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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

New – AWS Elemental Link – Deliver Live Video to the Cloud for Events & Streams

Video is central to so many online experiences. Regardless of the origin or creator, today’s viewers expect a high-resolution, broadcast-quality experience. In sophisticated environments, dedicated hardware and an associated A/V team can capture, encode, and stream or store video that meets these expectations. However, cost and operational complexity have prevented others from delivering a similar […]

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New – Use CloudWatch Synthetics to Monitor Sites, API Endpoints, Web Workflows, and More

Today’s applications encompass hundreds or thousands of moving parts including containers, microservices, legacy internal services, and third-party services. In addition to monitoring the health and performance of each part, you need to make sure that the parts come together to deliver an acceptable customer experience. CloudWatch Synthetics (announced at AWS re:Invent 2019) allows you to […]

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AWS Chatbot – ChatOps for Slack and Amazon Chime

Last year, my colleague Ilya Bezdelev wrote Introducing AWS Chatbot: ChatOps for AWS to launch the public beta of AWS Chatbot. He also participated in the re:Invent 2019 Launchpad and did an in-depth AWS Chatbot demo: In his initial post, Ilya showed you how you can practice ChatOps within Amazon Chime or Slack, receiving AWS […]

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Capacity-Optimized Spot Instance Allocation in Action at Mobileye and Skyscanner

Amazon EC2 Spot Instances were launched way back in 2009. The instances are spare EC2 compute capacity that is available at savings of up to 90% when compared to the On-Demand prices. Spot Instances can be interrupted by EC2 (with a two minute heads-up), but are otherwise the same as On-Demand instances. You can use […]

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AWS Snowball Edge Update – Faster Hardware, OpsHub GUI, IAM, and AWS Systems Manager

Over the last couple of years I’ve told you about several members of the “Snow” family of edge computing and data transfer devices – The original Snowball, the more-powerful Snowball Edge, and the exabyte-scale Snowmobile. Today I would like to tell you about the latest updates to Snowball Edge. Here’s what I have for you […]

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AWS Data Transfer Out (DTO) 40% Price Reduction in South America (São Paulo) Region

I have good news for AWS customers using our South America (São Paulo) Region. Effective April 1, 2020 we are reducing prices for Data Transfer Out to the Internet (DTO) from the South America (São Paulo) Region by 40%. Data Transfer in remains free. Here are the new prices for DTO from EC2, S3, and […]

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New – Low-Cost HDD Storage Option for Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

You can use Amazon FSx for Windows File Server to create file systems that can be accessed from a wide variety of sources and that use your existing Active Directory environment to authenticate users. Last year we added a ton of features including Self-Managed Directories, Native Multi-AZ File Systems, Support for SQL Server, Fine-Grained File […]

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BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon

The COVID-19 Global Hackathon is an opportunity for builders to create software solutions that drive social impact with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We’re encouraging YOU – builders around the world – to #BuildforCOVID19 using technologies of your choice across a range of suggested themes […]

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