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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 – Web Access for Amazon WorkSpaces

We launched WorkSpaces in late 2013 (Amazon WorkSpaces – Desktop Computing in the Cloud) and have been adding new features at a rapid clip. Here are some highlights from 2016: November 2016 – WorkSpaces adds GPU-Powered Graphics Bundles. October 2016 – WorkSpaces becomes available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region. August 2016 – WorkSpaces offers hourly […]

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New for AWS Lambda – Environment Variables and Serverless Application Model (SAM)

I am thrilled by all of the excitement that I see around and serverless application development. I have shared many serverless success stories, tools, and open source projects in the AWS Week in Review over the last year or two. Today I would like to tell you about two important additions to Lambda: environment variables […]

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New – Auto Scaling for EMR Clusters

The team is cranking out new features at an impressive pace (guess they have lots of worker nodes)! So far this quarter they have added all of these features: September – Data Encryption for Apache Spark, Tez, and Hadoop MapReduce. September – Open-sourced EMR-DynamoDB Connector for Apache Hive. November – Stream Processing at Scale with […]

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Human Longevity, Inc. – Changing Medicine Through Genomics Research

Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) is at the forefront of genomics research and wants to build the world’s largest database of human genomes along with related phenotype and clinical data, all in support of preventive healthcare. In today’s guest post, Yaron Turpaz,  Bryan Coon, and Ashley Van Zeeland talk about how they are using AWS to […]

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New for Amazon Simple Queue Service – FIFO Queues with Exactly-Once Processing & Deduplication

As the very first member of the family of services, has certainly withstood the test of time!  Back in 2004, we described it as a “reliable, highly scalable hosted queue for buffering messages between distributed application components.” Over the years, we have added many features including a dead letter queue, 256 KB payloads, SNS integration, […]

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AWS Hot Startups – November 2016 – AwareLabs, Doctor On Demand, Starling Bank, and VigLink

Tina is back with another impressive set of startups! This month we are featuring four hot AWS-powered startups: AwareLabs – Helping small businesses build smart websites Doctor On Demand – Delivering fast, easy, and cost-effective access to top healthcare providers. Starling Bank – Mobile banking for the next generation. VigLink – Powering content-driven commerce. Make […]

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Amazon QuickSight Now Generally Available – Fast & Easy to Use Business Analytics for Big Data

After a preview period that included participants from over 1,500 AWS customers ranging from startups to global enterprises, I am happy to be able to announce that is now generally available! When I invited you to join the preview last year, I wrote: In the past, Business Intelligence required an incredible amount of undifferentiated heavy […]

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