMetricData API. From the metrics tab, just search for metrics then click the Graph Search button and a search expression will be automatically generated on your chart.

    Search expressions are now available in all AWS public regions, including AWS GovCloud. Learn more about how to use search expressions in graphs

  • New AWS MSP Navigate Track

    Posted On: Apr 2, 2019

    Today, we are excited to announce the new AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP) Navigate Track. The AWS MSP Partner Program is designed for AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partners who are skilled at cloud infrastructure and application migration, and deliver value to customers by offering proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their customer's environment.

    The new AWS MSP Navigate track creates a prescriptive journey for APN Partners who want to build expertise in delivering full life cycle solutions from planning and designing to building and optimizing workloads for AWS customers.  

    Learn more about the AWS Navigate Program, and all the AWS Navigate tracks available on the APN blog

  • You can now use resource level policies for Amazon CloudWatch Alarms

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2019

    You can now create tags in CloudWatch alarms that let you define policy controls for your AWS resources. This enables you to specify fine grained permissions, improving security for monitoring resources and cost allocation.


    You can add tags to CloudWatch alarms to create groups of resources and categorize them by purpose, owner, or environment. You can also view of your resources organized by common tags. And finally, you can define IAM policies in your AWS account that when attached to a resource, grants or denies access based on a tag. For example, you can create a PROD tag for your alarms in production environment, and attach an IAM policy so that only specific users can delete your alarms in that environment. For cost management, you can allocate and track costs by tagging groups of resources, get detailed billing reports across your groups, as well as define IAM permissions on these tagged groups.


    Resource level policies for CloudWatch alarms is now available at no extra cost in all AWS public regions, including AWS GovCloud. You can learn more about how to create tags on your resources and use them to define permissions using the CloudWatch CLI and SDK.

  • New Quick Start deploys SUSE Cloud Application Platform on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys SUSE Cloud Application Platform, which is a fully containerized implementation of Cloud Foundry, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. 

  • Amazon DynamoDB drops the price of global tables by eliminating associated charges for DynamoDB Streams

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB has reduced the price of global tables by eliminating associated charges for DynamoDB Streams. Previously, cross-region replication performed by global tables incurred charges for streams. Now, you are no longer billed for streams resources used by global tables for replicating changes from one replica table to all other replicas. You still are billed for any streams usage performed by your applications that read from a replica table’s stream.

  • APN Program 2019 Changes

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2019

    At AWS re:Invent 2018, we announced updates to the overall AWS Partner Network (APN) program that will further recognize and support the growth, investment, and innovation of our evolving APN Partner community, and better align APN Partners to more structured program benefits. Changes to the APN Program include: 1) renaming the Standard tier to Select tier, 2) Structured benefits for APN Consulting & Technology Partners, 3) New program critera.

    Today, the APN team officially launched the 2019 program enhancements. beginning today, you will experience a new look and feel upon logging in to your APN Partner Central account, including a newly refreshed Partner Scorecard referencing new APN tier requirements. 

    Learn more about the new APN Program in the APN Blog Posts below: 

    2019 APN Benefits 2019 APN Requirements 

  • New AWS Fundamentals: Building Serverless Applications Course on Coursera

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2019

    Scenario-based learning on Coursera, from the experts at AWS, develops skills in building and deploying serverless solutions.Using real-world examples of a serverless website and chat bot, the learner builds on their knowledge of the cloud to take advantage of the benefits of modern architectures for greater agility, innovation, and lower total cost of ownership across a range of AWS services, including AWS Lambda and Amazon DynamoDB. On-demand and digital, the courses are convenient and available to audit for free with a completion certificate available for $49. 

    Learn more

  • New Setup Tool To Get Started Quickly with Amazon Elastic Inference

    Posted On: Apr 1, 2019

    We are excited to announce a new python script that makes it easy to get started with Amazon Elastic Inference.

  • Restore an Encrypted Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Database from an Unencrypted Snapshot

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2019

    You can now restore an encrypted Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility cluster from an unencrypted snapshot. You can choose any existing Amazon Key Management Service (KMS) key or create a new key to encrypt your new database.

  • The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code (Developer Preview) is Now Available for Download from in the Visual Studio Marketplace

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2019

    The AWS Toolkit for the Visual Studio Code is now available for download from the Visual Studio Marketplace with support for node.js. Previously, the toolkit was only available on GitHub. The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code is in developer preview.

  • Amazon DynamoDB encryption at rest is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed, nonrelational database that delivers reliable performance at any scale. Because of the flexible DynamoDB data model, enterprise-ready features, and industry-leading service level agreement, customers are increasingly moving sensitive workloads to DynamoDB such as financial and healthcare data, whose compliance regulations mandate data encryption. DynamoDB encryption at rest is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions.

  • Copy Tags from an Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Cluster to a Database Snapshot

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2019

    You can now configure your Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility database cluster to automatically copy tags on the cluster to any automated or manual database cluster snapshots that are created from the cluster. This allows you to easily set metadata on your snapshots to match the parent cluster, including access policies.

  • Deploy IBM Cloud Private for Data on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Mar 29, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys a multi-master, production instance of IBM Cloud Private for Data into a new virtual private cloud (VPC) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. A standard deployment takes about 3 hours, and a high availability (HA) deployment takes about 4 hours.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Logical Replication

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility now supports logical replication. With logical replication, you can replicate data changes from your Aurora PostgreSQL database to other databases using native PostgreSQL replication slots, or data replication tools such as the AWS Database Migration Service (DMS). Logical replication is supported with Aurora PostgreSQL versions 2.2.0 and 2.2.1, compatible with PostgreSQL 10.6.

    To enable logical replication with Aurora PostgreSQL, set up logical replication slots on your instance and stream changes from the database through these slots. This is enabled by setting the parameter rds.logical_replication to 1; you can set this parameter in just a few clicks in the Amazon RDS Management Console. The rds_replication role, assigned to the master user by default, can be used to grant permissions to manipulate and stream data through replication slots. This feature also enables Aurora PostgreSQL to be used as a source for AWS Database Migration Service (DMS). You can learn more about using logical replication with Aurora PostgreSQL in the Aurora documentation.

    Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. For more information, please visit the Amazon Aurora product page, and see the AWS Region Table for complete regional availability.

     

  • AWS Key Management Service increases the default limits for keys, aliases, and grants

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    AWS Key Management Service (KMS) has increased the limits for a set of KMS resources, including Customer Master Keys (CMKs), Aliases, and Grants per CMK. The limits have been increased from 1,000 to 10,000 for customer-managed CMKs, from 1,100 to 10,000 for Aliases, and from 2,500 to 10,000 for Grants per CMK in all regions where KMS is available. These limit increases make it easier for you to scale your KMS operations.

  • AWS Key Management Service Increases API Requests Per Second Limits

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    AWS Key Management Service (KMS) has increased the limits for a set of KMS resources, including Customer Master Keys (CMKs), Aliases, and Grants per CMK. The limits have been increased from 1,000 to 10,000 for customer-managed CMKs, from 1,100 to 10,000 for Aliases, and from 2,500 to 10,000 for Grants per CMK in all regions where KMS is available. These limit increases make it easier for you to scale your KMS operations.

  • Announcing AWS Firewall Manager Support For AWS Shield Advanced

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    You can now use AWS Firewall Manager to easily configure and manage AWS Shield Advanced Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection for all resources in your organization across multiple accounts. With this capability, customers can create Shield Advanced protection policies to automatically discover existing and new resources and consistently apply DDoS protection to all resources, or use Tags to specify a subset of resources. Firewall Manager also provides central visibility into threats detected by Shield Advanced across all applications in your organization.

    AWS Firewall Manager is available to all Shield Advanced customers at no additional cost. You only incur charges for AWS Shield Advanced and AWS Config resources created by AWS Firewall Manager. To learn more about Firewall Manager, please visit Firewall Manager documentation.

    AWS Shield is a managed DDoS protection service that safeguards web applications running on AWS. Shield Standard provides always-on detection and automatic inline mitigations that minimize application downtime and latency. Shield Advanced provides additional detection and mitigation against large and sophisticated DDoS attacks, near real-time visibility into attacks, and integration with AWS WAF, a web application firewall. To learn more, visit the product detail page here.

  • Amazon EKS now supports Kubernetes version 1.12 and Cluster Version Updates Via CloudFormation

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) now supports Kubernetes version 1.12.6 for all clusters. Additionally, you can now update the version of your Amazon EKS cluster using AWS CloudFormation.

  • AWS Makes it Easier for You to Discover Relevant Products in AWS Marketplace

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    AWS Marketplace, a curated digital catalog, has announced an easier way to discover relevant products. With this new feature, you can see products related to the one you are looking at under a “Related Products” section that’s made available on the detail page. Relevant products are provided based on correlations between thousands of products in AWS Marketplace. You can learn more about a related product by clicking into its detail page directly from the page you’re on.

  • Amazon Comprehend now supports AWS KMS Encryption

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to discover insights and relationships in text. Starting today, customers can enable the service to work with encrypted data in S3, using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). AWS KMS makes it easy for you to create and manage keys and control the use of encryption across a wide range of AWS services and in your applications. AWS KMS is a secure and resilient service that uses FIPS 140-2 validated hardware security modules to protect your keys. AWS KMS is integrated with AWS CloudTrail to provide you with logs of all key usage to help meet your regulatory and compliance needs. The feature can be configured via the AWS Management console or the SDK and supports Amazon Comprehend asynchronous training and inference jobs.

    Amazon Comprehend is fully managed and continuously trained by AWS. The service makes it easy to add text analytics to your applications by removing any skills or steps required to build and run NLP models. Get started with Amazon Comprehend by using the console or the API.

  • Announcing the Ability to Pick the Time for Amazon EC2 Scheduled Events

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    Today we are announcing the ability to pick the time at which an Amazon EC2 scheduled event in your account will be implemented, providing you more flexibility when managing your EC2 instances.

    After you are notified about a scheduled event, you can pick the time for the event through the AWS Management Console, API, and CLI. This feature is now available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Paris), EU(Stockholm), South America (São Paulo), China (Beijing), and China (Ningxia) regions.

    To learn more about scheduled events and how to pick the time for scheduled events, see the user guide for EC2 Scheduled Events.
     

  • Amazon Transcribe enhances custom vocabulary with custom pronunciations and display forms

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is a fully-managed automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. Amazon Transcribe now supports custom pronunciations and display forms, augmenting the capability of the custom vocabulary feature.

    You can give Amazon Transcribe more information about how to process speech in your input audio or video file by creating a custom vocabulary. A custom vocabulary is a list of specific words that you want Amazon Transcribe to recognize in your audio input. These are generally domain-specific words and phrases, words that Amazon Transcribe isn't recognizing, or proper nouns.

    Now, with the use of characters from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), you can enhance each custom terminology with corresponding custom pronunciations. Alternatively, you can also use the standard orthography of the language to mimic the way that the word or phrase sounds.

    Additionally, you can now designate exactly how a customer terminology should be displayed when it is transcribed (e.g. “Street” as “St.” versus “ST”).

    The custom pronunciation and display forms enhancements to custom vocabulary are available in all regions where Amazon Transcribe is available. Try out the new custom vocabulary features via the Amazon Transcribe console or use the Command Line Interface (CLI) and AWS SDKs. For more information, visit this documentation page.

  • Amazon DynamoDB backup and restore is now available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    You can use Amazon DynamoDB backup and restore to create on-demand and continuous backups of your DynamoDB tables and then restore from these backups. DynamoDB backup and restore is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions.

  • Amazon API Gateway Improves API Publishing and Adds Features to Enhance User Experience

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    You can now easily publish APIs on the API Gateway Serverless Developer Portal supported by Amazon API Gateway. In addition, using the Serverless Developer Portal’s new search functionality, feedback mechanisms, and SDK generation capabilities, you can also increase the discoverability and utility of APIs for your customers.  

  • Amazon Redshift now automatically picks the best distribution style

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    Amazon Redshift can now automatically assign an optimal distribution style based on the size of the table data. With the automatic selection of the right distribution style, you get better query performance and storage space utilization across nodes.

  • Deploy Micro Focus PlateSpin Migrate on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Mar 28, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys Micro Focus PlateSpin Migrate into a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates and a deployment guide.

  • AWS Fargate and Amazon ECS Support External Deployment Controllers for ECS Services

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    AWS Fargate and Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) now support external deployment controllers for ECS services with the launch of task set management APIs. Task sets are a new primitive to allow controlled management of application revision within a single ECS service. You now have new APIs to manage multiple revisions of your application and transitioning from one revision to another.

  • Introducing AWS Deep Learning Containers

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    AWS Deep Learning Containers (AWS DL Containers) are Docker images pre-installed with deep learning frameworks to make it easy to deploy custom machine learning environments quickly. AWS DL Containers support TensorFlow and Apache MXNet, with PyTorch coming soon.

  • Amazon EKS Opens Public Preview of Windows Container Support

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    You can now use Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) to run Windows Server workloads as part of a developer preview. The preview allows you to take advantage of the latest Kubernetes functionality and start validating performance and stability of containerized Windows applications managed by Amazon EKS.

  • New Local Testing Tools Now Available for Amazon ECS

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    You can now use a new set of open source tools to test your applications locally before deploying to Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS).  

  • Alexa for Business now lets you create Alexa skills for your organization using Skill Blueprints

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    We are excited to announce Alexa for Business Blueprints, enabling any Alexa for Business customer to create engaging voice experiences for their organization within minutes and without writing a single line of code. Skill Blueprints are so easy to use, people have used them extensively to create Alexa skills for their households. Now anyone at the office can do the same for their workplace by using one of dozens of easy-to-use Skill Blueprints, generating a private skill in minutes. Alexa private skills are voice-powered capabilities that enhance the Alexa experience, while remaining private to members of an Alexa for Business organization. IT administrators can then review and enable those skills for the company’s users and managed Alexa-enabled devices.

  • Application Load Balancers now Support Advanced Request Routing

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    Application Load Balancers now support request routing based on standard or custom HTTP headers and methods, query parameters, and source IP addresses. This launch extends the existing support for Host header and path-based routing rules in Application Load Balancers to more fields from HTTP request messages. This richer set of routing criteria enables you to further simplify your application architecture by offloading routing functionality to the load balancer. It can also be used to block unwanted traffic at the load balancer.

  • AWS Transfer for SFTP now supports AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    AWS customers can now configure and use AWS Transfer for SFTP (AWS SFTP) within their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints, without using public IP addresses or traversing the internet. VPC endpoints for AWS SFTP are powered by AWS PrivateLink, which provides secure, private connectivity between VPCs and AWS services.  

  • AWS Announces the General Availability of the Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive Storage Class in all Commercial AWS Regions and AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    Amazon Web Services is announcing the general availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, a new Amazon S3 storage class providing secure and durable object storage for long-term retention of data that is accessed rarely in a year. From just $0.00099 per GB-month (less than one-tenth of one cent, or about $1 per TB-month), S3 Glacier Deep Archive offers the lowest cost storage in the cloud, at prices lower than storing and maintaining data in on-premises magnetic tape libraries or archiving data offsite. To get started with S3 Glacier Deep Archive visit: https://aws.amazon.com/s3/storage-classes/.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Service Integrates Tape Gateway with Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive Storage Class

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    The AWS Storage Gateway service now integrates Tape Gateway with Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage class, allowing you to store virtual tapes in the lowest-cost Amazon S3 storage class, reducing the monthly cost to store your long-term data in the cloud by up to 75%. S3 Glacier Deep Archive is a new S3 storage class that provides secure, durable object storage for long-term data retention and digital preservation. With this feature, Tape Gateway supports archiving your new virtual tapes directly to S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive, helping you meet your backup, archive, and recovery requirements. 

  • The AWS Toolkit for IntelliJ is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    The AWS Toolkit for the IntelliJ IDEA, an open source plug-in that makes it easier to create, step-through debug, build, and deploy Java applications on AWS, is now Generally Available. The toolkit had previously been in developer preview. The toolkit provides deep support for serverless applications at launch with support across other AWS services planned for the future.

  • New Amazon EC2 M5ad and R5ad Featuring AMD EPYC Processors are Now Available

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces availability of Amazon EC2 M5ad and R5ad instances. These new instances are variants of M5 and R5 instances and feature AMD EPYC processors with an all core turbo clock speed of up to 2.5 GHz as well as NVMe-based SSD block level instance storage physically connected to the host server. M5ad, and R5ad instances provide additional options for customers who are looking to achieve a 10% cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads.  

  • AWS App Mesh is now generally available

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    AWS App Mesh is now generally available and supported for production use.  

  • Amazon Redshift announces Concurrency Scaling: Consistently fast performance during bursts of user activity

    Posted On: Mar 27, 2019

    Amazon Redshift now automatically and elastically scales query processing power to provide consistently fast performance for hundreds of concurrent queries. Concurrency Scaling resources are added to your Redshift cluster transparently in seconds, as concurrency increases, to process queries without wait time. Once workload demand subsides, Amazon Redshift automatically shuts down Concurrency Scaling resources to save you cost. You can continue to use your existing applications and Business Intelligence tools without any changes.

