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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.

AWS User Group Road Trip (aka “Hit the Road, Jeff”)

In the last ten years I have spoken at AWS, PHP, Linux, Perl, Java, and .NET user groups in the US, Europe, and Asia. User groups are simultaneously less formal and more intense than conference sessions. Instead of the usual 20-30 minutes allotted to a speaker at a conference, a good session at a user […]

AWS Week in Review – March 18, 2013

Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, March 18 We announced that the Amazon Simple Workflow Service is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. Tuesday, March 19 We added additional EBS-Optimized Instance Types for EC2. Wednesday, March 20 We published a new page to help you to […]

Meet the AWS Team at GDC

Several of my colleagues on the AWS team are heading to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this week. So, if you are planning to be there, stop by and say hi. We have a booth and a few planned activities: AWS BoothStop by our booth and learn more about how AWS makes […]

Additional EBS-Optimized Instance Types for Amazon EC2

We are adding EBS-optimized support to four additional EC2 instance types. You can now request dedicated throughput between EC2 instances and your EBS (Elastic Block Store) volumes at launch time: Instance Type Dedicated Throughput m1.large 500 Mbps  m1.xlarge 1000 Mbps  m2.2xlarge (new) 500 Mbps  m2.4xlarge 1000 Mbps  m3.xlarge (new) 500 Mbps  m3.2xlarge (new) 1000 Mbps […]

AWS Week in Review – March 11, 2013

Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, March 11 We announced AWS Elastic Beanstalk for Node.js. We announced an important EC2 update – Virtual Private Clouds for Everyone. Tuesday, March 12 We announced the AWS Management Console for the iPhone. We announced the new EC2 Cross-Region AMI Copy Feature. […]

Startup Weekend and AWS – Better Together

Have you ever been to a Startup Weekend event? In the space of 54 hours starting on a Friday evening, participants pitch business ideas, form teams, implement their ideas, and present their work before a panel of judges. Along the way there’s time for some coaching and a quick lesson in how to give a […]

Amazon RDS – SQL Server Major Version Upgrade

The Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) takes care of the low-level drudgery associated with setting up, managing, and scaling a relational database. With support for multiple versions of MySQL, Oracle Database, and Microsoft SQL Server, RDS can be used in a wide variety of appliations. Without RDS, upgrading to a new version of your chosen […]