  • New AWS SAP Navigate Track

    Posted On: Mar 25, 2019

    Today, we are excited to announce the new AWS SAP Navigate Track. Businesses of all sizes are running SAP in the cloud to simplify infrastructure management, improve time-to-market, and lower costs. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a reliable and secure cloud infrastructure platform that enables businesses to quickly deploy SAP Solutions in the cloud. SAP customers can also use their existing software licenses on the AWS cloud with no additional licensing fees. 

    The new AWS SAP Navigate track creates a prescriptive journey for APN Partners who want to learn the skills and tools to expand their ability to support SAP customers on the AWS cloud. 

    Learn more about the AWS Navigate Program, and all the AWS Navigate tracks available on the APN blog

  • Announcing Multi-Account Support for Direct Connect Gateway

    Posted On: Mar 25, 2019

    Direct Connect gateway enables you to connect between your on-premises networks and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) in any commercial AWS Region, except for the AWS China (Beijing) and AWS China (Ningxia) Regions, using AWS Direct Connect connections at any AWS Direct Connect location.

  • Service control policies in AWS Organizations enable fine-grained permission controls

    Posted On: Mar 25, 2019

    Starting today, you can use Service Control Policies (SCPs) to set permission guardrails with the fine-grained controls used in AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies. This makes it easier to meet the specific requirements of your organization’s governance rules. The new policy editor in the AWS Organizations console makes it easier to author SCPs by guiding you to add actions, resources, and conditions.  

  • AWS Event Fork Pipelines – Serverless Nested Applications

    Posted On: Mar 25, 2019

    AWS Event Fork Pipelines is a suite of nested open-source applications based on the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM). You can deploy Event Fork Pipelines directly from the AWS Serverless Application Repository (AWS SAR) into your AWS account. AWS Event Fork Pipelines helps you build event-driven serverless applications by providing pipelines for common event handling requirements.

  • AWS RoboMaker announces new build and bundle feature that makes it up to 10x faster to update a simulation job or a robot

    Posted On: Mar 25, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker makes it easy to develop, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale. Today we have added a new feature in our build and bundle tool that decouples the application code and dependency code. This new feature allows developers and system engineers to update their simulation jobs and robots with only the changes in their application code and leave dependency code unchanged, making the update significantly faster (up to 10x). For more details, see this blog post

    AWS RoboMaker is available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions. To get started, run a sample simulation job in the RoboMaker console or explore the RoboMaker webpage.

  • Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 Compatibility Supports GTID-Based Replication

    Posted On: Mar 25, 2019

    A Global Transaction Identifier (GTID) is a unique identifier created and associated with each transaction committed to a MySQL database. GTIDs are now supported by Amazon Aurora with MySQL 5.7 compatibility, allowing simpler and less error-prone database replication.

  • Generate Fleet Metrics with New Capabilities of AWS IoT Device Management

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2019

    AWS IoT Device Management is a service that allows you to onboard, organize, monitor, and remotely manage connected devices at scale. Within AWS IoT Device Management, fleet indexing allows you to index the Registry, Device Shadow, and connection state for every device in your fleet, as well as search for devices based on any combination of these attributes. You can use fleet indexing to query which devices are running a particular version of firmware, or to query which devices are actively connected to AWS IoT.  

  • Amazon Transcribe now supports speech-to-text in German and Korean

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. Amazon Transcribe now supports transcription of audio in the following new languages: German and Korean. These languages expand upon the existing languages already available in Amazon Transcribe: US English, British English, Australian English, US Spanish, Canadian French, French, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics Supports AWS CloudTrail Logging

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail captures changes made to your Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics applications and delivers the log files to an Amazon S3 bucket you specify. Customers can now get visibility into their Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics application modifications including creation, deletion, and updates.

  • AWS IoT Core Now Supports HTTP REST APIs with X.509 Client Certificate-Based Authentication On Port 443

    Posted On: Mar 22, 2019

    Beginning today, you can call AWS IoT Core's HTTPS Publish API with certificate-based client authentication on port 443. Previously this combination of protocol and authentication mechanism was only supported on port 8443.  

  • Introducing Live Streaming with Automated Multi-Language Subtitling

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2019

    Live Streaming with Automated Multi-Language Subtitling is a solution that automatically generates multi-language subtitles for live streaming video content in real time. The solution is easy to deploy and used only during the live event. You can use this solution out-of-the-box, customize the solution to meet your specific use case, or work with AWS Partner Network (APN) partners to implement an end-to-end subtitling workflow.

  • AWS Storage Gateway adds support for Amazon S3 Object Lock to File Gateway

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2019

    AWS Storage Gateway added support for Amazon S3 Object Lock to File Gateway, enabling write-once-read-many (WORM) file-based systems to store and access objects in Amazon S3, using Object Lock’s Compliance or Governance modes.

  • Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) are now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2019

    Customers in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region can now access Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) from their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). VPC endpoints let you avoid public IP addresses and allow your traffic to avoid crossing the public internet. VPC endpoints for Amazon SNS are powered by AWS PrivateLink, a highly available, scalable technology that allows you to connect your VPC to supported AWS services.

  • AWS CodePipeline Adds Action-Level Details to Pipeline Execution History

    Posted On: Mar 21, 2019

    You can now view additional details for past pipeline executions in AWS CodePipeline. Previously, it was not possible to obtain action-level details for past executions. Now, you can view the full stage and action-level details, including individual action duration, status, and any error(s) which occurred during the pipeline execution. You can also view input and output artifact location details for each action execution.

    CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery service that helps you automate your release pipelines for fast and reliable application and infrastructure updates. To get started, visit the CodePipeline console. To learn more about using CodePipeline's detailed execution history, refer to our documentation.

    To see where CodePipeline is available, please check out the AWS global region table.

  • Amazon RDS adds support for MySQL Versions 5.7.25, 5.7.24, and MariaDB Version 10.2.21

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2019

    Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.7.25 and 5.7.24, and MariaDB minor version 10.2.21 in all AWS regions. These new minor versions include functionality improvements and fixes.

    Refer the release notes for details:

    Get started by launching a new Amazon RDS database instance or upgrading your current instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

  • AWS Glue now supports resource tagging

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2019

    You can now assign AWS resource tags to crawlers, development endpoints, jobs, and triggers in AWS Glue. Each tag consists of a key and an optional value, both of which you define. You can use tags in AWS Glue to easily organize and identify your resources, create cost allocation reports, and control access to resources.

  • AWS Config Adds Support for Amazon API Gateway

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2019

    You can now use AWS Config to record configuration changes to Amazon API Gateway. Maintaining a configuration change history for API Gateway resources is useful for operational troubleshooting, audit, and compliance use cases.

  • New AWS Deep Learning AMIs: Amazon Linux 2, TensorFlow 1.13.1, MXNet 1.4.0, and Chainer 5.3.0

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2019

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs are now available on Amazon Linux 2, the next generation of Amazon Linux, in addition to Amazon Linux and Ubuntu. In addition, the AWS Deep Learning AMIs now come with MXNet 1.4.0, Chainer 5.3.0, PyTorch 1.0.1, and TensorFlow 1.13.1, which is custom-built directly from source and tuned for high-performance training across Amazon EC2 instances.  

  • AWS Service Catalog is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

    Posted On: Mar 20, 2019

    You can now use AWS Service Catalog in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region, an AWS Region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements.

    AWS Service Catalog allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. These IT services can include everything from virtual machine images, servers, software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service Catalog allows you to centrally manage commonly deployed IT services, and helps you achieve consistent governance and meet your compliance requirements, while enabling users to quickly deploy only the approved IT services they need.

    Learn more about the AWS GovCloud (US).

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis 5.0.3 enhances I/O handling to boost performance

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2019

    Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds dynamic network processing to enhance I/O handling in Redis 5.0.3. By utilizing the extra CPU power available in nodes with four or more vCPUs, ElastiCache transparently delivers up to 83% increase in throughput and up to 47% reduction in latency per node. That is in addition to the significant performance improvements delivered late last year with the introduction of R5 and M5 instances on the service. You can now benefit from the enhanced I/O handling to further boost application performance and reduce costs.

  • Now You Can Query Based on Resource Configuration Properties in AWS Config

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2019

    AWS Config now gives you the ability to run advanced queries based on resource configuration properties, making it easier to assess your resource configurations to help you meet compliance, cost, auditing, and security requirements. For example, using this query capability, you can retrieve a list of Amazon EC2 instances of a particular size, Amazon EBS volumes that are not attached to an Amazon EC2 instance, or resources that have encryption disabled.

  • Amazon EC2 z1d Instances are Now Available in the Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 z1d instances are available in the Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

  • Amazon EKS Introduces Kubernetes API Server Endpoint Access Control

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2019

    You can now control access to the Kubernetes API server endpoint managed by Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), so that traffic between Kubernetes worker nodes, the Kubectl command line tool, and the EKS-managed Kubernetes API server stays within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This allows you to isolate the Kubernetes control plane and worker nodes within your VPC, providing an additional layer of protection to harden clusters against malicious attack and accidental exposure.

  • AWS IoT Device Tester v1.1 is Now Available for AWS IoT Greengrass v1.8.0

    Posted On: Mar 19, 2019

    AWS IoT Device Tester, a Windows/Linux/Mac test automation tool for connected devices, is now available for AWS IoT Greengrass 1.8.0. You can download the latest release here.

  • Announcing the renewal command for AWS Certificate Manager

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2019

    The renewal command invokes the workflow to renew any AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) certificate which has been generated by ACM. The private certificate can then be exported anywhere: to Amazon EC2 instances, containers, devices, or on-premises servers outside of AWS. The renewal command is for developers who want to test the managed renewal and deployment of their ACM Private CA certificates and validate end-to-end operations. Developers use ACM Private CA certificates to identify resources within an organization and establish secure encrypted communications channels with clients, servers, applications, services, devices, and users.

  • Amazon Rekognition Launches Enhanced Face Analysis

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2019

    Amazon Rekognition provides a comprehensive set of face detection, analysis, and recognition features for image and video analysis. Today, we are launching accuracy enhancements to the face analysis features. This is the fifth model update overall since the service launched. Face analysis generates rich metadata about detected faces in the form of gender, age range, emotions, attributes such as ‘Smile’, ‘Eyeglasses’ and ‘Beard’, face pose, face image quality and face landmarks. With this release, we have improved the accuracy of gender identification, emotion detection (for all 7 supported emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’) and attributes such as ‘EyesOpen’. This release is particularly useful for customers who need to search and categorize large photo collections. For example, using face analysis, customers can easily find all photos that contain smiling people, or all photos with men who have beards and are wearing sunglasses.

  • Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers Now in Preview

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2019

    Now available in preview, Amazon GameLift Realtime Servers help developers quickly create affordable game servers. Building a great multiplayer game experience on traditional commercial solutions has barriers that oftentimes deter game developers from building a multiplayer game. It can be time consuming, costly, and requires expertise that not all game developers may have.

    Using new GameLift Realtime Servers, you can provide these multiplayer games with a game server that can be customized with just a few lines of JavaScript, and then scale to millions of players for a fraction of a penny per player per month.

    To learn more, visit the Amazon GameLift product page or announcement blog post.

    If you are interested in participating in the preview, sign up here.

  • AWS RoboMaker Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for AWS RoboMaker. The SLA provides availability guarantees for AWS RoboMaker Simulation.

    AWS will use commercially reasonable efforts to make AWS RoboMaker available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage, as described below, for each AWS region, during any monthly billing cycle (the “Service Commitment”). In the event AWS RoboMaker does not meet the Service Commitment, you will be eligible to receive a Service Credit as described in the AWS RoboMaker Service Level Agreement.

    This SLA is now available in all regions where AWS RoboMaker is available. For more information on where AWS RoboMaker is available, see the AWS region table. Please visit the AWS RoboMaker product page to learn more.

  • Introducing Amazon Chime Voice Connector

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2019

    Amazon Chime now lets you place inexpensive, secure telephone calls to over 100 countries from your on-premises phone system, using your internet connection or AWS Direct Connect. You can choose to purchase low-cost inbound calling, outbound calling, or both. With Voice Connector, you can reduce your voice calling costs by up to 50% by eliminating fixed telephone network costs, and simplifying your voice network administration by transitioning it to AWS. You can send some or all of your traffic to Voice Connector, which lets you scale your usage up or down based on your business needs. Voice Connector has no upfront fees or long-term commitments, which means you pay only for the voice minutes and phone numbers you use. There is no charge for simultaneous voice conversations or encryption. Dialing into Chime meetings or placing calls to other Voice Connector customers is free of charge.

    You can start using Voice Connector today by logging into the Amazon Chime console to purchase telephone numbers and provision Voice Connectors. The service communicates with your on-premises phone system using the industry-standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Calls are encrypted using Transport Layer Security (TLS) for SIP signaling and secure real-time transport protocol (SRTP) for voice media.

    Voice Connector is available today in the US East (N. Virginia) region with support for United States telephone numbers.

    To learn more about Voice Connector, visit the Amazon Chime website or to start using Voice Connector, log in to the Amazon Chime console.

     

  • Introducing Amazon Chime Business Calling

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2019

    Amazon Chime Business Calling lets you text or call to over 100 countries, directly from the Amazon Chime desktop, mobile, and web applications. Users place calls by dialing from the on-screen dial pad or by clicking on a Chime contact. Incoming calls will ring on all devices where a user is logged into Amazon Chime, and callers can leave a voicemail if there is no reply. There are no up-front payments or long-term commitments with Business Calling; customers pay for phone numbers, voice minutes, and text messages – with no additional seat fees.

    Business Calling is easy to set up, and administrators can assign Business Calling features to individual Chime users as needed. Customers can purchase new telephone numbers, or port their existing numbers from their telecommunications provider.

    This feature is available today in the US East (N. Virginia) region with support for United States telephone numbers.

    To learn more about Business Calling, visit the Amazon Chime website. To start using Business Calling, log in to the Amazon Chime Console.

     

  • Amazon WorkDocs Drive now supports offline content and offline search

    Posted On: Mar 18, 2019

    Starting today, you can use WorkDocs Drive offline capabilities to access content even when you are not connected to the network. In addition you and your users can also find the content you need in both online and offline modes with Smart Search. WorkDocs Smart Search lets you query across content, comments, and document labels in addition to searching for files by name.

  • Now Available: New AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty Certification

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2019

    AWS Training and Certification is excited to announce the availability of the AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty certification. The new AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty exam was created by AWS experts to help validate individuals who have the in depth skills required to build, deploy and tune data models and leverage AWS services to streamline this process at scale.

    About the AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty Exam

    The AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty exam is recommended for individuals who perform a Development, Advanced Analytics, or Data Science role and want to validate their ability to build, train, tune, and deploy machine learning (ML) models using the AWS Cloud. We recommend candidates have one or more years of hands-on experience using machine learning (ML) services related to AI/ML.

    Next Steps
    The exam is available in English and Japanese at testing centers worldwide for 300 USD.

    Learn more about this exam
     

  • AWS IoT Greengrass Adds New Connector for AWS IoT Analytics, Support for AWS CloudFormation Templates, and Integration with Fleet Indexing

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2019

    AWS IoT Greengrass now offers a new connector for AWS IoT Analytics and supports AWS CloudFormation templates. Now, you can quickly set up connections between your IoT Greengrass cores and AWS IoT Analytics for analysis of complex IoT data, and you can streamline IoT Greengrass deployments for one or more accounts using familiar CloudFormation templates.

  • Amazon Neptune Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Neptune. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to make Multi-AZ clusters available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage of at least 99.9% during any monthly billing cycle. In the event Neptune does not meet the Service Commitment, you will be eligible to receive a Service Credit as described in the SLA.

  • Amazon Corretto 11 is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2019

    Amazon Corretto 11, a no-cost, multiplatform, production-ready distribution of OpenJDK 11, is now generally available. Previously Corretto 11 was available as a preview and then as a release candidate.

    To learn more about using Amazon Corretto or to download the Corretto 11 please visit the Corretto homepage. You can also review the initial Amazon Corretto blog post for more information.

  • Amplify Framework Adds Enhancements to Authentication for iOS, Android, and React Native Developers

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    Starting today, the Amplify Framework includes support for OAuth 2.0 Authorization Code Grant flows in the native (iOS and Android) and React Native libraries. This enables developers to use any OAuth 2.0 compliant Identity Provider to authenticate their end users. Previously, developers had to use third-party libraries to achieve this use case, or write the logic by hand.

    In addition, the new native and React Native libraries improve the developer experience for exchanging user tokens for AWS credentials by leveraging Amazon Cognito OAuth2 endpoint. This flow works with OAuth 2.0 Identity Providers, Social Identity Providers (such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google), OpenID Connect (OIDC), and SAML Identity Providers.

    This release also provides simplified APIs for developer authenticated identities, device tracking features such as remember and forget device for Amazon Cognito User Pools, and a global sign-out capability for end users to sign-out from all active sessions.

    To learn more about Amplify Framework, please visit our documentation. For more details about these features, refer to our blog post.
     

  • Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth Now Supports Multi-Category Bounding Boxes and New UI Templates for Custom Workflows

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth now supports multiple categories for the bounding box workflow and three new user interface (UI) templates for setting up custom labeling workflows.

  • AWS Glue enables running Apache Spark SQL queries

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    AWS Glue Data Catalog is an Apache Hive Metastore compatible catalog. Starting today, customers can configure their AWS Glue jobs and development endpoints to use AWS Glue Data Catalog as an external Apache Hive Metastore. This allows them to directly run Apache Spark SQL queries against the tables stored in the AWS Glue Data Catalog.

  • AWS Systems Manager Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for AWS Systems Manager, which provides availability guarantees for AWS Systems Manager.

  • Amazon SQS FIFO Queues Now Available in EU (Stockholm) Region and China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) FIFO (First-In-First-Out) queues are now available in EU (Stockholm) and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. 

  • Over 190 updates come to Lumberyard Beta 1.18 – Available Now

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.18, which features over 190 updates to help game developers create, organize, and better manage their content at scale.

  • AWS Config Now Supports Tagging of AWS Config Resources

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    You can now assign tags to your AWS Config resources for cost allocation and access control. Tagging is available for AWS Config resources that describe AWS Config rules and multi-account, multi-region Aggregators with AWS Config. You can add, remove or list tags for your AWS Config resources using the available APIs.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConnect is Now Available in Six Additional Regions

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    Starting today, AWS Elemental MediaConnect is available in six additional regions: US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), EU (London), EU (Paris), and South America (São Paulo). Now using MediaConnect, you can ingest, transport, and process your high-quality video in the AWS Cloud in 14 locations globally.

  • Amazon QuickSight Announces General Availability of ML Insights

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    Today, Amazon QuickSight announced the general availability of ML Insights, a set of out-of-the-box machine learning and natural language features that provide Amazon QuickSight users with business insights beyond visualization.

  • Amazon Inspector adds support for Amazon EC2 A1 instances

    Posted On: Mar 14, 2019

    You can now run Amazon Inspector security assessments on Amazon EC2 A1 instances powered by Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors. Inspector assesses your EC2 instances for software vulnerabilities, checks your instance configurations against host hardening best practices, and analyzes your AWS network configurations to determine whether your EC2 instance can be reached from external networks. After performing an assessment, Amazon Inspector produces a prioritized list of security findings that include guidance to address vulnerabilities and improve insecure configurations.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is Now Available in Europe (Frankfurt) with R5 Instances

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. Amazon DocumentDB is now available in the Europe (Frankfurt) region with R5 instances, the next generation of memory-optimized instances. Now you can create Amazon DocumentDB clusters with R5 instances in Europe (Frankfurt) and use the same MongoDB application code, drivers, and tools that you do today to run, manage, and scale workloads on Amazon DocumentDB. Enjoy improved performance, scalability, and availability without having to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure.

    You can use Amazon DocumentDB in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Europe (Frankfurt). For more information on AWS regions and services, please visit the AWS global region table.

    To learn more about Amazon DocumentDB, please see the product page and documentation.  

  • Amazon Neptune Now Available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai)

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Amazon Neptune is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region.

  • AWS WAF Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Starting today, AWS WAF is available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) region.

    AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. AWS WAF gives you control over which traffic to allow or block to your web applications by defining customizable web security rules. AWS WAF in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) region can be deployed on Application Load Balancer or Amazon API Gateway. To learn more visit the detailed page here.

    AWS WAF is also available on Amazon CloudFront and in 12 commercial AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), EU (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Seoul).

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Lustre is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. 

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region.

  • Detailed Job Progress Status and Server-Side S3 Encryption Now Available with AWS Elemental MediaConvert

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Starting today, you have access to two new AWS Elemental MediaConvert features. First, you can access more detailed and more frequent transcoding job progress status updates using Amazon CloudWatch. And second, you can use server-side encryption with Amazon S3 to protect the content you generate with MediaConvert at rest.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports iPad and Android Tablets and Touch Gestures

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    You can now access AppStream 2.0 streaming sessions using iPad and Android tablets. Simply open Safari or Google Chrome on your iPad or Android tablet and launch an AppStream 2.0 streaming session. Use familiar touch gestures, such as swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom, and long tap to right-click, from within your browser to interact with your streaming applications. Use the new AppStream 2.0 shortcut toolbar to use Windows-specific keyboard shortcuts in your streaming session.

  • PostgreSQL 11 now Supported in Amazon RDS

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Amazon RDS now supports PostgreSQL major version 11. PostgreSQL 11 includes major improvements to partitioning, improvements to parallelism, and many other useful performance improvements like adding columns with a non-null column default faster. This version includes SQL stored procedures that allow embedded transactions within a procedure.

    With this release, pgaudit has been updated to 1.3.0, pg_hint_plan to 1.3.2, pglogical to 2.2.1, PLV8 to 2.3.8, PostGIS to 2.5.1, prefix to 1.2.8, and wal2json to hash 9e962ba.

    To use the new version, you can create a new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

    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 pricing details and regional availability.
     

  • Amazon Comprehend is now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Mar 13, 2019

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to discover insights and relationships in text. This service API is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

  • AWS Schema Conversion Tool Adds New Conversion Features

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2019
    The AWS Schema Conversion Tool (AWS SCT) makes heterogeneous database migrations predictable by automatically converting the source database schema and a majority of the database code objects, including views, stored procedures, and functions, to a format compatible with the target database. With the latest version of AWS SCT (build 624), you can now take advantage of the following enhanced conversion features:
     
    1. Support for orafce extension when migrating from Oracle to PostgreSQL:  The orafce extension in PostgreSQL implements a subset of Oracle PL/SQL subprograms and packages in PostgreSQL, making the conversion of programmable database objects a straightforward task and migrations to PostgreSQL faster and easier. The orafce extension is supported in both Aurora PostgreSQL-compatible edition and RDS for PostgreSQL. More details about orafce can be found here.
    2. SAP ASE as a source support:  You can now convert database objects from an SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database—formerly known as Sybase—using AWS SCT to Amazon Aurora (PostgreSQL and MySQL-compatible editions), RDS for MySQL and RDS for PostgreSQL.
    3. RDS for MariaDB 10.2 & 10.3 as a target support:  You can now convert database objects from Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Db2 LUW to RDS for MariaDB versions 10.2 and 10.3 using AWS SCT. This gives you another option to migrate from commercial databases to an open source database in the cloud.
    After converting your database schema and code objects using SCT, you can use  the AWS Database Migration Service to migrate data from the source database to the target database to complete your migration projects.
  • AWS IoT Analytics now supports Single Step Setup of IoT Analytics Resources

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2019

    AWS IoT Analytics today announced support for single step setup of IoT Analytics resources, which allows you to create your IoT Analytics resources of channel, pipeline, data store, and SQL data set from the IoT Analytics console with just a click of a button, without manually configuring IAM role or permissions.

  • Use AWS Config Rules to Remediate Noncompliant Resources

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2019

    AWS Config now includes remediation capability with AWS Config rules. This feature gives you the ability to associate and execute remediation actions with AWS Config rules to address noncompliant resources. You can choose from a list of available remediation actions. For example, you can create an AWS Config rule to check that your Amazon S3 buckets do not allow public read access. You can then associate a remediation action to disable public access for noncompliant S3 buckets.

  • Amazon EC2 M5a and R5a Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon EC2 M5a and R5a instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney, Tokyo) and Europe (Frankfurt) Regions. Both M5a and R5a instances were first introduced in November of 2018 and feature 2.5 GHz AMD EPYC 7000 series processors that are variants of Amazon EC2’s general purpose (M5) and memory optimized (R5) instance families.

  • AWS Schema Conversion Tool Adds Support for Migrating Oracle ETL Jobs to AWS Glue

    Posted On: Mar 12, 2019

    Traditional extract, transform, and load (ETL) tools are complex to use, and can take months to implement, test, and deploy. After the ETL jobs are built, maintaining them can be time consuming because data formats and schemas change frequently and new data sources need to be added. Migrating ETL jobs to a fully managed, serverless ETL service like AWS Glue helps lower the operational overhead associated with managing complex ETL jobs. AWS Glue makes it easy to schedule recurring ETL jobs, chain multiple jobs together, or invoke jobs on-demand from other services like AWS Lambda. 

    With the latest version of AWS Schema Conversion Tool (Build 624), you can now migrate Oracle ETL jobs to AWS Glue based ETL that will work with your Amazon Redshift data warehouse. You can automatically create an AWS Glue Data Catalog which is an index to the location, schema, and runtime metrics of your data. Once ETL migration is done, you can use SCT Data Extraction Agents to run data migrations from any of our supported data warehouse sources to Amazon Redshift and start modernizing your data stores.

    For more details and information on SCT availability, visit our documentation.

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports In-region Read Replicas with Active Data Guard for Read Scalability and Availability

    Posted On: Mar 11, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle supports Read Replicas with Active Data Guard. Amazon RDS for Oracle makes it easy to create the replicas in the same AWS Region as the primary DB instance by fully managing the configuration of Active Data Guard, and maintaining secure network connections between a primary DB instance and its replicas.

    The Read Replicas feature is supported for RDS Oracle customers who are using the Bring Your Own License model with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and have licensed the Active Data Guard Option. This feature allows RDS Oracle customers to offload their read workload from the primary DB Instance, and also supports the scalability of read workloads over a farm of up to five read replicas. The Read Replicas can also render another level of availability by allowing you to promote a given read replica as a new standalone database, in the event of a failure of the primary DB Instance.

    A Read Replica is billed as a standard DB Instance and at the same rates. Just like a standard DB instance, the rate per “DB Instance hour” for a read replica is determined by the DB instance class of the read replica.

    This feature is supported in all commercial regions where Amazon RDS for Oracle is available, except in the Stockholm and Ningxia regions. To learn more, please visit the In-region Oracle Read Replicas documentation page.

    Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for Oracle Pricing for up-to-date pricing and regional availability.
     

  • Tag-on Create and Tag-Based IAM Application for Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

    Posted On: Mar 11, 2019

    Tag-on create is now available for Kinesis Data Firehose. Upon creation, you can tag your Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose from the AWS Management Console or using the AWS APIs. By tagging resources at the time of creation you can eliminate the need to run custom tagging scripts after resource creation.  

  • Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon RDS for MariaDB

    Posted On: Mar 11, 2019

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

  • Support for Flink 1.7.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.21.0

    Posted On: Mar 11, 2019

    You can now use Apache Flink 1.7.0 on Amazon EMR release 5.21.0. Flink 1.7.0 has many new features such as the ability to change the state schema of the streaming application which allows you to change the features captured by the application without restarting it, support for a new connector to write to Kafka 2.0, and an exactly-once S3 file sink for writes to Amazon S3. Flink 1.7.0 also features several streaming SQL improvements such as support for temporal tables that tracks the history of data changes and several new built-in SQL functions to handle complex data types.

    Additionally, with this release, you can use the upgraded version of Presto 0.215.

    You can create an Amazon EMR cluster with the release 5.21.0 by choosing the release label “emr-5.21.0” from the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or SDK. You can choose Flink and Presto to install these applications when you launch your EMR cluster. Please visit the Amazon EMR documentation for more information about EMR release 5.21.0, Flink 1.7.0, and Presto 0.215.

    Amazon EMR release 5.21.0 is now available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

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

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre Now Supports Access from Amazon Linux

    Posted On: Mar 11, 2019

    You can now access Amazon FSx for Lustre file systems from Amazon EC2 instances running the Amazon Linux or Amazon Linux 2 Amazon Machine Image (AMI).

  • AWS License Manager enhances support for tracking instances on premises

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2019

    AWS License Manager has added support for attaching license configurations to instances running on premises. This new capability further simplifies how customers can use License Manager to centrally manage licenses across their hybrid IT environments.

    License Manager integrates with AWS Systems Manager Inventory to support instances on premises. Previously, customers could use AWS License Manager to discover instances running on premises and search inventory of installed operating system and application software. With this new capability, License Manager is now able to track licenses as the state of an on-premises instance changes. Once a license configuration is attached to an on-premises instance, License Manager periodically collects software inventory, updates licensing information, and refreshes its built-in dashboards to report usage.

    AWS License Manager is offered at no additional charges and is currently available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Europe (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Europe (London). To learn more, visit the product documentation, and AWS License Manager FAQ page.

  • AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced Now Available in Four New Regions

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2019

    Starting today, AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced are available in four new regions: EU (London), EU (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Seoul).

    AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. AWS WAF gives you control over which traffic to allow or block to your web applications by defining customizable web security rules. AWS WAF can be deployed on Amazon CloudFront, Application Load Balancer, and Amazon API Gateway. To learn more visit the detailed page here.

    AWS Shield is a managed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection service that safeguards web applications running on AWS. AWS Shield provides always-on detection and automatic inline mitigations that minimize application downtime and latency, so there is no need to engage AWS Support to benefit from DDoS protection. There are two tiers of AWS Shield - Standard and Advanced. To learn more visit the detailed page here.

    AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced are now available on Amazon CloudFront and 12 AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), EU (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Seoul). AWS Shield Advanced is also available on Amazon Route 53.

  • Automate Releases to the AWS Serverless Application Repository using AWS CodePipeline

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2019

    You can now publish applications to the AWS Serverless Application Repository using continuous delivery pipelines supported by AWS CodePipeline. Previously, you could only use the AWS SDKs or the console to publish applications or updates to the Serverless Application Repository. You can now deploy this pre-built application that includes an AWS Lambda function that enables you to easily make continuous updates to your application. With it, you no longer need to write any code to publish updates to your applications in the Serverless Application Repository.

  • AWS License Manager adds new capabilities to track on premises usage, number of instances, and vCPUs based on Optimize CPU settings

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2019

    AWS has enhanced the license counting methods available in AWS License Manager by adding support for two new scenarios. First, License Manager can now track licenses that are based on number of instances. This is useful for tracking licenses for software such as load balancers and firewalls. Second, License Manager now integrates with Optimize CPU capability to track the custom number of vCPUs that are in use on an instance. This enables customers to continue to save on vCPU-based licensing costs while benefitting from the centralized license tracking provided by the License Manager.


    AWS License Manager makes it easier to manage licenses in AWS and on premises servers from software vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM. It is offered at no additional charge and is currently available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Europe (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Europe (London). To learn more, visit the product documentation, and AWS License Manager FAQ page.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Simplifies Sending Live Streams to AWS Elemental MediaPackage

    Posted On: Mar 8, 2019

    You can now select an AWS Elemental MediaPackage channel as the destination for AWS Elemental MediaLive channel outputs. Previously, you had to enter MediaPackage endpoints and credentials into the MediaLive channel's HLS configuration. Now, you simply select MediaPackage as your MediaLive output group and assign an existing MediaPackage channel as the destination, and the configuration is completed automatically.

  • AWS IoT Greengrass Introduces New Networking Configurations and Group Permission Settings

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    AWS IoT Greengrass v1.8.0 is now available. Now you can configure your IoT Greengrass device to send all messages over Port 443, change the user and group IDs associated with IoT Greengrass application Lambdas, and integrate with AWS IoT Lifecycle events.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports Pausing Channel Delivery on a Schedule

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    With AWS Elemental MediaLive you can now suppress the delivery of one or both MediaLive encoding pipelines to their configured destinations on a schedule. The live channel continues to be processed while delivery is "paused" and will continue to incur non-idle charges, but content will not be sent to any destination packagers or origins. This can be used to change the input source in AWS Elemental MediaPackage when using the input redundancy feature. You can also suppress output completely and resume it at a scheduled time, which lets you start the delivery of the channel at a precise time.

  • Use AWS Secrets Manager to Rotate Credentials for Amazon DocumentDB and Amazon Redshift

    Posted On: Mar 15, 2019

    Starting today, you can use AWS Secrets Manager to rotate credentials for Amazon DocumentDB and Amazon Redshift automatically, in addition to rotating credentials for all database types hosted on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Rotating credentials is an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practice that helps you meet your security and compliance requirements.

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) Roles Now Available for Amazon GameLift

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon GameLift, a managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling dedicated game servers for session-based multiplayer games, allows you to utilize an IAM role you own to securely give Amazon GameLift access to other AWS services, such as Amazon CloudWatch or Amazon DynamoDB. You now have more flexibility in how your game server process connects to other AWS services.

    To learn more about how to get started with IAM roles and Amazon GameLift, take a look at the release notes or visit the Amazon GameLift product page for more information.

  • Amazon Connect Now Supports Customer Voice Stream in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    You can now use Customer Voice Stream with Amazon Connect in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region. With the customer voice stream feature, your customer audio is automatically sent to Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, where it can be accessed by the integrations that you allow. For example, you could integrate customer voice stream with real-time text transcription and sentiment analysis for immediate feedback on call quality, or use this feature with a 3rd party voice biometric product to authenticate the caller automatically without having to enter a password or confirm personal information.

  • AWS PrivateLink now Supports Access Over VPC Peering

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    Applications in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) can now securely access AWS PrivateLink endpoints across VPC peering connections. AWS PrivateLink allows you to privately access services hosted on the AWS network in a highly available and scalable manner, without using public IPs and without requiring the traffic to traverse the internet.

  • Announcing the Preupgrade Assistant to Migrate to Amazon Linux 2 From Amazon Linux AMI

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    AWS announces the availability of preupgrade assistant that makes it easier to migrate to Amazon Linux 2 from Amazon Linux AMI.  

  • AWS CodeCommit Supports VPC Endpoints

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    You can now access AWS CodeCommit from your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints.  

  • Amazon ECS Introduces Enhanced Container Dependency Management

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) introduces additional task definition parameters that enable you to define dependencies for container startup and shutdown as well as a per-container start and stop timeout value.

  • Amazon Kinesis Video Streams is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Video Streams is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

  • AWS Amplify Console Adds Support for Instant CDN Cache Invalidation and Delta Deployments

    Posted On: Mar 7, 2019

    The Amplify Console now supports instant cache invalidation, which enables you to deploy updates to your single page or static web app instantly—without giving up the performance benefits of content delivery network (CDN) caching. If you missed our re:Invent launch, the Amplify Console provides a complete workflow for developing, continuously deploying, and hosting single page web apps or static sites with serverless backends via a content delivery network, or CDN. A CDN is a network of distributed servers that cache files at edge locations across the world enabling high-performance static hosting.


    Previously, updating content on the CDN required manually invalidating the cache and waiting 15-20 minutes for changes to propagate globally. To make frequent updates, developers find workarounds such as setting lower time-to-live (TTLs) on asset headers which enables faster updates, but adversely impacts performance. With this release, Amplify Console users no longer have to make a tradeoff between faster deployments and faster performance. On every commit code to your repository, the Amplify Console builds and deploys changes to the CDN that are viewable immediately in the browser.


    Additionally, the Amplify Console supports delta deployments ensuring only assets that are modified during each build are deployed. This feature significantly speeds up deployment times for users with very large sites.


    To learn more about this feature, check out our launch blog, or get started immediately here.  
     

  • Announcing the new AWS Direct Connect Console

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2019

    Today we are announcing the general availability of the new AWS Direct Connect console to users in all AWS Regions, except China. The redesigned AWS Direct Connect console provides a new user interface and a streamlined user experience.

  • Amazon Comprehend is Now Available in the AWS Europe (London) Region

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2019
  • White Company & Piksel Retail Case Study

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2019

    The White Company is an established U.K. retailer that provides shoppers with high-quality and affordable linens, home accessories, clothing, furniture, and fragrances. Traditionally hosting SAP Hybris Commerce on-premises, The White Company faced scalability and performance issues during peak online shopping times. Working with APN Partner Piksel Retail, The White Company migrated its SAP Hybris deployment to DC2, Piksel’s managed Hybris solution hosted on AWS. By migrating SAP Hybris Commerce to Piksel Retail’s DC2 platform on AWS, The White Company has experienced massive performance improvements, traffic uplifts, and sales increases during the past two Cyber Weekends. 

    Learn more about how to take advantage of performance improvements, traffic uplifts, and sales increases  >>

  • New Amazon SNS Console Now Available

    Posted On: Mar 6, 2019

    The new Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) Console has an updated user interface and is available in five new languages – German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese – increasing the number of languages supported by the Amazon SNS Console to ten.

  • AWS Systems Manager now supports on-premises instance management for large hybrid environments

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2019

    You can now use AWS Systems Manager to manage large hybrid environments with over 1,000 instances through a new advanced on-premises instance management tier. The new advanced tier also enables advanced functionality, such as using interactive shell access with Systems Manager Session Manager to connect to on-premises instances. Session Manager removes the need to open inbound ports, manage SSH keys, or use bastion hosts.

  • AWS Step Functions Adds Tag-Based Permissions

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2019

    AWS Step Functions now supports additional access control with tag-based permissions. This allows you to control access based on tags using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies.

  • AWS ParallelCluster support for Amazon FSx Lustre

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2019

    Customers using AWS ParallelCluster to set up their High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters can now automatically create a new Amazon FSx for Lustre file system, or specify an existing Amazon FSx for Lustre file system to use, as part of the cluster creation process. With this feature AWS ParallelCluster further reduces the operational overhead of cluster management and simplifies running HPC workloads on AWS.

    HPC clusters are collections of tightly coupled compute, storage, and networking resources that enable customers to run large scale scientific and engineering workloads. AWS ParallelCluster is a fully supported and maintained open source cluster management tool that makes it easy for scientists, researchers, and IT administrators to deploy and manage HPC clusters on AWS. AWS ParallelCluster is available at no additional charge, and you pay only for the AWS resources needed to run your applications.

    Amazon FSx for Lustre provides high-performance file systems that are optimized for workloads such as HPC, machine learning, analytics, electronic design automation, and media processing. These workloads commonly require data to be presented via a fast and scalable POSIX-compliant file system interface and typically have input data sets that are stored on durable, long-term data stores like Amazon S3. Amazon FSx for Lustre provides sub-millisecond access to your data and allows you to read and write data at speeds of up to hundreds of GBs per second. FSx for Lustre integrates natively with Amazon S3, making it easy for you to process HPC data sets stored in Amazon S3. You can also use Amazon FSx for Lustre as a standalone high-performance file system for workloads you burst to the cloud. By copying on-premises data to an FSx for Lustre file system, you can make that data available for fast processing by compute instances running on AWS.

    Learn more about using Amazon FSx for Lustre with AWS ParallelCluster here.

     

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Support for Encrypted HLS and VPC Inputs

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2019

    You can now configure an AWS Elemental MediaLive channel with encrypted HLS inputs. MediaLive will support the #EXT-X-KEY tag specification. This lets you encrypt the input source for a live channel and have MediaLive decrypt and then encode it into channel outputs.

  • Amazon Athena is now available in Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2019

    Amazon Athena is now available in the Canada (Central) region.

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

    With the latest release, Amazon Athena is now available in US East (Northern Virginia, & Ohio), US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), AWS GovCloud (US-West), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, & London), and Asia Pacific (Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul, & Mumbai) regions.

    To learn more, please visit the Amazon Athena page.

  • Amazon Corretto 11 is Now Available as a Release Candidate

    Posted On: Mar 5, 2019

    You can now download the Amazon Corretto 11 release candidate. Corretto 11 is the distribution of Amazon Corretto corresponding to OpenJDK 11.

  • AWS Elemental MediaPackage Now Supports Resource Tagging

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2019

    Starting today, you can now add tags to your AWS Elemental MediaPackage resources. MediaPackage tags allow you to categorize your resources in different ways, such as by cost center or owner, which simplifies cost allocation for live channels and endpoints. Learn more on the AWS Elemental MediaPackage Documentation Pages.

  • Amazon QuickSight Supports Row Level Security Enabled Email Reports, New Analytical Capabilities and More

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2019

    Amazon QuickSight now supports emailing of dashboards with Row Level Security (RLS) enabled. You can send dashboard snapshots as emails to groups of readers, with each reader receiving customer reports as per the Row Level Security configurations set on the dashboard. See here to learn more. 

  • Introducing new AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency Partner Solutions

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2019

    The AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency recognizes AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners with solutions that allow organizations to leverage customer data to drive personalized and relevant messaging that captures the attention of the customer and converts them to becoming a buyer.

    The AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency Partners support all phases of the digital customer acquisition and retention lifecycle, including content management and marketing automation to engage prospects and customers with the right messaging; effective and secure digital commerce solutions to create seamless buying experiences, and data analytics solutions to support business decisions and retain customers.

    All the AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency Partners have undergone a rigorous validation process, including a third-party audit and vetted customer experience.

    Learn more about the AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency Partners >>  

  • Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon RDS for SQL Server

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2019

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

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert is Now Available in the EU (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert is now available in the EU (Paris) region.

  • Resource Groups Tagging API Supports Additional AWS Services

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    You can now use the Resource Groups Tagging API to centrally manage tags and search resources for 10 additional AWS Services: AWS CloudFormation, AWS CodeBuild, AWS DataSync, AWS Elastic Container Registry, Amazon Elastic Container Service, Amazon FSx, Amazon MQ, Amazon Neptune, Amazon Route53 Resolver, and AWS Step Functions.

  • Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for Redis 5.0.3 and the ability to change Redis command names

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    February 28, 2019: Amazon ElastiCache for Redis adds support for Redis 5.0.3. Redis 5.0.3 is a maintenance release which includes several bug fixes and minor enhancements. You can now stay current with the most up to date version of Redis and benefit from recently introduced capabilities such as Redis Streams (made available with the launch of Redis 5.0 on ElastiCache in November 2018).

  • AWS CloudFormation Coverage Updates for AWS RAM, AWS Robomaker, Amazon ApiGateway, and more

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment. CloudFormation allows you to use a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports new features for aggregations, arrays, and indexing

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. Today, Amazon DocumentDB added support for new aggregation string operators ($concat, $substr, $substrBytes, $substrCP, $strcasecmp), an array aggregation operator ($size), an aggregation group accumulator operator ($push), and aggregation stages ($redact and $indexStats) that allow you to compose powerful aggregations over your documents. Additionally, Amazon DocumentDB now supports positional array operators ($[] and $[<identifier>]) for updating elements in an array and hint() for selecting an index.

    To use the new features, you can create a new Amazon DocumentDB cluster with just a few clicks in the Amazon DocumentDB Management Console or you can upgrade your existing cluster.

    For more information, see the AWS Database Blog: New Amazon DocumentDB feature for aggregations, array, and indexing

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

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Neural machine translation is a form of language translation automation that uses deep learning models to deliver more accurate translation than traditional statistical and rule-based translation algorithms. 

  • Quick Start for Portworx PX-Enterprise on Kubernetes on AWS

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys Portworx PX-Enterprise on Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in 20-30 minutes.

  • AWS Systems Manager State Manager Enables Document Sharing Across Accounts

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    AWS Systems Manager, which uses State Manager to report on and enforce your desired state configuration, now allows the use of documents shared across accounts. With document sharing, you save time when creating and updating documents while ensuring more consistency across accounts. 

  • Amazon Connect Simplifies Adding AWS Lambda Functions to Contact Flows

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    You can now select any AWS Lambda function available in your AWS account from within the Amazon Connect contact flow editor. AWS Lambda functions are used in contact flows to customize the caller experience by pulling data from an external database, such as a CRM system containing customer information or a database containing order history. Previously, to add AWS Lambda functions into your contact flow, you had to grant permissions to execute AWS Lambda from Amazon Connect using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) and then open the AWS Lambda console to copy over the function ARN. Now, you can do both using drop-downs in the UI.

  • Amazon DynamoDB adds support for switching encryption keys to encrypt your data at rest

    Posted On: Feb 28, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed, multi-region, multi-master database that by default encrypts all your data at rest to help enhance the security of your DynamoDB data. You can use the default encryption, the AWS owned customer master key (CMK), or the AWS managed CMK to encrypt all your data. DynamoDB now has added support to enable you to switch encryption keys, between the AWS owned CMK and AWS managed CMK, without having to make any code or application modifications to encrypt your data.

  • AWS Single Sign-On is Now Available in Seven More Global Regions

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2019

    AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) is now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), US East (Ohio) and US West (Oregon) Regions. For a full list of the regions where AWS SSO is available, see AWS Region Table.

  • Amazon MQ is Now Available in the Europe (London) Region

    Posted On: Feb 27, 2019

    Amazon MQ is now available in 11 regions with the addition of the Europe (London) region.  

  • Performance Insights Supports T2 and T3 Instance Types

    Posted On: Feb 26, 2019

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, supports t2 and t3 instance types.  Support for t2 and t3 instance classes is available on RDS for PostgreSQL and Oracle, selected t3 and t2 instance classes on RDS for MySQL and t3 instance classes on Aurora PostgreSQL. For details on the supported versions, see Performance Insights documentation for Aurora and RDS.

  • AWS Announces RISC-V Support in the FreeRTOS Kernel

    Posted On: Feb 26, 2019

    RISC-V support is now available in the FreeRTOS kernel, a feature enabling embedded developers to create IoT applications on the officially supported FreeRTOS kernel for microcontrollers that use the free, open, and extensible RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA).

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Amazon S3 Integration For Data Ingress and Egress Capabilities

    Posted On: Feb 26, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon Relational Database (RDS) for Oracle supports integration with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) for data ingress and egress capabilities. This feature allows RDS Oracle customers to easily, efficiently and securely transfer data between their RDS Oracle DB Instances and Amazon S3. 

    Previously, data transfers from an RDS Oracle DB Instance required an additional DB Instance and a networking link between the two DB Instances. With Amazon S3 Integration, you can now use the RDS Oracle DB instance to transfer files to or from Amazon S3 using new RDS Oracle procedures.

    With Amazon S3 Integration, you can perform data ingress with Oracle Data Pump to migrate workloads into your RDS Oracle DB Instance. After exporting your data from your source instance, you upload your Data Pump files to your Amazon S3 bucket. You can then copy the files from your S3 bucket to the RDS Oracle host and finally use the DBMS_DATAPUMP package to import your data into the target RDS Oracle DB Instance.  

    With Amazon S3 Integration, you can also perform data egress out of your RDS Oracle DB instance. First, back up the data locally on the RDS Oracle host. This local backup can either be an Oracle RMAN backup or Oracle Data Pump export of the database. Once these files are created locally, you can copy the files to the S3 bucket. Optionally, you can move these backups from Amazon S3 to Amazon S3 Glacier for long term storage that complements your automated backup strategy. By using this method, you can satisfy regulatory requirements for storing database backups in an off-site location and, at the same time, cost effectively support your long-term retention policies.

    Amazon S3 Integration supports both Oracle Data Pump and Oracle RMAN for data egress. Amazon S3 Integration also allows Oracle Data Pump for data ingress. Data is encrypted at rest using Amazon S3 server-side encryption, which can use Amazon S3 provided keys or your own encryption keys provided via AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Data is encrypted in transit as well.

    Amazon S3 Integration for RDS Oracle is free and is supported in all commercial regions where Amazon RDS for Oracle is available. To learn more, please visit the Integrating Amazon RDS for Oracle and Amazon S3 documentation page.

    Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for Oracle Pricing for regional availability.
     

  • AWS Elemental MediaStore Adds Support for Access Logs on Containers

    Posted On: Feb 26, 2019

    You can now generate access logs for AWS Elemental MediaStore containers. These logs are available in Amazon CloudWatch and provide detailed visibility into requests made to any object stored in the container. This can help with troubleshooting and enables in-depth analysis by feeding logs into analytics systems or log processing tools. Logs record PutObject, GetObject, DescribeObject, DeleteObject, and ListItems requests. Learn how to enable access logs here.

  • Introducing ACE Opportunity Referrals & ACE Tool Enhancements

    Posted On: Feb 26, 2019

    We are excited to announce new enhancements to the APN Customer Engagements (ACE) program.

    The ACE Program encompasses both engagements that originate from APN Partners via submission through the APN Customer Engagements platform in APN Partner Central and leads and opportunity referrals resulting from AWS activities. This program provides the resources, tools, and sales and technical support to ensure that APN Partners are supported in driving successful engagements with AWS customers. We launched two new features in to the ACE Program: an Improved User Experience and ACE Opportunity Referrals. 

    ACE Opportunity Referrals: Eligible APN Partners now have visibility into opportunities sourced by AWS and a mechanism to manage and track those engagements throughout the opportunity life cycle through ACE Opportunity Referrals.

    Improved User Experience: The old “Opportunities” tab is now labeled “My Customers”. This new interface allows for custom options on features that were originally non-editable (e.g., display columns on dashboard) as well as new enhancements that can be utilized to align with the AWS Sales team and to manage your pipeline of customer engagements on AWS.

    New ACE User Guide: Learn how you can leverage the ACE Platform to manage your pipeline of AWS customers, including allowing for joint collaboration with AWS on such customer engagements. This ACE Platform User Guide walks you through how to use the ACE platform and helps equip you with the skills necessary to drive successful customer engagements on AWS. Download the guide >>

    Learn more about these new features on the APN Blog

  • Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Supports R5 Instance Types

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    The MySQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora has added support for R5 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 memory-optimized instances.

  • Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Supports T3 Instance Types

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    The MySQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora has added support for T3 instances, the next generation of burstable general-purpose instances.

  • Amazon Aurora Serverless Publishes Logs to Amazon CloudWatch

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    You can now configure Amazon Aurora Serverless (MySQL-compatible edition) to publish general logs, slow query logs, audit logs, and error logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs.

  • Amazon Athena Now Supports Resource Tagging

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    You can now add Tags to Athena Workgroups. Athena Workgroup is a new resource type that can be used to separate query execution and query history between Users, Teams, or Applications running under the same AWS account. With the latest release, you can assign metadata to Athena Workgroups in the form of tags. Each tag is a simple label consisting of a customer-defined key and an optional value that can make it easier to manage, search for, and filter Workgroups. Tagging Workgroups allows you to allocate costs, get detailed billing reports across Workgroups as well as define IAM permissions on Workgroups based on these tags. Learn more

     

     

  • Amazon WorkLink now works with Android phones

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    Starting today, Amazon WorkLink supports access to internal corporate websites on Android mobile phones. With this update, your employees can use their Android phones to access internal corporate websites in Chrome as efficiently as they access any other website, without the hassle of connecting to their corporate network. Employees can simply type the URL in Chrome or click on a link in their email. Amazon WorkLink handles the authentication, and delivers the internal web content as vector graphics on their phones. Employees experience fast navigation and fluid responses to common actions such as scrolling, zooming, or typing, and internal content is never stored or cached by the phone browser.

  • Introducing AWS PrivateLink in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    You can now use AWS PrivateLink in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. AWS PrivateLink allows you to privately access services hosted on AWS in a highly available and scalable manner, without using public IPs and without requiring the traffic to traverse the internet.

  • AWS Storage Gateway hardware appliance is now available in Europe, and adds more storage and networking options

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    You can now order and use the AWS Storage Gateway hardware appliance in Europe, expand an appliance’s usable capacity to 12 TB, and choose to use a 10 Gigabit fiber optic network card instead of a copper network card. The expanded storage provides a larger local cache for low-latency access to data stored in AWS. The fiber optic network card provides an additional datacenter deployment option.

  • Cypress CYW943907AEVAL1F and CYW954907AEVAL1F are Now Qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS

    Posted On: Feb 25, 2019

    Two Cypress development boards, CYW943907AEVAL1F and CYW954907AEVAL1F, are now qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS. You can take advantage of Amazon FreeRTOS features and benefits using development kits available from Cypress.

  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Now Supports On-Premises Access to File Systems and Supports Access Across AWS VPCs, Accounts, and Regions

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, a service that provides fully-managed native Microsoft Windows file systems, now allows you to access your file systems from on premises via an AWS Direct Connect or AWS VPN connection. Additionally, it now allows you to access your file systems from multiple Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), AWS accounts, and AWS Regions via VPC Peering or AWS Transit Gateway. 

  • AWS Server Migration Service

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2019

    AWS Server Migration Service now offers support for importing and migrating applications discovered by AWS Migration Hub. This new feature allows you to quickly migrate applications identified during discovery phase, eliminating the need to recreate groupings, and as a result, reduce the time to migrate and lower the risk of errors in the migration process. You can discover servers and create application groupings using the Migration Hub console, CLI, or CSV import, and use those groupings as-is within the Server Migration Service to perform application migration.

  • Amazon Kinesis Video Streams adds Synchronized Audio Video Playback and MPEG-TS Container Format Support via HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)

    Posted On: Feb 22, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Video Streams enables developers to use its fully-managed HLS capability for synchronized audio video (AV) playback and also output HLS streams in MPEG-TS container format. Developers can now ingest both audio and video in a single multi-track Kinesis Video stream and use HLS APIs to deliver pre-segmented files and playlists in fragmented MP4 (fMP4) and MPEG-TS container formats for playback on compatible mobile and web players.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Now Support R5 Instance Types

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    You can now launch R5 instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDB. Amazon EC2 R5 instances are the next generation of Amazon EC2 memory optimized instances. R5 instances are based on the Amazon EC2 Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor which delivers practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to your database instance.

  • AWS RoboMaker now supports new languages, tagging, and AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    AWS RoboMaker makes it easy to develop, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale. Today we have added support for nine new languages in the RoboMaker Console, including French, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. In addition, RoboMaker is now integrated with tagging and AWS CloudFormation for easy resource management and creation. You can now use tags to allocate cost and control access for RoboMaker resources such as robot applications, simulation applications, simulation jobs, robots, and fleets. You can now also use CloudFormation to easily create RoboMaker resources such as robot applications, simulation applications, robots, and fleets.

    AWS RoboMaker is available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions. To get started, run a sample simulation job in the RoboMaker console or explore the RoboMaker webpage.  

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Adds Support for Video Rotation and Ad Marker Insertion

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert now supports video rotation and ad marker insertion.

  • AWS Resource Groups Tag Editor is Now Available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    AWS Resource Groups makes it easier to manage and automate tasks on large numbers of AWS resources at one time. AWS Resource Groups Tag Editor allows you to add tags to – or edit or delete tags of – multiple AWS resources at once. With Tag Editor, you can search for the resources that you want to tag, and then manage tags for the resources in your search results. Starting today, AWS Resource Groups Tag Editor is available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region.

  • Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Now Support T3 Instance Types

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    You can now launch T3 instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDB. Amazon EC2 T3 instances are the next generation burstable general-purpose instance type that provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst CPU usage for any period of time, whenever and however long required.

  • Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) Adds Support For Shorter Backup Intervals

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    Using Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM) policies, you can now schedule automated backups for your Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes every 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8 hours (in addition to the currently supported 12 or 24 hours).

  • AWS Shield Increases Default Resource Limits For Advanced Protection

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    You can now use AWS Shield Advanced to get enhanced DDoS protection for even more resources. You can now protect up to a default limit of 1000 resources of each supported resource type: Amazon CloudFront distributions, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, Amazon Route 53 hosted zones, Elastic IP addresses and AWS Global Accelerator accelerators. 

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Now Supports Managed Updates, Immutable Deployments, and Enhanced Health Monitoring for Windows Server Platform V2

    Posted On: Feb 21, 2019

    You can now run your Windows applications on AWS Elastic Beanstalk using a host of new features with Windows Server platform v2. These new features include managed updates, a range of new deployment policies, and enhanced health monitoring and reporting. Previously, Elastic Beanstalk offered Windows Server platforms with only basic health and limited deployment policies.

  • AWS Quick Starts for Atlassian products now auto-detect existing infrastructure

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2019

    The new Quick Start for the Atlassian Standard Infrastructure (ASI) builds a highly available, secure virtual private cloud (VPC) that is customized to host Atlassian Data Center products such as Jira, Bitbucket Data Center, and Confluence Data Center on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. 

  • AWS CodeCommit Supports Programmatic Creation of Commits Containing Multiple Files

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2019

    You can now programmatically create commits that contain changes to multiple files using the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) or the AWS SDKs. In addition to adding and changing files in AWS CodeCommit through the AWS Management Console or a Git client, some customers prefer to use APIs to manipulate the repository, such as creating an initial commit with the files needed to start a project. Previously, in order to change multiple files in a single commit programmatically, you had to install and configure a Git client. Now you can use the AWS CLI or SDKs to perform this common task without having to install any third-party software.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) expands to the EU (Frankfurt) Region, and adds support for R4 instance types in the US West (N. California) Region

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region. You can create DAX clusters using Amazon EC2 R4 and T2 instance types in the Region for applications that require microsecond latency. Additionally, you now can launch DAX clusters using R4 instance types in the US West (N. California) Region. R4 is a Memory Optimized Amazon EC2 instance, well-suited for memory-intensive, latency-sensitive workloads such as DAX. 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.

  • Amazon EC2 Fleet Now Lets You Increase Target Capacity Limits

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2019

    Amazon EC2 Fleet simplifies the provisioning of EC2 capacity across different instance types, Availability Zones (AZs), and purchase options to optimize for scale, performance, and cost. Allocation strategies let you determine how EC2 Fleet should select from the instance types and AZs you have specified to fulfill the desired capacity.

    Now you can request to increase the limits for the target capacity for your AWS account in a selected region. By default, there is a soft limit of 10,000 units per single EC2 Fleet and 100,000 units for target capacity across all Fleets in a region. If you need more than the default limits, you can complete the AWS Support Center create case form to request a limit increase. For *Limit type*, choose *EC2 Fleet*, indicate the Fleet limit increase you need for Target Fleet Capacity per Fleet or Target Fleet Capacity per Region or both. You can also request a limit increase for Spot Fleet target capacity using the same steps.

    To learn more about increasing the target capacity limits for EC2 Fleet, visit this page and to learn more about increasing the target capacity limits for Spot Fleet, visit this page. Visit this blog to learn more about EC2 Fleet.

  • Performance Insights Now Supports Counter Metrics on Amazon RDS for MySQL, RDS for PostgreSQL, and Aurora MySQL

    Posted On: Feb 20, 2019

    Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, now supports additional counter metrics on Amazon RDS for MySQL, RDS for PostgreSQL, and Aurora MySQL-compatible edition in addition to Aurora PostgreSQL-compatible edition. With counter metrics, you can customize the Performance Insights dashboard to include up to 10 additional graphs that show a selection from dozens of operating system and database performance metrics. Counter metrics provide additional information that can be correlated with the database load chart to help identify performance issues and analyze performance.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics for Java Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to model and provision Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics for Java applications using version 2 of the Kinesis Data Analytics API. This improvement enables you to use AWS CloudFormation to deploy Kinesis Data Analytics applications in a safe and repeatable manner.  

  • AWS IoT Device Defender Now Provides Statistical Anomaly Detection and Data Visualization

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2019

    AWS IoT Device Defender is a fully managed service that helps you keep your connected devices secure. Using AWS IoT Device Defender, you can continuously monitor security metrics from devices and AWS IoT Core for deviations in what you have defined as appropriate behavior for each device. You receive an alert whenever devices violate custom-defined behavior, so you can take action to remediate the issue.

  • Amazon EFS Now Supports Tag-on-Create

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2019

    You can now tag your Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file system resources as they are created. Previously, you could add tags to your file system resources once they were created.

  • AWS Well-Architected Tool now supports architecture reviews for On Premises and Hybrid Cloud workloads

    Posted On: Feb 19, 2019

    You can now use the AWS Well-Architected Tool to also perform architectural reviews for hybrid cloud workloads as well as workloads which are fully deployed on-premises.

    When you define your workload, you now have the option to select both the AWS and the non-AWS Region(s) in which your workload is deployed. This allows you to document whether your workload is fully deployed on AWS, is partially deployed on AWS or running completely on-premises. You can then continue with the Well-Architected review as before.

    To learn more, visit the Documentation and the Product page

  • Announcing Updated Professional-Level AWS Certification Exams

    Posted On: Feb 18, 2019

    We've updated our Professional-level AWS Certification exams to reflect new features, services, and best practices. AWS releases a growing number of new features and services each year, so we periodically update and restructure our exams to be sure we are validating the latest skills.

    The updated AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional exam validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. It now covers five domains: design for organization complexity, design for new solutions, migration planning, cost control, and continuous improvements for existing solutions. The exam is recommended for solutions architects with two or more years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS.

    The updated AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional exam validates technical expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed applications systems on the AWS platform. It now covers six domains: SDLC automation; configuration management and infrastructure as code; monitoring and logging; policies and standards automation; incident and event response; and high availability, fault tolerance, and disaster recovery. The exam is recommended for DevOps engineers with two or more years of experience provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments.

    We now only recommend, rather than require, that candidates have an Associate-level certification before taking Professional-level exams. See our updated exam guides to learn more about each exam and find resources to help you prepare. Professional-level exams are currently available in English, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese for 300 USD. Register today

  • Amazon Connect Now Supports Additional Options When Transferring to External Phone Numbers

    Posted On: Feb 18, 2019

    Amazon Connect offers three new options when transferring a call to a 3rd party phone number from a contact flow. First, you can now send DTMF touchtones to the recipient of the transferred call. Second, you can now programmatically select which caller ID to display. Third, you can continue to engage with the customer when the transfer to the 3rd party ends, by returning the customer to Amazon Connect and resuming the contact flow from which the call was transferred, instead of hanging up the call.

  • Use Athena Workgroups to Separate Workloads Between Users or Applications, View Query Metrics, and Enforce Cost Controls

    Posted On: Feb 18, 2019

    You can now use Amazon Athena Workgroups - A new resource type that can be used to separate query execution and query history between Users, Teams, or Applications running under the same AWS account. Because Workgroups act as resources, you can use resource-based policies to control access to a Workgroup. For example, if you have two teams or different applications using Athena, you can limit access by assigning them to different Workgroups. You can also separate ad hoc usage from scheduled reports by assigning them to different Workgroups. Queries running in one Workgroup are not visible to users or applications running in a different Workgroup. You can also temporarily disable Workgroups, preventing users from running queries, or permanently delete them. Fine-Grained Access Control for Tables and Databases defined in the Glue Data Catalog can further restrict access to specific databases and tables.  

  • Trigger Actions on your Inbound Email with AWS Lambda for Amazon WorkMail

    Posted On: Feb 1, 2019

    Today, Amazon WorkMail announced that you can use AWS Lambda function to take actions on inbound email. This lets you process emails as they are received, and perform actions such as perform analytics, create audit trails, or even gain insights into communication patterns, such as sentiment, within your organization. Lambda functions give you the flexibility needed to configure WorkMail for your environment.

    To get started, first create a Lambda function using the AWS Lambda console. Then, go to the Amazon WorkMail console to select the Lambda action in your organization's inbound mail flow rules settings. In the console, you can select whether the rule applies to all users, or you can select specific users for the rule. Once you've configured the trigger rule, WorkMail will pass the recipients and subject text to your Lambda function when an email is received, and will then execute your function to perform the required actions.

    AWS Lambda for WorkMail is available today in all AWS Regions where Amazon WorkMail is offered. See Configuring AWS Lambda on WorkMail to try it now. To learn more about Amazon WorkMail, or to start your trial, please visit Amazon WorkMail.

  • Amazon WorkMail adds 1-click DNS configuration for Route 53 custom domains

    Posted On: Feb 11, 2019

    Amazon WorkMail now provides automatic DNS configuration for Route 53 domains, allowing customers to perform 1-click insertion of all Amazon WorkMail-related DNS records to their Route 53 hosted zone when setting up a custom domain.

    When WorkMail administrators add a domain in Amazon WorkMail, they need to confirm that they own the domain and add mail-specific DNS records to route email properly. Previously, it was a manual process involving copy-pasting multiple records to their DNS provider. Now, if the domain is managed by Route53, WorkMail provides the option to automatically insert all WorkMail-related DNS records to the domain's hosted zone. This saves time and reduces the risk of error with manual configuration for WorkMail administrators. Customers who do not manage their domains in Route 53 or have more advanced DNS settings will follow the same procedure as before to setup their domains.

    This feature is available today for Amazon WorkMail domains hosted by Route53 and available in all AWS Regions where Amazon WorkMail is offered. For more information see Working with Domains. To learn more about Amazon WorkMail, or to start your trial, please visit Amazon WorkMail.

  • AWS IoT Device Tester is Now Available for Amazon FreeRTOS v1.4.5 and v1.4.6

    Posted On: Feb 15, 2019

    AWS IoT Device Tester, a Windows/Linux/Mac test automation tool for connected devices, is now available for Amazon FreeRTOS v1.4.5 and v1.4.6. You can download the latest release here.

  • Deploy a Kubernetes Cluster Using Amazon EKS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Feb 15, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys a Kubernetes cluster that uses Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), enabling you to deploy, manage, and scale containerized applications running on Kubernetes on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. The deployment takes about 25 minutes. 

  • Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

    Posted On: Feb 15, 2019
  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to quickly deploy solutions that use Amazon FSx for Windows File Server file systems.

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to quickly deploy solutions that use Amazon FSx for Lustre file systems.

  • AWS Transfer for SFTP is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2019

    AWS Transfer for SFTP (AWS SFTP) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region. AWS SFTP enables you to easily move file transfer workloads to AWS, eliminating the need for you to build and operate Secure Shell File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) infrastructure.

  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) adds DynamoDB transactions support for Python and .NET

    Posted On: Feb 14, 2019

    Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is now API compatible with the DynamoDB transactions SDKs for Python and .NET. As a result, you can integrate your DynamoDB applications written in Python and .NET with DAX without making changes to your existing application logic.

  • Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports PostgreSQL 10.6

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, we have updated Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility to support PostgreSQL version 10.6. This release contains fixes to PostgreSQL security vulnerabilities included in the current release from the PostgreSQL community and contains additional bug fixes and improvements.

  • Amazon EKS Releases VPC CNI plugin v1.3.2 with Enhancements for P3dn Instances

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    The Amazon VPC CNI plugin for Kubernetes version 1.3.2 is included by default in all new Amazon EKS clusters. For instructions updating an existing cluster's CNI to v1.3.2, please visit the EKS documentation describing CNI updates.

  • Amazon Corretto 11 is Now in Preview

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    Amazon Corretto 11, a no-cost, multiplatform, production-ready distribution of OpenJDK 11, is now available for use in preview. Previously, only Corretto 8, corresponding to OpenJDK 8, was available. Corretto 8 is generally available.

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0 is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    You can now deploy Amazon AppStream 2.0 in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region, expanding the number of AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 is available to eight. 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. With this launch, you can deploy general purpose, compute optimized, and memory optimized streaming instances to meet the needs of your users. Only non-graphics instance types are available at this time. 

  • Route 53 Resolver for Hybrid Cloud Expands to Seven New AWS Regions

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    Amazon Route 53 Resolver for hybrid cloud is now available in the US West (N. California), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), EU (London), Canada (Central), and EU (Paris) AWS Regions.

  • Enhanced Content Moderation is now available for Amazon Rekognition Video

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    Amazon Rekognition Video is a deep learning-based video analysis service that can identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect unsafe content. Content Moderation for Amazon Rekognition Video can identify various types of explicit and suggestive content, as well as timestamps for where such content appears during the video. Amazon Rekognition Video now comes with an enhanced moderation model that reduces false positive rates by 40% on average without any reduction in detection rates for truly unsafe content. Lower false positive rates imply lower volumes of flagged videos to be further reviewed by human moderators, leading to higher efficiency and more cost savings. Moreover, Amazon Rekognition provides a hierarchical set of moderation labels that can be used to create business rules to handle different geographic and demographic requirements. For more details on supported labels, please see this page. No machine learning experience is required to get started. 

  • Introducing AWS Solutions

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    AWS Solutions are technical reference implementations built and vetted by AWS Architects and AWS Partners, designed to help customers solve the common problems faced by their peers around the world. AWS Solutions are built to be operationally effective, performant, reliable, secure, cost effective, and be Well-Architected. Every AWS Solution comes with a detailed architecture diagram, a deployment guide, and instructions for both manual and automated deployment. You can use the architecture diagrams and deployment guide provided with each AWS Solution as a guide to build your own application, or use one of the provided automated deployment methods (such as a CloudFormation Template) to deploy automatically into your AWS Account. We offer AWS Solutions covering a wide range of technology and industry topics, such as how to collect and process connected vehicle data with AWS, simulate fleets of IoT devices, how to automate common cloud operational practices, and how to dynamically manipulate image files in real-time. 

  • Amazon MSK expands its open preview into Ohio and Ireland AWS regions, and adds support for Apache Kafka 2.1.0

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is now available in three AWS regions: N. Virginia (us-east-1), Ohio (us-east-2) and Ireland (eu-west-1). Customers also have the option to create new clusters with Apache Kafka version 2.1.0 or 1.1.1.  

  • Amazon EKS Available in Mumbai, London, and Paris AWS Regions

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is now available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Europe (London), and Europe (Paris) AWS regions.

  • Introducing Five New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019
  • Amazon EFS Introduces Lower Cost Storage Class

    Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

    Amazon EFS Infrequent Access (EFS IA) is a new storage class for Amazon EFS that is cost-optimized for files that are accessed less frequently.

  • New AWS Digital Badges Unveiled to Showcase your AWS Certified Status

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2019

    AWS has unveiled its newly redesigned AWS Certification digital badges. Digital badges are awarded to customers who successfully pass an AWS Certification exam and are just one of the many benefits available to help you showcase your AWS Certified status with colleagues and employers. Digital badges can be shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media outlets, as well as used in email signatures to showcase your achievements.

    AWS Certified individuals are now able to download new badges in their AWS Certification Account.

     

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose Announces Support for Custom Amazon S3 Prefixes

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose today announced support for custom Amazon S3 prefixes allowing customers more flexibility when configuring S3 paths for data delivery. This new capability enables customers to simplify and accelerate ETL (Extract Transform Load) workflows and to enable data partitions for faster query performance.

  • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports database auditing with Amazon CloudWatch Logs

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. Today, Amazon DocumentDB added support for auditing of database events. With auditing enabled, Amazon DocumentDB will record Data Definition Language (DDL), authentication, authorization, and user management events to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. You can use Amazon CloudWatch Logs to analyze, monitor, and archive your Amazon DocumentDB auditing events. For more information, please see https://docs.aws.amazon.com/documentdb/latest/developerguide/event-auditing.html

    Amazon DocumentDB is generally available and you can use Amazon DocumentDB in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland).

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Versions 18.1 and 18.2

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2019

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports 18.1 and 18.2 versions of Oracle Application Express (APEX) for the Oracle Database versions 11.2, 12.1 and 12.2. Using APEX, developers can build applications entirely within their web browser.

    For more details on supported APEX versions and how to add or modify APEX options for your RDS Oracle database, please refer to the Amazon RDS for Oracle Documentation.

    Amazon RDS for Oracle makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale Oracle Database deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for Oracle Database Pricing for regional availability.
     

  • Deploy the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform into a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 40 minutes. The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates and a deployment guide.

  • Amplify Framework Adds Support for Multiple Environments, Custom Resolvers, Larger Data Models, and IAM Roles Including MFA

    Posted On: Feb 11, 2019

    The Amplify CLI, part of the Amplify Framework, now supports multiple environments and teams by offering a Git style workflow for creating and switching between environments for your Amplify project. When you work on a project within a team, you can create isolated backends per developer or alternatively share backends across developers, including to those outside your organization.

    New support for IAM roles and MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) enables customers to use an IAM role, with or without MFA enabled, and access AWS resources managed by the Amplify Framework. This helps enforce AWS security best practices and controls across your organization.

    Custom resolvers for AWS AppSync enable you to write resolver logic and attach data sources such as Amazon DynamoDB tables, Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains, or HTTP endpoint that were provisioned independently of the Amplify GraphQL Transformer. This can be completely achieved without needing to go to the AppSync console or deploy your own CloudFormation stacks with a separate deployment process.

    Customers can now add more than 150 models as a part of the GraphQL Transformer schema, up from 15 models in the previous version of the Amplify Framework. Custom resolvers can be defined directly from the local Amplify project and pushed up using this new functionality.

    To learn more about Amplify Framework, please visit our documentation. For more details about these features, refer to our blog post.

  • New AWS Managed Services Provider (MSP) Validation Checklist

    Posted On: Feb 11, 2019

    The AWS Managed Service Program (MSP) Program highlights APN Consulting Partners who are skilled at cloud infrastructure, application migration, and deliver value to customers by offering proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their customer’s environment.

    Today, the AWS MSP Program launched the MSP Validation Checklist v4.0. This new checklist includes new requirements and performance-based renewal in order to enhance the customer and partner experience.

    Learn more about these requirements on the APN Blog.
     

  • Amazon EC2 Announces the Availability of C5, C5d, R5, and R5d Instances in AWS China (Beijing) region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region, operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2019
  • Deploy IBM Cloud Private on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Feb 11, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys IBM Cloud Private into a new virtual private cloud (VPC) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. A regular deployment takes about 60 minutes, and a high availability (HA) deployment takes about 75 minutes to complete. The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates and a deployment guide.

  • AWS Management Console now supports one-click switching between accounts in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2019

    The AWS Management Console now makes it easier to use multiple AWS accounts.

    You can switch from one AWS account (or role) to another with just one click. You no longer have to sign out from one account, before signing in to another. This saves you time and effort. You can access up to five AWS accounts this way.

    This improvement is available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. To get started, login to the AWS Management Console, click into your account settings on the top menu, and select "Switch Role."

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports January 2019 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Release Updates (RU)

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2019

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports the January 2019 Patch Set Updates (PSU) for Oracle Database 11.2 and 12.1. Oracle PSU contains critical security updates and other important updates. Beginning with Oracle Database version 12.2.0.1, Amazon RDS for Oracle supports Release Updates (RU) in place of the PSU. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation.

     

    Amazon RDS for Oracle makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale Oracle Database deployments in the cloud. See the Amazon RDS for Oracle Database Pricing page for complete regional availability information.

  • Amazon GuardDuty Adds Three New Threat Detections

    Posted On: Feb 8, 2019

    Amazon GuardDuty has added three new threat detections. Two of the detections are new penetration testing detections and the third a policy violation detection. These three new detections represent the latest in a continuously growing library of fully managed threat detections available for customers who enable Amazon GuardDuty in their AWS accounts.

  • AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate and AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise Now Support AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    Starting today you can use AWS CloudFormation templates to create, update, and delete AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate and AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise servers in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS OpsWorks is a fully managed configuration management service that hosts and scales Chef Automate and Puppet Enterprise servers.

  • AWS AppSync is now Available in EU (London) Region

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    AWS AppSync is a serverless backend for web, mobile, and enterprise applications that supports real-time data synchronization, and offline capabilities at enterprise scale. AWS AppSync simplifies data access, manipulation, and synchronization across multiple data sources, such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, AWS Lambda, Amazon RDS, and any HTTP data source. It is powered by GraphQL, an open standard allowing applications to request, change and subscribe to the exact data they need in a single network request.


    With today's launch, AWS AppSync is now available in 11 AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), and EU (London).


    To learn more, see the AWS AppSync webpage.
     

  • Automate WebSocket API Creation in Amazon API Gateway Using AWS CloudFormation

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    You can now use AWS CloudFormation templates to build WebSocket APIs in Amazon API Gateway. AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment across all regions and accounts, simplifying how you build applications in the cloud.  

  • AWS Fargate Now Has Support For AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    AWS Fargate now has support for AWS PrivateLink. PrivateLink allows you to privately connect your Amazon VPC to AWS services including Amazon ECR. When you create PrivateLink endpoints for ECR, Fargate can pull container images without needing to traverse the public internet.

    PrivateLink endpoints are easy to configure. They provide reliable connectivity to Fargate without requiring an Amazon Network Address Translation (NAT) Gateway. With PrivateLink endpoints, you can protect your Fargate tasks from internet traffic, and reduce the exposure to threats.

    To learn more about how Fargate support PrivateLink, read our documentation. Fargate integration with PrivateLink is available in all regions where Fargate is available. To learn more about where Fargate is available, visit the AWS region table.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Now Supports Resource Tagging

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    Starting today, you can now add tags to your AWS Elemental MediaLive resources. MediaLive tags allow you to categorize your inputs, channels, and input security group resources in different ways, such as by cost center or owner, which simplifies cost allocation for live channels.

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

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is now available in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region. Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. You can use Amazon Transcribe to create text transcripts of audio and video files. 

  • Amazon Athena is now available in GovCloud (US-West)

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    Amazon Athena is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) region.

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

    With the latest release, Amazon Athena is now available in US East (Northern Virginia, & Ohio), US West (Oregon), AWS GovCloud (US-West), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, & London), and Asia Pacific (Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul, & Mumbai) regions.

    To learn more, please visit the Amazon Athena page.

  • Amazon Transcribe Now Supports US Spanish Speech-to-Text in Real Time

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add speech-to-text capability to your applications. The real-time transcription service now supports US Spanish, which expands upon the existing language support for US English.

  • Amazon SQS FIFO Queues Now Available in 15 AWS Regions

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) FIFO (First-In, First-Out) queues are now available in 9 additional AWS regions.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports three Availability Zone deployments

    Posted On: Feb 7, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now enables you to deploy your instances across three Availability Zones (AZs) providing better availability for your domains. If you enable replicas for your Elasticsearch indices, Amazon Elasticsearch Service distributes the primary and replica shards across nodes in different AZs to maximize availability. If you have configured dedicated master nodes while using multi-AZ deployment, they are automatically placed into three AZs to ensure that your cluster can elect a new master even in the rare event of an AZ disruption. 

  • Amazon FSx for Lustre Offers New Options and Faster Speeds for Working with S3 Data

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2019

    Amazon FSx for Lustre, a high-performance file system for machine learning, high performance computing, analytics, and other data processing workloads, is making it even easier to process data residing in Amazon S3 with new options for writing results back to S3 and up to 2x faster data transfer speeds between FSx for Lustre and S3.

  • Amazon Polly is now available in the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2019
  • Amazon Comprehend is Now Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Canada (Central) Regions

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2019
  • AWS Site-to-Site VPN Now Supports IKEv2

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2019

    We are excited to announce that AWS Site-to-Site VPN now supports Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) for tunnel setup. Starting today, new VPN connections will be able to use IKEv2 or IKEv1 to negotiate a VPN session. This allows customers to use the newer and stronger protocol to establish their VPN.


    To take advantage of this feature today, you will need to create a new VPN connection. You can control the IKE version to use by updating your customer gateway device's configuration and the AWS side endpoint will negotiate the session using the same protocol. This feature is not available for AWS Classic VPN. We will add IKEv2 support for existing AWS VPN connections soon.

    For more information about AWS Site-to-Site VPN, see the web site and documentation.

  • AWS Glue is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2019

    You can now use AWS Glue in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region, an isolated AWS Region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements.

  • Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge locations across United States and France

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2019

    Details: Amazon CloudFront announces six new Edge locations which add incremental capacity to our network in their respective regions. Five of the new Edge locations are in North America: Atlanta (2), Chicago, Dallas, and Houston. This new capacity increases CloudFront’s request processing capacity by up to 50%, on average, in these areas. The sixth new Edge location is located in Paris, France. As always, every new CloudFront Edge location enhances the delivery and performance of your web applications to your customers. A full list of CloudFront’s global locations is available on the CloudFront Features webpage.

  • Announcing a 25% price reduction for Amazon EC2 X1 Instances in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

    Posted On: Feb 6, 2019
  • Amazon SNS Message Filtering Adds Support for Multiple String Values in Blacklist Matching

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2019

    Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) message filtering now supports blacklisting of multiple string values, using the anything-but operator. This makes it easier to set criteria for filtering messages.

  • AWS X-Ray SDK for .NET Core is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2019

    AWS X-Ray SDK for .NET Core is now generally available enabling .NET developers to get an end to end view of requests as they travel through their applications. 

  • Introducing Normalized Units Information for Amazon EC2 Reservations in AWS Cost Explorer

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2019

    AWS Cost Explorer allows you to visualize and monitor your reservations both at a high level (e.g., cost savings associated with all Amazon EC2 reservations) or for highly-specific requests (e.g., reservation utilization associated with all regional Amazon EC2 reservations owned by a particular linked account). Starting today, you can access information about the normalized units associated with your reservations in AWS Cost Explorer, making it easier to understand how your reservations (including Size Flexible RIs) are applied to your instance usage.

  • Amazon ECS now provides enhanced support for GPU-enabled EC2 instances

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    Today Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) announced enhanced support for running machine learning and high performance computing applications on EC2 GPU instances. ECS task definitions now allow you to designate a number of GPUs to assign to particular containers, which ECS will pin accordingly for workload isolation and optimal performance.

  • AppStream 2.0 enables custom scripts before session start and after session termination

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 announced session scripts. With this feature, you can implement custom scripts that execute before a user's session starts and after their session ends. These scripts simplify common scenarios for admins. You can easily customize a session based on user identity, configure applications before a session starts, collect logs, and perform cleanup tasks after a session ends. You can also use session scripts to upload usage data from the streaming session to S3 and use tools like Amazon Athena to analyze the data. For an example of using session scripts for usage insights, see Capture usage insights about your streaming environment with AppStream 2.0 session scripts on the Desktop and Application Streaming blog. To get started building your own session scripts, see Use Session Scripts to Manage Your AppStream 2.0 Users' Streaming Experience Session.

    The session scripts feature is available today at no additional charge in all AWS Regions where AppStream 2.0 is offered. AppStream 2.0 offers pay-as-you-go pricing. Please see Amazon AppStream 2.0 Pricing for more information, and try our sample applications.

  • New AWS Certification Policies Offer Customers More Choices and Flexibility

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    We have extended our recertification period so customers can now recertify every three years instead of two, by taking the latest version of the full-length exam, rather than a standalone recertification exam. AWS Certified individuals now have access to a 50% discount voucher that they can apply to this or any other exam. These vouchers will be available in the AWS Certification Account by February 28, 2019. As of March 3, 2019, we will no longer offer standalone recertification exams.

  • Source code for the AWS Glue Data Catalog client for Apache Hive Metastore is now available for download

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    You can now download the source code for the AWS Glue Data Catalog client for Apache Hive Metastore. This client runs on any Amazon EMR cluster with Apache Hive 2.x that uses the AWS Glue Data Catalog as an external Hive Metastore.

  • New Quick Start Deploys CloudLens and Eastwind on AWS

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    This new Quick Start deploys the Ixia CloudLens platform with Eastwind Cloud Network Sensors in a highly available environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 minutes.

  • Inter-Region VPC Peering is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    Starting today, Inter-Region Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Peering can now be setup between the AWS US Govcloud (US) Regions: AWS GovCloud (US-Gov-West) and AWS GovCloud (US-Gov-East).

  • Quick Start Update: Active Directory Domain Services on the AWS Cloud

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to release a major update to the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on AWS Quick Start. This Quick Start automatically deploys AD DS on the AWS Cloud and now includes Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and AWS Systems Manager Automation documents.

  • AWS Batch now supports Amazon EC2 A1 Instances and EC2 G3s Instances

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    Starting today, you can use AWS Batch with workloads running on Amazon EC2 A1 and G3s instances. AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted.

    Now supporting Amazon EC2 A1 instances, which deliver significant cost savings and are ideally suited for scale-out and Arm-based workloads that are supported by the extensive Arm ecosystem, AWS Batch allows customers to run their batch jobs at low cost with the convenience of a fully managed services. A1 instances deliver cost savings for customer workloads that can run Arm instructions and fit within the available A1 memory footprint.

    AWS Batch now also supports G3s instances, giving customers additional flexibility when running rendering workloads through Batch’s managed scaling and scheduling service. G3s instances are ideal for rendering workloads for visual effects (VFX) and virtual workstations for design & engineering applications.

    To learn more, visit our AWS Batch Getting Started Guide.

  • Develop and Test AWS Step Functions Workflows Locally

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    You can now use a local version of AWS Step Functions to develop and test your workflows.

  • NICE DCV Now Supports Kerberos Authentication and Touch Input on Windows Native Clients and Web Clients When Using Windows Server

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019
  • Amazon DynamoDB Local Adds Support for Transactional APIs, On-Demand Capacity Mode, and 20 GSIs

    Posted On: Feb 4, 2019

    DynamoDB local, the downloadable version of Amazon DynamoDB, now supports transactional APIs, on-demand capacity mode, and as many as 20 global secondary indexes per table. In addition, DynamoDB local now tracks and can return the capacity units consumed by your queries.

  • Amazon Corretto is Now Generally Available

    Posted On: Jan 31, 2019

    Amazon Corretto 8, a no-cost, multiplatform, production-ready distribution of OpenJDK 8, is now Generally Available for production use. Corretto had been in preview since we announced it in November, 2018. 

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports SQLT Diagnostics Tool Version 12.2.180725

    Posted On: Jan 29, 2019

    Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Oracle SQLTXPLAIN (SQLT) version 12.2.180725 through the use of the SQLT option. You can improve SQL query performance by using the Oracle EXPLAIN PLAN statement, and looking at diagnostic information on the execution plan of a SQL statement.

     

    The Oracle SQLT utility produces a report that includes execution plans, statistics, optimizer parameters and other information that can be used to tune a SQL statement for optimal performance. For more details on using the SQLT option, please refer to the Amazon RDS for Oracle Documentation.

     

    Amazon RDS for Oracle makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale Oracle Database deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for Oracle Database Pricing for complete regional availability information.

  • Now bring your own KDC and enable Kerberos authentication in Amazon EMR

    Posted On: Jan 28, 2019

    You can now use an external Kerberos KDC to authenticate applications and users running on your EMR cluster with Amazon EMR release 5.20.0 or later. This feature allows you to connect multiple Kerberized EMR clusters to a centralized external KDC and allow applications running inside these clusters that use Kerberos for authentication to cross-authenticate with each other without your needing to establish a cross-realm trust. This capability will be especially useful in scenarios where you want multiple clusters to authenticate to a central data lake cluster to access data to submit and run jobs. You can also set up a cross-realm trust between an external KDC and an Active Directory domain on premises or in Amazon EC2. This allows users in your corporate directory to more securely access all Kerberized EMR clusters that authenticate to that KDC using their familiar Active Directory domain credentials.

    For more information about configuring and using an external KDC on EMR, see Using Kerberos Authentication and External KDC Architecture Options in the Amazon EMR Management Guide.

    This feature is now available in all supported regions for Amazon EMR.

  • Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR now have support for AWS PrivateLink

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) now have support for AWS PrivateLink. AWS PrivateLink is a networking technology designed to enable access to AWS services in a highly available and scalable manner, while keeping all the network traffic within the AWS network. When you create AWS PrivateLink endpoints for ECR and ECS, these service endpoints appear as elastic network interfaces with a private IP address in your VPC.

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds I-Frame-Only HLS Manifests and JPEG Outputs

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaLive now offers the option to create HLS manifests that only include I-frames. I-frames, or intra-coded frames, are single frames of video that can be displayed without referencing any other frame. Manifests built with only I-frames make it easier to enable content scrubbing with video preview on video players.

  • Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports T3 Instance Types

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2019

    You can now launch T3 instance types when using Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. Amazon T3 instances are the next generation burstable general-purpose instance type that provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst CPU usage at any time for as long as required. T3 instances offer a balance of compute, memory, and network resources and are ideal for database workloads with moderate CPU usage that experience temporary spikes in use.

    T3 instances accumulate CPU credits when a workload is operating below baseline threshold. Each earned CPU credit provides the T3 instance the opportunity to burst with the performance of a full CPU core for one minute when needed. Amazon RDS T3 instances are configured for Unlimited mode, which means they can burst beyond the baseline over a 24-hour window for an additional charge.

    Amazon RDS database instances running PostgreSQL versions 9.6.9 (and higher) and 10.4 (and higher) are supported with T3 instance types. You can easily scale up to these new instance classes by modifying your existing DB instance in the AWS RDS Management Console.

    Please refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide for more details and refer to Amazon RDS Pricing for pricing details and regional availability.

  • AWS Systems Manager Distributor is Now Available in AWS GovCloud (US)

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2019

    AWS Systems Manager Distributor is a recently released feature that you can use to securely store and distribute software packages, such as software agents, in your accounts. Distributor integrates with existing Systems Manager features to simplify and scale the package distribution, installation, and update process. 

  • Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports T3 Instance Types

    Posted On: Jan 25, 2019

    You can now launch T3 instance types when using Amazon RDS for Oracle. Amazon T3 instances are the next generation of the Amazon burstable general-purpose instance type that provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst CPU usage at any time for as long as required. T3 instances offer a balance of compute, memory, and network resources and are ideal for database workloads with moderate CPU usage that experience temporary spikes in use.

    T3 instances accumulate CPU credits when a workload is operating below baseline threshold. Each earned CPU credit provides the T3 instance the opportunity to burst with the performance of a full CPU core for one minute when needed. Amazon RDS T3 instances are configured for Unlimited mode, which means they can burst beyond the baseline over a 24-hour window for an additional charge. T3 instances are suitable for small and medium database workloads.

    You can easily scale up to this new instance type by modifying your existing DB instance in the AWS Management Console. Please refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide for more details. Refer to Amazon RDS Pricing for pricing and regional availability.

  • Introducing the Media2Cloud solution

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    The Media2Cloud solution helps customers streamline, automate, and set up a serverless end-to-end ingest workflow to establish the necessary metadata, proxy video, and image thumbnails to manage large video content, and migrate your video assets and associated metadata to the cloud. The solution leverages the Media Analysis Solution to analyze and extract valuable metadata from your video archives using Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Transcribe, and Amazon Comprehend. Media2Cloud also includes a simple web interface that enables you to immediately start ingesting your archives and extracting metadata.

  • Amazon Transcribe is now Available in Four Additional Regions

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    Amazon Transcribe is now available in the AWS EU (Paris), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions. Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy to add a speech-to-text capability to applications. Organizations can use Amazon Transcribe to create text transcripts of audio and video files quickly.

  • Amazon SageMaker Batch Transform Now Supports TFRecord Format

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    Amazon SageMaker Batch Transform now supports TFRecord format as a supported SplitType, enabling datasets to be split by TFRecord boundaries. This adds to the list of supported formats including RecordIO, CSV, and Text.

  • Amazon CloudWatch Agent Adds Support for Procstat Plugin and Multiple Configuration Files

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    You can now use the CloudWatch Agent procstat plugin to monitor system utilization of individual processes. You can also create multiple configuration files for greater flexibility in defining core and custom configurations to collect metrics and logs from your Amazon EC2 instances and on-premise servers. 

  • Network Load Balancer Now Supports TLS Termination

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    Elastic Load Balancing now supports TLS termination on Network Load Balancers. With this new feature, you can offload the decryption/encryption of TLS traffic from your application servers to the Network Load Balancer, which helps you optimize the performance of your backend application servers while keeping your workloads secure. Additionally, Network Load Balancers preserve the source IP of the clients to the back-end applications, while terminating TLS on the load balancer.

  • AWS Step Functions Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for AWS Step Functions. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to make AWS Step Functions available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage for each AWS region, during any monthly billing cycle, of at least 99.9%. In the event AWS Step Functions does not meet the Service Commitment, you will be eligible to receive a Service Credit as described in the AWS Step Functions Service Level Agreement.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for .NET Core 2.2

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    You can now develop your Elastic Beanstalk applications using .NET Core 2.2. The latest .NET Core 2.2 comes with diagnostic improvements to the runtime and several performance improvements. For a complete list of .NET Core 2.2 features, visit the official .NET Core 2.2 release announcement.

  • Amazon EC2 R5, R5d, C5d, and M5d Instances are Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019
  • Find And Update Access Keys, Password, And MFA Settings Easily Using The AWS Management Console

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    Now, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) makes it easier for IAM users to view, update and understand all their security credentials from one place using the My Security Credentials page in the AWS Management Console.  

  • AWS Batch Is Now Available in Europe (Stockholm) Region

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    Starting today, AWS Batch is available in the Europe (Stockholm) AWS Region.

  • AWS Public Datasets Now Available from UK Meteorological Office, Queensland Government, University of Pennsylvania, Buildzero, and Others

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    Nine new AWS Public Datasets are now available for researchers and developers interested in machine learning, environmental science, geospatial, astronomy, cybersecurity, and housing. 

  • Amazon WorkSpaces is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    You can now run Amazon WorkSpaces in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region, an isolated AWS Region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements. With this launch, you can now use Amazon WorkSpaces cloud desktops to 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 Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is Available in the AWS Europe (London) Region

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the AWS Europe (London) Region. 

  • AWS CodeBuild Now Supports Accessing Images from Private Docker Registry

    Posted On: Jan 24, 2019

    AWS CodeBuild now allows you to access Docker images from any private registry as the build environment. Previously, you could only use Docker images from public DockerHub or Amazon ECR in CodeBuild.  

  • Introducing AWS CloudFormation UpdateReplacePolicy Attribute

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    You can now specify how AWS CloudFormation manages your resources when they need to be replaced during an update operation. Using the UpdateReplacePolicy attribute, you can specify if CloudFormation should delete, retain, or create a snapshot of old resources once the new ones have been created. The behavior defaults to delete when UpdateReplacePolicy is not specified.

  • Amazon Neptune is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    Amazon Neptune is now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Support for Ruby 2.6

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    You can now develop your Elastic Beanstalk applications using Ruby 2.6. The latest Ruby 2.6 comes with numerous performance improvements and new features such as a new JIT (Just-In-Time) compiler and endless ranges. For a complete list of Ruby 2.6 features, visit the official Ruby 2.6 release announcement. You can upgrade your existing Elastic Beanstalk Ruby environment to Ruby 2.6 using the Elastic Beanstalk console or through the AWS CLI and Elastic Beanstalk API. See Updating Your Elastic Beanstalk Environment's Platform Version for additional details.

  • Introducing Amazon WorkLink

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    Provide secure mobile access to your internal websites and web apps.

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Elasticsearch 6.4

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports open source Elasticsearch 6.4 and Kibana 6.4. The new version of Elasticsearch and Kibana offers several new features and improvements, including weighted average aggregation, option to multiplex token filters, support for field aliases, and improved workflow for inspecting the data behind a visualization. 

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service doubles maximum cluster capacity with 200 node cluster support

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2019

    Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports 200 node Elasticsearch clusters, allowing you to run large analytics applications with high throughput and large data volume requirements on a single cluster. Using I3 instances that can store up to 15 terabytes of data per node, you can store up to 3 petabytes of data in a single cluster. 

  • Amazon Cognito Is Now Available In The AWS Canada (Central) Region

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2019

    Amazon Cognito is now available in the AWS Canada (Central) Region. Amazon Cognito is the easiest way to add authentication, authorization, and user management to your web and mobile apps. Amazon Cognito scales to millions of users and supports sign-in with social identity providers, such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon, and enterprise identity providers via SAML 2.0.

  • Amazon Cognito Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Cognito, which provides availability guarantees.

  • AWS Config Increases Default Limits for AWS Config Rules

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2019

    AWS Config is pleased to announce increased default limits for AWS Config rules for all customers in all Regions. Customers can now create 150 AWS Config rules per account per Region by default, increased from 50 AWS Config rules per account per Region. The full list of AWS service limits can be found on the AWS Service Limits page.

  • Introducing Python Shell Jobs in AWS Glue

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2019

    You can now use Python scripts in AWS Glue to run small to medium-sized generic tasks that are often part of an ETL (extract, transform, and load) workflow. Previously, AWS Glue jobs were limited to those that ran in a serverless Apache Spark environment. You can now use Python shell jobs, for example, to submit SQL queries to services such as Amazon Redshift, Amazon Athena, or Amazon EMR, or run machine-learning and scientific analyses.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Announces Increased Throughput Performance for Tape Gateway

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2019

    The AWS Storage Gateway’s Tape Gateway configuration now provides increased throughput performance for virtual tape backups to AWS. Your on-premises backup applications can now write data to the local gateway cache at up to 2.7 Gbps, and read data from the cloud at up to 0.7 Gbps, by following published best practices.

  • AWS Storage Gateway Introduces Volume Detach and Attach Feature to Easily Move Volumes Between Different Host Platforms

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2019

    AWS Storage Gateway customers using the Volume Gateway configuration for block storage can now detach and attach volumes, from and to a Volume Gateway. You can use this feature to migrate volumes between gateways to refresh underlying server hardware, switch between virtual machine types, and move volumes to better host platforms or newer Amazon EC2 instances, as your data and performance demands grow.

  • AWS Systems Manager State Manager Now Supports Management of In-Guest and Instance-Level Configuration

    Posted On: Jan 22, 2019

    AWS Systems Manager, which enables your desired state configuration through State Manager, now enforces configuration at the instance level, enabling configuration management on resources such as instance profiles, security groups, and images through integration with AWS Systems Manager Automation. You can safely schedule configurations inside and outside of your instances while applying those changes at a controlled velocity.  

  • Amazon EKS Achieves ISO and PCI Compliance

    Posted On: Jan 21, 2019

    Amazon EKS Achieves ISO and PCI Amazon Elastic Container Service For Kubernetes (EKS) now meets the criteria for ISO and PCI DSS Level 1 compliance in AMER, EMEA, and APAC. 

  • AWS Cloud9 Supports AWS CloudTrail Logging

    Posted On: Jan 21, 2019

    AWS Cloud9, a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser, is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail, enabling you to more easily track changes made to Cloud9. CloudTrail captures these changes and delivers the log files to an Amazon S3 bucket you specify, giving you visibility into Cloud9 environment creation and deletion.

  • Amazon MQ Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 21, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon MQ. The SLA provides availability guarantees for Amazon MQ active/standby message brokers. 

  • New in AWS Deep Learning AMIs: Updated Elastic Inference for TensorFlow, TensorBoard 1.12.1, and MMS 1.0.1

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    The AWS Deep Learning AMIs for Ubuntu and Amazon Linux now support Amazon Elastic Inference with the latest version of TensorFlow-1.12. With this release, Amazon Elastic Inference (Amazon EI) on Deep Learning AMIs now provides EIPredictor, a new, easy-to-use Python API function for deploying TensorFlow models using EI accelerators to enable easier experimentation. With EIPredictor, developers now have have an alternative to TensorServing when running TensorFlow models on Amazon Elastic Inference. This release also adds a new Conda environment for Amazon Elastic Inference with TensorFlow on Python 3.6, an upgrade to TensorBoard 1.12.1, and an upgrade to MXNet Model Server 1.0.1.

  • AWS IoT Core Extends Support of Custom Authentication to the AWS Mobile SDK for iOS

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    AWS IoT Core extends support of the Custom Authentication feature to the AWS Mobile SDK for iOS. Now, you can reuse existing authentication mechanisms that you have already invested in to connect iOS devices to AWS IoT Core. You can utilize bearer token authentication strategies, such as OAuth, to connect to AWS IoT Core, and not rely on a X.509 certificate as the means to connect iOS devices.

  • Amazon Redshift now updates table statistics by running ANALYZE automatically

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    Analyze operations now run automatically on your Amazon Redshift tables in the background to deliver improved query performance and optimal use of system resources.

  • Amazon ElastiCache Launches Standard Reserved Instances For R5 And M5 Node Families

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    Amazon ElastiCache adds support for Standard Reserved Instances (RI) for M5 and R5 nodes, providing flexible payment options and cost savings to meet your business needs. RIs give you the option to reserve an ElastiCache node for a one- or three-year term including No Upfront, Partial Upfront and All Upfront payment options. 

  • AWS Trusted Advisor Expands Functionality With New Best Practice Checks

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    AWS Trusted Advisor is an application that draws upon best practices learned from AWS’ aggregated operational history of serving millions of AWS customers. Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and makes recommendations for saving money, improving system performance, and closing security gaps.

    Recently, AWS Trusted Advisor has released nine new checks to help keep you operating efficiently, securely, and up-to-date with AWS best practices.

    • DynamoDB Read Capacity: Checks for usage that is more than 80% of the DynamoDB Provisioned Throughput Limit for Reads per Account.
    • DynamoDB Write Capacity: Checks for usage that is more than 80% of the DynamoDB Provisioned Throughput Limit for Writes per Account.
    • Route53 Hosted Zones: Checks for usage that is more than 80% of the Route 53 Hosted Zones Limit per account.
    • Route53 Max Health Checks: Checks for usage that is more than 80% of the Route 53 Health Checks Limit per account.
    • Route53 Reusable Delegation Sets: Checks for usage that is more than 80% of the Route 53 Reusable Delegation Sets Limit per account.
    • Route53 Traffic Policies: Checks for usage that is more than 80% of the Route 53 Traffic Policies Limit per account.
    • Route53 Traffic Policy Instances: Checks for usage that is more than 80% of the Route 53 Traffic Policy Instances Limit per account.
    • ENA Driver Version for EC2 Windows Instances: Checks the version of the ENA driver for Amazon EC2 Windows instances, and then alerts you if the driver (a) is deprecated and no longer supported; (b) is deprecated with identified issues; or (c) has an available upgrade.
    • NVMe Driver Version for EC2 Windows Instances: Checks the version of the NVMe driver for Amazon EC2 Windows instances, and then alerts you if the driver (a) is deprecated and no longer supported; (b) is deprecated with identified issues; or (c) has an available upgrade.

    AWS strives to continuously add more checks to allow you to ensure operational health and optimal performance. For a full set of Trusted Advisor Best Practice Checks, click here

  • AWS Migration Hub Now Supports Importing On-Premises Server and Application Data to Track Migration Progress

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    AWS Migration Hub, which provides a single location to discover and track the progress of application migrations across multiple AWS and partner solutions, launched the import feature. This new feature allows you to import information about your on-premises servers into AWS Migration Hub, including server specifications, utilization data, and the applications the servers are part of, giving you the opportunity to track the status of your application migrations as you migrate them to AWS.

  • Amazon Elastic Inference Now Supports TensorFlow 1.12 with a New Python API for Deploying TensorFlow Models

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Inference is a service that lets you attach accelerators to any Amazon SageMaker or Amazon EC2 instance type to speed up deep learning inference workloads. Elastic Inference accelerators provide you with the low latency, high throughput benefits of GPU acceleration at a much lower cost (up to 75%). You can use Elastic Inference to deploy TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, and ONNX models for inference.  

  • AWS Elemental MediaLive Adds Support for AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    You can now log user actions taken in AWS Elemental MediaLive using AWS CloudTrail. When CloudTrail is enabled, you can access a comprehensive log of all public API calls made to MediaLive through the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, or the AWS Command Line Interface, providing an audit of actions for troubleshooting.

  • Object Bounding Boxes and More Accurate Object and Scene Detection are now Available for Amazon Rekognition Video

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    Amazon Rekognition Video is a deep learning-based video analysis service that can identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect unsafe content. Object and Scene detection - also called label detection - can identify thousands of common objects and scenes in a video, as well as the timestamp for when each label appears. Amazon Rekognition Video has been updated to provide significantly improved accuracy for all existing labels across a variety of use cases. In addition, label detection can now specify the location of objects such as dogs, people, and cars in a video by returning bounding box for each object. A bounding box is a set of coordinates that precisely indicates a specific object location in a video frame. Customers can use the bounding box information to count objects ("3 cars"), and to understand the relationship between objects ("person next to a car") at a particular timestamp in a video. Lastly, for each label found, Amazon Rekognition Video now returns its parent labels in a hierarchical list. For example, the label 'Dog' has the parents 'Mammal', 'Canine', and 'Animal'. This metadata allows customers to group labels related by parent-child relationships to improve categorization and facilitates easier mapping to in-house taxonomies. No machine learning experience is required to get started.

  • Amazon Comprehend is now Integrated with AWS CloudTrail

    Posted On: Jan 18, 2019

    Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to find insights and relationships in text. Starting today, asynchronous Amazon Comprehend API calls are recorded with AWS CloudTrail. With AWS CloudTrail, you can simplify security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting your Amazon Comprehend requests, like monitoring your Comprehend batch analytics job status.

  • AWS CodePipeline Now Supports Deploying to Amazon S3

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2019

    AWS CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery (CD) service that lets you automate your software release process for fast and reliable updates. You can now use CodePipeline to deploy files, such as static website content or artifacts from your build process, to Amazon S3.

  • AWS Secrets Manager Announces Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2019

    We have published a service level agreement (SLA) for AWS Secrets Manager. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to make AWS Secrets Manager available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage for each AWS region, during any monthly billing cycle, of at least 99.9% (the “Service Commitment”). In the event AWS Secrets Manager does not meet the Service Commitment, you will be eligible to receive a Service Credit as described in the AWS Secrets Manager Service Level Agreement.

  • Deploy Micro Focus Enterprise Server on AWS with New Quick Start

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2019

    This Quick Start automatically deploys Micro Focus Enterprise Server into a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Quick Start includes an optional BankDemo demonstration application for testing the deployment.

  • Amazon ECR Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), which provides availability guarantees for Amazon ECR.

  • Amazon EKS Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), which provides availability guarantees for Amazon EKS.

    AWS will use commercially reasonable efforts to make Amazon EKS available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage, during any monthly billing cycle, of at least 99.9% (the “Service Commitment”). In the event Amazon EKS does not meet the Service Commitment, you will be eligible to receive a Service Credit as described in the Amazon EKS Service Level Agreement.  

    This SLA is now available in all regions where Amazon EKS is available. For more information on where Amazon EKS is available, see the AWS region table. Please visit our product page to learn more about Amazon EKS.

  • Improve Security Of Your AWS SSO Users Signing In To The User Portal By Using Email-based Verification

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) now enables you to configure additional settings that allow you to enable email-based verification for the improved security of your users when they sign in to the user portal. You can enable email-based verification in a user-friendly context-aware mode or a compliance-friendly always-on mode.

  • Amazon EBS Integrates with AWS Backup to Protect Your Volumes

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    You can now use AWS Backup, an automated and centralized backup service, to protect EBS volumes and your other AWS resources. With AWS Backup, you can configure backups for EBS volumes, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor backup and restore activity.

  • AWS Backup Integrates with Amazon DynamoDB for Centralized and Automated Backup Management

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    AWS Backup was launched today, and it is integrated with Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EBS, Amazon RDS, Amazon EFS, and AWS Storage Gateway to give you a fully managed AWS backup solution.

  • Alexa for Business now offers IT admins simplified workflow to setup shared devices

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    Alexa for Business now offers a simplified setup process for shared Echo devices. Shared devices are usually setup using the Alexa for Business Desktop Setup tool. To enable customers to try out the service quickly, Alexa for Business now offers the ability for IT admins to also use the Alexa companion app to setup the devices. Once it is setup in the companion app, IT admins can import the devices as shared devices onto the Alexa for Business console.

  • AWS Step Functions Now Available in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD and AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

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

  • AWS Storage Gateway Integrates with AWS Backup to Protect Volumes Managed through Volume Gateway

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    You can now use AWS Backup, an automated and centralized backup service, to protect volumes stored with the AWS Storage Gateway service’s block storage option, the Volume Gateway. With AWS Backup, you can configure backups for Volume Gateway volumes, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor backup and restore activity.

  • Introducing AWS Backup

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    AWS Backup is a fully managed backup service that makes it easy to centralize and automate the back up of data across AWS services in the cloud as well as on premises. With AWS Backup, protecting your AWS resources, such as Amazon EFS file systems, is as easy as a few clicks in the AWS Backup console. Customers can configure and audit the AWS resources they want to back up, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor all recent backup and restore activity. 

  • Amazon EC2 T3 Instances are Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019
  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is Now Available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet, and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. 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 and Amazon Elasticsearch Service, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools you are already using today.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region, an isolated AWS Region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements. 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.

  • Introducing Amazon Elastic File System Integration with AWS Backup

    Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

    Backup Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) with AWS Backup.

  • AWS Elemental MediaConvert Adds IMF Input and Enhances Caption Burn-In Support

    Posted On: Jan 15, 2019

    AWS Elemental MediaConvert has added a new feature, IMF (Interoperable Master Format) package ingest, and enhanced an existing feature, caption burn-in, with the addition of several languages. Using MediaConvert, you can now ingest packages with JPEG-2000 video, up to 10 bit UHD format, with IMSC1 text captions. You can pass through HDR (High Dynamic Range) metadata from a CPL (Composition Playlist) to outputs. By taking advantage of IMF, you can reduce asset storage and management costs, and simplify business-to-business distribution workflows for your file-based content. This release of MediaConvert also includes a new high-quality dithering engine, which accepts RGB source files up to 16 bits and is optimized for premium content workflows.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 14, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, which provides availability guarantees for Amazon Kinesis Data Streams.

  • Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 14, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, which provides availability guarantees for Amazon Kinesis Video Streams.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose Announces 99.9% Service Level Agreement

    Posted On: Jan 14, 2019

    AWS has published a service level agreement (SLA) for Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, which provides availability guarantees for Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose.

  • Amazon QuickSight Launches Pivot Table Enhancements, Cross-Schema Joins and More

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2019

    Amazon QuickSight launches support for additional functionality on pivot table charts. Pivot tables now have an updated look and feel with consistent shading, support copy and pasting cell values, provide formatting options to auto fit to screen size to reduce empty spaces and more. Most importantly, you can add totals and sub-totals on rows and columns, expand/collapse all rows/columns with a single click. Additionally, with increase in row/column field limits, authors can now add up to 20 values in each of the row and column field wells. With pagination enabled, users can now scroll down and across infinitely. For more information on new pivot table enhancements, see here.

  • AWS Config adds support for AWS Service Catalog

    Posted On: Jan 11, 2019

    You can now use AWS Config to record configuration changes to AWS Service Catalog, a service that allows customers to organize, govern, and provision cloud resources on AWS. With AWS Config, you can track changes to the configuration of an AWS Service Catalog portfolio, such as addition or removal of launch constraints, tags and accounts with which the portfolio has been shared.

  • Amazon EC2 Spot now Provides Results for the “Describe Spot Instance Request” in Multiple Pages

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2019

    Amazon EC2 Spot makes it easier to operate Spot Instances at scale by publishing the results for the “Describe Spot Instance Request” in a multi-page format. You can check the status of your Spot request and receive the results in multiple pages by setting the MaxResults parameter to a value between 5 and 1000. You can receive up to a maximum of 1000 results in a single page. If there are more than 1000 results to display, you will receive a Next Token. Use the Next Token to receive the next set of results until the Next Token is null. This enables you to get all the results from your describe request in multiple pages. We recommend you to use paginated describes instead of getting all the results in a single request.

    Pagination support for the Describe Spot Instance requests API is now available in all public AWS Regions. You can learn more about this feature in the docs here.

  • AWS Single Sign-On Now Enables You to Direct Users to a Specific AWS Management Console Page

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2019

    With AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO), you can now enable your users to get to the AWS resources they manage quickly. You can now configure relay state for AWS accounts to direct your users to a specific AWS console page, such as the Amazon EC2 console, instead of going to AWS console home page when they choose AWS account in the user portal. You can configure relay state for each permission set that you manage in AWS SSO, allowing you to set the AWS console page corresponding to the AWS resource defined in the permission set. To learn more about how to direct your users to a specific AWS Management Console page, see Manage SSO to Your AWS Accounts.

  • AWS IoT Core Now Enables Customers to Store Messages for Disconnected Devices

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2019

    Beginning today you can start connecting your devices to AWS IoT Core using Persistent Sessions. Persistent Sessions store subscription information and pending Quality of Service (QoS) 1 messages should the devices become disconnected. When a device reconnects and resumes a Persistent Session, its subscriptions will be automatically reinstated and any stored messages will be delivered.

  • AWS Device Farm Now Supports Appium Node.js and Appium Ruby

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2019

    You can now run Appium tests written in Ruby or Node.js against your native, hybrid and browser-based apps on AWS Device Farm. Device Farm supports tests written in any JavaScript and Ruby frameworks such as Mocha and RSpec. You can also specify the dependencies your project needs and the exact commands to be run during test execution, to ensure your tests run precisely like they do in your local environment.

    AWS Device Farm is an app testing service that lets you run automated tests and interact with your Android, iOS, and web apps on real devices. Device Farm supports running automated tests written in most of the popular test frameworks including Espresso, XCTest, Appium Python and Appium Java. Starting today, you can use Device Farm to execute your tests written in Appium Node.js and Appium Ruby against real devices. You can customize any step in the test process using these frameworks through a simple configuration file.

    To learn more about how to use Appium Node.js for Android AWS Device Farm please review our documentation.

    For more information on AWS Device Farm please visit our product page

  • AWS Glue is now available in the AWS EU (Paris) Region

    Posted On: Jan 10, 2019

    You can now use AWS Glue in the AWS EU (Paris) Region.

  • Amazon EKS Available in Seoul Region

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2019

    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. 

  • AWS Database Migration Service Now Supports Amazon DocumentDB with MongoDB compatibility as a target

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2019

    AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) has expanded functionality by adding support for Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) as a target. Using DMS, you can now perform live migrations to Amazon DocumentDB from MongoDB replica sets, sharded clusters, or any AWS DMS supported source including Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, SAP ASE and Microsoft SQL Server databases with minimal downtime.

    To learn more about migrating data to Amazon DocumentDB with DMS, see the documentation for the Amazon DocumentDB target. The Amazon DocumentDB target in DMS is available in all regions in which Amazon DocumentDB is available. For AWS DMS and Amazon DocumentDB availability, see the AWS Region Table.


  • Amazon Neptune is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney)

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2019

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

  • Introducing Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) – Generally available

    Posted On: Jan 9, 2019

    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads. Developers can use the same MongoDB application code, drivers, and tools to run, manage, and scale workloads on Amazon DocumentDB and enjoy improved performance, scalability, and availability without having to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure. Customers can use AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) for free (for six months) to easily migrate their on-premises or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) MongoDB databases to Amazon DocumentDB with virtually no downtime. There are no up-front investments required to use Amazon DocumentDB, and customers only pay for the capacity they use.

    Amazon DocumentDB is generally available and you can use Amazon DocumentDB in the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland).

    To learn more about Amazon DocumentDB, visit https://aws.amazon.com/documentdb. 

  • AWS OpsWorks Stacks Now Supports Amazon Linux 2, Amazon Linux 2018.03, and Ubuntu 18.04

    Posted On: Jan 8, 2019

    AWS OpsWorks Stacks now supports Amazon Linux 2 and Ubuntu 18.04 for Chef 12 stacks and Amazon Linux 2018.03 for both Chef 11 and Chef 12 stacks. Previously, the latest supported versions of Amazon Linux and Ubuntu were Amazon Linux 2017.09 and Ubuntu 16.04, which required customized AMIs or Chef recipes in order to take advantage of the stability and security of Amazon Linux 2 and Ubuntu 18.04. Now, you can select Amazon Linux 2, Ubuntu 18.04, or Amazon Linux 2018.03 as the default operating system for instances created in your stack with a few clicks. Amazon Linux 2 will offer extended availability of software updates for the core operating system through 5 years of long-term support.

  • Amazon EC2 X1e Instances are Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Region

    Posted On: Jan 8, 2019
  • AWS ParallelCluster is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by SINNET and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD.

    Posted On: Jan 7, 2019

    AWS ParallelCluster is a fully supported and maintained open source cluster management tool that makes it easy for scientists, researchers, and IT administrators to deploy and manage High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters in the AWS cloud. HPC clusters are collections of tightly coupled compute, storage, and networking resources that enable customers to run large scale scientific and engineering workloads. Built as an enhancement to and replacement for the popular open source CfnCluster project, AWS ParallelCluster enables customers to quickly build an HPC cluster on AWS. It automatically sets up the required compute resources and shared file systems and offers a variety of batch scheduler options, including Sun Grid Engine (SGE), Torque, and Slurm.

    AWS ParallelCluster reduces the operational overhead of cluster management and simplifies running HPC workloads on AWS. AWS ParallelCluster facilitates both quick-start proof of concepts (POCs) and production deployments. AWS ParallelCluster is available at no additional charge, and you pay only for the AWS resources needed to run your applications. AWS ParallelCluster is released via the Python Package Index (PyPI). AWS ParallelCluster’s source code is hosted under the Amazon Web Services repository on GitHub at https://github.com/aws/aws-parallelcluster

    AWS ParallelCluster is now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. Learn how to launch an HPC cluster using AWS ParallelCluster here.